Entries tagged with: The Feelies
by Bill Pearis
In August of 1975, the world's first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol's Factory set. Ork's impresario ear would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by the Feelies and Lester Bangs. It's a tale of Charles Ball, who'd steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star's Alex Chilton and the dBs' Chris Stamey.For Record Store Day, the Numero Group released the Ork Records Complete Singles box set, lovingly repressing the NYC label's 7" output, including early singles from Television (label head Terry Ork was their manager), Richard Hell, Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and more. There was also what could've been The Feelies' first single, if it had actually been released at the time, offering up decidedly more punk versions of "Fa Ce La" and "Forces at Work" than would appear on debut album Crazy Rhythms. It's an amazing "what if" and, for me, it was almost worth the price of the box for that Feelies single alone. The whole thing is pretty great, though.
You can still pick up the Complete Singles box, but for those who don't like lifting the needle so often, Numero Group will release Ork Records: New York, New York on October 30 which compiles all the singles, plus a whole lot more, on two CDs or four vinyl LPs. All versions include a 190-page book about the label with rarely-seen photographs, liner notes, remembrances and essays, and there's an edition that comes with a bonus 45 with two unreleased Feelies songs. Full tracklist and and a trailer for the comp (which features that version of Feelies' "Fa Ce La") are below. Pre-orders are available now.
photo: Storm King in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Like in previous years, the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is hosting live music this summer. Storm King's not very far from NYC, and it's a gorgeous place to spend a weekend afternoon out of the city, even when there isn't live music. Here's what the 2015 schedule looks like:
Sunday, June 28, 2PM: Porches, Frankie CosmosThe shows are free with Storm King admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors (65 and older); $8 ages 5-18 and students (with valid ID); free for children 4 & under and all Storm King Members.
Sunday, August 9, 2PM: Lee Ranaldo
Sunday, September 20, 2PM: The Feelies with special guests Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
Porches and Frankie Cosmos also have several other dates, and there's a Frankie show in Brooklyn tonight (4/10).
The Feelies have shows this spring too.
photo: The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
NJ heroes The Feelies haven't gone on a major tour in a while, but they always like to play a few shows in the area each year. They last did that in December, and they will again this spring. RIght now all they have announced is an upstate NY show at BSP Kingston on April 24 (tickets on sale) and a NYC show at The Bell House on May 16 (tickets go on sale Friday, 2/27, at 10 AM).
Watch a video from their last NYC show below...
Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."
The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.
Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.
YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.
Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.
James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...
The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Yo La Tengo's holiday season two-night run at Town Hall begins tonight (12/3) with their pals Antietam and continues Thursday (12/4) with more pals The Feelies. The show with The Feelies is sold out but you can still get tickets for tonight's.
After Thursday's show, The Feelies have a couple dates of their own coming up, including one in their home state of NJ on Friday (12/5) at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they play Baltimore on Saturday. All dates are listed, with a video, below.
Yo La Tengo at The Bell House in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Though Yo La Tengo can't do their Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's anymore (because it's closed, at least as a venue), they continue to do multi-night runs in the NYC-area around the holiday season. This year, they'll play Town Hall on December 3 and 4 (a couple weeks before Hanukkah) with cool NY/NJ indie vet openers both nights. Night 1 is with Antietam, who have opened for YLT more than once in the past. And night 2 is with The Feelies (ditto). Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (9/13) at noon.
That's the only announced date for The Feelies at the moment, but Antietam also play Louisville Outskirts Festival with Marnie Stern, Tara Jane O'Neil, Tweens and others in October. YLT have some other dates, including Fun Fun Fun Fest. All of their dates are listed below...
The Feelies at Maxwell's in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Alternative rock legends The Feelies always get in a few Northeast shows each year, and 2014 is no different, as they've just announced some dates for this spring. They'll play NYC on April 25 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a recent live video, below...
photos by Ken Bachor
The Bongos w/ Glenn Mercer / Todd Abramson, Steve Fallon & Ira Kaplan / block party
"I think Todd said it best," the Bongos guitarist James Mastro said during the block party, referring to Mr. Abramson. "It's like a Mardi Gras funeral. It's sad, but it's also a celebration. The Bongos must have played a couple of hundred shows here, more than any place we've ever played."We already did a wrap-up of Hoboken club Maxwell's final night (7/31) and here we have a set of pictures, including both the farewell block party outside and the two shows inside with Delicate Steve and The Individuals (early), and "a" and The Bongos (late). The pics also include shots of original Maxwell's owner Steve Fallon, Todd Abramson, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, The Feelies' Glenn Mercer, WFMU's Gaylord Fields and more.
