Entries tagged with: The Vaselines
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The Vaselines @ The Bell House 1/16/2014
Kelly was toned down in a striped shirt and jeans, while McKee sported a fringed leather jacket -- a holdover from the last album cover -- and a skirt slashed to the thigh. "It's my Dr. Spock-meets-David Bowie look," she told the audience. "More like British Airways circa 1985." Kelly countered, and they took a vote from the audience to determine who was right. McKee won, and retained the upper hand in the duo's innuendo-heavy back-and-forth throughout the entire set.Scottish indie rock royalty The Vaselines played The Bell House on Friday night (1/16), part of their tour supporting new album V is for Vaselines. As usual, the bawdy banter between founders Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly rivals their great catalog of songs (which included most of their classics on Friday).
With song titles like "Sex Sux" and "Monsterpussy," we all know that the Vaselines enjoy juvenile humor. Live, they take this to another level, ribbing each other about their sexual prowess (they split up in 1989), discussing Kelly's "organ," cracking jokes that go from hilarious to feet-shiftingly awkward, and elevating squabbling to an art form. - [Village Voice]
Philly's Amanda X opened the show with a set of '90s-influenced indie rock, making for a good double bill. More pictures of both bands, and The Vaselines' setlist, below...
Well 2014 is pretty much dunzo, with only a few hours left in the year. Before we ring in 2015, here are a few more Top 10 of 2014 lists to peruse, including ones from The Vaselines, Iceage, Bo Ningen, AJ Davila, The Blind Shake, Megafortress, and Gold-Bears. Some of them have commentary some do not. A couple special ones worth reading appear near the end: Toronto's Weaves give us their favorite "Canada Rocks" moments (with some insightful thoughts on all of them); and Louisville, KY's White Reaper offer up "Top 10 Tour Bathrooms."
Check out the lists below...
The Vaselines released their new album, V is for Vaselines, last week (10/7) which hears them continuing in their cheeky, fuzzpop style. If you haven't checked it out, you can watch the video for "High Tide Low Tide" and stream the whole thing via Spotify below.
Eugene, Frances and the rest of the band will be heading to North America in the new year for a tour, including NY on January 16 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Vaselines at The Bell House in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Influential Scottish indie pop heroes The Vaselines recently announced they'd release V for Vaselines, their second reunion album and third album overall, on September 29 via Rosary Music. They've already released one track, "One Lost Year," and they've now just put out a second, "High Tide Low Tide." Like its predecessor, this new single has the band's trademark style sounding timeless as ever. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Hooray! The Vaselines are back with a new album, V for Vaselines, which will be out September 29 via Rosary Music. That's the cover art above. Eugene Kelly and Frances McKey made the album with producer Tony Doogan and features appearances by, among others, Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastian and the 1990s' Michael McGaughrin, both of whom played in their touring band in 2010 when they released Sex With an X. The first single, "One Lost Year," is the kind of catchy indie pop we've come to expect from The Vaselines. You can stream it below....
Altar of Plagues at The Studio at Webster Hall, 2010 (*more by Samantha Marble)
today in NYC
* Cold Fronts @ Cameo
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Michael McNeill @ Barbes
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Zoogma, D.V.S @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo
* Rachel Yamagata @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heaven, Rumors, Manatees, Leila Adu @ Pianos
* Sondre Lerche, Fancy Colors @ Bowery Ballroom
* TEEN, Acrylics, Bizi Gara, Fabric @ Glasslands
* The John Cage Variety Show Big Band @ The Stone
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Chromatics, Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ) @ New Museum
* Altar Of Plagues, Atlas Moth, Sannhet @ Saint Vitus
* Manatees, Call Of The Wild, Behavior @ Death By Audio
* The Rapture, JD Samson & MEN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hilly Eye, Big Ups, Black Wine, The Midgetman @ Shea Stadium
* Colleen Green, Team Spirit, Plateaus, The Sanctuaries @ Mercury Lounge
* Cellular Chaos, Martin Bisi, Arc in Round, Invisible Things @ Cake Shop
Tonight marks the second night of a three day tribute to composer John Cage at The Stone on what would have been his 100th birthday! Look for the "John Cage Big Band" featuring Miguel Frasconi, Daniel Goode, Kathleen Supové, Chris McIntyre, Cristian Amigo, Richard Carrick, David Watson, Guy Barash and more.
