Entries tagged with: Union Pool
J Mascis with Dinosaur Jr at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
One of the best things about summer is all of the free live music, and one of the great series in NYC is Union Pool's Summer Thunder! This year the series is even bigger, going every weekend from early June until September. The shows begin at 2PM, are 21+, and will feature drink specials all afternoon. The shows are FREE, and two of them are presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges respectively.
Summer Thunder kicks off the season on June 1 with Rocksteady Yeti DJ Crew. BrooklynVegan will present the second Summer Thunder event set for June 8 featuring Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Invisible Oranges will present the June 15 Summer Thunder, with Inter Arma and more TBA.
Heavy Blanket released their self-titled debut last year on Outer Battery Records and you can stream that below. Love is Laughter also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (5/18) with Starlight Girls, Honduras, Birthdays and more.
More details on the rest of June's lineup of Summer Thunder, including shows with Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Endless Boogie and more, is below. See you there!
Travelers are already finding Nemo a pain in the butt.A winter storm is upon us, fashion week is totally fuct, and other NYC show cancellations are already coming in.
The massive nor'easter has caused a wave of flight cancellations as it prepares to smother the city under up to 14 inches of snow.
United Airlines canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm, and Delta Air Lines crossed off 135, plus more regional flights.
As of Thursday, before Nemo even touched down, Newark Airport had the most Friday cancellations nationally, followed by Boston's Logan Airport, and LaGuardia Airport, according to FlightAware.
Most airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.
Gov. Cuomo is opening an emergency operations center to help with "coordinating response efforts using all state and local resources," he said in a statement Thursday. [Daily News]
Williamsburg club Union Pool reports:
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, [TONIGHT]'S SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE:Apology accepted. Hartwell Littlejohn adds:
EXPLORER'S CLUB/MINIBOONE/CHEERS ELEPHANT/HARTWELL LITTLEJOHN. WE APOLOGIZE.
THIS SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED. IF YOU WERE PLANNING TO ATTEND, THANK YOU. WE'LL DO IT AGAIN SOON.Nemo is all about screaming your cancellations in caps.
Also: tonight's show at the Rock Shop in Park Slope with the Lovehowl + Bangladeafy + Hannah Vs the Many + Luminous Flux "has been canceled due to Nemo."
As of 11am, we haven't heard of any other concert or comedy show cancellations yet, but we'll keep updating the site and this post as things get called off, hopefully not Passion Pit at MSG included. If you know of other postponements, please leave them in the comments.
Tonight's show at Shea Stadium is CANCELLED.
The early show at Cameo is CANCELLED. UPDATE: The late show is cancelled too.
Big Snow Buffalo Lodge can't handle a big snow and has also canceled their early show tonight with Alan Watts.
James T. Cotton (JTC)'s flight was cancelled so can't make it to 285 Kent, but so far the party is still on.
The Wellmont Theater has postponed Lindsey Stirling until May 9.
Holopaw were scheduled to play Knitting Factory and Permanent Records tonight, but the record store just sent out this note:
"Hi all... sorry to say we just got the word from Holopaw that due to this impending storm they aren't gonna make it to NYC tonight and have had to cancel their scheduled in-store performance with us. Darn! Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule, but for now let's just wish them safety in their travels.UPDATE: Despite what Permanent Records says about the band making it to NYC, the band and venue are currently saying Knitting Factory is still a go.
As of now we're still planning to be open with normal hours all weekend so if you were planning to come by tonight, that is still an option! It's warm in here!"
SOB's reports that "tonight's Salsa Groove event with La Excelencia is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date."
All events at 92YTribeca are cancelled, and 92Y announced "Saturday's classes and programs in School of the Arts are canceled."
Atlas Moth report: "Fortunately, we made it to New York with no problem. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed until 2/19. See ya then NYC!" The show they're talking about is with Gojira tonight at Irving Plaza. The new show is one day after the Brooklyn show.
The show at Pianos is cancelled, but the bar is open.