Gaylord Fields, a disc jockey for WFMU-FM, who was spinning discs at the block party, evoked the funeral-celebration dichotomy as well.
"It's like any departure," Mr. Fields said. "You don't feel it until afterwards. I don't miss Maxwell's now. I'll miss it a month from now." - [NY Times]
In related news, NYC Taper has posted his recording of Mission of Burma's late show at Maxwell's on Sunday night which you can download.
More pics from Maxwell's final night, plus a few videos, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Bongos @ Maxwell's 7/31/13 (via Stephen P. Marsh)
Once the Bongos were on stage, Richard Barone introduced the group the way he did back in the Eighties - "We're the Bongos from Hoboken, New Jersey" - and got a rousing cheer from the capacity crowd. Guitarist Jim Mastro (now the owner of Hoboken's Guitar Bar and Guitar Bar Jr.) looked dashing in a cowboy shirt and straw boater, while Barone changed into a black button-down shirt and tie for the set.Legendary Hoboken rock club Maxwell's officially closed its doors last night (7/31) after being open for over 30 years. It did go out with a bang though. After hosting a number of great shows from artists who came to bid their farewells over the last couple months, yesterday there was a closing block party (which Ira and Georgia from Yo La Tengo DJed) outside and two shows inside. The first was an early show with one of the first bands to play Maxwells, The Individuals, and Delicate Steve. Then the very final show was another of the first bands to play the venue, The Bongos, and the actual first band to play, "a" (whose lineup included members of The Bongos and The Individuals). The above review is from The Bongos' set. Pictures from that show are coming soon.
After ripping through the bouncy power-pop tunes that helped the Bongos gain national attention and a major label record deal, Barone announced that JEM Records would be releasing a hitherto-unheard Bongos album, recorded but never released back in the late Eighties, on October 1.
As the set started to wind down, the band brought owner Todd Abramson and his mentor and predecessor, Steve Fallon, to the stage, along with Ira Kaplan and the Feelies' Glenn Mercer. With Mercer at the mic, everyone in the room sang along to a spirited version of the Velvet Underground's "Rock And Roll." [NJ.com]
As mentioned in that review above, the newly-reformed Bongos will release a previously-unheard album on October 1 via JEM Records. It's called Phantom Train, and was initially recorded as the followup to 1985's Beat Hotel, but never finished. They just released the first single from the album, "My Wildest Dreams," which certainly sounds like it was written in the '80s, but also sounds very fresh (and pretty damn awesome). Listen to it over at SPIN.
photos by Matt Schiels
Real Estate @ Maxwell's - 7/29/13
Hoboken rock club Maxwell's is on its last day ever today (7/31) with a farewell block party and a show inside from The Bongos and more. One of the final shows was Monday's (7/29) late show with Real Estate (joined by The Feelies' Glenn Mercer), which we recently posted the setlist, a video and a recap from. Now, we've got a set of pictures from that show in this post.
Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) opened the show. Regarding her set, Speak Into My Goodeye writes:
Always a good songwriter, her new material showed that her songs have gotten even smarter, sharper with experience. Ramone also seems much more confident in her unconventional singing voice. She pointed out that, like the members of Real Estate, she'd been to many shows at Maxwell's while growing up in New Jersey and that she was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the send-off.More pictures of Cassie and Real Estate below...
Real Estate @ Maxwell's, 7/29/2013 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
New Jersey real estate may have something to do with Hoboken icon, Maxwell's, closing for good tomorrow, but Real Estate (from New Jersey) were welcomed with open arms last night (7/29) for the venue's third-to-last show ever. In reciprocation, the band told the crowd they have "nothing but love for the Tri state area." Singer Martin Courtney also told the crowd they came to see shows when they were in high school.
