Entries tagged with: The Strokes
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has a new EP, simply titled AHJ, that will be out October 8. The first single, "Rude Customer," will be making it's debut on Zane Lowe's BBC1 radio show today (9/26) at 2PM NYC time.
UPDATE: The song is out now. Listen (via Dear Darkness) below.
While there's no word yet on a full tour, Hammond will be playing Webster Hall's Marlin Room on November 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at 10 AM.
Cover art and tracklist for the EP below...
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
Check out the video for "All the Time" below...
by Bill Pearis
The Strokes new album, Comedown Machine, will be out March 26 and the band have just released the video for single "All the Time." The clip uses archival footage of the band, and plays kinda like one of those montage videos people make for birthdays and anniversaries. Reminisce on the good times, the crazy times, the Strokes times, all the times, below...
Eels at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Orwells @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Boy @ Joe's Pub
* killer BOB @ The Stone
* The Stepfathers @ UCB
* Guerilla Toss @ The Stone
* Ed Kowalczyk @ City Winery
* Pedro Giraudo Sextet @ Barbes
* Las Rubias Del Notre @ Barbes
* Louis CK @ New York City Center
* Samothrace, Pilgrim @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Gaffigan @ The Capitol Theatre
* Eels, Nicole Atkins @ Webster Hall
* Potty Mouth, Aye Nako @ New Museum
* Vacationer, Body Language @ Maxwell's
* Shit Robot, Jacques Renault, EUG @ Le Bain
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tin Man, Fred P, Eric Cloutier @ Public Assembly
* The Ruby Suns, Painted Palms @ Mercury Lounge
* Andres, Anthony Naples, Magic Touch @ 285 Kent
* Freshkills, Violent Bullshit, Chron Turbine @ Union Pool
* Soley, Zach Hurd, Jeanne Jolly @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Ski Lodge, Night Panther, Day Joy, Belle Mare @ Pianos
* Bonaparte, Sami.The.Great, Bird Courage @ Glasslands
* B A N A N A S ! ! w/ Oro11, Alex (Lemonade) @ Glasslands
* Great Caesar, Vally Lodge, Laurelin Kruse @ 92YTribeca
* Good Field, Ramesh (of Voxtrot), Matt Bauer @ Union Hall
* The Orwells, The So So Glos, Radkey @ Santos Party House
* Brian Killer, Perdition, In School, Missionary @ Death By Audio
* Isle of Rhodes, The Ugly Club, The Highway @ The Rock Shop
* Dragons of Zynth, The Phantom Family Halo, Lushes, ITEZ @ Big Snow
* The Aye-Ayes, Jolly, OneHundredThousand, Josh Elkes @ Arlene's Grocery
* Mercies, Lily & The Parlour, Tricks, The Hollows, At Sea @ The Knitting Factory
* Mac De Marco, Naomi Punk, Calvin Love, Tonstartsbandht @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* PC Worship, Pop. 1280, Burning Star Core, Diamond Guardian Diffusion, Ducktails (DJ Set) @ Silent Barn
Comedian Dave Hill aka the King of Metal's power pop band Valley Lodge played The Explosion at UCB with him last night. If you missed it, Valley Lodge appear on stage in NYC again tonight at 92YTribeca. Know anyone in Boston? Dave opens for Janeane Garofalo at the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday.
The Orwells, who play a BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this month, are in town to play Santos Party House tonight.
BrooklynVegan Day Parties at SXSW this year will take place at the old Emo's location, and will also feature a set by Empress Of who plays Pianos Tuesday.
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If you're still waiting for Azealia Banks to put out her debut album, but would be okay with hearing her cover The Strokes instead, you're in luck because she recorded a cover of "Barely Legal," which you can listen to below. You may remember she has also once covered Interpol.
Bob Mould was just in town for two shows and while here he stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Star Machine," from last year's roaring The SIlver Age. As an online bonus, Bob and the band ripped through Sugar's classic "A Good Idea." Look for comedians Fred Armisen and Jon Glazer watching from the wings. Check out both clips below.
