Entries tagged with: WFMU
photo: Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mary Timony's power pop trio Ex Hex announced a new string of dates last December, including two NYC shows, and they've since added a third in the area. While they're already scheduled to hit Le Poisson Rouge (tix) and MHOW (tix), they'll also be playing WFMU's Monty Hall on April 22 in Jersey City the night before their LPR show. Tickets for that show are available now.
Update dates are listed, with their recently-released "Don't Wanna Lose" video, below...
Rock n' roll impresario Kim Fowley lived to shock, and apparently he wanted to do it after he was dead, too. According to TMZ, Fowley (who died last week), had a last wish: to be featured in corpse fetish mag Girls & Corpses:
According to emails Kim sent the publisher, a photog, and his then-girlfriend -- the singer/songwriter wanted a full spread featuring a group of fetish models violating his corpse.Whether Fowley was serious or just trying to get a final 15 seconds of media spotlight, the jury's still out.
Kim said, "Snow [his GF] and her fetish friends, could mutilate the body, providing real blood & guts and set my bones and blood on fire." He also said he'd fund the whole thing.
The publisher passed on the really gory stuff, but agreed to shoot his dead body with girls on top for the cover.
But here's the snag. Kim moved on, found a new girlfriend who he married, and she has control of the body. But they can't find her to allow them to shoot the body.
In other news, WFMU will be airing a couple tributes this week. Tonight (1/20) from 6 - 7 PM, "Arial View with Chris T" will feature guest Miriam Linna of Norton Records for an hour tribute. Then on Thursday (1/22) from 9 PM - midnight, Norton's Billy Miller joins WFMU host Dave The Spazz for his show. Norton Records has released four volumes of Fowley series Lost Treasures which culls recordings from 1959 - 1969.
Check out Kim's classic 1977 appearance on Tom Snyder's "punk" episode of The Tomorrow Show below...
New Jersey's WFMU has occupied a unique position as an independent, commercial-free, listener-supported radio station since its inception in the late 1950s. At its heart is the dedicated station manager Ken Freedman, committed to an unstructured, free- form broadcasting model which has won WFMU acclaim as the best--and perhaps weirdest-- radio station in the tristate area, if not the country. Facing a budget crisis, can Ken rally both his volunteer staff and his listeners to keep the station afloat?Find out by watching Sex and Broadcasting, a new film about one of our favorite radio stations. It makes its world premiere this Saturday (11/15) at IFC Center in NYC, and then plays again at the same place on 11/17. On 11/20 you can catch it at SVA Theatre in Chelsea. Get your tickets. Filmmaker Tim K. Smith is expected to be at two or all of the screenings, and film subject Ken Freedman should be around too. Watch a clip at Indie Wire and the trailer below.
All three screenings are part of DOC NYC which kicked off yesterday and runs through 11/20. As mentioned, the film lineup also includes a "Sonic Cinema" series with films about Elliott Smith, the DC punk scene and more.
Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.
One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.
Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).
The *other* Monty Hall...
WFMU's performance space, located in the ground floor of their Jersey City building, is now open and has a name fitting the radio station's spirt: Monty Hall. It was christened last month with a show featuring Doug Gillard, Pampers, Spectre Folk and Watery Love. Watch some videos below.
Now more shows are beginning to appear. The next performance at Monty Hall is September 7 is the previously mentioned Sir Richard Bishop and Tashi Dorji show which will be recorded for Brian Turner's show on the station:
Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show.The other upcoming show happens September 13 and features People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. Flyers below.
The space will also be hosting a quarterly variety series called Prove It All Night. The first installment took place earlier this month with Joe Jack Talcum from the Dead Milkmen, PUNK magazine creator John Holstrom, and stand-up comedian Sean Donnelly. Host/organizer/WFMU DJ Pat Byrne told NJ.com, "We'll eventually be streaming live video of the series to the web...we have four cameras set up in the studio, and it's a theater but everything can be broadcast on the Internet as well as the airwaves."
Show flyers and those videos from the first show, below...
