Entries tagged with: Walter Schreifels
Generation Records (210 Thompson St. in NYC) has one of the busier Record Store Days this Saturday (4/17), with live sets from Cymbals Eat Guitars, Black Wine (ex-The Ergs/Hunchback who play April 25th at Mercury Lounge), Walter Schreifels (ex-Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand) and The Budos Band and DJing from Andrew WK, at 2pm.
UPDATE: Walter had to cancel due to volcano.
Space in the store is limited (to say the least), so getting there early is recommended. Though stores generally can't guarantee which Record Store Day records that'll have in stock, one of the released singles is going to be a Budos Band/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings split with a cover of "Day Tripper" and from Sharon's new record, "Money." Both Sharon and Budos have some other NYC shows coming up too.
Cymbals Eat Guitars go on to open for Los Campesinos on their upcoming tour. Both bands play a sold-out Maxwell's show later on April 17th. And they have an April 22nd show at Irving Plaza, which you can still get tickets for. All dates below.
CEG just wrapped their tour with Bear in Heaven with an April 9th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their encore from that show, all dates and past Generation Records in-stores are below...
DOWNLOAD: Caspian - "Ghosts of the Garden City" (MP3)
Caspian is crescendo-ing their way through a US tour that placed them in Austin during SXSW, and will land the soaring post-rockers in NYC on April 15 at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Arms & Sleepers are along for the ride, and will team up with Sainthood Reps and Golden City for the date. Get yer tix.
Golden City's debut 10" on Magic Bullet Records was recorded by Ian Love who plays guitar in Rival Schools with Walter Schreifels. Look for Schreifels to make a solo appearance on May 5th at The Studio. Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Rival Schools is scheduled to play Union Pool on April 23rd, though tickets for that are now sold out.
Find Caspian dates in your area and some video below...
by BBG, RS photos by Brian Reilly
Rival Schools at F'd Up's showcase @ Red 7 on 3/20/10
"Heading back indoors, New York City's Rival Schools were already blasting out their blend of power pop by way of post-punk to an excited crowd. After releasing their one and only album and taking a near decade long hiatus, the band are back and ready to drop their new release through Photo Finish / Atlantic records this summer. The audience ate up the fun loving sound, as Walter Schreifels (Quicksand) and company were clearly having a great time. The band was the final act of the SXSW experience, and was thrilled to be there with the full house of fans that had stuck around. The band may have done a bit of drinking in anticipation for this last breath of rock, as Schreifels was playing with an unusual looseness, bordering on the line of sloppiness, but carefully never crossing over. Spirits were high as he shouted thanks between each songs, louder than the actual song preceding it. They played a selection of new songs with interesting explanations to their origins, as well as fan favorites "High Acetate," "Undercovers On," and "Good Things," to which Schreifels announced, "Hey everyone, we all have health care!"" [Exploding in Sound]Advance tickets are on sale for Rival Schools at Union Pool on 4/23, where presumably, the band will celebrate their signing to Photo Finish/Atlantic Records. Congrats dudes! The band has been working on new material over the past year at guitarist Ian love's studio as well as Studio G with Joel Hamilton, though no word on a release date/title/anything so far.
Meanwhile, Ian Love's old collaborator in Jonah Matranga recently dropped a new song with hs old band Far. Get it through the band directly for free. Far's new LP, At Night We Live hits the racks via Vagrant on May 18th.
Walter Schriefels's new LP An Open Letter to The Scene will see release via Academy Fight Song (in the US) and Dine Alone Records (in Canada) on May 4th.
Current tour dates and the cover of Far's new LP, At Night We Live, are below...
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Pictures and the setlist from Gorilla Biscuits' set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, continued below...
