Entries tagged with: Wooden Wand

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Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)

As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.

That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.

All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...

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that's a big hole! (photo via @hanakanna)

A 55-year-old city water main ruptured outside of the famed Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side Thursday, creating a rushing flood and a massive sinkhole to form in front of the iconic restaurant, officials said.

The water main underneath E. Houston St. near Ludlow St., which was installed in 1959, broke just before 11 a.m., officials said.

The water main break also caused a 20-by-20-foot street collapse.
The city's Department of Environmental Protection quickly shut off the main, which left five businesses -- including Katz's -- and eight residential buildings without water, officials said.

Work crews are currently excavating the ground to fix the main, according to a DEP spokesman. It was not immediately revealed when it will be fixed. - [NY Daily News]

That giant sinkhole on Houston St. hasn't stopped Katz's from dishing up sandwiches but it is putting the kibosh on shows at Mercury Lounge tonight (5/22): the early show with Stone Jack Jones, Wooden Wand, Coupler, and lylas, as well as the late show with Ex-Cult and Pampers. They're currently trying to get both shows moved to different venues, but no word yet. Stay tuned. (Ex-Cult also play Acheron on Friday.)

UPDATE: The Stone Jack Jones show will now happen at The Delancey (doors: 6:30 PM). Admission is $10 at the door ($2 less than Merc) and all tickets purchased for Mercury Lounge will be refunded.

UPDATE 2: As a tweet from Merc points out, The Ex-Cult show was moved to Fontana's. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

VIdeo of the mess below...

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Stone Jack Jones

As you may know, Nashville folk singer Stone Jack Jones is going on a tour this year in support of his new album, Ancestor. Since we last spoke, that tour has turned into the "Nashville, With Love and Torture Tour," a "one time only touring Nashville circus of sorts for those who love left of center ambient freak folk." For the tour, Jack will be joined by Coupler, aka Ryan Norris of Lambchop, and Kyle Hamlett's LYLAS project. Wooden Wand (aka James Jackson Toth) will also open on select dates. Here's what Jack had to say about the tour:

i call nashville a workshop town and we have been busy. i will bring some songs and ryan norris (lambchop) will bring the terrain that they walk in. kyle hamlet (LYLAS) will throw the stars in the sky and tommy stangroom will bring his thunder & lightning. rodrigo avendano & trey mosley(bows & arrows), our newest members , make sure we havent left anything behind.
but what's fun is we get to break apart the pieces and hear ryan with his masterful instrumental "coupler", kyle, our poet laureate, perform "LYLAS". these are the elements that i have wanted to pull together for "ancestor" and collectively inspired me in the process.

james toth of "wooden wand" is our special guest. we have all been drawn to his work and inspiration and it is with great pleasure for us that he will join us.this is how we cross over and interweave our musics.

so come one, come all to catch a nashville scene that is busting at the seams.

As discussed, the tour hits NYC on May 22 at Mercury Lounge with Wooden Wand. Tickets for that show are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with the tour flyer and a video, below...

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Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

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Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

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photos by Stefan Raduta, words by BBG


The Swans are wonderful to look at: three craggy veterans and three younger musicians. One of them is a guy named Thor, who has waist-length blond hair and hammers a set of bells. After he took off his shirt, he looked like nothing so much as a sweating blacksmith. There were three guitars and a pedal steel and another percussionist, all banging away... I saw Michael Gira's lips moving, but I couldn't hear what he was singing. I am told--and I believe--that the loudness is necessary, that it is part of the point. For a while, I found a place on the balcony, right by the railing, and I could look down at the heads of the people below, standing shoulder to shoulder and vibrating. And it was kind of thrilling in a visceral way. It blows everything else out of your head. -[AlternateSideParking]
After a triumphant show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with accompanying after-party on 10/8, Swans completed their NYC run on 10/9 at Bowery Ballroom (where the above review originates) with support from tour-mate Baby Dee. Reports from attendees of both NYC shows say that Bowery featured a less animated Michael Gira (no thumb-sucking or self-flagellation).

The show was part of a much larger tour for Swans, that was just extended. Updated dates below (no new NYC dates, though that semi-related Shearwater show is almost here).

The setlist from Bowery (which was identical to Brooklyn Masonic), with more pics and all dates below...

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Jack Rose, backstage @ Webster Hall in NYC, 2007
Jack Rose

I have more great memories of Jack than of almost any other musician I know. That isn't because I spent more time with Jack - we saw each other somewhat regularly over the years on tour and at the odd festival - but because every encounter with him was memorable in some way. I'd say that Jack and I shared many things, but I know everyone who's ever met Jack has a similar story. His warmth, goodwill, stubbornness, and unflappable candor were all just as inspiring to me as his brilliant guitar playing.

I'll never forget his unwavering defense of The Doors and Steely Dan even in the face of the erudite Wire-types who rightfully idolized him. I'll never forget his love of crappy detective novels. I'll never forget him making fun of me for liking Richard Pinhas. I'll never forget he and Jexie and I stumbling to find our cabins in the pitch black at Big Sur after a long and revelrous evening. I'll never forget him at Big Jar Books, always taking money at the door to ensure that bands were paid (and nobody - NOBODY - would dare try to slip past Jack!).

Another thing I will always remember about Jack is his devotion to his wife Laurie. Any time he spoke of her, his worship and adoration was palpable. But rather than his gruff exterior melting into something cutesy or soft, he seemed to grow even more serious when discussing his loyalty to Laurie, as if to impart that anyone who might ever dare say a word against this woman would rue the fucking day. It's something that always stuck with me about Jack.

