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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADHowler - I Told You Once (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fujiya & Miyagi - Ecstatic Dancer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dinowalrus - What Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pre War - Out There (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Baths - Darling Divine (MP3)

Howler
Howler

Welcome to the Stop SOPA edition of TWII. Do you know how hard it would be to do this column without free knowledge via the internet? It would be riddled with factual errors. More so!

Minneapolis underage upstarts Howler are in town playing a whole bunch of shows. The onslaught began last night with an in-store at Other Music (their album came out yesterday), and continues with: an early show tonight (January 18) with Happy People andTiberius,  January 19 at Death By Audio with Grooms andClouderJanuary 20 at Cameo Gallery with St. Lucia, and January 21 at Pianos with Dear LionsCemeteries, and The Everymen.

As mentioned, Howler's debut album came out yesterday and is titled America Give Up which kind of feels like a "just try not to like us" dare. Their sound -- a little Strokes, a little Jesus and Mary Chain, a little West Coast garage -- is indeed easy to like, even if there isn't much "new" about it. But the band have no shortage of hooks and a good dose of hard-to-fake attitude. As previously mentioned, ou can stream the whole thing at NPR.

Most of the hype is coming from the UK press who are still enamored with the Vaccines (with whom Howler's toured). I like Howler better than them and am going to make an effort to catch one of their shows this week. You should too, surely you've got one night free this week?

Fujiya & Miyagi
Fujiya & Miyagi

Also in town this week are Fugiya & Miyagi, playing Glasslands on Thursday (1/19) and Mercury Lounge on Saturday (1/21, sold out). The band have a new single out, "Ecstatic Dancer," that you can download at the top of this post. It's the kind of slinky, glammy stomper you could imagine Goldfrapp doing but with David Best's whispery vocals. No album attached to it as far as I can tell so it seems the single supports the tour, not the other way around as usual.

The band are also on the Power, Corruption & Lies Covered CD that comes with the February issue of MOJO, where the entirety of cover stars New Order's second album is covered by the likes of Destroyer, S.C.U.M. and Errors. Fujiya & Miyagi contribute a fairly wrote version of Side Two opener "Your Silent Face." (Stream it below.) The band are a good time live and are equally adept at both Neu!-style motorik and funky Can rhythms as you may already know. My favorite song is still "Ankle Injuries" but I'm looking forward to seeing them tomorrow.

Thursday's Glasslands show is with Zambri, who really impressed me at Glasslands last month, Rarechild and The Golden Filter on DJ duties. For Saturday's show at Merc, openers are Aimes, Jangulaand Dinowalrus.

Dinowalrus
Dinowalrus

Dinowalrus' second album, Best Behavior, is due out March 6 on Old Flame records. If you haven't seen them in a while, the band dropped the dissonance in favor of a sound under the influenced of late '80s Manchester. While that means some danceable tracks, it also means atmospheric rockers like "What Now" which veers closer to The Chameleons or The Sound. You can download it at the top of this post.

Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson

If you're looking for something a little more mellow, man, perhaps you should check out onetime Eisley bassist (different Jonathan Wilson!) Jonathan Wilson who is here for three shows this week. He's at Mercury Lounge tomorrow (1/19) for an early show and again  on Friday (1/20) for a late show with Quilt), and then hits the Rock Shop on Saturday (1/ 21).

Jonathan Wilson's Gentle Spirit made its way onto many Best of 2011 lists, coming in at #4 on MOJO's year end coverage. Pazz n' Jop notsomuch, only three votes, which landed it in a 21-way tie for #372. Mind you, Wilson's music -- which recalls the heyday of early '70s Laurel Canyon -- is prime fodder for a magazine like MOJO that has a Beatle on the cover at least once a year, but Gentle Spirit is a genuinely gorgeous album that exudes a West Coast vibe even in the coldest New York winter. Spotify users can listen to the album here.

This is the only picture on Pre War's Facebook
Pre War

And finally, for many in New York the phrase "pre war" is code for "not many electric outlets and no sink in the bathroom" but maybe that will change with Pre War the rock band who have dusted themselves off from the recently defunct Conversion Party. Like that band, Pre War traffic in catchy, big-chorused indie rock. Check out "Out There" at the top of this post and you can listen to more at the band's Tumblr.

You can catch Pre War live Thursday (1/19) at Cake Shop where they play with Grand Rapids, Plates of Cake, and Hunny.

That's the big stuff for this week. Day-by-day picks not covered above are below. Fight the power!