Real Estate also blessed the Maxwell's crowd with a whopping nine new songs, making up the bulk of their set and offering a preview to their new album which they've been working on in Chicago this summer. In addition to new songs (and a few favorites like "Beachcomber"), The Feelies' Glenn Mercer joined the band (a role reversal from Independence Day Weekend) for two Feelies songs, "Only Life" and "The High Road."
Only two nights at Maxwell's left. Tonight is Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, and tomorrow is the free closing block party with The Bongos and more. Real Estate setlist, plus a little video of "Only Life" with Glenn Mercer, below.
UPDATE: Cassie Ramone opened the show too. Check out a full set of pictures of her, Real Estate, and Glenn Mercer.
photos by P Squared Photography
The Feelies @ Maxwell's - 7/5/2013
The Feelies were playing the last of their three-night, July 4th weekend stand at the Hoboken spot. Maxwell's was bursting long before the band's scheduled 9pm start time. The Feelies -- the bespectacled trio of Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, and Brenda Sauter up front, percussionist Dave Weckerman and drummer Stan Demeski in the back -- took the stage just after 9. Throughout about four hours consisting of two full sets and five encores during which the band were joined by members of Speed the Plough and the mayor of Haledon, NJ, I got the feeling that The Feelies and most of their fans are the kind of people for whom music holds significant meaning.The Feelies played their final Independence Day run at Hoboken club Maxwell's, which they'd been doing annually for years, over the weekend. (Maxwell's closes at the end of the month as you probably have heard.) The above review was from Saturday's show (7/6) and we have pictures from Friday's show (7/5) in this post. Guests on Friday included Real Estate's Martin Courtney and John Baumgartner of Feelies-related Speed the Plough and Trypes. Like usual, the band played two sets sprinkled with covers.
They played songs from their entire discography, including the jagged, spastic sounds of their debut Crazy Rhythms ("Fa Cé-La," "Crazy Rhythms") and the more melodic and expansive sounds of the Peter Buck-produced The Good Earth ("The High Road") and their most recent album Here Before. They peppered the main sets with covers like The Velvet Undergound's "Who Loves the Sun," an excellent rendition of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot," and The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride." The encores were heavy on covers. - [CoolDad Music]
More pictures from Friday's Feelies' show -- including ones of the setlist -- below...
The Feelies at The Bell House last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Jangly post-punk legends The Feelies just played two NYC-area shows last week, and they've since announced the return of their annual July 4 shows, which they'll play in their hometown of Hoboken this year. The shows will happen on July 4, 5 and 6 at Maxwell's. Tickets to night 1, night 2, night 3, and all three nights are on sale now.
They've got a few other upcoming Northeast dates scheduled too. All dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing "Crazy Rhythms" off their classic 1980 debut LP of the same name at The Bell House last week, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
The Feelies @ The Bell House, 5/18/2012
Hoboken legends The Feelies played The Bell House on Saturday (5/18) -- one of two NYC area shows for the band this past weekend -- and the venue's relaxed vibe made for a nice pairing with the band's strummy, post-Velvets sound. The band treated the crowd to a two-set, five encore show, including lots of classics ("Raised Eyebrows," "Higher Ground," "Let's Go") and, as usual, a ton of covers, including Television's "See No Evil" and The Doors' "Take it As it Comes."
Setlist and more pictures from Saturday's Bell House show below...
Comedian John Mulaney has two shows in one night coming up at The Bell House on June 6. Both will feature other guests TBA and are benefits for The Innocence Project, which is "a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice." Tickets to both the early (7 PM) and late (10 PM) shows are still available.
The last time we wrote about John, he was opening for Yo La Tengo and The Feelies at Maxwell's during Hanukkah. As mentioned, The Feelies have a Bell House show coming up too on May 18 and tickets are still available. The day before (5/17) they play Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY and tickets are still available for that as well.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Jangly post-punk vets The Feelies, who are still kicking and always tend to play the Northeast a few times a year (their last NYC-area gig was with Yo La Tengo on Hanukkah), have scheduled a few upcoming shows to take place this year. They have a short run scheduled for this March, and a few months later they'll do an NYC date on May 18 at The Bell House. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and a video of The Feelies from YLT's 2012 Hanukkah run below...
