Entries tagged with: Walter Schreifels
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Gorilla Biscuits @ FFF 2014
The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.We wrote the above about Gorilla Biscuits' sets at Fun Fun Fun Fest this past weekend. Now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post.
GB guitarist Walter Schreifels stays busy with plenty of other projects too, one of which is his blues rock-inspired Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens, who recently played a BV co-sponsored CMJ show. That band has since scheduled another NYC show happening on November 23 at Shea Stadium with Sneeze, Raw Blow and Vomitface. It's their only upcoming date at the moment. Walter also recently released a 7" with his other new group Vanishing Life.
More Gorilla Biscuits pics from FFF below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Self Defense Family / Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens
"We're competing with Obits," Self Defense Family lead singer Patrick Kindlon proudly declared last night on stage at The Acheron. "You don't know them? They're ex-members of that other band I don't give a shit about."The Iron Pier showcase during CMJ week (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) went down at the Acheron this past Thursday (10/23), headlined by the eclectic post-hardcore collective Self Defense Family. It also featured post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels' (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, etc) new blues rock-inspired band The Dead Heavens, and an opening set from locals Deep Pockets. If you made it out, what did you think?
Never afraid to talk some shit and drop some names, Kindlon's onstage rants are what audiences have come to expect from Self Defense Family's live shows. Acutely aware of his niche (between DIY post-punk and 90s experimental rock) and the fact that their Brookyn Vegan/Iron Pier sponsored CMJ showcase was technically unofficial, Kindlon stood at the crossroads between criticizing the things other bands would deem off-limits, and defensively throwing himself under the bus before anyone else could. Unlike bands on official CMJ shows, Self Defense Family, also known as Self Defense and formerly known as End of a Year, did not come to a tiny room in Brooklyn to become the next big thing - truly, they were there for the music alone.
..."The Family comprises a collective, with myriad members contributing to the incessant cycle of releases and ever-changing live lineup. One never knows who to expect to see on stage, nor can they predict how familiar songs will be interpreted for that specific lineup. Using a model of improvisation, even tracks like "Tithe Pig" and "Turn the Fan On" from the band's latest full-length, Try Me, felt unfamiliar live. [Cultivora]
Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.
The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.
Song stream below...
It's very possible that Self Defense Family are the most prolific band in post-hardcore at the moment. This year alone they've released the Try Me LP, the I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy single, the Two Genuine Oddities From Our Distant Past single, the split with "Meredith Hunter" (aka Self Defense Family), and most recently the Duets EP. Plus there's the "Indoor Wind Chimes" b/w "Cottaging" single due 10/14 via Deathwish and a split with Touche Amore is in the works.
We recently mentioned that they're also touring soon and though a NYC date wasn't initially announced, we're now proud to announce that they'll be here for the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (the label that put out Duets), which BrooklynVegan is co-presenting. It happens October 23 at the Acheron (57 Waterbury St) and also on the bill is post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels and quality locals Deep Pockets. $12 tickets for the showcase go on sale today (9/30) at noon.
Walter Schreifels (of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools and more) will be playing with his new backing band The Dead Heavens, whose lineup also includes Cults bassist Nathan Aguilar. They have a 7" due next year via Thrill Me Records, which Walter says has "more of a blues rock direction, like Cream or Black Sabbath."
BV is also co-presenting the free No Sleep CMJ showcase and we have more showcases TBA too so stay tuned for that.
Walter at 2013 Rock Lottery (more by Greg Cristman)
Post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels has been pretty busy lately, having played reunion shows with Quicksand and Gorilla Biscuits in the past few years, and keeping his solo project alive too. He'll hit the road solo again soon for a brief Northeast run this May. Those dates include a NYC stop on May 20 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Revisit the past with a video of Gorilla Biscuits' first CBGB show from 1986, with the list of Walter's upcoming dates, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
by Wyatt Marshall
"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.
Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.
As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.
A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.
Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...
