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Vampire Weekend @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Bao Nguyen)
Vampire Weekend

In the spring of 2006, Columbia University senior Rostam Batmanglij was entertaining literary society parties with his fledgling postmodern Afro-pop band, Vampire Weekend, and wondering if he could pull off life as a professional musician. By the spring of 2008, he was playing the band's runaway hit single, "A-Punk," on Saturday Night Live. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut had been out only a few months, but fans and critics had been clamoring over it for most of the year. After months of feverish blog hype and the release of an EP that only stoked the fires, the band landed on the March 2008 cover of Spin, which annointed them the year 's Best New Band before their album had even come out -- a first in the magazine's history. Looking back, it still seems insane that a bunch of cerebral schoolboys in pastel cardigans could go from cramming at the library to performing on SNL in the span of a couple of semesters. But according to Batmanglij -- the band's producer, co-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and sole gay member -- Vampire Weekend was meant to be huge. "We all had a strong feeling about the band from the early days," he says. "We had this opportunity to be really out there and avant-garde, but also commercially successful." [Out]
Vampire Weekend will be playing Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on AmEx presale February 24th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

The last time they played NYC, in January, the band did three nights at three venues: United Palace, Webster Hall and Bowery Ballroom.

They currently have shows booked around Europe, the United States (most with Abe Vigoda opening) and Australia. All those are below.

They just put out a new tennis-centric video for their song "Giving Up the Gun" with cameos by RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Lil' Jon. That's below...

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Sasquatch

We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

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Abe Vigoda @ The Smell in October (more by Rachel Carr)
Abe Vigoda

If you happen to be in L.A. on Saturday, February 7th, "No Cancer: A benefit for our Friend's Mom" will be happening at a "secret" location (e-mail for info, below). Playing sets will be No Age, Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Cowabunga Babes, Best Coast, Nodzzz, Darker My Love and others. A flyer and how to get info on the venue are below.

If you're in NYC, Abe Vigoda visit March 31st for a show at Mercury Lounge with Effi Briest and Cloud Nothings (who have plenty of dates coming up, listed below). Tickets are on sale now.

That show is sandwiched between dates Abe Vigoda opens for Vampire Weekend in March and April. Before those, the band plays the West Coast and Texas in early March with Lovvers.

All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Abe Vigoda playing cancer benefit w/ Vivian Girls & No Age in LA, touring w/ Vampire Weekend, playing NYC (dates)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Nat Baldwin

It's been almost a year since the Dirty Projectors announced that upright bassist Nat Baldwin would be rejoining the band. Since then Nat has become more of a household indie name than he was when his third solo album was released. "Most Valuable Player", released on April 29th of 2008, was produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and features contributions by Taylor and the Dirty Projector's Dave Longstreth. It was also around that time that Nat recorded a Daytrotter session which you can still download now.

Most recently, Nat contributed to Vampire Weekend's new album, Contra. He also opened the show they played at Bowery Ballroom on the night they found out that album hit #1. The pictures in this post are from that show. Tonight (1/23), you can catch Nat playing solo again at Sycamore in Brooklyn. More Bowery pics and a video below...

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Bon Iver in a graveyard in Sept. (more by Darren Kim)
Bon Iver

tonight in NYC
* Kid Cudi @ Irving Plaza
* Spoon & Mahogany @ Mercury Lounge
* Spacecamp, Your Nature @ Coco66
* Akoya Afrobeat @ Knitting Factory
* Questlove (DJ), Q-Tip (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* MNDR, Zambri, Tayisha Busay @ Glasslands
* Vetiver, Avi Buffalo, Inlets @ The Bell House
* Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) & Steve Kimock @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Darlings, Lonnie Walker, Motel Motel, Gunfight @ Union Pool
* Free Energy, Eastern Midwestern, pow wow!, Neighbors @ Pianos
* Signal Break, Sunshower Orphans, Mr. Dream, NT Trio @ Cake Shop
* Langhorne Slim, April Smith & the Great Picture Show @ Maxwell's
* Dub Is a Weapon, Bigga Mention, Rob Symeonn @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Vampire Weekend, Kwame Dawes (author) @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Lady GaGa, Jason Derulo, Semi Precious Weapons @ Radio City Music Hall
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Supercute, Julia Weldon @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Support Haiti Benefit w/ Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, David Johansen @ City Winery

Vampire Weekend appear at Barnes & Noble tonight with Kwame Dawes. Expect a line.

