Entries tagged with: Woods
Doveman @ album release party in October (more by Ezra Caldwell)
tonight in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Giggles comedy night @ Bruar Falls
* Jenny Scheinman, Adam Levy @ Barbes
* Amanda Monaco's Deathblow @ The Stone
* Led Er Est, Light Asylum @ Glasslands
* Hilary Hahn's Bach Party @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Little Feat, Donna the Buffalo @ The Concert Hall
* The Joy Formidable, Morning Fuzz, Locksley @ Pianos
* The Hot Rats, The Heavy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Respect Sextet, Ethan Iverson @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Doveman, Puss N Boots, Sam Amidon, The Poison Tree @ Mercury Lounge
* Pendulum Swings (Jason Trachtenburg), Brilliant Mistakes, Colin McGrath @ Southpaw
* Mike Wexler, Shahzad Ismaily, Jolie Holland, Garrett Devoe @ Monkey Town
* Doveman, Puss N Boots (with Norah Jones), Sam Amidon, The Poison Tree @ Mercury Lounge
Doveman & Friends play Mercury Lounge. Those includes Puss N Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper), Sam Amidon and The Poison Tree (Steve Salet of King of France).
Sam Amidon will open for Beth Orton at her City Winery and The Bell House shows next week.
Shahzad Ismaily usually plays with Doveman (some connections between Beth Orton/Doveman/Shahzad/Sam Amidon and others are laid out here), but possibly not tonight, as he's scheduled to play at Monkeytown (which is closing) with Mike Wexler, Jolie Holland, Garrett Devoe and a "surprise guest".
Jan 24th is the space's last night. Before that you can catch "WOODS FAMILY CREEPS" - "Brooklyn quartet Woods explore their jammier, improvisational leanings in an intimate setting with visuals" - on Monday, January 18th.
Holy Fuck are DJing in Princeton,
Charlie Hunter continues his Rose Live Music residency.
The Joy Formidable play their fourth of four NYC shows at Pianos tonight. Video from their gig last night at Union Hall, below...
"Rad Replacements-y project from Kevin of Woods, Cassie of Vivian Girls, Justin of Bossy, and Nate Stark from Stupid Party." - Todd PBabies play a show with Gary War, Coasting, and Men and Women tonight (12/19) at Ash's Place. More details on that show with four other dates, below...
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate (whose Martin Courtney answered our holiday questionnaire) are set to tour with Woods this March. The launching pad for that jaunt happens Friday, March 12th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also on the bill are the great Fucked Up-related project Bitters (guitarist Young Governor and Aerin Fogel). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Before that, Real Estate are lined up for a tour of Europe, and a few US show too - including a free January 5th show at Brooklyn Bowl as part of their Fader Bowl series.
Also there will be Cass McCombs, whose Catacombs came out last June on Domino.
All dates are below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Titus Andronicus @ Knitting Factory
Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos closed out their six-week North American tour (it kicked off at Monster Island Basement on September 2nd) with a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Thursday, October 15th. Grooms opened...
"In a room packed with family and friends, So So Glos absolutely killed it. I love this band. Every time they get up on stage they put their all into what they are doing, and they clearly love rock and roll. You know someone really loves what they're doing when, after six weeks of the same thing every night, the guys in this band are still moshing and mouthing all the words to Titus after their own set. What a genuine bunch of dudes. When they take the stage, they make it seem like the guitars are their weapons, and they're using rock and roll to energetically fight for everything good in the world. I did once see them almost start a fight at Death By Audio, but tonight was just good vibes all around, with an energetic under-aged crowd moshing along up front and us older folk enjoying ourselves, merely absorbing the So So Glos from the back.Titus Andronicus's next NYC show is a MyOpenBar/Going.com/Spinner show at Webster Hall on October 20th with Beach Fossils Here We Go Magic, and Woods (flyer below). The band is also scheduled to appear as a guest alongside Vivian Girls, Andrew W.K. and Katie Stelmanis at Fucked Up's Chemistry of Common Life show on November 5th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Titus Andronicus was about the same as well. Patrick Stickles is an amazing front man. He's totally bizarre, with an enormous black beard and eccentric stage banter. You can tell he's obviously the force behind both the literary and smart punk songs the band churns out. I'd seen Titus in the past with a bigger lineup and more instruments, including a keyboard. This time around they were just guitar, guitar, bass and drums. While I do think that they lost some of their grandeur with the departure of the keyboards, Titus didn't just power through their angst-ridden teenage tunes. Stickles mastered his guitar feedback to dramatic effect, with exciting builds and pauses. When this band releases their next album in 2010 (around March, Stickles promised), their career will certainly be unstoppable." [Breakthru Radio]
The So So Glos are currently touring Europe with The Virgins. Dates are below.