Walter w/ Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Walter Schreifels is man of many bands (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, and Rival Schools, to name a few), and this December he'll be taking the solo route for a holiday acoustic tour with Saves the Day and Jon Simmons of Balance & Composure. That tour hits NYC on December 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at noon, and there are presale tickets on sale now for all dates.
All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and a live video, below...
by Klaus Kinski
Friday October 4th was the anniversary of when I moved my then-skinny ass to New York City and made the unintentional commitment to a life of poverty and alcoholism. As this anniversary of anniversaries fell on a Friday evening, my now-fat ass wanted to celebrate in boozy style, so of all the shows on this fine city's entertainment agenda, I decided to show myself a good time at Dave Hill's inaugural installment of Meet Me In The Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets, which is now an official monthly at Union Hall in Park Slope. The show was set to feature performances by house band Valley Lodge (who play Mercury Lounge this Saturday) and comedy by Valley Lodge member Dave Hill (who joins Jake Fogelnest at the Bell House Thursday), the absolutely phenomenal Brooke Van Poppelen, Klaus Gold Pass All-Time favorite Todd Barry, uber-offensive yet completely brilliant rhymesmith T. Berry, and a storytelling session with Gorilla Biscuit/Quicksand frontman and Klaus-idol since 1991 Walter Schreifels. All of the above totally ruled.
But the capper of all cappers was an unscheduled appearance by none other than the great Louis CK (who appeared at the Paley Center one night earlier). When Louis waddled onstage, his presence momentarily sucked the air out of the room which then exploded in a cacophony of applause, cheers, and shouts of "LOOOUUUUUUUIIIEEEE." The excitement in the room was some of the most authentic and overwhelming I have ever seen with people doing a triple-take at Louis, then a triple-take to whomever they went to the show with, followed by another triple-take at Louis. Anyhow, it was the best anniversary a lone wolf like myself ever could have dreamed of and it perfectly encapsulated why I love this rotten city with all my heart. Anything can happen.
Obviously still riding the wave from his dominating set at Union Hall, Louis decided to shoot out one of his absolutely rare email blasts, urging his subscribers to pony up the completely reasonable $5 to download his special "Oh My God" which aired on HBO in the spring and won an Emmy for best writing of a variety special. Read the entire sales pitch below, and when you have a sec GET THIS SPECIAL.
BRMC @ T5 earlier this year (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Buke and Gase, Patrick Higgins, Mivos Quartet @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental pop duo Buke & Gase make their own instruments (bass/uke and guitar/bass, get it?) and they also make some really interesting sounds with them. They headline this bill at LPR tonight, which doubles as a release party for the new Patrick Higgins double-LP.
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts tonight. You might consider checking out the talk with Boardwalk Empire star, Deerhoof fan and generally intense dude Michael Shannon who will also perform with his indie rock band Corporal.
California X, Turnip King, Body Parts, Total Slacker (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Equal parts sludge, punk, and indie rock, Amherst's California X simply rock, and as great as their record is, they're a band you really have to see live. Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King open and they're worth catching too.
What Cheer? Brigade, Ski Lodge, Caged Animals @ Cheap Storage
Go for the very catchy indie pop sounds of Ski Lodge and Caged Animals, stay for Providence, RI's 19-piece brass band What Cheer?
Oneida, Dump @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with Dump (aka James McNew of Yo La Tengo).
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras @ Issue Project Room
PR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with Chicago Saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley.
Porcelain Raft, Sarah Neufeld @ Mercury Lounge
Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre violinist Sarah Neufeld released her new album of instrumental compositions, Hero Brother, and will be playing selections from that tonight.
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tonight's the final night, sold out.
Blondie, X @ Roseland Ballroom
These two classic punk bands have been on tour together for a while, and tonight they pass through Blondie's hometown for a Roseland Ballroom show. Blondie have a new record on the way, so expect some stuff from that, in addition to tons of classics.
