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photos by P Squared; words by Bill Pearis

FFS @ Terminal 5 10/7/2015

"There are not two bands on stage tonight," proclaimed Alex Kapranos to the Terminal 5 crowd on Tuesday night (10/6). "There is only FFS!" The collaborative effort between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks has been paying off all year, first with their excellent self-titled debut album and then this tour which provided this writer with the most fun T5 show he's ever seen. It was also apparent that both groups, together as FFS, were having a total blast, with Franz Ferdinand getting to back up Russell and Ron Mael on Sparks singles and vice-versa in addition the FFS songs. This tour also really allows FF's Nick McCarthy to be a Nile Rodgers disco riff machine , something he is very very good at.

The apex of the night comes with the double shot of Sparks' synthpop singalong "The Number One Song in Heaven" that then leads to a breakdown where everyone is playing drums -- except stoic-faced Ron Mael who gets up from his keyboard to dance and send the crowd in hysterics -- and then leading right into Franz Ferdinand's "Michael." Before the applause dies down, they launch into "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" which just sounds great with the full band and Russell Mael's falsetto remains in astonishingly fine form. We got the entire FFS album, plus three songs each from Franz Ferdinand ("Take Me Out" and "Do You Want To?" being the others) and Sparks ("When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'" during the encore).

The night concluded with their meta-epic "Collaborations Don't Work" which was really the only way to go out and probably the show's other big highlight. (FFS' "Piss Off" was pretty killer, too.) But there were no low points, apart from it being over too soon. If you have a chance to see one of the remaining dates on this tour, listed below, you should 100% go. They play Chicago on Thursday (and another set of pics from the NYC show are at BV Chicago). Their 10/9 Minneapolis show will stream live on Yahoo at 11 PM EDT.

The Intelligence were fitting openers at least on an, uh, intellectual level, as both bands have a firm grasp of satire and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. The band banged out a short, sharp set of their mutant garage, opening with the darkly comic "Cleaning Lady" (from new album Vintage Future) with help from Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thompson on syn-drums. Pictures from their set, plus more of FFS, below.

Continue reading "Franz Ferdinand & Sparks were FFS at Terminal 5 with openers The Intelligence (pics, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis

The Intelligence

The warped minds at The Intelligence released their new album, Vintage Future, last week and it's another winner, offering up killer art-damaged garage rock and the funny, strange worldview of Lars Finberg. You can stream the whole thing below.

The Intelligence have been added as openers on the upcoming FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks) tour, making for a very appealing double (triple?) bill. Those dates include the NYC show at Terminal 5 on October 6. Tickets are still available. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Intelligence released 'Vintage Future,' added to Franz Ferdinand/Sparks tour (dates, LP stream)"

by Bill Pearis

The Intelligence 2015

Sardonic noisemakers The Intelligence are back with a new album, Vintage Future, which will be the band's first since 2012's Everybody's Got It Easy But Me. Another peek into Lars Finberg's unique, funny/cynical worldview is always welcome and Vintage Future seems especially focused. Moving to LA continues to, thankfully, have no discernible effect on his outlook. The record's title track, featuring sometimes Oh Sees vocalist Brigid Dawson, closes the album and makes its premiere in this post. Here's what Lars says about it:

Our last album had a kind of break-up tone to it and for this one I wanted it to have a kind of comedic/heroic taping the pieces back together vibe. The last record ended with a bon voyage/get well soon kinda song and this one ends with more of a confused robot's valentine.
Have a listen to that confused robot valentine, below.

Vintage Future is out September 25 via In the Red. Pre-orders are available. Album art, tracklist and song stream, below...

Continue reading "The Intelligence announce new album 'Vintage Future' (listen to the title track featuring Brigid from Thee Oh Sees)"

by Andrew Sacher

Capitol Hill Block Party

Seattle's annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns in 2015 from July 24-26. This year's lineup includes Ratatat, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, Wye Oak, The Julie Ruin, Shabazz Palaces, Flatbush Zombies, Deafheaven, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lower Dens, Girlpool, Protomartyr and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

SSDD (photo by Invisible Hour)

As always, the lineup includes a few cool local Seattle bands, and it's a good way to check out some of those bands if you're coming to the fest from out of town. One is SSDD (aka "Steal Shit Do Drugs"). They include former members of The Intelligence, The Dutchess & the Duke and more, and they just put out a new EP First Comes Money on Help Yourself Records this week. They make garage punk that's pretty catchy and clear-sounding as far as garage punk goes, but still driving and full of attitude. Stream their new EP below.