The Heliotropes/Dead Stars show at the Paper Box is cancelled, but Dead Stars will play Muchmore's instead.
Raekwon and Rakim at Stage 48 is postponed.
Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, and A Truth at Saint Vitus is cancelled.
Frankie Knuckles at Cameo is cancelled.
The Darlings show at Death By Audio tonight is cancelled.
tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of deadly destruction, devastating power failures and extensive flooding, millions of people in the New York metropolitan region spent Tuesday assessing the damage and preparing for the possibility that it could be days or even weeks before life returned to normal.As a quick perusal of our "hurricanes" and "Hurricane Sandy" tags will prove, we've been keeping busy this unprecedented hurricane. One glance at our "pictures" category and you'll see that we also like to post pictures taken by an assortment of BrooklynVegan photographers. Here's another post about the hurricane and some more original pictures. They continue below...
Throughout the day on Tuesday, there were reports of daring rescue operations as people began to grasp the magnitude of the damage done by the violent winds and lashing rains that transformed the landscapes of New York City and the wider region into tableaus of destruction both stark and unprecedented..." [NYTimes]
Union Pool this AM. Sign reads "Closed! Oh, Sandy!" (photo by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Are you going stir crazy? Most shows are cancelled, but there are some options in Williamsburg tonight. As of 1PM today (10/30), Union Pool has been open for business. So head on over but remember, only one per bathroom due to excess "debauchery". Jonathan Toubin just tweeted, "@UnionPool & i just decided to throw a FREE party tonight to bring everybody together & make them feel better. i'll turning the soul stuff." UPDATE: here's more info.
Halloween (10/31) is on and poppin' for Union Pool as well, when the venue will host a covers show by the Union Ghouls, that features members of Polygamist, Mutant, Supremacy, Sun Ladders, Weeknight, Reni Lane, Public School, Riverwilde, and Gentlemen. They'll be performing songs by Black Sabbath, Nancy Sinatra, Wire, Suicide, AC/DC, and Celtic Frost. The party is free and starts at 8:30 PM.
Elsewhere in Williamsburg, Glasslands will also be open tonight (10/30) for "The World's Premier Alternative Rock Band Kerosene Hat" that features Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, Suckers and more is still a go. Heems from Das Racist will DJ. Doors are at 9 PM, $7 to get in.
Glasslands is also throwing a Halloween covers party on Wednesday (10/31) with a bunch of different (surprise) bands playing, choosing songs by:
8:45 GO GO's$5 gets you in to that party which is brought to you by New York Night Train. More info here.
9:00 Fleetwod Mac
9:30 Stiff little Fingers
9:45 The Stooges
10:00 Led Zeppelin
10:15 Grateful Dead
10:30 Tom Petty
11:00 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
11:15 The Carrie Nation
12:15 Angry Samoans
12:45 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
1:00 Witchfinder General
Around the corner at Death by Audio, they're also doing a Halloween cover bands show that is still on that features:
Sleepies (w/mem of Eula) as The Pixies$5 with costume, $7 without.
Mr Dream as Siouxsie and the Banshees
Acid Problem as The Ramones
Heavens Gate as Joy Division
The Go-Guh's (mems Moonmen on the Moon, Man, Paper Fleet, I'm With Cupid) as The Go-Go's
Cameo will be open on Halloween too, hosting both Big Terrific comedy show on Wednesday early, and then later The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt and some of his friends will be covering Michael Jackson's Thriller in its entirety, part of his "Off the Record" series.
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl is also still happening as of this post. Same with World Inferno Friendship Society at Warsaw,
photos by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool, 9/22/2012
Cate Le Bon's second of two NYC shows this past weekend was at Union Pool on Saturday (9/22) and was a woolier affair than her show at Mercury Lounge the night before. The crowd was more into it, and Cate and her band, who played against a projected VHS test pattern backdrop, were clearly having more fun too -- bassist "Sweet Baboo" played the entire show shirtless and jumped into the crowd for the final song, the two-part "Ploughing Out."