Dave Hill. A man of many talents. Huge in more than just Japan (if you know what I mean). Check out what he had to say about 2009, 2010, 1989, naked dudes, murderers, rapists, Janeane Garofalo, and more. below:
words by BBG, photos by Nicole Kibert
Walter Schreifels band @ Bowery Ballroom
Free Booze. Walter Schreifels. Best combo ever? Walter and band, which features Art of Gorilla Biscuits and musician/comedian Dave Hill on six-string, have scheduled a pair of NYC shows this week in celebration of the holidays. The first show kicks off tonight (12/14) at The Charleston with Birds of Paradise and Give and will feature free Jameson whiskey while supplies last. Flyer below.
The second show is Wednesday (12/16) at The Studio @ Webster Hall (it's their holiday party). At that show Walter & band will be supporting Telepathe. Gordon Voidwell is also on the bill. And yes, Nick Zinner will be there... this time spinning between sets. To cap it all off, the party will feature free booze courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon and although a limited number of tickets are currently available for a meager $5 a piece, I ALSO have a metric shit-ton of them to giveaway! For more on how to win entry to the show, dig on details at the bottom of this post (where the flyer can also be found).
Walter Schreifels's last show was as part of the Split Lip / Chamberlain reunion at Bowery on 12/7. The provided support for the reunited headliners along with Atlantic Pacific (ex-Texas is the Reason).
Walter's set included a cover of Quicksand's "Thorn in My Side". Split Lip was joined onstage by their long-time tour manager who belted out an Op Ivy cover. Full setlist from Split Lip / Chamberlain, tons of pics from the show, contest details, and flyers from both upcoming Walter shows are below...
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Death by Audio in April (more by Leia Jospe)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash comedy @ UCB
* It is It comedy @ Pianos
* Kate Havenick @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Good for the Jews @ Highline Ballroom
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Pat Martino & Eldar @ Iridium
* Rhett Miller, Jill Hennessey @ Housing Works Bookstore
* Wesley Willis's Joy Rides (film), Eric Lindley, Teenage Prayers @ Glasslands
* Split Lip/Chamberlain, Walter Schreifels, Atlantic/Pacific @ Bowery Ballroom
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Dinowalrus, Sisters, Coin Under Tongue @ Mercury Lounge
* Shark?, Dinosaur Feathers, Coyote Eyes, I'm Turning Into, Sherpas @ The Cameo
* eTown live radio show taping w/ Tori Amos & Jesse Winchester @ Grand Ballroom
* Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Blame The Patient, Jason Anderson @ The Bell House
Rhett Miller plays at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight with Jill Hennessey. He and his band, the Old 97s, play four quasi-New Year's shows at Dallas's Sons of Hermann Hall from Dec 27th-Dec 30th.
JEFF The Brotherhood opened for Ted Leo last night - tonight they headline the Mercury Lounge with Dinowalrus, Sisters and Coin Under Tongue.
The reunited Split Lip/Chamberlain play Bowery Ballroom (their only upcoming booked show) with fellow veterans Walter Schreifels and Atlantic/Pacific (Garrett Klahn of Texas Is The Reason).
Joly posted a new Jack Rose video he recorded in 2004. Check that out below...
Videos of Mission of Burma performing live on KEXP, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Fanfarlo @ CMJ 2009
The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival will take place in New York City from October 19 to 23. The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon began on October 20th which was the same night as the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A new set of pictures from that show is continued below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Walter Schreifels Band, led by Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits Civ, Rival Schools, and Youth of Today fame, performed at the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 20th (with Fanfarlo, Laura Marling, The Antlers, Think About Life, and The Wheel.) Since then, the band (which also features Dave Hill on guitar and Arthur Smilios of GB/Civ on bass) played another show in Austin. They were actually on the same bill as Voxtrot at the Mohawk on Saturday night. It was a Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty and Walter and Arthur were already in town because Gorilla Biscuits played the fest proper (those pics coming soon).
Walter's next show will take place this Saturday night, 11/14, at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. Also on the bill are Atlantic/Pacific (Garrett from Texas Is The Reason), Dave Walsh (The Loved Ones), and Tom Dunphy. Walter is also making an appearance at Lolita Bar in NYC on Wednesday, 11/18, but at that...
