Entries tagged with: The Drums
The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, The Drums will head out on a North American tour which previously included three NYC-area shows. They've since added a fourth NYC-area show which will happen at Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/23) at noon for the recently announced show. Tickets are still available for the previously announced 11/2 Bowery Ballroom show with Patrick Cleandenim and Regal Degal but the 11/3 MHOW show and the 9/28 Maxwell's show are both sold out.
Updated dates below...
The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by VIncent Cornelli)
As mentioned, The Drums are going on an extensive North American tour this fall in support of their upcoming LP, Portamento, due out September 13 via Frenchkiss. You can listen to that album, with written commentary, at the NY Times.
Its since been revealed that Patrick Cleandenim will open both of those shows, in addition to a DC show at Black Cat on 11/6. Regal Degal are also on the Maxwell's bill.
The Drums have also since added a third NYC-area date the day before the MHOW show at Bowery Ballroom (11/2). No opener has been announced for this show yet. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon.
Updated dates below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...
The Drums at Williamsburg Waterfront last week (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The Drums, who just played Williamsburg Waterfront with DFA1979, will play more North American shows after a European tour this fall. A full North American tour has
not been announced yet, but we know that. The Drums will play September 28 at Maxwell's and November 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the Maxwell's show go on sale Wednesday (7/27) at noon. The MHOW show goes on sale Friday (7/29) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
The Drums also have a new video for the single "Money" off their upcoming LP Portamento which is coming out in the US on Frenchkiss Records! Watch that, alongside all currently known tour dates, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"Yes it's balls hot out, but still looking fwd to the outdoor Death from Above 1979 show tonight. Flaming asteroids couldn't keep me away." - Alex Navarro
"Dying from heat at Death From Above 1979 @ Williamsburg Waterfront at East River State Park" - Dave Surgan
"Seeing Death From Above 1979 at Williamsburg Waterfront. Yeah, no big deal, not like it's 103 degrees outside with 114 Heat Index. Nope." - Brendan Hilliard
DFA1979 in Williamsburg
Despite the heatwave, Death From Above 1979 played their first reunion show in NYC at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday (7/22) with The Drums. DFA1979's 17-song set (encore included) consisted of almost the entire You're a Woman, I'm a Machine LP and Heads Up EP, and a couple b-sides. The Drums played most of their debut, and a bunch of songs off their upcoming LP Portamento too.
More pictures from the Brooklyn show and DFA's setlist below...
The Drums at Bonnaroo in June (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The Drums will release their sophomore LP Portamento on September 12 via Island. One week prior, they'll release the album's lead single "Money," which you can stream below.
The Drums have a few international shows scheduled through September, including a new one in Brooklyn. The Drums will open for Death From Above 1979 @ Williamsburg Waterfront on July 22. Tickets are still on sale. Both bands will also play Lollapalooza in August.
All tour dates, album art, tracklist, and song stream below...
Henry Rollins (spoken word) / Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
"Atlanta's own Deerhunter was the main draw on Thursday night, a low-key alternative to Friday's star-studded lineup. In fact, two people approached me during their set to ask who we were hearing. But no matter: The indie-rock prodigies went pleasantly cerebral on a crowd too tired to do more than sprawl on the grass and nod." [Creative Loafing]Bonnaroo 2011 kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday in Tennessee. If you're not there, you can always stream some of it online in your air conditioned room while people at the fest are battling the heat on the ground. Speaking of which, the heat may be to blame for one untimely death at the festival, though the medical examiner hasn't reached a conclusion yet.
The rest of our pictures from day one (not counting Karen Elson which was posted separately), which are all by Dana unless otherwise noted, continue below...
Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.
The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).
Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...
photos by David Andrako
Here are a few things that happened on Coachella Day 1:
- it was hot.
- lots of celebrities, like Coachella regular Danny Devito, were walking around
- The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and the Chemical Brothers were the big headlining acts of the day (all on the main Coachella Stage)
- people wore funny outfits, and sometimes NSFW outfits.
- people sinned.
- Lauryn Hill started late, but not too late (aka she still got to play).
- Cee Lo showed up very late, apologized, but acted mad he had to play a short set. He used that anger to give his set-closing hit "Fuck You" context.
- Odd Future predictably drew a huge crowd, and were joined by Pharell.
- Odd Future's set resulted in a possible broken nose (again)
- There were 20 arrests
- Paul McCartney was there, and along with Usher, stood on stage during Afrojack's set.
- YACHT played
- Many other people played, and lots of other stuff happened too, as you can see in the pictures below...
