Entries tagged with: Titus Andronicus
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Fun times at @brooklynvegan show last night. Shout out to @titus_ndronicus 4 saving the day. Best thin lizzy cover since Ted Leo." - Caged Animals
"Shouts out to Caged Animals from Hawthorne, NJ #973" - Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus @ Bar 96
One night after our Daniel Johnston show at the Belmont, and after a full day of bands on three stages at "Hotel Vegan", we hosted our 2nd official showcase of SXSW 2012, on Wednesday night (March 14). The venue was Bar 96 on Austin's Rainey St., and the lineup loooked like this:
8pm: Caged AnimalsNJ/Brooklyn's Caged Animals were great and had a decent crowd for being a relatively unknown band playing as doors opened to the six hour, mostly-badges-only show. Bill Pearis, who got to Austin right before this gig, wrote:
10pm: The Young
11pm: Screaming Females
12am: Andrew W.K. (full band)
1am: Titus Andronicus
"You can sit for the first two songs, but then lets get up and dance" said Vincent Cacchione of Caged Animals who opened the set. He played affable host, running into the crowd and dancing (and hugging people). Nice mellow start to my week.2:54, who had just come from being in NYC, followed, and clearly the recently signed to Fat Possum band has some serious buzz behind them because the room, which was actually an outdoor, astro-turfed backyard under a tent, filled up nicely for them. Many in the crowd could be heard talking in English accents. 2:54 call London home. Bill wrote:
After that it was 2:54 who have gotten exponentially better than when I saw them at Pianos last year, a much more confident band. I am a sucker for their dark, moody, shoegazy sound. Good set, though it was cut short a song by equipment problems.2:54's 2011 Pianos show was, completely coinedentally, also with Caged Animals which I forgot until I looked up the link as I was writing this post.
Then Bill left to go catch some other bands, and Austin's Matador-signed The Young, who also played Hotel Vegan the next day, took the stage. Bill was definitely not alone in leaving after 2:54's set, though many were hanging around in the various nooks and crannies of this spacious venue that includes good food, and tables wrapped around an entire house-turned-into-a-bar, adjacent to the backyard stage area.
Screaming Females @ Bar 96
That said, by the end of Screaming Females, the stage area was at capacity. The NJ 3-piece band led by pint-sized powerhouse Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals had the place rocking out and going nuts. The talent those three posess is truly mind-blowing, especially with a few Lone Stars in your system. I am positive that every single person at Bar 96 Wednesday night, if they weren't already, left a Screaming Females fan.
Andrew W.W. @ Bar 96
"He opened with "It's Time To Party," because it was time to party. He closed things out with a song that was also about partying. In the middle he urged us to party, and Cherie Lily, acting as the Fergie of the ensemble, handed out fist bumps. Sh*t, how do you even review an Andrew W.K. set? "He came out and was Andrew W.K. He continued to be Andrew W.K. until he left."" [UpRoxx]Mosh pits, fist pumps, and stage diving ensued for the 30+ minutes of Andrew's set. I could see Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles watching from the crowd, and I felt bad that he needed to follow that act, not to mention Screaming Females. It was only after the show that I noticed he was thinking the same thing, and I think he said something similar from stage, including a bit about feeling that way every night on tour with the Scremales (at this point I was completely wiped out from going for so long with almost no sleep and knowing I needed ot do it again the next morning).
Luckily for Titus, not only was there still a big crowd for their post-AWK, 1am set, they opened with a rousing cover of "The Boys are Back in Town" that got people going again. It was an awesome night.
Here are some pictures and a video of the mayhem during AWK. More below...
DOWNLOAD: The Young - "Livin' Free" (MP3)
Screaming Females at Generation Records (more by Andrew St. Clair)
This March, Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus, and Diarrhea Planet are heading out on the 'Screaming on Planet Titus' tour which kicks off at The Stone Pony on March 4 in Asbury Park, NJ and ends with a Houston show on 3/12 before Screaming Females and Titus play SXSW. Tickets for the Asbury Park show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
That Asbury Park show is the closest that the tour comes to NYC, but Screaming Females will play two more area shows in April as part of a longer, headlining tour. Those shows include Maxwell's on April 5 in Hoboken, NJ and The Bell House on April 6 in Brooklyn with Aye Nako, and Swearin'. Tickets for the Maxwell's show and the Bell House show are on sale now. Screaming Females also have a new video for "It All Means Nothing," the single off their great upcoming album, Ugly (due out April 3 via Don Giovanni). Check that video out below.