Yo La Tengo with help from some Feelies, Maxwell's 12/10/2012 (via YLT)
I said it last night, and I just may say it again tomorrow: Without the Feelies, I can't really imagine our band being around today. They wanted to contribute in some way to the recovery from Sandy, and really I have no words to describe how it felt to have them spend night three of Hanukkah with us.Night 3 of Yo La Tengo's 2013 Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's featured Hoboken legends The Feelies as the opening band and, though it was still a 16-song set, it was probably one of the shorter performances the band have ever done at Maxwell's. Percussionists Stanley Demeski and Dave Weckerman joined YLT for the last half of their set, and the rest of the band helped out on a few songs as well including a cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" to finish the night. Setlists for both The Feelies and Yo La Tengo are below (courtesy WFMU's Jesse Jarnow) along with video.
We had been trying to get John Mulaney to join us over Hanukkah for years now, and last night it finally happened. People, I'm not going to lie to you--my mind is mush. I laughed from start to finish, but all I can recall this morning is him hobnobbing with the musical guests at Saturday Night Live and the single funniest thing that ever happened at a McDonald's (bumping this to second place). - [YLT]
John Mulaney was the Night 3's comedian and the mix CD was provided by YLT's James McNew. It was a benefit for the Food Bank of New Jersey. Who will open on Night 4? UPDATE: It's Real Estate and Todd Barry.
Setlists and video from Night 3 are below.
Codeine back in the '90s
today in NYC
* Neil Young Journeys
* Bicycle Film Festival
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Kotorino @ Joe's Pub
* Young Guru @ 92YTribeca
* Brian Chase @ The Stone
* Pillow Theory @ BAMcafe
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Dave Doobinin @ Joe's Pub
* itsnotyouitsme @ The Stone
* Peaking Lights @ 70 N 6th St.
* Glen Hansard @ Beacon Theatre
* Marc Ribot Trio @ Village Vanguard
* Man Forever @ Issue Project Room
* Stevie Nicks @ Jones Beach Theater
* Safe, ARMS, Crux, DJ HEEMS @ Cameo
* Tenacious D @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Eliot Lipp, Ana Sia @ Mercury Lounge
* Codeine, Stephen Brodsky @ The Bell House
* Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars @ Highline
* Blkvampires, Prostitution @ Knitting Factory
* The Young, Census, Nude Beach @ 285 Kent Ave
* PassKontrol, Young Animal @ Knitting Factory
* Kat Solar, Derek NIcoletto @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Mishka, Anuhea, Micah Brown @ Bowery Ballroom
* Akron/Family, Stagnant Pools @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Snowden, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
* Girls & Boys w/ Drop the Lime, Kraddy @ Webster Hall
* Shake the Baron, Zula, Beast Make Bomb @ The Rock Shop
* Veronica Falls, The People's Temple @ South Street Seaport
* Arthur's Landing, Herbal Jazz Cig, Mickey Perez @ Zebulon
* FiKus, Speakerbot, Horizon Wireless @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hammerhead, Seawhores, White Suns, Queening @ Death by Audio
* Monogold, Bird Call, Steel Phantoms, Psychobuildings @ Pianos
* Schwervon!, Supercute!, Beth Control @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Starnes & Shah, Jessica Pomerantz, Gazelle @ Knitting Factory
* RAC (Remix Artist Collective), Jeffrey Jerusalem @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Black Witchery, Burial Ritual, Agrath, Winter Nights @ Saint Vitus
* Apollo Run, You Won't, Judson Claiborne, Bombadil @ Mercury Lounge
* Major Stars, Salvation, Burning Star Core, Italian Horn @ Cake Shop
* Glitter Freeze, Photon Dynamo & the Shiny Pieces, Liberation Day @ XPO 929
* Kings County w/ Kristen Schaal, Eleanor Friedberger, Jessi Klein @ Galapagos
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dayna Kurtz, Brooklyn Steppers @ Celebrate Brooklyn
* Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler, Judah Friedlander, Amanda Palmer @ Littlefield
* Chippy Nonstop, N0ms, Cuntmafia, Work TVK, Jermaine Jagger, Dan2600, Avery Noyes, Aaron K @ 285 Kent
* Spy Music Festial w/ Skeletons, Rhys Chatham, Ryan Sawyer, Steve Gunn/John Truscinski Duo, Peter Stampfel @ Union Pool
* Genuine Imitations, Turbosleaze, Sediment Club, Phat Rascals, The Cleavagents @ Shea Stadium
Fiona Apple recently played Governors Ball in NYC and then announced three more NYC-area shows that went on sale today. Those don't happen until October though, so if you're itching to see her, consider heading to Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT TONIGHT
Spectrum Road, a super-group of rock instrumental giants Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman and John Medeski, play B.B. King's tonight. There's video of them in action below.
