Entries tagged with: Woods
Real Estate @ Crest Hardware, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, the closing night concert of the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival is happening May 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Phillip Glass, Van Dyke Parks and Friends. To make the evening even more tempting, Real Estate (playing a stripped-down set) have now been added to bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
Speaking of, Real Estate will also be playing in the actual Big Sur for the 2013 Woodsist Festival which happens at the Henry Miller Library on September 22 & 23. The sold-out two-day event also features Foxygen (who have three shows in NYC next week), The Fresh and Onlys, Peaking Lights, The Babies and more.
There is also a Woodsist Fest date on September 28 at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town, CA with Woods, Real Estate, Fresh & Onlys, Parquet Courts and more on the bill. Tickets to that show are still available.
And in other news, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks (who also play both Woodsist fests) will release their second album, How Far Away, via Woodsist on May 28. You can stream a track from the LP, "Leave on the Light," below. They'll play a NYC record release show at Knitting Factory on the same day (5/28) with Spectre Folk and King Cyst. Tickets are on sale now.
All Alex Bleeker & the Freaks tour dates are listed, along with Woodsist Fest line-ups and song stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Woods @ MHOW, Nov. 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Brooklyn's Woods will be spending most of the summer on tour and to commemorate the jaunt they'll be releasing a new single via their Woodist label. The b-side of that 7" is a very faithful cover of The Kinks' "God's Children" which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1971 penile transplant comedy, Percy. You can stream it below.
The North American leg of Woods' tour wraps up here in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on July 27 with openers Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. No word on advance tickets but you can keep checking Ticketmaster if you like.
Woods' last NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in November. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Brooklyn Bowl during a Deer Tick show (more by Tracy Allison)
As you probably know, we've been posting a bunch of year-end lists from artists this year, and we've also posted a few from venue guys like Josh Moore and Johnny Beach from Bowery Presents, Jack "Skippy" McFadden of Emo's in Austin, and Andy Bodor from Cake Shop. Now we've got a top 10 albums list from Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer (aka booker) Adam Geringer-Dunn. You can see Adam's full list below.
Brooklyn Bowl is where Lucero (who gave us two year-end lists) are beginning their New Year's Eve run. The country punks will play a two-night stand at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (12/28) with Nude Beach and Saturday (12/29) with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a 2-day pass. Details on how to enter to win are below. Lucero also play NYE at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady, which is one of many New Year's Eve options in the NYC area.
Adam Geringer-Dunn's year-end list and contest details below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.
Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.
Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...
Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK indie pop outfit Veronica Falls, who are touring in 2013 with great new band Cheatahs, just spoke to us about their ten favorite things of 2012 music, film, and TV-wise. It was singer/guitarist James Hoare, specifically, who sent his list over, and he really likes Girls. He's got the single for "My Ma" by the now-defunct band, the solo album by frontman Christopher Owens (which actually comes out next year, but we'll let it slide), AND the television show of the same name all in his top 10 list. He's also got fellow indie poppers Mac DeMarco and Woods, and reveals his classic rock soft spot by including the new Rolling Stones song.
James' full list is below...
"My Morning Jacket was formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim James (real name: James Olliges Jr). The original line-up also included three members of the Shelbyville emo-punk band Winter Death Club; namely John McQuade (later known as Johnny Quaid - guitar and vocals), Tom Blankenship (later known as Two Tone Tommy - bass) and J. Roberts (later known as J. Glenn - drums)." [Wikipedia]My Morning Jacket will stay busy this holiday season, with three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (tickets) that lead up to a New Year's Eve show in Boston, and then the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre on January 2 (tickets), a show that's hosted by Matt Pinfield and also features Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Band and "special guests."
MMJ bassist Tom Blankenship (who also recently helped out with Brooklyn Rock Lottery) gave us his list of Top 10 LPs of 2012. While it includes year-end list mainstays Frank Ocean and Alt-J, there are some surprises as well. You can check out his year-end picks below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Marcus Foster at Webster Hall (more)
BV contributors Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all gone to their share of shows in 2012, and each has weighed in on their favorite photos that they took in 2012. Next on the list is a set from Jessica Amaya, who has chronicled her 2012 favorites below in no particular order.