As mentioned, The Strokes' new album, Comedown Machine, is out March 26 on RCA Records. For those not sure about the album's first taste, the A-Ha-esque "One Way Trigger," the album's official first single, "All the Time," is much more what most of us were expecting/hoping for. That's the cover art for the single above (keeping with the tape-box theme of the album art) and you can stream it below.
You heard the weirdly '80s Norwegian sounding "One Way Trigger" last week and now The Strokes have announced details of their new album, Comedown Machine, which will be out March 26. As you may have guessed, that's the album cover above. The album's first official single will be "All the Time" which comes out February 19.
There were rumors of a new song from The Strokes and here it is: "One Way Trigger." That's the art above. Is it just us or does it kinda sound like A-ha? Stream it below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Win Butler schooling on the bball court
POP Montreal continued on Saturday (9/22) and BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was on the scene and got shots of The Sadies, "Shut Up and Eat Your Ballads" (Leif Vollebek and friends Michael Feuerstack, Laurel Sprengelmeyer of Little Scream, and Brad Barr covering Tom Waits), and Rags to Radio. He also stopped by the Pop vs. Jock basketball game which saw members of Arcade Fire and The Strokes playing basketball with other celebrities like actor Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down), pro basketball player Luke Bonner, and more.
David Byrne, who played a POP Montreal show with St. Vincent a day earlier (9/21) (they start their NYC-run of three shows tonight), performed at the game's halftime show. During his set, he was joined by Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture to perform covers of ? and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" and KC and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)." You can watch a video of the latter below.
More pictures from Friday (9/21) are HERE. Pics from Sunday (9/23) are coming soon and more from Saturday are below.
Tonight (9/6), the stylish and the lovers of free booze and music will be out in force on the streets of Soho, the Meatpacking District and other parts of NYC for Fashion's Night Out.
We posted a giant list of FNO music happenings yesterday and turns out there's way more including: Yoko Ono reveals her new collection at Swarovski Crystallized;
A$AP Rocky at Adidas Originals SoHo Store (see below); St. Vincent performing at at a speakeasy themed (and Boardwalk Empire-sponsored) party at Rag & Bone; Sonlange Knowles and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Ace Hotel; Theophilus London will be at The Rose Bar; Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. performs at Bloomingdale's Soho; Wild Belle at Mulberry (update: this is a DJ set); Frankie Rose and Alex Winston at Theory and more.
Basic info on these additional FNO performances/parties is below. Our previous post is here. All events are free and open-to-the-public unless otherwise noted. You can check the FNO website for more info. Some flyers below too.
Featuring: The Cabin Down Below Band And Starring: Adam Green, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Nicole Atkins, Ryan Miller of Guster, Cory Chisel, Boz Scaggs, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Chu of POP ETC, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Tyson Ritter of All American Rejects, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Danny Clinch and the Tangiers Blues Band, Sammy James, Jr. of the Mooney Suzuki, Justin Long, Johnny T, Jamie Burke, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Jack Dishel of Only Son, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Adriel Harris and many, many, more...Tickets for the May 24 & 25 shows are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
New album STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It, as the title hints, is a tribute to The Strokes' massively influential debut Is This It. The album was released for free on Stereogum today (7/26). They write:
Is This It was recorded in NYC at Transporterraum with Gordon Raphael. When it was finally released in the States in the Fall of 2001, a decade after Nevermind, it helped not only put contemporary New York City in the forefront of music lovers' minds, it offered an easy reference for people to dig backwards into the Big Apple's rock 'n' roll past. For certain younger fans, it was maybe the first time they carefully considered Television (the late '70s), the Velvet Underground (mid '60s to early '70s), and other lesser known garage and rock and whatever bands that inhabited a dirtier, grubbier Manhattan. The title's pure Richard Hell. The original sexy album cover a minimalist echo of New York Dolls (via Roxy Music). It's no coincidence that 2001 NYC -- eventually, especially Brooklyn -- ended up being known for its post-punk revival. (See, for instance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Black Dice, Vice Records' No New York nodding collection Yes New York, etc.) Is This It was a history lesson, but one with enough new ideas to also offer a roadmap.Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Owen Pallet, The Morning Benders, Real Estate, Peter Bjorn & John and others offer their takes on album tracks as well. Full tracklist below.