So Pitted

Another cool Seattle punk band that isn't playing Capitol Hill Block Party, but have a hometown show with Happy Diving and Never Young a few days beforehand, is So Pitted. Their latest release is this year's 1 EP, which is a little murkier and freakier than SSDD. They've had their praises sung by other Seattle bands, like Chastity Belt. They also recently played a Sub Pop-curated show with White Lung, and ended up on one of the Sub Pop staffers' year-end lists in 2014. You can stream their newest EP below and download it (name your price) here.

Continue reading "Capitol Hill Block Party includes Ratatat, TVOTR, Father John Misty, SSDD & more ++ get to Seattle early and see So Pitted"

intro by Bill Pearis

Lars Finberg w/ The Intelligence

It's been almost three years since The Intelligence's last album, Everybody's Got it Easy But Me. What has Lars Finberg been up to in the interim? This year saw the reissue of The Intelligence's first album, Boredom & Terror, on double vinyl (the original CD's bonus disc is now the second platter), which is well worth picking up. You can stream it via Spotify below. As for what else, there's lots going on, including a new album, and we'll let Lars fill you in on all that:

We are fresh home from our "Is it possible to tour Europe on the 'deluxe' reissue of our first LP "Boredom and Terror"? (the answer is a resounding 'somewhat") and Petey Dammit from Thee Oh Sees joined us as a guitarist/stylist.  Our new LP Vintage Future is recorded (by Chris Woodhouse and featuring friends from the The Shins/Thee Oh Sees/Sic Alps/Wounded Lion/The Mallard/Mayyors) and currently being mastered for an April release on In the Red Records, preceded by a 12" single/EP called "Cleaning Lady." Then the bench will be warm enough for us to start touring/hawking t-shirts in the spring.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details on Vintage Future and The Intelligence's tour plans (they were last in NYC during CMJ 2012).

While Lars was filling us in on the new album, he also gave us his Top 10 of 2014. It's a mix of albums, movies, books and shows, and not all of it was actually released this year, but he makes a good case for all of it with commentary below.

Continue reading "The Intelligence reissued first LP, releasing new LP 'Vintage Future' in April, tell us their Top 10 of 2014"

photos by Amanda HatfieldDominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis

Deap Vally @ Public Assembly (by Dominick)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Foxygen @ Public Assemby (by Amanda)
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

Our Friday not-CMJ day party (10/19) at Public Assembly, our first of two day-long, two-stage shows at the venue over the weekend, had my favorite one-two punch of the entire 2012 CMJ week: Savages followed by METZ both of whose performances we wrote about already (click the links). But I'll add that even though it was a shorter set (that didn't include "Flying to Berlin"_ than when I caught them at Glasslands earlier in the week, Savages were more, relaxed, more electrifying at our show. And METZ bring their insane level of energy (and volume) to every show they do, day or night, and they knocked the crowd for a loop. CMJ in a nutshell right there.

The rest of Friday's line-up was highly diverse: Israeli prog rockers Tiny Fingers; Wisonsin folk duo Blessed Feathers; the retro-fueled shenanigans of the terrific Foxygen; Murals' laid-back dreampop; FIGO and Toys that Kill bringing some punk; Deap Vally bringing riffs and sex appeal; IO Echo's gothy shoegaze pop; MSMR's big pop sounds (a little like an indie Sophie Ellis Bextor?); Doldrums on what was one of their 8000 highly energetic shows that week; Braids' new, electronic direction; and the brainy fake surf of The Intelligence.

Attendees at the show were fueled by complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, complimentary beer courtesy of PBR, and snacked on the free Raw Revolution organic live food bars that were scattered around the venue. Hopefully nobody had a hangover thanks to cans of the Mercy that were given out aplenty. If the PBR and Poggled photographer took your picture, look for it on our Facebook.

We already posted pictures from this party of METZ, Savages, and Sky Ferreira. More from the whole show, below...