Brooklyn's Grooms (who used to be called Muggabears) have a slew of CMJ appearances coming up. They play a non-CMJ show on Tuesday (10/20) at Death by Audio, a Force Field CMJ show at Pianos on Oct. 21, the In Tandem Magazine CMJ show at Littlefield on on Oct. 23, and an After the Jump day show on Oct 24 at Brooklyn Bowl. Rejoicer, Grooms' debut, came out October 20th on the Death By Audio label.
The rest of the Knitting Factory pictures, some fliers and all tour dates, below...
"Featuring over 2 hours of live bands from Los Angeles and beyond, "Live at The Smell" captures the live energy that pumps through LA's legendary independent DIY all-ages venue. Recorded in high-quality audio and video over a month period in Fall 2008, the DVD gives you the feeling of being immersed in one of the many gigs presented there each week for over 10 years. The music is clean and powerful, the footage is raw and wild, and the energy is LIVE.One of those bands, No Age, had three upcoming NY shows. Now they have
Presented on a gorgeous 6-panel Digipak with superb all-mural photographs by Wild Don Lewis and liner notes by Jim Smith (owner / operator of The Smell), "Live at The Smell" is a collector's document, something you won't want to miss. Even if it gets on NetFlix, even when you find it on your favorite torrent site, it won't be the same as holding it in your hand. 6 murals are represented - featuring artists Cali deWitt, Jesse Spears, and some unknown dude from the 80s when it was a caballero bar.
The bands featured on this movie are the cream of the indie-alt-rock / experimental bands that play the club on a regular basis: Mae Shi, Foot Village, Ponytail, Abe Vigoda, High Places, Gowns, BARR, No Age, HEALTH, Captain Ahab (in order of appearance)."
DOWNLOAD: Wildbirds & Peacedrums - There is No Light (MP3)
Improbable recipients of the prestigious Jazz In Sweden 2008 prize, Mariam and Andreas [the two members of Wildbirds & Peacedrums] used their winnings to record at the Soundtrack Of Our Lives-owned Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg. Vocals and drums were brilliantly recorded live to tape, and the spontaneity of the resulting album captures the intense bond between the couple, while expanding their sonic palette to include steel drum, piano, xylophone, marimba, Rhodes and more. "We tried to deconstruct the roles we have as a drummer/singer, so Mariam plays the same number of instruments as me," Andreas explains.The Swedish group's second album, The Snake, just came out August 25th on Leaf Label. MP3 above. Video below.
Wildbirds & Peacedrums will be playing a trio of NYC gigs this September. The first is a "Wordless Music" show with Deerhoof at LPR on September 15th. The other two are a pair of opening dates for Fanfarlo at the Bowery Ballroom and the Bell House on September 21st and 22nd, respectively.
All tour dates with their Black Cab Session and other videos below...
Junior Boys @ Webster Hall - July 23, 2009 (sneuffer)
As previously posted, The King Khan & BBQ Show are playing two shows in NYC on October. They'll be at Bowery Ballroom on the 30th, and at The Bell House in Brooklyn one day later (Halloween). Dum Dum Girls, who last played their first and only show in NYC during the Woodsist Festival (and have since signed to Sub Pop) will open both dates.
The Bell House show is an early one - it'll be over by 10:30 so that doors can open for the late show which it can now be revealed will be a performance by the Junior Boys (who were last here when they played a rescheduled date at Webster Hall in July). Tickets for the late show will be on sale soon. Tickets for the early show are still on sale now (and no tickets for Bowery yet).
By the way, Dungen and Woods play the Bell House this Friday night (8/14). $15 tickets are still on sale, and you can get in (capacity permitting) for $10 at the door with your stub from the Animal Collective show happening in Prospect Park the same evening. All JB dates below...