What were your highlights of Coachella Day One? Are you there or watching the stream?
Photographer David Andrako managed to catch 18 acts and other random stuff in between on Friday. His pictures from the whole day continue below...
photos by Winnie Cheung
A few nights after they played a show with Craft Spells and Beach Fossils at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was right after they played a show at Mercury Lounge, The Drums shared a bill with Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory (last night, 4/11). A set of pictures from that sold out Brooklyn show continues below...
by Rachel Kowal
Beach Fossils @ MHOW - April 8, 2011 (photo by Kemet Dugue)
The line outside Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night extended farther down the block than I had ever seen it stretch, so far in fact, that like many people, I spent the entirety of Crinkles' set standing outside, waiting to get in. But by the time Craft Spells began to play, the room was packed, which proved to be a welcome treat for the wide-eyed openers.
"What the fuck are we doing here?!" lead singer Justin Vallestero asked incredulously as he stepped up to the mic. "We've never even been to the East coast before!" And with that, they launched into their set.
It's not hard to see why Craft Spells have been generating a fair amount of buzz recently. They exhibit the same kind of easy-going, sun-tinged rock that seems to be all the rage these days, and their candid enthusiasm and wild dancing are pretty charming. But for as bouncy as the music tends to be, Vallestero's steady baritone and the surprisingly mellow backing vocals help temper the band's sound and prevent it from becoming (gasp!) too twee for general consumption.
Following Craft Spells' energetic set, the drummer jumped out from behind his kit and snapped a photo of the audience before walking off stage. That will certainly be one for the scrap book.
The 'secret' special guest of the evening elicited a wide range of responses upon taking the stage. "Oh my God! It's The Drums!" exclaimed one guy excitedly to his unimpressed female companion. "How many opening bands are there?" another concert-goer asked in exasperation. Still others couldn't seem to get past lead singer Jonathan Pierce's little-kid-like appearance. ("That shirt is just atrocious. I think I had one like it when I was like 7 in 1993.") Between his clean-cut look and wild intensity onstage, Pierce resembles a manic Zack Morris on speed.
Say what you will about their shtick or their lyrics. The Drums have come a long way since I first saw them about two years ago, and the crowd responded enthusiastically to their frenzied performance. Even the guy behind me who had initially groaned at the sight of The Drums quickly admitted to his buddies that he was into them upon witnessing just a few minutes of their set.
Following a quick intermission, Beach Fossils kicked off their set with "What a Pleasure," which features a deceptively mellow intro before giving way to a rush of guitars and drums. (Watching bass player John Pena start to twitch as he geared up for the sudden shift was pretty amusing.)
Beach Fossils may not benefit from having such a distinctive front man in their midst, but their energy was anything but lacking. Though just four members strong, they made sure to take full advantage of the spacious stage by cavorting around with wild abandon. Incidentally, they also had no trouble getting the crowd to join in on their dancing. Throughout their set, random members from the audience would leap on stage and boogie down before being ushered back into the crowd by a bouncer. Soon to my disbelief (and at lead singer Dustin Payseur's suggestion), an indie kid mosh pit broke out near the foot of the stage, at which point the guy next to me leaned in. "You're writing that down, right? People are actually moshing to a band called Beach Fossils."
Absurdities aside, I was surprised by how polished Beach Fossils sounded, especially considering their inability to stay still for more than a few seconds.
After powering through their brief set, the boys from Beach Fossils came back for a quick one-song encore ("Youth"), during which time Korvette hastily put down his guitar and wildly leapt off stage for a quick round of crowd surfing before snatching up his guitar once again as the song died out.
Catch the Drums again tonight, 4/11, with Matthew Dear at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (the show is now sold out). It's their last show before they head west to play Coachella.
A live Beach Fossils video from SXSW, and one of Craft Spells playing earlier this month in Seattle, below...
DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Trails (Deerhoof remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Perfectly Crystal (Beach Fossils/Spirit Animal remix) (MP3 premiere)
Shoegazey rockers Asobi Seksu's new album Fluorescence was released via Polyvinyl in February. You'll notice at Polyvinyl's site that the download comes with four bonus tracks, three of which are remixes of the song "Trails", one of which is done by Deerhoof. Download that Deerhoof remix above if you don't already have it. Also grab the Beach Fossils remix version of "Perfectly Crystal" which is making its premiere in this post.
As previously mentioned, Asobi Seksu have a big headlining show coming up at Bowery Ballroom, and that show happens to be TONIGHT (4/7). Openers are Zaza and Consortium Musicum. Consortium Musicum are Greg Saunier of Deerhoof & Sean Lennon.