Dan Friel, Bambara, Psychic Blood, Bennio Qwerty @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn's Bambara get loud, and they're about to head out on a European tour with a couple likeminded bands (A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ) but before that they play one last hometown show at Shea tonight. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's Bennio Qwerty and Mass' Psychic Blood, who have a similar taste for loud, raging rock, and ex-Parts & Labor member Dan Friel.
Pictureplane @ Mishka Store (350 Broadway)
He opens for Girl Talk Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, but you can catch Travis Egedy even sooner and for free in a store this early evening (the event runs 7-10pm)
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Space at Westbury
This is the first show for Bowery Presents' latest venue, The Space at Westbury, and features a nostalgic '90s evening of alt-rock favorites.
Dave Hill (via his @instagram)
Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Walter Schreifels, Brooke Van Poppelen, T. Berry @ Union Hall
Dave Hill pulls double duty tonight as host and leader of house band Valley Lodge at this evening of "comedy, music and gunplay." Todd Barry and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, etc) are among the guests. Tickets are still available.
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).The filmmakers screen archive excerpts and talk with Richard Boch (Mudd Club) and Pat Irwin (Raybeats, B52's). 7PM.
Ceramic Dog (w/ Marc Ribot) @ Union Pool
Marc Ribot is a man of many projects. He's a well-known Tom Waits collaborator, and lately he's been doing some gigs with John Zorn. Tonight he takes his power trio Ceramic Dog to Union Pool.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Restavrant @ Warsaw
Denim, leather, garagey riffs and sneery attitude is what's in store tonight with BRMC.
Herbie Hancock @ The Capitol Theatre
Jazz/fusion legend Herbie Hancock has been a master of the keys for decades, and he's got plenty of great diverse material to pull from, making this NYC-area show a sure-to-be interesting night.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon, and tonight they'll be performing their 1980 album, Gaucho, in full plus "selected hits."
Foster Care, Teenager, Raccoon Fighter, Slothbear @ Cake Shop
One of NYC's best garage punk bands, Foster Care headline this show tonight but don't miss Toronto's awesome Teenanger who have previously toured with METZ.
Weird Owl, Ancient Sky, The Nuclears @ Death By Audio
NYC psych band Weird Owl are set to pop out their new album, Healing, via TeePee records and tonight's the record release show. Just know that whenever you tell someone you're going to see Weird Owl, expect "Eat It" or "Like a Surgeon" jokes.
Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese concludes her four-night run at Gramercy.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Quicksand are going on a full reunion tour in January which culminate in NYC on January 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show went on sale today and sold right out, but the band have added a second show happening at the same venue a day later (1/31). Tickets for the new show go on sale today (11/30) at 3 PM.
In related news, the previously discussed Walter Schreifels show is tonight (11/30) at Matchless in Brooklyn with Dave Hill, Census, Belgrade, and DJs Nick Cain and Mike Spinella.
Updated dates are listed below.
Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As hypothesized, those just-announced Quicksand shows are, in fact, part of an actual tour. The reunited band will hit the road for a string of dates in the new year, with more details emerging by the hour. The dates come to a close in NYC at Webster Hall on 1/30, and include shows with Title Fight, who play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (11/29) as part of a larger tour.
UPDATE: a tour has been announced and pre-sale tickets are on sale now. Check out all tour dates along with live video from their MHoW show in August below.
Quicksand at MHoW, August 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Quicksand's recent reunion shows in NYC and LA (at Bowery & MHoW, and FYFest respectively), left the crowds itching for more. Now comes word that the post-hardcore heroes have added another pair of Northeastern dates in January, including Paradise Rock Club in Boston on January 7 and Webster Hall in NYC on January 30. Tickets for the latter go on sale on Friday (11/30) at noon. So far, no word of any additional dates... could that be the start and ending of a tour?
UPDATE: A Philadelphia show on Jan 28 at Union Transfer has emerged.
Walter Schreifels at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Nicole Kibert)
Walter Schreifels has been reunited with a number of his old bands in the past couple years, like Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, and Quicksand, but he's still found time to squeeze in solo shows too. He just played one at Saint Vitus (11/10) for a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit with Neon Indian (DJ), Buke and Gase, Bloodyminded, and Believer/Law. At the show, he performed the Quicksand track, "Delusional," which you can watch a video of below.