Mike Watt @ Maxwell's in May (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Dub Is a Weapon @ Zebulon
* Your Nature, Wild Yaks @ Union Pool
* The Giraffes, Juice Falcon @ Union Pool
* Michael Gira, Wand @ Issue Project Room
* LiveFastDie, Golden Triangle @ Rock Star Bar
* Joan As Police Woman, Holly Miranda @ 92YTribeca
* Jerry Rivera, N'Klabe @ Central Park Summerstage
* Spanish Prisoners, Ghost Gamblers @ Highline Ballroom
* Ghostface, Redman and Method Man @ Starland Ballroom (NJ)
* Satanicide, Notorious MSG, Flaming Fire @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tyvek, Personal and the Pizzas, Coconut Coolouts @ Cake Shop
* Rooftop Films w/ Stars Like Fleas @ Old American Can Factory
* The Naked Heroes, Andy D, The Bamboo Kids, Wild Yaks @ Glasslands
* John Wesley Harding & the English UK, Megan Reilly @ The Bell House
* Double Nickels on the Dime 25th Anniversary Party @ Bowery Poetry Club (Watt)
* Gary War, Little Claw, Real Estate, Religious Knives @ Scultpure Center
* Holy Hail, Anders Manly, Univox, Bad Girlfriend, Desert Stars @ Don Pedro
* The Beets, Fergus & Geronimo, Yellow Fever, The Magic Kids @ Market Hotel
* The Albertans, Miracles of Modern Science, The Tales @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Lemonade, Free Energy, Riton (DJ), JDH & Dave P (DJ) @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Kailash Kher, Electro Morocco @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* pow wow!, HTR, The Sundelles, Senors of Marseille, Hank and Cupcakes @ The Castle in Hell
* Benefit for the MAZE w/ NinjaSonik, Aa, Charlie Looker, Dave Longstreth (DJ), more @ Death By Audio
Also this afternoon @ The Brooklyn Museum:
An afternoon of performances and film featuring established and emerging contemporary African artists working in music, film, and literature, in celebration of the exhibition Yinka Shonibare MBE. Highlights includes the film This Is My Africa (Zina Saro-Wiwa, UK/Nigeria, 2008, 50 minutes), about the Africa that exists in the hearts and minds of native and non-native individuals; a dramatized reading of contemporary texts presented by the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages; a gallery talk by celebrated performer and fashion designer Wunmi; as well as live music performances in the Sculpture Garden, including Rwandese electro-pop artist Iyadede and Sierra Leone's reggae and hiphop ambassadors, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew.Free music tonight includes a Celebrate Brooklyn show with Kailash Kher and Electro Morocco at Prospect Park Bandshell; Jerry Rivera and N'Klabe play the Central Park Summerstage.
2 Live Crew & Ninjasonik at Studio B has been cancelled.
John Wesley Harding brings his band the English UK to The Bell House for a show with Megan Reilly.
The 25th Anniversary Party for the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime is at Bowery Poetry Club. Musical guests include Mike Watt and Richard Hell (who's re-releasing one of his '80s LP).
Gary War, Little Claw, Real Estate and Religious Knives play Long Island City's Scultpure Center.
Joan As Police Woman and Holly Miranda perform at 92YTribeca.
LiveFastDie and Golden Triangle play a free show at Rock Star Bar.
Death By Audio features a 12-hour Benefit for the MAZE installation (going in at the venue) with NinjaSonik, Aa, Charlie Looker, DJ Dave Longstreth and more.
All Points West announced set times.
New videos from Of Montreal, and Woods (who played the Whitney last night), below.
People are officially stagediving at the wavves show at bowery. Holy/shit. - david galea
Woods video below...
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Red Light Love (MP3)
Titus Andronicus @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
Titus Andronicus will be playing the Colt 45/Vice Magazine party at Glasslands on Thursday, July 9th (tonight). The band's MySpace reveals that The So-So Glos will also be appearing (though the show flyer, below, only lists a "special guest"). The show is free with RSVP, though there's limited capacity.
The So So Glos are also playing a show on Friday, July 10th at Southpaw with Those Darlins who play a show with Heavy Trash and Shilpa Ray at Mercury Lounge tonight. All dates below.
Titus is also scheduled to play July 10th with Real Estate at the first of the Whitney Museum's four July rock shows. That's still happening -- the concert is free with admittance to the museum which is free from 6-9pm on Fridays - so it's a free show, but first come, first served.
