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by Klaus Kinski

Brooklyn Comedy Festival 2015

The third annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival will be taking place across 12 different venues throughout the borough from August 24 - August 30. Showcasing a staggering array of New York's finest comedic talent, the festival will deliver audiences everything under the comedy rainbow including stand-up, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, and more. Mercifully, the shows are either free or extremely inexpensive. Who, exactly, is gonna be there? Let's see:

Performers this year include Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin, Chris Gethard, Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Mark Normand, Nick Vatterott, Michelle Wolf, Nick Turner, Myq Kaplan, Louis Katz, Kevin Barnett, Yamaneika Saunders, Michelle Buteau, Joe Pera, Dave Hill, Josh Gondleman, Jared Logan, Pete Lee as well as sketch and improv from groups like Murderfist, GUS, RICHARD. There will be surprise drop ins and special guests including Ron Jeremy. The final show of the festival will bring Roast Battle to The Knitting Factory!
The fest begins with a Kick-off Party and Showcase at Knitting Factory on Sunday (8/23) and will culminate, as mentioned above, with a grand finale Roast Battle at the Knitting Factory on August 29. There will be a wrap party at Crown Victoria on August 30 (1-6 PM) where folks can nurse their comedy hangovers with daytime drinking and fellowship. Festival highlights are listed below, but I urge you to VISIT THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE where you can find a more elaborate schedule that includes listings of free events and special additions.

Continue reading "2015 Brooklyn Comedy Fest starts Sunday: lineup / schedule"

Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis

Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Brett Davis took over Chris Gethard's timeslot, hosts 'Macaulay Culkin Show', hosting BV-presented Menzingers shows & more"

Audience members make sure to look...
into Hunx's eyes at LPR in 2009
(more by Jake Forney)
Hunx & His Punx

"by the time HUNX AND HIS PUNX went on, i was kind of really wasted and my dance moves weren't as sharp. my hat was slipping all over the place and i felt sloppy. but whatever! that's what it's all about, right? anyway, hunx was wearing pantyhose as pants with thong underwear underneath and a shear jacket on top. he was amazing, and he and his punx all had matching blade runner stripes drawn across their eyes. the crowd was so fucking into it, and i wished that i hadn't worn my hat so i could have jammed out even harder. they finished their set a little after midnight, which surprised me. i thought i wasn't going to be heading home until after two. i grabbed the free beer that the bartender promised me and then i went home. my ears are still ringing! "
[Randall, reviewing the Cake Shop show]
After an opening set by Vivian Girls side project The Babies, Hunx & His Punx headlined Cake Shop on 10/16, the same night as BBQ and King Khan & The Shrines shows took place in different places around NYC. If you opted for BBQ or King Khan instead that night you're in luck; Hunx & His Punx, previously billed as "secret special guest", will play the Hardly Art CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Shea Stadium with Xray Eyeballs, Golden Triangle, Circle Pit, La Sera, Fergus & Geronimo, and Woven Bones. The announcement comes with the news that Hunx & His Punx have signed to Hardly Art, who will release their new LP in 2011.

In related news, another artist on the Hardly Art bill, La Sera (aka Kickball Katy of the Vivian Girls) will hit the high seas with as part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon yacht party tomorrow from 2PM-6PM. Tweet at PBR_Brooklyn if you want on, but beware that the show has a "tight list". You can also catch La Sera at Irving Plaza tonight and Saturday night at the PureVolume House with Teen Inc.

Golden Triangle have a few CMJ dates in their warpath, as does fellow Hardly Art showcasers X-Ray Eyeballs (mems of GT) who will also play Don Pedro's the same night as their Shea Stadium show as part of the Impose series of shows.

King Khan reportedly joined (or was planning on joining) XRay Eyeballs on stage at Death By Audio Sunday night. Some joyous videos of the King Khan & the Shrines show at Santos (Darren Mabee included), and a recent live Hunx and His Punx video (naked people included) (NSFW), below...

