Entries tagged with: Xray Eyeballs
photos by P Squared
Dynamic duo King Khan & BBQ Show brought their wild selves to NYC for two shows at Knitting Factory last week (11/12 & 11/14) as part of their current tour with Montreal's Milk Lines. We caught the second show which was also with OCDPP, the band featuring Cassie Ramone, OJ of Xray Eyeballs and Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls on drums. Lots more pictures from the whole night, below...
Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies), Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and OJ from XRay Eyeballs have formed a new group called OCDPP. Dee Dee plays drums, and OJ describes their sound as 80's LA punk influenced. OCDPP will play their first show on Thursday (4/9) at Elvis Guesthouse with Flowers of Evil (members of Crocodiles, SISU, APTBS) and Dark Tunnels. Tickets are on sale and flyer for the show is below.
OCDPP will also be playing Baby's All Right on May 15 opening for Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang. Future Punx are also on that show and tickets are on sale.
Chain and the Gang, who released Minimal Rock n' Roll last year, only have one other show on their schedule: May 22 at Columbus, OH's Ace of Cups.
Brooklyn's Backwords, who released Nest back in September, have offered up a version of Christmas hymn "We Three Kings" that makes its premiere in this post. Here's what they have to say about their take:
Inspired by the mystical & dark themes present in both the music and lyrics, we harkened back to the woody-warm and open recording styles of the 60s in this version of the holiday classic. "We Three Kings" was recorded by candlelight in a really cold warehouse space in Bushwick.You can stream Backwords' rendition of "We Three Kings" and new album Nest (via Spotify), below.
We did our best to capture the psychedelic/dark nature of We Three Kings in this version. Happy Holidays and may there one day be peace on Earth.
You can also catch Backwords live tonight (12/23) at Glasslands where they'll play alongside Shilpa Ray, Economy Punk (OJ from Xray Eyeballs' new band) and headliners The Ugly Club. Tickets are still available. Backwords offered up a tribute to Glasslands, which closes after its New Year's Eve show, and you can read that below.
by Bill Pearis
Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Colleen Green's charming and catchy 2013 album Sock it to Me was overlooked by a lot of people and while it didn't make my best albums list, it was a definitely runner-up and I put the bouncy "Time in the World" on one of my year-end mixes. You can stream the album below, where you'll also find her Top 10 Things of 2013 list.
Green is currently on the East Coast playing a short run of shows this week, including Saturday (1/4) at Death by Audio. That's a pretty good show, with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls/Babies in solo mode, plus sets from Xray Eyeballs, Virginia Trance, and Juniper Rising.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream, flyer for the DbA show and Colleen's 2013 Top 10, below...
Tokyo Police Club are playing Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.
San Fermin are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.
GZA is playing Best Buy Theater on January 18 with Datsik. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/14) (moved from Rough Trade) with Tippy Toes and Colin Self. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Connan Mockasin's show that would have been at Rough Trade (1/10) has been moved to Glasslands. Arp is also opening and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for his Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Maria Minerva and Co La are playing 285 Kent on December 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Crazy Spirit, Glue, CREEM, and Chain Rank are playing Acheron on December 23. Tickets for this punk show are on sale now.
X-Ray Eyeballs, Battletorn, Concrete Cross, and Call of the Wild are playing Acheron on February 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, and Tiger Dare are playing Glasslands on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, and DJ Dubious Luxury play Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tiga is playing Output on December 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Neon Indian DJs Cameo on January 3 along with DJ sets from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta, Airbird) and Heathered Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Franz Ferdinand, Frankie Rose @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Franz Ferdinand are out on the road in support of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The band have always been a lot of fun live, so expect an entertaining show. Go early for Brooklyn's Frankie Rose.
Weekend, Disappears, Nothing, DJ Maria Sherman, DJ Jenn Pelly @ Glasslands
Do you like it dark and noisy? Here's the perfect triple bill. Both Weekend and Disappears have gotten gothier on their respective new albums and openers Nothing (who just played one of our CMJ parties) are just plain heavy. Earplugs highly recommended for this one.
Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Beacon Theater
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are doing two nights of "Anything We Want" at Beacon Theatre this week. What exactly does that mean? Back in July they said, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." They've probably figured out more of the set by now.
Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Bowery Ballroom
Weirdo rockers Man Man are back with their new On Oni Pond LP, and this week their tour in support of it hits NYC for two shows with arty local songwriter Xenia Rubinos.
