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by Bill Pearis

a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...

The Hundred in the Hands
The Hundred in the Hands

The Northside Festival is back for a second year, and I really do think the roster of bands playing over the next four days is pretty impressive: here's bigger bands, more out of town bands, more bands in general. More than plenty of good -- great even -- options to justify the $50 badge. (Most of us spend $50 in four days here anyway.) The bulk of the venues are within walking distance of each other, so why not make good use of the badge and hop around as much as possible.

For opening night (tonight, Thursday, June 24th), if you had to stay in one place the whole night, it's hard to top the line-up at Knitting Factory with DOM, Cloud Nothings and Wavves. It's sold out for tickets, but you can still get in with your badge as capacity allows. Wavves new album, King of the Beach, is going to surprise people expecting Nathan Williams to do more of the same lo-fi haze -- it's a ridiculously catchy set of tunes that drops the sludge and scuzz of his first two releases. Cleveland's Cloud Nothings are good too, much more rockin' live than their recordings might suggest, with a real basher of a drummer. I've yet to see Dom live, maybe tonight's the night. Dom also plays our showcase at MHOW on Saturday night.

Former Bell House/Union Hall booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden (along with the Gothamist folks) has put together a solid schedule of local talent at Coco66, with '90s-loving Mr. Dream, plus Pacific Theater, The Forms, Caveman, Bird of Youth, Luke Folger.

Elsewhere: The Hundred in the Hands are at Warsaw (10PM), opening for Au Revoir Simone (who have a new remix album coming out). THitH's new EP, This Desert, will appeal to folks who liked the dancier side of '90s shoegaze (Curve specifically comes to mind).

Austin's YellowFever, in town for the Voxtrot farewell shows, play Union Pool at 10:45PM. If you've never seen them, please try and correct that. It's a solid show overall, with Air Waves, Aa, Coasting and PC Worship.

ARMS, which is former Harlem Shakes guitarist Tom Goldstein's new band, >play their harmony-laden atmospheric pop at Bar Matchless at 10:30pm. If you miss them, they're also at Barge Park on Sunday.

And it should be a sloppy drunk night down in The Charleston's basement with My Teenage Stride, I'm Turning Into (2/3's of which are also in MTS, and they curated this show) and German Measles.

The full schedule is at Northside's site. More Northside suggestions as the weekend progresses. Stay tuned.

The Hundred In The Hands's new video for "Tom Tom" below...

Continue reading "Bill's 2010 Northside Festival picks (Thursday) "

photos by Rachel Carr

Strange Boy...
Strange Boys

The Strange Boys were in LA to play a FYF Fan Appreciation Show on May 8th. They also fit in a warm-up set at a Hollywood Hills house party the night before. They were joined by LA band Woah Hunx (amazingly, no relation to Hunx & His Punx). The bands played in what looks likes someone's living room (with détourned version Renoir's Le Déjeuner des canotiers on display) to a crowd that included a Vivian Girl, Nathan WAVVES and our BV-LA photographer Rachel Carr. Her pictures are in this post.

The Strange Boys will be in Toronto for a slew of NXNE shows - including one with the JEFF/Quintron & Miss Pussycat tour, and three nights in a row at Toronto venue the Silver Dollar. The first of those nights, June 17th, includes a set by the Bitters and a "special guest" who is probably WAVVES (who, like Best Coast, also has a bunch of NXNE shows that are announced).

After that, the Strange Boys straight to Europe for a long string of shows that'll take them through July. In September they join Those Darlins and Gentleman Jesse for a US tour that includes the previously mentioned show at Bowery Ballroom which is still on sale. Woah Hunx stay busy with shows along the West Coast. All tour dates and more pictures from the Hollywood show are below...

Continue reading "Strange Boys played LA in May w/ Woah Hunx (pics), playing lots @ NXNE, shows w/ Those Darlins & other tour dates"

Best Coast 'Crazy for You' & WAVVES 'King of the Beach'
Best CoastWAVVES

Newly christened indie power couple, WAVVES and Best Coast both have new music and plenty of shows planned for summer 2010.