Continue reading "BV Friday Day Party pics (Deap Vally, Foxygen, Murals, Toys That Kill, Braids, Io Echo, The Intelligence, Savages, METZ + more)"

by Bill Pearis


The Intelligence just debuted the video for their track "Hippy Provider" from this year's terrific Everybody's Got it Easy But Me (stream it at Spotify). The clip features a sweet '80s-style Fisher all-in-one stereo system (that goes well with the "Freedom Rock" referencing lyric) and the sunny skies of Los Angeles where main brain Lars Finberg resides these days when not on the road. You can watch it below.

As noted before, The Intelligence are here for CMJ week (though no official CMJ shows) in the midst of their tour with King Tuff, including headlining our backroom stage at Friday's BV day party at Public Assembly (10/19, 5:15 PM). The show is free, with complimentary beverages by PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy.

You can see them sooner than that, though, as The Intelligence play this afternoon (10/18, 4 PM) at Public Assembly for the free MySocialist day party with Wild Yaks, Mood Rings and Royal Baths. They'll then play again tonight for a not-CMJ show at Death by Audio with Canada's Absolutely Free, Parquet Courts, and Viva L'American Deathray Music (that's a great show), and then Friday afternoon (10/19, 2:40 PM) at Pianos before our day party. Do try to catch them at one (or more) of their NYC appearances, The Intelligence are a blast live.

Continue reading "The Intelligence made a new video, playing two shows today plus our Friday day party"

DOWNLOAD: Blessed Feathers - "Winter Sister" (MP3)

Blessed Feathers

Wisconsin folk duo Blessed Feathers released their debut EP, Ocean of Weeds, earlier this month, and you can stream the entire thing below. The EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) and also features Thor Harris of Swans. You can also grab a free MP3 of one of its tracks, "Winter Sister," at the top of this post, and check out the video for another, "Holyoke/Springfield," below.

The band just landed in NYC for CMJ, and you'll have a number of chances to see them, including the free BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19), where they'll play an opening set in the back room at noon.

In addition to that, they'll play the SESAC showcase at Cake Shop tonight (10/17); the Popular/MCT day party at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/18) with GHXST, Savoir Adore, Ambassadors, Santah, and Royal Canoe; the Fred Perry Artist Lounge at Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios on Thursday with The Luyas, Poor Moon, Foxygen, Ape School, So So Glos, Slug Guts, and Bleeding Rainbow; the Planetary Group day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19) with The Orwells, The Intelligence, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Rah Rah, Twerps, The Trouble with Templeton, Tim Chaisson, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Elephant Stone, and Ditka; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on Saturday (10/20).

A list of all Blessed Feathers dates, a flyer for their CMJ shows, EP stream, and video are below...

Continue reading "Blessed Feathers are here for CMJ (including BV Friday day party) -- dates, EP stream, video, MP3"

King Tuff @ Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

We've known King Tuff were going to be at CMJ this year, as part of their tour with The Intelligence, but now we know the specifics. Kyle and the band will play three times next week: The Sub Pop showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/18 (11:20 PM) with Pissed Jeans, Metz, Daughn Gibson, Poor Moon and Debo Band, then the Inland Empire showcase at City Reliquary on 10/19 (7 PM, invite only) with Sinkane and more, and finally DIY space Cheap Storage on 10/20 (midnight) with Royal Baths, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker. The band have extended their tour as well, with newly-added West Coast dates. Updated tour schedule is below.

King Tuff also have a new single out, "Screaming Skull," that isn't pulled from this year's self-titled album on Sub Pop. You can stream it below and buy it from Sub Pop or the merch table on tour.

Meanwhile, we just revealed that The Intelligence will play our BV day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), headlining the back room at 5:15 PM. Check out the FULL SCHEDULE for Friday here.

Meanwhile, The Intelligence play Maxwell's on Wednesday (10/17, tickets) with Ba Babes, then the My Social List free day party at Public Assembly on October 18 (4:30 PM) with Roomrunner, Wild Yaks and Royal Baths, then later that night at Death by Audio as part of a killer bill with Montreal krautrockers Absolutely Free, locals Parquet Courts and Viva L'American Deathray Music. The DbA show is not affiliated with CMJ and $7 gets you in at the door.

