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New Party Systems art
New Party Systems

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.


More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...

Continue reading "New Party Systems (members of TVOTR, Oneida, Liturgy, Notekillers) playing Toubin benefit; more bands added to Stones tribute"

by Klaus Kinski

photo of Fred via
Fred Armisen

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...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen playing Union Pool shows, expands Portlandia live tour ++++ Portlandia season 2 is on TV"

Endless Boogie at Terminal 5 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Endless Boogie

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.

Continue reading "Endless Boogie in residency @ Union Pool"

James Murphy @ MHOW last year (more by Tim Griffin)
James Murphy

Psychic TV in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychic TV

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.

What else?

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Union Pool in late October (more by BBG)
Union Pool

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
Natural Child

...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.

...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]

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...

Continue reading "Natural Child, Liquor Store, Ex Humans & Dry Feet @ Union Pool (pics & more dates)"

photos by Erez Avissar

Dam-Funk @ Union Pool
Dam Funk

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...

Continue reading "Dam-Funk, Matthewdavid & Lone Wolf & Cub played Union Pool (pics)"

I don't know who the secret guest is at Union Pool tonight (10/12), but we do know that Mike has a good friend named Cass McCombs. A video of Cass playing with Mike Bones in 2010 below...

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Michael Hurley

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.

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]

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 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.

If you do go tonight, look for both Deer Tick (who covered Hurley at DBA last night) and their friend Jonny Corndawg (who recently played Brooklyn Bowl with Hurley) in the audience.

Tour dates, a 2007 live video from Union Pool, and a documentary short on Hurley is below.

Continue reading "Michael Hurley is in NYC for two shows, playing two in PA too (dates)"

Twin Sister @ Bowery Ballroom on 9/19 (more by Diana Wong)
Twin Sister

Twin Sister's previously mentioned tour now begins at Union Pool tonight (9/28). Lost Boy? (who just played Glasslands) opens the 9pm show ($10, no advanced tickets). All tour dates, including Mercury Lounge tomorrow (9/29) with Ava Luna, and a brand new video for "Kimmi in a Rice Field", below...

Continue reading "Twin Sister kicking off tour at just-added UNION POOL SHOW TONIGHT (dates & new video)"

photos by Devan Council, additional Iron Tides photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG

ELKS @ Union Pool

While 40 Watt Sun was playing slower somber pieces at Public Assembly on Friday, Elks were headlining Union Pool with Heliotropes and Iron Tides as part of their record release for the Destined for the Sun EP. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Elks have a few tour dates in the coming weeks including a Pop Montreal showcase on 9/22 with Quest For Fire, NAAM, and Burning Love, and the Tee Pee CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Union Pool (which had Hull, who have since dropped off to be replaced with "TBA"). Hull WILL, however, play NYC at Mercury Lounge on 10/10 as part of their own Beyond the Lightless Sky release party presented by BrooklynVegan. Tickets are on sale.

All ELKS tour dates and more pictures below...

Continue reading "ELKS, Heliotropes & Iron Tides @ Union Pool (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman, more Urfaust photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

Urfaust @ Union Pool

That powerful crooning voice and mid-tempo black metal reverberated Union Pool on Saturday (9/17), the second US date for Urfaust as part of their East Coast weekend with Black Anvil. Like some sort of maniacal Octoberfest, the Dutch pair had a good portion of the crowd swaying and singing along (in German!) to their headlining set with beers raised high, while another batch of fans moshed (albeit slowwwwwly) to songs like "Der Halbtoten Dichters Schein-Existenz" and "Dämmert, Gelähmt Und Mit Scheinbar Erloschenem Geist" from Auerauege Raa Verduistering (known to me as tracks two and four from their split with Circle of Ouroboros, ha). While the lyrics are indecipherable to most Americans, Urfaust's distinctive vocal melodies and mid-tempo delivery make their songs, and this band, instantly memorable.

Black Anvil was direct support for Urfaust, bringing out the NYDM contingent and tons of on-stage energy. It had been some time since I last saw Black Anvil (since Cake Shop with Trap Them/All Pigs Must Die), and either their live show has gotten wilder or bassist Paul Delaney was feeding off of the sold-out crowd. Either way, excellent set from the NYC trio.

The Saturday show was also the second of two dates with Krallice on said tour and possibly Krallice's final show of the year. I feel so privileged to have seen Krallice as much as I have these past few months, (with Wolves in The Throne Room, and for free with Converge) especially considering their somewhat sporadic live activity. Another great set from the Brooklyn band.

