Entries tagged with: Titus Andronicus
photos by Tim Griffin
HR of Bad Brains / security on stage during Bad Brains
"...At this point, Bad Brains were playing, and it was clear more trouble was in store, when some guy in some sort of medeival doungeon master getup tried to crowd surf during "Attitude," which inspired the security to storm the stage twelve or so deep, evacuate the Bad Brains, and stand like some sort of musclehead Stonehenge along the end of the stage, while their leader informed everyone, "This is not a concert, this is a party. Have a seat." Of course, the floor was covered in horrible grime and broken glass, but whatever.That is one small passage from a very long rant that Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus posted to his blog after an unpleasant experience at the Vice Halloween party on Saturday night. He goes on to talk about being kicked out of the show before getting to play, the Vice staff barely being able to get him back in, and him calling the cops!!! ("I made my second-ever call to 911"). Most of all he seems mad at the hired security company and encourages Vice to sue them.
Poor Bad Brains. Or is it? With all due respect to these legends of hardcore and reformed homophobes, I don't know if I can ever recall a more phoned-in performance in all my life. This should come as no surprise, based on the ubiquity of weed stench emenating from their dressing room, and the equally ever-present site of all-time-greatest-hardcore-singer front-runner HR sitting motionless on a couch (seriously - this hardcore legend did not move an inch during the whole evening!). I mean, whatever floats yr boat, HR, more power to you, but for this Greatest Hardcore Band Ever to get onstage and have their singer remain motionless in body and completely monotone in voice... I dunno, it is just not how I imagined it might be. Disappointing at best.
Well, this whole scene was fucked, clearly, and my ladyfriend was getting more and more disturbed by the assholery on display (or sexual harassment, as she would call it, and perhaps rightly so) and the constant picture-taking by stangers, that she had to go home and try and live like a reasonable person. I wish I could have followed her, but as will become a theme throughout this sad tale, I really needed the money. So, I escorted her out of the building and out of the hellish nightmare that was this party, and I was glad to see her moving towards a more peaceful and decent evening..." [Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus]
He makes the whole night sound really horrible though - like really bad, which wasn't actually my own experience. I thought it was fun, though I wasn't kicked out. Security had a major presence, but what do you expect when you invite thousands of people to come drink for free in a giant warehouse in the middle of Williamsburg? My only discomfort was the bathroom lines. I almost peed my pants waiting for one of the porta potties!
Titus Andronicus performed as Weezer (a band that also played a Halloween show in NYC that night). They went on after Bad Brains (who played after Jesus Lizard) which was kind of weird because not that many people stuck around after the two headliners finished. Yes, HR of Bad Brains is a weirdo now and Bad Brains live are just kind of weird, but that's old news. Thanks to an enthusiastic crowd, the Bad Brains show was actually one of the craziest I can remember (security being weirdos for a minute aside). Read Patrick's whole rant HERE. More pictures from the show HERE. Watch some videos of the Bad Brains show, below...
I know many have been waiting anxiously for details on how to get in to the VICE 15th year anniversary party featuring live performances by Bad Brains and The Jesus Lizard. Well, now they're running a contest. Flyer and more details below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Titus Andronicus @ Knitting Factory
Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos closed out their six-week North American tour (it kicked off at Monster Island Basement on September 2nd) with a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Thursday, October 15th. Grooms opened...
"In a room packed with family and friends, So So Glos absolutely killed it. I love this band. Every time they get up on stage they put their all into what they are doing, and they clearly love rock and roll. You know someone really loves what they're doing when, after six weeks of the same thing every night, the guys in this band are still moshing and mouthing all the words to Titus after their own set. What a genuine bunch of dudes. When they take the stage, they make it seem like the guitars are their weapons, and they're using rock and roll to energetically fight for everything good in the world. I did once see them almost start a fight at Death By Audio, but tonight was just good vibes all around, with an energetic under-aged crowd moshing along up front and us older folk enjoying ourselves, merely absorbing the So So Glos from the back.Titus Andronicus's next NYC show is a MyOpenBar/Going.com/Spinner show at Webster Hall on October 20th with Beach Fossils Here We Go Magic, and Woods (flyer below). The band is also scheduled to appear as a guest alongside Vivian Girls, Andrew W.K. and Katie Stelmanis at Fucked Up's Chemistry of Common Life show on November 5th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Titus Andronicus was about the same as well. Patrick Stickles is an amazing front man. He's totally bizarre, with an enormous black beard and eccentric stage banter. You can tell he's obviously the force behind both the literary and smart punk songs the band churns out. I'd seen Titus in the past with a bigger lineup and more instruments, including a keyboard. This time around they were just guitar, guitar, bass and drums. While I do think that they lost some of their grandeur with the departure of the keyboards, Titus didn't just power through their angst-ridden teenage tunes. Stickles mastered his guitar feedback to dramatic effect, with exciting builds and pauses. When this band releases their next album in 2010 (around March, Stickles promised), their career will certainly be unstoppable." [Breakthru Radio]
The So So Glos are currently touring Europe with The Virgins. Dates are below.