You can also catch Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles in NYC TONIGHT (2/29) at Shea Stadium with Alex Drewchin and Clapperclaw. The show is billed as "An Evening with Patrick Stickles: Songs, Stories & Spiels - An Affirmation of Manic Depression in all its Transcendent Glory."
Titus also have a new single out, and currently the only place to hear it is on Tom Scharpling's WFMU show at the 2:37:00 mark.
Both Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus will be playing the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase which happens on March 14 at Bar 96 in Austin. Our official showcase also includes Caged Animals, 2:54, The Young, and one more artist TBA (due to a cancellation).
Both 2:54 and The Young have (relatively) new MP3s. Stream those both below, and grab The Young's above.
Speaking of Diarrhea Planet, they've also got an upcoming NYC show in March at the Aputumpu Music Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on March 25 with Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy, Ghost Mice, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Liquor Store, and Eula. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates, video, streams, and the flier for tonight's show below...
The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).
Other bands are:
Arctic Monkeys • Avenged SevenfoldThere will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"
The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Laura Stevenson, BTMI & friends celebrating the holidays
Titus Andronicus were the special guests at Europa on Sunday, 12/18, with Bomb the Music Industry (who played their newest album Vacation from front to back), Laura Stevenson (who recently played a song in a stairwell for us), Bridge and Tunnel, and The Golden Age of Radio. Titus were revealed last minute after playing Brooklyn Bazaar one night earlier (12/17). The Europa show was a holiday benefit...
"This is our FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHARITY SHOW or the "WE GIVE A SHIT" as it's often called. All the money left over from the door after expenses will be donated to Safe Horizon... a great non-denomiational charity that aims to move victims of violence from crisis to confidence by providing food, shelter, and all that other good stuff so many of us are lucky to have."More pictures from the Europa show, along with a video of Patrick Stickles covering Lana Del Rey, below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
"Went to The Hold Steady & Titus Andronicus
at the BK Bazaar. Effing brill." - Kevin Plunkett
Craig & Patrick @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, Wakey! Wakey!, and W/O played the final night of Brooklyn Bazaar on Saturday (12/17). Like he's done in the past, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined The Hold Steady on their last song of the night, "Stay Positive." Titus played a show at Europa one night later and you can catch Patrick again at Shea Stadium tonight (12/22).
Officially revealed now that they played their set at Brooklyn Bazaar last night, Titus Andronicus are on the bill of the benefit happening at Europa in Brooklyn tonight (12/18) along with Laura Stevenson, Bomb The Music Industry and more. $10 tickets are still available.
"Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street's re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan."
Lou Reed & Patti Smith scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th - the THREE MONTH ANNIVERSARY of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi - the act that sparked the Arab Spring.Head over to Sixth Avenue and Canal St. and tune in to WBAI. Here's what to wear.
Dean & Britta, Titus Andronicus and others will be performing in the WBAI studios - creating a soundtrack for the protesters to listen to on radios. Full performance schedule below. It's unclear who will actually be performing/speaking at the actual event (Lou Reed at both? Patti Smith at just the actual event?).
On October 9, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar had its inaugural event at Dekalb Market in downtown Brooklyn. A talented group of local artists, designers, musicians and chefs were joined by over 5,000 visitors for what became a magical evening. Nomadic in nature, the next Bazaar will take place over three nights in a vast 40,000 sq ft warehouse with soaring ceilings. Highlights will include:As we've mentioned a few times, BrooklynVegan was responsible for the Friday night music and our lineup is: Fucked Up, DOM, Big Troubles, Radical Dads, Caged Animals, Frankie Rose (DJ Set), DJ Bill Pearis. All that for only $10 (and you can shop, eat and drink before and between bands).
-Over 100 local merchant and food vendors.
-Artist films, projections and installations programmed by NBNY Projects.
