Entries tagged with: Tokyo Police Club
photos by Chris La Putt
"I was seriously thinking of skipping this one despite having tickets. Very glad I didn't - great show. Forgot how hard Weezer can rock and TPC was great too.more pictures below...
Angels & Airwaves was just silly. Tom was prancing around stage like someone who had won an MTV contest to be a rock star and didn't quite know what to do with his limbs. My friend and I were laughing ourselves silly at his antics.
I think there was a near-riot when Weezer brought him on to do a verse of the Sweater Song, but fortunately he didn't butcher it too badly and thus saved himself from being mobbed by an angry crowd." [IA]
Tokyo Police Club @ Mercury Lounge (in 2006)
In case anyone still had their doubts, Marc Knight's Tropic Zone was in fact Tokyo Police Club and they did in fact play a show at Mercury Lounge last night (Sept 8, 2008). Tickets are now on sale for a September 25th show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. That's one day after they open for Weezer at Madison Square Garden (thx Hiro). All the latest tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Juno (Ra Ra Riot / Andrew Maury remix) (MP3)
ALSO THIS WEEKEND: Musicfest in Cranford, NJ.
TPC @ the 2007 Woodie Awards (more by Leia Jospe)
Tokyo Police Club were scheduled to play Webster Hall on October 18th, but things came up and they had to cancel. One of those things that came up was an opening spot on Weezer's upcoming tour. The NYC date (at Madison Square Garden) is September 24th. Tickets are still on sale.
TPC's next NYC-area show can probably be considered Musifest in Cranford, NJ on September 6th. The lineup for that three-stage bill also includes Everclear, The B-52's, and Cracker. September 8th they're in Baltimore, but September 7th they're off, so who knows... All dates below...
Toronto's The Coast will release their full-length album Expatriate in August. The album contains the track "Tightrope" which was also remixed by their hometown friends Tokyo Police Club for a 7" that came out on June 12th. Grab that remix above. Check out the Coast in NYC TONIGHT (July 6), or at one of the other shows listed below (including a 2nd NYC show)....
Tokyo Police Club are playing Webster Hall on October 18th. You can get tickets for that.
Black August Hip Hop Project features "EPMD, Bilal, Smif N Wessun, Black Moon, Mahsinah, Shadia Mansour, Special Guest Immortal Technique, DJ OP, DJ Marley Marl, DJ Evil Dee, and DJ K-Salaam" at Nokia Theatre on August 31st. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets are still available for the show Gogol Bordello is playing at McCarren Pool tonight (June 20, 2008). Tickets are also still on sale for the show Daniel Johnston is playing in the same neighborhood.
No tickets necessary for the multitude of free events happening in NYC today and this weekend.
We're relieved to say that after several weeks of city harassment the lounge at sound fix is back open. we'll be celebrating with a Tokyo Police Club instore tonight at 8pm with a signing and meet and greet in the store to follow. alcohol will be served! it's free first come first serve, no tix necessary. please don't call the store with questions.
Tokyo Police Club played their first of five NYC shows last night....
TPC, NYC, 2008
April 20 @ Bowery Ballroom (LAST NIGHT) (how was it?)
April 21 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (TONIGHT)
April 22 @ Bowery Ballroom
April 22 @ Virgin Megastore, Union Square (7pm, free)
April 23 @ Sound Fix of Williamsburg (hopefully) (8pm, free)
Their new record "Elephant Shell" is out April 22nd. Until then (tomorrow) you can listen to the whole thing @ MTVu. All tour dates and their new video below....
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - In A Cave (MP3)
TPC tour dates here. "Elephant Shell" release info below...
TPC in the basement of Roseland, NYC (Leia Jospe)
Following on one of the most well received 16 minutes of music in recent history (2006's A Lesson In Crime EP), Ontario's favorite sons TOKYO POLICE CLUB confirm the completion and release of their first full length album, Elephant Shell, due out late April on Saddle Creek in North America and Memphis Industries in the UK.In NYC they play Bowery Ballroom on April 20th, and then Music Hall of Williamsburg the next day. Tickets go on sale Friday. The album tracklist, a video, and all dates, below..
The American Music Awards are on tonight, The White Stripes (friends of Beck) are up for Favorite "Alternative Rock Music" Artist. Their competition? Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance (only three artists are nominated in each category). Nickelback, Maroon 5 & Linkin Park are competing for "Favorite Band, Duo or Group". I guess there's no reason to watch that one. Performers include Duran Duran (who were recently affected by the Broadway strike) and Rihanna (who appears on a new disc of Def Jam rarities). Slash (who has a new book out) and Gene Simmons (who doesn't care about Radiohead) are both presenting awards.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday for a December 18th Lupe Fiasco "record release" show at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. The new record is called "The Cool", and the first single "Superstar" is streaming at Lupe's page.
