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Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Yo LA Tengo

Maxwell's reports that, after a year off (they last did it in 2008), Yo La Tengo are returning to Maxwell's for Hanukkah this year. As always, expect the full lineups to be announced after the shows sell out, but note that they will sell out before the full lineups are announced. Yo La Tengo plays every show, but expect surprise guests, reunited openers, comedians, mixtapes and more.

Check your calendar or roll the dice and get your $30-for-charity-TBD tickets starting Wednesday at noon: 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, and 12/8

Meanwhile you can catch Yo La Tengo THIS SUNDAY, September 19th, at the Bell House as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (tickets), and then in October in Las Vegas.

by Klaus Kinski

Mirman

As I get older, I just I don't have the wherewithal to see as much comedy as I should. It's really depressing. There are so many goddamned GREAT comedy shows happening in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Queens that rather than pick one to go to, my brain shuts down and says "Just go home and watch Wheeler Dealers on the ole DVR, KK." It was easier to decide when Rififi was around. So thank Cod there's a yearly comedy festival in Brooklyntown that brings my ever flabbening body out of hibernation and reacquaints me with a sliver of the current roster of the greatest living comedians. That festival is the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and this year it takes place from September 16th - September 19th and will impregnate The Bell House, The Rock Shop, and Union Hall (or as I like to call them, the most annoying venues to go if you don't have kids or play bocce) with its comedy seedlings.

As with previous years, the 2010 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival brings together a supremely jaw-dropping group of comedians and performers. What can one expect? Oh, I don't know. Maybe (definitely) Emo Philips, Daniel Kitson, Jon Glaser, Max Silvestri, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Yo La Tengo, John Wesley Harding, Sarah Vowell, John Mulaney, and so many more I'm liable to puke with glee should I continue. What am I most looking forward to? Thanks for asking! I'd have to say it's a toss up between the bill Yo La Tengo falls on and a rare Tinkle performance (without Todd Barry, sadly)(although, Todd is opening for Superchunk at MHOW on September 19th, so that's something) (sold out though) (probably because Todd is on the bill).

The festival line-up will be tweaked, added onto, emboldened, modified, and made better as we make our way to the opening date, but have a gander at what's already planned below. In the immortal words of the person who put the roster together for me, "This is what's happening; but not everything that's happening". Ticket info to follow, but many shows will be on sale in advance. Also, please see a message from enfant terrible David Cross below...

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Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

City Winery will be hosting a three-night oil spill relief benefit, dubbed Reclaim The Coast, on July 23rd, 25th and 30th. The lineups vary for each...

July 23rd: Pete Seeger, Richard Barone, James Maddock, Elysian Fields, Mike Doughty, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Roches, Julie Gold, Peter Yarrow (More TBA)

July 25th: Ian Axel, Ed Romanoff, The Madison Square Gardeners, Paula Valstein, The Spring Standards, The Wellspring, Rich Pagano (More TBA)

July 30th: Marshall Crenshaw, Martin Rivas, Christina Courtin, Among the Oak & Ash, Jay Nash (More TBA)

Tickets for all three are on sale.

They'll also have a packed house for "Channeling Chilton - A night of Alex Chilton's Music" on July 28th. The confirmed lineup includes Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, Jody Stephens, Jon Auer, Doug Garrison, Rene Coman, Alan Vega, Jon Spencer (of the Blues Explosion), Fran Kowalski, Chris Stamey, Lesa Aldridge (Elizabeth Hoehn), Jay Proctor (of Jay & the Techniques), Bill Cunningham, Gary Talley, Terry Manning, Evan Dando, Jesse Malin, Danny Kroha (of The Gories). In light of the recent passing of founding Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, it should be an emotional night.
Tickets are on sale.

More info on the Gulf Coast relief effort are below...

Continue reading "City Winery hosting a 3-night Pete Seeger Oil Spill relief benefit & Big Star tribute night"

Alien Lanes

Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.

In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.

A flyer is below...

Continue reading "Matador Fest lineup announced - Guided by Voices reunion! + Guitar Wolf, Belle & Sebastian, Pavement & many more"

by Andrew Frisicano

I snuck this picture of the t-shirt...

Chris Knox

"Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles." [Wiki]
Jeff Mangum played a set of Neutral Milk Hotel songs for the first time in nine years at the benefit for his friend, musician Chris Knox, last night, Thursday, May 6th. From opener "Oh Comely" to encore "Engine," and "A Baby For Pree," "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" and "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" in between, Mangum's voice was clear and strong as he sang from a chair into microphones set up a few feet away. Most of the audience looked somewhere between giddy excitement and shock. Some quietly sang along, others broke out into tears - one person choked on frantic, shallow breaths as "Oh Comely" climaxed, another stood with his hand over his gaping mouth, unable to move.