-Specially designed layout by JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects.
-Live music and DJ sets including James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), The Crystal Ark, Midnight Magic, The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, Wakey!Wakey!, Fucked Up, Dom, Big Troubles and more. See Ticketfly.com for tickets to the Bazaar's performance space.
-Beer and wine garden featuring local breweries and wineries.
When: December 15, 16 and 17 from 5:00 PM until 1AM.
Where: 149 Kent Ave, Brooklyn NY. (Entrance between North 5th and North 6th). Near the Bedford Ave. L train stop or the North 6th Street ferry landing.
Cost: Free except for the ticketed music space.
Look around the Bazaar's website for more info.
by Bill Pearis
DOM @ Pier 54 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last week when we announced the 12/16 BrooklynVegan Presents holiday show with Fucked Up at Brooklyn Night Bazaar there was still one band TBD. Well it turns out here that the "D" in TBD stood for Dom. Yep, we're pleased to announce the poppy Worcester, Mass quintet round our our five band line-up. You can stream the entirety of Dom's still fresh Family of Love EP at the bottom of this post.
So let's recap. Here's what you're getting for your very reasonably-priced $10 ticket: Fucked Up, Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals and Radical Dads, plus Frankie Rose (and myself) spinning tunes. Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a three-day holiday shopping, eating, drinking and music extravaganza all under one roof, just a few blocks from the Bedford L stop (specifically 149 Kent Ave at N.5th St.). It's free to get in the shopping area; getting into the shows is extra.
In addition to our night, on Thursday, December 15 it's a headlining DJ set from James Murphy, plus the Crystal Ark Party Machine, Poolside (who were recently added too) and Midnight Magic; on Saturday, December 17 it's The Hold Steady plus Titus Andronicus, Wakey Wakey and W/O. For those curious about the shopping and eating side of things, a full list of vendors is here. Hope to see you there.
Click through to listen to Dom's new EP, and check out the Brooklyn Bazaar flyer.
As Bill just pointed out, BrooklynVegan is handling the Fucked Up Friday night show at the new Williamsburg version of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (holiday shopping, eating and music), but I figured the fact that The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus and James Murphy and Midnight Magic were playing the other nights deserved its own headline too.
Fucked Up were recently here for shows at Warsaw and Le Poisson Rouge., which they played with Titus.
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn goes on a solo tour in February.
by Bill Pearis
Fucked Up at House of Vans in July (more by Chris La Putt)
BrooklynVegan is really in the holiday spirit this year. In addition to the BV holiday party with Anna Calvi and Eleanor Friedberger at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 13 and the Twin Sister/Widowspeak/Ava Luna show at Bowery Ballroom on December 17, we've added a third BV Presents show to the holiday themed mix.
We're psyched to be presenting a full evening of bands at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, December 16, headlined by Toronto's amazing Fucked Up. Making things more festive will be Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads and one more we'll be announcing shortly. DJing in between bands will be Frankie Rose and myself. Tickets are a Bob Crachett-friendly $10 and on sale now.
If you don't know, Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a holiday shopping, eating, drinking and music extravaganza happening Dec. 15 - 17 at a giant warehouse in Williamsburg (149 Kent at N.5th). Shopping and food vendors is free, you gotta pay to see the bands. Thursday 12/15 is James Murphy DJ set with Poolside, Crystal Ark and Midnight Magic, and Saturday 12/17 is The Hold Steady with Titus Andronicus and Wakey Wakey. Full list of vendors is here.
Do come out it should be fun. (Did I mention it's only ten bucks for our night?) Flyer for the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is below.
photos by Guy Eppel
all the bands @ Shea Stadium
Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos got together at all ages, DIY Brooklyn venue She Stadium on Monday night (11/21) to benefit the National Lawyer's Guild who help the Occupy Movement. As you can see from the above pic, the night included some collaboration. There were topical covers too...
Near the end of Titus's set, someone requested a drinking song. "This is not a song about fucking drinking," replied Stickles, agitated. "This is a song about fucking justice." Titus launched into a brash and unsubtle cover of "I Fought the Law," and then invited Ted Leo and So So Glos vocalist Alex Levine to play Billy Bragg's "To Have and To Have Not," the chorus of which was exchanged among the frontmen: "Just because you're better than me/ Doesn't mean I'm lazy/ Just because you're going forwards/ Doesn't mean I'm going backwards."More pictures from the show and a video filmed by Patrick Stickles himself, below...