"I'll be reading with this Italian translator reading some choice Italian pop songs in translation, A banjo playing double decker bus tour guide and the beautiful banshee Kamara Thomas from Earl Greyhound."He also has two shows coming up in California. All dates, the NJ flyer, with more pictures, video, and the setlist from CMJ, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The showcase started shortly after 7pm, when spunky Montreal quartet Think About Life kicked off a set of gangly, effusive sampler-enriched funk rock before a crowd of maybe 30 onlookers--a third of whom were photographers. For the most part, the bill ran like clockwork: The Walter Schreifels Band quickly recovered from a momentary technical glitch to deliver a loose set of well-crafted, rootsy rockers, ending with a darkly bluesy cover of "Summertime" from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel, a Denver group newly signed to the Rounder label, conjured the ghosts of Nick Drake and Gram Parsons with spare, moody folk-rock wrapped in grainy arrangements anchored by a fantastic bassist, Julie Davis.It's true. For the second time in a row, Think About Life played to a small crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/20). It filled up nicely by the time Walter went on, and then even more people were there for Nathaniel and then it was a completely packed house for Laura Marling and The Antlers (and a slightly less packed house for late-night show-closer Fanfarlo).
Think About Life are awesome for doing the early set, especially since its not the type of crowd they're used to back home. And those that did get to see them, seemed to love them. And I heard Arlene's was more at capacity for their only other CMJ show which happened at Arlene's Grocery last night (10/21).
More pictures from MHOW, below...
Goes Cube (Kenny, David, Matt)
Goes Cube, are, to quote El-P circa Company Flow, "independent as fuck". Self-funded, self-booked, and self-taught, Goes Cube released their first LP, Another Day Has Passed via The End earlier this year after a string of three self-released EPs. Much like the rave reviews suggest, Goes Cube have delivered an excellent record that touches on post-hardcore and metal all while holding true to melody.
On the heels on that killer LP, we invited Goes Cube to play the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Fontana's on 10/23, and decided to throw a couple questions their way. The results...
Goes Cube is an NYC band, so I'm sure you have seen your share of great performances during CMJ. Any favorite CMJ memories?
David Obuchowski: The first year we were formally part of CMJ was 2006. That year, I set up a number of day parties, one of which was Goes Cube, Foreign Islands, Read Yellow, and Jake Brennan. Shout Out Out Out was supposed to play but they literally couldn't fit their gear down in the venue (Julep). Fun show, and it was a great opportunity for us to play with much bigger bands. The lesson learned is that bands of all sizes want to play a lot of shows during CMJ and SXSW. Book it yourself. Things are way different from when we were teenagers, but that aspect has never changed.
Kenny Appell: Hull in '07
Walter Schreifels @ Knitting Factory - BV-CMJ 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Last CMJ, Rival Schools played their first public NYC reunion show at Knitting Factory. It was part of a day-long and free BrooklynVegan party. Right before that happened we interviewed Rival Schools members Walter Schreifels and Sammy Siegler, but only ever posted half of it ("part 1"). As sometimes happens around here, time went on, and the interview got older and older... and then I remembered we had it today. What reminded me was the show that the new Walter Schreifels Band will be playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg this evening (@7:30pm). What better time then to finally post the never-before-seen conclusion? (not to mention it's as relevant now as it was last year) (and better late than never?).
Rival Schools have now been back together for over a year, and though they promised a new album, so far it looks like the newest one will be a solo LP coming out by Walter himself (video preview at the end of the post). He'll play some of those new songs, along with lots of classics, at Music Hall tonight (right after an opening set by Think About Life).
Check it out...
Attention People of New York City:That "Big in Japan" show is TONIGHT (10/15). The next "Dave Hill Explosion" is at the same venue on October 22nd and features special guests Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes and the RETURN of Dick Cavett (not to be missed). Tickets are on sale.