A few photos were furtively snapped in defiance of the posted signs, but most were content to just listen. Though "just listen" doesn't really describe the gasps, tears and unending applause. Mangum played with his eyes mostly closed, neck vein tensed, rocking and swooping to the contours of the songs. His eyelids fluttered open on the chorus of "A Baby for Pree" to reveal eyes rolled back into his head. Between songs Mangum gulped down water and was gracious, bordering on triumphant as he popped up at the end of "Aeroplane." He encouraged the crowd to contribute to the encore, "Engine." After the set, someone caught his attention with a book to sign, which he did. Most people up front looked anxious and ready for a post-show smoke.

It was fitting maybe that the bill for Mangum's last show, in 2001 in New Zealand, was with Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke in 2009. Though Jeff Mangum was a clear pinnacle, the rest of the benefit gig was an engaging, full evening which covered 12 bands and 2 comedians, and ran more than five and a half hours (though at least 1/3 of the venue cleared out after Mangum's 8:50pm set). The show ended at 1am, amazingly, exactly as scheduled.

Coasting (set time: 6:20pm) opened up with appropriately coastal guitar sounds and surefire drums, Sharon Van Etten played three songs with nuanced dynamics on electric guitar. The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson played only one song as a trebly synth trio to cover "Beauty" which the band does on the Chris Knox tribute CD Stroke.

Robert Scott (of the Clean) and TVOTR's Kyp Malone (aka Rain Machine) both played solo guitar sets. Kyp, who told the crowd they should check out the new Devendra Banhart video (he checked it out in a cafe because he doesn't have internet), was joined by Emilyn Brodsky for what he said was a Bob Marley cover. Rachel Feinstein did raunchy comedy.

After that, there was New Zealand band Dimmer (who are in town for a while), The Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour of the Clean's other band), David Kilgour of The Clean (backed by Yo La Tengo and one other band member) and comedy from John Mulaney (who killed it) (and who you may have seen doing a bit about girl scout cookies on a recent episode of SNL).

"Portastatic" was Mac backed by Yo La Tengo. They closed with Superchunk's "Slack Motherfucker" complete with windmill guitar moves and pogoing from some of the crowd (even though the concert was going into its fifth hour at this point). Yo La Tengo, with extra member David Kilgour on guitar, covered a Chris Knox song, said many kind words about Chris and closed with two songs from their 1993 album Painful, which Chris Knox contributed art work to.

The Clean, who Ira introduced as the greatest band in the world, and who'd already been up several times as their solo bands, closed the night right, both jangly and poppy. And despite the mass exodus after Jeff, a respectable amount of people were still there right until the last song. Catch the Clean again (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) at The Bell House tonight (5/7).

Editor's note: Ben Goldberg did an amazing job organizing the event, keeping scalpers away, and making sure that pretty much every person in that venue (except maybe the bartenders) paid their $75 donation to Chris Knox to get in the door (or $20 if you showed up after Jeff went off). Ben did less of an amazing job during his pre-Yo La Tengo stand up routine, but nobody's perfect!

Illegally shot (not by us!) audio and video from the event, and the new Devendra Banhart video, and Jeff Mangum's setlist again, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Mangum, The Clean, Yo La Tengo, Portastatic & friends played for Chris Knox @ LPR - review, setlist, video & pic "

by BBG

De La Soul at Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
De La Soul

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2009 was a blast (with one notable exception) and so far 2010 is turning out to be similarly interesting with the addition of the great De La Soul to headline the shindig on July 10th alongside Buckshot, Evil Dee and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets are on sale.

The show is part of a week long celebration:

