Entries tagged with: breaking up
Kim & Thurston in Brooklyn - 8/12/11 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
SPIN reports the unfortunate news:
If the demise of R.E.M. didn't put the final nail in the '90s alternative-rock dream, this news sure will: Sonic Youth super-couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have split up after 27 years of marriage -- and the future of the band they've played in together since 1981 is unclear.Hopefully the recent Williamsburg Waterfront show wasn't the last NYC has seen of Sonic Youth.
The pair confirmed the news in a statement from their Matador Records rep that reads, "Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."
Ponytail @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"We regret to inform you that the wonder group known as Ponytail have officially called it a day. After releasing their amazing album "Do Whatever You Want All the Time" they were unable to make the touring portion come to life as the members have dispersed across the country in search of other life experiences. It's a bummer the world will never see Ponytail live again because it was truly honest music that filled you with extreme joy. An experience like that is rare these days and if you did see Ponytail live consider yourself lucky. Hopefully more bands will come along like Ponytail and shed light on the fakers.This message from the band comes just six months after they let everyone know that they did NOT break up. RIP Ponytail, sorry I'll never get to see you one more time.
Much love to the future."
Xoxo. Sir james winnie
One of those members they're referring to is Dustin Wong who happens to be playing a show at 285 Kent is Brooklyn tonight (9/22). His guitar playing skills are ace. Don't miss him. Dive and Heaven's Gate are both also on the bill.
Brand new Ponytail video (their parting gift) below...
R.E.M. just posted the following message to their website:
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.Bye R.E.M.
I've had the pleasure of catching the crazy dudes in Double Dagger on occaision over the years, and it looks like I will have one more shot before they call it quits. Yes, Double Dagger is ending, but not without a string of select dates in late October that will include Death By Audio on 10/20 with AIDS Wolf and Zomes. The tour, which kick-off 10/12 and end 10/21, is bookended by two dates in their hometown of Baltimore.
Full statement and those tour dates below.
The Middle East @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
After it was reported that Australian band The Middle East announced their break-up from the stage at Splendour in the Grass, the band issued this statement:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :The band's new full length album was just released in the US in July. They never got around to visiting our shores in support.
writing to inform you that we're ceasing. i'm not sure if we'll make more music later on or not.
we don't feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won't list here and i'm afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i'd rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.
we had fun.
t.s elliot wrote 'you are the music while the music lasts', but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don't put too much stock in his quotes.
i'm very tired. until next time.
the middle east.
Ludicra at Europa (more by BBG)
Ludicra has officially disbanded. It's been a great and rewarding ride. We would like to thank all who've supported us and been involved. We have left over items for sale on the official website. The prices have been halved, so hopefully people can enjoy these things instead of them sitting in storage and we can pay our final bills. Thanks.We last saw Ludicra at Europa with Krallice, Castevet, and Atakke. That unfortunately will be their last NYC appearance. They will be missed, but you can catch some of that spirit in some of their other projects like Agalloch, Hammers of Misfortune, Impaled, and Ghoul.
Burnt By The Sun at Cake Shop (more by Paul Birman)
After playing a "maybe" last show ever, Burnt By The Sun will return from the grave one last time (they say) to support Harvest with Torchbearer at The Studio at Webster Hall on July 20th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three scheduled for Harvest in the coming months. The band will also play July 16th in Minneapolis with Disembodied at what may be their last show too...
"Harvest is returning to play their hometown after not playing for almost 12 years. Disembodied will also join them and it is rumored that this is their last show. At first the show was being held at a same venue which only held 200+ people. It has recently been moved at the Triple Rock Social Club, which makes more tickets more available now. I believe theirs show will sell out again so if you want to go, pick up your tickets as soon as possible. The show will also have Relentless, Venia, Former Thieves and Iron Rain. All this bands are from the Midwest so come out support No Coast Hardcore." [Ill Cause Webzine]Harvest's third upcoming show is the previously discussed Sound & Fury Fest in July.
In related news, Seattle band Trial have reunited and are also on the bill of Sound & Fury Fest. No need to travel all the way to California to see them though. They are playing a Panic Records Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on June 27th with Another Breath (their last NYC show), The Saddest Landscape, Powerwolves, and Don't Give A Fuck. Tickets are on sale. The date is one of four Trial currently have schedule, and they also played the "first-ever Panic Records Showcase" at Neumos in Seattle on May 27th.
All tour dates and some video below...
view of the fight from the audience (photo by John Obeidin)
Ben Weasel already apologized for his involvement in an altercation during SXSW at Scoot Inn, but now his Screeching Weasel band members have responded by quitting the band and writing their own letter. Read it in full below...