Onetime Sun City Girls guitarist and Sublime Frequencies founder Alan Bishop is back in NYC with his Alvarius B project, playing -- as he's done before -- tonight and Friday (8/14 & 8/15) at Union Pool. Both shows are with Egyptian-Canadian composer and improvisational musician Sam Shalabi, The Byron Coley Trio and DJ Mike Wolf. It's the start of a short East Coast tour (dates are listed below). Tickets are available at the door for tonight's show and if you buy online for Friday's you get a free tour-only Alvarius B 7" and a chapbook of Byron Coley poetry with purchase.
Meanwhile, Alan's brother and fellow Sun City Girl member, Richard Bishop, will soon be on tour with Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji and those dates include a stop in NYC at Issue Project Room on September 6 (tickets), and a show one day later (September 7) at WFMU's new performance space Monty Hall. It is a:
Full public live performance, recording for air for Brian Turner's radio show on WFMU. Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show. Open to the public at WFMU's ground floor performance space, Monty Hall. Set time is 8pm on Sunday, September 7th, at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City (near Exchange Place and Grove PATH stops).Tickets are available for that too.
All tour dates for Alvarius B and Richard Bishop are listed, along with some song streams, below...
Last fall, WFMU reclaimed the ground floor space in their building at 43 Montgomery St in Jersey City, NJ with plans to turn it into a performance space. That's finally happening with the grand opening on July 12 featuring performances by Pampers, Watery Love, Doug Gillard, and Spectre Folk. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to benefit WFMU.
UPDATE: the space is now called Monty Hall.
As you may know, Brooklyn DIY venue Emet is likely shutting down but the people behind the venue have teamed up with Showpaper for an "Emet in Exile" show at Trans-Pecos tonight (5/23). The show, which doubles as a Showpaper benefit, features The Gradients (who also play next week with What Moon Things), Vows, Sunflower Bean, Onwe and Somewhere. $7-$20 suggested at the door. More info here.
Meanwhile, electro-goth duo Vows just played a live set for WFMU earlier this week (5/22) on a show with a genre-appropriate playlist of tracks by Sisters of Mecy, Bauhaus, Christian Death, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more by DJ Nanase Hikaru. You can listen to an archive of the full show here.
Last week (5/14) Vows played The Bowery Electric. You can check out a video of them playing "Councillor" at that show, below...
marquee from Toronto listening party & Tom's post-show Tweet...
If you had to estimate how much planning went into the final show, what would you be looking at?Tom Scharpling's much much much loved The Best Show on WFMU signed off last night (12/17) for good, and the final show was one that was so listened to it taxed WFMU's streaming servers (many people kept having their connections interrupted). And it actually even was trending on Twitter. There were also listening parties all over the country, and at least one in Canada -- check out the picture of the Toronto one above. In studio, meanwhile, it featured an appearance from frequent caller Philly Boy Roy who was on the run from the cops after crashing a helicopter into a sub shop. That, of course, is one of the many "Best Show" characters from Tom's comedy partner (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster who also for the first time ever spoke on air not as a character.
It's hard to say. Jon [Wurster] and I talked about what the final bits would be for well over a month. And there were five people helping pull sound clips from the 13 years of the show for the audio collage. I have no idea how many actual hours, but it was a lot. I went into that show last night wanting it to be perfect, but that's an impossible goal. So I was kind of glad when I flubbed a cue on a record in the opening set and then had a technical problem with my headphones. Because after that it was impossible for the show to be "perfect."
Tell me about the decision to not include any in-studio guests for the final show.
As we were building up to the final show, I decided that we would have the second-to-last show be some version of the in-studio guest/all-star episode. But I wanted the final episode to be representative of what people would actually tune in to hear every week. If we did in-studio guests, it would've ultimately been a wake for the show, with everybody talking about what the show was to them. I wanted the final show to be an actual episode, not a retrospective. - [Grantland]
Other highlights: Tom's headphones not working in a Murphy's Law moment ("of course this has to happen on the final show"); a crazy audio-montage of past hilarious moments while the heartbeat from Huey Lewis' "Heart Of Rock and Roll" beat throughout; and he closed out the show with Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme."