The calendar for the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival kicks off with Show & Prove on Monday, July 5th. This Hip-Hop showcase of independent and local talent is the final event of Brooklyn Bodega's three month Show & Prove competition,
Tuesday, July 6th will feature the Bodega Education Initiative, a day of panel discussions and seminars about the legendary producer, J Dilla. Speakers include Q-Tip, Ma Dukes Yancey, DJ Spinna and more.
Wednesday, July 7th is a mini Film Festival that features a variety of Hip-Hop films and a Q&A with established and burgeoning filmmakers.
Thursday, July 8th is a night dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop: the DJ. It will feature performances by the best DJs, from NYC to LA.
Friday, July 9th is the kick-off party to formally welcome Festival goers, past and current artists and community leaders to the 6th Annual BHF.
Saturday, July 10th is the culmination of the 2010 Festival. De La Soul, just ahead of a new album to be released this year, will headline on the DUMBO waterfront. Earlier in the day, we set it off with Family Day - a block party for families and children that celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop - social change and individual empowerment.
De La Soul recently played Coachella, are scheduled for NXNE, and recently announced that they will provide a remix for the forthcoming Here To Fall Remixes EP by Yo La Tengo!
YO LA TENGO have worked with a huge variety of artists from different genres over the years.... In 2010, the band presents an EP of remixes of "Here To Fall," the lead track from last year's "Popular Songs," by De La Soul, RJD2 and Pete Rock.
"Here To Fall" is the most popular track from "Popular Songs," a couple having a tense conversation about the future over the background of menacing, descending chords and distorted wa-wa guitar. Each of these legendary hip hop performers has taken the track and the story and made it their own.
De La and Yo La? Quite the fascinating collaboration...

Buckshot, Evil Dee, and Smif N-Wessun will be celebrating 15 years of Duck Down Records at the BHHF show, a milestone they'll also celebrate at BB King's on July 13th with the addition of Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch (who headlined the Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest last year). Tickets for that NYC show are on sale.

Pharoahe Monch also plays a free show in Queensbridge Park on July 21st.

Duck Down also partied for their 15th down at SXSW, during which time Buckshot and Smif-N-Wessun both made appearances at our Attitude Adjustment party at Red 7.

While we're on the subject of classic hip hop artists playing NYC, Slick Rick has scheduled a show at Knitting Factory on June 13th. Tickets are on sale.

Tons of classic video below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2010 lineup w/ De La Soul, Duck Down Records celebrates there & @ BB King's w/ Pharoahe Monch"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Gorillaz Clash
Coachella

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
Coachella

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.

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]

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...

Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Coachella

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."

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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...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Three in pics, video & review (the Thom Yorke & Pavement setlists included) "

The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama will curate a three-night series at Lincoln Center on July 12, 14 & 16. The events start with an opening night concert featuring rock artists Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, Exene Cervenka of X and Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket [plus Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns]. On July 14 the focus shifts to country music, with performances by Yonder Mountain String Band, Ralph Stanley, Alison Moorer and Randy Travis, plus Ray Benson and Jason Roberts of Asleep at the Wheel. The final evening, The Blind Boys' Family Revival, will feature songs from all of the group's Grammy Award-winning albums and includes collaborations with Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Hot 8 Brass Band, Dan Zanes, John Hammond, and Charlie Musselwhite, among others.
Tickets for all three are on sale now.

More details on the gospel group's Lincoln Center shows, their full upcoming schedule, a video of their performance on Letterman earlier this year with Lou Reed (they also visited Daytrotter in March) and more are below...

Continue reading "Blind Boys of Alabama touring, curated 3 shows @ Lincoln Center w/ many guests (Yo La Tengo, Jim James, more)"

Chris Knox

LPR will be hosting a benefit on May 6 for New Zealand artist Chris Knox who suffered a series of strokes last year. Many of the aritsts performing at this show have contributed to a fantastic tribute/benefit album for Knox that was recently released.

Tickets for the benefit will go on sale through Kickstarter on March 30 (more details coming soon).

Artists appearing will include Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Portastatic, Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields, Sharon Van Etten, and The Clean. There will also be a short acoustic performance by Jeff Mangum (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel).

Orbital

Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
Animal Collective

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.

Pitchfork also listed their Top 100 Tracks of 2009, and the Top Albums of the Decade.

Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.

photos by Andrew Frisicano

"...big thanks to S.I.T. & Die, The Black Lips, John Oliver, Gary Panter and Joshua White. YLT tour phase 2 begins Friday in Montreal!" - Yo La Tengo

DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall (MP3)

Yo La Tengo

"YLT augmented their show with a light show by Joshua White and Gary Panter projected on a large screen at the rear of the stage. It very much reminded me of the time they played The Sounds Of Science at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but this time without the angry octopus. From the Mezzanine, I had a good vantage point from which to spy the setup. The band played on the stage where you'd expect them to be while the light show crew of about ten people worked behind the screen.

Pretty nifty! It resulted in a great psychedelic backdrop which pulsated and evolved with the trippy music, kinda like seeing the old Pink Floyd laser light show at the Hayden Planetarium, except live and more organic. [During] "Here To Fall"...they brought on a small troupe of accompanying strings" [QbertPlaya]

A video of "Here to Fall" from the show is below.