Spoon announced that some tickets will be available at the door for tonight's Mercury Lounge show. Expect a line.

Lightspeed Champion is not playing Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver appears as part of the NY Guitar Festival tonight. You can catch him in Ohio in April.

Tonight's Cake shop show, put on by Music vs. Hunger, benefits Haiti relief. Questlove and Q-Tip DJ at Brooklyn Bowl for Haiti, too.

Various new videos below.

What else?

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photos by Bao Nguyen

Vampire Weekend

New York band Vampire Weekend sees its sophomore set "Contra" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 124,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began powering the list in May of 1991.
Vampire Weekend not only celebrates its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but the New York band also notches its best sales week yet. The quartet's previous best sales frame was earned when its self-titled first album opened with 28,000 copies in its opening week. That set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart and has since sold 498,000.

"Contra" also is the second independently-distributed album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the past year. It is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance and marks the first indie set to top the tally since Pearl Jam's self-released "Backspacer" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 10, 2009. [Billboard]

They knew there was a chance, but Vampire Weekend got the definitive news last night (Tuesday, 1/19) at Bowery Ballroom where they were to play their hometown of NYC for the third night in a row. Sunday was at United Palace. Monday was at Webster Hall. More pictures from Tuesday below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend played Bowery (pics), #1 on Billboard chart"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Vampire Weekend

"Drummer Chris Tomson deserves a raise. Or something. Outfitted in a New Jersey Nets jersey and thumping away like a madman all night, Tomson did his best to lend the show some semblance of rock show urgency, veering confidently from Afropop beats to Latin rhythms to reggaeton pop-pop-pops. He essentially picked up his bandmates, slung them over his shoulder and carried them forward as best he could in the direction of a killer live show." [MTV]
Holly Miranda opened for Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall Monday night (1/18). It was the VW's 2nd of 3 NYC shows in a row. The first show was Sunday at United Palace with Titus Andronicus. The last show is tonight (1/19) at Bowery Ballroom with Nat Baldwin (who also plays in Dirty Projectors).

Vampire Weekend are among the artists just-announed to be playing Coachella this year, as are Spoon who just announced a Mercury Lounge show .

More pictures from Webster Hall, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend @ Webster Hall in NYC - pics & setlist"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Holly Miranda @ Webster Hall - 1/18/2010
Holly Miranda

Hello,

I'm am writing to you from lovely California [on December 30, 2009]. I have been here since finishing my last tour of 2009 with The XX and The Friendly Fires on the West Coast in early December.

Being as it is two days before New Years Eve, I have been reflecting on the year that has past. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to everyone who has come out to support Timmy and I on the road. To those of you who have given us warm, home cooked meals; a cozy bed to sleep in or visited me at the merch table and kept me company. We could not have done it with out you.

From the Midwest tour with AA Bondy, the East Coast with The Antlers, Europe with The XX, and then again with The XX and The Friendly Fires on the West Coast. We have been busy, but there has been no shortage of good music and amazing people surrounding us at all times.

I am happy to announce that it looks like the coming year will be more of the same...

First I am so excited to say that we will be opening for Vampire Weekend in New York on January 18th at Webster Hall!

Secondly, beginning in February, we will be touring across the continental United States with Tegan & Sara!!! The tour dates are below.

Last, but not least, I'm happy to announce that my full-length album The Magician's Private Library will be out on XL Recordings February 23rd!

Cheers! Here's to 2010!

I hope this finds everyone safe and warm and having a happy holly day!

See you in the new year!

xoxo,
Holly

Holly Miranda, who was joined on stage at one point by her friends The Antlers, opened for her labelmates Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall last night (1/18). It was the headliner's 2nd of three NYC shows in a row. The first night was uptown at United Palace with Titus Andronicus. The third is tonight (1/19) at Bowery Ballroom with Nat Baldwin.