X-ray Eyeballs, The Funs, Rips, Truthers @ Death By Audio
X-ray Eyeballs are stripping down and playing acoustic for this show, which also includes a set by sloppy Chicago rockers The Funs, and two other local bands, Rips and Truthers.
Diego Garcia, Arc Iris, Natalia Clavier @ Highline Ballroom
It's all solo/side projects tonight with Diego Garcia (of Elefant), Arc Iris (ex-mem. of The Low Anthem), and Natalia Clavier (of Thievery Corporation).
Noah And The Whale, Spires @ Irving Plaza
It's been about five years since Noah & the Whale released "5 Years Time"... maybe they'll joke about that on stage? If you're going tonight, make a point to go early and check out jangly psych-pop band Spires who open the show.
Foxygen, Ben Chatrer, Jungle Green @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was just in NYC playing a bunch of CMJ shows, and now the whole band is here for a 2-night stand of their '60s-style baroque/psych pop and Jim Morrison-style stage antics.
Boys Noize, Jimmy Edgar, Braille @ Output
Boys Noize gets associated with the EDM scene these days, but this week he does two nights at the intimate (for his standards) Williamsburg dance club, which is becoming known for booking forward-thinking electronic music, like tonight's openers, Jimmy Edgar and Braille.
American Sharks, Hector's Pets, Dirty Fences, Nancy @ Union Pool
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks were supposed to play with Godflesh this past week and have upcoming dates with Clutch and The Sword, but they also fit in on small garage rock bills, which they did once during CMJ and will do again tonight.
B.B. King @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's his club, he can play when he wants and what he wants.
Chris Thile @ Carnegie Hall
Bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, etc) takes on the historic Carnegie Hall tonight.
Eric Burdon @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Rock legend Eric Burdon has been touring this year, having done two nights in NYC back in May. His current tour doesn't come back to NYC but if you don't mind traveling a bit, there are stops in NJ (tonight) and CT (tomorrow).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis
DIIV / LODRO @ Mercury Lounge, 5/11/2013
It was the kind of line-up you might see at Shea Stadium or 285 Kent, but Brooklyn crossed the bridge on Saturday night for the Downtown Music Festival on Saturday night (5/11). Well some of its bands did at least, specifically DIIV, LODRO, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick -- for a show at Mercury Lounge. Fresh off their tour with How to destroy angels_, DIIV played the small-for-them Houston venue, cranking out their well-honed whirling sound. The band have a few festival dates lined up and those are listed below.
LODRO are are starting to rival DIIV for sheer number of locals shows played in a given week, and its clearly working as their claustrophobic blues has already come into its own a mere four months since the band's first live show. (And as DIIV showed, playing all the time helps.) You can catch them tonight (5/13) at Knitting Factory as part of the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with headliners Foxygen as well as Amen Dunes and Prince Rupert's Drops. That show is only $3 at the door (no advance tickets) and doors are at 7 PM (which is what time I start DJing). I you haven't seen their new video, which we premiered on Friday, you can watch that below.
The night started with sets from Xray Eyeballs and DJ Dog Dick. Saturday night's other DTF offerings included Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom and we've got more coverage of the fest's maiden voyage still to come. For now, check out more Mercury Lounge pics below.
The Orwells at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned several times, the Downtown Music Festival, which is hitting multiple cities this year, is coming through NYC tonight (5/10) and Saturday (5/11) for shows across various multiple LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more. Tickets (2-day passes, 1-day passes, and individual show tickets) are still available. In fact, even Trash Talk at Cake Shop still has tickets available, probably because of the $25+fees ticket price.
Since we last spoke, some additions to the lineup have been made. Garage rockers The Orwells (who have other upcoming dates) were added to tonight's Palma Violets and Guards show at Bowery Ballroom, making for an all-around great bill for fans of catchy, upbeat rock. The Orwells just revealed the Dave Sitek-produced track, "Other Voices," off their upcoming EP of the same name (due out 6/25 via East End/Canvasback), which you can stream below.
SZA, who recently put out the trippy S EP, has been added to Sky Ferreira's show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Teengirl Fantasy and Mess Kid, who were already announced for the festival but not that specific show, were also added as openers.
LODRO (who play a BrooklynVegan-curated show on Monday), Xray Eyeballs, and DJ Dog Dick were added to DIIV"s show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday.
Other shows tonight include Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) and Fat Tony at Capitale (130 Bowery), Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth, Antwon, and more at Element (225 E Houston), Beach Fossils and Cosmonauts at Cake Shop, and more.