Andrew stopped by the show last night (9/25) and took some pics, but he got there too late to see opener Black Lips (who after the show went to Brooklyn and caused some WAVVES-related trouble). He did see host John Oliver, and Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co, who were playing in the lobby, though. How was the show? More of his pictures below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo played Roseland Ballroom w/ Black Lips, a fancy light show & a band in the lobby (pics) "

Strings

According to their label Matador Records, Ira, Georgia and James (Yo La Tengo) will be "augmented by additional strings on this evening". Also on hand at Roseland Ballroom tonight (9/25) will be the Black Lips, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co (performing in the lobby), visuals by Joshua White & Gary Panter Light Show, and host and comedian John Oliver (tickets).

According to the Guggenheim, Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol) (also signed to Matador Records) (like Ted Leo) "will be backed by a full band plus strings and horns" tonight (9/25) at the Guggenheim Museum. Also on hand will be I'm In You, Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher (they'll do readings) and host and comedian Eugene Mirman. Here are the set times:

8 pm: Doors open. The audience may view the Kandinsky exhibition or enjoy refreshments at the bar.
9 pm: Eugene Mirman welcomes the crowd and kicks off the evening.
9:15 pm: I'm in You
10 pm: Readings by Hampton Fancher and Rivka Galchen
10:30 pm: Julian Plenti
Julian Plenti also has NYC shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl (both of which are on sale). All dates below...

Continue reading "and there will be strings (and comedians) (at the Yo La Tengo & Julian Plenti shows tonight)"

Genesis w/ Throbbing Gristle @ Masonic Temple in April (more by Lori Baily)
Throbbing Gristle

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Moby, Kelli Scarr @ Irving Plaza
* Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Ty Segall, The Mantles, Digital Leather @ Maxwell's
* Gojira, Burst, Zoroaster @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rain Machine, Sharon Van Etten, Candles of Paradise @ The Bell House
* The Decemberists, Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames @ Wellmont Theatre
* Fanfarlo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jonsi and Alex (DJ) @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Sweet Sixteens, Teenage Cool Kids, Knight School, Beat Beat @ Silent Barn
* Small Beast w/ Anton Sword & The We Ours, Botanica, Nathan Halpern @ Delancey
* Precious Metal w/ Hallux, SubArachnoid Space, OvO, Immanent Voiceless @ Lit
* Sam Mickens & Mike Pride Duo, Jantar, Nsumi, Pepi Ginsberg, Love Like Deloreans @ Death By Audio
* Musicka Mystica Maxima w/ Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Arrington De Dionyso, Larkin Grimm, more @ Santos Party House

The two-day Musicka Mystica Maxima fest happens at Santos tonight and tomorrow. Tonight's bill includes Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Thee Majesty, Amber Asylum, Arrington De Dionyso (of Old Time Relijun), fest curator Larkin Grimm and Nautical Almanac.

Despite pressure from the Cool Kids, it seems Teenage Cool Kids are still called Teenage Cool Kids. They're at Silent Barn with Knight School and others tonight.

Maximo Park were supposed to play Webster Hall tonight.

Tonight's Fanfarlo and Wildbirds & Peacedrums show at Bowery Ballroom includes DJing from Jonsi (of Sigur Ros) and Alex (aka Riceboy Sleeps). Riceboy Sleeps is not on the bill tomorrow at the Bell House.

Ty Segall plays a pre-Goner Fest show with Digital Leather and tourmates The Mantles at Maxwell's tonight. Joining him at Goner Fest will be Reigning Sound who just announced some NYC-area dates of their own.

Moby plays Irving Plaza with Kelli Scarr (of Moonraker) tonight. On Wednesday (9/23) he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio) plays The Bell House with Sharon Van Etten and Candles of Paradise.

The Decemberists and Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames did Terminal 5 on September 19th. Tonight they perform at Wellmont Theatre.

Death By Audio (& The Maze) hosts Sam Mickens & Mike Pride Duo, Jantar, Nsumi, Pepi Ginsberg and Love Like Deloreans.

Two Monday residencies continues: The Roots play Highline Ballroom and Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir play Union Pool.

We posted two interviews today: Wayne Coyne and Justin K. Broadrick.

St. Vincent's new video for "Marrow" is posted below.

Yo La Tengo, who play NYC's Roseland Ballroom on Friday, did a session with La Blogotheque. See two parts of that (they cover the Troggs' "With a Girl Like You" in the first) below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

Yura Yura Teikoku
Yura Yura

As promised, Yo La Tengo added some more names to the bill of their September 25th NYC show at Roseland Ballroom that already includes opening an set by Black Lips, and a set in the lobby by Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co (tickets). I'm not sure if this is the final update, but there are two more additions. Joshua White & Gary Panter Light Show will be there (I guess doing a light show), and John Oliver of the Daily Show will be hosting (and presumably telling some jokes). I have one pair of tickets to giveaway. Details below.