Ruin Lust opened the night, drawing from Revenge-style chaotic war metal with atonal and shapeless qualities. Brutal stuff, made all the more frightening by drummer Michael Rekevics wide-eyed maniac stares and evil grins. Frightening and incredible, especially considering that Ruin Lust are a relatively new band with only a cassette demo to their name.

More pictures from Union Pool are below.

Continue reading "Urfaust, Black Anvil, Krallice & Ruin Lust played Union Pool (pics)"

by BBG


Lo-Pan's new riffy stoner rock LP Salvador, out NOW on Small Stone Records, is one hell of a triumph. Check out "Seed" from Salvador streaming below.

The band will hit the road for a victory lap around the East Coast/Midwest that includes a stop at a Small Stone Showcase in Philadelphia and a Brooklyn show at Union Pool on 9/20 (which is also a mini Small Stone showcase). The Brooklyn show is with the like-minded New Orleans riffy trio Suplecs (who also play a bunch of shows with Lo-Pan on the tour), and The Brought Low. The NYC show is a joint BrooklynVegan/Obelisk production, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Suplecs also have a new baby, Mad Oak Redoux, out now on Small Stone. Check out "Stand Alone" from that record, with some other songs and all dates for both bands below...

Continue reading "Lo-Pan & Suplecs going on tour, playing Union Pool w/ The Brought Low (dates)"

Union Pool

As previously mentioned, you have two chances to see SAFE during this last week of August. One is tonight (8/27) at Union Pool where the drunken crazies are promising us the show is NOT cancelled. They write...

Definitely happening, the Weekly Revue back in Brooklyn with a Lunatic Fringe evening to stain your flowncy blouses. Acts to pump pressure into your head, chest, and groin include:

- SAFE - C.F. Edley incredible music
- We're Leaving - Sundance selected short film about man + wife + pet alligator gettin kicked out they trailer park.
- Paul Korzan and Kate Bryant heave truth up and all over professional photoshopping (including before and after shots of Fergie and your host Toby Lou).
- Slowdance (band) - Good smash!
- Jonny Corndawg!


Slowdance, who played a free pre-hurricane show at Brooklyn Bowl Friday night, are no longer on the bill, but Jonny Corndawg, who cancelled a few shows due to the hurricane, has been added! The party starts at 9PM for all of you ambitious ones. Those who prefer to play it safe, can also see SAFE instead at Cameo on Monday (one night before Male Bonding & Love Inks now hit the North 6th Street venue), and see Jonny Corndawg again at Union Pool on Tuesday.

Dr. John at Bonnaroo (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Dr. John

Katrina activist Dr. John and friends are playing (ironically) a soulfire4thegulf benefit show at Public Assembly tonight (8/26) with Sera Solstice, Mz. Imani, and Aliza Hava and the Rhythm Shamans. Tickets are still available.

Tonight's show will be the last at Public Assembly until next week because the Brooklyn venue is closed for the weekend due to Hurricane Irene. All events scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday are postponed until further notice.

In other show cancellation news, Union Pool's Summer Thunder Series, which was scheduled to continue this Saturday with Blues Control, Soldiers of Fortune, Coconuts, and DJ Dream Weapon is cancelled. According to Union Pool's facebook, they will "work their hands chapped to reschedule the bill."

All Dr. John dates below...

Continue reading "Dr John playing gulf benefit tonight, but Public Assembly closed after that, Union Pool Saturday cancelled too"

Tunde Adebimpe with TVOTR at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tunde Adebimpe

The free summer shows at Union Pool continue Saturday (8/6). When we first announced the Summer Thunder series, Saturday's lineup was TBA. It's since been confirmed that Stabbing Eastward (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs), Path of Least Resistance (with Sean Kennerly of Samiam) and Wilder Zoby will play the Brooklyn venue on Saturday. The FREE event kicks off at 4PM and will also have "TOO MUCH FREE JAMESON" (note capital letters).

Samiam also play Santos Party House on 9/16 with Walter Schriefels Band. Tickets are still available.

TV on the Radio also have dates coming up including the 9/8 Williamsburg Waterfront show with Broken Social Scene. Tickets for that show are still on sale. All tour dates are listed below.

In other Union Pool Summer Thunder Series news, the 9/24 lineup, which initially listed Lord & Master with Special Guests, now lists Test House, Free Blood (featuring John Pugh formerly of !!!), and Devin, Gary, & Ross, who have a new album out on Pete Nolan's (of Spectre Folk) label Arbitrary Signs.