Holly's new cover art and tour dates and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda played Webster Hall w/ Vampire Weekend (pics) - new album soon & 2010 tour dates w/ Tegan & Sara"

Orbital

Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

photos by Diana Wong

Vampire Weekend

"Now we know Contra has bloggers and music lovers torn down the seams, with some loving the album and the rest hating every minute of it, but last night the band had nothing but fans in the seats and played to them by mixing up tunes from their self-titled debut and their new record alike. Older favorites like "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma", and "Ottoman" were all sung along with and new tunes like "Horchata" and "Run" also seemed to get people crooning along with Ezra Koenig and company.

Watching the band you could see the exhaustion of the early promotional efforts was starting to get to them, but the soldiered on with energy and gusto hitting every note and making sure folks were dancing along to each song. Between tunes Ezra or Rostam would chat with the crowd, telling us this may have been the longest show they had ever played. It truly seemed that way as they seemed to work in just about every song we've ever heard from the band, missing a few but we're assuming we just happened to miss those.

The show was pretty amazing, and while seeing them at the far more intimate Webster Hall or Bowery Ballroom would have been a trip, they seem to have grown to the point where the United Palace Theater is now the perfect setting for the band. The spacious, historic space seemed like home for Vampire Weekend on Sunday night and considering they spent years storming the area not too far south from there it makes all the sense in the world that this would be their homecoming show and that they would receive such an outpouring of love all night long." [PTST]

Vampire Weekend's show at United Palace last night (1/17) was the first of their three night run that continues at Webster Hall (with Holly Miranda opening) tonight (1/18). More tour dates HERE. More pictures and some videos from Sunday (with Titus Andronicus opening), below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend & Titus Andronicus @ United Palace Theatre in NYC - pics & video"

Aziz Ansari and Conan O'Brien

"In the grand scheme of things, figuring out whether to stay in a job that pays north of $15 million a year or fighting for some sort of buyout that would also be in the millions -- if not multimillions -- is something of a luxury problem. But those are basically the options facing NBC's Conan O'Brien, who is being told "The Tonight Show" is going to move from 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. to make room for Jay Leno's return to late night." [LA Times]
Conan has rejected the offer to move to 12:05. His statement along with videos of Vampire Weekend and Aziz Ansari on the show (both from the past few days), below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend & Aziz Ansari played Conan O'Brien who has issued a statement turning down NBC's 12:05 offer"

Terry Riley
Terry Riley

Joanna Newsom is one of the announced acts for this year's Big Ears Fest in Knoxville, TN, March 26th-28th. Others on the initial lineup include Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent, the Calder Quartet, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, 802 Tour (Nico Muhly / Doveman / Sam Amidon with Nadia Sirota), The xx, Javelin, DJ/Rupture (solo), DJ/Rupture and Andy Moor, My Brightest Diamond, Gyan Riley, and jj. The fest's artist in residence is composer Terry Riley and a number of his works will be performed (including 'In C'). Bryce Dessner of the National is also one of the curators. Weekend tickets are on sale now. Tickets to invididual shows will be announced later this month, along with the schedule (shows are at different venues around town).

Some of those initial acts have tours booked around the same time. That is the case for Vampire Weekend, the xx and jj tour and Joanna. More info on the fest below...

Continue reading "Big Ears Fest - March 26-28 in Knoxville, TN (Terry Riley in residence, Bryce Dessner curator, xx, jj, VW, WK & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend - Horchata (MP3)

Vampire Weekend - Halloween in L.A. (more by Rachel Carr)
Vampire Weekend

As we were saying, openers for each of Vampire Weekend's three NYC shows on January 17th, 18th and 19th have been announced. The first night at United Palace Theater has Titus Andronicus. The second at Webster Hall features Holly Miranda. And the third show at Bowery Ballroom will be opened by Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin. All three nights are sold out.

The NYC gigs come shortly after the January 12th release of VW's Contra, which is currently streaming on the band's Myspace, and will be streaming at KCRW on Tuesday. They're having a release party for the record on Thursday, January 7th at Manhattan Ping-Pong bar Spin. The band will be DJing, there's an open bar, and you can win tickets to United Palace if you're good at ping pong. Flyer and RSVP info are below.