Best Coast's debut, Crazy For You, comes out July 27th on Mexican Summer, while WAVVES' new album, King of the Beach, is out August 3rd on Fat Possum (and on Bella Union in the UK). The song "Post Acid" from WAVVES' new one was released as a free single by Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound.

Both bands are playing NXNE in Toronto this week (June 16-19th) and have NYC shows coming up. WAVVES' upcoming gigs include a show on June 24th at Knitting Factory - it's for Northside Fest and the openers are Cloud Nothings and DOM. Tickets are still on sale.

Best Coast has a free July 23rd show at Seaport Music Festival with Free Energy and Loose Limbs.

Best Coast will go a US & Canada tour with Male Bonding in September. That includes a September 29th show at Bowery Ballroom and a September 30th show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Ticket info to come on those. All dates below.

Male Bonding will be in NYC much sooner, for a Saturday, June 26th show with Cults and Titus Andronicus, also part of the Northside Festival.

WAVVES just put out a behind-the-scene video of his album recording process (lots of weed, basketball and some music too). That, all tour dates and album tracklists (and a Best Coast interview recorded in Paris) are all below...

Continue reading "Best Coast, WAVVES & Male Bonding releasing music & playing shows - 2010 Tour Dates "

Northside

"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."
That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.

Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."

If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...

Continue reading "2010 Northside Festival - tickets & intial lineup (includes Liars, Fucked Up, Les Savy Fav, Polvo & many more)"

WAVVES

SO STEPHEN, BILLY [formerly of Jay Reatard's band] AND I WILL BE PLAYING OUR THIRD SHOW IN THE US TOGETHER TMRRW NIGHT [April 11th] AT THE HIGH TONE IN MEMPHIS. WE ARE ALL VERY EXCITED SINCE THEY LET US SMOKE WEED IN THEIR KITCHEN. WE ALSO FINISHED RECORDING A RECORD IN OXFORD MISSISSIPPI AND ARE CURRENTLY MIXING IT. SOUNDS CARAAAZAAAAAAYYY AND WILL BE OUT THIS SUMMER. SEEEEEE YA! [WAVVES]
A new album is on the way, and WAVVES will be hitting the road this summer for dates that so far include June shows in Canada (at NXNE) and around the Northeast, and Lollapalooza in August. They play New York on Thursday, June 24th at Knitting Factory. Tickets TBA.

Nathan & WAVVES were in NYC in February for a show at Brooklyn Bowl, where they played as the new three-piece (Zach Hill is no longer in the band). Video of three murky-sounding new songs (via righthearmedia), played live in LA on 2/20, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "WAVVES - new album this summer, 2010 dates, a NYC show"

Lollapalooza

"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.

It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.

Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Black Lips

"The title of [the below] video is "The Black Lips' Jared Swilley apologizes for homophobia, kisses gay blogger" which made me worried that someone had forced Jared into a Michael-Richards/Dog-the-Bounty-Hunter public shaming situation over calling the fag from Wavves a fag.

Turns out it's mainly just him breaking down the difference between the high-school and hate-crime usages of "faggot" and then kissing a guy to atone for his slurs. I'd describe more of what they talk about but the make-out anticipation in interviewer guy's voice is severely putting me on edge. This must be what girls feel like ALL THE TIME. " [Vice]

Watch the above-described video (where Jared does end up making out with the interviewer) at the end of this set of pictures from last night's show at Bowery Ballroom (we'll talk more about the show in the set of pictures we have from their show one night earlier at Brooklyn Bowl)...

Continue reading "Jared Swilley apologizes for homophobia (video), Black Lips played Bowery Ballroom w/ Box Elders & New House (pics) "

DOWNLOAD: MNDR - I Go Away (MP3)

MNDR @ Mercury Lounge (more by Erez Avissar)
MNDR

MNDR plays a free show with Restless People at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (Tuesday, 2/9), and then again at the same venue with WAVVES exactly one week later (also free). Total that makes three upcoming NYC show for MNDR before she leaves on a tour with Yacht on February 28th. The third is a February 20th show with These Are Powers at a mysterious TBA location.