King Tuff dates and song stream are below.

Continue reading "King Tuff released new 7", expands tour + CMJ week shows; The Intelligence playing Friday BV day party (dates, streams)"

We're at Public Assembly in Brooklyn all day Friday (10/19) and Saturday (10/20). Here's what Friday looks like...


BrooklynVegan FRIDAY DAY PARTY - 10/19/2012

STAGE 1 (front room)
12:00 Tiny Fingers (from Israel)
01:00 Murals
01:45 Deap Vally
02:30 Savages
03:15 METZ
04:00 MS MR
05:00 Braids

STAGE 2 (back room)
12:00 Blessed Feathers
12:40 Foxygen
01:25 FIGO (live)
02:10 IO Echo
03:00 Sky Ferreira
03:40 Doldrums
04:30 Toys That Kill
05:15 The Intelligence

That's 15 bands in 6 hours and all 100% FREE. If you have to work, call in sick!

And show up early for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum and complimentary beer courtesy of PBR. You can also grab a free hangover prevention beverage courtesy of Mercy, and stay energized with free Raw Revolution organic live food bars. Get your photo taken in our free photo booth courtesy of PBR and Poggled.

Saturday lineup (same time, same place) coming soon...


Meanwhile you'l also find us, or our BV Austin site to be more specific, repping Texas at Rebel (a free and official CMJ party), and at Saint Vitus on Saturday night.

by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts at Death by Audio 8/18/2012 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts released their debut album, Light Up Gold, over the summer and has made its way into almost daily rotation at my house and a guarantee for my 2012 Favorite LPs list. As much as I like Andrew Savage's other band, Fergus & Geronimo, and their most recent album, Parquet Courts are a little more immedate and focused and rockin'. As I wrote before:

Where F&G are a catchall of whatever styles Savage (and Jason Kelly) are into at the time, Parquet Courts definitely have a sound: nervvy '80s style American indie, the kind found on labels like SST and Homestead and occasionally made by Camper Van Beethoven when they weren't hippie-ing out. (Early Pavement too, for that matter.) Savage and Austin Brown don't so much sing as yell which works perfect with the tension filled music that's ripe for spazzy dancing
If you haven't heard Light Up Gold Yet, you can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post.

Now that Fergus & Geronimo's tour with Jaill is over, Savage is putting the focus back on Parquet Courts who have a number of shows coming up, including a few in NYC: Friday (10/5) at Dead Herring with Jeremy Smoking (mems PC Worship), Psychic Blood and Heaven's Gate; October 12 at Living Bread Deli with Psychic Boots; a CMJ-week show on October 18 at Death by Audio with The Intelligence and Viva L'American Deathray Music; and October 21 at Shea Stadium with Ringo Deathstarr, Juan Waters and Son of Salami.

There's a few other dates which are listed below along with the Parquet Courts album stream.

Continue reading "Parquet Courts are playing a bunch of shows (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

King Tuff
King Tuff

King Tuff and The Intelligence will be touring together this fall, a tour that will include stops during the CMJ Festival which just announced its initial line-up. No specifics on the CMJ shows other than King Tuff has blocked off October 18 and 19 for it. King Tuff has also been added to the FYF Fest which goes down Labor Day Weekend in LA.

The Intelligence, meanwhile, will play a headlining show at Maxwell's on October 17 and tickets are on sale. They'll be around for those CMJ dates as well.

King Tuff has a new video for "Alone and Stoned" that you can watch, along with a stream of The Intelligence's highly-recommended new album, Everybody's Got It Easy But Me, and a list of tour dates for both bands below...

Continue reading "King Tuff and The Intelligence touring together, will be in NYC for CMJ (dates, video, streams)"


The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 initial lineup announced"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence -They Found Me in the Back of the Galaxy (MP3)

The Intelligence

Smartass post punks The Intelligence are back with a new album, Everybody's Got it Easy But Me, that's out via In the Red on June 19 . Like on 2010's Males, main brain Lars Finberg is eschewing the scuzzy reverb-mired roots of the band in favor of clean mid-fi production. Some of that nervy angst, so integral to 2009's Fake Surfers, is back, however, with room for a few barn-burners, a couple introspective numbers and a cover of Del Shannon's "Little Town Flirt" where Finberg duet's with Shannon of Shannon and the Clams. It's a teriffic record.