The MySpace schedule for Real Estate, who just played in Brooklyn on July 4th, lists an additional NYC date for San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys. That show, the Mexican Summer/Insound party at Cameo Gallery on July 16th,
can be added is not actually part of the Fresh & Onlys extensive upcoming schedule. The show is happening, but the Fresh & Onlys aren't playing it. Actually on the bill are Woods and Golden Triangle.
A flyer for the Glasslands show, with all tour dates, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano
The Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's Day One (7/3) was moved inside the Market Hotel. Thankfully, the weather held out for its second, 4th of July lineup, which went off as planned in the grassy, rock-filled lot of 979 Broadway Backyard.
I arrived just as Real Estate was going on, and the New Jersey band nearly stole the show with dreamy rock that seemed to be made for a sunny afternoon. The Beets held down their set with a casualness befitting a park lodge show (kind of what the fest was on a slightly bigger scale). The guys gave new meaning to the word "ramshackle" as things seemed to be toppling over continually onstage.
German Measles played a set before I got there. Bill caught them and said they "aren't actually that bad... But they're also not very good. And that kind of seems to be the point. Shambolic is an understatement, like 'why rehearse when we can just play shows?"
The Great Excape did a set of Jersey-style pop-punk that included their own theme song, several politically-themed tunes (a nice touch) and a cover of "Summertime Blues." Ganglians brought one of the day's only keyboards, and burst with a flurry of reverb and overdrive.
Brilliant Colors started out with straight-ahead noise punk, with a bit of a melody void left by their super-reverbed vocals (maybe a theme of the night) and washed-out guitar. When the bass stepped up its riffs a few songs in, the band immediately sounded twice as catchy. The Fresh and Onlys took that bass-forward momentum and went with it. Their bassist pounded the notes in between and then some. As a result, the group had one of the most complete sounds of the night (with a tambourine and three-part harmonies rounding it out). They dedicated their last song to the member of Tyvek in the hospital (the reason for that band's cancellation). Hopefully their situation turns out better.
Dum Dum Girls had to be one of the night's cleanest sounding groups. The band relied heavily on singer Dee Dee's vocals, which harmonized with drummer Frankie Rose on their songs' many hooks.
The atmospheric rock of Woods definitely got jammier as it progressed. As Bill Pearis pointed out, the group's fourth member, who sat on the floor twiddling effects and singing into a microphone strapped to his face, was a bit strange considering the rest of the guys were dressed proper enough for church. Whatever you have to do to make it sound good I suppose.
Kurt Vile & the Violators roared into the night as the sun finally went down. Vile and Vivian Girls (who, as one commenter pointed out, "played with a great intensity") more than warmed up the crowd for Thee Oh Sees, who capped the night (for some) with an unstoppable set. Frontman John Dwyer was literally foaming at the mouth as a streak of white drool smeared across his face for part of the set. Thee Oh Sees' strange, repetition-laced anthems are amazing for shaking and rattling, as the crowd proved. The band even got talked into playing an encore before sending everyone into the night.
The rest of the pictures from Day Two, with a bunch of videos, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Mayfair Set
"Festival is a very misleading term to describe this showcase because this wasn't really a festival. There were a lot of bands playing which is a prerequisite for a festival, but beyond that there wasn't a whole hell of a lot that qualified this as a festival. It was basically just a really kick-ass show that lasted for two days. There was rain on Friday, and the show was moved indoors. I discovered this after circling the block several times. I could hear the music, and I could tell something was definitely going on but for the life of me I could not find the fucking place. Finally, I stopped two people who looked like they would definitely know where the show was and when I asked them "Do you know where the show is?" they responded by saying "Show? What show?" and then I tried again, this time clearing my throat before speaking, "I am looking for the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest-i-val. Would you happen to know where it is located?" and then the bro gave me an approving nod and explained to me that the show was going on above a grocery store called Mr. Kiwi's and that the way to get there is to slip through the door on the side. Many thanks to that dude because I found what I was looking for shortly there after." [no gift for the gab]Considering all the rain we've been having, it's amazing how nice it ended up being over Fourth of July weekend. Saturday's show in Battery Park, as well as the 2nd day of the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest at 979 Broadway Backyard had beautiful weather. Friday's show at South Street Seaport was completely dry and breezy as well. Unfortunately though, there was some rain earlier on Friday (6/3), and so the Woodsist Fest organizers were forced to make a decision, and that decision was to move the day's festivities to Market Hotel... the very, very hot Market Hotel.