Asobi also recently announced some May dates with White Lies including a 5/24 show at Antone's in Austin where Asobi recently played SXSW for the fourth time. White Lies have good taste in openers. School of Seven Bells and Sun Airway open their upcoming Terminal 5 show.
And speaking of Beach Fossils, they have their own big show right around the corner. I'm talking about their Friday (4/8) headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Craft Spells, Crinkles, and "Unannounced Special Guest." Tickets are still on sale.
All Asobi & Beach Bossils tour dates are listed below...
The Drums @ Brooklyn Bowl in 2009 (more by Oren Loloi)
The previously mentioned Drums show happening at Mercury Lounge on April 7th with iO Echo (io Echo's first-ever NYC show) is sold out, but you can catch the band even sooner and for free and TONIGHT (3/25) at Tribeca Grand. RSVP and more info is in the flyer below.
You can also catch the Drums, who weren't at SXSW to sing with Edwyn Collins, at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on April 11th with Matthew Dear who will be playing with his own band. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below...
The Drums were recently announced as part of the lineups of Coachella, Bonnaroo and Sasquatch. The Drums recently played an intimate NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall. The Drums will play another intimate NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 7th (four days after they play Lollapalooza Chile). Tickets go on sale at noon today (2/18). All tour dates below...
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...
IMPACT: So which new bands are you currently listening to?BrooklynVegan & PopGun Booking are proud to present the NYC debut of Wu Lyf at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on April 1st, 2011. Tickets are on sale now for what is the band's only currently scheduled North American date (don't worry, you don't need to wear a bandana to get in). Check out some videos below...
The Drums: There's a band that played with us called io echo, they're really incredible, one of the best live shows I've seen for a long time. Also, there's a band called Wu Lyf. They're four kids out of Manchester and in order to go to their shows you have to wear a bandana over your face. They won't let you in otherwise. They only play in churches and are really mysterious.
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
Twin Shadow @ LPR in September (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Twin Shadow is playing 'A Terrible Holiday Party' at Don Hill's in NYC on Friday, 12/17. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am for the event that is also advertising "Possible special guest: ???" and DJ sets by Twin Shadow producer Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Les Enfant Terribles, and Drew Heffron.
Twin Shadow also has upcoming dates throughout North America and Europe, and they are all listed below along with four different streaming remixes of Drums song "Me & the Moon", including one by Matthew Dear and another by Twin Shadow....
The Drums recently headlined (or co-headlined?) Webster Hall one day before appearing as a special guest headliner at Santos Party House not long after headlining Bowery Ballroom. NME rated their album one of the top 10 of 2010. Q Magazine said the self-titled effort was #32. The point is that The Studio at Webster Hall is a small (intimate) venue for the band now, and since their January 19th show there is raising money for a good cause, the $25 price tag shouldn't scare you too much. Guards and The Hairs both open, and all proceeds go to Dan Duggins.
Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31st, 2007, so the fact that they're playing the much smaller Rock Shop on December 31st, 2010 (aka New Years Eve), seems, well, intimate too.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)
In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.
Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.
While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.
Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.
The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie. Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.
Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.
An Orange Juice video below...
Cloud Cult @ CMJ 2008 (more by Chona Kasinger)
Deadmau5 @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Local Natives @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Keith Richards @ NYPL
* Guster @ Beacon Theatre
* Misfits @ Starland Ballroom
* Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
* Alloy Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Tomutonttu @ Issue Project Room
* Boys Noize, Rusko @ Webster Hall
* Die Antwoord @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Toasters & the Pietasters @ BB King's
* Tamar Eisenman @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* The Legendary Pink Dots @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Younger Lovers, The Babies @ Cake Shop
* The Zeros, JEFF The Brotherhood @ Maxwell's
* Black Prairie, Sarah Jarosz @ Mercury Lounge
* almost Halloween cover show @ Death By Audio
* Cloud Cult, Fort Wilson Riot @ The Bell House
* Railroad Earth, Donna The Buffalo @ Irving Plaza
* Morrissey & Radiohead tribute bands @ Littlefield
* Phantogram, Josiah Wolf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Neon Indian, Prince Rama, Apache Beat @ Brooklyn Bowl
* OK Go, Those Darlins, Eytan & The Embassy @ Terminal 5
* Xeno & Oaklander, No Fun Acid (Get Weird) @ New Museum
* Bettie Serveert, Elk City, Mean Creek @ Bowery Ballroom
* Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, The Union Line @ Webster Hall
* Masaki Batoh, Damon & Naomi, Magik Markers @ Knitting Factory
* Oneida, Fabulous Diamonds, Invisible Circle, The Spreaders @ Monster Island
* Crystal Stilts, German Measles, The Mad Scene, The Surprisers @ The Rock Shop
* Bebe Fang, Future Shuttle, Eklin, A Classic Education, Superhumanoids @ Pianos
* Eternal Summers, Web Dating, Miracles, Sweet Bulbs @ Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
Check out This Week in Indie.