Ideas about Occupy Wall Street were in the air, foremost among them the political idea of consistency. In occupying a specific location for a lengthy period of time, protesters effectively buried themselves in a national conversation and physically articulated their willingness to stick to their guns. "You know how old I am?" Leo rhetorically asked the crowd. "You know how many marches I've been on? I get home and I feel great and two days later any media presence evaporates." [Village Voice]
Ted Leo @ FFFFest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ted Leo (who recently covered Misfits in Texas, covered Replacements in NYC, and is playing a New Year's Eve show in Hoboken) and Titus Andronicus (who recently lost a member and played two shows with Fucked Up) are teaming up with The So So Glos to play a last minute benefit at Shea Stadium on Monday night. More details, in Ted's and Patrick's words, below...
Ben Cook with Fucked Up at House of Vans (more by Chris La Putt)
Pink Eye took to the [Brooklyn stage with his child on his shoulders before ripping through the recent opus David Comes to Life in its entirety. The energy comprised by this band is nearly unmatched by most other acts today. Aggressive vocals, lightning drumming, and shredding guitar blasts make up the concept masterpiece that unfolded live before the crowd tonight and just like sitting down to listen to this record (although I doubt many people remain sitting while this thing plays), the idea can be daunting. However, Fucked Up play with such precision and comradory that the monumental album seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. Aside from telling the audience to "give a thumbs up to anyone partaking in the protests", the onstage banter was kept to a minimal, allowing the brilliance of the band to shine through and through.-[omgnyc]Fucked Up played their second show with Titus Andronicus Tuesday night at Warsaw (where the above review comes from). The first was at Le Poisson Rouge one night earlier. Both shows' focus was on the band's recent David Came to Life and included additional instrumentation above and beyond the usual five-piece hardcore unit.
Fucked Up is now apparently going on a bit of a hiatus meaning limited touring. We'll see how that plays out. For now they have upcoming shows in Australia and on the Bruise Cruise which recently added Mikal Cronin and Vockah Redu to the lineup. All dates are listed below.
In the meantime, Fucked Up's Ben Cook is gearing up to release a collection of songs with his garage-punk power pop band Marvelous Darlings. The Marvelous Darlings have a new LP of compiled 7" tracks in Single Life, out Nov 22 via Deranged Records. Download one track, "I Don't Wanna Go To THe Party" above and stream that LP in its entirety below alongside all Fucked Up tour dates and a recent F'd Up video for "Running on Nothing"...
words & photos by Andrew Frisicano
Fucked Up @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fucked Up played the first of two NYC shows running through their 2011 77-minute opus David Comes to Life. The band accomplished the feat, all four sides of it, on Le Poisson Rouge's in-the-round stage, with the Calder Quartet on a rectangular platform behind them providing delicate string interludes. The performance, which comes right after questions about the band's future, was one of the best I've seen from the Canadian vets.
Damian roamed the crowd, high-fiving audience members and dancing on the bar (I was hoping at least once he'd try to conduct the strings), which alleviated any stuffiness created by the structured nature of the night. Despite my doubts, the album held up remarkably well as an evening-length whole, roaring through "One More Night" and "Remember My Name" to the bittersweet conclusion of "Lights Go Up" (it doesn't hurt that the ultimate track is one of the record's best). The band came back for an encore of "Crusades," "Police" (about an hour before the actual police showed up at Occupy Wall Street) and "David Comes to Life." If these two dates are in fact their last NYC shows for a while, the set was undoubtedly a high point.
Titus Andronicus, led by a newly beardless Patrick Stickles, used their time in the opening slot to run through a number of new songs and to initiate a new guitarist. If those cuts are any indication, well outside the punk framework with harmonized leads and sludgy riffs, the next disc by the band will be a scorcher. The group played a bunch of old songs as well, including "The Battle of Hampton Roads" (with the line "Is there a boy in State college who hasn't been raped" interjected) and "A More Perfect Union," with the role of Abraham Lincoln played by the kid in the American flag shirt.