More below, along with Jessica's favorite tracks of 2012.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Woods @ MHOW, 11/3/2012
"Bend Beyond" and also [Woods]'s last two albums -- "Sun and Shade," from last year, and "At Echo Lake" from 2010 -- have reflected a real leap forward for this band, which is fluent in 1960s-style psychedelic-edged folk and rock. Perhaps it was just a coincidence that the last song to play over the house speakers before Woods took the stage... was by Kippington Lodge, a British psych-pop band that was one of Nick Lowe's first outfits -- but probably not. -[NY Times]Woods played Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/3 with Widowspeak and Purling Hiss, the final show of a their fall tour that included a short stint opening for The Walkmen. Look for Woods to take a bit of R&R before hopping on a plane to Australia in the new year. Tour dates, promoting the spankin' new Bend Beyond, are below.
If you missed the MHOW appearance (or were there and would like to experience it again), NYCTaper has the whole thing in audio form for download. More pics from the show are below.
Descendents at Roseland Ballroom, Sept. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
today in NYC
* EMEFE @ Joe's Pub
* R.L. Boyce @ Barbes
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Madonna @ Yankee Stadium
* Che Chen @ Issue Project Room
* Smokey's Secret Family @ Barbes
* Scot Gresham-Lancaster @ The Stone
* Raya Brass Band, Litvakus @ Joe's Pub
* Pink Reason, Foster Care, Noon @ Lulus
* DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival @ Joe's Pub
* LadyHawke, Computer Magic @ Bowery Ballroom
* False, Mortals, Bellow, Yellow Eyes @ Acheron
* POP ETC, Goldroom, Gemini Club @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pauline Kim Harris & Conrad Harris @ The Stone
* LadyHawke, The Misshapes @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Mikael Jorgensen, Minerva Lions @ Mercury Lounge
* Icon Gallery, Acid Problem, Shoxx @ Death By Audio
* Hopewell, Weird Owl, Dead Leaf Echo @ Cameo Gallery
* Dirty Fences, Nat Brower & The Power, Wet @ Cake Shop
* Giuda, Bootblacks, Livids, 45 Adapters @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Holograms, Herzog Rising, Heavenly Beat @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Octant, Ping Pong, Weird Children, The Youngest @ 929 XPO
* The Dig, Jangula, Mother Feather, Marvelous Toy @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jus-Ed, Tim Sweeney, Mike Servito, Free Magic, Faso @ Glasslands
* The Ugly Club, Kung Fu Crime Wave, Edelweiss, New Beard @ Paper Box
* Rifle Recoil, Caged Animals, Give to Light, Rosy Street @ Muchmores
* Darlings, Grand Rapids, Your 33 Black Angels, The Waivers @ Union Pool
* Slaughterhouse, Freeway, Willie the Kid, Da Circle, Pharoahe Monch @ The Well
* Infinity Shred, Dunes (DJ set), Meth Dad, Dark Sister, 2 Ton Bug @ 255 McKibbin St
* Atoms for Peace (DJ Set), Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Justin Strauss @ P.S. 1
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Sam Amidon, Todd Barry, and more! @ City Winery
* The Brooklyn What, Bambara, Celestial Shore, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ Delinquency BLVD
* Jello Biafra and The Guantanomo School of Medicine, The TV Tramps, Chron Turbine @ Knitting Factory
* Riot Fest w/ Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, Larry & His Flask @ Williamsburg Park
The first-ever Brooklyn edition of Riotfest happens today at Williamsburg with Descendents, Gogol Bordello, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, BV-faves Screaming Females and more. Rioting starts at 3 PM.
Today is also the last Warm-up at MoMA PS 1, featuring Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace on DJ dute, plus Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Rustie, and Justin Strauss spinning as well. It's sold-out but there should be some tickets at the door if you get there when doors open at noon.
We also recommend checking out Sweden's Holograms who will be at 285 Kent tonight with locals Herzog Rising and Heavenly Beat. Check out the brand new video for Holograms' "Fever" below.
Or you could go see Italian glam punks Giuda (pronounced "Judah" if you were wondering) who will be at St. Vitus. The crowd for their show at Cake Shop last week went absolutely nuts, this will be a fun show... and how often do you get to see an Italian glam band?
Or if black metal is more your thing, Minnesota's False are making a rare stop in NYC for a show at Acheron.
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DIIV have a new video for their track "Doused" and you can watch that below.
Woods, whose new album is out this month, have just released a video for their new single "Cali in a Cup" and you can watch that below too.