"Remix Artist Collective" RAC, along with Green Label Sound, take over the late night portion of the evening tonight (with Jeffrey Jerusalem of YACHT) and Saturday (with Body Language) at Brooklyn Bowl. Doors at 11:30pm, shows at midnight.
The Spy Music Festival kicks off a week of experimental music tonight with a show at Union Hall featuring Peter Stampfel of Holy Modal Rounders, Rhys Chatham / Ryan Sawyer Duo, Skeletons and Gunn / Truscinski Duo.
At the movies, there's Neil Young Journeys (directed by Jonathan Demme), plus Beasts of the Southern Wild which everyone is saying is amazing. Or you could go see Channing Tatum male stripper flick Magic Mike, which is actually getting pretty good reviews (it is directed by Steven Soderbergh).
The 14th Annual Del Close Marathon begins tonight at UCB, and runs all weekend.
Daniel Johnston recently stopped by NPR to play their "Tiny Desk." Video of that is below.
Australia's Presets, who play Terminal 5 in October, just released the video for "Youth in Trouble," the first single from their new album Pacifica and you can watch that too below.
by Bill Pearis
The Feelies at Prospect Park 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
The Feelies, who recently played The Bell House, have announced more dates including plans to take over Maxwell's on Fourth of July weekend again. Well, technically, the Fourth is on a Wednesday this year, so the shows are Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Click the dates for links to buy tickets ($25), and you can also get a $60 three-day pass for you Feelies obsessives out there.
In other news, Acute Records just released Music for Neighbors, a compilation of Feelies offshoot The Trypes and you can download a couple tracks from that at the top of this post. (Read more about it here.) The Feelies are in Boston next weekend and all their tour dates are below, along with a clip of their appearance (doing Bowie's "Fame") in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild....
by Bill Pearis
Hope you all survived Record Store Day. I didn't find most of what I was looking for (most of which was UK only) but I did get that great Lee Hazlewood comp on Light in the Attic. Hope you found what you wanted the most. Lots of good stuff this week, so let's get into it.
The most TWII show of the week happens tonight (4/24) at Mercury Lounge: Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures. It's the start of the two bands' tour together that will wrap up on Sunday, May 20 for the last day of the NYC Popfest which is happening at Littlefield (w/ Ladybug Transistor, White Town and about six more that day). All Allo Darlin'/Wave Pictures tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, came out last week to pretty much across-the-board acclaim. It's a little more melancholy than the band's debut, with a lot less ukulele this time out. Maybe that seems like a good thing, but I must say I miss the exuberance of Allo Darlin's debut. The more subdued nature of the songs and production make it sound like a Camera Obscura album much of the time, a comparison I would've never made before. But Elizabeth Morris' songwriting and voice are still in fine form, it's all just a little more "mature."
You can stream Allo Darlin's Europe at the bottom of this post. I'm sure one thing that hasn't changed is Allo Darlin's ability to charm in the live setting.
The Wave Pictures
The same goes for The Wave Pictures who I will always go see live even if I'm not so crazy about the album they're touring to support. Not that they change so much from record to record. Their new album, Long Black Cars, is pretty good (listen at Spotify) I think but much like the rest: Dave Tattersall spins fascinating, funny stories with a singsong delivery. Most of their albums sound like they were recorded live, but it always comes off a million times more compelling when you actually see them play. Tattersall is also one of the funniest between-song banterers of our age. Also funny: the Darren Hayman-directed video for their song "Spaghetti" which you can watch below.
Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic will release their third album, A Different Ship, in a couple weeks (May 8 specifically) and soon head out on a short UK tour before covering most of North America with Hospitality. (All dates are below.) Before that, HWGM play this Friday (4/26) at Knitting Factory with Glass Ghost.
The new album has an interesting birth. Stuck playing a pre-noon set at Glastonbury 2010, the groggy band were playing to a groggy crowd, none of whom seemed to be having any fun. Except for two guys dancing right up front, who turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The band met Yorke and Godrich after their set and Godrich turned up at more European shows... and ended up producing Different Ships. This is the bands first album that didn't start with Luke Temple doing demos on his own, and with the band incorporated from the beginning (and working in Godrich's studio). While still boyant and dreamy, Different Ships feels a little bigger, a little more fully formed than the previous two. You can stream "Make Up Your Mind" at the bottom of this post as well stream new single "How Do I Know?" at Secretly Canadian's SoundCloud page.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
And finally, while Feelies shows have become less rare since the band actually made a new album, but any chance to see one of the most influential NYC-area bands of the last 30 years is one you shouldn't pass up. And you have that chance on Friday (4/27) at the Bell House. While bands from Luna (who had the Feelies' Stanley Demeski on drums at the beginnning) to The Strokes have taken from them, there's no substitute for that Bill Million/Glen Mercer guitar interplay that still sounds like magic.
You can listen to the Feelies' terrific album from last year, Here Before, as well as some of their classic ones, at Spotify. The Feelies also play Saturday (4/28) at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY if you're up that way and a few more scheduled dates throughout the summer which are further down this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above, are below.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Diehard are at Union Hall tonight with Everest, Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) and Resistor. Diehard just released a video for their theme songwhich you can watch below. It's from last year's The Times We Didn't Have Fun which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Diehard also play Saturday (4/28) at the Rock Bar in the west, West Village.
Colorado's Gauntlet Hair are in town at GLasslands tonight with dream poppers Field Mouse and Baby Alpaca.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
One of the coolest cats around, Nick Lowe is at at Town Hall with nearly 40 years worth of amazing songs in his arsenal. Last year's The Old Magic was another winner from the Basher and you can stream it at Spotify and watch the comedy star-studded video for "Sensitive Man" below.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
The Feelies recently scheduled two shows happening this spring, including one in NYC at The Bell House on April 27 and another in Hudson, NY at Club Helsinki on April 28. Tickets for the Bell House show are on sale now.
So it wasn't exactly the Feelies, but Yo La Tengo did manage to arrange for an opening set by The Trypes on the eighth night of Hanukkah at Maxwell's...
After Crazy Rhythms, Fier and Keith DeNunzio left the band. With the Feelies in limbo, Mercer and Million collaborated with other local New Jersey musicians, forming one of a number of Feelies offshoots, The Trypes, featuring some once and future Feelies members, including Brenda Sauter, Dave Weckerman and Stanley Demeski, as well as John Baumgartner, Marc Francia and Toni Paruta. The Trypes, quieter and more psychedelic than the Feelies, played regular live gigs around the New York/Hoboken scene at clubs such as Maxwell's and Folk City. In 1984, Coyote released a Trypes 12" EP produced by Million and Mercer, The Explorers Hold, featuring three original songs (credited to Mercer alone or with other band members), plus a cover of the George Harrison song, "Love You To", which originally had appeared on The Beatles' Revolver. The Trypes also contributed a Million/Mercer-produced original song, "A Plan Revised", to the 1985 Coyote anthology of Hoboken acts, Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon. Some members of the Trypes later formed the band Speed The Plough. [Wikipedia[Comedian Chris Elliot (!) is also opening the Tuesday night Yo La Tengo show that is still underway as I write this.
photos by Tamara Porras
"Times New Viking and The Feelies were really really great at Prospect Park last night. Real Estate also played." - Kris Liakos
The Feelies @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
The Feelies braved the heat to play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Saturday (7/23) with Times New Viking and Real Estate. Like Seun Kuti in the same space the night before, the band was definitely competing with people's air conditioning on Saturday night.