You already know what else is going on with Titus. As for the other openers, Holly Miranda goes on the road with Tegan & Sara through April (currently no NYC stops). Nat Baldwin has a few shows around town, which are posted below.

Vampire Weekend spends February overseas, the comes back to North America for a full slate of March/April shows. Those and all other tour dates and info, with VW's new video for "Cousins", below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend album stream, video, release party info (RSVP), NYC show openers & more 2010 Tour Dates"

DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Four Score And Seven (part one) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Four Score And Seven part two (MP3)

Titus Andronicus @ Mercury Lounge, New Years Eve (more by Zach Stern)
Titus Andronicus

As we were saying, openers for each of Vampire Weekend's three NYC shows on January 17th, 18th and 19th have been announced. The first night at United Palace Theater has Titus Andronicus. The second at Webster Hall features Holly Miranda. And the third show at Bowery Ballroom will be opened by Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin. All three nights are sold out.

Titus Andronicus's new record, The Monitor, comes out March 9th on XL Recordings (same label as Vampire Weekend and Holly Miranda), and new track "Four Score and Seven" is streaming on their Myspace in full, or you can download it in two parts above. Art, more info and the tracklist for the Civil War themed concept ("sort of") record are below.

The band plays an album release show on March 6th at Bowery Balloom. Tickets go on presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, January 8th at noon. The show will be part of a bigger TBA tour that also includes SXSW in Austin later that month,

Titus's last NYC show was at Mercury Lounge on New Years Eve. All future dates and album stuff below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus announce NYC shows & new album (MP3)"

Rockabillie Barbie

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the three upcoming Vampire Weekend shows in NYC (United Palace, Bowery Ballroom, and Webster Hall)

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Magnetic Fields shows happening at Town Hall. BAM tickets are also now on sale.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two February Yeasayer album release shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Hot Chip / xx show happening at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the upcoming Wild Beasts / Still Life Still show at Bowery Ballroom.

Alberta Cross is headlining Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Tickets are on sale at noon for the three Jonathan Richman shows taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in February.

People Under the Stairs are playing Bowery Ballroom on January 23rd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Slayer, Tinariwen, and other tickets are on sale too.

Pictured above is ROCKABILLY BARBIE.

DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend - Horchata (MP3)

Vampire Weekend @ Halloween show in L.A. (more by Rachel Carr)
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend's upcoming tour dates take the band to Japan, Australia, down the West Coast, then to New York for three nights at three separate venues. The band plays United Palace Theater on January 17th, Webster Hall on January 18th and the smallest of all, Bowery Ballroom on January 19th. Tickets for all three go on sale Friday, Novermber 20th at noon.

After those shows the band travels to the UK for a series of dates in February. Their new album, Contra, comes out January 12th on XL. The lead single, "Horchata," is above. All tour dates and some videos are below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend - 2010 Tour Dates w/ 3 NYC shows (United Palace, Webster Hall & Bowery Ballroom)"

photos by Rachel Carr

Vampire Weekend

We will be playing a secret show at a historic Los Angeles venue tonight. It holds a small amount of people and while we would love to have everyone join us, there just isn't room. So here's the plan... The first 30 people to sign up here will win a pair of tickets. If you are one of those lucky 30 people, you'll hear back from us with info on the show and location. For those of you who miss the cut off for the Halloween show, don't worry, we'll be playing a free Dia De Los Muertos show [on Sunday]. -Vampire Weekend
That was a message Vampire Weekend sent out on Halloween. The band played new songs from "Contra", and old songs, at that Halloween show and at the free one the next day at Hollenbeck Recreation Center Band Shell. Videos and more pictures from the Halloween show, below...