Updated Summer Thunder schedule below and all dates...

Continue reading "Tunde Adebimpe's band Stabbing Eastward plays a free show @ Union Pool -- Devin, Gary, & Ross & others too"

by BBG


Jucifer's 69 speaker backline blasted away on a crowd at Union Pool on Friday night (7/15). The show was part of Jucifer's eternal tour that is currently preparing to dot Canada in late July. Full dates are below.

Support came from an awesome batch of young bands. Ohio's Mockingbird, who was coming to the conclusion of a set of East Coast dates, were on the road in celebration of a new and self-titled EP. Check out the new EP of sludgy-noise rock now, which is streamable in part at CD Baby. Philadelphia's Ominous Black's sludgy post-hardcore was also well loved, bringing to mind bands like Russian Circles and Isis. Stream some material from their Split with Sadgaqacea below.

More pictures from Union Pool are below...

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this is the actual show flyer, and a screenshot of Little Shalimar's Facebook...
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Union Pool

My first guess, based on multiple clues above, is The Phenomenal Handclap Band, though then I don't get what the secret is all about. Who do you think is playing with Little Shalimar and Tit n Twat at Union Pool tonight (7/12)?

UPDATE: Antibalas, who also plays Fort Greene Park today, makes much more sense (thanks Andrew)

K-Holes on a boat in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Brooklyn venue Union Pool is bringing back their free 'Summer Thunder' IN 2011. The series consists of free shows in Union Pool's backyard with the El Diablo taco truck and new backyard bongo bar. All shows start at 4 PM. This lineup of this year's series is not fully announced yet, but so far features performances by K-Holes, Silk Flowers, Warm Ghost and many more. it's all listed below.

K-Holes, who headline the June 25th free show, also play Union Hall on July 14 with Gary War and Pop. 1280. Tickets are on sale now for that not-free show. If you're in Chicago, catch the band May 27th at BlackOut.

Silk Flowers, who play the August 27th free show, play the Irving Plaza show with Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore on June 2nd. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "free summer shows @ Union Pool in 2011 (K-Holes, Silk Flowers, Warm Ghost & more)"

words & photos by BBG


After an awesome show the night before at Public Assembly, Coliseum played a second show in Brooklyn at Union Pool last night/Sunday (5/15), this time with The Austerity Program, The Year is One, and Masakari who was added to the bill late on Saturday night, and ended up playing four shows during their two-night NYC stay (Public Assembly, ABC No Rio, and C-Squat as well).

If you missed Coliseum last night or Saturday, it may be some time before you catch them again. Guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson announced that this tour would be their last for a while, as the band is taking some time to focus on their follow-up to their well-crafted LP House With A Curse.

Seeing Coliseum twice this past weekend confirmed what I already knew, that this Louisville band has a deep and varied catalog that not only destroys, but also challenges. Coliseum could easily churn out record after record of well-crafted by-the-books d-beat, but they want more. And with their excellent songwriting, I think they'll get it. It'll be interesting to see where Patterson & the boys take it next.

More pictures from Union Pool below...

Continue reading "Coliseum, The Austerity Program, The Year is One & Masakari played Union Pool (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG


Let it be known, Batillus was officially the heaviest band in Brooklyn on Saturday night (4/23). The band's earth-shaking volume forced a premature ending to their record release set at Union Pool due to a "neighbor's noise complaint". It was fun while it lasted (they finished most of their set) and, once again, a guest appearance from the always incredible Kat (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, ex-Salome) was a welcome/unholy addition. I've said before that Batillus is a band that improves with every outing, and I thought Saturday night was their crowning achievement.

Co-headlining were the always malicious Morne, whose crusty prog-sludge set of over an hour was fantastic. The band played material from their forthcoming LP Asylum. Their set was amazing, and definitely topped their last NYC performance at Studio B with Tragedy.

Belus, featuring members of the once-great Curandera, opened the show and were an excellent way to set off the night.

Saturday was a disappointment and a huge triumph in equal measure, but that just makes room for an exciting set at Batillus's next appearance, May 14th at Acheron as part of a one-year-anniversary celebration of the venue with Trenchgrinder (pretty much Atakke sans Chloe and avec a new vocalist), Mutant Supremacy, Mortals, Defeatist, Tournament, Bad Dream & Beer & Cable.

More pictures from Union Pool below...