Wise Blood contributed "Someday" to "Stroked". He and fellow weirdo rapper Cities Aviv share a bill on September 1 at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The show is one of many scheduled around the world for Wise Blood, but is Cities Aviv's only date we see scheduled at the moment. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
Cities Aviv, the self-proclaimed "Post-Death" rapper, is also on the Glasslands bill with Wise Blood. The Memphis native released his debut full length Digital Lows on May 2. The album's production credits go to a number of virtually unknown producers, Muted Drone, RPLD GHOSTS, Danny Dee, Upgrayde, and Royal'T. The beats are dreamy, reverb-soaked headknockers that sound about as woozy as that album art (below) looks. Cities Aviv takes the beats, which on their own would make up a pretty solid chillwave album, and spits biting lines with a classic southern drawl. Fille Catatonique provides sung vocals which blend quite nicely with the album's vibes. The final track, "Float On," features Cities Aviv rapping over chillwaver Blackbird Blackbird's cover of the Modest Mouse song, that he recorded for 2010's Happy High EP. It's a fun way to end the album, and is far better than Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On," which sampled the Modest Mouse song earlier this year.
Cities Aviv isn't exactly the only rapper crossing into lo-fi/indie-approved territory lately, but he's certainly approaching the crossover from a unique angle. Digital Lows isn't nearly as blown out as, say, Shabazz Palaces, but he's still got way more experimentation going on than guys like Wiz Khalifa or Theophilus London. Grab the album for free at his bandcamp and check out some songs below.
All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...
Ted Leo @ Pier 54 in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* SBTRKT @ Coco 66
* Matt Bauder @ Barbes
* Shai Halud @ Party Xpo
* 10,000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Fight The Big Bull @ The Stone
* Prince Rama @ Market Hotel Roof
* Pedro Giraudo Sextet @ Barbes
* Pearl & The Beard, Lucius @ Moscot
* The Magician, JDH & Dave P @ Good Units
* Paperdoll, Apollo Run @ Mercury Lounge
* ViVa La Vuvuzela Music Fest @ 285 Kent
* Ken Vandermark, Chad Taylor @ The Stone
* Salem (DJ set), Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Diamondsnake, The Suzan @ The Rock Shop
* Scary Mansion, Glass Ghost, SAADI @ Zebulon
* Infinity Hotel, Boom Chick, No Kill @ The Gutter
* Brennan Green, Prince Language, Colin Rogister @ Cameo
* Grooms, Pterodactyl, The Immaculates @ Death By Audio
* Raekwon, Smif-N-Wessun, Joell Ortiz @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Meshell Ndegeocello, Mushinah @ Weeksville Heritage Center
* Four Tet, FaltyDL, SBTRKT, Bronze, Turbotax (Warm Up) @ P.S.1
* Guinea Worms, Pop. 1280, The In Out, Family Curse @ Bruar Falls
* The Bouncing Souls, Tim Barry, Lost In Society @ Highline Ballroom
* Pure X, Fungi Girls, Expensive Looks, Cough Cool @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Screaming Females @ South Street Seaport
* Making Friendz, Zebra Katz, Tayisha Busay, Skeleton Head @ Cake Shop
* CJ Ramone, The Bullys, The Bad Parts, Wyldlife @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Endless Boogie, Citay, Man Forever, Future Shuttle, ARP (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Harper Blynn, Elizabeth & The Catapult, The Bandana Splits @ Mercury Lounge
* Your 33 Black Angels, Baxx SiSi's, Persephone's Bees, Les Sans Culottes @ Coco 66
* ChocQuibTown, Rita Indiana, Ursula 1000, Que Bajo?! @ Central Park Summerstage
* Roadside Graves, Country Mice, Northern Bells, Boy Without God @ Cameo Gallery
* Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay, Monogold @ JellyNYC Rockbeach
* Barnyard Brothers, Robin Bacior, Brother, Sister, Alex Mallet, Gypsy George & The Open Road Love Affair, Chris Q. Murphy & the Fiendish Thingies, Third Wheel Band @ Southpaw
* The Sharp Lads, My Gay Banjo, Soft Black, Elizabeth Devlin, Franz Nicolay the Shivers @ Seedstock
The free Ted Leo show at the Seaport is listed as 6pm.