Brooklyn's Grooms (who used to be called Muggabears) have a slew of CMJ appearances coming up. They play a non-CMJ show on Tuesday (10/20) at Death by Audio, a Force Field CMJ show at Pianos on Oct. 21, the In Tandem Magazine CMJ show at Littlefield on on Oct. 23, and an After the Jump day show on Oct 24 at Brooklyn Bowl. Rejoicer, Grooms' debut, came out October 20th on the Death By Audio label.
The rest of the Knitting Factory pictures, some fliers and all tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Katie Stelmanis - In My Favour (MP3)
@ the Titus Andronicus show @ Monster Island (more by Leia Jospe)
Along with a link for $18 tickets, which go on sale Friday, September 11th at 10am, there's some new insight into the lineup of Fucked Up's November 5th Chemistry of Common Life show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The show will feature "Andrew W.K. (Keyboards) / Vivian Girls (Backup Vocals) With Guests: Titus Andronicus / Katie Stelmanis." Sounds good!
You can also catch Titus Andronicus on October 15th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. It's the last date of their current tour with So So Glos. Vivian Girls are on tour at the moment too, with the Beets. They play their next NYC show right after they get back, which will also be their first of two shows at a Masonic temple in one week.... it's on Halloween at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple with Crystal Stilts (followed by the F'd Up Masonic show listed above).
Katie Stelmanis's amazing video for "Believe Me" and a recent interview are posted below...
photos by Leia Jospe
"I like to think that we're really just singing about the history of ideas and trying to insert ourselves into a greater continuum of thinkers throughout history," says Stickles, "not in any kind of 'here's the new f--ing smart dude' kind of thing, just like any point that you could think to make in a punk rock song has already been made ages ago ... and there's plenty of works of philosophy that have already explored the same themes that punk does."Titus Andronicus, The Smith Westerns & the So So Glos shared a bill at Monster Island Basement in NYC last night (9/2). For The Smith Westerns it was the first in a small string of NYC shows. For Titus and So So, it was the first show of a month-long tour together. More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...
But a Titus Andronicus show is anything but a lecture. Stickles, with his huge beard, bumbles around and guzzles beer and could almost be mistaken for a homeless person were he not surrendering himself entirely to the songs, jumping up and down and generally airing all those grievances. So now that they have aired them, will it be harder to sing about what bothers them as they reach new successes?
"They'll never all be out there," assures Stickles, with a laugh. "I hope, but I doubt there will ever be a shortage of good complaining points." [Metro Philadelphia]
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)
Titus Andronicus @ The Whitney Museum in July (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus are about to kick off a month-long tour with So So Glos:
Wednesday September 2nd @ MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENTBy the time they get back, Knitting Factory in Brooklyn will be open.
:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: the Smith Westerns
:::::: So So Glos
| MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $9
Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Natasha Ryan)
BROOKLYN KNITTING FACTORY SET TO OPEN / BROOKLYN'S LES SAVY FAV TO PLAY OPENING NIGHT
"The Knitting Factory, a leader in the New York arts scene for over two decades, is proud to announce that our new venue at 361 Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY will be opening September 2009. Brooklyn-based favorites, Les Savy Fav, will perform and host the opening night on Wednesday September 9th. Upcoming shows will feature performances by: Boss Hog, Rasputina, Mayer Hawthorne, Titus Andronicus, The Raincoats, The Spits, Mucca Pazza, Melissa Auf der Maur, cEvin Key, A Wilhelm Scream, Helado Negro, Maps and Atlases, No Neck Blues Band, Dub Trio, Smokey's Secret Family and much more to be announced. Upcoming special events include this year's Williamsburg Fashion Week's Fashion and Arts Premiere, the Miss LEZ Pageant and the Royal Flush Film Festival.We've been waiting for this news since first finding out Knitting Factory was taking over the Brooklyn Luna Lounge lounge space in April 2008 (which was followed by official confirmation in July of the same year). Since then, Knitting Factory's Manhattan location closed and reopened (and closed again) and lots of people have been left wondering what the deal was.
