Entries tagged with: Yo Gabba Gabba
(photo via @pip68)
Flosstradamus already announced a tour which hits Terminal 5 on December 12 and they've now added a second T5 show happening the next night (12/13). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/10) at noon.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1 for two shows (2 PM and 5 PM). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
I Am the Avalanche is playing Bowery Ballroom on December 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/10) at noon.
The back-in-action Fiasco are playing Glasslands on December 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
1) Sinead O'Connor writes a letter to Miley Cyrus
2) Amanda Palmer writes a letter to Sinead O'Connor
3) Sinead O'Connor writes a second letter to Miley Cyrus
4) Sinead O'Connor writes a third letter to Miley
5) Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus' Twitter feud was spoofed on South Park (along with the Yo Gabba Gabba characters). Via Metro...
Their feud hit fever pitch when Sinead penned an open letter to Miley following her erratic behaviour including a controversial MTV VMAs performance which saw her twerking semi-naked and appearing naked in her Wrecking Ball video.Check out a clip from the episode below.
And in [Wednesday's (11/6) South Park] episode, Sinead is called upon to help children's entertainers Yo Gabba Gabba persuade Foofa to stop her raunchy self-destructive behaviour.
The parallels don't stop there - Foofa is determined to show her more adult side and is planning a saucy MTV VMAs performance.
Sinead's tour hits NYC for three sold-out nights at City Winery starting tonight (11/8) and continuing through Sunday (11/10).
She played the hits from her 1990 blockbuster "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" -- "Nothing Compares 2 U," which grew from a simple acoustic-guitar-and-piano arrangement, and a hard-charging "The Emperor's New Clothes," which had O'Connor grinning when she spotted audience members pogoing off to the side -- plus a ferocious "Jackie" from 1987's "The Lion and the Cobra," but this was no nostalgia trip.And since we're talking about it, it'd be wrong not to give Brooklyn fair warning that Miley Cyrus will be returning to Barclays Center on April 5, the same place her VMAs performance gave us everything from Halloween costume ideas to the need to explain to our moms what twerking is. Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday, 11/16 at 10 AM.
O'Connor and her band transformed "Thank You for Hearing Me," from 1994's "Universal Mother," into a kind of rave-up hymn, one that elicited a standing ovation at the end. But the bulk of the show came from 2012's "How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?", which feels like a natural follow-up to "I Do Not Want ..." after her explorations of religious music, reggae and traditional tunes. These were songs raising the hairs on the backs of concertgoers' necks: from the harrowing junkie's pleas of "Reason with Me" to the raucous "The Wolf Is Getting Married" to the withering closing hymn "V.I.P.," which says more about celebrity than any of her open letters to Cyrus.
South Park video below...
Yo Gabba Gabba! w/ MGMT at Radio City in 2010 (more by Alexander Stein)
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, is returning to the road later this year for its holiday shows. They'll be in NYC for six shows at Beacon Theatre between December 20 and 22 (three shows on the 21st, two on the 22nd). Tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows are on CIti Cardmember presale now, and they go on sale to the general public on Monday (8/12) 10 AM.
Dr. Dog recently appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba!, performing "When You're A Gardener." Watch a video of that, along with the list of all Yo Gabba Gabba! dates, below...
Beach Fossils play a record release show for their new album, Clash the Truth at Bowery Ballroom on February 23.
Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon. (UPDATE: That show has been removed from Bowery Ballroom's website. Stay tuned.)
Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on March 17 with Delhi 2 Dublin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Suzan are playing Glasslands on January 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM, Big Star, etc) is playing Mercury Lounge on February 16. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon.
Lushlife is opening for Steven A. Clark at Mercury Lounge on January 10. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/7) at noon.
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?
Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
more stuff below...
today in NYC
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Daria Musk @ Joe's Pub
* Sean Noonan @ The Stone
* Cake @ Williamsburg Park
* Yacouba Diabte @ Zebulon
* Alsarah & The Nubatones @ Barbes
* Jerry Seinfeld @ MGM Grand (CT)
* Journey, Pat Benatar @ Jones Beach
* Howse, Octo Octa, The Range @ Cameo Gallery
* The Pietasters, 100dBs @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Choban Elektrik, Niva, East Montage @ The Rock Shop
* The So So Glos, Wyldlife, Awkward Girls @ Union Hall
* Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair @ Le Bain
* MC Lars, Math The Band, Adam WarRock @ Knitting Factory
* Lucinda Williams, Amy Cook @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Darlings, Sundelles, Automotive High School @ Glasslands
* Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander @ The Stone
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Mitchell Grey, Justin and Alina @ Maxwell's
* Robbers On High Street, The Moto-Gators, XL-Kings @ The Gutter
* Napoleon, Adam Lempel, Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia @ Shea Stadium
* Daniel Higgs, Tim Harrington @ The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
* Mariner, Popular Culture, Night Panther, Tiger Waves @ Cake Shop
* The Everymen, Everymen, Romans, Lost Romance, Kestrels @ Pianos
* Whatever Brains, PC Worship, Acid Problem, Big Ups @ Death By Audio
* Little Dragon, Frankie Rose, Voices of Black @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Little Dragon (DJ set), Physical Therapy (DJ set), DJ Rezound @ Glasslands
* Kate McGarry Band with Keith Ganz, Gary Versace & Clarence Penn @ Joe's Pub
* Valerie Simpson & Friends: A Tribute To Nick Ashford @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Buraka Som Sistema, Surkin, Alex English, rekLES (Girls & Boys) @ Webster Hall
* Calvin Johnson, Katie and the Lichen, Laura Lief, Old Night, Priests @ Muchmore's
* Gehenna, Young and In The Way, Ilsa, Skin like Iron, Psychic Limb @ Acheron
* Early Spring, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Secret Beach @ Ran Tea House (269 Kent)
* The Flaming Lips, fun., Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear, Santigold @ StePhest ColbChella
* Slaughterhouse, Freeway, LAD & Willie The Kid, J the S, Da Circle, Pharoahe Monch @ The Well POSTPONED
* Fergus & Geronimo, Family Curse, Arto Lindsay, Mannequin Pussy, Habibi (DJ set) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Hank & Cupcakes, The Broadcast, Mother Feather, Kitten Berry Crunch, Of The Opera @ Mercury Lounge
* Massage Club, Bird Courage, Wet Water, Brooklyn Wildlife, Bloom, Xander Naylor, Steve Nelson, Maria Vaz, Cody Swanson @ Big Snow
Tonight's free Little Dragon/Frankie Rose Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park is rain or shine. If you can't make it (or would rather just stay dry), you can stream the show on NPR.
StePhest ColbChella which sets sail aboard the Intrepid with The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, Grandmaster Flash, Santigold, and others is rain or shine too.
FringeNYC runs through August 16.
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Neurosis posted a fourth "Electrical Transmission" teaser which you can watch below.
Cut Copy recently appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba, who recently announced a tour with multiple NYC shows. Check out the video below.
Merchandise have a new video for "In Nightmare Room," which you can watch below.
Electronic music pioneer Manuel Göttsching will perform his influential album, E2-E4, in its entirety in Japan on Saturday (8/11). You can stream the performance live HERE on Saturday (8/11) at 3:30 PM EST.
Yo Gabba Gabba w/ MGMT at Radio City in 2010 (more by Alexnader Stein)
Nick Jr. show Yo Gabba Gabba which has been known to feature indie/alternative music is going on a tour late this year and into next called Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out!. The sillies, if you were wondering, "are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out!" Only a few dates have been announced as of this post, and those include a seven show run at The Theater at Madison Square Garden from November 30 to December 2.
Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 15 at 10 AM. A presale for members of Gabba Mail and YGG's Facebook friends begins Thursday (7/26) at 10 AM (password: "ILOVEYGG") and we at BrooklynVegan are also offering an exclusive presale beginning Thursday (7/26) at 10 AM and running through August 14 at 10 PM (password: "BV2012").