You can download the LP's ripper of a first single, "They Found Me in the Back of the Galaxy," at the top of this post. (Snippets of the whole album can be heard here.) Cover art and album tracklist are below.

Finberg, who has also played in Thee Oh Sees and Wounded Lion in the last year, recently relocated Seattle to Los Angeles, and apparently has LA and Seattle versions of the band. (No tour dates yet.) The added sunshine of his new home doesn't seem to have affected his outlook on the world just yet, though the album -- the band's seventh -- opens with a song called "I Like L.A." We'll see if Finberg ever finds love.

"They Found Me in the Back of the Galaxy" will also be on one side of a split 7" that The Intelligence is sharing with Kelley Stoltz. Speaking of, Stoltz has a new 7" single out via French label Les Discs Steak that you can stream below.

Continue reading "The Intelligence releasing 'Everybody's Got it Easy But Me' (MP3) and a split 7" with Kelley Stoltz "

The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psych Fest

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.

Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.

APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.

Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.

Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.

SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.

Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest annnounces initial 2012 lineup, new venue; SXSW posted their initial schedule"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees - The Dream (MP3)

Some recent Total Control cover art

Australian synth-punks Total Control are currently on tour with Thee Oh Sees, where they'll be in Texas for the Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend, and then touring the rest of the country, with two stops in NYC: November 17 at 285 Kent and November 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. (For ticket links, click the dates.) All Oh Sees/Total Control tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang. You can stream one of the album tracks at the bottom of this post.

Thee Oh Sees' Carrion Crawler / The Dream

Most recently, Total Control released a split 12" with their current tourmates Thee Oh Sees on John Dwyer's Castle Face label which is worth picking up too. It is probably no surprise to learn that there's another Oh Sees album on the way, Carrion Crawler / The Dream, due November 15 on In the Red. Recorded live to tape over a few days this past June, it's a return to the more familiar Oh Sees sound after the demented psych folk that was Castlemania which came out back in May. You can download the two tracks that make up the album title at the top of this post.

Don't forget, this current line-up of Thee Oh Sees features Lars Finberg of The Intelligence and recent, well-deserved recipient of The Stranger's Genius Award for Music. Not that you need any more reasons to go to either (or both) of these shows.

Oh Sees / Total Control tour dates and a Total Control audio stream are below.

Continue reading "Total Control on tour with Thee Oh Sees, playing two NYC shows this month"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees - I Need Seed (MP3)

Thee Oh Sees on Bruise Cruise (more by Gabi Porter)
Thee Oh Sees

Along with word about their newest album, Castlemania (June 14, In the Red), Bay area rockers Thee Oh Sees dropped some recent news about the future of the band: an additional member, multi-instrumentalist/singer Lars Finberg of the Intelligence (who was playing with Wounded Lion at SXSW), will be making the group a five-piece in the near future. In addition to that, there's another full-length set for the fall.

Castlemania (cover art below) taps into the band's freaky, folkier side, as you can hear above with its opener "I Need Seed," so here's hoping the fall record picks up where 2009's Help and 2010's Warm Slime left off: jittery, high-wattage songs built for live, late-night consumption.

And in addition to those, the band already released a record this year - a double-LP at that. Their Singles Collection Vol. 1 & 2 came out quietly at the end of March on Dwyer's Castleface Imprint. I don't know much about it, but the clips currently up at Aquarius Records hint at a pretty rich batch of tunes. The tracklist for that - with all of the band's current tour dates (no NYC at the moment) - is below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees releasing 'Castlemania' (MP3), released a singles collection, add Lars Finberg to group, announced some dates"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
Cassie & Justin

"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.

Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.

This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]

Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Cassie did play Jack! - Todd P/Panache Halloween show pics w/ the Intelligence, Das Racist, Pictureplane, Beets & more "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Oh No Oh My - Walking Into Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Suzan - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bettie Serveert - Deny All (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elk City - Jerks on Ice (MP3)
DOWNLOADThe Intelligence - Like Like Like Like Like Like Like (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Diamond Way (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Shake the Shackles (MP3)

The Suzan @ Brooklyn Bowl for the Fool's Gold party (more by Brook Bobbins)
The Suzan

Unlike last year, I managed to make it through CMJ week without getting sick. Normally I try and do a sonic detox and not see any music after CMJ for at least a week. But that's not gonna happen as there's some seriously good stuff rolling through town in the next five days. Early next week too (Clinic/Fresh & Onlys), but let's not get ahead of ourselves too much.