Continue reading "Vampire weekend played a secret Halloween show in LA (pics) & one big free one on Sunday (video) "

Lightning Bolt @ Broadway Backyard in August (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

"Fearsome in his trademark hand-made Mexican wrestler mask, Chippendale must have gashed his hand open at one point, and during the set, the yellow electric tape he'd used to affix the skin to his palm was destroyed a couple songs in. His voice sinister through a warped mouthpiece, he asked into crowd for a "professional" glove. No glove forthcoming, Chippendale nevertheless continued to play, blistered palms be damned. After the set, audience members chanting "LIGHT-NING-BOLT!" were treated to a two-song encore." [BushwickBK]
Last time Lightning Bolt was in town they played at Broadway Backyard with Talk Normal (who are opening for Sonic Youth at one of their upcoming NYC shows on November 24th) (tickets are on sale).

Lightning Bolt will be back on October 30th, and this time they're playing right down the street at another Bushwick space, Above the Auto Parts Store (600 Bushwick Ave @ Jefferson St). TV Ghost, who played WFMU Fest and couple other NYC shows last week), opens.

Lightning Bolt's new record Earthly Delights is out on Load Records on Tuesday (October 13th).

"Can Lightning Bolt even make a bad album? Well, I suppose if they, I dunno, started sporting J Crew, ripped off Paul Simon's whiteboy Afrobeat, and wrote a concept album about how rad their dad's Cape Cod estate is, sure, that would be relatively gnarly." [The Decibel Tolls]
Vampire Weekend's new album is out in January

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Lightning Bolt new album out, playing Bushwick, other dates"

DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend - Horchata (MP3)

Vampire Weekend

Noisecreep: Who are some of the young musicians you admire?

Alice Cooper: There are some very inventive people. Jack White is incredible, because he goes against all the rules. He makes records that really are kind of sloppy and yet his voice and his guitar make it work. Everything that guy does is catchy. I am very encouraged that a lot of bands sound like they're going back to the garage and they're not depending on high-tech crap to be their music. But two guitars, bass, drums, and a lead singer, to me that's rock 'n' roll.

I do get a little annoyed that it seems like a lot of bands that come out now that I read, "The greatest band that I've ever heard." And I see them and I go, "There's absolutely no testosterone in this band." I heard the title Vampire Weekend and I thought, "Oh, man, that's gonna be great. I gotta see it." And there are these guys with little Gap T-shirts on and they're singing about I don't know what, it was so light I couldn't listen to it. And I'm going, "What happened to the balls in rock 'n' roll? Why are American bands so wimpy?"

I'm getting a lot of bands that are kind of going, "Oh, the summer in the rain and aren't lightning bugs wonderful?" And I'm going, "What kind of drug are you on?" I think if you asked Ozzy, Iggy and all the other people that come from our generation, we're kind of hoping the young guys step it up a little bit when it comes to being guys.

Alice Cooper will probably not be checking out the new Vampire Weekend record, Contra, which comes out January 12th, 2010 on XL. It's the follow up to their 2008 debut that recently ranked #51 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.

After a myserious countdown on VW's site, the new album's first track, "Horchata," was posted as a free download today. In turn it is/was/will be posted to every blog on the Internet including this one. You can find it above to download at your convenience. After listening to it, I'd say I think they are on their way to continued success. Album art above. Album tracklist below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend post new MP3 from new album Contra"

P2K

The backstory has been repeated so often with such insistence that three years later it's become a mythic tall tale: Guy breaks up band in North Carolina, decamps to the wilds of Wisconsin, makes a record originally intended to be heard by almost nobody. But what happened next is much more interesting: After Justin Vernon made 500 copies and distributed them himself, the album is picked up by indie juggernaut Jagjaguwar, gets big props from Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, holds up to hundreds of repeat listens, and get thousands of festivalgoers singing along solemnly to "The Wolves". Quiet and folkily ambient, For Emma, Forever Ago is an impassioned cry too compelling not to become heard. From those opening strums to the "Flume" to the closing hums of "Re: Stacks", the album communicates acute loneliness and nurses a pain that has dulled but obviously not died-- which is perhaps our own romantic view of ourselves. It's easy to get caught up in the stories surrounding this out-of-nowhere album, but the music pulls you back to the real world. --Stephen M. Deusner
That's Pitchfork's description of the 29th best album of the decade (part of the top 200), Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. They will announce the top 20 on Friday. What will they be? In Rainbows got #21. Vampire Weekend was #51. Outkast put out the best song.