MNDR was supposed to also open for Ebony Bones at Southpaw on Saturday, 2/13, but she has been replaced on that bill by Jessica 6. The Brooklyn show is one of two upcoming NYC shows for Ebony Bones who also share a bill with Amanda Blank and Daniel Merriweather "at Hudson's new subterranean lounge, Good Units" (356 West 58th Street) on Wednesday, February 10th. This is another free show though RSVP is required.

All dates below...

Continue reading "MNDR playing 2 free Brooklyn Bowl shows but not playing w/ Ebony Bones who plays a free hotel show w/ Amanda Blank"

WAVVES @ Market Hotel in September (more by Leia Jospe)
WAVVES

WAVVES' last trip to NYC included a show at Santos and Market Hotel and a scuffle with a member of Black Lips.

On Tuesday, February 16th, WAVVES (Nathan and drummer Zach Hill) (UPDATE: We are told that Zach no longer plays in WAVVES) will return for a free show at Brooklyn Bowl (which is where one of three NYC Black Lips shows is happening in late March).

The previous (pre-Zach) drummer of WAVVES, Ryan Ulsh, has a hand in running Norfolk, VA's SHDWPLAY Records Showcase. The label brings its bands The Super Vacations (a garage rock outfit featuring Ryan), Sore Eros, PC Worship and Florida to Glasslands on Friday January 29th for a show presented by Other Music (who is giving away tix and vinyl, details below). The Super Vacations, PC Worship and Teeth Mountain play Market Hotel the next night. And the SHDWPLAY showcase is in Philly the next.

If you were at SXSW last year, WAVVES (and an anti-WAVVES shirt) were everywhere. They'll be at the Austin fest again this year too. A video of Nathan at SXSW 2009, "covering" "Barbie Girl" and more are below...

Continue reading "WAVVES playing free Brooklyn gig & SXSW (but not w/ Zach Hill), SHDWPLAY Records throwing shows even sooner -dates"

Chillwave

Trend You Wish Would Go Away

  1. 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
  2. Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
  3. Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
  4. Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
  5. Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
  6. Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
  7. Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
  8. Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
  9. Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
Vote for that & more in Pitchfork's 2009 Reader's Poll. Image via Hipster Runoff.

wonder what happen in ATL? pics, report? van fucked up? or did Jared puss out to the "fag" -Anon Oct. 5 1:49AM

WAVVES show crowd (more by Leia Jospe)
Wavves

After the Wavves/Black Lips fight in Brooklyn on Friday, Sept. 25th, Jared Swilley promised further trouble when Wavves played Atlanta (Black Lips' hometown) this past weekend. More specifically, Jared said, "[Nathan of Wavves]'s coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style."

Well, Wavves did play Atlanta, but without incident, though the show wasn't scheduled for October 3rd (it was October 4th) and the venue had extra security... and no glass bottles.... and Black Lip Cole Alexander in attendance. The full story, with the show's enhanced security measures and a post-show review from Nathan himself, below...

Continue reading "WAVVES played Atlanta (there was peace, it 'was awesome')"

Jay Reatard @ the Wired Store (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay Reatard

As I was saying (and Bill will say even more about later), Jay Reatard and his Shattered Records crew (Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders & Useless Eaters) are on their way from Pop Montreal to NYC for a late show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (10/1). Tickets are still on sale.

Yesterday, with some help, I rushed together some questions for an email interview with Jay (not the ideal format). Jay in turn rushed some answers back this afternoon, presumably from the road and after playing a late show last night. With that in mind, you can find that interview, which attempts to set the record straight on Jay's recent hate for Brooklyn, and what time Hamburghini practice starts, with all dates and tonight's set times, below....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Jay Reatard (whose Shattered Records tour hits Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight) "

Jared Swilley @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jared Swilley

After reading what happened Friday night at Daddy's from the point of view of one in attendance, and then hearing what Nathan Williams aka WAVVES had to say about it, Buddyhead called up Jared from Black Lips to hear how he remembers it....