Bands on the bill for that first day were Blank Dogs, Psychedelic Horseshit, caUSE co-MOTION!, the Mayfair Set, Gary War, Little Girls, Kid Romance, Beachniks, and the Gutsies. What were the highlights?
As Bill pointed out, the Mayfair Set is "a collaboration with Blank Dogs (and Captured Tracks domo) Mike Sniper" and Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls, who, as I just pointed out, is actually Kristin Gundred from Grand Ole Party. Live it was Kristin, Mike, JB from Crystal Stilts, Jeremy from Woods, and Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, Meneguar & other bands. For Mike and Kristin, it was the first of two bands they debuted at the fest over the weekend. On Saturday it was Dum Dum Girls. Both new bands were filled out by members of other bands (Dum Dum Girls had a Crystal Stilt and a Crocodile).
More pictures from Day One (minus the first three bands), below...
Woods @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
WOODS shows coming up in NYC
07-04 Brooklyn, NY - 979 Broadway Backyard (Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival)
07-15 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom w/ WAVVES
07-16 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
07-24 New York, NY - Whitney Museum w/ Grooms
08-14 Brooklyn, NY - Bell House w/ Dungen (tix)
The previously mentioned Dungen date is part of a whole tour for the two bands. All dates, and Woods' new video for "To Clean", below...
Suzanne Muldowney (Underdog) @ the Mermaid Parade (more by Barry Yanowitz)
Tickets are on sale for that Dan Deacon, No Age & Deerhunter show happpening at the Flying W Resort in Jersey (near Philly) on August 1st. They only cost $12. Then again, the Brooklyn show with the same lineup will be free.
Dungen is playing The Bell House with Woods on August 14th. Tickets are on sale.
Mickey Factz is playing SOB's on July 14th. Tickets are on sale.
Motörhead, Nashville Pussy, and Reverend Horton Heat play Roseland Ballroom on September 9th. Tickets are on sale.
Cafe Tacuba has a show coming up at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 28th. Tickets are on sale.
The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players played the OJ All Day Festival at the Brooklyn Lyceum over the weekend. They play a show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Nicole Atkins and the Sea are playing the Bell House with Bird of Youth on August 6th. Tickets are on sale.
Last year, Bird of Youth opened for AC Newman at the Bell House. Nicole Atkins was playing as a member of his band at that show. This past weekend AC played the Clearwater Festival, and he has a free show coming up on Thursday.
Tickets are on sale for the June 25th St. Vincent show at the Bell House. St Vincent just toured with Pattern is Movement who are playing that same night at the Bell House's sister club Union Hall with Bell and Inlets. Tickets are on sale for that too.
Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy's Law celebrating his birthday aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise is a tradition that is happening again this year on August 12th. Tickets are on sale.
Q-Tip, Marky Ramone, The Misshapes, Junior Vasquez, and Paul Sevigny are all DJing the same event tonight (6/22).
Breakfast at Sulimay's reviewed Yo La Tengo and Raphael Saadiq. Video below...
DOWNLOAD: Woods - To Clean (MP3)
"...it has been damn near impossible to keep up with [Blank Dog] Mike Sniper's Captured Tracks label, who have hit the ground running with eight releases since the start of the year and many more slated for the near future. Captured Tracks is, to put it plainly, an outlet for Mr. Sniper to release records by bands he loves. In his mind it is "not a boutique label, " and by that he means that the releases are not meant to become instant eBay collectables, and will remain in print as long as there are people buying them. Some will have limited edition versions with alternate artwork or bonuses, but even these editions are easily and widely available. Affordable, available and well made, Captured Tracks is the populist record label. " [Agit Reader]The previously announced Brooklyn Festival got much, much more interesting...
The Feelies @ Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
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.
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..
Other 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...
Broadway Backyard (more by Tim Griffin)
WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"On Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom, The Vaselines essentially played every song they ever wrote, including 2 new songs that sounded like they could have been written back in the late 80s along with the others. Opening the set with the energetically cheerful "Son of a Gun," they made it clear that they still had it after all these years. With reunion concerts it's very difficult to be anything but skeptical as a fan, especially with a band who has barely played together in almost 20 years. A couple songs later, a broken bike horn did little to subtract from the quirky poppy excellence of "Molly's Lips." Throughout the set the playful stage banter of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee added an extra element of fun to the night. It's rare to see such a genuinely clever dialogue on stage anymore." [NY Press]The Vaselines' 2nd of two NYC shows is tonight (5/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees
The post-SXSW music flood has yet to show relief and this week might actually be more jam-packed with goodness than last. Where to start?