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Lots of free shows this week.
Matthewdavid cancelled his PS1 appearance today.
Take a bus from Brooklyn to Soundgarden at Jones Beach today.
Speaking of Jones Beach, "Def Leppard with special guest Heart performances originally scheduled for July 12th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and July 13th at PNC Bank Arts Center have been rescheduled as follows: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Saturday, July 30th, PNC Bank Arts Center - August 3rd."
The Strokes have a new video for "Taken For A Fool." Check it out below.
"The 10th anniversary [of Bonnaroo] was a celebration of how far the festival has come but also reminded us how it got there. There was something for everyone. The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic, who played at the first Bonnaroo, were there to remind people of the festival's jam-band roots. Lil Wayne and Big Boi were there along with Eminem to represent what the festival has become. In between, there were legendary acts like Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Buffalo Springfield, Gregg Allman, Loretta Lynn, Dr. John, and Bruce Hornsby, which attracted an older crowd that resembled festival crowds of years past.
There were also more recently successful bands that attracted a younger crowd, such as Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Neon Trees, Mumford & Sons, and The Decemberists.
One of the greatest features of Bonnaroo is that there are plenty of non-music entertainment options for those who need a break from music, the heat, or just need a diversion.
There was a cinema tent where rockumentaries and movies were screened, if you wanted to get out of the heat and cool down. There was a comedy tent that has been graced by comedians like Conan O'Brien and Margaret Cho. Dave Attelland hosted one of my favorite Bonnaroo performances when Flight of the Conchords performed in 2007. This year saw funny-men Lewis Black, Cheech Marin, and Tim Minchin among others in a strong rotation.
Sports fans concerned about the NHL and NBA Finals were happy to find the Bonnaroo Sports Bar where they could play pop-a-shot and watch the games on flat-screen monitors.
Artists were encouraged to show their stuff on the graffiti walls that lined much of the 700-acre farm. By the end of the weekend, you could spend all day walking up and down along the wall, finding some beautiful (and some not so beautiful) creations. " [The Epoch Times]
Bonnaroo 2012 is on sale at noon. The 10th Bonnaroo happened last weekend. Pictures of Karen Elson from Day One are HERE, with the rest of Day One HERE. Pictures of Decemberists from Day Two HERE, with the rest of Day Two HERE. Pictures of Gogol Bordello from Day Three are HERE, and the rest of Day Three are HERE. Robyn from Day Four HERE. The rest of Day 4, and the end of our 2011 Bonnaroo pictures, below...