A friend who came with me to the show told me afterwards, "I liked her but I couldn't quite get where she was coming from." To which I replied, "Wales," which was kind of a joke but not really. They just do things differntly over there and Cate Le Bon definitely comes from the charming, oddball lineage of Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. (Her "Thankyouverymuch" sounds just like Gruff Rhys'.) It's a style that cannot easily be pigeonholed but is no doubt all hers.
I had come straight from seeing Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees at The Well, so I missed opener Natureboy but there are pictures from her set below, along with more from Cate Le Bon's set.
by Bill Pearis
Los Angeles' Allah-Las will release their Nick Waterhouse-produced debut album next week (9/18) on Innovative Leisure. You can stream it now below via Spotify. If you like leather fringe jackets, 12-string Rickenbackers, lush harmonies and jingle-jangle mornings, the Allah-Las do this sort of thing really well. You can also check out the video for their single "Busman's Holiday" below as well.
As mentioned before, The Allah-Las are on a tour with their producer Nick Waterhouse which will hit NYC on October 6 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets are still available). The band have added a headlining show, which happens the night before (10/5) at Union Pool. Union Pool's website says advance tickets will be available but there's no link yet.
All Allah-Las tour dates are listed below along with the album stream and video.
Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park, July 2012 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
While the status on Lee Ranaldo best-known musical endeavor remains up in the air, he's keeping busy supporting his new solo album which came out on Matador earlier this year, like opening for Wilco at Prospect Park last month. Next up: he's playing Union Pool on August 30 with Chris Lee and Spectre Folk.
No advance tickets for this show at the moment.
UPDATE: Tickets go on sale today (8/15) at 6 PM.
Lee's Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley not only plays in Lee Ranaldo's band and Spectre Folk, but also runs new label Vampire Blues which just released new records by Spectre Folk and Chris Lee so this is basically a big label launch / record release party. You can stream both below via a Spotify player. Shelley plays drums on Chris Lee's new album, Bury the Kings, so he may not leave the drum kit all night.
In other related news, Ranaldo's other other band, Glacial, just released their new album, On Jones Beach, which consists of one 42-minute track. (Pitchfork gave it an 8.0.) Ranaldo will also be playing this year's ATP New York in September. And Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, plays their first NYC show at 285 Kent on September 12 and tickets are still available with proceeds going to benefit Charalambides' Tom Carter who fell seriously ill this year while touring Europe.
Flyer for the Union Pool show and album streams are below.
The Soft Pack at Cake Shop in February, 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
The Soft Pack will be here at the end of the month, playing the free Hudson River Rocks show on July 26 with Oberhofer. The California band -- who haven't played here in nearly two years -- have added two more NYC shows to take place after the River Rocks show. Those shows happen at Union Pool on July 27 and 28. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
In other Soft Pack news, the band's new, yet-unnamed album is in the can and will be out in September. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
We Are Scientists at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series kicks off this weekend (5/26). Since we last spoke, the lineups and schedules for most of the series has been announced. This is what it's looking like so far:
BAM! SUMMER THUNDER BANDS ANNOUNCED! CHECK IT!This weekend's kickoff event is with dub/reggae/dancehall DJ crew Rocksteady Yeti and you can check out the flyer for the show below. Turing Machine and Violent Bullshit, who play 6/23 with Midnight Magic, just shared a bill at the venue last week (5/18). That sweaty sold out show was a record release show for Turing Machine's What Is The Meaning Of What LP, which is out now via Temporary Residence.
•MAY 26TH - ROCKSTEADY YETI DAYTIME BLOWOUT
•JUNE 9TH - RAIN MACHINE/ERIC COPELAND/SAWYER-YEH-WOOLLEY TRIO
•JUNE 23RD - TURING MACHINE/MIDNIGHT MAGIC/VIOLENT BULLSHIT
•JULY 14TH - SIGHTINGS/SMOOTA/LONEWOLF + BEN VIDA
•JULY 21ST - BUBBLES/TEEN/TEST HOUSE
•AUGUST 4TH - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
•AUGUST 18 - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
ALL START AT 3PM•ALL FREE•BUNCHES OF FREE BOOZE
SEE YOU ALL SOON!