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Sharon Van Etten is at Mercury Lounge which if you don't have tickets, is sold out. She's got lots more shows coming up, though. Her new album, Tramp, is really good.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Natural Child - Hard Workin' Man (MP3)
DOWNLOADNatural Child - Yer Birthday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Miracle Fortress - Miscalculations (MP3)

Domino Radio

Happy Summer everybody. Before we get into this week's recommended shows, I hope you've been spending the week, like I have, listening obsessively to Domino Radio which has put together an incredible all-star lineup of presenters for this seven-day experiment. All the shows are archived, so go back and listen to Felt/Denim mastermind Lawrence, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (who appears on the new CSS record), Mute Records founder (and former Silicon Teen) Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos spin tunes, among other notables. Upcoming DJ slots include Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on Friday, Robert Wyatt and Alfie are on Saturday, and The Pastels on Sunday. Here's hoping they bring it back at a later date.

Ume
Ume

Ok, let's get into what this weekend and beyond has in store. Austin powerhouse trio Ume's current tour hits the city this weekend for two shows: tonight (6/9) at Pianos and Saturday (6/11) at The Rock Shop. As previously reported, the band just signed to Modern Outsider records who will release their debut album, Phantoms, in August. Pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. After NYC the three of them head north to the NXNE festival. All Ume dates are at the bottom of this post.

Memoryhouse
Memoryhouse

Memoryhouse also roll into town this weekend. They play Glasslands on Friday (6/10) and Piano's on Saturday (6/11). Both shows are with dreamy acoustic trio High Highs who are worth getting there early to see.

As you may have heard the Toronto duo are now signed to Sub Pop and should have something out on the label by year's end. Memoryhouse is also now a full band, including a drummer, which make the likelihood of their music remaining Eno-ambient less likely. I'd probably have more of a clue if I'd caught their set at our SXSW party this year. Reports I could find from Austin were positive, though not especially descriptive. Anyone got a firsthand report? Personally I"m hoping this more traditional band format pulls them into Slowdive territory. We shall see.

Both shows have their individual draws. Glasslands also has personal faves North Highlands whose debut album is in the can, apparently, and now we just have to wait for someone to release it. They will definitely be the most energetic live band on the bill, unless all the other groups have radically changed. Well, I've never seen Wonder Bear live but judging by the chill sounds on their album Avalanche (a free download) but I have to imagine it will be a mellow affair.

Speaking of chill, you may remember the sweatbox that was Glasslands last summer, well with the new club's new makeover they also finally got A/C. Certainly the 90 degree heat of this week will be a good test for it's power.

Meanwhile the Pianos show on Saturday has Foxes in Fiction which is, on record, basically Warren Hildebrand who is now also a member of the Memoryhouse live touring unit. At SXSW he was backed by Memoryhouse so I'd expect the same here. Last year's Swung from Branches mixed soundscapes with more structured songwriting (he gets compared to Bradford Cox a lot) and his most recent FiF release, Alberto (download the whole thing for free HERE), finds him moving into even more pop territory. It's a packed Pianos bill, including Eastern Conference Champions and Suns (not Suuns).

Natural Child
Natural Child

Let's keep going, shall we? Nashville party rock trio Natural Child are here for a two-night stint at Death By Audio, playing Sunday (6/12) and Monday (6/13). The band's debut album is out now on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label which should give you a good idea of what you're in for. An even better indicator are the two tracks from it at the top of this post from the album. If you like Thin Lizzy, honky tonk side of the Stones and JEFF the Brotherhood, you'll probably dig Natural Child too. These shows are bound to be packed and sweaty (and smokey) so be prepared for that, as well as for having a good time.

Laetitia Sadier
Sadier

On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier who will be playing  Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (6/13) and The Rock Shop on Wednesday (6/15). Her solo debut, The Trip, came out last year on Drag City and was a lovely album. Not that far off from what she did with her band for the last 15 or so years, but it has it's own special charms as well.

Miracle Fortress
Miracle Fortress

And lastly this Tuesday (6/14) is a swell double bill of danceable Canadians at Webster Hall: Junior Boys and Miracle Fortress. Junior Boys' fourth album, It's All True, is out that same day on Domino and is another fine example of their lithe, breezy style. Miracle Fortress -- aka Graham Van Pelt of Think About Life -- just released its second album, Was I the Wave, which finds him setting aside the first LP's guitars in favor of electronics with a decidedly Eno-esque slant. You can download album track "Miscalculations" at the top of this post. It's a really nice record. When I caught him at SXSW, Van Pelt performed solo surrounded by tons of equipment and a few vintage table lamps. Not bad for a one man show.

That's it for this week. A few more day-by-day picks follow.

THURSDAY JUNE 9

Looking for some quality indie rock newcomers? TWII-approved bands Radical Dads and Gross Relations are at Cake Shop tonight.

Did you know The Cloud Room was still together? They are and play Mercury Lounge tonight. Of course they're going to play local hit "Hey Now Now," no need to shout for it.