Salome at Union Pool (more by kolored)
"I'm no longer in Salome because of personal conflicts within the band. I wish them well if they decide to continue on, and I hope they're successful with all their projects. I'm continuing with Agoraphobic Nosebleed and will hopefully be forming another project in the future.No word on the future of Salome, but the departure of vocalist Kat Katz from the band is sad news. Salome released one of my favorite LP's of last year, not to mention killed live like at a 2009 BV CMJ show, and a 2010 BV SXSW one as well.
Thanks for everyone's support over the years. I greatly appreciate it." - Kat
As Kat pointed out in an interview in 2009, Salome started playing together in 2006.
Unearthly Trance at their last NYC show? (more by Jonathan McPhail)
After returning from a quake/tsunami-ravaged Japan where they toured with High on Fire & Melvins (all bands are OK), preceeded by an Australian tour with Monarch & Dark Castle, NYC's Unearthly Trance have called it quits.
Unearthly Trance played our FINAL show in Nagoya, Japan. We will no longer be playing live again. Thanks to all who came to see us over the years! -Ryan LipynskyHopefully "no longer be playing live again" won't also affect their recorded output (their latest LP V was one of my favorites of 2010) or Lipynsky's output with The Howling Wind. R.I.P. to one of my favorite NYC bands.
Thanks to Erik for sending in the above picture, and for pointing out that "there are flyers going up all over the city for LCD Soundsystem's last show on Saturday April 2, 2011 w Liquid Liquid and special guests at Madison Square Garden." And thanks Nick for also sending in the below pic that confirms the same:
photos by kolored
Monotonix & fan in San Francisco
"Shelev, after a rowdy and rambunctious set, stated that he was 46-years old, their drummer was about to become a father, and their guitarist had some seeds to sow as a single Israeli. He then instructed the crowd to tweet, text and, actually, drive to San Francisco and Austin to follow them on their last tour ever. Whether this is true or just another stunt in their stunt-filled show is yet to be seen. -[OneThirtyBPM]That report comes from Monotonix's LA show at The Echoplex on 1/27, the day before they played Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco with Nodzzz (who just signed to Woodsist) and Ty Segall. The pictures in this post are from the San Fran show.
Monotonix's final (??) round of US dates in support of their new LP Not Yet is ongoing. The band will play Birmingham, Alabama tonight (2/1) and eventually end up at 285 Kent Ave on 2/5 for their final (??) show in NYC...
Saturday February 5th @ 285 KENT AVEIf you've never seen Monotonix live (which is pretty insane), this may be your last chance. Not Yet is out now via Drag City.
:: Monotonix ------- from Israel, on Drag City
:::::: Federation X
:::::::: the Stalkers
:: special guest comedienne: Elisa Da Prato
| 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $tba
Ty Segall is scheduled to play NYC TWICE in early March on his way to SXSW: at Mercury Lounge on 3/8 with Devin Therriault (tickets) and Death By Audio on March 10th with Heavy Cream.
More San Francisco pictures and (final?) tour dates below...
The Giraffes on a boat (more by Keith Marlowe)
"Come say farewell to Aaron as he leaves The Giraffes to embark on his journey as a Wageearner."As that message states, The Giraffes are bidding wildman/vocalist Aaron Lazar adeiu. Has he moved on to greener pastures? Either way, the Giraffes will play one final show with Lazar before he rides a giant moustache off into the sunset. Mercury Lounge will house said event on Feb 5th and Moon Rabbits (and possibly more bands TBA) will open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/7) at noon. No word on the outcome of some of those "new jams" they were working on in early September (though it seems the band will continue on with a new vocalist), or the status of Aaron's other project Rumanian Buck, but if we hear more we'll let you know. - BBG
Atakke played their final show at Knitting Factory (more pics)
Atakke has decided to call it a day. It's been a great ride over the last 4 years. We've met a ton of great people, had the opportunity to play with more than a couple of our heroes and friends, and gotten to make some of the best music I've ever had the pleasure of playing. I've always said that my only goal in a band was to play music that I like, with people that I like, to people that I like. If nothing else can be said about this band, it is that we did just that... Thanks to everybody that played with us in one capacity or another, and most especially, we dedicate this band to the memory of our fallen friend and brother, Nick Poot. The LP will be released posthumously on vinyl if we can afford it, and on CD with all of the recorded material on it, including some live footage of the last shows we got to play with Nick. There is a new project in the works, with a demo and shows happening early 2011. We're thankful for what we've had, and excited about what the future holds.The above-pictured 10/30 show at Knitting Factory, where Atakke shared a bill with AGE, Hellshock, Perdition,and Cervix, wasn't advertised as Atakke's final show, but it was the last show they played before this announcement that, sadly, they've broken up. Their scheduled appearance with Toxic Holocaust at Acheron on 1/12 is cancelled.