Meanwhile, Ryan Hemsworth made a new mix in anticipation for the festival, which you can stream, along with the tracklist below. And if you were wondering, yes, it does have his remix of the Backstreet Boys' "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely."
A stream of that mix, the Orwells stream, and the updated Downtown Music Fest schedule below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Bill Pearis
Xray Eyeballs @ Bumble and Bumble 3/26/2013
Kanine Records, current home of Eternal Summers, Zambri, Fear of Men and more, are turning ten years old this year, quite an accomplishment for any label born post-Napster. To celebrate, they're throwing a birthday party at Union Pool on Wednesday (4/10) with live entertainment from Xray Eyeballs, Royal Baths side project LODRO, and Montreal's Valleys. The new album from Valleys isn't out till the end of the month, but you can pick up early vinyl at the merch booth that night. You can also pick up free Kanine cassettes and fanzines there too.
The party, which also celebrates 10 years of The L Magazine, is free with open bar but you need to RSVP.
XRay Eyeballs open for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sold-out show at Webster Hall on Sunday (4/7). A few weeks ago (3/26) they played played an event at Bumble and Bumble's downtown salon and pictures from their performance are in this post.
LODRO, meanwhile, play Death by Audio on Saturday (4/6) with Far-Out Fangtooth, Psychic Blood, and Dont.
Flyer for the Kanine party and more pictures from that Xray Eyeballs show below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Boys - Love Hits (MP3)
After a 7" in 2011 and a couple tracks released online last year, Brooklyn's Young Boys are set to release their debut album, New York Sun, next week (2/26). The quartet make gloomy, martial-beat post-punk with equal helpings of dissonance and melody. If you like Cold Cave or Merchandise (or '80s stuff like Lords of the New Church and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry) they are worth checking out. You can stream the entire album for the first time below and its mopey/catcy track "Love Hits" is downloadable above.
Young Boys have a couple local shows coming up. They play Saturday (2/23) at Death by Audio with You, Ritual Howls and Faten Kanaan; then their official album release party happens at Glasslands on March 3 with Xray Eyeballs and DJ sets by Brandon of Crocodiles and Punks on Mars. Advance tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Album stream below...
Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via supergalaxy)
Less than a week after Primus made things 3-D, Cat Power brought laser lights and her tour with Willis Earl Beal and X-Ray Eyeballs to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night (10/23). How was the show? Hopefully nobody fell out of the balcony. The setlist is below...
Willis Earl Beal @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chicago's Willis Earl Beal has signed-on to support Cat Power on a few of her October North American tour dates, including tonight's Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/23) that also has Xray Eyeballs as an opener (and a few other dates). Tickets are still available.
Willis Earl Beal, who JUST cancelled a headlining NYC show at Bowery Ballrooms earlier this month, had to cancel a few more of his own shows to make this tour work, and you can check out his complete 2012 schedule below, along with a video for "Monotony."
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith, words by Bill Pearis
A skimasked Nobunny at Otto's Shrunken Head, 9/20/2012
Last night at East Village tiki bar Otto's Shunken Head, Sailor Jerry presented a night of garage bubblegum insanity with Nobunny, The Tough Shits and Bad Sports. Nobunny apparently misplaced his disturbing rabbit mask and performed with a skimask instead. Needless to say, the rum-fueled show was wild and sweaty. We've got a few pictures from his set in this post.
UPDATE: The Tough Shits didn't play, word is they couldn't get off work. It's tough being a band, these days.
Hopefully Nobunny has found his mask since, as he and Bad Sports play NYC again tonight (9/21) at Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker) with Xray Eyeballs and Liquor Store. Nobunny and Bad Sports continue their tour Philly tomorrow (9/22) and cross the finish line at next weekend's Gonerfest.
If you haven't checked out Bad Sports, who are Nobunny's backing band on this tour, their 2011 Kings of the Weekend album is sneery, shoutalong punk a la the Ramones or early Damned and can be streamed below via Spotify. All remaining Nobunny/Bad Sports dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Useless Eaters (aka Nashville resident Seth Sutton) are currently on an East Coast tour that hits NYC this week for two shows with Nice Guys: Thursday, August 23 at Cake Shop with Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, and Friday, August 24 at Death by Audio with Xray Eyeballs and King Prom (mems of Numerators, Splinters, Pamela). All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band have just released a new EP titled Black Night Ultraviolet (cover art above) that's four songs of dark, paranoid pop, all of which are really good. The whole thing is streamable below. The EP's standout cut, "Hypertension," is also the name of the new Useless Easters album which will be out this fall.