If you missed it -- or your connection cut out on you last night -- you can stream it below. In fact you can stream EVERY episode of "The Best Show on WFMU" at the station's archives. Ever heard the 2010 episode where Tom and John Hodgman drink soon-to-be-off-market Four Loko?
Dave Hill will soon be taking over the Tuesday 9 - Midnight slot on WFMU. Tom promises that he and Wurster will continue to work together. Meanwhile, stream the last "Best Show on WFMU" below...
Dave Hill rocking out @ Bumbershoot (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Current.Org reports the exciting news!
New Jersey-based freeform community radio station WFMU will replace The Best Show on WFMU in January with a program hosted by comedian and musician Dave Hill.....We couldn't think of a better man for the job. Congrats Dave! More info at Current.
...Hill and Ken Freedman, WFMU's station manager, are still discussing plans for the content of the new show, but it may also include interviews, according to Freedman. Like most other WFMU DJs, Hill will hold down his show as a volunteer.....
Dave Hill's new show which will not be called "The Best Show" will air in the "Best Show"'s Tuesday night 9 p.m. to midnight slot that Tom Scharpling recently announced will become available.
The Best Show may be ending for good after 13 years, but WFMU's record show, after being cancelled in 2012 due to Sandy, is alive again. The 2013 WFMU Record Fair takes place at NYC's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) from Friday November 22 through Sunday November 24. Regular admission is just $7, but we've also got a $2 coupon you can use, so you have more left over to spend on some rare vinyl.
Live broadcasts and special events at this year's fair include a screening of Miss Pussycat & Quintron's film The Mystery in Old Bubblebath; a live presentation on flexidiscs; screenings of vintage punk live footage; and a live performance from Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain. Visit WFMU for a full listing on 2013 Record Fair events.
by Klaus Kinski
Ladies and gentlemen, last night the great Tom Scharpling announced that he will be shutting down the venerable Best Show on WFMU radio show after 13 incredible years. At the tail end of last night's episode Tom dropped the painful and, to many, literally tear-inducing shit-bomb of an announcement to his legions of admirers that The Best Show will cease transmission forever more after the December 17, 2013 installment. Tom has threatened a Best Show shutdown several times over the years; sometimes petulantly, sometimes jokingly. But there can be no mistaking the earnestness of last night's declaration. Most people who didn't hear the news live last night most certainly heard the news from Splitsider who seemingly broke the story first. Splitsider summarizes:
For the uninitiated, The Best Show is a weekly comedy/music radio show that Tom Scharpling started out of New Jersey in October of 2000 before the program grew a devoted international audience thanks to it being released online in podcast form. Clocking in at three hours each week, Best Show finds Scharpling taking listener calls, playing music, doing popular pre-written bits with his comedy partner Jon Wurster, and playing host to a slew of comedy and music elite as guests like regulars Patton Oswalt, Aimee Man, and John Hodgman.Tom Scharpling is one of my personal heroes, most notably for his role as one of the key figures in bridging the gap between comedy and music. And the bits he and Jon Wurster spawned are without exaggeration some of the funniest moments of comedy I have ever experienced in any environment. I simply don't have the brain power to adequately tell you how important a show The Best Show is and on how many different levels it has played a role in the evolution of music and comedy. It's insane. And he did it all for free. And I am a card carrying Friend Of Tom and listen to his show as religiously as I can. Call-ins are a huge part of the show, yet I've never indulged. With 7 shows left, it seems I must surely seize the opportunity and make myself heard at least once before he's gone.
Meanwhile, while Tom says goodbye to radio, let's not forget that he is one of the more sought after music video creators of our time. He's also working with BV favorite Chris Gethard for something they're developing for IFC. Tom's future is wide open, and I predict only a preposterous amount of success.