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Negative Approach in Austin 2009 (more)
Negative Approach

Bad Brilliance at Santos in 2009 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bad Brilliance

today in NYC
* daytime stuff
* Si*Se @ The Bell House
* Matt Welch @ The Stone
* Chi-Chi Glass @ Barbes
* Dub Is A Weapon @ Zebulon
* Cynthia Hopkins @ Barbes
* Rock the Bells @ Governors Island
* Mister Saturday Night w/ Theo Parrish
* Rangda, Major Stars, Meg Baird @ Cake Shop
* Dean Parrish, The Black Hollies @ Southpaw
* Orphan, Eric Copeland, Bad Dream @ Union Pool
* Classixx, Punches, Eli Escobar @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hahn Rowe, Roger Kleier, Annie Gosfield @ The Stone
* These United States, Roadside Graves @ Mercury Lounge
* Jones Street Station, Last Good Tooth @ Mercury Lounge
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Big Freedia, DJ Rusty Lazer, House of Ladosha @ Coco 66
* Data Dog, Lost Boy?, Food Stamps, Villanelles @ Don Pedro
* Robbers On High Street, Only Son, New Numbers @ The Rock Shop
* Wild Nothing, Blank Dogs, Cosmetics, MINKS @ Bowery Ballroom
* Magic Bullets, Blood Orange, The Cinnamon Band, Beach Combers @ Pianos
* Starkweather, Raw Radar War, The Communion, PanzerBastard @ The Acheron
* The Specific Heats, Knight School, Moonmen On The Moon, Man @ Glasslands
* Raw Radar War, Starkweather, The Communion, Panzerbastard @ The Acheron
* Dinosaur Feathers, Lonnie Walker, The Fatty Acids, Hospitality @ Littlefield
* Exodus, Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, Bonded By Blood @ Gramercy Theatre
* Autolux, This Will Destroy You, Light Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Jaguar Club, The Cloud Room, The Vita Ruins, Gold Streets @ Union Hall
* Quilt, Sweet Bulbs, Red Romans (of Beach Fossils), Total Slacker @ Silent Barn
* Bare Wires, Unnatural Helpers, Library on Fire, Violent Soho @ Dead Herring (moved from Bruar)
* Hello Nurse, Left Me Bashful, Dead Stars, Morning Fuzz, The Twees @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Birthday Cake, X-Stina Ballerina, GOJOE, Bad Brilliance, The Penniless Loafers @ Santos Party House
* White Out w/ Thurston Moore, Carlos Giffoni and C Spencer Yeh Duo, Fat Worm of Error @ Knitting Factory
* Negative Approach, Tesco Vee, Pissed Jeans, Hellmouth, Mind Eraser, New Lows ('Why be Something You're Not'/Touch And Go Fanzine' Release Party) @ Santos Party House

This is part 2 of What's Going On Saturday, Check out Part One too.

Soul party Dig Deeper hosts Dean Parrish and The Black Hollies at Southpaw tonight. Dig Deeper is also responsible for the upcoming Brooklyn Soul Festival at the Bell House featuring, among others, Eli Paperboy Reed who also plays a free show at the J&R MusicFest today.

When I mentioned Thurston Moore had been added to ATP NY, I forgot to post a reminder that Thurston was also making an appearance at Knitting Factory tonight.

Bad Brilliance will reveal himself. or so he says, tonight at Santos, which is unrelated to the Negative Approach/Tesco Vee show also happening at Santos tonight. A Bad Brilliance video promo for the show (not for children) below...

"Due to issues beyond my control, we had to move the show from Bruar Falls to Dead Herring"

Hello Nurse play The Studio on the same night The Cloud Room play Union Hall. The fact that neither venue existed back then aside, it's a 2006 flashback.

THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO THE MERCH BOOTH AT BOWERY TONIGHT:

CT-78: Bowery Ballroom free giveaway.
A tape and CD-R (both with the same tracks on it)
100% exclusive to this release. It will not be available digital.
Only 100 are being made, all numbered.
First 100 people to the merch table get one. Limit one per ticketholder.
1. Wild Nothing "Introduction"
2. Blank Dogs "Floorboards"
3. Zodiacs "Black Dreams"
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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.

Famous Friends will be announcing a very special surprise guest headliner via twitter on the day of the show. RJD2 will not be performing as previously announced.

The fest will take place at Brooklyn's Old American Can Factory. Tickets are currently on sale through PayPal. Lineup and more info on the fest, below...

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DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - I Know I'll See You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Cloud Room - Hey Now Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Blacklist - Blue Shifted [from the Solidaire EP] (MP3)

A Place to Bury StrangersA Place To Bury Strangers play their first headlining (actually co-headlining) show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday Night (Dec 21) (a little less than four months since they received 'best new music'). Blacklist, The Giraffes and The Cloud Room (the co-headliners) are also on the bill. All tour dates below....

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