A list of all currently known dates, more details on the Theater at MSG shows, and a video below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
YACHT in Iceland
YACHT have a date with Austin at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend (where we have a show of our own), and will follow-up those dates with a stint on the West Coast with Yo Gabba Gabba! (!!). The Oregonians will then level the playing field by playing a string of East Coast dates a month later, including a stop back in NYC at Santos Party House on December 3rd. Tickets are on sale. YACHT's last NYC show was at Dekalb Market in Brooklyn in October.
YACHT was one of several bands who flew in to play sets at Iceland Airwaves last month. In fact they played it twice. Check out more pictures from both of their Iceland sets, and more tour dates, below...
Fucked Up at House of Vans in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Bruise Cruise II, which will take place February 10-13, 2012 off the coast of Miami, added a few more artists to their lineup earlier this month. Those additions include Fucked Up, The Togas (feat. Ty Segall, Philip Sambol of The Strange Boys, Lance Wille of Reigning Sound, and Shannon Shaw of Shannon & the Clams), Vivian Girls (DJ set), and more to be announced soon. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Bruise Cruise and Panache Booking (who co-founded the cruise) have a CMJ showcase scheduled too. The showcase will take place at Public Assembly on October 22 with Shonen Knife, Cheeseburger, White Fence, Vockah Redu, Turbo Fruits, Jacuzzi Boys. and others. Tickets for the showcase are on sale now, or you can try to get in with a CMJ badge.
Panache Booking are also doing their own showcase at Knitting Factory on October 20 with Matthewdavid (who plays Highline Ballroom with Dam-Funk 5 days later), Pterodactyl, Evi Antonio, Mike Viser, and The Immaculates. TIckets are on sale now.
Speaking of Fucked Up, who just played Webster Hall with Wavves, they've got a video for the song "Do You Feed" by the fictional band Animal Man, from Fucked Up's fictional compilation album. You can watch that below. You can also watch a video of Damian Abraham dancing on stage with Yo Gabba Gabba.
Yo Gabba Gabba with MGMT at Radio City in 2010 (more by Alexander Stein)
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It's Time to Dance! hits over 50 cities in North America this fall. Hip hop legend Biz Markie and "Razzle Dazzle Gabba!-favorite "Leslie Hall join DJ Lance Rock and the colorful cast of characters on the new live tour. The trip kicks off in Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and includes a six-shows-in-three-day run at NYC's Beacon Theatre on October 14-16 (shows are 11am, 2pm and 5pm). Other area dates include two shows at Nassau Coliseum on October 1 (2pm and 5pm) and NJ's State Theatre on October 11-12. Tickets are on Citi cardmember pre-sale now, go on other pre-sales Friday (6/3) at 10 AM, and then eventually on general sale starting Monday (6/6) at 10 AM.
All tour dates and some videos below...
photos by Alexander Stein
"HOLY SHIT O M G I KNOW IM A BIT LATE BUT YO GABBA GABBA & MGMT, OMG, I CAN'T HANDLE THIS. I LOVE LIFE." - Charlotte J
" On a stage lit mostly by an abstract, curling, wave-shaped screen, singer Andrew VanWyngarden of Brooklyn's MGMT stared up at the top balcony of Radio City Music Hall.The masterminds behind Yo Gabba Gabba realized that MGMT's new demographic is all kids (pun intended), so the group from the children's TV show stopped by Radio City Music Hall last night, Wednesday, August 18th, to make a surprise appearance on stage with MGMT who were headlining their second night in row at the fancy venue. And actually, it was during "Kids" that DJ Lance Rock and his army of multi-colored living sex toys ran on stage. Videos below.
He was silent at first, more overwhelmed than scared. Finally, he blurted out, "Nobody's more surprised about us being here than me."
His astonishment seemed shared by the hipsters in the house not used to seeing their band with such a large crowd, many of whom don't know their Greenpoint from their Bushwick." [NY Post]
MGMT friends Amazing Baby opened the show. Francis & the Lights opened the night before.
The costumed characters' appearance (I mean Yo Gabba Gabba) is far from random. MGMT have been on the TV show, and Yo Gabba have FIVE shows of their own coming up at the same NYC venue. Tickets are still on sale.