Hello. This is your man Dave Hill writing to let you know that Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm, I will performing my brand new one-man show "Dave Hill: Big in Japan" like a motherf@#ker for the very third time over there at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in historic Chelsea. Attendance is mandatory unless you hate having a really, really nice time that might also lead to sex. Anyway, I realize there has been a lot of confusion- especially in the Scandinavian press- about my new one-man show. And while there is some truth to the rumor that my new one-man show is a coming-of-stage tale based on my early years as a young Austrian girl who wanted nothing more than to express herself through dance even if her pimp Danny had different plans for her, it is mostly about one man's (me, silly!) undying will to rock the f@#k out of people and also this one time I went to Japan and rocked the f@#k out of people with my rocking rock Valley Lodge. Also- and I cannot stress this enough- it is NOT the same show as the Dave Hill Explosion so stop thinking that, dammit. However, my new one-man show is explosive in nature and possesses similar heatbringing properties and an almost identical bang quotient (sin(ax)sin(bx) - k cos(ax)cos(bx) = number of chicks who totally want to bang me). Anyway, I really hope you can make it. Aside from all the heat I will be bringing to the show, it is directed by the great Jeff Tomsic and assistant directed by the super dupes Nicole Brodeur. It also features the winsome Chris Chuang and the fiery Zachary Danziger in the roles of a lifetime. And as if all of that is not enough, my show is immediately followed by Pangaea 3000 Sucks, a great show that you totally don't have to pay extra for. So come, you know, if you want. I'm tired of fighting about it. You can get tickets right here.
In between those two UCB events you can catch Dave Hill playing two roles in one night. I'm talking about the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 20th where Dave is both playing guitar in the Walter Schreifels Band (expect Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools and more), AND telling some jokes and hosting the night. Tickets are still on sale.
"Big In Japan" happens again on October 29th at UCB. The flyer along with a very recent video of Walter performing solo in a store... IN JAPAN, below...
Walter Schreifels, Laura Marling, The Antlers
"I went to see Walter Schreifels at the Studio in NYC. I didn't bring my camera because I had never been to the place and wasn't sure of the policy. I wound up regretting it. A few nights ago [August 11th] Wally played here in Hoboken [at Maxwell's] and I decided to bring the appendage along with me. Walter best known for his sheer genius as a song writer, guitar player, producer and singer for countless bands including Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, Walking Concert and countless others plays a stripped down version of various tracks from those projects. All while throwing in some tracks from his solo album which is due later in the year." [Photogeek]The Walter Schreifels Band will play a special early set (like Sufjan did at ATP) to start the BrooklynVegan CMJ night at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. From there we'll go into Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel (Denver) followed by Laura Marling (UK) followed by The Antlers (NYC) which will then transition beautifully into Fanfarlo (UK) who will close out the night. Set times TBA.
The mutli-talented Dave Hill, who plays guitar for Walter, will also stick around to host the night (and tell some jokes). Tickets are on sale
will go on sale Friday at noon, and a bunch of CMJ badges will be let in.
This will actually be one of two official CMJ shows we're doing this year. The other one will be much heavier and put together by Black Bubblegum. Day party announcements are coming too.
The Antlers are currently on tour with the newly-signed Holly Miranda who is also playing CMJ.