As mentioned, his next solo show happens in NYC on November 30 at Matchless. Show flyer is below.
If you're in the Chicago area, you can catch Walter playing as a member of Gorilla Biscuits at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary in January with Youth of Today, Shelter, Texas is the Reason, Into Another, and more. Revelation 25 NYC went down this past October.
Show flyer, live video, and two recent song streams, are below.
Neon Indian at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The previously discussed Suffocation show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (11/10) has officially moved to 11/25. Car Bomb, who were last seen playing 285 Kent during CMJ, are also now on the bill. Tickets are on sale and if you bought tickets before, those will be honored. Meanwhile, Suffocation play Cambridge, MA this weekend.
Now on Saturday is another show that is a little bit different.... a relief benefit for Hurricane Sandy with a Neon Indian DJ set, plus live appearances from Buke and Gase, Bloodyminded, Believer/Law, and Walter Schreifels (solo set). $10 minimum donation required, all of which goes to the Red Hook Initiative. Buke & Gase have a new single which also contributes to RHI.
For Walter Schriefels, the show is one of two on his calendar with the second being an appearance at Matchless on 11/30 with Dave Hill, Census and Belgrade. He'll also play as a member of Gorilla Biscuits in Chicago in the coming months as part of their edition of Revelation Records 25th Anniversary.
In other-benefits-for-Red-Hook news, millionyoung and Cameron McGill will team up for a Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Pianos on Monday (11/12). Tickets are on sale.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Walter of Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom (more by Nicole Kibert)
Just a gentle nudge, for all of you Slip worshippers. Tickets for Quicksand's second NYC show (August 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) go on sale at noon TODAY (8/10) at noon. The show is the day after the band takes to the stage at Bowery Ballroom (8/24) and a week before they jet to the West Coast to take on FYF. Ladies and gentlemen, get your browsers ready.
If you don't snag a ticket (the band has implemented a will-call-only policy to help ward off the ne'er-do-wells) or even if you do, luckily you can catch Quicksand BEFORE that when the band plays Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 22nd.
Quicksand live at Rev 25 (via)
Quicksand have made good on their promise to play NYC before FYF in Los Angeles! The legendary NYC band WILL reunite to play NYC at Bowery Ballroom on August 24, their first NYC date since the band's dissolution more than thirteen years ago! Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 1 at noon.
Check out the entire Quicksand performance from Pomona, CA's Glass House in June below, alongside some classic Quicksand videos.
by Klaus Kinski
I was sitting at work reconciling a bunch of budgets when a small but heavy pile of comedy news fell into my lap. It is now up to me to disseminate this news to your hungry eyes. But before I get down to bidness I have to mention a recent comedic experience that really floated my denim clad boat. I don't normally review comedy shows because comedy is so subjective, but this show was enough to get me out of my apartment during a heatwave so it deserves mention. Klaus favorite Tom Shillue brought his storytelling show Funny Story to the confines of Brooklyn Brewery for the first time last night, June 20th, 2012 and cleaning crews are still at work gathering my busted guts from the walls and ceiling of the place. Funny Story has taken place at a few venues in the city, including UCB East and UCB West but this was the first one at the Brewery. The second you walk in, the first thing you notice is the smell. I don't know if you've ever been in a brewery, but imagine putting burnt pizza crust and Eukanuba dog food in a black plastic garbage bag and leaving it on the hood of a cement truck in the dead of summer and then opening said bag after 8 hours. It is a rank odor that I was afraid would distract me for the entire show; happily for some reason my nose got used to it in about 15 minutes and I was able to enjoy the STELLAR line-up unencumbered of olfactory distractions. Tom kicked things of with a hilarious tale of an early visit to NYC with his 2nd cousin Grover, adventures at famed nightclub