That EP stream and a list of Useless Eaters tour dates are below.
Tune-Yards at an ACL taping (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Trio S @ The Stone
* Opera on Tap @ Barbes
* Imani Uzuri @ Joe's Pub
* Sasha Dobson @ The Stone
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Xylos, Ms Mr, Ninifabi @ Glasslands
* Never Sleep Alone (NSA) @ Joe's Pub
* Nass Gnawa, Hiro Kone (DJ) @ Zebulon
* Radiohead, Caribou @ Prudential Center
* The Stooges Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Juju from The Beatnuts (DJ) @ The Grand Victory
* Psychedelic Furs @ Landmark on Main Street
* Jokers of The Scene, Tezeo, DJ JDH @ Glasslands
* Battle of the Boroughs (Manhattan) @ The Greene Space
* Human Highlight Reel, Lost Coves, KNTRLR @ The Gutter
* Wild Yaks, Las Ardillas, Hector's Pets @ The Rock Shop
* The Senate, Stone Cold Fox, Ula Ruth @ Knitting Factory
* Kiss It Goodbye, Tiger Flowers, Fashion Week @ Acheron
* OBN IIIs, Twin Guns, The Omens, Foster Care @ Cake Shop
* Andrew Rose Gregory, Land of Leland, Icewater @ Union Hall
* Porcelain Raft, Firehorse, Jane Jane Pollock @ Mercury Lounge
* Cooper (Performing Weezer's "Blue Album") @ Mercury Lounge
* Tune-Yards, Micachu & The Shapes, Delicate Steve @ Terminal 5
* Freelance Whales, Lucius, Spanish Prisoners @ Bowery Ballroom
* Electric People, Tender Lion, Mammox, Drunk Monk @ XPO 929
* Monica Lionheart, Rana Santacruz, Contramano @ Cameo Gallery
* Woodsman, Dustin Wong, Jovontaes, Herbcraft @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* ZEBU!, Real Life Time Machines, Omnivore, Inky Jack @ Death By Audio
* Menage A Twang, Doll Parts, Gentleman Callers, Woodpecker @ The Bell House
* Darmstadt 2012: Pauline Oliveros 80th Birthday Celebration @ Issue Project Room
* Don't Upset The Bear, Melissa and Paul, Gypsy Wig, Big Wilson River @ Maxwell's
* Murphy's Law, Runny, The Last Stand, Agitator, Tribal Force, No Dice @ Saint Vitus
* Leda (formerly Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band), Play/Start, noon:30 @ Union Pool
* Seasick Mama, Young Midnight, Love Skills, Sean Glass (DJ), Nicole Atkins (DJ) at Cameo
* Autre Ne Veut, Co La, Beige, Physical Therapy (DJ set), Peter Fonda (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
* Galactic, Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band), special guests Skerik & Mike Dillon, The Dead Kenny G's @ Brooklyn Bowl
Check out a few videos below including a Black Keys video for "Gold on the Ceiling" directed by Harmony Korine (for real), a tour video with X-Ray Eyeballs and Hospitality performing "The Birthday" at a restaurant quipment depot in Manhattan.
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By Bill Pearis
Parlovr at M for Montreal 2011
It's that time of year again, so let's sing it up real pretty. Are we all in the spirit? Better be, because there's a zillion holiday parties going on this weekend, including two thrown by this very blog you are currently reading. How these parties differ from the shows we go to the rest of the year? Only a Scrooge would ask such a question. But to answer it: there's maybe more strand lights. And some Christmas songs thrown in sparsely by DJs or as covers by the bands playing. And some snowflakey sweaters. Whatever you call it, there's lot of great music to go see this weekend. Here's some of it.
Montreal's Parlovr are visiting, playing two shows. Tonight (12/15) they play the Popgun Holiday Party at Glasslands and then tomorrow (12/16) at Mercury Lounge with Shout Out Louds offshoot thing Serenades.
I'm on record as being a fan of this trio who I most recently saw at this year's M for Montreal. I'm not sure any of their records have quite captured the band's live energy, which is why you should go see them. But the recorded version of my favorite song, "Hell/Heaven," comes pretty close. You can download it above. Live, there's lots of flying hair (via singer/guitarists Alex and Jeremy) and flying limbs (lanky drummer Louis) that fits well with Parlovr's spiky indie rock. The band have recorded a holiday track called "Spike the Eggnog" which judging from the video (you can watch below) the spiking involves something much stronger than whiskey.
