Entries tagged with: The Spits
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
France's La Femme have an addictive sound pulling from psychedelic pop, surf rock, ye-ye and more, and as good as their recorded music is, their live shows are crazy on another level. So lucky for us, they've announced that they'll be returning to the US this fall where they have three shows announced so far -- NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 16, LA's Echoplex on October 23, and San Francisco's Beach Goth Party on 10/25 with The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Chelsea Wolfe, The Spits, Atlas Sound and more. CMJ is right in the middle of that gap, so it doesn't seem impossible that they'll play some shows during that as well. Tickets for LPR go on sale today (8/15) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts, words by Bree Roberts
The Spits @ Knitting Factory - 10/10/13
For more than fifteen years The Spits have been gracing the world with their particular DIY brand of dirty garage skate punk. Formed in Seattle in the mid 90s by Michigan born brothers Sean and Erin Wood, this Kalamazoo based band has released five self titled albums and toured extensively, amassing an impressively devoted fan base. Currently in the midst of a tour with Useless Eaters to promote the re-release of their rarities compilation Kill The Cool (In The Red Records), The Spits hit NYC for two shows last week. First was Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on Thursday (10/10) with local thrashers Foster Care, and then Mercury Lounge a day later. Pictures of the Knitting Factory show are in this post.
Brooklyn based snot nosed punk purists Foster Care didn't hit the stage until almost 10pm, throwing themselves into a frantic set, with singer Chris Teenager propelling himself into a quickly growing crowd and dousing the stage (and many of the punters) with cheap beer. Backed by guitarist Patrick Sullivan and two thirds of Ex Humans - Jesse Crawford and Josh Martin - Chris worked the room into a frenzy with songs off their 2012 debut Bad Vibe City.
Useless Eaters singer and Jay Reatard protégée Seth Sutton is a natural front man, and Thursday night's moody postpunk, garage tinged, foot stomping set did not disappoint. "Why don't you kill yourself!" Seth half sang half spat at the crowd, who grinned back in response. With a distinct influence of British greats such as Wire and Gang Of Four, their cover of "Rowche Rumble" by The Fall was a well-received highlight, as were the many songs off their 2013 release Hypertension.
Rumors of the show being sold out started to finally make sense as the venue quickly crushed to capacity in feverish anticipation of headliners The Spits. A giant skull flashed almost eerily behind them as the band took the stage clad in their frequently donned wizard robes, with keyboardist Josh decked out in glam Marc Bolan-esque space punk attire. From the opening notes of "Witch Hunt" the crowd pogoed and fist pumped, and by the third song, "Live In A Van," cans were flying, as were crowd surfers, and photographers were clamoring atop the bar to swill booze and get better shots (Hi Zuzia!). "All I Want," "Let Us Play Your Party" and much loved 2001 single "19 Million AC" had the entire room shouting along to every lyric.
Finishing the night with a three song encore, The Spits retired, sweat soaked and eyeliner smeared, to their dressing room and the leather clad masses tumbled out into the Williamsburg streets.
More pictures, including one of The Spits' setlist (snapped by Bree Roberts) but none of Foster Care, below...
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
The Spits at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Spits are readying the re-release of their rarities comp, Kill the Kool on In The Red. The former tour-only LP will see reissue "in deluxe gatefold dust jacket, amended artwork and some different songs" from the release previous.
In the meantime, make sure and get out to see the band on tour with Memphis' awesome Useless Eaters, who will play a string of Northeast/Midwest dates in October include a pair of shows in NYC: October 10 at Knitting Factory and the late show on October 11 at Mercury Lounge. Ticketing info for both Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge are TBA.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams from The Spits and Useless Eaters, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Death at BrooklynVegan SXSW party - 3/15/13
Rediscovered Detroit protopunk legends Death are still around, and as they mentioned at our BrooklynVegan Thursday SXSW party, they've got a new album coming out this year. Though details on that album are still sparse, we'll most likely get a chance to hear some of the material when they play a one-off in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check LPR's site for updates.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale now. Rough Francis and The Everymen open the show.
At our SXSW party, Death played our punk-oriented stage which also included sets from Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Milk Music, Single Mothers, and Rough Francis (whose lineup features sons of the members of Death). A belated set of pictures of Death and all the other bands on that stage is in this post.
More pictures, and a full stream of Death's 1974-recorded, 2009-released For The Whole World To See, below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.
Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!
For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.
Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.
The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.
Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!
More pics from Thursday's day party are below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
John Baizley at Union Transfer (more by Maclyn Bean)
Baroness, Bitter End, Coliseum, Culo, Cut Hands, Soul Search and Waste Management are the latest batch of additions to the 2013 iteration of Chaos in Tejas, joining names as varied as Bolt Thrower, Manilla Road, Terveet Kadet, Framtid, Andy Stott, The Marked Men, The Damned, The Bats, Iceage and many more. The fest happens May 30 - June 2. Full lineup is below and tickets are still available.