Tunnel, getting Andy Warhol's autograph on a soup can in Boston, and eventually losing touch with Grover in the late 90s. Musical genius Walter Schreifels was up next and regaled the venue with various tales of neighborhood life in Williamsburg before offering up a heart-breaking grand finale story about bike theft and redemption. Philip Galinsky was up next, but I sadly missed a good amount of his performance due to a bathroom break and a beer token run; but what I did see and hear was hilarious and his stage presence was absolutely incredible. He runs the Manhattan Monologue Slam with his brother Robert, so keep your eye out for him. The great Bobby Tisdale followed Galinsky and told what, for me, were probably the funniest anecdotes of the evening. Topics included having sex like a cat, having his yam-bag punctured by a cat in search of his girlfriend's 'essence,' and having his own Julie Robert's-pretty-woman-jewel-box-surprise-moment, only it wasn't a jewelry box and the surprise involved an unexpected spray of water. I wish the event was being recorded because everyone on earth MUST hear these tales. MUST. The night was capped off with the incomparable John Mulaney who waxed about he and his family's history and experiences with Bill Clinton. Not sure when the next installment of Funny Story is but I will do everything in my power to spread the word on BV because it's a must-see. And you get a beer with the cost of admission. Boo-ya!
In other comedy news, as expected, Dame Julie Klausner's live podcast taping at the Bell House happening on June 27th with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Jim Gaffigan, and the recently added Martha Plimpton, and more, is now sold out. Do yourself a favor and start mining Craigslist for a ticket now because this could be the show of the century.
Speaking of comedy shows that will sell out, LA based comedian, ex-Mr. Show cast member, and all around great, great man Scott Aukerman is bringing Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! to the Highline Ballroom on August 7, 2012. The show will feature James Adomian and Tim Heidecker. Comedy Bang! Bang! is not only a hugely successful and totally rad podcast, but it's also a show on IFC that you can see Friday's at 10/9C. In other Tim Heidecker in NYC news, don't forget you can catch him on Friday June 29th at Littlefield where he will be on Kurt Braunohler's show Night of the Living alongside millionaire armpit hair aficionado Amanda Palmer. And much like Scott Aukerman, Braunohler has a show on IFC Friday nights at 10:30/9:30C called Bunk
And speaking of LA-based comedians coming to NYC, Klaus favorite Doug Benson will be in town on July 2nd, 2012 at the Gramercy Theater where he will deliver us Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast with Doug Benson & Special Guests. I have been to these I Love Movies podcast tapings before and they are absolutely the most fun you can have sitting down.
Why not keep this LA comedy in NYC ball rolling (awful segue, huh?)? I am pleased as punch to say that the Nerdist Podcast Live is COMING TO NYC on October 12th, 2012! Tickets for this show, which happens at the massive Best Buy Theater, went on sale at noon today. The Nerdist Podcast features Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira. You know Chris from his extensive television work, including hosting "Web Soup" on G4 and "Talking Dead" on AMC, his appearances with Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, and many others, his book "The Nerdist Way." Jonah's a rising standup comic in Los Angeles, co-hosts a popular weekly live standup show, and writes for E! Entertainment Television's "The Soup." Matt's a staffer on G4's "Attack of the Show" and host of his own weekly live standup comedy show in L.A. as well. Together, they host the Nerdist Podcast, one of the most popular comedy podcasts in the world and are all featured on the 'Nerdist' specials airing on BBC America. For sheer skills as a comedian though, Jonah Ray wins. I love that dude. More Nerdist dates here.
Ok I am starting to feel homesick. Better talk about NYC for a sec. On Monday June 25th 2012, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen is bringing the f-ing stank to Littlefield in Brooklyn. The line-up will feature Simon Amstell, who has a Numb residency happening in NYC VERY soon, the great Glenn Wool, Lady Carol, and Josh Gondelman. Tickets are on sale now, but get them now because the gonna be gone very very soon yo.