The Popgun Holiday Party tonight looks to be a good time, with Bell and TWII-faves North Highlands playing as well. There's also a "+ Special Guest" listed as well, no idea who that might be but the Popgun folks usually don't throw around that phrase too lightly.
Tomorrow's show is with Serenades which is a Swedish super-duo consisting of Adam Olenius from Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård of Laakso. Their album Criminal Heaven is out next year in the U.S. and is chock-full of sparkling pop that seems aimed directly at the charts. It's slicker than Shout Out Louds (Laakso were pretty shiny, though they sang in Swedish) but still maintains that sharp melodic sense and shaggy, sad-eyed lyrical bent. You can download a track at the top of this post. Serenades also play tonight (12/15) at Knitting Factory.
There's also the Brooklyn Night Bazaar which runs tonight through Saturday. The enormous space (40,000 square feet!), the layout of which was based on the set of Lars Von Triers' Dogville (!!!), is a holiday shopping, eating, drinking and live music extravaganza as you have probably already heard. Tonight (12/15) is James Murphy DJing, along with Poolside, the Crystal Ark Party Machine and Midnight Magic. Saturday night (12/17) is The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus and Wakey! Wakey!
Friday (12/16) is the BrooklynVegan Presents night with a SPIN Album of 2011 winners Fucked Up, plus Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, and Radical Dads. Frankie Rose and myself will be spinning tunes before the bands start and between sets. And only $10, so that's only two bucks a band. What a bargain! Tickets will be available at the door too. I am DJing starting at 5PM, Frankie will be there from 6PM and bands start at 7PM, with Radical Dads up first. (Then Caged Animals, Big Troubles, Dom, and Fucked Up.) If you're coming, do make an effort to get there in time for them, they're awesome. As are all the bands on the bill I think. Shop, eat, rock out, eat and shop some more, rinse repeat. Say hi.
In addition to DJing our party tomorrow, Frankie Rose is also playing an acoustic set at Glasslands on Saturday (12/17) as part of a Jonathan Toubin benefit that also features Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes and The Stalkers. Frankie Rose's new album, Interstellar, is out in February and I think will surprise a lot of people. She is definitely out of the garage on this one, ditching the reverb and embracing synthesizers, jangly guitars and her inner pop star. Like a lot of folks this year, The Wake seems to be an influence. Fans of Craft Spells are gonna like it.
And to wrap up BV holiday party related items, Saturday's fest with Twin Sister, Widowspeak and Ava Luna is sold out! Hope you got tickets! If you're going, we're raffling off a load of cool prizes -- like every Domino release of 2011 -- with all proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.
And last but not least we've got Atlas Sound here for two shows this weekend:The Bell House on Saturday (12/17, tickets still available) and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (12/18, sold out). Andrew Sacher wrote about Atlas Sound's new album Paralax a few weeks ago which I'm gonna quote:
The flow of the album subtly works in the slower, more ambient cuts to space out the relatively high amount (for an Atlas Sound record) of pop standouts. Like many pop experimentalists before him, Bradford Cox has mastered the art of leaving his own weird touch on even the simplest tune. This comes across most strongly on "Mona Lisa," a re-recording of a track that appeared on his Bedroom Databank collection. The song is carried by the sort of upbeat acoustic guitar rock that Bowie experimented with on Hunky Dory, and Bradford sings with a fragile falsetto that brings to mind Lennon's "#9 Dream."I'll add that Parallax has a post-2AM vibe to it and some of Cox's best songs yet. It also reminds me, a bit, of Spoon too.
That's the big stuff. Some more picks, day-by-day, follow.
photos by Chris La Putt
Friends @ BV-CMJ @ Public Aseembly
Much like Dive (who they have played with), Brooklyn band Friends, who recently hit Mercury Lounge with Ganglians, aren't ones to make themselves rare around here and that will be proven four times in the next week. Catch them at Glasslands tonight (12/8) with Zambri, Royal Baths, Doldrums, Xray Eyeballs (that's some lineup), and then opening for Oh Land at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (12/11), at 285 Kent with !!! that same night, and then again with Oh Land at Bowery Ballroom on Monday. And then that's it for them (for now) until they tour Europe in February.