My last communication with Jack was an audacious email proposal - I was interested in adding some vocals to some of his unreleased tunes. Despite even close friends discouraging me from such blasphemy - "we love you but you'll ruin it, James" - Jack was psyched about the idea and gave his blessing, saying that he's always written with vocals in mind. Can't help wondering if we mighta had another Voice Of The Eagle on our hands. Ha!

Dr Ragtime never met Blind Joe Death but I bet the two of 'em are having a good chuckle at all of us Sentimental Sallys right about now.

I loved Jack and will miss him very much. R.I.P, brotherman. It won't be the same without you.

-James Jackson Toth

I found the picture and James (aka Wooden Wand)'s tribute at a new website set up in Jack's honor.

DOWNLOAD: Wand - Arriving (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wand - Saturday Delivery (MP3)

James Jackson Toth @ Pianos 8/23 (more)

Earlier this year, James Jackson Toth "aka Wooden Wand aka Wand" put out two albums (both as "Wand," which I think is what he's mainly going by now). One of those was a b-sides and demos release called Hard Knox on Ecstatic Peace. The other was a limited-edition release called Born Bad on People in a Position to Know and Toth's own Mad Monk imprint. Two songs off Hard Knox are posted above.

The People in a Position label has a few more Toth releases in the works, including the debut of his band the Jescos. He also has a record coming out on Michael Gira's Young God Records set for early next year.

Wand will be touring the east coast this summer. Those dates include supporting gigs for Michael Gira, Woods and Akron/Family. The first of his NYC stops will be a show with Gira at the Issue Project Room on Saturday, July 25th.

Then, he'll be playing the Studio at Webster Hall on Sunday, July 26th with Larkin Grimm (who is also on Young God Records and whose upcoming shows include the Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest at Santos in September). Tickets are on sale.

Toth teams up with Akron/Family in mid-August to open several dates on that band's extensive summer/early fall tour. All Wand and Larkin Grimm tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Wand (James Jackson Toth) - 2009 Tour Dates (includes a NYC show w/ Michael Gira, one w/ Larkin Grimm) "

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, woods by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: WAND - Arriving (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Nothing Hides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Doreen (MP3)

James Jackson Toth

Last year, the axman known as Wooden Wand (a.k.a. James Jackson Toth) shed his moniker for the Rykodisc-released Waiting in Vain. Also as James Jackson Toth, he played last year's CMJ, with a stop at the Brooklyn Vegan day party at Pianos (that's where the pictures in this post come from).

Now, in early '09, he's back with two albums under the name of WAND: the first, Born Bad, will be co-released by People In A Position To Know Records and Wand's Mad Monk label on March 31st, in limited-edition, LP-only style - "Only 500 copies, repress unlikley."

Then, Hard Knox or, "Are You Sure Hank Jr. Done it This Way?", a disc of demos and home recordings, will come out on Ecstatic Peace, May 26th, 2009.

And all signs point to Toth's next offering, a just-recorded group album, introducing another name to the mix: new band The Jescos (feat. "Timothy Bracy, formerly of The Mendoza Line along with members of alt-country faves Glossary and We Were The States"). Read about the band's recording adventures on his Toth Tells the Truth blog.

Toth remarked about his January 25th Daytrotter session on his Myspace blog:

"[The session's] exclusive covers of tunes by Baptist Generals, Aerosmith, Charlie Walker and Roy Buchanan were recorded in the midst of tour on the occasion of my 30th birthday, aka the worst day of my entire life (so far). Dig you the dispatch from oblivion. And the cute cartoon of me looking all lean and clean. While you're there, check out some other Daytrotter sessions. The TK Webb and Damien Jurado ones are especially terrific."
More BV CMJ pics, the WAND album track list, and a Wooden Wand video, below...

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DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Nothing Hides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Doreen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jex Thoth - Separated at Birth (MP3)

James TothJames Jackson Toth (ex-Wooden Wand) released an album called Waiting In Vain on 7/29 on Rykodisc. The album features, among others, Nels Cline (Wilco), John Dietrich (Deerhoof) and Andy Cabic (aka Vetiver) on guitar, and it was produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Screaming Trees). You can download two tracks from that above.

Jex Thoth (not Toth, THOTH) is married to James Jackson Toth and used to be in Wooden Wand with him. Jex Thoth is also the name of Jex Thoth's band that used to be called Totem. Jex Thoth (the band) recently released a self-titled album that James (aka Grim Jim) played guitar and bass on. So just to recap: James Toth contributed to Jex Thoth's new Jex Thoth album Jex Thoth (someone please correct me if I messed that up). Stream Jex Thoth HERE. Get an MP3 above.

Jex Thoth has no upcoming shows, but James Jackson Toth is on tour with Hardly Art recording artist The Dutches & the Duke. The NYC shows are Sunday at Mercury Lounge and the day after that at Union Hall. James is also playing some dates with the Silver Jews. All dates below...

Continue reading "James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) & the Dutchess & the Duke - 2008 Tour Dates + MP3s (Jex Thoth too)"

DOWNLOAD: Scissors for Lefty - Lay Down Your Weapons (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Scissors for Lefty - Ghetto Ways (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wooden Wand - The Pushers (Morning Version) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wooden Wand - Spitting at the Cameras (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Doe - The Golden State (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Joan As Policewoman - The Ride (MP3)

Sonic YouthAs summer draws near, the music release lists get shorter - especially for new releases. Sonic Youth's remastered edition of their classic album Daydream Nation (as recently performed live in Spain) and several Dick Dale reissues are the highlights of this release week for me.

I can also strongly recommend Joan As Police Woman's Real Life, Former X frontman John Doe's A Year In The Wilderness, former Jayhawk and Creekdipper Mark Olson's solo album, The Salvation Blues, Scissors for Lefty's Underhanded Romance, and Wooden Wand's James and the Quiet.

What new releases can you recommend this week?

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