Tickets are still on sale for the same show which happens at Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight (11/14). A few more pictures from last night below...
Fucked Up's previously announced show with Titus Andronicus at Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out, so they added another one which is happening one day later, on November 15th, at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale. Fucked Up will be playing their album "David Comes to Life" in full.
Maybe Amy Klein will be there for the show, but not on stage.
Titus Andronicus @ Glasslands - 10/18/2011 (photo by Andrew St. Clair)
All you have to do is look at Titus Andronicus's Wikipedia page to see that the NJ band has gone though many lineup changes during their six years of existence. Ex-Titus members include Andrew Cedermark, Deer Tick's Ian O'Neil, and now sadly, Amy Klein. She writes:
A Message to Titus Andronicus' Friends and FansTitus played their last NYC show with Amy during CMJ (pictured above). They play their first without her at Le Poisson Rouge in November.
I just got back from my last tour with the band Titus Andronicus. Yes, it's true. As of today, I am no longer a member of the band.
No, there was no big fight or anything--no wild partying, drug, or alcohol addiction leading to me getting fired--no dramatic story--nothing like that. It is just time for me to move on.
I want to say an enormous thank you to every one of you for supporting me over the past two years, for cheering wildly at shows, for freaking the fuck out in insane circle pits, for singing along with every word, and for devoting yourself to this music and to this band with a passion that is downright inspiring. For me, the years I have spent in this band have been a time of transformation and self-discovery, and I know it is the power of music and the people who believe in it that have made me the person I am today.
I can't even explain what it is like to go from believing you are a total loser to believing that you are an individual with a voice. I think sooner or later everyone learns how to believe in herself, but the thing is, not everyone is lucky enough to get to do this in front of an audience filled with people like you.
To all the kids who came to a Titus Andronicus show over the past two years, I would like to say, "You are what punk is for. Punk is in you. Now go and do whatever you want with it." To every friend I met on the road, I would like to say, "Without you, I couldn't have done any of this." To the kind folks at XL, Beggars Group, Merok, Marcata Recording, 13 Artists, and Ground Control Touring--especially Sonya, Chris, Kris, Todd, Kevin, Nicole, and Chavez, I would like to say, "I appreciate all the work you've put into this band."
And most of all, to the guys in Titus Andronicus--Patrick, Dave, Eric, Julian, and, yes, Ian, who put up with me for the past two years, and who are truly some of the most dedicated and hardest working musicians out there, I would like to say, "I wish you the best of success. You are the great American rock and roll band of our time."
And to any girl out there who still believes that she will always be a loser, let me answer you with a quote from "No Future Part III:" "That's okay." I was one too. Trust me. You're gonna be someone someday. It's a crazy world we live in, one where even your biggest, loudest, wildest, rock'n'roll dreams can come true.
Titus Andronicus Forever,
Amy (no longer Andronicus)
P.S. I am not quitting music, just gonna be focusing on my own bands from now on.
On Monday, November 14 in New York, for the first time ever, Fucked Up will be performing their critically acclaimed album DAVID COMES TO LIFE in its entirety. This will be the inaugural live performance for many of the 18 songs. In addition, the band will be performing in the round. As if that's not enough, Titus Andronicus will be opening.Meanwhile Titus play a show at Glasslands this week for CMJ.
The event happens at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. Buy tickets here.
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Wolfe - "I Let Love In" (Nick Cave Cover) (MP3)
Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stereogum and PopGun are co-presenting a CMJ showcase with Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Chelsea Wolfe, Cuckoo Chaos, Mr. Dream, and Hollerado at Glasslands on October 18. Tickets are $15 with RSVP.