In addition to Summer Thunder, Union Pool continues to host other shows and tonight (5/25) they've got We Are Scientists, KUROMA, and Beach Arabs. The rather small show is their only US date before they head to the UK for a tour in July. Advance tickets are no longer on sale, but "tickets may still be available at the door." All WAS dates are listed below.
Other interesting shows on Union Pool's calendar include the previously discussed Leda (formerly Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band) show (6/1) and the Other Music Northside showcase on 6/14 with Nude Beach, Ex Cops, and The Everymen.
All We Are Scientists dates listed below...
Though tickets for the previously discussed Turing Machine/Violent Bullshit show at Union Pool on 5/18 have flown out the door (it is now sold out), at least you didn't entirely miss the train. Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue Union Pool have announced both bands, along with names like Eric Copeland (Black Dice), Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on The Radio), Bubbles, TEEN, Ryan Sawyer / Nate Wooley / C. Spencer Yeh, LONE WOLF and Test House, as the first batch of artists in their Summer Thunder Series, their annual set of FREE shows taking place on the patio on every other Saturday afternoon from May 26th until August 18th. Summer Thunder 2012 is being curated by the venue along with Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf/Tall Firs/Glass Rock) and Summer Thunder creator and artist J. Penry, with each week promising free music, "drink specials, free koozies, T-shirts for purchase by J. Penry, and lots of Jameson". That last part just sold me.
Exact dates are on the poster above. Exact lineups TBA soon.
by Bill Pearis
Chicago residents and HoZac labelmates Bare Mutants and Outer Minds are on the road together currently, a tour that rolls through NYC tonight (5/3) at Cake Shop and Friday (5/4) at Union Pool. There's a few other dates left on this short tour, all of which are listed at the bottom of this post.
Bare Mutants are fronted by Jered Gummere whose distinct baritone you may recognize from his other band, The Ponys. The group also features The 1900s' Jeanine O'Toole, and the Mannequin Men's Seth Bohn. With a droney, organ driven sound, comparisons can be made to Crystal Stilts or Crime & the City Solution. Outer Minds, meanwhile, are a little more groovy and jangly, while still within that Hozac garagey sound.
by Klaus Kinski
Fred Armisen & a fan @ Coachella
Did you go to Coachella this year? I didn't. More importantly, just like he did back in February, Klaus favorite and Buzzcocks fan Fred Armisen will have another 3 Sunday long residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool! The shows will take place May 6, 13, and 20 and are currently on sale now!
photos by Di Lynn Ring, words by BBG
Tombs @ Union Pool
Tombs, in four-piece formation and with special guest bassist Paul Delaney of Black Anvil, headlined Union Pool on March 3rd with support from Argonauts (with new vocalist Chris Alfano in tow), Psychic Limb and The Year is One. Here are some pictures.
The show was one of FOUR high-profile metal shows that night in NYC, with Deicide headlining Gramercy (pics forthcoming), Drugs of Faith at Death By Audio (pics HERE) and Catheter/Laughing Dog at 538 Johnson.
All Tombs dates and more Union Pool pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
"Man it's weird playing new songs," Jon Philpot admitted to a beyond-packed Union Pool last night. "But once you go and download that leaked record you're gonna be all, 'oh I like that one.'"
Billed under the pseudonym Adventure Hippies, this badly-kept "secret show" was Bear in Heaven's first in NYC since finishing their third album, I Love You, It's Cool, which is still a month from release but may have made its way to the internet the day before. If the crowd, many friends of the band, had heard it I don't think it had time to sink in. The new songs still felt fresh and foreign, if still distinctly Bear in Heaven.
And Bear in Heaven definitely have a sound, and watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.