Below find one of my favorite Scharpling and Wurster bits turned into a great song by Klaus favorite Ted Leo.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom in Nov (more by Lionel Bergeron)
As you may know by now, Norton Records suffered much damage during Hurricane Sandy, and they've been getting a good deal of support form the community to help them rebuild. Jonathan Toubin did a benefit show in November and Obits have one coming up in January. A week before the Obits show, you can catch another garage punk crew, Reigning Sound doing a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House on January 11 with The Swingin' Neckbreakers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of Jonathan Toubin, two days after the Reigning Sound show, he'll be at The Bell House (1/13) to help another force in music damaged by Hurricane Sandy, WFMU. That show also features Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Relatives, Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, that Bell House show is part of a US tour they'll be on in 2013. All dates on that tour are listed below.
We knew that the WFMU Record Fair was cancelled, but now comes word that he Hurricane did some damage to the radio station as well:
The aftermath of Frankenstorm (actually Frankenstorm was the name of the doctor, it really should be called Frankenstorm's Monster) left WFMU with no electricity in our Jersey City studios, and at BOTH of our FM transmitters (91.1 FM and 90.1 FM). We tried rubbing many balloons on our heads and holding it near the equipment, but no dice. For two days, we streamed WFMU in Exile from various DJs' homes, or the shanties and mini-vans that they call their 'homes'. Despite that shanty crack in the previous sentence, our DJ's are just the best and we perpetually salute their dedication. On Thursday morning, we resumed (semi-)normal programming after electricity was restored to our studios. And then reality started settling in, as we discovered tons of critical equipment that was fried by the electrical chaos that Sandy hurled our way. And both of our FM transmitters are still down.The radio station is extending their silent fundraiser for a few extra weeks to help recover lost revenue and get the FM transmitters up and running. Donate if you can.
Fortunately, everybody from the WFMU staff is safe, and miraculously WFMU's basement did not flood, despite the Hudson River coming within 50 feet of our front door... The environment around Hudson County, Staten Island, Rockaway, lower Manhattan and Brooklyn is akin to the film The Road. Or The Walking Dead. No, it's Road Warrior.. Wait, it's actually a bit more like The Road... But with your help, we will make it feel like Herbie Goes Bananas real soon. Please help!
The WFMU Record Fair is cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. All dealers will be refunded their payments, and the Fair will return in the Fall of 2013. We're very sorry about this, but the Pavilion has no power, WFMU has no power, mass transit in NYC is still not working and there are no estimates as to when electric or transit will return to normal. Our apologies to anybody who is inconvenienced by this.The record fair was set to happen from 11/2-11/4. Meanwhile, Other Music is also closed and their website is down.
Record nerds should make sure to head down to the annual WFMU Record Fair to check out 10,000 square feet of LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, art, and the proverbial much, much more. The fair goes down at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion ( 125 West 18th St.) on November 2 - 4. $7 entrance fee, or you can fork over $25 for first dibs rights on Friday (4 - 7 PM).
In addition to getting your fingers dirty flipping through vinyl, there are DJs spinning tunes (like Jonathan Toubin on Friday night 11/2) and live performances and films being screened in the AV Lounge, including Amen Dunes on Sunday afternoon (11/4, 4 PM). For a full rundown on the events of the Record Fare weekend, click here.
FREEFORM OR DEATH follows Ken Freedman, the manager and leader of the world's oldest freeform radio station, WFMU, and his fight to keep the station afloat through an economic collapse, in a dying industry, with an increasingly Internet-addicted audience. At 51 years old, Ken's whole life is strapped to a station that faces crumbling infrastructure, encroaching institutional forces, and internal generational conflicts. Will his 25-year effort to keep WFMU alive be enough?
WFMU doc Freeform of Death is currently 80% of the way toward their $50k goal required to complete the film's post-production. Contribute to their Kickstarter if you can and check out a few videos on the documentary below.
Puerto Rico's Los Vigilantes, a garage punk band with ties to another Puerto Rican band of similar style (guitarist Jota Vigilante has played as a live member of Davila 666 and played on their Tan Bajo LP), are in the US and on the road right now. All remaining dates on their tour, which started before SXSW, are listed below.