Ariel Pink @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
today in NYC
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Tony Malaby @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Matthewdavid @ Cameo Gallery
* Stiff Little Fingers @ Europa
* Martin Sexton @ City Winery
* Bettye Lavette @ Cafe Carlyle
* The Radiators @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Variety Shac w/ Michael Showalter @ UCB
* Geoffrey Burleson with IMPETUS @ The Stone
* Lovers, Household, Skeleton Head @ Cake Shop
* Lie Still, Amputee, Artificial Brain @ Silent Barn
* Matt Bauer, The Loom, Melaena Cadiz @ Union Pool
* Electric Six, Township, Les Sans Culottes @ The Bell House
* She Wants Revenge, Nico Vega @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Powder Kegs, Team Genius, Mary Page @ Cameo Gallery
* Love Inks, Rewards, Slowdance, Celestial Shore @ Glasslands
* Daniel Knox, Lewis & Clarke, Judson Claiborne @ The Rock Shop
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ MetroTech Commons (noon-2pm)
* Fiasco, Balkans, Parquet Courts, Shingles, Moodrings @ Shea Stadium
* The Barracudas (redux), The Barreracudas, Baby Shakes @ Union Hall
* This Will Destroy You, Nighty Night, John LaMonica @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Silk Flowers, R. Stevie Moore @ Irving Plaza
* Liturgy, Sightings, Matteah Baim, SWATi, DJ Todd Pendu @ Knitting Factory
* Silverstar, The Stairwells, The Davenports, The Thousand Pities @ Bowery Electric
* Xray Eyeballs, Night Manager, Teen Witch, Sunny Ali & The Kid @ Death By Audio
* Country Mice, Delilah, Hey Battlefield, Ed Vallance, Show Is the Rainbow @ Pianos
* loadbang, Pygmy Jerboa + On Structure (performing Alvin Lucier's 'Queen of the South') @ Issue Project Room
* Either/Or (music by Robert Ashley, George Lewis, Steve Reich, Richard Carrick and Andrew Byrne) @ The Kitchen
* Pieta Brown, Craig Magnano, Zack Borer, Rumblefoot, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Ruben, Orly, Andrew Gregory, Gabrielle Aimee @ Rockwood Music Hall
'This Week in Indie' coming soon.
The Strokes played "Gratisfaction" on Ellen yesterday. Check out the video below.
Jane's Addiction released a NSFW video for their new single "End to the Lies." Check it out below.
Toro y Moi, who was just announced on the Moogfest lineup, and the Afro-Punk fest lineup, and who has a Webster Hall show coming up, played an acoustic session for Rolling Stone. Check out a video of him performing the unreleased track, "Lately," below.
Nicole Atkins during SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you like Bob Dylan and booze-soaked singalongs, you might want to consider hitting Bowery Ballroom on May 26th and 27th for Dylan Fest, a two day extravaganza in celebration of the 70th birthday of musical deity. Much like the one-night fest last year (and at the similar Petty Fest), both nights boast familiar names like Norah Jones, Adam Green, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, Jesse Malin (who has other shows coming up), Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, as well as members of Little Joy, The Hold Steady, Fountains of Wayne, Mooney Suzuki, The Lemonheads, and many more, with Nicole Atkins on board for the first night (5/26). Tickets are on sale for both the 5/26 and the 5/27 shows at noon today. The full linuep is below.
Nicole Atkins and her band The Black Sea have also added a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday April 29th at noon. The show is one of a few scattered dates scheduled for Atkins in the coming months. Check out her whole schedule below.
In related news, Norah Jones has been announced as the special guest for Saturday's previously discussed Doveman show at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available. The show is one of three more scheduled for Doveman at LPR, with other appearances occurring on May 26th and June 24th. Details on guests for those shows are still forthcoming.
In also related news, Nicolai Fraiture's day job, The Strokes, have announced that they will appear at the sold out T In The Park festival in Scotland in July along with Pulp, Coldplay, Slash, and Foo Fighters. The band also recently appeared on Conan O'Brien (on 4/20). Check out a video of their performance of "Games" alongside a Nicole Atkins video of "Cry Cry Cry" from SXSW and all tour dates and stuff, below.
photos by David Andrako
"While it was kind of a running joke that the gnarled dance-punk band was one of the biggest reunions at this year's Coachella (Death From Above 2005 jokes abounded), the band reasserted what made them such a strange and compelling commodity in the first place.Death From Above 1979's performance on Sunday was the second time the reunited band graced a public stage since announcing their return. The first was a semi-surprise appearance at this year's SXSW at March that got much more attention than anyone even anticipated due to a bit of violence that made the late night news. In May the band does it again at Sasquach.
Lacerating bass, Grainger's falsetto wails and a relentless rhythmic urgency both hearkened back to the mid-'00 dance punk craze, yet reminded the audience that their palpable violence set them apart from their more trend-minded peers.
"Romantic Rights" and "Blood on Our Hands" rode slithery, distortion-tangled bass lines over the kind of four-on-the-floor that bassist Jesse F. Keeler would explore more thoroughly in his disco aegis MSTRKRFT.The audience seemed simultaneously enthralled and a bit confused."