More pictures from Wednesday night, the setlist from both shows, and Yo Gabba Gabba/MGMT videos, below..
photos by Adam Macchia
Yo Gabba Gabba & party hats @ Brooklyn Bowl
Onsale to General Publicthe above list of dates and times describe when Yo Gabba Gabba tickets go/went on sale for the upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall and other venues.
Start: Fri, 06/04/10 10:00 AM EDT
Gabba Party Package
Start: Wed, 05/26/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 09/02/10 05:00 PM EDT
Start: Wed, 06/02/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT
Start: Thu, 05/20/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT
American Express® Gabba Party Package
Start: Thu, 05/20/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT
Also in this post: more pictures from the kid-filled, invite-only Yo Gabba event held at Brooklyn Bowl last week (sent in by the photographer after he saw I only posted one), and a just-released-to-YouTube official Yo Gabba Coachella recap video recap featuring appearances by Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Devo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, Danny Devito and many more. That video with the rest of the pics, below...
DJ Lance Rock @ Brooklyn Bowl Thursday evening (dada_rocks)
Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Yo Gabba Gabba shows at Radio City and elsewhere. The picture above is from the private party Yo Gabba held at Brooklyn Bowl yesterday from 4:30-6:00 pm to celebrate/promote the tour announcement.
Cyndi Lauper is playing Town Hall on July 21st. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Lady Gaga now has a total of five MSG shows coming up. Only fake tickets are left for the shows in July, but real tickets to the February shows go on sale Saturday at noon (with one of those two 2011 shows on presale now).
Langhorne Slim is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 15th. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Pee Wee Herman tickets are on sale.
Yo Gabba Gabba @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
By all accounts Yo Gabba Gabba's first tour in the fall was a big success. That included three nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre which featured Dinosaur Jr, the Roots and Devendra Banhart as guests. At Coachella, characters from the show joined King Khan & The Shrines on stage, and rocked out to the Specials and others.
They'll be back at the end of this summer for a 60-date tour that runs through December. It kicks off August 27th at Bethel, NY's Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where they'll do two shows) and includes a two-day run at Radio City (Oct 2-3) into which they'll pack five shows. Tickets go on AmEx presale Thursday at 10am. Internet presale starts June 2nd at 10am. General sale starts Saturday, June 5th at 10am.
One dollar from each of the ticket sales will be going to Habitat for Humanity (similar to what MMJ are doing). They're also having an invite-only dance party DJ'd by Lance Rock at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday May, 20th to celebrate the North American tour and partnership. Cast members will be in attendance.
All tour dates and some videos are below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.
Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.
King Khan Gabba Gabba
Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.
All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.
The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.
Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...
"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...
No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.
This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]
Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."
Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...
The Specials @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
The SPECIALS first concert in Toronto in over 29 years originally scheduled for tomorrow (monday) has been POSTPONED until August 2010 due to an emergency medical ailmentThat message comes from Collective Concerts, the Canadian concert promoters (who I see also have a cancelled Chapterhouse date on May 1st). So many cancellations! They can't blame this one on the volcano. Hopefully everyone in the band is okay.
The NYC shows are still on, and the Toronto show is already re-scheduled for the 4th week of August pending clearing dates/holds at the Sound Academy of which we hope to announce the re-scheduled date this Friday afternoon (4-23)
All original tickets will be honoured for the August 2010 date, and as usual full refunds will be available (starting Monday) at the original point of purchase until the end of June
Please don't e-mail any of us or call looking for more info as there is isn't any to give other than I'm personally emotionally heartbroken over the postponement, and so are all the Specials, who have been here since sat night ready to skank out - but since we've all been waiting 29 years for this re-birth, what's a couple of more months? and besides, anyone looking to hitch a ride with me to NYC Tue or Wed?
Rude Boy - Monkey Man
jc the collective
The Specials have so far played Jimmy Fallon and Coachella. Toronto and the NYC shows were all they had left on this short North American tour. As you can see above though, they will be back in August. That trip includes a NYC show too.
Videos from Coachella (where a rude boy from Yo Gabba Gabba was skanking on the side of the stage), below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.
I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.
Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.
Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.
As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.
Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...
by Ryan Barkan
Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...
Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall on Nov. 22nd 2009 (via)
Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs played last night (11/22) at Town Hall - their first stop on their tour's two date NYC run. Tonight (11/23) they'll be at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Little Joy open both - with the roles from Little Joy's headlining show at Webster Hall on October 2nd switched.
Barnhart is supporting his new record, What Will We Be, which came out October 27th on Warner Brothers. He appeared as one of the special guests at Yo Gabba Gabba's three-performance day at Beacon Theatre on November 21st.
In addition to running through Gabba song classics like "Don't Be Afraid," "Get the Sillies Out," and "Party In My Tummy (So Yummy)," the 11 a.m. show also featured a live performance by Devendra Banhart, who's sweet, acoustic "Little Yellow Spider" brought smiles to moms and dads' faces, even if it was a bit slow for the hyped-up kiddie mob, as well as a Dancey Dance from Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who showed us how to do the Peanut Butter Squish. But the real treat was Biz Markie, who brought the show's beatboxing "Biz's Beat of the Day" seg to the Beacon, passing the mic to youngsters in the crowd so they could rock funky beats for the enthusiastic audience.[EW.com]He wasn't the only guest at the program's three live shows. The second show's music guest was Dinosaur Jr. who played Terminal 5 with Sonic Youth later that night. The third's was The Roots who, like some of the other guests, appear on the new soundtrack for the show. Darryl "DMC" from Run DMC also appeared as the dance guest. Devo, who were in town that night didn't show up (though Mark Mothersbaugh does frequent music for the show).
The Roots played guest again one day later at Bowery Ballroom with the Dirty Projectors.
Yo Gabba Gabba Beacon videos with Devendra's Town Hall encore from Nov. 22nd, a picture of the setlist for an earlier date on the tour, and two videos of "Little Yellow Spider" (including one of him playing it for kids in Seattle in 2004) below...
Festival 8 (more pictures by Fresh Bread)
Dead heads and pot heads take note. While the straight economy goes up in smoke with double digit unemployment, job prospects for hippies are booming -- and not just for boomers.Tickets are on sale for the Pentagram show at BB King's in January.
At the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) they're looking to hire an official Grateful Dead archivist.
And in Denver, where Colorado's medical marijuana industry is legally flourishing, there are these two recent job postings:
The alternative newspaper Westword is advertising for a pot reviewer, asking for a short essay from applicants on "What Marijuana Means to Me".
Similarly, a new biotech company, Full Spectrum Laboratories, needs scientists to test the potency of cannabis samples and salesmen to market their quality-control [ABC News]
Screaming Females are playing the Bell House on November 25th with the So So Glos. Tickets are on sale.
ATP NY 2010 is now on sale.
Magnetic Fields and other tickets went on sale yesterday.
Eli Paperboy Reed plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (11/21)
Negative Approach is at Southpaw this afternoon.
Yo Gabba Gabba perform their first of THREE SHOWS TODAY at Beacon Theater this morning! if you go, report back with what special guests they bring out (if any).
photos by Chris La Putt
Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim, dressed as Andy Warhol and his It Girl Edie Sedgewick, took the stage to Fat Joe shouting "Where Brooklyn At?" over the sinister beat of his hit "Lean Back", while they threw out candy to the crowd before beginning a fun-filled set that included their infectious smash hit "Daylight" and short nods to Europe's "Final Countdown" and Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part Two."Weezer maybe had the bug costumes left over from a taping for on an upcoming episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!. More pictures from their Saturday night Halloween show at Hammerstein Ballrooom, including many crowd members in costume, below...
As for Weezer, they were dressed in various insect costumes, which vocalist Rivers Cuomo had audience members remove for himself his fellow band members while they continued to play "Undone (The Sweater Song)" early on in the set. The sold out house danced along to all the bouncy music Weezer had to offer (literally bouncy, as the band had a trampoline set up on stage), including hits such as "Perfect Situation", "Island in the Sun", "Surf Wax America", "Buddy Holly", "Pork and Beans", "Dope Nose", and new ones "I Can't Stop Partying", and "I'm Your Daddy." They also played an absolutely awesome cover of MGMT's "Kids", which took a detour to Lady GaGa's massive hit "Poker Face" in the middle. But as usual, it was "My Name is Jonas" that brought the house down.