Los Vigilantes are in Ohio now and making their way to the NYC-area where they'll make an appearance at WFMU followed by a show at Don Pedro on 4/14. They play the Bell House on 4/15 as part of a show being called "Garage Fest" with Freshkills, White Mystery, Mighty Fine, and Bosco Delrey along with DJs Captain Heartlock, Charly, Drew Redmond, and Jay Space. Tickets for the Bell House are on sale.
All tour dates and a stream of the band's self-titled effort below...
DOWNLOAD: The Young - "Livin' Free" (MP3)
Screaming Females at Generation Records (more by Andrew St. Clair)
This March, Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus, and Diarrhea Planet are heading out on the 'Screaming on Planet Titus' tour which kicks off at The Stone Pony on March 4 in Asbury Park, NJ and ends with a Houston show on 3/12 before Screaming Females and Titus play SXSW. Tickets for the Asbury Park show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
That Asbury Park show is the closest that the tour comes to NYC, but Screaming Females will play two more area shows in April as part of a longer, headlining tour. Those shows include Maxwell's on April 5 in Hoboken, NJ and The Bell House on April 6 in Brooklyn with Aye Nako, and Swearin'. Tickets for the Maxwell's show and the Bell House show are on sale now. Screaming Females also have a new video for "It All Means Nothing," the single off their great upcoming album, Ugly (due out April 3 via Don Giovanni). Check that video out below.
You can also catch Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles in NYC TONIGHT (2/29) at Shea Stadium with Alex Drewchin and Clapperclaw. The show is billed as "An Evening with Patrick Stickles: Songs, Stories & Spiels - An Affirmation of Manic Depression in all its Transcendent Glory."
Titus also have a new single out, and currently the only place to hear it is on Tom Scharpling's WFMU show at the 2:37:00 mark.
Both Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus will be playing the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase which happens on March 14 at Bar 96 in Austin. Our official showcase also includes Caged Animals, 2:54, The Young, and one more artist TBA (due to a cancellation).
Both 2:54 and The Young have (relatively) new MP3s. Stream those both below, and grab The Young's above.
Speaking of Diarrhea Planet, they've also got an upcoming NYC show in March at the Aputumpu Music Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on March 25 with Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy, Ghost Mice, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Liquor Store, and Eula. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates, video, streams, and the flier for tonight's show below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Laura Gibson @ the Rock Shop
Though we missed Laura Gibson's tour-kickoff at Other Music last week, I realized we had this unposted set of pictures from her May show at the Rock Shop. More of them, with a video from the show are below.
Listen to Laura's recent WFMU taping (which despite what was listed in her tour dates, apparently happened last week) and see her Mercury Lounge with with Alexa Wilding tonight (1/30). More dates HERE. More pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
Hospitality's long-in-the-works debut album is out next week (1/31) on Merge and the band have just released a video for the horn-filled "Friends of Friends." In addition to the band playing in someone's well-equipped kitchen, the video tells the story of a relationship stretched between coasts, as played by Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat and Videogum's Gabe Delahaye (who was also recently in Real Estate's video for "Easy"). You can download the MP3 of "Friends of Friends" at the top of this post. The whole album's terrific, one of my early favorites of the year, and Spotify users can get an early listen to the whole thing here.
You can pick up the album at Hospitality's record release show at Glasslands next Friday (2/3) which also has Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong on the bill. The band are also heading out on a quick tour of both coasts and will be in Austin for SXSW. All scheduled tour dates are below.
In other Hospitality news, the band play WFMU's Seven Second Delay at UCB this Wednesday (1/25, 6PM) and have just released a Daytrotter session. Below is the "Friends of Friends" video and those upcoming tour dates.
Spokane, WA producer James Pants is kicking off a short NYC & California tour TONIGHT (8/16) at Glasslands. The Brooklyn show is with Psychobuildings, Airbird (aka Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin), Balloon, and an after-party with Co La. Tickets for tonight's show are available. The tour then hits up California for a few shows before returning to NYC on August 23 for an in-store at Other Music at 8 PM and August 29 for a live set on WFMU on Liz Berg's show from 9 AM to noon.