PopGun are also co-presenting the True Panther showcase at Glasslands, the Weird Vibes showcase at Cameo on October 20 with Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Headless Horseman, Pat Jordache and others, and the Yours Truly showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Active Child (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), Born Gold, The Stepkids, Memoryhouse, Caveman, Inc., and Ava Luna. PopGun also do their own showcase at Cameo on October 22 with Teen Daze, Art Vs. Science, and others. RSVP is open for all of the showcases.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, she's got other CMJ shows scheduled including Europa on October 19, the Life or Death CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on October 20, a Pendu/Impose showcase at 285 Kent on October 22, and more TBA. She also recently recorded a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "I Let Love In." You can download that cover at the top of this post. Chelsea and her band also recently performed for an I-N Session. Check out a video of that performance below. In December, she'll go on a North American tour with The Black Heart Procession, though that tour unfortunately does not include any East Coast dates.
All dates and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Lana Del Rey at Glasslands last week (photo by Ryan Muir for Stereogum)
Lana Del Rey, who initially announced that her "official live debut" would take place at NYC's The Box and LA's Hotel Cafe, has rescheduled both of those dates and added a number of European shows too. The new US dates haven't been announced yet but, according to a press release, they are set to take place in larger venues than the ones they were originally scheduled for. She also played a secret, unofficial warm up show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on September 14 under the name Queen of Coney Island. That's a picture from the much talked about show above.
Lana Del Rey is also continuing to stir up controversy about whether or not there's any authenticity to her music or image. Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) thinks the problem with Lana Del Rey isn't about sincerity, but that she's a representation of what's wrong with the American culture that her image evokes. In her blog, Amy writes:
Lana Del Ray is exactly as real as the past, for the past is exactly what she recalls. She takes the days when women wore floral skirts and orange lipstick and waited at home for their husbands to come home from work so they (the women) could bring them (the men) martinis with olives and makes them real again (the men, the women, the martinis, and the olives.)The full piece is on Amy's site. Info on Lana's new US shows will be announced next week. You can check out her European dates below.
Lana Del Ray is sitting at home waiting for you to come home so she can fix you dinner and a drink. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you to come home so she can watch you play video games on the couch and ignore her all day until it's time for bed. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you to come home so you can go to bed and act out all of your wildest fantasies which is exactly what she wants to do--what you want to do, that is. Lana Del Ray is waiting for you because she is your mirror.
So it doesn't matter if Lana Del Ray is entirely sarcastic when she belts out, "It's YOU, it's YOU, it's all for YOU." It doesn't matter that there is an edge to her voice that sounds something like rage and despair. Lana Del Ray has conquered America with plastic surgery, video games, a regression to nostalgia, and an appeal to the sex drive of every male music critic on the planet. It doesn't matter if she has anything real to sell because Lana Del Ray has made us think about the relationship between selling fantasy and selling lies.
Lana Del Ray is the lie we like to tell ourselves--that America has always been, and will always be, this gorgeous woman who can make all our dreams come true. So it doesn't matter if she loves you or hates you because she is going to take all of your money and you are going to let her get away with it. That's the reality of who she is.
We are narcissistic and self-obsessed and so is Lana Del Ray. We are a country in decadent, navel-gazing decline--fading, intoxicated, and longing for the past, but still so beautiful, staring straight into the lens and smiling as we shoot an American tragedy.
Speaking of Amy Klein, she has shows coming up too. She and "the Blue Star Band" open for Vivian Girls at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (9/20) and play with Bird of Youth at Union Hall on 9/29. Her other project Hilly Eye play Bruar Falls on September 27 with Puta de Cava, Noon:30, and Mensch. They also play Bowery Ballroom on October 8 with Screaming Females, Underground Railroad to Candyland, and Shellshag and November 2 at Death by Audio with Nisennenmondai, Little Women, and Pet Bottle Ningen. Hilly Eye also recently joined facebook and they hint at a full length album being in the works.
All dates below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cy Barkley & fans
"Since the unfortunate passing of Jay Reatard, there has been a void in the hearts of scumfucks everywhere. Enter Cy Barkley, a man straddling the line between garage and punk with a black Gibson in hand. Rock Together showcases a more accessible side of Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders' dirty punk music that could put a wistful tear in Keith Morris' eye. "When you say you don't know, please tell me, I'll follow you," Barkley shouts over glammy riffs, pounding bass and unrelenting drums in "Rock Together", the EP's Single. The four track 7" is surely not the height of what this band could be - or will be - but this album marks the beginning of an era for Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders as they expand beyond Nashville's city limits." [Get Bent]Jeff The Brotherhood did in fact play Matchless last night (8/22) with their friends/collaborators/city-mates/label-mates Cy Barkley & The Wayoutsiders. It was the first of three NYC dates for Cy. Catch them at Death By Audio TONIGHT (8/23) and Cake Shop tomorrow. Jeff played LPR with Pentagram one night earlier.