Laura Marling is playing solo at this show, and at a few more US shows that week. Those dates include a 2nd NYC show at Joe's Pub on October 23rd which is now unfortunately sold out. All dates, and some videos, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Jesse "the Devil" Hughes On Axl Rose: "Like any other Guns N' Roses fan, I find Axl to be really insulting. He cost a lot of people their jobs, a lot of heartache and probably some mental breakdowns while he fucked around on a record [Chinese Democracy] for 16 fucking years--just because he wanted to be a dick. I firmly believe that the gods of rock 'n' roll just chose me to kick him out of the gang for gross misuse of power. Axl still has the opportunity to do something that no one expects him to do, which is something cool. I honestly think he can do it, but first, he really needs to control himself a bit, and most importantly, get a real friend."Jesse's band Eagles of Death Metal are on tour and headlined a show at Webster Hall in NYC last night (8/6). As you can see in the pictures below, someone in the crowd brought him a Gn'R t-shirt as a gift. Another possibly-meant-to-be-funny moment came when Jesse dedicated "Kiss The Devil" to the Butthole Surfers (whose 2008 show at the same venue ended infamously). Full EODM setlist below.
by Black Bubblegum
The Anti-Nowhere League
Punk noteables-a-plenty are on their way to NYC in the coming months, and it all starts this Sunday (7/19) at Europa where The Anti-Nowhere League will team up with Duane Peters Gunfight (with pro-skater Duane Peters, also of US Bombs), Cobra Skulls, Ashers (with Mark from The Unseen), Jakked Rabbits, and The Nihilistics. Tickets are still available. The show was originally scheduled to be a two night affair with 999 headlining on July 21st, but the band has inexplicably cancelled their tour.
While we wait for Kevin Seconds and his impending reformation with 7 Seconds while touring with Bouncing Souls, the man has been busy scheduling more dates in July, August and September. That includes solo shows at Maxwell's on Sept 5th (Tickets are on sale), and another show two days before that at Union Hall in Brooklyn (no tickets yet). All dates below.
Tickets are also still available for both Bouncing Souls shows at Webster Hall: with Lifetime on 8/20, and the 7 Seconds date on 8/21. 7 Seconds will also be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year (as will Jesus Lizard).
More punk greats are on the way too, including The Angry Samoans who are scheduled to play Southpaw on Sept 12th. It's the first time the band has played NYC since the CBGB farewell shows in 2006, which we're told marked 20 years since their previous appearance.
All tour dates below....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Errortype:11 - "Better Than The Superbowl" (MP3)
Post-hardcore/emo-y NYCers, Errortype:11 will play a reunion show at Mercury Lounge on August 8th with Joshua English (ex. Six Going On Seven), and I Hate Our Freedom. Tickets are on sale. Pilot To Gunner was also originally scheduled to play the show, but has cancelled.
"Errortype: Eleven was formed in 1998 shortly after the demise of World's Fastest Car, the Walter Schreifels-led band [Arthur Shepherd, Guitar] had joined the year before. Over the years, band members included Phil Hanratty, Adam Marino (Saetia), Scott Martin, Erik Matheu, Keith Moore, Sammy Siegler (CIV, Gorilla Biscuits, many others), and Ty Krek. ET11 released their S/T debut as well as their follow-up, Amplified to Rock, on Schriefels's imprint Some Records, with the The Crank EP appearing on (you guessed it) Crank in 1999. The band toured the US and UK and eventually split in 2002 when Phil Hhanratty left the band. The remaining members went on to form Instruction with Tom Capone (Quicksand)Walter Schreifels has a few shows of his own coming up: one "solo" show going down on June 17th at The Studio @ Webster Hall (tickets now on sale), and a short tour in Rival Schools with Eagles Of Death Metal including Webster Hall on August 6th (tickets here).