James released his self titled LP earlier this year via Stones Throw. Grab two MP3s from that above and check out the new Iasos-directed video for "Clouds Over the Pacific" below.
All dates and video below...
The Men at Death By Audio (more by BBG)
The Men are ready to show off their Leave Home material (stream it) to the rest of the US, as they kick of a tour tonight (8/4) at 538 Johnson where they team with Nomos, Brain F, and Only the Messenger for their tour kickoff. Updated tour dates are below, which include a homecoming show on 9/17 at Saint Vitus with Pygmy Shrews & Vaz.
One of their dates, August 19th, is part of the three-day Total Fest X in Missoula, Montana with an awesome list of bands that include the reunited Hammerhead, Milk Music, White Shit, Pygmy Shrews, Big Business, Helms Alee, Japanther, and many many others. Full lineup and festival details are below. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, video and Total Fest X details are below.
On Saturday (7/30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in partnership with the Ponderosa Stomp, put on a remarkable day of music and music history under the name of "She's Got The Power, a Girl Group Extravaganza." Within its 10 (free) hours, the event included a 3-part, 4-hour panel of "Girl Talk" that presented Lesley Gore, members of the Angels and the Exciters, Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire Records) and many studio musicians who worked closely with (r'n'r hall of famer) Ellie Greenwich.
The concert was organized into 3 parts covering 5 hours. First was a revue of girl group singers. Arlene Smith, of the Chantels, performed magnificently from her motorized wheelchair, commanding the stage by zipping back and forth. Then there were extended sets from headliners La La Brooks of the Crystals, Lesley Gore and Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes), and finally a tribute by the evening's artists to girl-group-godmother Ellie Greenwich.
This was not your father's PBS Doo-Wop special. Although the passing of Amy Winehouse was noted by Ronnie Spector, who performed part of 'Back to Black', it was more of a (tragic) footnote to the larger spirit of survival, brilliance, toughness and female chutzpah on parade. Many performers commented both publicly and privately that the spirit of Ellie Greenwich was the guiding force of the day. As stellar performance after performance dredged up tingly globs of our collective memory, the realization grew of just how much we owe to these artists, producers and songwriters who had just as much influence on the Beatles, Stones and other British Invasion bands as did the blues.
More about the show with lots of pictures, below...
Metalliance photos by Samantha Marble, Whitehorse photos & words by BBG
Helmet @ Dirty Dog
Metalliance swoops in on NYC TONIGHT (3/25) at Irving Plaza (tickets still available). The tour moves into its East Coast leg after hitting SXSW and the south last week. Pictures of Saint Vitus, Helmet, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth and more from the Austin stop adorn this post.
A friday night during SXSW is always nuts, but nothing could compare to the scene at Dirty Dog which was packed to the gills on 3/18. With a line snaking down the block through the already heavily trafficked 6th Street, Dirty Dog was clearly beyond capacity (and then some) with people itching to see the traveling festival to the riff, as well as the SXSW addition of the almighty Weedeater (the show also featured Witchburn, who I/we missed). Dirty Dog was the place to be that night for metal fans in the area and it showed; during Kylesa's set the venue frantically removed tables to add extra capacity and even reportedly/unfortunately told a few bands that they had to remove their merch table as well. Venue issues aside, the bands sounded great and there was a reason why everyone wanted in; Metalliance is stacked with killer bands and performances.
Saint Vitus @ Dirty Dog
It may sound blasphemous, but knowing I would see Saint Vitus tonight in NYC, I left halfway through their set to head to the WFMU showcase down the street. It was there in a relatively light Barbarella that I caught one of my favorite performances at SXSW, Australians Whitehorse who tore the place down with their crushing death-doom punctuated with noise. Absolutely sick band that deserves to be playing to the hessian masses, and luckily for NYCers, you'll be able to catch them with The Body at Acheron on 4/1.
More pictures from Metalliance and Whitehorse at WFMU, and tour dates, below.