JEFF's Jake told the sold-out show's crowd that it would be the last time Jeff would play NYC "for a while" while the band records a new album. More pictures from Matchless, including some shots of a few partying Titus Andronicus-ians, are below...
words by Zach Pollack, photos by Grant MacAllister
Sorry for the delay of our third and final installmet of Lollapalooza 2011 coverage, but here it is! Due to the major downpour on the Sunday of the fest, Grant's pictures were almost lost forever in a wet camera, but are now recovered. If you're just joining us, check out parts one and two first. Here is part three...
My third and final day of Lollapalooza (8/7) kicked off at Music Unlimited Stage with an opening set from Titus Andronicus. The Garden State punks began things by playing the opening track "A More Perfect Union" from their incredible 2010 LP The Monitor. Titus generally would make for a fantastic start to the day, but their sound was a bit off, and by the look on frontman Patrick Stickles's face, I think he agreed.
After Titus, I decided to calm things down and went to catch Lia Ices. This was my second time seeing the Brooklyn, NY-based songstress this year, but that did not make her less interesting. Lia's well trained voice fluttered effortlessly over the avant pop she produces. I must admit I was skeptical that she and her band would translate well to an outdoor setting. The four-piece shattered any and all of my doubts.
The next set I caught was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s at the quite favored Google+ stage. The kitschy group are infectious and totally unavoidable. I stuck around for most of their set which included their handmade "Jr. Jr." light boxes on stage and, more importantly, bubble machines.
I then made my way over to watch The Cars, who again consist of their original lineup, except for Benjamin Orr who passed away in 2000. The Cars ran though many of their hits like "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," and a few new ones too. I didn't initially plan on catching their set, am glad that I did.
I then headed to the Sony stage where Portugal. The Man were setting up. I had caught their aftershow with Wye Oak at the Double Door on the first night of Lolla, and they blew me away. I was psyched to hear so many cuts off of their 2009 LP The Satanic Satanist. I was NOT psyched to hear that their van and trailer (gear and all) had been stolen later on that night. The van and trailer have since been recovered... and so has most of the gear!
I left Portugal's set a bit early in order to make it to Best Coast at Google+. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino entered the stage and jokingly stated, "Fuck you, we're Best Coast." Unfortunately halfway through their set storm clouds that were hanging over Chicago all day finally burst. It poured for a good hour, letting up just before Explosions In The Sky's set.
The Austin, TX-based post rock band entered the stage stating, "I think you just saw 'us,' but now we're going to play some music." I was glad to hear some of my favorite songs like "The Birth and Death of the Day," "Six Days At the Bottom of the Ocean," and "Your Hand In Mine." Their awesome set was more than enough to keep the muddy, sopping festival-goers around.
Everyone legitimately thought the rain had let up, so I headed across to Music Unlimited for Foo Fighters' headlining set. Their set included a handful of songs from the recently released Wasting Light LP and a bunch of older cuts too. A few songs in it started pouring again and I decided to leave the festival along with Grant whose camera had officially stopped working. Unfortunately that meant that I missed Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction and founder of Lollapalooza) joining the band on stage for a second during "Everlong," which included the Foos playing a piece of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song."
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...
"Patrick from Titus Andronicus just jumped into the crowd!
They are so good live." - Nikki S
"Eleanor Friedberger's solo stuff = awesome!
She's owning the 4Knots stage right now." - Anna Hyclak
"Oberhofer are clearly having a blast at #4knots ...
Fun day so far, especially when cloudy." - Bill
"Davilla 666 delivering good Stooges-punk buzz.
Crowd surfing spotted #4knots" - Jason Gross
"I don't know who Davila 666 are,
but they're burning it down at #4Knots." - Brendan HIlliard
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival took place at South Street Seaport for most of the afternoon and early evening on Saturday (7/16).