Coachella 2011 concluded on Sunday with a big headlining set by Kanye West. I already posted some pictures from that one, but a more proper set is also in this post which also includes our full set of pictures from the California festival's final day (day one pics HERE, day two HERE).
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who played Friday night with Gayngs, made two guest appearances on Sunday, first with the National earlier in the day and then with Kanye West during one of the most high profile sets of the weekend.
The other big set of Sunday was by the Strokes who weren't afraid to play the hits. Their full setlist is below.
PJ Harvey (who arrives in NYC this week) played her headlining set on the "Outdoor Theatre." It overlapped with both The Strokes and Kanye...
"Backed by a nimble three piece band, Harvey, with the Strokes audible from the nearby main stage during the silences between songs, delivered the most emotionally intense performance I witnessed at this year's Coachella, singing songs of violence, war, love and lust (mostly from her harrowing new Let England Shake), before a crowd of rabid supporters...." [SPIN]a rabid supporter... (this pic not by David Andrako)...
More pictures from Sunday, below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Amazing time at the Garden. Still buzzed. Elvis was an officer and a gentleman. Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." - Julian Casablancas
As sort of hinted and then twitter-revealed right before the show, Elvis Costello (after he got done making a surprise appearance with the Secret Sisters at Irving Plaza), played a surprise opening set between opener Devendra Banhart and headliner the Strokes at Madison Square Garden last night (4/1). He only played three songs (starting with "Pump It Up"), but then he returned later to join the Strokes on stage for "Taken For a Fool" (that's Julian and Elvis together on stage in the picture above).
But this wasn't an Elvis show (he played his own show at Gramercy Theatre later in the night), it was about the Strokes. As Ms. Modern Age writes...
"I'll start with the end -- The very last song, in typical Strokes fashion, was "Take It Or Leave It" -- but this time singer Julian Casablancas took it upon himself to bring the music to the people - well, specifically to the people in the seated section stage left. Climbing up on the stage left speakers, and then grabbing onto the side railing, Julian positioned himself in the midst of the raised seated floor section, where upon everyone started grabbing on to him from behind.Video of that & Elvis, more pictures and the full Strokes setlist, below...
At one point, Julian jumped down to the floor, and the barricade felt as if it were going to tip over -- terrifying me because that's where the handicapped folks were sitting. Luckily, Julian moved back up and further over into the crowd, bringing the rest of the song to the front section of the room, and a bit to stage right at the end, finally finishing on the stage."
JEFF the Brotherhood @ FFFFest 2010 (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* MiMOSA @ Irving Plaza
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Michael Morley @ The Stone
* Oh Land @ Charles Bank Gallery
* The Residents @ Highline Ballroom
* LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot @ Terminal 5
* Mike Posner, Kelley James @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Build, Twi The Humble Feather @ Joe's Pub
* Warpaint, PVT, Family Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Cerebral Ballzy, Big Gunz!, Desensitized @ Cake Shop
* Diamond Rings, PS I Love You, Slowdance @ Glasslands
* The Cave Singers, Lia Ices @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Spectre Folk, Devin, Gary & Ross, Tall Firs @ Shea Stadium
* City and Colour, Gord Downie, Daniel Romano @ Webster Hall
* Beat Radio, The Well Informed, Luke Rathborne @ Union Hall
* Magic Kids, Cults, Superhumanoids, Whale Belly @ Mercury Lounge
* White Suns, National Dairy, Yvette, Divorce Money @ Silent Barn
* The Claudia Quintet, Theo Bleckmann, Hakon Kornstad @ Littlefield
* The Toys & Tiny Instruments Band, Ah Moskva, Arid Hunter @ Bruar Falls
* !!!, Darwin Deez, EMEFE, A Beacon School @ NYU's Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
* Talkboy, Hannibal Montana, Hiawatha, Neon Dynamite, The Deafening Colors, The Times @ The Delancey
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Screaming Females, Juiceboxxx, Teen Witch, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Santos Party House
* Shenandoah and the Night, Persephone's Bees, Katy Steele, Jesse Macht, Aimee Bayles, Gareth Asher @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The White House Band, The Upperclass Men, Eric Sosa, The Twees, The Oxymorrons, Show TuFli, Skotch Davis @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Beauties w/ Kevin Drew of BSS & Chip Taylor, Anthony D'Amato, Blood Feathers, Early Winters @ Pianos
* Bridge to Japan benefit show @ City Winery w/ Rachael Yamagata, Tift Merritt, Marshall Crenshaw, Dar Williams, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Nicole Atkins, Ben Sollee, Taka Kigawa, Morning Musuko, Paula Cole and Cecilia Gault
Tickets for tonight's Chk Chk Chk show at NYU are now on sale to the general public.