The Titus Andronicus/So So Glos show (tickets) is the last date on a long tour that also includes a show at Maxwell's.
And tickets and dates to all of the above mentioned shows are HERE.
More about the space, HERE.
Tim Harrington apologizes to his mom, in the video below...
Titus Andronicus @ the Whitney Museum - July 10, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
The art of Losing: You pay a lot of "homage" (for lack of a better word) to your hometown of Glen Rock. Suburbia is a lot different in Texas than the Northeast, or so I thought until I watched the video of the Streets of Glen Rock on your blog. But nonetheless, can you describe a little bit about New Jersey and how exactly it shaped you guys?NJ's Titus Andronicus are teaming up with the So So Glos for a fall North American tour that begins and ends in Brooklyn. The tour kicks off on September 2nd at Monster Island Basement, and closes on October 15th with a show at the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, which means that venue should be open by then. On September 19th they play a show in Portland that is part of Music Fest NW. On October 14th they play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets for that NJ one are on sale.
Patrick from Titus Andronicus: "Well, New Jersey kind of instills in it's residence that sort of underdog spirit. Just because so much of the identity of New Jersey is based around the flack that New Jersey receives from internal and external forces. When you tell people that you're from New Jersey, it's just like a big joke to most of America. They think that we smell bad and that we are all stupid. And even so much of the best art that has come out of New Jersey is about trying to get away. Like, Bruce Springsteen in particular. There was even a time, in New Jersey when they were campaigning to get "Born to Run" to be the official state song... which is sort of ridiculous in that it is about how hopeless New Jersey is... I mean, I love New Jersey. It is definitely very special to me... People from New Jersey have always got something to prove, know what I'm saying?"
The So So Glos have a couple NY gigs beforehand, including an August 1st show that wraps up the summer North American tour of UK band Lovvers. Also on the bill are The Sundelles, Babies and That Ghost. You can also catch them tonight (7/28) at the Delancey.
All Titus/So So tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Easy (MP3)
Deer Tick @ MHOW 6/9 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deer Tick played with Jenny Lewis earlier this summer. She then played a free outdoor 4th of July show. Deer Tick fans will also get a free outdoor NYC show this summer, but that's not until August 7th. That's when the band play with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Prospect Park.
Prospect Park will be free, but it will also only be an opening set. The real show is tonight, July 24th, at Bowery Ballroom with Dawes and These United States. Tickets are still available.
If you miss it, but still want to catch Dawes (or you want to see Dawes again), they're also headlining their own Sunday night show at Union Hall in Brooklyn with Childe and the Seedy Seeds. Tickets are on sale.
These United States also have a show (actually shows) coming up at Union Hall, but not until August 28th. That's when they play an early show (with Vandaveer) and late show (with Motel Motel). Tickets for the early set, late set and both are on sale. These United States recently played an opening set at Prospect Park too. Pictures from the show with Dr. Dog and Phosphorescent are below.
Deer Tick's second album, Born on Flag Day, which came out in June on Partisan Records, has been getting the band some big-name attention -- they were recently awkwardly interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams, who claims to be a big fan and seems to be a fan of iTunes too. See that interview below. Popmatters, in their review of the album, say that "John Joseph McCauley III is a man's man" and that "He has little patience with the Ben Gibbards and Justin Vernons of the world--in fact, he sounds like the guy who stole their wallets and fucked their girlfriends." "Easy" from that record is posted above. Daytrotter and LaundroMatinee both have new live sessions available for free download.
Justin Vernon will be back in NYC in January. No update for Ben Gibbard.
Deer Tick are one of the bands on the bill for The Positive Jam, an all-day outdoor show happening in Ithaca, NY's Stewart Park on September 6th. Headlining will be the (namesake) Hold Steady, with The Felice Brothers, The Rural Alberta Advantage and others. Tickets are on sale. The poster is below.