Hey, remember Oh No Oh My? No? Oh. Well, people were going apeshit about them a few years ago. I kinda forgot about them, to the point where when I saw they were playing this week I thought it was Danish band Oh No Ono (editor's note: SAME). Anyway, Oh No Oh My are back!... and will release a new album of pleasant acousticy pop, People Problems, in early 2011. And they're here in NYC for a couple shows: tonight at the Rock Shop, and tomorrow (10/28) at Pianos.

More interesting to me are the bands they are playing with. Tonight at the Rock Shop, it's with Japanese bandThe Suzan whose new album Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat was just released this week. It was produced by Bjorn Yttling of PB&J and you can definitely hear his touch on clever, catchy tracks like "Home" which you can download at the top of this post. Also playing are New Zealand's The Family Cactus.

The Pianos show has another New Zealand band,Street Chant, who were one of the funniest bands, stage-banter wise, I saw at CMJ. One memorable song intro: "We're the biggest rock band in New Zealand and this next song was Number One for nine months in a row!" Street Chant are pretty punk rock and definitely worth catching. Also playing the Pianos show: Boats (not Seattle's BOAT) and Estranged Estates.

The Intelligence @ Market Hotel in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence

The Intelligence are visiting this weekend, playing Cake Shop on Saturday (10/30) and then the Todd P/Panache Halloween extravaganza on Sunday (10/31)at Ridgewood Masonic Temple . When it comes to surfy garage rock, The Intelligence are in the 99th percentile and if you haven't picked up the band's new album, Males, it's one of my favorites of the year. You can download a track from it above.

Further reading: Front dude Lars Finberg is keeping a tour diary for The Stranger and so far (one entry) it's a very entertaining read:

It's a 14-hour-plus drive to Fargo (basically 20 after my bathroom stops). We've learned to do this at the beginning of the tour as it can be so depressingly boring that all you can do is listen to Erik Satie and stare into the void. We finally stop around 2 am in Dickenson, North Dakota, and every hotel is booked for hunting season. I thought that the whole point of hunting was to drink the deer's blood and sleep under the stars in its carcass. It doesn't seem right to bag a deer and have a Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity breakfast and watch Becker in a warm bed at the Comfort Inn, so we drive on. Wait, there's a vacany sign--a true dump glowing like a beacon! "One room left," the clerk says. Highlights include two towels for five people (I am answered with a blank stare followed by a shrug when I ask if we can get more), a hornet in the room, and a shower curtain that emits such a powerful cigarette smell that I want to steal it to impress others.
The Cake Shop show is with Philly's An Albatross, plus locals German Measles and McDonalds; the Todd P Halloween show has Cassie and Justin from The Babies performing as The White Stripes, plus The Beets, Das Racist, Janka Nabay, Pictureplane and more. All upcoming Intelligence tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

Bettie Serveert
Bettie Serveert

Visa issues kept Dutch band Bettie Serveert from playing Maxwell's and Southpaw earlier this month, but the band are here now, in the middle their North American tour that hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/29), and Maxwell's a few days later. Their 1990 debut, Palomine, is one of my favorite Matador albums ever and they've consistently performed ever since. Pharmacy of Love is the band's ninth album and a little more rockin' than we've heard from the band over the last few LPs. Check out "Deny All" at the top of this post. Carol van Dyk's voice is still smoky cool, and catchy songs abound. And surely they'll play "Tomboy" and "Kid's Alright."

Opening are Elk City whose new album House of Tongues was kind of overlooked. Smart, well-arranged pop, with ex-Luna guitarist Sean Eden providing some shimmery flair. Download album track "Jerks on Ice" at the top of this post.