In addition to the festival, Chaos in Tejas will ALSO host at least a pair of shows during SXSW including an unofficial show at Beerland on Thursday night with Blundertown (3/14) featuring Wiccans, The Spits (who play the BV day party on Thurs), Off with their Heads, Waxahachee, Meat Market, Virals and Rough Francis (who also play a BV day party). Then look for Chaos in Tejas to split Red 7 along with Relapse on Saturday 3/16, bringing along another eclectic lineup that includes Iron Lung and Big Freedia. Wow. Flyers are below.
As mentioned, John Baizley of Baroness plays his ONLY solo show at North Door on 3/16, part of the Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase.
Chaos line-up and SXSW flyers below...
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
photos Chris La Putt
"Listen, I just watched OFF! and The Spits. I know nothing about with binders or whatnot, but Keith Morris lectured me about voting. #punk" - Scare Gardscare
The Spits @ Irving Plaza - - 10/16/2012
CMJ at Irving Plaza (where there are big shows every night this week) began Tuesday night with the touring combo of OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative. It was a night of angry-not-punk rock... From a recent Rolling Stone article:
"With part of the hardcore mentality there became this batch of rules," [OFF!'s Keith] Morris tells Rolling Stone. "If somebody says, 'Well, you're hardcore' or 'You're punk rock,' I'm not gonna argue with you - except I'm not any of that stuff. I'm 57 years old. I'm just angry, and I'm pissed off."Though it continues:
"What we're doing now is kind of like a party," Morris says. "And we invited some of the bands that we believe are the best to be playing with us, to make this special, to make our party on wheels something that we want a lot of different people to come to."The party on wheels continues TONIGHT IN NJ (for those who missed the Irving show because they were home watching the debate).
Check out more pictures from NYC, OFF!'s setlist included, below...
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
The Spits at Knitting Factory, March 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
In addition to playing Gonerfest and Hopscotch, The Spits will hit the road for a string of dates supporting OFF! in October that will wrap up at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Tour kickoff goes down in NYC with a show at Irving Plaza on October 16. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday (8/15) at 10AM with regular sale hitting on Friday (8/17) at 10AM.
If you missed it, we recently posted a new live video of OFF! at Amoeba over at BVAustin. They'll play that city and the southern part of the US as part of a tour with Negative Approach, Double Negative and Power Trip prior to this set of shows with The Spits.
All listed tour dates and the recent "Fed Up" video by The Spits, below...
Nobunny at Bowery Ballroom, September 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Bubblegum weirdo Nobunny is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album for Goner records which will be out this fall. In the meantime, he'll be going on tour with stops in NYC at Otto's Shrunken Head on September 20 and Living Bread Deli on September 21. All Tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Nobunny's tour wraps up in Memphis for Gonerfest 9 which happens September 27 - 30. The annual blowout, put on by the great record store/label, features garage-leaning bands from all over the world including the Oblivians, Slug Guts, Bad Sports, White Mystery, Personal & the Pizzas, The Spits, and loads more. 4-day passes are on sale now and you can check out the full line-up and schedule below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
The Spits @ Knitting Factory
Photographers Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe spent their weekend with The Spits/TV Ghost, taking in not only the Cake Shop show on 3/1 (which we previously posted other pictures from) but also Knitting Factory (on 3/2) AND Sonar in Baltimore on 3/3 (with Livids and Murder). Pictures from all three shows, along with video from Knit courtesy of UN:ART:IG, below....
photos by Sarah Coulter
The Spits @ Cake Shop
The Spits left a sweaty mess for Cake Shop last night (3/1), one of a pair of NYC dates for the band with their tour-mates TV Ghost. Last night also featured appearances from Night Birds and Livids, neither of which will be at Knitting Factory tonight (3/2); look for a DJ set from Tony Lo-Fi in their stead. Tickets are still available.
Pictures from Cake Shop are below.
In the Red label-mates Tyvek and The Spits both play shows in Brooklyn tonight (3/2), but not together. The Spits, as you know, are at Knitting Factory with fellow In the Redders TV Ghost. Tyvek make a rare appearance at Death By Audio with Habibi, and according to the Facebook invite, "they are playin with the original line up, which means, holy shit!!!!!!!"
In completely unrelated news, Aziz Ansari tickets go on sale this morning.
DOWNLOAD: The Spits - "My Life Sucks" (MP3)
The Spits at Chaos in Tejas (more by Harriet Roberts)
The Spits begin their two night reign of punk goodness TONIGHT at Cake Shop (3/1) with tourmates TV Ghost and NYC punk MVPs Night Birds. The party continues tomorrow night at Knitting Factory (3/2, tickets) when The Spits/TV Ghost hit the Brooklyn venue with DJ Tony Lo-Fi. The tour continues on and eventually terminates with a show at Emo's East on 3/16 during SXSW with The Gories and more "special guests TBA". RSVP to get into that In the Red showcase for free.