In Atakke's statement, the band also took pause to honor Nick Poot, former bassist for the band (also Absurd System) who recently lost his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The punk community banded behind Poot, throwing benefit shows in his honor. RIP Nick "Poot" Mardanes.
Atakke have thus far released a pair of 7"s, the latter of which was produced by Philip Cope (Kylesa). No word on when their final and posthumous disc of new and unreleased material will be released.
The good news is, in addition to the new project they reference above, other Atakke-related projects are ongoing, including Mutant Supremacy (who played on 12/4 with Evoken and Gorephobia at Brooklyn Fireproof). MS will play Union Pool on 1/23 with Cannabis Corpse, the second time in three months that the pair have played together (the last was at Bowery Electric at the end of October). Mutant Supremacy released their new LP Infinite Suffering earlier this year.
Attake's full statement and some video is below.
Judas Priest at PNC Bank Arts Center (more here)
"The 59-year-old Judas Priest veteran blazed through several tracks [at MSG] before stopping to chat with the audience, thanking them very sincerely and introducing the cover songs that he subsequently launched into--these tracks included a Fleetwood Mac cover, a reinterpretation of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust," and the Judas Priest track "Jawbreaker."" [WSOU blog]Rob Halford of Judas Priest played Madison Square Garden in NYC on December 1st and Izod Center on Dec 3rd with Ozzy Osbourne, and the pair have three more dates together on their current trek. Tonight, 12/7, the "Metal God" and the "Prince of Darkness" will be in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Meanwhile, the recently Grammy-nominated Judas Priest have announced that they are calling it quits. The announcement came with news of a European tour, but additional shows "hitting all the major cities throughout the world" are still to be announced for the tour they've dubbed "Epitaph 2011", so stay tuned for those.
Current show list, their full statement, some videos and Halford's MSG setlist, below...
La Strada @ Spider House - BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
"After three years of recording and touring, NYC orchestral pop favorites, La Strada, known for their raucous shows and stunning instrumental arrangements announced that they will be parting ways as of December, 2010. James Craft announced to the band that he needs to move on to different goals and priorities that would exclude involvement in La Strada, and the rest of the band met Craft's announcement with supportive acceptance.Those CMJ shows of course already happened. Stay tuned for more.
Founder and lead singer James Craft said: "I've loved being in La Strada, but for now I need extended time away from the scene and want to work on something new." Devon Press, multi-instrumentalist and co-writer agreed saying, "this is probably one of the most amicable breakups in history and we all still love each other very much and will probably continue to work together in some capacity." The newest member to join the La Strada ranks, cellist Isaiah Gage said, "I'm so thankful that I got to not only play such great music in the short time I was in the band, but more importantly meet such great friends."
La Strada still has plenty of activity planned between now and the official split on December 1st, with plans to record their new songs for release, play 3 shows during CMJ and throw a late November farewell show/party to be announced soon.
The band has a message for friends and fans of La Strada:
"From the very bottom of our hearts and souls we want to thank every one of you that came to see us play and supported us these last few years. We all feel extremely blessed to have such wonderful fans; we'll never forget you!""
UPDATE: La Strada's final show will take place at the Rock Shop on 11/20.
Hi Friends! This is Seth from Dufus. I'm writing this to inform you ofGet your $10 tickets at the door Saturday night. Flyer below...
the completion of Dufus. We're planning our last show on September
25th at Cakeshop, NYC. This will also be a CD release (with FREE CDS!) and our 13th Anniversary Celebration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please donate to the cause so we can finish the album... It's mostly recorded but needs mixing, mastering and
reproduction. I've started a Kickstarter account for this purpose...
Kickstarter is an awesome way for artists to receive a "peoples'
grant." Plus if you donate you get prizes! Here's the site...
Also on the bill for this night will be...
Ed Schrader (recently signed to Load Records
If anyone has any questions as to why this is happening or suggestions
as to what we should perform that night, please do respond to this.
Please pass this along to your friends! Thanks and love from me to
Crime In Stereo 2010 (photo by Meghan McInnis)
We'd like to thank everybody for the kind words and well wishes. Many of you are requesting that we reveal the reasons behind the breakup. Like any divorce, there's no one reason. It's the cumulative effect of many problems left unchecked/unresolved over the course of years. Many of these reasons are personal and we ask that you respect our decision to move on. We appreciate the support that's been given to us over the years, and we feel truly blessed to have done this for so long. I think the longevity of Crime in Stereo was more a testament to you than it was to us...Crime in Stereo has officially called it quits, but will play a farewell show at Europa in Brooklyn on November 6th. Tickets go on sale at midnight tonight (technically on 9/24). No word yet on the other promised shows.