The Rural Alberta Advantage, one of the bands in Ithaca, will also be playing a free show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 4th. The Dig and Hollerado have been added to that Brooklyn show as openers.
A set of Deer Tick videos (including the Brian Williams interview), photos of These United States, all tour dates for all bands, and a Positive Jam flyer, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
"I am standing behind a kid during the last song of Titus Andronicus' fascinating set at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The concert is part of the pop conceptual artist Dan Graham's retrospective, and the kid is on tip toes on the edge of the performance area (there is no stage) and he is doing a restrained pogo and leaning towards the band and it's as if he is straining every sinew in his body not to explode into a wild dance. But the kid can't dance because Whitney security have threatened to stop the concert if dancing continues which leaves lead singer Patrick Stickles in the unenviable position of trying to stop the audience from doing what he is trying to get the audience to do.Titus and Real Estate played the museum on Friday (7/10). Japanther and Ninjasonik played there for kids on Saturday, and The Feelies played there at the beginning of the month. This Friday's show is Abe Vigoda and Grooms as Dan Graham month continues. More pictures from Friday below...
A little earlier opening band, fellow New Jersey natives, and longterm friends Real Estate performed a superb set. What connects the two bands is Real Estate and Titus both use repetitive chord progressions to build a wall of sound. What makes them different is where they take the sounds..." [rnlar]
Suckers @ Prospect Park earlier this month (more by Natasha Ryan)
tonight in NYC
* Maluca @ Santos
* Zé Luis Quartet @ MoMA
* Todd Barry @ Carolines
* Megafaun @ Monkey Town
* MC Lyte @ Von King Park
* Dark Dark Dark @ Sycamore
* Dwele, Leela James @ BB Kings
*I Need That Record (film) @ 92YTribeca
* The Click Five @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* Bonnie Baxter, Beloved Rogue @ Shea Stadium
* Titus Andronicus, The So-So Glos @ Glasslands
* PG Six, Zachary Cale, Rachel Mason @ Union Pool
* Matisyahu, Umphrey's McGee @ Central Park Summerstage
* Title Tracks, The Nouvellas, Charles Burst @ The Cameo
* The Drums, Living Days, Zambri, Kordan @ Public Assembly
* Chris Garneau, The Lisps, Scary Mansion @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Suckers, The Octagon, Hearts of Darknesses, Etta Place @ Pianos
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Woody Herman Orchestra @ Lincoln Center
* GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel, Biz Markie @ Crotona Park
* Matt & Kim, Flosstradamus, Team Robespierre @ Hudson River Rocks Pier 54
* Jon Wiley Benefit w/ Chairlift, Adam Green, Lightspeed Champion @ The Shank
* Those Darlins, Heavy Trash, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ Mercury Lounge
* Mia Riddle, Bon Savants, Patrick Bower & The World Without Magic @ The Bell House
* NY Ear & Eye Fest w/ Nymph, Religious To Damn, Hunters, Dinowalrus, more @ Knitting Factory
* Latin Alternative Music Conference w/ Leon Polar, Natalia Lafourcade, more @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mewithoutyou, The Dear Hunter, Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Free Brooklyn Lager from 7:30- 8:30 at the Bell House.
Matt & Kim play a free outdoor show tonight, the first of this summer's HudsonRiverRocks series. That'll bring Ted Leo and Yeasayer in the coming weeks. Opening tonight's show are Team Robespierre and Flosstradamus (whose remix of Matt & Kim's "Yea Yeah" is below with other, revealing M&K vidoes).
GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel and Biz Markie play a free Park Jams show
at Crotona Park in the Bronx. Luminescent Orchestrii performs a free River to River set at World Financial Center Plaza. MC Lyte plays in Von King Park. At the Central Park Summerstage, Matisyahu and Umphrey's McGee play a ticketed show.
"Four cemetery workers have been charged with dismembering bodies after police found what they called "startling and revolting" conditions at a historic cemetery near Chicago." [AP]
Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos play a free-with-RSVP, limited-capacity show hosted by Colt 45 & Vice at Glasslands tonight. See a video of Titus "Shotgunnin' Burrs" with The Soft Pack on their UK tour together, below.
The Drums, who will be gigging in NYC a lot this summer, play Public Assembly tonight with Living Days, Zambri and Kordan.