Doves @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
tonight in NYC
* Phish @ Jones Beach Theater
* Doves, Wild Light @ Terminal 5
* Gay Beast, Talk Normal, Bodytype[s] @ Bruar Falls
* IAMX, Hypernova, Cruel Black Dove @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Morning Pages, The Pierces, Paige Wood @ The Cameo
* Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, BLK JKS @ Irving Plaza
* Tribeca New Music Festival w/ ACME @ The Flea Theater
* The Postelles, pow wow!, Samuel, DJ B-Roc @ Santos Party House
* Spanish Prisoners, Sisters, Knight School @ Public Assembly
* Art Brut, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Phil and the Osophers @ Mercury Lounge
* Pepi Ginsberg, Bow Ribbons, Adrienne Anemone, Mike Wexler @ Cake Shop
* Gang Gang Dance (DJ), The National (DJ), Touchy Feely (DJ) @ Glasslands
* Cinema 16 w/ Nick Yulman & the Mechanical Bone Orchestra @ Smack Mellon
* NY Afro-beat Festival w/ Chico Mann, Amayo's Fuarkistra @ Knitting Factory
* Black Sea Hotel, Veveritse, Stumblebum Brass Band, Sxip Shirey @ Union Pool
* Jack Penate, Holiday Shores, Wolff, Pinky, Gordon Voidwell, Hotchacha @ Pianos
* Spanish Prisoners, Sisters, Knight School,We Are Country Mice, Eula @ Public Assembly
As Bill mentioned, Santos Party House has a show tonight with pow wow!, The Postelles, Samuel and DJ B-Roc, the last three of which are featured on Andrew W.K.'s DAMN! The Mixtape. Postelles and Samuel each contibute a track, while B-Roc & The Knocks drop nearly half a dozen remixes.
ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) play the first night of the Tribeca New Music Festival tonight at the Flea Theater. The new-music fest runs through Sunday. Coming up, ACME open theJune 25th US debut of Jóhann Jóhannsson at LPR, presented by Wordless Music.
Care Bears On Fire played the Brooklyn Public Library earlier today, while down Flatbush Ave the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival kicked off with Lakeside. The R & B fest will take place every Thursday at noon till August 6th at Brooklyn's MetroTech Commoms. Catch Allen Toussaint next week.
The new Skeletons video for "HOUSEGUESTS" aka "RIPPER aka the Pillows," and Walter Schreifels covering the Smiths (at one of his recent shows), below...
Walter Schreifels with Rival Schools at Irving Plaza (more by Tim Griffin)
Walter Schreifels in concert doesn't just mean it will be the hardcore veteran playing his Martin acoustic. For a few dates (so far), Walter Schriefels (the band) will play shows in the northeast, including one on June 17th in NYC at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Ticket info is forthcoming. Expect a mix of "everything" (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, covers...), except Rival Schools since they are currently active. The band is:
vocals & guitar: Walter SchreifelsIf you've ever seen comedian Dave Hill play guitar, you know he can shred (usually) in addition to telling jokes. He knows his shredders too. Catch his band Valley Lodge as "the house band for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Presents Bonnapoo 2009" in the Bonnaroo comedy tent. Catch Dave's hilarious live comedy show, The Dave Hill Explosion, next at UCB in NYC on May 21st with special guests Takka Takka and Ira Glass.
bass: Arthur Smilios (GB, CIV)
drums: Andy Action (2 Skinnee J's)
guitar: Dave Hill (Valley Lodge, Children of the Unicorn, Cobra Verde)
Walter Schreifels' other venture, Rival Schools, are scheduled to play a few dates with Eagles of Death Metal, including NYC on August 6th at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. Rival Schools is working on their new album, the follow-up to United By Fate and first album since reuniting.
All dates below...
There are also tickets on sale for a May 29th Walter Schreifels show at The Kyber in Philly (with McRad).
Agnostic Front is playing the same venue on June 12th. Tickets are on sale.
by Black Bubblegum
Walter Schreifels @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
...And the punks will say "Oi To The World"! And by punks, I mean Walter Schreifels during a FREE live set at the Punk Slope "Xmess Party" at Bar 4 (444 7th Ave @ 15th St) in Park Slope on Dec 20th (not the first time Walter played that party). The shindig kicks off at 10PM and along for the ride on the wheels of steel are Chris Daly (ex-Texas Is The Reason, 108 & Jets To Brazil), Jay Gotrian (Eye For An Eye), and Josh Grabelle (Trustkill Records).