The Rapture begins its three-night residency with JD Samson & MEN at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/5). All three shows are sold out.
Azealia Banks is playing a private Fashion Week party at the Wythe Hotel tonight with Hunters, but she'll play a free, open-to-the-public show tomorrow at M.A.C. Soho as part of Fashion's Night Out.
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The Vaselines were joined by Krist Novoselic at Bumbershoot in Seattle over Labor Day Weekend, where they joined together for "Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam." The song was originally recorded by the band and then later covered for Nirvana's MTV Unplugged LP.
As Rolling Stone points out, "Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is gearing up for the October 16th release of Dept. of Disappearance, his first solo record since 2009's Yours Truly, the Commuter. Now you can check out the video for album cut "Your Final Setting Sun," which Lytle describes as "a kind of fast-paced Western synth rock song."" Video is below.
Neurosis have released a new trailer for Honor Found In Decay. Check that out below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
photos by David Andrako
On their way to Bumbershoot, Scottish indie rock royalty (with mouths like sailors) The Vaselines stopped in NYC Thursday night (8/30) for a show at The Bell House with openers Schwervon! (That's their exclamation point, not ours.) Like in recent tours past, Eugene and Frances were augmented by some of Belle & Sebastian, including guitarist Stevie Jackson who worked in a solo show of his own earlier in the week. The Vaselines played a 22 song set, which hit most of the classic plus tracks from 2010's solid comeback, Sex with An X.
More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The Vaselines return to America this summer for a few shows, including an August 30 stop at The Bell House in Brooklyn (on sale Friday at noon). They'll also play San Francisco and Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.
After breaking up in 1989, the influential Glaswegian indie band reformed in 2008 and released Sex with an Ex on Sub Pop in 2010. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Tour dates, all three of them, are below, along with the video for "Sex with an Ex."
Meat Puppets recently finished up a tour in support of their most recent LP Lollipop which came out this past April. After a couple dates with Soundgarden at the end of the month, the Meat Puppets will take a short break before playing a few more dates this fall. Their last string of dates never came through NYC, but this one will on November 4 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood recently spoke to JSOnline about their tour and Nirvana, who they played with at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance, and whose seminal album Nevermind celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Meat Puppets recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Spin's new Nevermind tribute album, Newermind. The album also features contributions by EMA (who has shows coming up soon), The Vaselines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Amanda Palmer, Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood and others. The album will be available for free download on Spin's website starting July 26. Tracklist below.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, Universal is also releasing a deluxe edition of the album on September 19. The reissue includes a 4 CD/1 DVD boxset with rarities, B-sides, unreleased recordings, BBC radio appearances, and an unreleased concert on DVD.
Universal will also reissue 1991: The Year Punk Broke on DVD on September 6. The film documents a Sonic Youth tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. The reissue includes a bonus film titled (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which features live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
Meat Puppets dates and video of them with Nirvana at MTV Unplugged in 1993, below...
Dee Dee & a Crocodile @ Woodsist Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"SO SAD TO ANNOUNCE WE MUST CANCEL THE REMAINDER OF OUR SHOWS WITH THE VASELINES AS WELL AS OUR OWN. DEE DEE NEEDS TO GO HOME TO BE WITH HER FAMILY. SOMETIMES LIFE IS FUCKED UP. MUCH LOVE & RIP TO ARI UP & ANDY KOTOWICZ AS WELL." - Dum Dum Girls
Crocodiles were scheduled to play Maxwell's Tuesday. Dum Dum Girls were supposed to headline Music Hall of Willamsburg on November 1st. Both bands were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest. All cancelled DDG dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Vaselines @ a UK gig in September (photo by Dani Canto)
The Vaselines are back, they still sound great, and if naming their new album Sex With An X didn't give it away, they're just as sexual as ever. Songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee are now joined on stage by Stevie Jackson and Bobby Kildea of Belle & Sebastian and Michael McGaughrin of the 1990s (the band). McKee prefaced her introduction of the new band members with, "Just so you know what they're called...in case you wanted to slack them off later." This was just one of her bawdy jokes, which played almost as important of a role in the set as the songs themselves.