Friends were one of the many bands who played a BrooklynVegan CMJ day party at Public Assembly in October. Here are some pictures from that show. More of them below...
Mark Sultan in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
"I understand and appreciate instantaneous music and artforms in general," he maintains. "But I will say a lot of that is so phony to me. To talk about dubstep, for example: Maybe that's cutting edge for the next month in Williamsburg, but the fact is, I call bulls--- and I don't believe you. I think you're doing that just to be part of something that's popular for the moment, and if you want to take art as disposable fashion, that's your business. But I don't."Mark followed that up with a post on his own website that said:
To be clear, I don't even know dubstep. I am a hypocrite. I also like to lie. Live however you wanna live. I realize it's better to print the worst parts of interviews, but I honestly don't think I am better or worse than anyone - just living my life. I enjoy being facetious and if that gets you to listen to my music, I'm happy, cuz it seems there is no other way.Mark Sultan, king of dubstep, master of BBQ, hater of King Khan (maybe), and all around good guy, plays Cake Shop tonight (12/1), one of three shows he has scheduled for this month. They're all listed below.
Xray Eyeballs also play the Cake Shop show tonight, either before or after they play Brooklyn Bowl with the Dum Dum Girls (yes, they play twice tonight). Speaking of, the above picture was actually taken at a show in Austin that Mark played with the Dum Dum Girls.
Mark has a new video for "Graveyard Eyes" that features Jared Swilley of the Black Lips. You can watch it below...
Memoryhouse @ Mercury Lounge
Like Still Corners, Xray Eyeballs, Gem Club, Jacuzzi Boys and Memoryhouse played the Hardly Art/Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge during CMJ. Here are some previously unposted pictures from that show.
J Mascis and Dum Dum Girls also played this Merc show, but we missed 'em. We did however catch DDG at their headlining Bowery Ballroom show. Some pictures from that one in here too. They are all below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Happy Mischief Night!. Two garage rockin' opening bands and many fans braved the ugly weather in NYC last night (10/29) to get ugly with the Black Lips at the Halloween-themed "Hell at the Hall" extravaganza. Here are some pictures from the night. They continue below...
by Bill Pearis
It never fails, the week after CMJ I get sick. So here I sit, with a big cup of green tea and a stuffy head, writing about shows that I want to go to, but probably won't. But hopefully you are in better health. There's a lot of great options this weekend.
As you may have heard, two-year-old Williamsburg club Bruar Falls is closing November 1. I live pretty close to the place, have seen a lot of great shows there and am bummed it's shutting its doors. But for Bruar Falls' Last Week Ever, it's going out in style with a bunch of great shows. Tonight (10/28) it's The Beets, Tanks Amigo, the Beachniks and, just in time for Halloween, a Misfits cover band.
Saturday night (10/29) is for you punkers out there: Stalkers, Tough Shits, Ex-Humans and Dino's Boys. And then Sunday night (10/30) it's Dive, Shark?, Air Waves and Bright Lights. And then Halloween night (10/31) is the for real last night ever with Friend Roulette, Hunktronik, Clouder and KNTRLR.
A lot of these bands are BF regulars so I imagine there will be a palpable party vibe there all weekend long. I'll miss ya.
Tonight (10/28) is the NYC debut of Wisconsin husband and wife duo Peaking Lights whose alluring, dubby album 963 came out early this year on Not Not Fun but is getting wider distribution next month via Mexican Summer and Domino imprint Weird World. You can download a few tracks from the record at the top of this post.
A lot of the strange sounds heard on the album come via homemade instruments and effects boxes that Aaron Coyes makes in the basement of his and singer Indra Dunis' home. You can find out more about this via an episode of VBS TV's Soundbuilders which is streaming at the bottom of this post. After watching that, I'm curious to see how Peaking Lights will pull off a live show, what with all the delicate McGuyver-esque gear. But the record's great and I'm hoping for the best.
One of my favorite sets at CMJ was seeing Radical Dads at Bruar Falls on Saturday night and reminded me just how good they've become. In fact, I'd go as far to say as they're one of Brooklyn's best bands right now. Certainly one of the more unheralded. If you like Wild Flag, I urge you to check out RD's debut album Mega Rama which has a similar vibe but is much less hyped. There's a streaming player at the bottom of this post.