And finally, Austin's YellowFever are in town this weekend for a string of shows. Hopefully Jennifer made it through Airport security ok this time. They play tonight (10/27) at the Showpaper 42nd St. Gallery with The Babies, Sewn Leather and more. Then they play The Mug at Vassar College tomorrow (10/28), Dead Herring on Friday with Coasting, Julianna Barwick and more; and Saturday (10/30) at 171 Lombardy forThe Pelly Twins Halloween Party with DOM, Smith Westerns, Total Slacker and Sweet Bulbs.

Also, just in time for halloween, the spooky video for Total Slacker's "Crystal Necklace" which you can watch below.

That's the big stuff. A few more shows, day-by-day, not covered above.


'90s electronic superstars Underworld play Roseland Ballroom tonight. Lager, lager lager!

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The Intelligence

:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
I suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.

As mentioned all the way back in September, The Intelligence are currently on tour and will also play a NYC show at Cake Shop one day before Halloween with German Measles and The Beets.

By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.

Updated Intelligence dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

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The Intelligence @ Market Hotel in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence

One of Seattle's finest, The Intelligence, have a new record and are gearing up for a big fall tour, including an October 30 stop at Cake Shop and will also play the Todd P Halloween Show somewhere in Brooklyn, details TBA. The band were last here about a year ago supporting one of 2009's best albums, Fake Surfers.

Its follow-up, Males, is the band's sixth album (third for In the Red) but marks a couple of firsts for the band. It's the first Intelligence album that wasn't played entirely by main brain Lars Finberg and marks a bold leap into fidelity. Scraping off the scuzz hasn't removed any of the band's weird charm -- Males is quite possibly their best album yet. (And Fake Surfers was hard to top.) You can download "Like Like Like Like Like Like Like" at the top of this post.

Finberg discusses  these new developments in the Intelligence's sound in a very entertaining interview over at The Finest Kiss:

Each new Intelligence record seems to sound a little more 'produced'... and you seem to have become more collaborative if not with the rest of the band at least with the producer. With Males you've even let the rest of the band into the studio. Are you weakening in your old age, or just more open to collaboration?

I'm weakening, I'm lonely. It's more fun to make something with everybody else now, it's new. My ears are just tired of the 'LO-FI' sound for us, I'm also sick to death of being called that, it's stupid but nothing gets called mid-fi or hi-fi, such a tired and petty complaint I know. I thought the most interesting thing we could do would be to try to make a big clean record. But really it's just the most interesting path to go down for me, we can record on dirty blank cassette tapes forever, it's easy but the challenge of having real bright vocals up front was scary and fun. Also our bass sound is cool with Susanna I wanted the record to have a lot of low end. Beren is a great drummer and we wanted a record with US as a band playing, since the 3 of us have been together a long time now it's just more fun to have something we make as a group. Plus if it sucks it's THEIR FAULT TOO.

Hi-fi or lo-fi, you seem torn between them (ie. Surfers vs Pacman). What is your preference and has it changed over the years?

It's Hi-Fi for now, I want our records to sound good with the windows down! I want it to sound good on a P.A. in a club and DJ's to be able to play it next to Adam Ant and the Buzzcocks without people involuntarily grinding their molars.

If the new album isn't enough Lars Finberg for you, he's got a side project, Puberty, you might want to investigate.

Meanwhile, Finberg's old band, the under-appreciated early-'00s A Frames, have come out of retirement -- albeit without him. (He left the drum stool in 2006.)  Earlier this year saw the release of 333, an odds-n-sods triple platter of 7" sides and demos and with it came some new shows.

A Frames are making it to the East Coast in October, playing Cake Shop on 10/8 and Death by Audio on 10/9. They also play Philly on 10/7 at the Danger Danger Gallery. Video from a recent show in Seattle is at the bottom of this post

All Intelligence and A Frames tour dates below...

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Thee Oh Sees in Kansas in September (by Bond Natalya)
Thee Oh Sees

10.9 @ death by audio

.special guests "the ghosties"
..the fresh and onlys [san francisco]
...the beets

Thee above listed Death By Audio show happens after the previously-listed Bell House show that is also going on this evening (10/9), with almost the same lineup. Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh and Onlys played a show at Mercury Lounge last night.

For The Beets, DBA is also one of two shows tonight. Their first is with Monotonix at Santos Party House. Monotonix also play Market Hotel on Saturday.