Yura Yura Teikoku opened for Yo La Tengo at shows on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week...

"Warming up the stage with a lean blast of angular guitar rock, Japanese trio Yura Yura Teikoku was a fitting opener, just as interested in its music's fringes as the headliners so obviously were." [Boston Globe]

"But for me -- and several bewildered folks I spoke with during and after the show -- the night belonged to Yura Yura Teikoku, a Tokyo-based psych-rock trio that opened the show. Sweet holy hell. They might be my new favorite band. I even bought a CD at the show, which I rarely do -- mostly because I typically already have CDs sent to me from bands playing shows at HG. And also 'cuz I'm cheap." [Solid State]

Yura Yura Teikoku headline their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (9/18). Tickets are still on sale, and I have two pair to giveaway. Details with some videos, and all Yo La Tengo tour dates, also below...

Continue reading "updated Yo La Tengo tour dates, NYC show additions, Yura Yura Teikoku in Brooklyn (tonight) & some free tickets"

photos by Tim Griffin

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo celebrated the release of their new record Popular Songs at D'amelio Terras Gallery in Chelsea last night. Album & gallery artist Dario Robleto was also in attendance to sign autographs, shake your hand and say hello. The paintings on the wall are/were by Joanne Greenbaum. Her show opens at the gallery Thursday night. Tickets were given away for the September 25th Roseland Ballroom show that Yo La Tengo are playing with Black Lips, and.....Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co...

September, 25 2009 08:00 PM - Roseland Ballroom -- with Yo La Tengo!
239 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York, New York - Cost? Gosh, what do tix for genuine concerts go for these days?

Go figure. We're playing at Roseland Ballroom with Yo La Tengo. Granted, we're the opening, opening, surprise act -- and we're actually going to be performing in the lobby -- but, yes, we're playing at Roseland Ballroom with Yo La Tengo! We're rather looking forward to it.

To answer their question, tickets cost $28.50+fees. Stay tuned for even more additions to the NYC show lineup. More pictures from last night's party, below...

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Yo La Tengo

Matador Records, Brooklyn Vegan, and Other Music are proud to announce that we are combining forces to celebrate the new album Popular Songs on the date of release, Tuesday, September 8th here in New York City. The event will be held at D'amelio Terras Gallery (located at 525 W. 22nd St) from 7-930 pm, however, get there EARLY, as the first hour will be an album signing by the band (yes, Ira, James, and Georgia will be in attendance), and the album artist (and gallery owner) Dario Robleto. Other Music will be set up at the gallery to sell you your personal copy of the new album (while you hear it) on the day of release! Goodies will be raffled like: Popular Songs LPs, autographed tour posters, and concert tickets to their upcoming New York headlining show at ROSELAND BALLROOM.
There will be complimentary beer and wine.

PREVIOUSLY: Yo La Tengo likes bands (NYTimes) like Kurt Vile & the Black Lips ++ MP3's & 4 new videos (1 w/ Times New Viking)

The 5th new video is below...

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DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double Or Triple (MP3)

Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Black Lips

NY Times. As an experiment I put your name into Pandora, the Internet radio service, to see if any of these other bands came up as references, and they didn't. But Lambchop and My Bloody Valentine are two bands I'm not surprised are on your list.

MS. HUBLEY of YLT: Lambchop is a band that has meant so much to us, musically and personally as well. We've become very good friends with them. I'm not sure how much we overlap, although I think we do some.

MR. KAPLAN of YLT: I think we overlap a lot with them actually. I hear their music in things we've done; I hear our music in things they've done. I first heard them [15 years ago] at the Merge Records five-year anniversary. I was just completely blown away. It may not have been until the Black Lips that I saw another band onstage that I'd never heard and thought, "Wow, that's amazing."

That helps explain (not that it needs explaining) why the Black Lips are opening for Yo La Tengo at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on September 25th. Tickets are still on sale.

Check out the rest of that NY Times article for more on what Yo La Tengo are listening to (including their Matador labelmate Kurt Vile). Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs will be out September 8th on Matador. "Here to Fall" and "Periodically Double Or Triple" from the record are re-posted above.

Not mentioned in the New York Times article, are Times New Viking, who are also YLT's labelmate, have opened for then on Hanukkah, and who star in YLT's new new video for the song "Nothing To Hide" (re-posted below).