The set at Webster Hall Wednesday night (10/6) was a good mix of classic Vaselines songs and songs off the new album, which, although released 20 years after their debut full length, picks up right where The Vaselines left off. There was such a high amount of energy on stage throughout the entire show, and the band didn't miss a single beat. They played through fan favorites like "Son of a Gun" and "Rory Rides Me Raw" just as powerfully as the new tracks. During "Molly's Lips," McKee invited opener Jeffrey Lewis and his drummer on stage to dance and play the bicycle horn.
After about an hour of playing, Kelly and McKee announced they had one song left, and ended the show with "Dying For It" which resulted in multiple audience members tossing their beers into the air and breaking out into a push pit. The Vaselines then left the stage, only to return momentarily in response to the audience's cheers for an encore. They opened the encore with their cover of Divine's "You Think You're a Man" and then ended with "Dum Dum," leaving the crowd seeming extremely satisfied (other than ignoring multiple cries to play "Sex Sux").
"Jeffrey Lewis, who opened the show, also keeps his music simple, strumming a few chords on a guitar that may well be held together by the stickers covering its front, and leading a band that piles on a cheerful clutter. But he's a clever, articulate wordslinger, coming up with rhetorical conceits -- one song, "Cult Boyfriend," compared his romantic appeal to that of cult bands and films -- and putting in a lot of preparation.Crystal Stilts also played an opening set at the Webster Hall show. Some videos, and a picture of the setlist from the gig, below....
He's also a comics artist, and his set included two short films -- essentially slide shows of his elaborate drawings -- that were finely reasoned histories, in rhyme, of the Soviet Union and the French Revolution, affirming populism through primitivism." [NY Times]
by Bill Pearis
Like veteran indie bands from Glasgow? Want to see them live for free? Read on.
If the $50 price tag of this Thursday's (9/30) Belle and Sebastian show with Teenage Fanclub at the Williamsburg Waterfront has been scaring you off, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.
We're also giving away THREE pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's (9/28) Teenage Fanclub/The Clean show at Bowery Ballroom. Details below.
Wait there's more. We're also giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see The Vaselines on October 6 at Webster Hall. Details below.
The waterfront show on Thursday is the kickoff to Belle and Sebastian's tour. Fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub are opening. Tickets are still available. Let's hope the current rainy forceast changes by then. The band also performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (9/29) night. After the Waterfront show, the band head's to Las Vegas for this weekend's Matador 21 extravaganza, make a short detour into Mexico, and will then backtrack east across North America.
The band's eighth album, Write About Love, will be out October 12 and is Belle & Sebastian's first in nearly five years. A decade and a half into their career, you pretty much know what to expect from Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson and the rest of the band, but since 2001's Dear Catastrophe Waitress the group's quality control has been pretty high. (2006's The Life Pursuit was especially good I thought.) Write About Love is another lovely record in the band's cannon. The vinyl comes with a bonus 7" containing two songs not on the album.
There are a couple of surprising guest vocalists. Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, sings on the album's title track (which you can download for free via a widget at the bottom of this post), and Norah Jones features on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John."
The band have taken some interesting routes promoting the new album. Earlier this year they encouraged fans to take pictures with the album's title incorporated into the shot, creating a Flickr pool for the project. Murdoch included his favorites in an entertaining half-hour "television" program (not sure if it aired anywhere but online) that is a mix of live performance, audience Q&A, and a discussion of the current state of the music industry. In a cute, charming way, of course. You can watch it below.
It is also worth noting that Belle and Sebastian have some really impressive openers along the way, including The Vaselines (Mexico dates), Versus in Washington D.C., Dean & Britta doing the Galaxie 500 thing in Boston, and Trashcan Sinatras in Seattle. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Teenage Fanclub, who open the Waterfront show, have two headlining shows of their own -- tonight (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) -- at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for both (click the links). Tomorrow's show is the more desirable of the two, with New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean as co-headliners. Merge labelmates The Radar Brother open both shows other dates on the tour.
If you somehow got this far into this post without reading it, we're giving away tickets to the show tomorrow with the Clean. See details below.