I saw Lupe Fiasco perform last week - ONE WHOLE SONG (and with a member of Fall Out Boy) at the mtvU awards at Roseland - the same show Spank Rock was drunk at. That's Lupe in the photo above. It was taken by Leia Jospe for BrooklynVegan. So were all the other pictures in this post. More photos of Lupe, Rilo Kiley (played 2 or 3 songs), Annie Lennox (accepted an award), Peter Bjorn and John (nominated, men about town), Spank Rock (played 2 songs), Tokyo Police Club (played 2 or 3 songs, then explored the basement of Roseland with us) & other characters present at the event....
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Citizens of Tomorrow (MP3)
Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has claimed that his daughter cannot get into the USA because she was duped into signing a drugs possession confession.I guess "What else is new?" would be good to say here. Maybe they'll clear it up in time for her performance at the Woodies @ Roseland on November 8th. In related news, Tokyo Police Club has been added to that bill that also includes Spank Rock. They don't sell tickets, but I'll be giving a bunch away (stay tuned).
The singer's father told 'This Morning' that Amy was asked to sign a form after her recent arrest in Norway but she did not know what she was signing. Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil were arrested for possession of marijuana but the singer's father claims that this was a mistake. "It didn't belong to her, it belonged to someone else on the tour. They arrested Blake, Amy and the person who was responsible."
"They only released them after they signed a form, which they were told was a release form," he said.
"It was in Norwegian. It was actually a confession, so this is being dealt with now by the Norwegian authorities and the British consulate because the ramifications of that are that she now cant get into the States and she was meant to go next week."
Amy is also scheduled to play Saturday Night Live on November 10th. More TPC tour dates below..
outside Bowery Ballroom - Aug 13, 2007
All I know is that after Tokyo Police Club finished their set (and one-song encore), I went outside and there was this guy on the ground surrounded by police. I snapped the above photo with my phone. A second guy was wiping blood off his own nose, and then an ambulance came, and then the guy you see on the ground was taken off in the police car. Exact details are unknown, but supposedly the guy in handcuffs (probably very drunk) just decided to walk up to this other guy near the end of TPC's set, and just punch him right in the face for no reason - possibly to try and start up a mosh pit or something.
TPC played a great set, that, for them - was long, and full of new material. I'm excited to hear their new album coming out on Saddle Creek. They're about to start recording it any day now. I also (surprisingly) really enjoyed Harlem Shakes' opening set, and even the one by opener-opener King Left. I didn't take pictures (inside), but here's one I like from a show they recently played in their hometown of Toronto....
On October 3rd, TPC is opening for Bloc Party at the Theatre at MSG in NYC. More tour dates, and TPC's new video for 'Citizens of Tomrrow', below....
Tokyo Police Club @ Glastonbury 2007 (CRED)
Fresh off an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, Tokyo Police Club have added a 2nd show at Bowery Ballroom in August.
some of TPC's 2007 Tour Dates
8/10 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
8/11 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ (SOLD OUT)
8/12 - Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA
8/13 - Bowery Ballroom New York, NY (NEW)
Tickets will probably go on sale Wednesday? More tour dates & a new TPC video HERE. An interview with TPC HERE, and even more TPC HERE. Bloc Party @ Glastonbury HERE, and more pics from Glastobury HERE.
The video quailty on these Dinner w/ The Band things is really good...
The following review of Day 2 (May 27, 2007) of the 2007 Sasquatch! Festival in George, Washington is brought to you by Jerry Yeti exclusively for BrooklynVegan.com. If you're just joining us, you may want to start with Day 1.
Things kicked off at the Gorge on Sunday with a few more blankets, a nice spot on the terraced grass, and a sweet DJ set by Mix Master Mike. This was followed up by the hip hop duo Blackalicious. Both of these acts got the early attendees jumping. Blackalicious brought out their "Alphabet Aerobics" with its increasingly sped up delivery, but it was "Rhythm Sticks" that got people truly moving. If the ground wasn't on bedrock, the floor would have given way under all that impact.
All warmed up, Bad Brains was the only set on Sunday we were sure not going to miss. While we waited near the epicenter of anticipated mayhem, one of their most enthusiastic fans attempted to get others around him equally as stoked. He singled out a small guy that -as he informed him- was going to be propelled into the air. And sure enough, when the band appeared, he launched the poor kid into the unsuspecting crowd behind him. No, the bedrock below him did not give way. As the mosh pit grew in size, so did the size of the guys thrashing around in it. One giant of a man wore a Professional Slam Wresting shirt and bulldozed his way around. H.R. is a startling front man, appearing quite tranquil despite the tumult below - like a prophet amidst a storm. Dashingly dressed, if you had a video on mute, you would be baffled by the calm on stage, and the reaction below.
Unfortunately that was the last full set on the main stage before Polyphonic Spree had to cease for the blustery wind. It got cold within minutes, and sundown was still four hours away. While the crew re-prepped the stage to handle the winds, and let the worst of them pass, people migrated over to Tokyo Police Club at the Wookie. The Toronto band sensed they were playing for a much larger crowd, and they delivered. Their invigoration and charm very likely won over a few new fans.....