The Strokes played Fallon last night. Video below...
The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about the drug rehab treatment he received while the band recorded their new album 'Angles'. Hammond Jr didn't name the specific type of drug he was being treated for, but called his ordeal "hardcore"..."I wasn't on any chemicals," he said. "It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked-up shit they did." [NME]Angles is out now. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart ("sold over 88,000 copies in its first week") (same chart the Decemberists got #1 on).
Devendra Banhart & The Grogs were added at some point as an opener for the sold out Strokes show at Madison Square Garden happening this Friday night, April 1st (one night before LCD Soundsystem play the same venue).
Devendra is also featured in a new documentary called The Family Jams which documents his 2004 US tour with Joanna Newsom (who James Blake said he would not want to produce for) and Vetiver (In 2005 Devendra was quoted as saying that he preferred the term "The Family" to "freak folk"). The film will be screening at reRun in Brooklyn from April 8 through April 14. The film was directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and musician Kevin Barker, who has also performed with Devendra, Joanna, and Vetiver, among others. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased, and Linda Perhacs. Watch the trailer below.
The Strokes, who recently performed on SNL and Letterman, are continuing their late night television trend tonight on Jimmy Fallon (3/30).
UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,
Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"Fans started climbing fences after the grounds reached capacity (about 25,000 people), and SXSW badgeholders with VIP connections fought the same porto-john lines as all the riled-up Austin teens in attendance." -Star Tribune
Strokes fans @ SXSW
When people talk about last year's SXSW, they think back to Bill Murray taking an impromptu turn as a bartender at a hipster bar on Austin's east side. And when they look back on this year's SXSW, they'll remember getting maced at the surprise Death From Above 1979 reunion show.More pictures and videos (official Levi's ones included) from the charotic, big, free Strokes show (fireworks included), the Screeching Weasel punch video, and some news videos and stuff, below...
The talk in Austin is all about whether or not SXSW Music has gotten too big for its skinny jeans. The mayhem at the free Strokes show Thursday night was merely a precursor to several meltdowns and accidents in the days that followed. At a late show Friday, synth-pop act OMD had just come on stage when one of their camera rigs collapsed and injured four in the audience (SXSW said it hadn't known about the filming ahead of time).
There were some truly ugly moments, too, and I'm glad I didn't witness any of them in person. Ben Weasal, a singer from the punk band Screeching Weasal, punched a female audience member in the face (she had spit some kind of liquid at him) and fought against a female staff member before being ejected by security at their showcase at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. (The Los Angeles Times has a thorough report on the incident, and a video can be seen [below]). Weasal apologized today, and the band canceled their next show in San Antonio. [The Atlantic]
The Strokes played SNL. Videos below...
Thanks to some tweets back on 2/16 while they were filming, we know that the extravagent surroundings in the new "Under Cover Of Darkness" video are in fact Loew's Theater in Jersey City (where maybe you're seeing Jeff Mangum play later this year). Check out the new Strokes video for "Under Cover Of Darkness", and listen to "You're So Right" from the new album (the 2nd Angles song they've released), below...
The Sweetlife Festival, scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, has announced The Strokes as headliner. The rest of the lineup is still TBA.