Not sure whether Santos Party House will be open tonight.
HERE's a whole bunch of stuff happening Saturday and Sunday.
The Drums have a new video for "Me and the Moon". Check it out below...
Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of PurchaseAccording to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.
Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.
The Drums @ Santos, late Wednesday night (this photo by Nathan Lee Bush)
When I started to scope out the schedule for Wednesday night, I planned on spending the first part of the night running back and forth between Spike Hill and Bruar Falls, but I decided to head over to Rock Shop instead, comforted by the knowledge that most of the bands I wanted to see (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Magic Bullets, etc.) would be playing more sets later in the week anyway.
When I arrived at the Park Slope venue, Tape Deck Mountain was mid-set. At the time, I was fairly satisfied with the few songs I did catch (including a cover of "Mother" by Danzig) (a theme this week?). The band has decent vocals and execution, but when I later reflected on the bands I had seen, I realized that nothing about their set really stuck with me.
Up next was Cloud Nothings. The energy in the room picked up immediately when the Cleveland group began to play (of course it helped that the crowd had begun to fill out at that point). Possibly propelled by nerves or sheer excitement, the youthful band raced through their set as if competing at a track meet, slowing down just long enough for vocalist Dylan Baldi to entertain the audience with his endearing asides. Baldi may not have what you'd generally consider to be a 'good' voice, but he more than makes up for it in his delivery.
Just when I had begun to get a little sick of all-guy groups, the next two acts on the bill each featured a more even distribution of the sexes. Up first - Blair. Right before she and her backing band began their set, there was a bit of an upset when her acoustic guitar came crashing down, but she didn't let the setback dampen the mood. "I just broke a guitar, but it's ok," she said surprisingly nonchalantly. Thanks to their matching tie die shirts (worn by 3 out of 4 people anyway), sunny indie pop melodies, and Blair's unadulterated voice and accompanying song topics (she sings about things like love, candy, and dancing to Whitney Houston), things suddenly took a turn for twee, but I was totally ok with that.
For what it's worth, it was Blair's upbeat diddy "Hello Halo" that I found stuck in my head at the end of the night, and given the position of her set (right in the middle), that's saying something.
The Rock Shop was treating me well, but sadly, my itinerary called for me to return to Manhattan. I did get to stay just long enough to know what I was missing with Braids though. Their set-up may have been nearly identical to that of Blair, but their sound was much more polished thanks to the many overlapping layers of instrumentation and vocals that they carefully crafted on stage. Though I would have gladly stayed longer, I made my way to the train midway through their set.
When I arrived at Santos Party House for the Stereogum/PopGun show, I was a bit dismayed to see the long line extending down the block, but I somehow managed to get into the venue. I made my way to the smaller downstairs room to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Just when I was really starting to get upset about the obnoxiously long wait (I could have seen more of Braids set!), I understood the reason for at last part of the hold-up: the group's two main members (Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott) had run backstage to change into their costumes. Yes, costumes. Head to toe Nascar uniforms to be exact. It's hard to say whether this kind of shtick will hold up in the long run, but it's a pretty good way to stand out on a long list of relatively unknown bands (well that and their ridiculous name).
Whether it's your bag or not, chances are you might end up seeing these guys at some point during the week if you haven't already. They're certainly putting in the time. It was apparently their third show of the day. There wasn't much room for dancing in the packed room, but that didn't stop people from trying, and their light-hearted and energetic set certainly helped propel me through the rest of the night.
To close the evening, I darted upstairs to the main room at Santos to catch (the second half of) Wild Nothing and The Drums. It was kind of a weird succession of moods at that point. After leaving the lively basement room, Wild Nothing seemed even more subdued than I had remembered, but the group (under Jack Tatum's lead) put on a tight set. Considering the next band's laid back, sun-drenched sound, "Summer Holiday" was particularly enjoyable since it was distinctly more upbeat than their other tunes.