The Feelies rewarded those in attendance with two encores. The first was three songs and they covered Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Stooges. They then left and returned once more for a second encore which was the Crazy Rhythms single "Fa Ce-La."
Check out a video of The Feelies' Stooges cover, some backstage audio with Times New Viking and Real Estate, the partial setlist and more pictures from the show below...
by Bill Pearis
Holiday weekends generally mean less bands of note playing in NYC which seems to be the case this year for the Fourth of July, but there is some great stuff happening nonetheless. First and formost for me are Canadian rock icons Sloan, who play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/29) and Knitting Factory tomorrow (6/30). If you missed it, I interviewed guitarist Jay Ferguson earlier this week which was a lot of fun. Here's him talking about playing Sloan's new fantastic album, The Double Cross, live:
It's fun, especially the first three songs on the record which are kind of a little mini suite that flow into each other. We play those right at the beginning, flowing together so it's a fun exercise to pull off. It's always fun to play the new songs. Maybe more fun for us than the audience. We've been around for 20 years and hopefully the audience is interested the new material but you hope you're not boring them. When Mick Jagger says, "Here's another new one from Bridges to Babylon," everyone goes to get a drink. Hopefully people will patiently listen until we play one of our huge hits from 1998.Sloan was one of the first things (second, specifically) I ever wrote about for this site and am pretty much a superfan. I've seen them play countless times and are one of my favorite live bands ever. If you've never seen them, do yourself a favor and go to one of these shows, it's pretty much a guaranteed good time. Also, check out Sloan's rockin' version of Gary Numan's classic "Cars" that the band did for AV Club series Undercover. The video is below.
It is Independence Day weekend which means The Feelies at Maxwell's. These are now becoming the summertime equivalent of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows and there are three this year: Friday(7/1) and Saturday (7/2) which are both sold out and Sunday (7/3) which still has tickets.
In addition to the band's classic catalog -- and host of covers -- The Feelies have a new album this time out as you may know. Here Before is the band's first album in 20 years and finds Glen Mercer, Bill Million and the rest of the band picking up basically where they left off. But really, what else would you expect. It's a lovely album, probably most reminiscent of 1985's The Good Earth with the prevelance of acoustic guitars. That magic interplay between Mercer and Million is still there. This is an album for early evening Sunday back yard barbeques. And anyone who's seen The Feelies live since they got back together knows they've still got it.
And if you can't make the Maxwell's shows, The Feelies play Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23.
If you want to let it all hang out, maybe go see Nobunny who plays Knitting Factory on Friday (7/1) and a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/2). He will certainly be hanging out, most of him at least, as it's a rare show where he doesn't strip down to his tightie whities. The sleazoid schtick remains fun because Nobunny's songs are pretty undeniably catchy in a Ramones-y pop-punk meets Happy Days kind of way. As can be heard on last year's First Blood. Live shows remain unhinged. If you're in a Nobunny state of mind, it's a good time.
I do wonder about that mask, though. He does wash it occasionally, right? If you can wash it.
And if you're in an electronic pop kind of mood, Memory Tapes play a late show on Friday night (7/1) at Mercury Lounge. Main Memory man Dayve Hawk has crafted a lovely thing with his second album Player Piano which comes out next week. Using mostly live drums this time out gives it a real human beating heart, I think, and bodes well for the live shows this time around. (I was a little underwhelmed when I saw them at the Pool Parties last summer but that wasn't an ideal venue for what MT do.) I dig the record's songwriting and production, both of which are pretty teriffic. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And do check out the very cool video for "Yes I Know" at the bottom of this post.
And that's mostly it for this holiday weekend. Happy America! A few more picks -- and shameless plugging -- below.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
John Maus and Puro Instinct are at Mercury Lounge. I caught both last night at Glasslands. Maus' show, which shouldn't work, does thanks to his dedication and intensity. A little goes a long way, though. (I really like the new album, I should say.) Puro Instict can really sing and play... better songs will come with time. They're young.