"First of all, I just wanna say that Wavves was NOT involved in that fight. That faggot didn't even touch me.

I've never "come after" that kid, it wasn't four a.m., that wasn't my girlfriend, no one was spitting, and I didn't attack him. I don't give a shit about that kid and his music.

What happened was, after we finished our set I went to Daddy's with some friends and saw that faggot from Wavves talking to a photographer friend of mine. The only thing I did was walk up to him and say "You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you". He smiled a bit but didn't say anything.

After that, I went outside and saw their tour manager hanging around with some guys. They started getting all chuckles with me and so I told them I wasn't gonna have it. After that, Wavves tour manager hit me square in the face with a bottle. Blood started pouring out and six dudes fucking started kicking me until I blacked out.

All I remember is getting hit with the bottle and my friends dragging me to another bar. They wrapped my head up until I looked like a Confederate soldier.

So yeah, I lost the fight.

I also missed three flights. I've been in the airport all day having stewardesses cleaning my head because it kept cracking open. You can't go on board if you're bleeding.

Bottom line is that faggot from Wavves didn't even hit me. Never touched me. And he should've, cuz he had a free shot.

He's coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style.

PREVIOUSLY: an official statement from WAVVES re: the Black Lips fight

Who's Your Daddy? (Daddy's in Williamsburg) (by bitchcakes via Free Williamsburg)
Daddys

"Talking shit about me on the Internet is one thing, I can handle that all day but when some dude is just looking for a fight at 4 in the morning talking shit to my face and his girlfriend is spitting in the face of all my friends it's a whole different story. I have no problem wih black lips or anybody else that i havent met but jared has been at me every chance he had. I just want to play music and have fun. It was unfortunate that it escalated to that point but he got what was coming to him."- Nathan Williams (WAVVES)
PREVIOUSLY: Nathan WAVVES & Jared from Black Lips fought @ Daddy's after the Roseland & Market Hotel shows (there was blood)

A video of Zach Hill playing with WAVVES from a show a few nights ago, below...

Continue reading "an official statement from WAVVES re: the Black Lips fight"

WAVVES @ Market Hotel last night (9/25) (more by Leia Jospe)
WAVVES

"Wavves was playing with Zach Hill as his drummer [at Market Hotel] and the sound was different and pretty cool.

We were partying pretty hard, and as always seems to happen, the party moved to Daddy's after everything was settled up. Daddy's was packed and the remnants of the Beets (welcome home, boys!) show at Dead Herring (happy birthday Cathy!) and the Black Lips show [at Roseland Ballroom (they opened for Yo La Tengo)] also had migrated to the ever popular "hot spot". Star Studded scene to the maxxxx, if you like slightly "important" indie rockers.

Now, I didn't see exactly how the fight happened, but I had heard the gossip a few months back about Jared (from Black Lips) talking shit about Nathan on the Internet. Pitchfork went as far as to wonder if Nathan and Jared would have a confrontation when they both played this summer's p4k fest in Chicago. Needless to say, that didn't happen.

Well, I suppose last night was the perfect storm. I didn't see the beginning, but I did see people dragging Nathan and Jared apart, and then Jared and a popular DJ running at Nathan again, spilling beer all over everyone (including me), and punches being thrown. The lights at Daddy's were turned on, the cops showed up, but Jared and the chick were not ready to stop fighting and were even trying to fight other people outside the bar. Jared was bloody. Nathan was fine. Insane. Weirdest indie rock moment I've experienced." [PopJew]

My friend Dave G tells me there was a broken bottle which might explain Jared's blood and serious anger. Stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE: Nathan says Jared "got what was coming to him"

UPDATE 2: Jared says "Wavves was NOT involved in that fight"

photos by Leia Jospe

Wavves

WAVVES (Nathan + Zach Hill) and Ganglians are on tour, and were joined by Beach Fossils for a show at Market Hotel last night (9/25) (one night after the show at Santos Party House).

After the show, the party continued at Daddy's where Nathan got in a fight with Jared from Black Lips. More pictures from Market Hotel below...