Bands played on the usual Seaport outdoor stage while DJs were around the corner inside on Front Street (Dan Deacon and Yeasayer included). The festival was headlined by The Black Angels and Titus Andronicus and also included sets by Davilla 666 (pics HERE), Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), and Mr. Dream (but not Obits). 4Knots acted as the replacement for Siren Fest, which sadly is no longer happening in Coney Island. 4Knots' lineup wasn't quite as impressive as past Siren lineups which were spread over two much bigger stages, but the festival still left a pretty solid impact on the downtown Manhattan crowd.
Eleanor Friedberger (by Chris)
4Knots was Eleanor's first show since releasing her solo debut Last Summer on Merge last week. According to New Beats:
"Aside from carrying a sound that kind of reminds one of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, some of the songs also possess a groove feel, particularly the mid-tempo "Glitter Gold Year." In addition to performing a majority of Last Summer's songs, Friedberger also threw in a few Fiery Furnaces tunes, including "Lost At Sea" and the punkish, power pop "Tropical Iceland.""Catch Eleanor in NYC again when she opens for Deerhunter at Webster Hall.
The crowd was the biggest that Brooklyn's own Oberhofer has ever played to, according to Brad Oberhofer, and they seemed to make a bit of buzz while they were there.
"Oberhofer, yes. I'd forgotten how soft-loud-soft prog meets math they are, but so precise and vicious, and in the best way. Singer Brad Oberhofer, (once a lowly intern at Matador), is the amazing piece of gut-instinctual-movement-punk behind said band. While tuning, he mentions, "I'm not used to this, I'm used to luxury cars," and during the set, "This song is dedicated to my grandmother, and all your grandmothers and grandfathers too."---
He says the right things to a crowd, and he and the whole band plays right along, and thus, it's a captivating show. Just listen to "Away From You" or "I Can Go", or any other track and you'll be transfixed." [Sentimentalist]
Titus Andronicus (by Amanda)
Titus Andronicus went on before The Black Angels, though according to the Village Voice, the upbeat punk crowd were possibly anticipating Titus even more.
"This was a Titus crowd, but how could it not be? The pier we stood on stands less than an hour's drive from the town of Mahwah, where frontman Patrick Sickles sings of spending his senior year on "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future." And if that wasn't enough, Sickles recalled a few Siren Fest memories between songs. I'm sure a few super-loyal fans were even using the show as an opportunity to even out the sunburn that coated the left side of their bodies as they screamed along to the free show the band played at the Williamsburg Waterfront on the other side of the East River a few weeks ago."Black Angels pics HERE. More pictures and videos from the rest of the fest below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Still reeling from the Titus Andronicus/Okkervil River show last night. So good! It was so good." - Arielle
"Okkervil River absolutely killed it last night at Terminal 5. Awesome show. Also, apologies to my liver." - David Rosado
Okkervil River's Will Sheff @ Terminal 5
amNY: You've said you think this is your best record yet. Honestly, isn't that always the case?Okkervil River, touring in support of their Billboard charting (#31 on the Top 40) new LP I Am Very Far, headlined Terminal 5 last night (6/7) with tour-mates Titus Andronicus (who were just added to the 4Knots lineup) and Future Islands.
Will Sheff: I do think that, and it's never a lie. It's always a reflection of feeling where I am at that time. So, yeah - probably in two years, I'll have completely moved on from this "I Am Very Far" sort of place and be like, "F--- that, let's do some throat singing. That's what I'm into now."
So what feelings did this record reflect?
Will Sheff: It felt like after being an awkward teenager, growing up and becoming an adult. And the word "adult" carries a lot of baggage with it - it's kind of scary, like "adult contemporary." But I always thought of adulthood as really fascinating and complex. That's when people are having affairs and cheating on each other and becoming morally compromised. So this is my creepy, adult, dark, nuanced, having-an-affair record. As opposed to Sting.
Okkervil's set got cut short, possibly due to the venue curfew. At 10:45 the band was given a 15 minute warning, and so they played straight to 11 with no encore break. Unfortunately, if the written setlist is to be believed, that means they had to play much less than planned. The written and actual setlist, and more pictures from the show and dates too, below...