Walter of Quicksand at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
According to trusted sources, NYC post-hardcore greats Quicksand will return to NYC to play a "free or cheap" show at the end of this summer and will NOT play the discussed Revelation Anniversary shows in NYC as previously speculated and rumored (though those shows are happening with other bands). The yet-to-be-announced NYC date will take place in the days leading up to their already confirmed appearance at FYF in Los Angeles. The band feels the need to make their return in their hometown before making the trek to LA, to ensure that they can "give back" to the city they call home.
It's probably worth noting that FYF, who are hosting Quicksand in LA, are also the presenters of the House of Vans shows in NYC, and that House of Vans still has four TBA lineups to announce (nothing is confirmed at the moment though). (The first House of Vans 2012 show happens this week with the Rapture).
Quicksand, which contains all original members (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage and Sergio Vega) has changed their band status from inactive to active after they made their return at Revelation Records' 25th anniversary spectacular on the West Coast. So far no additional plans are known, but reportedly the show went well enough that the band is considering additional dates through the end of 2012, schedule permitting.
More on this story as it develops, but I've already blocked off the month of August as "busy."
Reminder, Sergio of Quicksand is currently serving as bassist for Deftones, who'll tour this summer and play the NYC area twice.
Quicksand reunited at Revelation 25 (via)
It seemed somewhat inevitable, but Quicksand (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage, Sergio Vega), split since 1999, reunited last night, Sunday, June 10th, as part of the Revelation 25th Anniversary Celebration, a weekend of shows in Pomona, California at the Glass House from June 7-10. The stellar festival lineup featured names that graced and help shape the label's storied history, names like Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Into Another, Supertouch, Bold, Sick of It All, No For An Answer, Sense Field, Statue, Ignite, In My Eyes, Kiss it Goodbye, Gameface and Shai Hulud. Quicksand were not on the bill, though they did advertise "special guest".
Check out video below of the reunited Quicksand performing "Fazer" "Dine Alone" Omission" and their set closer "How Soon is Now?", The Smiths classic that graced the B-Side of the "Dine Alone" single. (Does anyone have the full setlist?) While you're down there, don't miss video of Underdog, Into Another, Gorilla Biscuits and more.
What does this mean? Is this their only appearance? I'm betting that someone has Terminal 5 on hold for a week (though someone wrote on Wikipedia that " It will be a one-time only reunion"). Videos below...
I was at Pukkelpop festival with Rival Schools earlier this week, still trying to make sense of it. The storm hit about twenty minutes before we were supposed to play.Walter tours the US in September with the Walter Schreifels Band and then in October with Rival Schools.
Strange to say, knowing what we know now but I was having fun watching the storm, by the time it really started coming down I was safe in the backstage area. As violent as the storm was it only slightly crossed my mind that someone would get hurt.
I guess having seen that stage collapse in Indiana the week before it just seemed to weird to have another tragedy like that happen in the same week.
I was listening to Skunk Anansie's set as the hail arrived. As they were leading up a huge creshendo/finale to their set the motherload of lightning came down on the festival in perfect time. I wanted to be in the audience at that moment and not backstage, it was an awesome sound.
The storm raged on for about a half hour after that at full intensity, hale and everything. When it finally slowed down people started to show up backstage with news, at first it was cool stories of how crazy it was and how there were trees down and that it didn't look like we'd get to play.
After that we heard that a couple of people had died and then it wasn't so fun, started to feel a little guilty that it had been fun actually. The death number went up to 6 and then back to two and when I heard the next day I think it was seven.
It was a very strange beginning to the tour for us, I was happy to be safe and with my friends but I felt bad knowing how some people's lives would never be the same. Helped me to understand why insurance companies use the expression "An act of God". My heart goes out to the families of the victims.
Emo leaning punks Samiam are back to release, Trips, their first album in 5 years. Trips was recorded with producer Chris Dugan (Iggy Pop, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards) and comes out on September 6 via Hopeless Records. Album and tracklist below.