Teenage Fanclub's new album on Merge, Shadows, is the band's seventh. Like what I said about Belle and Sebastian above, you know what you're getting with a new TFC album at this point (midtempo, harmony-laden guitar pop indebted to Big Star and The Byrds) but the band has remained amazingly consistent during their 20-year history. It doesn't hurt that they have three very good songwriters in the band. (Though we can all agree Gerry Love is the best, right? No? Your mileage may vary.) You can stream the whole thing over at Merge's website. And they have always been good live, funny too.
Teenage Fanclub's North American tour with The Radar Brothers takes them across the continent, ending in Vancouver on October 16. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
One of the TFC dates is opening for The Vaselines in DC on Saturday (10/2). That's where the Vaselines are launching their own North American tour. Will there be any musicians over the age of 37 actually in Glasgow next week? The Vaselines tour hits NYC next week when they play Webster Hall on Wednesday, October 6 with openers Jeffrey Lewis and Crystal Stilts. If you haven't heard The Vaselines' new album Sex with an Ex, it picks right up where the band left off 20 years ago: smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. And still genuinely great live.
All tour dates for Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines are below, along with videos, contest details, widgets and whatnot.
!!! @ Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Deluka @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Cornelius Dufallo @ The Stone
* Dax Riggs, Motel Motel, The Juggs @ Mercury Lounge
* The Protomen, Makeup And Vanity Set @ Knitting Factory
* Gabe Levine, Marisol Limon Martinez, Lovemonster @ Cameo Gallery
* Daedelus, Mux Mool, Sepalcure, Beautiful Bells @ Santos Party House
* Charlie Looker, Yukon, Cool Memories, Dreamboat Crusaderz @ Zebulon
* !!!, Lee Fields, The Strange Boys, Future Islands @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* The Delta Mirror, Kordan, Last Year's Model, Swingset Committee @ Cake Shop
* Dr. Dog, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, Chief @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Public Enemy, The 7th Octave, Blitz The Ambassador, DJ Kool Herc @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Beets, Brett & The Whispers, Coasting, Rayon Beach, Andrew Graham & Swarming Barch @ Death By Audio
* Master Musicians of Bukkake, Jozef Van Wissem, Duane Pitre, Helena Espvall, Fursaxa, Arborea, Kouhei Matsunaga, The New Monuments, Cave, Diane Cluck (Important Records showcase, in the courtyard of the Old American Can Factory) @ Issue Project Room
RIP Abbey Lincoln.
The Vaselines' "Sex with an X" video below...
by Bill Pearis
Euguene Kelley and Frances McKee are set to release the first Vaselines album in 20 years and they'll be touring to support it too. They'll be at Webster Hall in NYC on October 6 and tickets go on sale at noon. The new LP, Sex With An X, is out September 14 on Sub Pop. Here's the company line:
Recorded outside Manchester at the Analogue Catalogue studio in Mossley with Julie McLarnon engineering and produced by Jamie Watson who produced that first album Dum Dum, Sex With An X was recorded the old-fashioned way: twelve songs in thirteen days (plus two b-sides). The Vaselines ca. 2010 is Eugene and Frances with guest musicians Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea from Belle & Sebastian on guitar and bass, and Michael McGaughrin from the 1990s on drums. It may have taken The Vaselines 20 years to get round to making this baby, but it was worth the wait--bringing their solo careers to a climax. The irony has not been lost. Who says indie music can't be fun? No hand-wringing on these tracks--just good clean smut with a twist of bitter.Having heard the whole thing, I can say that it not only doesn't suck but is right up their with their original output -- smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. Surprise of the year. Download "I Hate the '80s" at the top of this post.
And with Jackson, Kildea and McGaughrin in their band, they are probably better live performers than they were back then. Their Music Hall of Williamsburg show last May, one night after they played Bowery Ballroom, was one of my favorites of 2009. It's worth going to see them for the in-between song banter alone -- McKee swears like a sailor.
No support has been announced yet for the Webster Hall show, but Dum Dum Girls, who have upcoming NYC shows of their own, will open elsewhere on their tour. Conversely, The Vaselines will open for Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub at select (non-NYC) dates as well. All Vaselines tour dates and the new album cover are below...