A video of The Intelligence covering Thee Oh Sees' "Block of Ice" in Dallas on October 3rd, below...

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The Intelligence @ Market Hotel (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence

The Intelligence have added another NYC show happening before they continue out of town on tour. It's happening at Don Pedro's rooftop with Woven Bones TONIGHT (9/15). The Intelligence say they go on at 9PM sharp.

Swell Season @ Rumsey Playfield this time last year (more by Kurt Christensen)
Swell Season

tonight in NYC
* OK Go @ The Bell House
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Soulico (early) @ Cake Shop
* The Swell Season @ 92YTribeca
* The Zeros, The Choke @ Maxwell's
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* 826NYC benefit @ Highline Ballroom
* Kings of Leon, Glasvegas @ Nassau Coliseum
* Autolux, Sleepy Sun, Bridezilla @ Bowery Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Fruit Bats, Iran, Kevin Barker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Urgehal, Spearhead, Eyes of Noctum, Black Anvil, Villains @ Europa
* Hanne Hukkelberg, Sian Alice Group, Highlife, Vorhees @ Mercury Lounge
* Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso, Desolation Wilderness, Regattas, City Center @ Death By Audio

The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) have a new album coming out; tonight they play 92YTribeca which is a much smaller venue than Radio City and Central Park Summerstage.

Autolux travels from ATP NY to play two shows in NYC this week. Tonight's is at Bowery Ballroom with Sleepy Sun and Bridezilla (who also played ATP).

Kings of Leon and Glasvegas are at Nassau Coliseum.

"Israeli DJs Soulico will be playing a 'secret' industry-mostly show at Cake Shop on Monday (9/14) night. It's early (6-9PM) so you can come straight from work, and there will be FREE Brooklyn Lager in case you get thirsty. "

Rev. Vince Anderson plays Union Pool (like he does every Monday).

Aerosmith and ZZ Top were supposed to play MSG tonight.

Sub Pop band Fruit Bats released their latest LP, The Ruminant Band, on August 4th. Their tour comes to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show tonight with Iran and Kevin Barker.

Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso, Desolation Wilderness, Regattas and City Center play Death By Audio and its newly arted-up space tonight. A video of Arrington de Dionyso (of Old Time Relijun) performing at this summer's What the Heck Fest in Anacortes, WA, is posted below.

Great Lake Swmimmers' new video for "Still" is below...

(Another) Video from The Intelligence's Friday night (9/11) Market Hotel show is below too.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)

photos by Tim Griffin


Honestly, I wasn't expecting all the moshing and crowd surfing. I'd hopped in a cab seconds after seeing Wild Beasts for a third time in one week and headed to Market Hotel to see Seattle's finest purveyors of bent surf garage. On record, The Intelligence are genuinely weird, like they try and make normal music and this is what comes out. It's not dissimilar to what Sic Alps or Thee Oh Sees do, but there's a sinister edge, kind of like in a David Lynch movie. Slightly uncomfortable. But live, Lars Finberg and the rest of The Intelligence are here to rock. Market Hotel didn't seem that crowded to me, but when the second song kicked in it was a like a mosh magnet, everyone who was still there rushed towards the stage and collectively lost their shit. In particular, Golden Triangle's OJ (the band had just played) was a crowd surfing dynamo, despite there not being quite enough crowd to hold him. No matter how many times he got dropped, OJ kept getting back up there. "Let's see how many people get hurt on this one," a perplexed Finberg joked during the encore. The guy might have bruises all over his body now, but Friday night [9/11] that little dude was all smiles.

Finberg kept asking the crowd if we could he his vocals -- we could I thought they sounded great -- but judging by that I don't think they could hear anything. Sometimes you just move forward via instinct and muscle memory. [Bill Pearis]

The review and photos here are both from The Intelligence's Sept. 11th show at Market Hotel. Their current tour also brought them to Cake Shop two days later (last night) on Sunday the 13th (with a Philly show in between).

Today (Monday, 9/14), the band is scheduled to stop by both Viva Radio (who is currently interviewing the xx) and WNYU (89.1 FM, where they'll appear on The New Afternoon Show sometime between 4-7:30pm).

The band's remaining tour dates across North America run into October. Those and more pictures from the show are posted below...

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