Thom Yorke has 2, possibly 3, shows coming up in LA.
Bon Iver recently played in a graveyard in LA.

photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]
Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day One in Pictures"

M. Ward @ Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
M. Ward

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Movits @ the Bell House
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Northern Lights
* Justin Ripley @ Alphabet Lounge
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Cass McCombs, Jennifer O'Connor @ Union Hall
* Noisettes, The Love Language @ The Bell House
* Voodoo Fe', The Juggs, Apollo Heights @ Pianos
* BARR, Silk Flowers, Love Tan @ Sculpture Center
* Summer Warm Up w/ Stars Like Fleas, more @ PS1
* Blues Control, S.S.P.S., Budy Blues @ Cinders Gallery
* LA Riots (DJ), Tokyo Police Club (DJ) @ Red Bull Space
* The Mekons, Megan Reilly, The Horse's Ha @ Mercury Lounge
* Soft Power, Hot Lava, Gramercy Arms, Hologram @ Cake Shop
* The Atomic Bitchwax, Black Horse, Heavy Hands @ Union Pool
* Jump Into The Gospel, The Press, Vintage Villain @ The Cameo
* Pretty & Nice, Fugitive Souls, The Valley Arena @ Littlefield
* Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Paul Motian @ Village Vanguard
* Johannes Lauer/Tyshawn Sorey Duo Plus, First Meeting @ The Stone
* DANGEROUS: All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jack Rose, Common Eider, King Eider, Tom Carter, US Girls @ Bruar Falls
* Talibam!, Steve Gunn & Heidi Deihl, Julian Lynch, Behavior @ Market Hotel
* The So So Glos, Lovvers, The Sundelles, Babies, That Ghost @ Death By Audio
* Greatest Hits, Ex-Humans, The Rats, Tough Shits, Pretty Vanilla @ Don Pedro
* Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell'em, Drake @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
* M. Ward, Floored By Four w/ Mike Watt & Nels Cline @ Central Park Summerstage
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Dean & Britta, Crystal Stilts @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* All Points West w/ Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, more @ Liberty State Park

Free outdoor music tonight includes Dean & Britta performing their "13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests" with Crystal Stilts at Prospect Park Bandshell, and M. Ward with Floored By Four (Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Yuka Honda and Dougie Bowne) at the Central Park Summerstage.

All Points West goes into its second day at Liberty State Park with Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys and mroe. Its official afterparty at Red Bull Space features DJ sets from LA Riots and Tokyo Police Club.

The Mekons play an electric set with Megan Reilly and The Horse's Ha at the Mercury Lounge.

Movits from Sweden play a free late show at the Bell House after the Noisettes.

Blues Control celebrate the release of their new CD Local Flavor with a show at Cinders Gallery (103 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg) featuring S.S.P.S. and Budy Blues.

Mary Timony's Soft Power plays the Cake Shop with Hot Lava, Gramercy Arms and Hologram.

The So So Glos join Lovvers, The Sundelles, Babies and That Ghost for a show at Death By Audio.

BARR, Silk Flowers and Love Tan play LIC's Sculpture Center. Also in the hood, PS1 hosts its Summer Warm Up party, this week with Stars Like Fleas.

Get DANGEROUS at the Bowery Ballroom's All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson.

Steely Dan drop the "albums" act for a night of fan requests at the Beacon Theatre.

Cass McCombs follows up his sold-out Joe's Pub show at the beginning of the week with a show tonight at Union Hall. Jennifer O'Connor joins him on the bill.

A video of Oneida live at the Market Hotel on July 24th, below.

Some videos and stuff from All Points West Day One, HERE. More videos from APW below...

What else?

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Jay-Z @ APW in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ - 7/31/09 (photo by Tim Griffin)
Jay z

Brooklyn's own Jay-Z opened up his headlining set at All Points West on Friday night with a cover of the Beastie Boys classic "No Sleep Till Brooklyn". Was it a fitting tribute to the group that he replaced on the lineup (due to MCA's diagnosis of cancer) or was it Jay-Z's way of reminding New Jersey what he plans on doing with the Nets? OK, I'll go with the former, and it was our own great Jay-Z festival moment (at his first-ever US festival appearance). The UK's Glastonbury got the (less sincere) tribute to Oasis in 2008.