Continue reading "WAVVES (pre-fight), Ganglians & Beach Fossils @ Market Hotel in Brooklyn - pics "

"i cant even begin to describe how much zach hill adds to wavves" - Nate Albert

"The WAVVES live show sucks now. His new drummer is an overbearing double kick drumming metal-head." - Brad Horenstein

WAVVES

Friday September 25th @ MARKET HOTEL

:: WAVVES
:::: Ganglians
:::::: Beach Fossils

| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Myrtle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $10

PREVIOUSLY
* WAVVES - tour dates w/ Ganglians ++ new demo track (MP3)
* Zach Hill in WAVVES (Market Hotel show confirmed), Ryan from WAVVES in Nervehunt

DOWNLOAD: Coathangers - Toomerhead (MP3)

Coathangers @ Pianos CMJ08 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Coathangers

The Coathangers are going on tour this October with Japandroids (who will come to NYC on Sept. 24th with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band). But before those joined dates, The Coathangers will be in NYC for shows of their own on September 29th, when they play Death By Audio's The Maze, and September 30th, when they play Cake Shop. Also on the bill for the Cake Shop gig are DC shoegaze-inspired Prisms and BK's Ex-Humans. For the DBA gig, they'll be joined by '80s-style-punks Xray Eyeballs, a band called Swimmingcitiesoceanofblood (?) and Nervehunt, which features Justin from Teeth Mountain and Ryan Ulsh from Wavves. The gig will be Nervehunt's first show in a while (Flickr has a pic and a brief, blurry video of a show, apparently of them, at the Charleston last year).

Ryan Ulsh was the drummer of WAVVES that you might most remember from his appearance with Nathan at this year's Primavera Festival. Not surprisingly, things didn't work out between him and Nathan, and now the prolific Zach Hill (of Hella, etc.) is playing in WAVVES.

WAVVES' fall tour with new drummer Zach is also happening soon. The pair will play NYC shows at Santos Party House on Thursday, September 24th (tickets still on sale) and a Todd P show, now confirmed for Market Hotel, on Friday, Sept. 25th. Support for both comes from Ganglians, with Beach Fossils also playing the Market Hotel show.

"Toomerhead," the opening, dance-punk-sounding track to the Coathangers' newest record, Scramble, which came out in April, is posted above. An interview with the band from last year and a clip of them live in Vancouver (with an incredibly strange and extended intro) are posted with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Coathangers touring (dates), Zach Hill in WAVVES (Market Hotel show confirmed), Ryan from WAVVES in Nervehunt"

DOWNLOAD: WAVVES - Mickey Mouse (MP3)
Wavves

WAVVES' Nathan Williams successfully performed with a broken wrist at the Bowery Ballroom and Pitchfork Festival, but ended up canceling his scheduled appearance at L.A.'s the Smell to get surgery on the fracture (actual x-ray pic which he posted to MySpace above). In the note announcing the surgery, he also posted a demo for the song "Mickey Mouse." He wrote, "This was a demo that I never ended up coming back to and probably wont end up doing anything with but jam on it n-e-wayz." You can get that track above.

WAVVES' post-surgery plans include almost two months of touring with fellow California band Ganglians (who visited NYC for a pair of shows in July).

The tour will stop in NYC for a show at Santos Party House on Thursday, Sepember 24th and a Todd P show the Friday, Sept. 25th. Tickets for the Santos show are on sale. All dates below...

Continue reading "WAVVES - tour dates w/ Ganglians ++ new demo track (MP3)"

WavvesPitchfork reports that Nathan Williams of/aka Wavves "broke his wrist in a skateboarding accident" on July 12th.

Despite that, Williams is still scheduled to go on with his upcoming shows, the first of which is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Opening will be Woods, Real Estate (who both play the Cameo Gallery the next night) and Popo. Tickets are still on sale.

After that he'll be playing Pitchfork Festival on July 18th and two SoCal dates, one of which is a benefit for a skate park with No Age.

These will be Williams's first shows since canceling his European tour after an incident on stage at Primavera Sound on May 28th.

All tour dates, with a clip of Williams discussing his favorite records, below...