Continue reading "Batillus, Morne & Belus played Union Pool (until the show got shut down) -- pics"

by BBG

Brian Majewski honors his brother @ Union Pool
Brian Majewski

The life and legacy of Brendan Majewski was celebrated last night (4/20) at Union Pool, as Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, and Dope Body banded together to play a show in his honor. Though a somber tone permeated through the night, there were flashes of sheer beauty, the most powerful of which was when Brendan's little brother Brian "Bri Guy" stepped to the stage to perform a song he had written for his fallen brother. Emotion dripped through Brian's fingers and though the somber-yet-uplifting piano ballad was breathtaking on its own, with the added subtext it made for the most heart-wrenching moment of the evening.

Dope Body's spazzy post-hardcore stomp (the band shared a split with Brendan's band Orphan) started the evening with tons of on-stage energy. Following Brian Majewski's gorgeous piano composition, Mira Bilotte delivered eastern-influenced vocal/piano and vocal/percussion pieces that were delicate, emotional and gorgeous. Obits and Krallice's sets touched upon material by Orphan, with the latter devoting the majority of their stage time to blackened covers of the material before closing with the incendiary "Forgiveness in Rot" from their first LP.

Quite the lineup at the small stage of Union Pool, and all in tribute of one man who will definitely be missed. I didn't know Brendan personally, mostly just through his catchy LPs. But all of the love in the room last night made me wish I did.

More pictures and some video from the show, below...

Continue reading "Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, Dope Body & friends paid tribute to Brendan Majewski @ Union Pool (pics)"

The Blow at BV CMJ (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Blow

A Special Video Shoot Performance by The Blow.
(A performance of a video shoot, and a video shoot of a performance.)

Saturday April 9th, 7:30pm sharp.
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY
Free. Capacity limited: RSVP to theblowweb@gmail.com

Post-show to be followed by dancing fueled by Spoolwork



Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
Naomi Shelton

Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host a Japan Benefit on April 10th (Sunday), and for $10 you'll get seven bands, a raffle ticket, and piece of mind in knowing that all proceeds go towards AmeriCares & Direct Relief International. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens will headline the festivities, which will also feature The A-Bones, The Live Ones, Mighty Fine, The Dixons, The Back CCs, and The Underthings. There will also be DJ sets from WFMU DJs Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, and John Funke, as well as DJ Kongress and DJ Shimmy. The show kicks off at 4PM. The flier and more details are below.

That's ten days before the venue will host the previous discussed benefit for the late Brendan Majewski of Orphan. Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, and Dope Body are all on board for this $10 show, which kicks off at 8PM with all proceeds going back to the Majewski family to help pay for expenses. Orphan material will be reinterpreted by the bands playing the show. Flyer is below.

As previously discussed, Krallice will also play The Studio at Webster Hall on 5/2 with Withered, Ipsissimus, and Cleric. Tickets are still available.

You can of course also catch Naomi Shelton every Friday night at Fat Cat too.

More details on the benefit shows, and their fliers are below.

Continue reading "Union Pool hosting benefits"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG


Wormrot, Winter, Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy played Union Pool on April 3rd, marking Winter's first show in many years and their warm-up for an appearance at Roadburn as part of the sunn O))) curated portion of the festival. The band played an hour-long set that opened with the crushing "Servants of The Warsmen" before transitioning into additional Into Darkness burners. Though admittedly nervous at the outset, the band hit their stride midset and ended with tons of "wow"s and "holy shit"s from onlookers leaving the venue. Winter's death-doom rep was intact, and I can't wait to catch them again.

Wormrot, who are coming off of a much larger US tour as part of their appearance at Scion Rock Fest, played their first show since the hurried release of their new LP, Dirge (available for free download). The Singapore band followed Winter, and were the perfect yin to Winter's yang with 1000 MPH drum blasts and jaw-dropping grind riffs. Menacing, and somehow more impressive than their showing in Austin at Lovejoys.

For Deathcycle, the show marked another reunion, and first since the band played a pair of shows in honor of fallen comrade Lee Altomare (who was shouted out at the venue that night, RIP). Vocalist Ron Grimaldi mixed it up with the crowd as he belted away vocals atop the searing hardcore riffery. Excellent set, I just wish that catching a Deathcycle show wasn't like seeing a shooting star... but as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

For Kings Destroy, the NYC date wasn't much of a special occasion-, but they impressed the early crowd with their thundering doom riffs (mission accomplished). With the glacially-paced Winter, the mid-paced hardcore of Deathcycle, and the lightning-grind of Wormrot, it was nice to have a mid-tempo doom band to cleanse the palette. Diversity is always a good thing.

More pictures from Union Pool and some video is below.

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