Art Brut didn't have a meltdown @ Primavera Sound (scannerfm_flickr)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Lykke Li @ Highline Ballroom
* Amram & Co. @ Cornelia Street Cafe
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Zee Avi, Amy LaVere, papercranes @ Maxwell's
* Art Brut, Demander, The Picture @ Mercury Lounge
* Gomez, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Terminal 5
* Death Vessel, Grant Hart, Kevin Barker @ The Bell House
* Glam Hammer, Invisible Circle, Black Elf Speaks @ Glasslands
* Rock Plaza Central, Josh Reichmann, Bird of Youth, Mean Creek @ Cake Shop
Art Brut kicks off five nights at the Mercury Lounge.
Conan O'Brien is back on the air tonight. ,
Video of the Vaselines playing live at Primavera Sound, below...
Major Lazer - "Zumbie" ft. Andy Milonakis - the video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"On Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom, The Vaselines essentially played every song they ever wrote, including 2 new songs that sounded like they could have been written back in the late 80s along with the others. Opening the set with the energetically cheerful "Son of a Gun," they made it clear that they still had it after all these years. With reunion concerts it's very difficult to be anything but skeptical as a fan, especially with a band who has barely played together in almost 20 years. A couple songs later, a broken bike horn did little to subtract from the quirky poppy excellence of "Molly's Lips." Throughout the set the playful stage banter of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee added an extra element of fun to the night. It's rare to see such a genuinely clever dialogue on stage anymore." [NY Press]The Vaselines' 2nd of two NYC shows is tonight (5/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom show, below...
by Bill Pearis
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Firstly, an update on NYC Popfest which starts tonight (5/14) and runs through Sunday (5/17). Advance tickets are sold out for the Saturday (5/16) show with The Radio Dept., Pants Yell! and The Secret History at The Bell House, as has the all-day Sunday show at Cake Shop, though the latter should have tickets at the door. The good news is The Radio Dept. have been added to the Friday night (5/15) show at the Don Hill's which already includes Sweden's Liechtenstein, the spiffy pop of Finland's Cats on Fire, L.A. band The Tartans and local boy Don Lennon. If you ask me, this is the unmissable show of the weekend. Tickets are still available through the Popfest website. Also, if you can't make the show Friday, both Leichtenstien and Cats on Fire play Bruar Falls on Tuesday, May 19.
In other Popfest news, another Swedish band, Stockholm's Springfactory, have been added to the free day show on Saturday at Cake Shop. There's a couple MP3s of theirs to check out at the top of this post. The fest kicks off tonight with an all-locals show at Cake Shop featuring Knight School, Soft City, Dream Bitches, The Metric Mile, My Teenage Stride and the Ballet. Full Popfest lineup is at the bottom of this post and there are loads more MP3s from just about all the bands HERE.
There's lots of other non-Popfest stuff going on this weekend, much of it making me wish I could be in two places at once. Cameo Gallery tonight (5/14) plays host to two Dirty on Purpose offshoots: Joe and the Flying Spoons which is guitarist Joe Jurewicz country-tinged outfit that features a chorus of girl backup singers; and Pursesnatchers which is drummer Doug Marvin's solo project that is the closest in sound of any of the DoP splinter groups to the original. Also on the bill: awesome duo Sisters who I've written about recently and were runners up in this year's L Magazine thing; and Acrylics who make lovely synthy pop not dissimilar to The Rosebuds. The three songs on Acrylics' MySpace are all quite good, definitely worth checking out whether you plan on hitting this show or not.
Cake Shop is celebrating its four-year anniversary this month with a series of special-event Saturdays. This Saturday's (5/16) seems especially special: an ADD-friendly marathon of 16 bands playing four songs each (natch), with different drink specials in between each band. And it's only $4 to get in. The party kicks off with Knight School at 8PM and finishes with Moonmen on the Moon, Man (supposedly from San Diego but who look suspiciously like Cake Shop owners and staff) around 1AM if they stay on schedule. In between, My Teenage Stride, The Beets, Boy Genius, Air Waves and more will get their 15 minutes. Check out the flyer below for the full list of bands and set times. This sounds like a blast.