Woods at Storm King Art Center in May (more by Jessica Amaya)
Woods will release their new album, Bend Beyond, on September 18 via the band's own Woodsist Records. You can stream two of its tracks, "Cali in a Cup" and "Size Meets the Sound," along with the cover art and tracklist, below.
Woods, whose touring lineup now includes drummer Aaron Neveu of Mmoss (who Woods recently toured with), will be supporting the new album with a tour. They in Europe as we speak and upon returning home later this month, they'll go on a run with The Walkmen. It seems likely that more dates will be announced, because after that there are only a few more shows currently scheduled, including a NYC show, which happens on November 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Brooklyn band Widowspeak (who they shared a bill with in May) and Purling Hiss. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (9/4) at noon. All currently known Woods dates are listed below.
You won't have to wait that long to catch Widowspeak in their hometown of Brooklyn though. They play Brooklyn Bowl on September 27 with Vensaire and Hard Bop. That show is free with RSVP or $5 at the door.
All lists of dates, song streams cover art and tracklist are below.
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.
Ghostface Killah @ Prospect Park, June 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Turbotronics @ Joe's Pub
* Joan Osborne @ City Winery
* Sondra Sun-Odeon @ Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Christopher Willits @ Cameo Gallery
* Cathy Grier NYCSubwayGirl @ Joe's Pub
* Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue @ Barbes
* MV Carbon, Steve Gunn @ Issue Project Room
* Ula Ruth, Modern Colour @ Knitting Factory
* Bettye Lavette @ Madison Square Park
* Gltr Pnch, Werewitch, Forcefields @ Cake Shop
* David Who Loves the Sky @ Living Room
* Scott Adsit and Jon Lutz @ UCB Chelsea
* Bloc Party, The Drums, Them Jeans @ Terminal 5
* M83, Big Black Delta @ Central Park Summerstage
* Swearin', Fancytramp, Slutever @ Death By Audio
* Hardbodies, Napoleon, Snake Dudes @ Union Pool
* Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits @ The Stone
* Summerscreen w/ Skeletons, Knyfe Hyts @ McCarren Park
* The Gradients, Mantis, Ratking, Fiasco @ Shea Stadium
* Aural Dystopia, Pulverize the Sound @ The Grand Victory
* Supremo Massiv, Tin Vulva, Rebelmatic @ Knitting Factory
* Joy and the Boy, The Reverend John DeLore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ BB King Blues Club
* Bad Weather California, Broncho, Strange Shapes @ Glasslands
* Diamond Terrifier, Laurel Halo, Slava, Bubbles @ Littlefield
* Heather Christian & The Arbornauts, Railbird @ Mercury Lounge
* Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Heavenly Beat, Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, You. @ Public Assembly
* Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Saigon, Krystyle @ Highline Ballroom
* The Bright Light Social Hour, Black Taxi, Echosuite @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wiccans, Deformity, Radiation, Bastard Deceiver, Dead Reich @ Tommy's Tavern
* Planes Mistaken for Stars, Model Home, The Sun The Moon The Stars @ Saint Vitus
* Vassals, Spirit Animal, My Dear Mycroft, Kevin McWha Steele, Kyle McNeill @ Pianos
* DJ Dog Dick, Chippy Nonstop, Cakes Da Killa, WC KIDS, The Pilot Kids @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer, and Kim Simmonds @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore @ Irving Plaza
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Woods' new album, Above and Beyond, is out next month. You can stream a track from it, "Size Meets the Sound," below.
You can also check out the new Fresh & Onlys single, "Presence of Mind," from their forthcoming album Long Slow Dance below too.
J. Mascis discusses the new Dinosaur Jr. album, I Bet on Sky, in a video with Portlandia's feminist bookstore lady which you can watch below.
Hit-Boy, who helmed the beat to Jay-Z and Kanye's "Niggas in Paris," now has his own album out called HITstory, which you can download for free at his website.
photos and videos by Jessica Amaya
A couple of Brooklyn bands in a unique NY setting on Sunday. More pictures and a couple of videos, below...
Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods kicked off a tour with Mmoss last month surrounding Austin Psych Fest which included a NYC-area show at Maxwell's on 4/20 (how was that?). The tour is wrapping up this weekend with a Philly show last night (5/4), a NYC show tonight (5/5) at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts, and a show at Storm King Art Center on Sunday with Widowspeak (who kick off a tour with 2:54 in June).