I'm happy to report that Mega Rama is getting a belated vinyl release in December via Loud Baby Sounds. You can pre-order it now. The album art is one of my favorite record covers of the year and have been dying to own a big 12" version of it -- not to mention getting to play it on my turntable. Also on the vinyl tip, Radical Dads also have a 7" coming out in December, "Skateboarding Bulldog," which you can stream or download via a widget at the bottom of this post.
But more than maybe anything I suggest going to see them live which you can do tonight (10/28) at Spike Hill where they'll play with Plates of Cake, Quilty, and Conversion Party. Cover's only five bucks.
If glitchy dance music is more your thing, the weekend has two very good options. Star Slinger, who was supposed to play here in the spring but had to cancel, is finally making his NYC debut at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28). After a bunch of head-turning remixes and download tracks, Star Slinger recently released his first "official" single, "Dumbin," via Mountain Dew's Green Label Sound which you can stream or download at the bottom of this post.
After the MHoW, which also has SHLOMO and Shitego on the bill, you might want to swing over to 285 Kent where there's a "secret guest" headliner. (G-Side and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire play as well.) Though not mentioned out-and-out, they do link to Star Slinger's website on the Facebook invite.
Then Saturday night (10/29), the Fixed party at Cameo has UK act Gold Panda who's been remixed by Star Slinger and is following up last year's excellent Lucky Shiner with his spin on the latest installment of K7!'s DJ Kicks series. In a bit of Brooklyn weekend synergy, GP's track "An Iceberg Hurled Through Northern Clouds" just got remixed by Peaking Lights and you can stream the remix of that below.
The Fixed party at Cameo also features Lemonade, Blondes and an open bar from 8 - 10. Gold Panda then heads the next day (ouch) to Moogfest in Ashville, NC.
Saturday night has a pretty killer show at Glasslands. Obits headline and are still driving on the high octane tank of gas that is their second album, Moody, Standard and Poor. Perhaps even more exciting, for some folks, is opener Office of Future Plans which is the new thing from Jawbox man J. Robbins.
And finally, a little preview into early next week. Don't forget that the Wax Idols/Terry Malts tour hits Cake Shop on Tuesday (11/1) and Shea Stadium on Wednesday (11/2) for a double dose of San Francisco style fuzz. As I wrote elsewhere on this site:
Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony, and there's room for both girl group balladry and a tough cover of Wire's "Sand in My Joints." The band's debut, No Future, is out next month on HoZac and is quite good. You can check out "Dead Like You" from it at the top of this post.Other bands on the Cake Shop bill are still TBA but the Shea Stadium show also features Sundelles, Habibi, and the ever-present Dive (if you haven't seen them yet, you're making an effort not to).
As for the Terry Malts, their debut 7" on Slumberland from earlier this year is three quick blasts of sunny pop covered in a thick blanket of white noise. (Somewhere between '80s West Coast punk and C-'86 lies their sound.) It's the new project from most of the guys in Magic Bullets, a band that has been put in cold storage -- they played their final show August 24. They've got a new 7" out in about a month, and you can download "Distracted" from the first one at the top of this post.
That's the main stuff. More daily picks are below.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Pixies continue to tour their best album, Dolittle, tonight at Asbury Park Convention Hall with Surfer Blood opening.
Meanwhile... Tanya Donnely, who was in the original line-up of the Breeders (not to mention Throwing Muses and then Belly) is doing a show at Joe's Pub. She'll be aded and abetted by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, writer Rick Moody, as well as Magnetic Fields cohorts Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol, plus Carrie Bradley who was also in the Breeders at one point (and folk rock band Ed's Redeeming Qualities).
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Razika - Eg Vetsje (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Razika - Nytt Pa Nytt (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Hoop of Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Where We Trip the Light (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nurses - "Fever Dreams" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (MP3)
I guess this is the pre-CMJ edition of This Week In Indie which is a slightly less busy week than normal, though not by much. (And CMJ this year isn't the most exciting line-up I've seen for that matter, but we'll get to that next week.) In fact there's some pretty cool musical things you should be considering, so let's get into it.
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Norway's Razika are playing Friday (10/14) at Cameo, their first-ever U.S. show, and only one for now. You may not think you need a Norwegian all-girl ska band in your life, and maybe you don't, but Razika do it really well. I wasn't expecting to like it. And really, what they do is more ska-tinged pop than actual ska. Which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. There's definitely a Lilliput/Kleenex vibe (or even Electrelane for a more modern comparison) to what they do. And the songs are crazy catchy. You can get half-price tickets ($5) if you use this link.