The Roseland show is part of an extensive fall tour in support of Popular Songs. Those dates, along with a series of videos all from the new album (they've been releasing one each week), are posted in full below...

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Bat for Lashes
Bat For Lashes

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Raekwon @ Mahoney Park
* Baye Kouyate @ Joe's Pub
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Antifolk Festival @ Sidewalk Cafe
* Black Moon, Smif N Wessun @ Brower Park
* Bat for Lashes, Other Lives @ Webster Hall
* Hull, Giant Squid, Grayceon, Bezoar @ Union Pool
* Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Royal Bangs, The xx, Katy Gunn, City Riots @ Pianos
* The Starlight Mints, Wye Oak, JP Inc. @ Bowery Ballroom
* No Mas Bodas, Miho Hatori, Archibald Adams @ Monkey Town
* Cartright, Your 33 Black Angels, Soft Black @ Bruar Falls
* Friendly Fires, Phenomenal Handclap Band @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Freestyle Music Series w/ James Chance, Elliot Sharp 3 @ Local 269
* Less the Band, The Little Death (NYC), TV Torso, Linfinity @ Mercury Lounge
* Out of Doors Fest w/ Brooklyn QawWali Party, Susheela Raman @ Damrosch Park
* Shai Hulud, Reign Supreme, The Carrier, Capital, Advent @ Santos Party House
* Blue Album Group, Small Black & Eternal Sunshine (film) @ McCarren Park
* Woodstock party w/ Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Big Brother & the Holding Company @ Nokia Theatre

Tonight's free outdoor music includes two great hip-hop shows: Raekwon, whose Only Built For Cuban Linx II comes out next month, plays Mahoney Park, and Black Moon and Smif N Wessun perform all of their classic Enta da Stage and Dah Shinin' LPs (respectively) at Brower Park. McCarren Park SummerScreen hosts a free showing of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with music from Weezer cover band Blue Album Group and Small Black. The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest presents Brooklyn QawWali Party and Susheela Raman at Damrosch Park.

Friendly Fires and the Phenomenal Handclap Band play (Le) Poisson Rouge. Both bands also have other upcoming shows.

The xx's last warm-up before their Seaport gig on Friday comes tonight at Pianos with Royal Bangs, Katy Gunn and City Riots.

Bat for Lashes's North American tour visits Webster Hall tonight. Other Lives, who played a show at Union Hall last night, open. Bat for Lashes is up for an MTV Video Music Award.

Tori Amos plays Radio City tomorrow.

Tickets are on sale for the show Regina Spektor is playing at Radio City Music Hall. Yeah Yeah Yeahs too.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' old friend TV on the Radio played Prospect Park last night.

Depeche Mode will not play San Francisco tonight. Bob Dylan cancelled a show yesterday due to heat.

Steven Tyler from Aerosmith is still out of comission.

Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, in what they call the 'BonTaj Roulet' tour, play Prospect Park Bandshell. Last night they hit Jersey.

The Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival continues with Dots Will Echo, The Relatives and others.

"Serious brush with law for Cameron Douglas' girlfriend - arrested for smuggling heroin in toothbrush"

The Starlight Mints and JP Inc (formerly Pleaseeasaur) play a Bowery Ballroom show with Wye Oak, who return to the venue on their tour with Blitzen Trapper this fall.

Steely Dan make up their canceled July 29th show with a gig tonight that's the last of their ongoing Beacon Theatre run.

Freestyle Music Series, soon to be a weekly occurance, brings James Chance, Elliot Sharp 3, Fire of Love featuring Bobby Radcliff, and The Howling Magic Waters with Felice Rosser to Local 269 tonight.

"The host of a television crime show in Brazil is under investigation for allegedly ordering killings to boost the popularity of his show. Wallace Souza is a state lawmaker who hosted Canal Livre which aired in Manaus, in a remote Amazon region. Police say he is suspected of trafficking in drugs and commissioning at least five murders aimed at simultaneously boosting his show's ratings and killing off his competition in the drug trade." [Voice of America]

Yo La Tengo's video "Avalon Or Someone Very Similar" is posted below.

What else?