Then, finally a bit after 1:00am - The Drums. At this point, I was pretty exhausted, so I was pretty glad when singer Jonathan Pierce announced that they were going to play everything "twice as fast" so we could get home. The Drums seem to have mastered that fine balance of playfulness and artistry. It's hard not to grin at Pierce's over-the-top delivery. With a distinct swagger in his voice and some ridiculously exaggerated dance moves, he's a sight to behold - but so is the rest of the band, swaying in the background. These boys have come a long way since last summer.
I may not have gone to sleep until nearly 4:00am last night, but the constant adrenaline rush from just knowing how many good acts there are tonight should be more than enough to keep me going... that and the knowledge that I'm already planning on taking a personal day tomorrow.
Also Wednesday: "Viral sensation" Kyle Andrews, Animal Collective friends Prince Rama, and Minneapolis-based "chamber-folk sextet" Dark Dark Dark played the Terrorbird day party at Cake Shop with Kordan, Botany, Revolver, Baths, Marnie Stern, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Pics of the first three adorn this post.
Dark Dark Dark are also on board for Supply & Demand/InDigest CMJ Official Showcase at CoCo 66 on Friday 10/22 with Franz Nicolay, Vandaveer, The Lisps, Milageres, and Spirit of the Red City. The band will also then Fontana's during the day on Saturday 10/23 to team up with Swells, Brian Bonz, Fairmont, New Numbers, and Skyler.
Prince Rama have a few dates this week, as discussed, including the Paw Tracks/ Car Park show at Cake Shop tonight (10/21) with Cloud Nothings, and the WFMU Record Fair on Saturday (10/23) with Ted Leo (who will also play the BV Day Party earlier that day).
Cloud Nothings also have shows coming up at the Fader Fort and Don Pedro's.
More pictures from Cake Shop show, with all Cloud Nothings dates, below...
Surfer Blood @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The Drums/Surfer Blood show at Webster Hall is sold out, and the Surfer Blood shows just keep on coming including a secret show at Cake Shop that happened Monday night (10/18), and the previously mentioned MTV show (which you'll be able to watch at MTV's website) last night at the Studio at Webster Hall. As also previously mentioned, Surfer Blood were added to one of Pitchfork's events and to a show at Bowery Ballroom, but that's not all:
SURFER BLOOD TAKE CMJ 2010Did I miss any?
10/18 @ Cake Shop (secret show)
10/19 @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (MTV taping)
10/20 @ Webster Hall w/ The Drums
10/20 @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (AFTER THE DRUMS SHOW)
10/21 @ Brooklyn Bowl (Pitchfork's #OFFLINE Festival)
10/22 IN PHILLY
10/23 @ Bowery Ballroom (VFW Group showcase)
And The Drums have added a show too. As also mentioned, they are the headliner at the PopGun/Stereogum show happening at Santos Party House tonight (10/20) (aka they also play 2 sets in one night). They go on after Wild Nothing.
Neither Surfer Blood or the Drums are one of the unannounced bands playing the BrooklynVegan party at Public Assembly on Friday.
One of the other bands playing the Marlin Room tonight is PS I Love You who are from Canada (and who play many more times this week).
More Surfer Blood dates HERE. Flyers below...
MNDR (playing w/ Ronson last night @ MHOW) (more by Toby Tenembaum)
today in NYC
* Roger Waters @ Nassau Coliseum
* Tony Malaby @ The Stone
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barnes & Noble
* Mark Ronson @ Webster Hall
K. Lloyd, Erik Wunder at Union Pool
* Kruder & Dorfmeister @ Best Buy Theater
* Pepper, Brother Ali, Pour Habit @ Highline Ballroom
* Zebra and Snake, DZ, Zazen Boys, Wolf Gang @ Pianos
* Bowerbirds, Death Vessel, Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom
* Murder Mystery, North Highlands, Neighbors @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ben Folds with Nick Hornby @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Martha Colburn with Thollem McDonas @ Issue Project Room
* Mux Mool, Living Days, Expensive Looks, Warm Ghost @ Glasslands
* Mikolaj Traszka, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Jay Rosen @ The Stone
* The Universal Thump, Osso Quartet, Doug Paisley @ The Rock Shop
* Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, El DeBarge @ Radio City Music Hall
* Punches, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Telephoned (DJ Set) @ Public Assembly
Nardwuar talked to the Drums (the band featuring the villain from Karate Kid and other members). Video below...
Orphan have a new video for "Fetus in Fetu". Check it out below...
Warpaint have a new video for "Undertow". Check it out below...