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Be Good (live on Daytrotter) (MP3)
Montreal's BrooklynVegan Mike sat down with Toronto's Tokyo Police Club at a show they were playing in Montreal in early April. They talked about such topics as how the band got their start, Pop Montreal, Daytrotter, Pitchfork, Cold War Kids, NME, and they may have even started a feud with UK buzz band the Horrors. Full transcript below.....
(BrooklynVegan Mike in BOLD...)
I read the bio of the band on the website, and I had a couple questions about it. If you read enough one sheets, you get a romanticized view of how a band comes together. On yours, it mentions how when you first formed, no one was really into your stuff at all, and then this Pop Montreal invitation came about. Is that accurate?
Graham: Yeah. I wrote the bio. I was trying to copy one-sheets as much as I could. I was trying to be pro. That's entirely true.
Josh: It wasn't that no one was into it, just that we weren't playing at all.
Graham: Right. And then playing Pop Montreal was the only thing that made us be a band. In all seriousness, if it wasn't for that Pop Montreal festival, we wouldn't have done anything. Ever. I cannot overstate the importance of Pop Montreal.
Josh: Before Pop Montreal we played a few low key shows in Toronto, for other bands, you know? Pop Montreal was the first time we played to a crowd, at all, that was there to see us.
So how did you get the invite? Did you know someone?
Dave: We just sent our application and twenty bucks in the mail.
Graham: We had always talked about applying for things like CMW and North By Northeast and other stuff around Toronto but we never got around to it. We are lazy guys. For whatever reason, the Pop Montreal thing actually got done. I don't know why. We actually had to do work for it. I guess it was just the hand of fate.
Josh: It was the best twenty bucks we ever spent.
Though technically signed to Paperbag Records in Canada, Tokyo Police Club are practically an unsigned band who are young, and doing awesome things like playing Letterman and headlining Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale) (Maxwell's too), so enquiring minds what to know just WHO they will finally sign with. Will it be a major? Will it not be a major? Word on the street says it will be....Saddle Creek - home of Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive, and Maria Taylor (not a major). Maybe, maybe not.
Merge Records is thrilled to announce that we will be releasing Andorra the new album from Caribou on August 21st, 2007. The album will be released in Europe on August 20th (City Slang).* Shout Out Louds sign to Merge
Merge Records is proud to announce that we will be releasing Our Ill Wills, the new album from Swedish pop wunderkinds Shout Out Louds, in September of 2007. The new album, which is a follow up to their extraordinary debut, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, will be in stores on September 11th 2007. Our Ill Wills contains 12 tracks recorded in Sweden during the late fall of 2006. The album was produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John.* Los Campesinos! sign to Arts & Crafts
Toronto-based Arts & Crafts Productions are pleased to announce the signing of Cardiff, Wales septet Los Campesinos! to their North American roster of artists and will release Los Campesinos! enhanced debut EP Sticking Fingers Into Sockets on July 3rd.* Shop Boyz signs to Universal Republic
* Laura Izibor signs to Atlantic Records
* Architecture in Helsinki signs to Polyvinyl
Aussie sextet Architecture in Helsinki has signed to the Polyvinyl Record Co. for North America. AIH will release its new single "Heart It Races" on the label on CD, 12" and digital formats on June 5 and its eagerly awaited third full-length album Places Like This on Aug. 7. To make things more interesting, there will be several different remixes and cover versions of "Heart it Races" released as B-sides. The band will be touring the US in June.* Maps signs to Mute
Mute Records announces brand new signing Maps, a.k.a. James Chapman. Debut album We Can Create is set for release on Mute North America June 19th, 2007.* St Vincent signs to Beggars.
Stay tuned soon for an upcoming Tokyo Police Club interview by BrooklynVegan Mike where we don't ask them about Saddle Creek, but do ask them other stuff.
DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Cheer It On (Trey Told Em remix) (MP3)
Tokyo Police Club are on Letterman tonight (April 19, 2007). The remix above is by Girl Talk sort of...
Trey Told 'Em is a new project dedicated to doing remixes, beats, and production work. Its members are Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) and Frank Musarra, who also records electronic/rock music as Hearts of Darknesses and plays drums for various bands.Here's a picture of TPC playing South Street Seaport last year...
Tokyo Police Club @ South Street Seaport, NYC - Aug 25, 2006 (CRED)
Here's a list of the upcoming free concerts at South Street Seaport this year....
June 1 - Animal Collective & Danielson (River to River launch show)
June 16 - Brooklyn Philharmonic (w/ Target Children's Day & Fireworks)
June 17 - The Jonas Brothers
June 29 - TBA
July 6 - Fujiya & Migyagi & TBA
July 13 - Menomena & TBA (in conjunction w/ Brooklyn Vegan & Citysol)
July 20 - Bishop Allen & Rock Plaza Central
July 27 - TBA
August 3 - Turntables on the Hudson – Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined
August 10 - Au Revoir Simone & Metronomy
August 17 - The National & Takka Takka & The Forms
August 24 - TBA
August 31 - Battles & TBA
September 7 - TBA
New "Cheer it On" video (Canadian version) below...