The band sounded up to speed with the new material even if the audience wasn't. I Love You, It's Cool has more of an ear to the dance floor than Beast Rest Forth Mouth, and the techno-leaning "World of Freakout" and likely-second-single "Cool Light" really stood out, as did "The Reflection of You," which is the only song off the album we were really familiar with. Bear in Heaven threw us a couple old bones too, "You Do You" and "Lovesick Teenagers" which Philpot joked "that's classic Adventure Hippies there, going way back!"
Bear in Heaven will begin playing under their own name starting Saturday in Hamden, CT, as they make their way to Austin for SXSW, the start of an extensive North American tour that has them playing through March and April, winding up back in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 8 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 9.
All Bear in Heaven tour dates are below, as is the zoom-crazy, potentially nausea-inducing video for "The Reflection of You" which was directed by John Lee of PFFR/Wonder Showzen/Delocated/Muckafurgason...
Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bear in Heaven will play their first NYC show in over a year at Union Pool in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/1). It's a secret show. They're listed on the bill as "Adventure Hippies" who play after Helado Negro who play after Test House.
All of their tour dates, and their new video for "Reflection of You", below...
Flock of Dimes @ Glasslands in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jenn of Wye Oak's solo project Flock of Dimes is playing three shows this week starting tonight, February 16th in DC @ Black Cat, followed by the 17th in Baltimore @ Soft House, followed by the 18th in NYC @ Union Pool. All three shows are with Other Colors. People Get Ready also play the Brooklyn show.
Wye Oak is then heading to California for a couple of shows (one in LA and one in San Francisco for Noise Pop).
New Party Systems art
Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host another Jonathan Toubin benefit show TONIGHT (1/18). The show will feature "a three ring circuit of cross-fading solos, duos, trios & big bands" with The Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, and Bernard Gann. That big band they speak of? New Party Systems:
New Party Systems came together when four musician friends - Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), David First (Notekillers), Greg Fox (X-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) all ran into each other the same day at Zuccotti Park, early on during the Occupy Wall Street occupation. Out of that fateful meeting came the decision to form a music collective inspired by and supporting the movement. The video by director Toni Comas and producer Anna Franquesa feature people from all over the world, including musicians Martin Bisi, Kid Millions, Bob Ostertag and the students who were involved in the UC Davis pepper spray incident."Purchase the song at Bandcamp. View the video and stream the songbelow.
Speaking of Jonathan Toubin benefits, there's also one going down in Chicago on Friday.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, they've been added to the Rolling Stones tribute show going down at Carnegie Hall. The lineup is now MARIANNE FAITHFULL, RICKIE LEE JONES, RONNIE SPECTOR, ROSANNE CASH, STEVE EARLE, TAJ MAHAL, MARC COHN, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, PEACHES, JOVANOTTI & TV ON THE RADIO, GLEN HANSARD (OF THE SWELL SEASON), RICH ROBINSON (OF THE BLACK CROWES), CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, and JACKIE GREENE (with more TBA).
More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...
by Klaus Kinski
photo of Fred via
There are many things that have taken up residency at Williamsburg's Union Pool over the years. Jonny Corndawg. Midnight Masses. Reverend Vince Anderson. Delicious tacos. A photo booth. Coke bumps. A convenient ATM. Long restroom lines. Throw up. Sexual desperation. Regret. And most recently, a January residency by the great Endless Boogie. Anyone catch their show on January 5th? How were Complete Faggots? Did they suck?
I am beside myself to report that the next superstar to participate in Union Pool's grand tradition of residencies will be the one, the only, FRED ARMISEN (!) whose second season of Portlandia is currently underway on IFC (It airs Friday at 10/9C). HOLY!
Fred, who also has sold out live Portlandia shows coming up even sooner, will bring his show Fred Armisen's Playlist LIVE to the intimate backroom of Union Pool on three Sundays in February; February 5, February 12, and February 26 (on sale at the link).
Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia will be performing a special "Fred Armisen's Playlist Live" Residency at Union Pool in Brooklyn on Sundays, February 5, 12 and 26. He recently performed the show at Other Music in New York, performing a selection of covers of his favorite bands like the Clash, Devo, the Stranglers, the Damned, Husker Du and more. During this residency, Fred will also be inviting special guests to join the bill for each show.Special Guests. It's going to be so great. SO haters... go ahead and hate. More Fred for us! And don't forget, it's easy to be a hater when nobody likes you. Hummus AHOY!
A Nicholas Fehn video, more Portlandia live dates (announced today), and other stuff, below...
Endless Boogie at Terminal 5 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
The band with the best bangs in the biz, aka Endless Boogie, (sorry Vivian Girls!) will kick off a residency at Union Pool TONIGHT (1/5) and continue every Thursday throughout the month of January. Complete Faggots (Jeffrey Jensen) will support tonight, with TV Baby and Bogdan Dust credited with assists on 1/19 and 1/26 respectively (no support announced for 1/12 thus far). $8 gets you into each 9PM show.
Record nerds, make sure and swing by the merch table to get your copy of the band's "bootleg" 20-minute Jam Getting Out of the City, available in small quantities on LP at every show ("the very very last copies in existence").
All dates and some video below.
James Murphy @ MHOW last year (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychic TV in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Peoples Champ @ Barbes
* Matt Munisteri @ Barbes
* Hip Hop Hannukah @ SOB's
* Melvin Van Peebles @ Zebulon
* Wu-Tang Clan @ Starland Ballroom
* The National, Wye Oak @ Beacon Theatre
* Serenades, XNY, Inky Jack @ Knitting Factory
* American Babies & guests @ Mercury Lounge
* Psychic TV, Bryin Dall, Cult of Youth @ Europa
* Why?, Serengeti @ Florence Gould Hall (early, late)
* North Highlands, Bell, Parlovr, Leisure @ Glasslands
* Penguin Prison, Vacationer, Gemini Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Ducktails, Amen Dunes, Big Troubles, Hard Bop @ 285 Kent Ave
* Seraphim, Pilgrim, Dutchguts, The Year Is One @ Saint Vitus
* Gamelan Kusuma Laras, Elliot Bergman's Metal Tongues @ The Stone
* Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet, Mbira, Thomas Buckner @ Roulette
* Cuddle Magic, The Milkman's Union, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Union Hall
* Perfect Prescription, My Best Fiend, Zaza, James Ambrose @ Shea Stadium
* Pearl & The Beard, Wakey!Wakey!, Rosi Golan, Casey Shea @ Bowery Ballroom
* Father Figures, Killer Bob, The Chives, Travis Laplante @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Dubknowdub, Hume, Man Forever, Raft (Pat of These Are Powers), Quiet Hooves @ Death By Audio
* James Murphy (DJ set), Poolside, The Crystal Ark Party Machine, Midnight Magic, DJ Justine D @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* Locksley, Lily & The Parlour Tricks, Nat Brower & The Power, The Jonnies, Raccoon Fighter, Little Racer @ The Bell House
* A Not So Silent Night: Christmas with the Wainwrights and McGarrigles @ Town Hall
* A Celebration of the Legendary Don Hill @ Irving Plaza
Union Pool (which has no shows tonight) is collecting cans of food. You bring a can of food (that has been sitting in your kitchen for years) and they give you a Budweiser! Poster below. It runs now through the end of January.
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is underway.
Check out This Week in Indie for more.