The biggest surprise of the night, other than the cool cover, was an appearance by Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester. The TV star came out in nude pants splashed with random bursts of color and a 60's style beehive to sing a duet with vocalist Rivers Cuomo on "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To." She sang very well, and later Tweeted that Rivers was "perfection in a bottle." [Examiner]
Hosted by a character named DJ Lance Rock, the series features a mix of live-action segments featuring cartoonish costumed characters--Muno (the red cyclops), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Brobee (a little green monster), Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) and Plex (the magic yellow robot)--and many short animated sketches and musical numbers.11:00 AM & 2:00 PM are sold out, so they added a 5:00 PM show on the same day. Tickets are on sale now.
In its first two seasons, the show featured a wide variety of guests, including Jack Black, Leslie Hall, The Shins, The Aggrolites, Cornelius, Biz Markie, Shiny Toy Guns, Supernova, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rahzel, The Postmarks, Sugarland, Tony Hawk, The Roots, Low, Laila Ali, Elijah Wood, Mýa, The Salteens and series co-creator Jacobs' band, The Aquabats. In the second season bands like Enon, The Clientele, Joy Zipper, Of Montreal, Mates of State, The Ting Tings were featured. [Wiki]
DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Brush Brush Brush (MP3)
Fresh on the heels of the release of the first Yo Gabba Gabba! CD release Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20, W!LDBRAIN and S2BN Entertainment present Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City, the first live U.S. touring show. A one-of-a-kind live event, the tour will kick off on November 14th, and will feature music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and special musical guests. Favorites such as "Party in My Tummy" "Hold Still" and "Get the Sillies Out" will be featured in the show. Special guests will also join the party on stage rocking their favorite 'Dancey Dance' moves. Presented using state of the art production elements, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City will offer audience members of all ages an unparalleled experience.Yo Gabba Gabba!'s live tour plans to make stops in L.A., Chicago and NYC. The New York show happens Saturday, November 21st at Beacon Theatre, where there'll be 11am and 2pm sets. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale. There's a "Gabba Mail" presale (their mailing list) starting October 6th at 10am. Then general public sale starts October 9th at 10am.
The album Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome! comes out October 20th on Filter US Recordings. The show is pretty well known for its musical guests (Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, Biz Markie, Chromeo, I'm From Barcelona, Mark Kozelek) and the fact that its co-creator, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats. Those guests are respresented on the album, as is Of Montreal, with the song "Brush Brush Brush" (about brushing your teeth) posted above.
Tracklist, album art, tour dates and musical clips from the show are posted below...
To our Tristate Funkateers and Chromettes,The duo will play that NYC gig on Friday, October 16th at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale.
We'll be doing ONE SHOW in the NY area this fall. This is special...and just for our peeps in our, er, second hometown. This is the only show until the new album comes out -- more info on that in a bit, -- so who knows...maybe we'll test out a couple of the new songs too *cough cough*... [Chromeo]
In other news, Chromeo put together a new mix for !K7 Records' DJ-KiCKS series. Arists mixed and remixed on the disc include oldies Leo Sayer, France Joli and Alan Parsons Project, and new acts Lifelike and Chateau Marmont. Chromeo's contribution will be the first in the series since Booka Shade's Numbers in 2007.
Their cover of the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why," which appears on the mix, is currently available for free through Chromeo-DJKiCKS.com.
Before the Irving Plaza show, Chromeo's upcoming schedule brings them to L.A.'s Hard Fest in August (but not the NYC edition happening on October 10th) as well as Monolith Festival in September. They've been on the festival circuit this summer, most recently playing a set at Camp Bisco on July 17th (where it looks like the weather was not so nice). A video from their set at Rothbury Fest in June, which isn't the best quatlity but gives you a good idea of their live show, with a clip from their appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba (the song is about washing your hands), with all tour dates, below...