Kings of San Francisco's fertile garage rock scene, Thee Oh Sees are back in town for two shows this weekend in what I'd have to call unlikely venues for the band. Thee Oh Sees are not exactly fond of playing on stages, as I've only ever seen them set up on the floor, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle it at The Bell House (4/4) and Mercury Lounge (4/5). Regardless, if they're anywhere near as good as they were at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SXSW it'll be a great time. John Dwyer is an intense frontman, flinging his guitars around and likes to get very intimate with his microphone for maximum in-the-red levels. Speaking of, In the Red is releasing Thee Oh Sees' great new album, Help, and while it's not in shops yet, it should be available at the merch table this weekend. Go see them.
Michigan's Tyvek are playing three shows this week, starting tonight (3/31) at Cake Shop. There is certainly no shortage of this kind of low fidelity, high attitude punk being made right now, but these guys do it better than most I think. The band, who keep changing the spelling of their name (Their Myspace currently has it as "Tyvjk"), are due to drop their debut full-length on Siltbreeze any minute now, so maybe they'll will be selling it at these gigs.
Tonight's show at Cake Shop is for the venue's "World's Birthday Party" parties held on the last day of each month. Tonight is curated by Peggy of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Chuk Reutter of Gold Dust who will be playing their last-ever show tonight. Also on the bill: San Francisco's gothy New Thrill Parade (they sound more than a little like The Birthday Party), and two ca-USE co-MOTION offshoots (Extreme Violence and The German Measles). If your birthday is in March, it's free entry plus two drink ticket and a "gift" and cake. All others pay $7. Tomorrow (4/1) Tyvek play Death by Audio with local folkies Woods (whose new album, Songs of Shame is pretty darn good) and then on Thursday (4/2) opening for Asobi Seksu at Bowery Ballroom.
Also on that Asobi Seksu bill are San Diego scuzz-rockers Crocodiles who put out a JAMC-loving single "Neon Jesus" last year and will release their debut album on April 28th via Fat Possum. Two songs from that album (as well as "Neon Jesus") are available over at RCRD LBL and show they also seem to like Spacemen 3 a lot too. I missed them at SXSW so I can't say whether they're good as a live band or not (editor's note: I liked what little I saw of them), but I'm guessing it's gonna be two guys, a drum machine and a truckload of feedback and reverb (editor's note: YES!). Which is okay by me. In addition to the BB show, Crocodiles also play Pianos on Saturday night (4/4) with the aforementioned New Thrill Parade and L.A.'s pummeling duo Tweak Bird (who BB most recently caught at SXSW).
A few more shows to mention (and all tour dates below):
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Nathan Williams's starter Flock of Seagulls haircut was silly with sweat, slapping at his face and neck as he jerked around on the tiny stage at Less Artists More Condos in the West Village on Saturday night. But after nearly every song he stopped for a look in the virtual mirror. Not at the hair, but at less likely concerns. Was his guitar tuned properly? (It was not.) Could he hit the notes the next song required? (Define hit. And notes.) Musing about whether he could pull off a particular number, he demurred -- "No. I can't. Sorry." -- and then dove in anyway.The Wavvves album really is terrific. Wavves (the artist whose album has one more "v" than his name) also played a show with almost the exact same lineup (Woods/Nodzzz/Blank Dogs) one day earlier at Market Hotel and one day later (yesterday) at Underground Lounge (where Blank Dogs reportedly cancelled).
Slickness isn't really a concern for Mr. Williams, a one-man band from San Diego who records as Wavves, but crispness is. His terrific second album, "Wavvves" (Fat Possum), teems with scrappy, energetic, summery chunks of noisy pop: smart-aleckyness via Weezer, cooing via the Beach Boys, all masked by digital effects and a thick garage-rock haze. (The album is to be released this week on iTunes and next month on CD.) [NYTIMES]
Wavves will reportedly be back in NYC at the end of March.
Nodzzz went on first at Less Artists More Condos. Toby could't get through the door in time, but he did get lots of pics of the rest of the show. More of them below...
photos by Lori Baily
Vivian Girls were the last-minute/secret early-opener. More pictures from Friday night's show below...