The band will go on an international tour in support of the album with Walter Schreifels opening some of the North American dates. The tour includes a stop at Philly's Riot Fest, Asbury Lanes, and hits NYC on September 16 at Santos Party House with Walter. Tickets for Santos are on sale now.
Walter completed a residency at Saint Vitus on June 30th. A bunch of videos from that full band show can be watched below.
All tour dates and Samiam album info below too...
Walter Schreifels on stage with Rival Schools at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
It's hot time, summer in the city and I'm playing a residency at my new favorite bar in Greenpoint, Saint Vitus!!!Walter Schreifels, who recently played Webster Hall in Gorilla Biscuits, will headline three Thursdays in June at new venue Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) starting this Thursday (6/16). The other shows are 6/23 with Radar Fiction and 6/30 with Vs Antelope. All shows feature one more band TBA and are $7. Flyer is below. Keep your fingers crossed for that cover of Slip.
I've been jonesing to play in Bk. and bust out some of my new material for "Jesus Is My Favorite Beatle" as well as soak up the only slightly less hot than daytime, summer nights AND for those of you who prefer the past to the future, have no fear-I'm knocking around the idea of playing side 2 of Slip, completely improvised, I will NOT practice. Also, considering side 2 of Victim in Pain...might be a game-time decision.
My point is that I'll be keeping it lively, experimental and if that doesn't work I've invited some other great artists to join me. For my debut on June 16 I am honored to have the talented Fletcher C. Johnson on board to perform in addition to the roots stylings of The Goddamn Rattlesnake
Rival Schools also have some dates scheduled, though the only one in the US at the moment is Lollapalooza. All of their dates are also below...
photos by Helena Van Leirsberghe & Jeff "STRESS" Davis
Gorilla Biscuits needs little in the way of introduction for fans of hardcore. When they were ready, a pair of horn players came out and played the intro to "New Direction." This was an awesome touch, definitely better than playing a sample. After the intro, as the first few guitar notes to the song rang out, pandemonium exploded on the dance floor. In addition to "New Direction," the Biscuits played a wide selection of their most popular songs including "Standstill," "Good Intentions," "Sitting Round At Home," "High Hopes," and "Cats and Dogs," among others. They also managed to find time for two covers: "Do Something" by CIV and "New York Crew" by Judge. Anthony Civarelli partly dedicated the song to Mike Judge, who was in the audience, but Mike declined to perform the song with the band, much to everyone's disappointment.Gorilla Biscuits headlined the Black & Blue Bowl back on May 28th at Webster Hall. We'll have more pictures of the whole show coming soon, but for now check out more pictures, videos and the setlist from the reunited hardcore band's set (confirming much of what is written above), below...
Watching Gorilla Biscuits play, you'd swear it was 1991, not 2011. Every song sounded great, and the whole band was full of energy. For their last song, "Start Today," Civ invited the audience on stage to sing along: "There is no barricade here. There are no bouncers here. Trying to control something that should not be controlled is impossible. That is what this is about. You cannot control a tiger in the jungle. You cannot control gorillas in the jungle. We are the animals here. This is our jungle, so for the next two minutes, the stage is yours, the floor is yours, act like the fuckin' animals you are."
The audience took his words to heart, and quickly swarmed the stage, nearly overwhelming the band. They played on, as people crowded around them and flew over their heads. Surrounded on all sides, Civ relinquished the mic to the audience. Walter, who abandoned his guitar, climbed on top of the drum set with his microphone to play the harmonica part, and sing the final chorus with the audience." [Verbicide]
In their own words, "PALOMAR is playing a "benefits residency" every Tuesday [at the Rock Shop] from Nov 16-Dec 14, called 5 GREAT NIGHTS, 5 GREAT CAUSES. The band will play songs from their new, yet-to-be-released album, and have roped in some big names including Nada Surf, Charles and Kevin of The Wrens and many more." Other guests at the shows include Walter Schreifels, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, and Robbers on High Street. Right now only $40 tickets are on sale. That gets you into all five shows. Individual show tickets will be on sale Friday.
Exact dates, full lineups, flyer, and more below...