The last CiS shows are being booked as we speak. There will be 3 or 4 more shows, all of them in the Northeast. -[Crime In Stereo blog entry]
dear mugs fans past, present, and future,
we've got one more. one last show to celebrate almost 10 years of making music together in new york as well as the release of our new record. here are the details:
the mugs @ the bell house
final show and album release
w/ 3rd Party and Escarioka
we'll be playing pretty much our entire catalog, so if you come out and don't hear a song you want to hear one last time, come on out and scream it. thanks for your support and for celebrating this band from brooklyn.
Wild Yaks @ Europa in November (more by Andrew Frisicano)
"Of course you don't believe me that this is the last Wild Yaks show ever. You think I'm your raving uncle? Like you have company over and I'm just talking and talking in the backyard and your guests are like, what's all that racket? And you're like, that's just my raving uncle." [Robert Bryn of Wild Yaks]Brooklyn's Wild Yaks play their last show tonight, June 29th, at the Cameo Gallery with Imaginary Friend, Jean Eric and Bizi Gara.
The full discursive, poetic (goodbye?) note from frontman Rob Bryn is posted below...
The King Khan & BBQ Show @ Bowery in November (more by Tim Griffin)
It's hard to take any King Khan news 100% serious. And like many dysfunctional couples, just because King Khan and BBQ are "broken up" doesn't mean they might not get back together. That said, here's the story...
Laurie Anderson's concert for dogs in Sydney Australia was part of the Vivid Sydney Festival, which she and Lou Reed curated. Acts they brought included Holly Miranda, Emily Haines, Boris, Doveman, Marc Ribot and Dave Hidalgo, My Brightest Diamond, Melt Banana and, a favorite of Laurie's, the King Khan & BBQ Show, whose two shows at the fest did not go smoothly. What happened at their gigs isn't exactly clear, but it's been all down hill since an argument after the second one. The blog Rockaliser Baby has details on the group's canceled June 19th show in Seoul, where more drama went down. That was to be the last of three shows in South Korea (they "successfully" performed two nights before in Daegu). Between those posts, King Khan's account of their Australian shows and Mark (BBQ) Sultan's version of the story on the band's Facebook, you could spend an afternoon catching up on everything that happened.
Mark Sultan is currently recovering from the disastrous trip in Cambodia, and though no official statement has been made (except maybe by Mark Sultan in a comment hidden far down on his Facebook wall), all signs point to the group being broken up.
The duo are currently still on the schedule for Sled Island in Calgary June 30-July 1, where King Khan is one of the curators, but the band doesn't have any upcoming dates listed and they did officially cancel other dates (like September 28 at Neumos).
It's not the first time the band has had trouble on the road - most recently, in 2009, their tour manager was arrested mid-tour, forcing them to cancel some shows.
And King Khan made news (TMZ included) earlier this year when he showed his ass to Lindsay Lohan after an Almighty Defenders (a group BBQ is also in) show at Cannes.
No video from these shows in Australia or Korea (yet), but clips from their set at Primavera Sound at the end of May is posted below...
Isis at Irving Plaza (more by Paul Birman)
"ISIS has reached an end. It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us it is time to bring it to a close. We've seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to that syndrome...The rest of their statement is below...
Voxtrot: "Goodbye, Cruel World" tour
Voxtrot have added a second Bowery Ballroom show to their farewell tour. That will happen on Friday, June 25th, which was the originally announced date for their other Bowery Ballroom show which is happening on Saturday, June 26th. Tickets for the new, first show go on sale Friday, April 30th at noon. Tickets for the second night (which is their last show ever) are still on sale.
Videos from a recent Voxtrot gig in late '09 are below...
Voxtrot @ the Mohawk in Austin - Nov 2009 (more)
Voxtrot are officially calling it quits, but before they go they'll play some final shows with all original members. That includes Ramesh Srivastava, Matt Simon, Mitch Calvert, Jason Chronis and even Jared Van Fleet (aka Sparrow House) who left the not-very-active band a little while back. I last saw them in November when they happened to play a show in their hometown of Austin during Fun Fun Fun Fest (see above).
There are seven goodbye shows total and the final one will take place right here in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on June 26th (tickets
TBA will be on sale Friday). It will be a sad evening for sure. All dates and a long letter from Ramesh about this is below, but first let's discuss what all the individual members have been up to.
Mitch has a new band called International Waters, which has a new 10" record called It Felt Like that they'll be releasing soon. Meanwhile you can get two of those songs for free above. They'll be opening the West Coast Voxtrot shows.
Jared is still working on solo material as Sparrow House, and opens for Inlets at Union Hall on April 23rd.
Voxtrot, thanks for all the memories. Ramesh's letter and all dates below...