Suckers begin their four-Thursday Pianos residency with guests The Octagon, Hearts of Darknesses and Etta Place.
Chairlift, Adam Green, Lightspeed Champion and others play a benefit for local musician Jon Wiley at The Shank.
In a nice triple bill, Those Darlins, Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers all perform at the Mercury Lounge tonight.
Megafaun, who opened for Bowerbirds last night, plays Monkey Town tonight with a "special guest."
The NY Ear & Eye Fest II kicks off tonight at the Knitting Factory. The fest includes a record fair/concert at the 92YTribeca on Saturday and a closing party at Death By Audio Sunday night. 92Y is sceening record store doc I Need That Record tonight with filmmaker Brendan Toller in attendance.
"Google says that its forthcoming Chrome operating system will be so secure that "users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates." But Google's claim is being met with skepticism within the Internet security world." [PC World]
The Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing fest continues tonight with the Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi at Damrosch Park.
10 bands play for $10 tomorrow at Terminal 5.
The first free Williamsburg Waterfront show is this Sunday.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays South Street Seaport on Friday.
Title Tracks, which is John Davis formerly of Q and Not U, plays the Cameo Gallery with The Nouvellas and Charles Burst.
Blitzen Trapper's new video for "Black River Killer", below...
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)
Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus will be playing the Colt 45/Vice Magazine party at Glasslands on Thursday, July 9th (tonight). The band's MySpace reveals that The So-So Glos will also be appearing (though the show flyer, below, only lists a "special guest"). The show is free with RSVP, though there's limited capacity.
The So So Glos are also playing a show on Friday, July 10th at Southpaw with Those Darlins who play a show with Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray at Mercury Lounge tonight. All dates below.
Titus is also scheduled to play July 10th with Real Estate at the first of the Whitney Museum's four July rock shows. That's still happening -- the concert is free with admittance to the museum which is free from 6-9pm on Fridays - so it's a free show, but first come, first served.
The MySpace schedule for Real Estate, who just played in Brooklyn on July 4th, lists an additional NYC date for San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys. That show, the Mexican Summer/Insound party at Cameo Gallery on July 16th,
can be added is not actually part of the Fresh & Onlys extensive upcoming schedule. The show is happening, but the Fresh & Onlys aren't playing it. Actually on the bill are Woods and Golden Triangle.
A flyer for the Glasslands show, with all tour dates, below...
Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.
The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...
Vivian Girls @ Bowery Ballroom in December (more by Zach Stern)
As we pointed out back in April, and further confirmed in a list of Abe Vigoda tour dates, The Whitney is hosting some indie rock shows this July, in conjunction with their Dan Graham Retrospective. And the full schedule looks something like this:
Fri, June 26 - Acoustic Evening with The Feelies
Fri, July 10 - Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Fri, July 17 - Abe Vigoda / Grooms (Muggabears)
Fri, July 24 - (band TBA) / YellowFever
Fri, July 31 - Vivian Girls / These Are Powers
The Feelies show is "Free with Museum admission (free for Whitney members)." and "Tickets for this [Feelies] concert are available day of show only, beginning at 1 pm at the Museum. Space is limited; tickets are first-come, first-served." The other four shows basically say the same thing, but just, "Free with museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. No reservations." More details below.
Other programs include "Dan Graham in Conversation with Glenn Branca" and a family performance of Rock and Roll Ice Cream by Japanther. Full schedule below...
Loney Dear @ Union Hall last time they were here (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* NY Dolls @ the Varvatos Store
* Adele, The Script @ Roseland Ballroom
* Olof Arnalds, Dylan Mondegreen @ Union Hall
* St. Vincent @ Virgin Megastore Union Square
* Ben Harper & the Relentless 7 @ Webster Hall
* Illinois, Holly Miranda, Kenan Bell @ Mercury Lounge
* Electric Six, Living Things, Evil Cowards @ Bowery Ballroom
* Angel Deradoorian, Drawlings, The Holy Experiment @ Cake Shop
* Lady Sovereign, Chester French, Hollywood Holt @ Highline Ballroom
* Marina Rosenfeld and Anthony Coleman, Jeremiah Cymerman @ The Stone
* Loney Dear, Lia Ices, The Silent League @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bushwick Book Club with Corn Mo, Susan Hwang, others @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Phil Anastasia, Inspectah Deck, Heltah Skeltah + "Sessions" @ Santos
Titus Andronicus' new video for "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus" below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Ted Leo R/X + Andrew WK @ Indie Rock Karaoke (more by Ryan Muir)
Also in June, Titus is touring with Ted Leo (who has to have a new album due at some point?). They'll stop at Kearny, NJ's Irish American Association on June 21st. Tickets are still on sale for that show.