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Seasick Steve
Seasick Steve

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Wayne Wonder @ Brower Park
* Raul Malo @ Madison Square Park
* Pete Yorn, Zee Avi @ Webster Hall
* Quimbombo @ Stuyvesant High School
* Saviours, Children, Sourvein @ Union Pool
* Ebony Bones, The Drums, Ninjasonik @ Bowery Ballroom
* Liquor Store, Drugwars, Bleeker & the Freaks @ Market Hotel
* Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Paul Motion @ Village Vanguard
* Noisemakers w/ Peter Roseberg & Raekwon, The Cypher @ 92YTribeca
* The Grates, The Whims, Buenos Dias, Charlotte Sometimes @ Pianos
* Bosco Delrey, Georgiana Starlington, The Gaye Blades @ Bruar Falls
* Seasick Steve, J Roddy Walson, Spirit Family Reunion @ Mercury Lounge
* Mark Eitzel plays American Music Club, Hotel Lights @ The Bell House


The forecast is affecting some (or all...) of tonight's free outdoor shows...

Due to a threat of inclement weather, tonight's Quimbombo show has been moved to Stuyvesant High School at 345 Chambers St. Start time is still 7pm. Space is limited, so the first come, first served system will be in effect.
Also, tonight's film at the McCarren Park Summerscreen, Wild at Heart, has been rescheduled for August 19th. (Next week's screening of Fame will feature sets by Bottle Up & Go and The Nouvellas.)

Steely Dan is inside, but also cancelled.

Other outdoor gratis shows scheduled for tonight include Wayne Wonder
in Brooklyn's Brower Park and Raul Malo in Madison Square Park

Mark Eitzel plays his American Music Club songs at The Bell House tonight. Steely Dan will perform its 1980 album Gaucho at Beacon Theatre.

The Grates play the final show of their Pianos residency with The Whims, Buenos Dias and Charlotte Sometimes.

Catch members of the Black Lips in the Gaye Blades at Bruar Falls tonight with Bosco Delrey and Georgiana Starlington.

The Drums and Ninjasonik open for Ebony Bones tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

Scarlett Johansson collaborator Pete Yorn plays with Zee Avi at Webster Hall tonight.

Three-string guitarist Seasick Steve warms up for his All Points West set with a show tonight at the Mercury Lounge with J. Roddy Walson & the Business and Spirit Family Reunion.

92YTribeca hosts radio DJ Peter Roseberg in conversation with Raekwon as "jazz hip-hop fusion band" The Cypher perform from the latter's catalog.

The new Dodos album, which got leaked earlier this month, is out now and just $3.00. It's also streaming.

"Here to Fall," the first in a series of five clips from the upcoming Yo La Tengo album, Popular Songs, is posted below.

VBS visited the practice space of Silk Flowers, below.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Here to Fall (MP3)

Yo La Tengo

Another free MP3 has been released from Yo La Tengo's new album "Popular Songs". Grab "Here to Fall" above. And there's a tour. Yo La Tengo will be on the road from mid-September through most of October. Dates include the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco on October 18th, and a NYC show at (I wouldn't believe if I didn't see it...) Roseland Ballroom with Black Lips on September 25th. Tickets for many of the dates are already on sale. Roseland goes on sale Saturday, 7/25 at 10am.

Black Lips are also playing a show in Booklyn this Sunday (7.26). Yo La Tengo's recent performances include the Pitchfork Festival and Keyspan Park with Wilco. All dates below...

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photos by Joseph Juechao Xu

Jesus Lizard

"TORTOISE was good and everything, but way better the first year i ever went (when i was 14) probably because they were the headlining band that year and played late at night when it was dark. and their setlist flowed better....the request the night thing was cool but i think it really put a damper on the band's moods. EXCEPT! for the JESUS LIZARD. that was so awesome and intense. they didn't act old at all. BUILT TO SPILL on the other hand was a disappoint. sadly :( they looked like they were having the worst night of their life and i could barely hear it. to top it off....drunk bros were behind me screaming the words. you don't scream or dance or yell for built to spill. they even "wooed" the instrument parts between singing. bleh. but it was still pretty sounding and cool to see. i didn't watch YO LA TENGO. i think they're eh." [maybemae]
I watched some of the stream and what I saw of Yo La Tengo was much better than "eh"!, and I thought Tortoise sounded great (though it was funny to hear them say something like, "we have a new album out, but we're not playing any of those songs... BECAUSE NONE OF YOU REQUESTED THEM!"). I do agree 100% with the above review of the Jesus Lizard though. David Yow is still a monster, and I can't wait for the Irving Plaza show. I didn't watch Built to Spill, but according to Jim DeRogatis, that was probably the right decision anyway.

Tortoise is on tour and plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday night. The rest of the pictures from Day One of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival, below...