Continue reading "Wavves broke his wrist skateboarding, but is still scheduled to play Bowery, P4K Fest, a skate park benefit..."

DOWNLOAD: WAVVES - So Bored (MP3)

WAVVES is playing playing BooYa! (thumbs down) (pmceldow)
WAVVES

Pitchfork: Do you feel like you've been depicted unfairly?

Nathan Williams (WAVVES): I watched the video, and all I can talk about is what I've watched from the video because I don't really remember playing. So I can't really defend myself. I'm sure it was a disaster show, but I don't know. I don't really care. In the end, that sort of stuff is out of control. I did what I did, and people kind of love to watch you fall. I feel like that is part of it as well. But in the end, it's not so upsetting as it is crazy to me that it turned into such a huge deal. [In] this day and age where information and video can be transferred so quickly on the internet, people can write about it right away, and it all just happens so fast. People have instant access to it, so there's not escaping it.

Pitchfork: Did you ever consider doing Wavves as something where you just recorded and didn't play live?

NW: In the beginning, that's all it was. And everything happened so fast. Ryan came out to play drums a month before I started touring, or a month before we started touring. And then until the day of Barcelona, we were just touring nonstop. So we practiced for three weeks, me and Ryan, and then we went on tour nonstop, so there was never really any time for me to like transfer the songs from recordings to how they would pan out live. And I still haven't had the chance to do that. It was just kind of: "OK, this is how the songs go. Let's just go play them and have fun." And that's when it was the most fun. It just got kind of... I don't know what it got.

Tickets are still on sale for the show WAVVES has coming up at Bowery Ballroom. A new official video, along with some meltdown videos, below...

Continue reading "Nathan WAVVES discusses meltdown, releases new video"

The Feelies @ Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
The Feelies

Feelies have added a 3rd Maxwell's show to the two that were already planned for the venue on July 3rd and 4th. The additional gig will happen at Maxwell's on Thursday, July 2nd. Tickets to that show are on sale. Tickets to July 4th gig are still available too. July 3rd is sold out.

Feelies are scheduled to play their 1980 album, Crazy Rhythms, in full at ATP NY on September 11th.

Before that, Feelies will open the Whitney's Dan Graham Retrospective music series on June 26th with a special acoustic set.

That Whitney series had a "TBA" listed for the Friday, July 24th show with YellowFever. The "TBA" band will in fact be Woods who fit in perfectly with rest of the bands playing the museum that month... Vivian Girls, Titus Andronicus, etc..

WoodsOther upcoming Woods shows include July 15th at the Bowery Ballroom with WAVVES', and the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest happening July 3rd and 4th at 979 Broadway Backyard in Brooklyn. Woods member Jeremy Earl is also head of the Woodsist label (whose roster includes WAVVES).

Woods will also be at the Saturday, June 13th Northside Fest show at The Shank. That Woodsist-friendly bill also includes Kurt Vile (and the Violators), who was on the label and recently signed to Matador, Grooms (ex-Muggabears) (also playing the Whitney), Pygmy Shrews and Blues Control.

Woods' own new full-length, Songs of Shame, was co-released in April by Woodsist and Shrimper Records.

Blues Control's 2007 disc Puff came out on Woodsist; their new LP, Local Flavor, is out July 14th on Siltbreeze. The record includes a guest contribution by Kurt Vile on trumpet and acoustic guitar. And the Northside Shank show isn't the only Vile/Blues Control show coming up. The two bands will share a NYC bill twice in August - at Cake Shop and Silent Barn.

More info on those gigs, plus all Woods and Blues Control tour dates, with album info, below...

Continue reading "Feelies add 3rd NJ show, Woods playing the Whitney & other shows w/ Woodsist bands, Kurt Vile, Blues Control..."

Street Scene

"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."
2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "San Diego's Street Scene Festival announces 2009 lineup"

WAVVES

WAVVES was supposed to be touring Europe until the end of June, but hasn't played a show since The Great Spanish Meltdown of 2009, and, as you can see above, doesn't plan on playing another one until July in NYC!