Ted Leo is known as a pretty jocular guy. A regular on The Best Show on WFMU, his comedy-related credits also include an appearance on Human Giant's 24-hour marathon in 2007 where he dished with show hosts Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. Last fall, Ted + R/X even backed up a karaoke set hosted by Andrew WK (proof above). Around that time, Ted also released a split 7" with comedian Zach Galifianakis.
He'll continue that trend Thursday, April 23rd when he appears as the musical guest at Comedy Below Canal at 92YTribeca. Paul F. Tompkins hosts the night, which will feature comics Lisa deLarios, Christian Finnegan and others.
Tickets for that show are on sale AND we have a pair to give away. Details (with a video of Ted Leo on the Human Giant marathon) below...
Ted Leo @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Updated Ted Leo dates below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Leia Jospe
It's a cliche, but Titus Andronicus has got to be one of the hardest working/most tour-prone bands around. After a show-filled 2008, the band headed out on a monthlong winter tour with Los Campesinos, culminating in two Bowery Ballroom shows on February 14th and 15th (pics from Los Campesinos set). That was followed by a set of European dates, a Mar 13th KEXP Benefit at Bowery Ballroom with the Wrens , two shows with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and a bunch of SXSW shows in Austin (where they also met the mayor).
In April, the band heads out on tour with Lucero, stopping at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18th (Tickets are still on sale). In June, the band will play a series of dates with their friend Ted Leo. No NYC date on that tour, but they will hit Toad's Place in New Haven on June 19th.
The band also recently released an iPhone application. Description: "Think Tetris, except you're their roadie and you have to load their gear into their tiny touring van."
More Bowery Ballroom pictures and all tour dates below...
photos by Leia Jospe
"CD sales are down. Digital hasn't caught up. Record companies are consolidating. New bands are trying to find their own way.Leia spent Thursday at the BV day party at Radio Room. On Friday, she ran around to three different Austin venues, seeing favorites like No Age, Titus Andronicus, HEALTH, and The Mae Shi. More of her pictures below...
Despite all the challenging news, thousands of industry professionals and eager music fans turned out for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. The festival, tailored to recording industry talent seekers and the talent they seek, officially ended Sunday.
While optimism ran high at the five-day whirlwind of panel discussions, trade shows, live concerts and private parties, much of the conversation throughout the event focused on the sobering reality of the music industry's uncertain future.
"Obviously we're going through a transition. All of the major record labels have gone through some sort of cost-cutting and consolidation over the last few years," said Rand Hoffman, head of business and legal affairs at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.
"Right now CD sales are falling more rapidly than digital is going up," he told a group of SXSW festival-goers at a panel discussion on the future of the industry." [CNN]
Deer Tick @ BV official showcase @ Club De Ville - yesterday
The Bronx (crowd) @ BV day party @ Emo's - yesterday
the mayor of Austin & Titus Andronicus, Austin, TX - yesterday
Future Islands @ the 1896 in February (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Maceo Parker @ SOBs
* Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
* Allman Brothers @ Beacon
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Butch Walker & The Films @ Maxwell's
* Pronto, Puss 'N Boots @ Mercury Lounge
* CuCu Diamantes (of Yerba Buena) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Double Dagger, Future Islands, Teeth Mountain @ Market Hotel
* Matt Everett, Ingrid Olava, Magdyn Osh, Annie and Her Guns @ Cake Shop
Things will be a little slow today due to SXSW. Sorry! We're trying to keep up.
Speaking of which, if you are in SXSW, come by our Thursday and Friday parties.
Everything went great yesterday - day party at Emo's followed by night party at Club De Ville (more about that later).
Great Lake Swimmers' video for Your Rocky Spine below...