For Crystal Stilts, tonight's show is their only non-festival date, though they've been playing more and more lately. As far as festivals, they're on the lineup of this year's Capitol Hill Block Party.
All dates and a video of Woods at Austin Psych Fest below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
DOWNLOAD: Woods - "Christmas Time is Here" (VInce Guaraldi Cover) (MP3)
Woods at Woodsist Fest in July (more by Natasha Ryan)
Woods are heading out on a December tour that begins today (12/7) and culminates in a hometown show at Glasslands on December 19 with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, and Tide Eyed (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.
Woods are also welcoming the month of December with a cover of a song Dawes also just performed for the AV Club. It's Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here." You can grab that cover above, and stream it below along with all dates...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
DOWNLOAD: Prince Rama - "Rest In Peace" (MP3)
Prince Rama at MHOW in August (more by Erez Avissar)
Prince Rama are set to release their upcoming LP Trust Now on October 4 via Paw Tracks. You can grab the album track "Rest In Peace" above. Prince Rama are also putting out karaoke videos leading up to the album's release with other artists singing tracks off the new album. You can check out videos of G Lucas Crane of Woods singing "Incarnation" and Janka Nabay singing "Summer of Love" below.
They'll tour in support of the album opening for the equally otherworldly Gang Gang Dance on their GGD's previously announced tour. It hasn't been revealed if Prince Rama open GGD's October 22 Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ (which tickets are still on sale for), but Prince Rama's dates do list a CMJ show that day.
As mentioned, Prince Rama also have a residency at Issue Project Room scheduled. That residency includes a show on Thursday (9/8) at the Brooklyn venue. Admission is free and RSVP is open. According to Issue Project Room's site:
2011 Artist-in-Residence Prince Rama will transform ISSUE Project Room into a point of origins. They will construct a "sacred space" using gathered matter from off-site urban wilds of Brooklyn. Audience members will be invited to build their own instruments and utilize them in an extended jam session open to anyone who wishes to attend (regardless of musical skill). This aims to investigate the utopian symbology of "the jam session" as a poetic reenactment and microcosmic creation of an ideal democratic society. Cut off from the rest of the world, yet wholly imbedded within it, this ritual space becomes a NO PLACE.Prince Rama have also been added to the Javelin show at 285 Kent, which is happening on September 17. The Amil Byleckie Band are also on the bill. More details on this show are below.
All dates and videos below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Thee Oh Sees @ Big Sur
Last weekend, on Sunday, July 31st, Woods, The Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Sun Araw, White Fence, and Real Estate got together for the (annual?) Woodsist Festival at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. A set of pictures from the day continues below...
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Upon first discovering Ed Askew's music a few years ago, I never thought I'd be able to see him live, but thanks to all the much deserved attention the psychedelic legend is now getting due to Drag City, Ed shows are becoming more and more common. Getting the chance to see him for the first time at St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/17) (one night after Atlas Sound played there) was a pleasent surprise to say the least.
Although I was expecting/hoping to see him solo with either a guitar or piano, he was accompanied by a much younger keyboard player and stuck to just vocals and harmonica. He stood off to the side next to a podium which held his lyric sheets while his keyboard player was stationed in the middle of the stage. Despite admitting the sheets were there because he doesn't remember all of the lyrics, his voice was totally in tact and his delivery was excellent, lyric sheets or not. The humble setup was appropriate for Askew, who delivered his quirky songs with an awareness that they were far from marketable. It's with a completely straight face that he delivers lines like:
"Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom.
smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom."
He humbly spoke between songs, saying things like, "This song is one of my more recent ones, well not actually that recent. It was recorded in 1984 on a harpiscord for an album called Imperfiction which was just released now on a label called Drag City." He seemed almost confused that the esteemed Chicago indie label would reissue his work. It's great that they did though, and even better that Ed is still performing and can expose his music to new generations who were far from existing when he released his incredible debut Ask the Unicorn in 1968.
Woods, whose lo-fi approach to folk may not exist without the influence of musicians like Ed, were the headliners of the show (though I left before their set).
You can catch Ed Askew again supporting his Drag City-labelmate Bill Callahan on a tour which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.
Speaking of Drag City, Six Organs of Admittance is playing a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on August 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. No more Six Organs dates to report, but all Ed dates and a video of Ed playing in Philly last week, below...