Speaking of Glastonbury, All Points West got its mud... which came from the rain that miraculously cleared up before Hova took the stage (at which point he covered "No Sleep" with the "Beastie Boys at the Garden" line in the first verse changed to "Jay-Z at All Points West.", and then...)

Immediately after that, he performed his own "Brooklyn (Go Hard)."

Later, he dedicated his entire set to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. It was Yauch's illness -- he has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland -- that forced the group's cancellation, last week.

In his 80-minute day-closing set, Jay-Z also performed hits like "99 Problems," "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," "Big Pimpin'" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," as well as his recent single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." [NJ.com]

Tons more pictures coming soon. All our APW coverage HERE. Hopefully you didn't throw away your Friday ticket. Saturday's schedule HERE. A few more videos from Friday (including a clip of No Sleep) below...

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LPR photos by Kwesi Abbensetts, Supreme Trading photos by Ryan Muir

Esau Mwamwaya @ Le Poisson Rouge - July 18, 2009 (by Kwesi Abbensetts)
The Very Best

The Very Best (production duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya) played a late-night show at (Le) Poisson Rouge on July 18th. They were joined by two backup dancers (one of which was on crutches!), and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend for one song. He stopped by to contribute his part on "Warm Heart Of Africa." That track and two new remixes are posted above.

Ezra Koenig @ Le Poisson Rouge - July 18, 2009 (by Kwesi Abbensetts)
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The Very Best's debut record, Warm Heart of Africa, is due to come out on Green Owl, the NYC-based record label that was founded by Benjamin Brewer (the father of M.I.A.'s child), on September 22nd (available digitally August 25). Ezra and M.I.A. both sing songs on it. That album is not to be confused with Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit Are The Very Best which was the mixtape (that contains songs by Vampire Weekend and M.I.A.) they released for free in 2008. Grab that above.

On Saturday night (7/25) (exactly a week after the LPR show), Radioclit brought "their wild monthly London residency, SECOUSSE, to the States for an all out UK vs. BK battle of the riddims." And by "the states", they mean Supreme Trading (or the former Supreme Trading building at 213 N 8th St) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Green Owl artist Janka Nabay was also on the bill.

"While many genres of African music have made the crossover to the west (Afrobeat, Highlife, etc), Sierra Leone's traditional Muslim street songs, or Bubu music, have not. The king of Bubu is Ahmed Janka Nabay, an amazing humanitarian musician whose life has been shaped by Sierra Leone's civil war." [Straw vs Gold]
According to Green Owl, it was the king of Bubu's first "official" NYC show, but he didn't have to come too far; Ahmed Janka currently lives in Philadelphia. He wore a traditional Rafia costume at the show, that he made earlier that day....

Ahmed Janka @ Supreme Trading - July 25, 2009 (by Ryan Muir)
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AND, it ends up that Saturday night's show at Supreme Trading was also a sort-of-secret Very Best show. Radioclit did DJ, but then performed with Esau too (no Ezra this time though). More pictures from both shows and the new album artwork, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit - The Very Best Mixtape (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart Of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig) (MP3)

The Very Best

European producers Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya have been working together under the name The Very Best for the past two years. You can check out their debut mixtape, which came out last year and samples M.I.A, Vampire Weekend and Michael Jackson, reposted above. "For the recording, the band brings some guests on board: M.I.A. for 'Rain Dance' and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig sings on 'Warm Heart Of Africa.'"

The Very Best are making a limited number of US stops before their set at the Pitchfork Festival on July 19th. One of those will be at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday, July 18th, where they appear with Dragons of Zynth, the Que Bajo?! dance party, DJ Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Zuzuka Poderosa, DJ Supervixen and Açai Girl. Tickets are on sale.

Two Very Best videos, with a flyer for the show, and all tour dates, below...

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