Union Pool in late October (more by BBG)
Our sincerest apologies to Slowdance, Steel Phantoms, Papertwin, & all who attended for tonight's premature conclusion. Alas, this show will be rescheduled for the near future. Stay tuned & thanks for your patience. Love, UP. -[Union Pool]Williamsburg bar and music venue Union Pool was shut down in the middle of last night's show by the Department of Health for a reported lapse in permits. The venue did not have comment, but the DOH did to Gothamist:
Union Pool was closed for operating under an expired permit since September 30, 2011. Three months prior to that they were sent a permit renewal notice. They were issued violations for not renewing their permit on October 14th, 2011. On a follow-up permit survey inspection they were closed for having still not submitted a permit renewal application. They may re-open as soon as they provide a receipt for a renewal application from the Department of Consumer Affairs.Union Pool WILL be open tonight (12/2).
photos by Devan Council
Natural Child @ Union Pool
...The show was awesome, Liquor Store, yea buddied all kinds of punk... and Natural Child are so damn fun live with that classic rock stoner massive groove sound, they're just fun to watch. Having the best time, fucking around with the lyrics, changing them to Monster Mash, and just the sweet southern harmony from this sludge blues. I don't care who's done it before them, no one has ever taken it as not seriously as these three. Don't miss them, they will win you over by being simultaneously nice and out of their minds in the best way.Natural Child headlined Union Pool on 10/30 with Liquor Store, Ex Humans, and Dry Feet. Belated pictures from the show are in this post, along with the remainder of Natural Child's dates from their current trek (Liquor Store's only upcoming show is at Bowery Ballroom with Real Estate and Big Troubles), below...
...Liquor Store and Natural Child ...take primal, hilarious points of view, in Liquor Store's case, it's with more of a hardcore punk sound about being an American man or eating a trash sandwich, while Natural Child sings a lot about weed and getting 'strange'... but they don't ever sound like they're selling it. On paper they're both impossible. -[7 Inches]
photos by Erez Avissar
Dam-Funk @ Union Pool
Union Pool already has a taco truck, so It might have been physically impossible to get a low-ridin' Impala to bounce in that outdoor courtyard. But I'm guessing that's what was needed last night (10/26) to complete the atmosphere of a surprise appearance from electronic-funk great Dam-Funk & Master Blazter with DJ Matthewdavid and Lone Wolf & Cub. Here are some pictures of the party.
The show, announced yesterday, followed a show at Highline Ballroom with Matthewdavid the night before and was part of a string of East Coast dates for the Westside-Zapp & Roger-devotee. All tour dates and more pictures from last night's show are below...
A singer/songwriter in the subversive Greenwich Village folk scene of the late '60s and '70s, with several songs lent to the Holy Modal Rounders, Michael Hurley maintained an infrequent solo career into the '90s but was more famed for his writing credits. Born on December 20, 1941 in Pennsylvania, he migrated to Greenwich Village by the early '60s and was ready to sign a major record deal when he contracted mononucleosis; after spending several years in the hospital, Hurley returned to music and released a Folkways album in 1964 titled First Songs. Though he was inactive through the rest of the '60s, [the self-titled LP of his 1976 project with Holy Modal Rounders leader Peter Stampfel, Have Moicy]... was critically praised, landing recommendations for Album of the Year by The Village Voice and Top 20 LPs of the '70s by Rolling Stone. Hurley's prominent place on the album -- guitar, fiddle, several lead vocals -- gave notice that he was ready to resume his solo career, and he signed to the folk label Rounder in 1977. Hurley released only two LPs for the label (Long Journey and Snockgrass), spending most of his time on his farm in Vermont or playing sideman on several albums. He resurfaced occasionally, recording LPs in 1984, 1988, 1995, and 1999.Michael Hurley has remained active in the past few years, releasing material on Banhart's Gnomonsong imprint and dropping an album as recently as last year (2010's Blue Hills).
Hurley continued to record in the 21st century. In fact, from the late '90s he was embraced by hip indie singer/songwriters such as Devendra Banhart and Chan Marshall, who were attracted to the singer's unconventional vocals and esoteric sensibility. -[allmusic]
Hurley is knocking the door to his 70s, and though no retirement is in sight, you never know, so try and catch the influential folk singer either at Union Pool TONIGHT with Meg Baird (10/4) or at Zebulon on 10/6 with Rain Machine (aka Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, who also play this week). The shows are part of a set of select East Coast dates that last through the weekend and are listed below.
Tour dates, a 2007 live video from Union Pool, and a documentary short on Hurley is below.