I should also mention that Toronto's Spiral Beach are in town this weekend playing three shows: Tonight (5/14) at Death by Audio, and two shows on Friday (5/15): an early one at Fontana's, and then a house show at 265 Mikibbin St in Bushwick. Spiral Beach opened for Sloan at Bowery Ballroom a couple years ago and I wrote at the time: "I don't even know how to describe them. They're a bit like the Coral or the Zutons, by way of Oingo Boingo (minus the horns). Psychotic circus music?" They were a lot of fun. The band's 2007 album, Ball, just getting released in the U.S.
And last but not least... The Vaselines! They play Sunday (5/17) at Bowery Ballroom (with Woods) and tickets are still available; Monday's (5/18) show at at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adam Green is sold out. The band played Seattle on Tuesday and The Finest Kiss had this to say:
Seeing the Vaselines last night was like sex on the second date. The first date was last summer at Sub Pop 20 festival. Their set at Marymoor Park last July was just about perfect with Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee's sexually tinged funny stage banter and even better harmonies, they were easily the highlight of that perfect summer afternoon. After a first date that goes so well, you always kind of prepare yourself for a letdown on date number two. You start to see the imperfections, maybe a few wrinkles or a bald spot. The Vaselines may have their imperfections, but I'm still blinded by lust to really notice any of them. Francis joked saying that you may think you're at the wrong gig if you're looking for the people on the poster, referring to the much younger looking Vaselines that adorned the advertising for the show. They also tried to explain their long absence with wild stories of Eugene becoming a Hare Krishna, explaining his lack of hair, and Frances's time in prison for allegedly getting facials with underage boys...The band's classic compilation, The Way of the Vaselines, just got reissued on Sub Pop as a two-CD/3-platter-vinyl deluxe edition, now retitled Enter the Vaselines and it's just essential. And go see them if you can.
The better sounding Vaselines is probably due to the band being better musicians than they were 20 years ago. Even though they sounded less ragged, they still have the attitude and humor that made them so special in the first place. There is no way that anyone at this gig went home disappointed from this gig, besides sounding great, they played every single one of their songs and even graced us with two brand new ones.
Flyers, videos, tour dates and the full popfest schedule after the jump...
by Anderew Frisicano
For those of you unfamiliar with [The Vaselines], they are quite strange. If the name did not point that out to you, songs like 'Rory Rides Me Raw' and 'Sex Sux' should give you an idea. The quiet looking Frances Mckee announces that they have been away for so long because they were having sex changes!The above review is from the Vaselines' first London show in 20 years. It took place just a few days ago - March 27, 2009. The band re-formed in July 2008 to play Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival and made Brooklyn and Jersey stops on the way (as well as a few others, like its native Scotland).
The exciting news is that they also added a couple of new tracks to the setlist, like 'Picked a Cherry'; is this hinting at a longer stay for the band? They have James Seenan on bass and Charlie Kelly, singer Eugene's brother, on drums. Eugene, complete in red and black knitted jumper ('Dennis the Menace!') will not give anything away...
Finishing on title track 'Dum Dum' with it's (sic) punky Buzzcocks-style edge, this was a gig I am extremely proud to have witnessed. Some may say they lack stage presence, can't play their instruments, blah blah, but the structure of the melodies and simple yet unforgettable songs will stay with me a long time. Let's hope there are more from the Glaswegians on the way.[eGigs]
The band returns to North America again in May for a set of tour dates. Those include a May 18th stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 3rd at noon.
The band's new collection, Enter The Vaselines, comes out May 5th on Sub Pop (details below).
Also below: the setlist from the band's March 27th London show, new album track list, and all tour dates...
photos by Ryan Muir
The Stranger: Why the decision to replace the original rhythm section [James Seenan on bass and Kelly's brother Charles on drums] with members of Belle and Sebastian?
Eugene Kelly: We thought it was going to be a one-off gig in Seattle, but it's sort of expanded. So we asked the guys in Belle and Sebastian because we figured it'd be quick and easy. They're really good at picking up songs and not having to rehearse very often. It's worked out really well. Before, the Vaselines never really played what was on the record. We played a different version. Before, it was much more spontaneous and sometimes you didn't know what was going to happen. We thought we'd get people who could reproduce what's on the record. People are going to come and expect to hear that and we want to deliver it for them.
The Vaselines played their second US show (with members of Belle and Sebastian) at Southpaw in Brooklyn last night (July 10, 2008). Was it much different than the show at Maxwell's the night before? More pictures below...