It's a good show all around at Cameo, with Ski Lodge whose EP I like a lot. As I've said before, it's like early Smiths meets Beach Fossils. The other band on the bill is Lips which is New Zealander Stephanie Brown who now lives in Brooklyn. I like the songs on her Bandcamp page, which are kind of laptop soul, not entirely unlike Little Dragon or, you. There's a really cute video for her song "One Not Two" at the bottom of this post.
San Francisco's Dominant Legs and tourmates Nurses are in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/14) and Glasslands on Saturday (10/14). Dominant Legs released their debut LP, Invitation, last month on Lefse Records and it's an appealing take on effervescent '80s pop, completely with lightly funky guitars, glistening keyboards and big choruses. You can download a couple songs from Invitation at the top of this post.
As for Nurses, the Portland trio get called "psych-pop" a lot which I guess is code for "vaguely MGMT-ish" but it's the funkier side of that band and not really so much psych to my ears. There's a lot of echo on it, I guess that's psychedelic. That said, their new album Dracula is pretty catchy and danceable and is more directly comparable to fellow Portlandians Unknown Mortal Orchestra than anyone else. You can download a track at the top of this post.
And lastly, Tycho is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (10/16). (Tickets are still available.) The Bay Area electronic artist released his new album, Drive, last week on Ghostly and I've been listening to it a lot. No doubt it owes a giant debt to Boards of Canada, more in the dreamlike synth sounds than in execution. Tracks like "Hours" (downloadable above) more blatantly danceable than BoC but it's still the kind of record you could sleep to as well. And though I no longer have a car, this would be good music behind the wheel, and not just because of the album title.
While listening to Drive, you might think that a live show might just be just a guy and a laptop, Scott Hansen has a full Tycho band that looks to be pretty good from the YouTube clips I've watched. Canada's Teen Daze are also on the bill, and blissed-out Swedes Korallreven are the DJs for the evening.
That's the major stuff for this week...though don't forget Lotion plays their first show in ten years on Monday (10/17) at Knitting Factory! More day-by-day picks are below.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Early show tonight at Mercury Lounge: Canadian fourpiece The Arkells whose 2008 debut was one of that year's undiscovered gems, full of hook-filled, strident heartland rock that would've done gangbusters in the '80s. (You may remember me writing about them from M for Montreal.) Their new album, Michigan Left, is out next week in Canada.
I'm ashamed to admit I haven't given The Rosebuds' new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, enough attention but I definitely like what I have heard. You can download "Woods" at the top of this post. One of the nicest bands around, The Rosebuds are always good live and if you've never seen them before, they play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Want to go for free? We have a couple of pairs of tickets you can win if you email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Rosebuds) right now. Include your first and last name in the email and we'll get back to the winners with instructions.
Xeno & Oaklander @ Home Sweet Home.
Black Lips have two shows coming up. On November 6th they play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, but before that it's back to Webster Hall in NYC for a 10/29 Halloween weekend headlining show with openers Davila 666 & XRay Eyeballs. Tickets are still on sale for what is now being dubbed "Hell at the Hall." We're also giving away a pair! Contest details and the creepy show's new scary poster and frightening video invite, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ganglians - Jungle (MP3)
Seattle's Grave Babies' current U.S tour is rolling through town and the band plays Death by Audio tonight (9/13) and Cake Shop tomorrow (9/14). Both shows are with fellow Seattle-ites Perpetual Ritual, and all upcoming dates are at the bottom of this post.
As their name might imply, Grave Babies are on the darker side of things, kind of like a blown-out scuzz rock version of '80s goth (Sisters of Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Clan of Xymox). There's some strong melodies buried under all that intentionally bad production. The band have been kicking around for a couple years but have a new single out on Hardly Art that you can stream at the bottom of this post.
Tonight's show at DBA is a pretty good one, also featuring Brooklyn's Xray Eyeballs who, as you may have read, are playing the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 20. (Tickets are on sale now.) They also have a new single on Hardly Art, "Sundae," that's streamable at the bottom of this post.
Tonight's DBA show also features a "secret guest" who can now be revealed -- and not just hinted at -- as Sacramento, CA's Ganglians who played the Rock Shop last night. Ganglians' new album Still Living came out on Lefse at the end of August and is a step forward, musically, from 2009's Woodsist-released Monster Head Room. Album track "Jungle" (downloadable above) is a good example of their poppy, dreamy, distinctly West Coast sound.