In related news, Night Birds spent last night on The Chris Gethard Show with Julie Klausner. Did you catch it? if you missed it, watch the video below. Also down there is the previous episode with special guests Grizz Chapman (from 30 Rock), Tina Fey, Ted Leo and more.
All Spits tour dates and tons of other stuff, below...
The Spits at Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
The Spits know their way around a poppy-Ramones-y hook, so look for the band on the road as part of a string of dates with TV Ghost dubbed the "Blazing Blowout" tour. The dates, which kick off in late February, include a stop on March 1st at Cake Shop and March 2nd at Knitting Factory. Tickets to the Brooklyn show are on sale. All shows are listed below.
TV Ghost is preparing to release the new "Phantasm" b/w "Panic Area" 7" via Sweet Rot Records. The band released their latest LP Mass Dream last year; check out a video from the LP below.
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts, words by BBG
While I was going hardcore at Emo's, metal and garage were well represented at Red 7 on Thursday. Split across the venue's two stages, the outdoor patio was reserved as a Garage stage with The Spits, The Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost (who are on tour with The Spits), High Tension Wires, and OBN III's, while the indoor stage housed metal from Hooded Menace (who played Union Pool before Texas), Undergang, Acephalix, Bone Sickness, and Mammoth Grinder. Pictures of many of the bands from from both stages at Red 7 are below.
Origin of M
After the show, I met up with Keith and Harriet to trek over to The Broken Neck, a DIY venue hosting an afterparty with Tragedy (who played Europa before Texas) and Origin of M. We arrived just in time, as they were letting one in and one out due to capacity issues. We were able to slide in after a short wait. Origin of M played a crusty hardcore set with some rock style leads (ala Thin Lizzy) and sounded good, though the singer's drunken ranting in Japanese was a bit off-putting/odd. Slamming beer after beer, he loved to crowdsurf almost as much as loved to rip beer-cans apart in his mouth and chew on the aluminum. Yum. Tragedy, as usual, were unbelievable despite a PA system that was clearly DIY (and on the brink of toppling over).
DOWNLOAD: TV Ghost - Wired Trap (MP3)
Metropolis Vintage's is hosting a punk and garage extravaganza, entitled Metropolis Fest 2, which is happening over two days in Brooklyn. Starting with a free show at Don Pedro on 5/20, the fun continues with a pre-party at Metropolis Vintage in Manhattan on Saturday, 5/21. That's followed by a big blowout later that night at Brooklyn Fireproof. Keep reading for more details and other upcoming NOBUNNY shows...
The always insane garage rocker in a bunny mask (and/or naked, etc) NOBUNNY will headline the second night of Metropolis Fest 2 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Also on that bill are White Mystery (their 5th of 5 NYC shows), Timmy's Organism (Timmy Vulgar from Human Eye and Clone Defects), Peace Killers (Jesse from Foster Care, Ex Humans), Johnny ILL Band (Chris from Terrible Twos), and The Psyched (Anthony from Tunnel of Love).
The night before at Don Pedro will feature performances from The Waldos (Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers), Marvin Berry & the New Sound, The Amputees, Cheesequake, Tiger Cage, and Fuck School. More details, including DJs, a flyer and the preparty, are below.
For NOBUNNY, the show is one of many he has coming up this summer. In June and July he'll be touring a bunch. That trip brings him back to NYC for two more shows, both with TV Ghost. There's Knitting Factory on July 1st (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on July 2nd (tickets). All dates are listed below.
TV Ghost meanwhile will be out on the road with The Spits in support of Mass Dream which came out on In the Red in April. Sample that album with an MP3 (above) and video & stream (below with all dates).
Tragedy fan at Chaos in Tejas 2008 (photo by joecurry666)
After an initial lineup was announced earlier this year, Chaos in Tejas is back for more with another set of bands confirmed for the June 2nd - 5th Austin festival. Get to booking your ticket if you're interested in seeing Kriegshog (from Japan, their last show ever), a Youth of Today reunion (Ray Cappo, Porcell, Ken Olden + a drummer who isn't Sammy), Low Threat Profile, Omar Souleyman, Hooded Menace, Lower Dens, Double Negative, FYP, Oneohtrix Point Never, Veins (their only show ever), Universal Order of Armageddon, and many many others. Oh, and by the way, the previously discussed Autopsy appearance will be their only US show of the year. Full list of bands playing the multi-venue party is below.
In related news, Low Threat Profile (members of Lack Of Interest/Infest/No Comment) released their debut LP via Deep Six Records before the new year. Pick it up at your favorite distro/webstore, like Tankcrimes or Phantom City.
Universal Order of Armageddon play NYC TWICE soon; on 1/21 at Cake Shop with Trophy Wife (and more TBA) and 1/22 at Death By Audio with The Body, Orphan, and (according to Youth Attack) Salvation. Take note, the lineups have changed since we first posted, and differ from what Kill Rock Stars has posted (click the link for Baltimore and Philly date info too).
Current Chaos in Tejas lineup (more announcements are due soon), below...
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.