Titus Andronicus @ McCarren Pool (more by Jason Bergman)
today in NYC
* The Fakers @ Glasslands
* The Duke Spirit @ Maxwell's
* Titus Andronicus @ Sound Fix
* Here We Go Magic @ Southpaw
* A Storm of Light, Amenra & Zoroaster @ Europa
* Los Campesinos! & Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ocean, Salome, Riff Cannon & Batillus at Public Assembly
* Kidrockers presents Chairlift & The Bloodsugars @ 92yTrbeca (afternoon)
* Iran, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, The Fakers & Pure Horsehair @ Death by Audio
Two bands called "The Fakers" are playing in Brooklyn tonight. At Glasslands is The Fakers that = White Williams & Matt from Ecstatic Sunshine. The other The Fakers are playing Iran's record release party at Death By Audio. Weird.
Ecstatic Sunshine has a show coming up at The Stone.
No Fun Fest tickets were supposed to go on sale today, but they went on sale Saturday.
"Andrew Cedermark, Ian P. O'Neil, and Patrick Stickles, all of Titus Andronicus each perform short solo sets consisting of Titus and non-titus jams. This special show is sandwiched between two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom with Los Campesinios. We have to start early so the boys can get over to Bowery so this starts at 5pm! Expect a good time, see you there." - 5PM, free, @ SoundFix
More Titus Andronicus dates HERE.
Misshapes are on the cover of Page Six Magazine.
Brent Hinds of Mastodon guests on the new Zoroaster album. Download the track HERE.
Did you get the free Tim Fite Valentine's Day EP?
Los Campesinos's video for "My Year In Lists" below...
today in NYC
* Fashion Week
* Paul Simon @ Beacon Theater
* Golden Triangle @ Tip Top Bar
* Grouper, etc @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Japanther & Ninjasonik @ BAM Cafe
* Jennifer O'Connor & Mascot @ Southpaw
* The Harlem Shakes & Shilpa Ray @ Southpaw
* Screaming Females & many others @ Cake Shop
* The Legendary Shack Shakers & O'Death @ Maxwell's
* Los Campesinos! & Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Virgins & Mike Bones @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings & Naomi Shelton @ Nokia Theatre
* Kyp Malone, Wild Yaks & Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Glasslands
* Lissy Trullie, Golden Triangle & the Phenomenal Handclap Band for Alexander McQueen
The NY Times does Neko Case.
Pitchfork TV went on tour with Titus Andronicus. Watch the video below...
Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)
Titus Andronicus are currently out on the road with Los Campesinos!. It's a tour that has both bands back in NYC at Bowery Ballroon for two shows that are very soon. Tickets for
those are still on sale sold out.
Titus Andronicus is also playing Bowery Ballroom on March 13th with The Wrens.
And then in April Lucero and Titus will join forces for a tour that includes an April 18th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Titus's fourth upcoming show at either Bowery or MHOW). Tickets for that go on Am Ex presale Wednesday, and then regular sale Friday.
Ben Nichols of Lucero...
...released his highly anticipated solo debut album [in January], a "mini-LP" titled "The Last Pale Light in the West," via Liberty & Lament / The Rebel Group. Nichols layed down tracks in August 2008 with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and Todd Beane (Glossary) for this seven track mini-LP, which features songs inspired by the Cormac McCarthy book "Blood Meridian."Ben is opening two shows for the Pogues in Washington DC. All Lucero tour dates below...
"The Last Pale Light in the West" is a stripped-down piece with Nichols' gritty vocals at the forefront. Nichols added acoustic guitar to the record, alongside Steff on piano and accordion, and Beane's pedal steel guitar.
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)
Best mention of a ringtone in a lyric: "It's Never That Easy Though, Is It? (Song for the Other Kurt)" from Los Campesinos!As pointed out before, Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus will hit the road together this month. Starting January 15th in Baltimore, the two bands will end up in NYC for two final shows together at Bowery Ballroom on February 14th and 15th (tix). One night before the tour begins (1/14), Titus also have a local show scheduled at Maxwell's with Vivian Girls (tix). Now so do Los Campesinos!, and it's free and at SoundFix in Brooklyn (1/14, 8-9pm, first come, first servied). All other dates below...
The Replacements' "Answering Machine" is in need of an update. There's no denying that the Mats' mix of bitterness and loneliness is still powerful, but the choice of technology is a bit dated. Los Campesinos! try to modernize things. And while lacking the acidic tone of the Replacements, this caffeine-loaded U.K. act makes up for it with bratty anger, stomping into the chorus with this refrain: "I'm calling you again on your telephone, and all I ever get is another stupid ringtone."
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