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photos by Eric Townsend

Jeff Tweedy & Leslie Feist
Wilco

"Some of us got to see Wilco play at Coney Island last night. I'm happy to report that they remain one of the best live acts out there, deftly combining jaw-dropping virtuosity, inventive heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting and, yes, genuine showmanship. They connect! The new material came off well, and they kept the noodle-ing to a minimum (Impossible Germany = bad, Spiders = good). Jeff Tweedy seemed to be in particularly good spirits, cracking some great jokes and reminding me of the recent NY Times interview with him" [the mockingbird blog]
So, just to recap, Feist, formerly and recently of BSS, was already BFF with Grizzly Bear, and is now BFF with Wilco. This = a good thing. Feist will appear on Letterman with Wilco tonight (7/14). Last night, in Coney Island, Feist and Ed from Grizzly Bear and Yo La Tengo (who opened the show) appeared on stage with Wilco at Keyspan Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones which is the minor league baseball team named after the roller coaster, which is located in the same section of Brooklyn (Coney Island), and which Ed and Feist also rode while they were there).

Full setlist from the show and much more about it, HERE. The rest of the pictures and some videos, below...

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Leslie Feist & Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on the Cyclone - July 13, 2009
Feist and Ed Droste

Like she will Tuesday on Letterman (tonight, 7/14), Leslie Feist joined Wilco on stage at Keyspan Park in Coney Island on Monday night (7/13) for a few songs. Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear played with them too. Collectively they performed Woody Guthrie's "California Stars". Yo La Tengo opened the show, and then also joined Wilco on stage during the encore. Pictures and more from the show coming soon HERE. Full setlist below.

Earlier in the evening Feist and Ed rode The Cyclone, the famous Coney Island roller coaster (as you can see in the picture above). If you've never been on it, this Saturday during the Siren Festival might be a good time to change that.

For Grizzly Bear and Feist, it was just another example of a growing history of collaborations that includes multiple TV appearances, touring, recorded stuff, and on stage appearances. It's not clear if Ed will be on Letterman tonight too, but we do know that Feist and Wilco will perform the new Wilco song "You and I" on the show. They performed the same song together in Coney Island, and for the first time, in LA on June 25th. Video from that earlier one below.

Two nights before playing in Brooklyn, Feist reunited again with Broken Social Scene on stage at the Harbourfront Centre show in Toronto. For Feist it was at least the second time recently she played with her old band. To make this one even more special though, Emily Haines and Amy Millan were also all up there on stage at the same time - it was a proper BSS reunion. Videos below.

Above mentioned videos, and Wilco's entire Keyspan Park setlist, and video of Ed and Feist singing backup on "You Never Know", below...

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UPDATE: pictures from Wilco's show in Coney Island are POSTED.

Wilco @ Baltimore Virgin Fest '08 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Wilco

Wilco will play Brooklyn's Keyspan Park tonight (June 13th) with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are sold out (no tickets at the door even), but there are still tickets available to Wilco's July 18th show at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY (about an hour and a half north of NYC). That show pairs the band with opener Conor Oberst & the Magic Family Band (who played NYC on July 4th with Jenny Lewis). Oberst recently opened other shows for Wilco, including Friday, July 10th in Wilmington, Delaware.

In Friday's opener, "Wilco (the song)," a generous-spirited rocker, the raspy-voiced Tweedy volunteered his accomplished band as "a sonic shoulder to cry on," and promised the intergenerational crowd, "Wilco will love ya, baby."

That affection was expressed in a career-spanning set that reached back as far as 1994's underrated A.M. for the bittersweet "Box Full of Letters." But rather than a shoulder to cry on, Wilco's songs typically offered a chance to bond over shared anxieties.

Tweedy is not always the most articulate lyricist; I'm not quite sure what it means to be "cold as gasoline," as he sings on the new disc's "Solitaire." But his band, whose standout star is avant guitarist Nels Cline, is expert at expressing its leader's discomfort in songs such as "Muzzle of Bees."

Even a song that declares "I'm Always in Love" finds reason to worry. The only carefree tune after the opener was the closer, the deliriously happy "Hoodoo Voodoo," whose lyrics were not written by Tweedy but by Woody Guthrie... [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Videos from that July 10th show and their July 11th show in Lowell, MA, are below.

All those Ballpark gigs are part of Wilco's summer tour in support of the now-out Wilco (The Album). In August, they'll be touring behind the record in Europe.

Tuesday night, July 14th, Wilco will perform "You and I" from Wilco (the album) on The Late Show with David Letterman with special guest vocalist Feist. Feist also recently played guest with Grizzly Bear (who she has also played on TV with), and joined her old band Broken Social Scene on stage in Toronto.

All the above-mentioned videos, and tour dates, below...

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