Walter recently completed a music video for a cover of Agnostic Front's "Society Suckers" from the hardcore landmark Victim In Pain (viewable below). Why cover a classic track from a classic album? Let the man speak:
Agnostic Front vs. MozartWord. Walter and Rival Schools recently played Mercury Lounge, Irving Plaza with Bad Brains, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party during CMJ on Oct 25th. Walter also recently played The Studio At Webster Hall with The International Noise Conspiracy. Read part one of our interview with Walter and Sammy from the band, and stay tuned for part two (I swear).
Victim In Pain by Agnostic Front is one of my favorite records of all time, it's classical music. If you don't know this album I highly recommend that you get familiar with it. Don't be scared away by the misleading artwork, although that's part of the album's "Power" (title of a song on VIP) AF's music fights against fascism and the attitudes of fascists ("Fascist Attitudes")
I think cavemen would have liked Victim In Pain better than anything Mozart ever came up with, or the Beatles. If you had to get psyched up to kill a Wooly Mammoth, would you listen to The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper on french horn or Victim In Pain with Vinny Stigma on lead? I can almost hear the cave men screaming (if they had developed language) STIGMA!!!
It's timeless music, post apocalypse Mad Max people will be rocking to it in a thousand years. Do you think anyone is gonna give a shit about The Shins when you could be raped, lit on fire, dragged by a motorcycle and killed for a liter of gas (which kind of defeats the purpose)? Shit, Apes from Planet Of The Apes would love AF, though the Chimps and Orangutans maybe not as much.
Anyhoo, it's not a music competition, I like The Shins and there is a place for them too but I think that Victim In Pain is more important and unique in the evolution of music, art, mankind, that it goes beyond indie rock and steps into Smithsonian Institute territory.
For that reason I covered AF's "Society Suckers" from Victim In Pain. My version doesn't approach the aggressive power of the original but I had fun interpreting it, an homage. I think of it as classic folk song like "This Land Is Your Land", I wish Woody Guthrie would do a version in the time/space continuum. -Walter
The video and Punk Slope flyer below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
After Maxwell's which was after Knitting Factory which was after Rebel which were all before Fun Fun Fun Fest, Rival Schools played a show at Irving Plaza followed by a show at Mercury Lounge the same night with Innaway and The King Left. Pictures from that one (11/6), below...
Walter Schreifels @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
We totally spaced this one, but at least there's still a bunch of hours before Walter Schreifels takes the stage at Webster Hall's new Studio space tonight, Tuesday November 11th. He usually plays a mix of songs from all of his bands/solo project(s).The full lineup for the night is The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Walter Schreifels, Young Lords and Freshkills. Full Studio schedule HERE. More pics from FFF Fest HERE.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Fun Fun Fun Fest (a music festival this weekend in Austin) successfully mixes punk, indie, singer-songwriter, hardcore, dance, hip-hop, metal, comedy, new and old. For instance, after blowing my mind to the thrash metal stylings of Municipal Waste, I immediately ran over to catch the end of Bishop Allen's family friendly indie rock set. I like that. One of the bad things, like most festivals, is how much overlaps. On Saturday I had to completely give up seeing The National, Z-Trip, Neil Hamburger, Yacht, and Hawnay Troof. Tonight (Sunday, November 9th), I'll probably have to miss all of Clipse, Tim & Eric, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in favor of seeing Bad Brains. I also have to decide between Bouncing Souls and Minus the Bear.
Highlights from day one (yesterday, Saturday) included Dead Milkmen, Municipal Waste (wall of death), Dead Milkmen, Walter Schreifel's solo set (Rival Schools was good too), Dead Milkmen, Killdozer (killed it), Dead Milkmen, Dan Deacon (camp counselor of the year), Dead Milkmen, and Krumbums (punk is not dead). What I caught of Octopus Project, Trail of Dead and Deerhoof was also great. If I say anymore, I'll be late for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and/or Kevin Seconds. For now, here are some more pictures from day one...