Continue reading "King Khan played NYC, La Sera playing a boat, Hunx played NYC / playing CMJ / signs to Hardly Art (dates, NSFW videos) "

photos by Tear-n Tan

Nic Offer of !!! (chk chk chk) @ Williamsburg Waterfront

"You were near the front at chk chk chk today, dancing all silly with your friends.
I was in a white t shirt and jeans, to your left. Thought we made eye contact a couple times.

Just wanted to say: you're a cutie."
[pink and stripes brunette at !!! - m4w (waterfront)]

Chk Chk Chk brought the dance party to the rainy Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday (8/15). The free JellyNYC 'Pool Party' headliners played a mix of old and new to the energetic crowd in front of the stage, and to those choosing alcohol off to the side in the designated drinking area. Shannon Funchess, also now known for her group Light Asylum, seems to be a full fledged member of the live band, singing her own parts, and those that were originally John Pugh's (he left in 2007 to focus on his group Free Blood and other things). Frontman Nic Offer still has the moves.

Last we spoke, Chk Chk Chk announced plans to return to Brooklyn (their favorite place to play because they can say "What's up Brooklyn?!") in October to play one show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Ends up that's TWO shows at the Williamsburg venue. The dates are October 6th and 7th, and tickets go on sale Friday at noon (like they do for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening at the same venue in the same month). They'll also be selling a $40 2-day pass which will save you $4+fees if you want to go both nights.

No openers have been announced for the Brooklyn shows, though maybe Light Asylum will open like they did when LCD Soundystem played that venue earlier in the year.

!!! also played a secret warm-up show Saturday night at Union Pool where they reportedly played six songs.

All the rest of the !!! tour dates are HERE. More pictures and some videos from the Pool Party, below...

Continue reading "!!! played a Pool Party (pics), playing TWO shows @ MHOW"

Stillwell Stage photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Siren Festival

"To close out the night, fans had the option of checking out Matt and Kim at the main stage or Holy Fuck at the alternate stage. The choice was clear, I went with the latter, and they easily turned out to be my favorite performance of the night. Their weird, intellectualized sound came to the forefront for the masses to witness firsthand and it's quite the process. With film reels rolling and making glorious sounds, lead singer Brian Borcherdt sporadically took the mic, shoved it between his teeth, and danced just as hard as any of the onlookers. It was clearly the most-lively show of the night. Holy Fuck as a satisfying headliner for the bill was a question on many people's minds, so the band had some expectations to live up to, but they totally thrived on those exact expectations and exceeded them tenfold. Even though the event was fully sponsored/curated, Holy Fuck performed in all aspects with the heart of any DIY performer." [Neon Musical Insight]
Our first set of Siren Festival pictures had a bit from both stages. Then came the main stage with some bonus shots of Matt & Kim in the ocean. We conclude with all the bands from the Stillwell Stage, with some more of Ted Leo from the main stage, and one more bonus shot of Matt & friends in the ocean, below...

Continue reading "Siren Fest 2010 in pictures (part 3) (Holy Fuck, the rest of the Stillwell Stage, more Ted Leo, Mabee & more)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Molly Siegel (with a mysterious bulge) & Screaming Marissa Paternoster

"it was very hot out. i was covers in sand and sweat, it was not too nice. but it was fun just to go to coney island and to people watch..im a bit fan of that. also siri of ringo, have a banana has a boyfriend alex who is in the pains of being pure at heart, who played the show. i got to see her, we ran into each other while getting pinkberry from the booth they had set up. we were supposed to meet up after alex's band played and packed up, but my friend started feeling sick, and we were very uncomfortable and in desperate need of ice cold showers so we left a bit early."
[it girl, rag doll]
The heat was the story of the day, well after Molly's bulge anyway, at the 10th annual Siren Music Festival in Coney Island on Saturday. A set of pictures that contains the first seven bands that played, and a few videos including some of the energetic Matt & Kim crowd, and one where a girl almost hits the pavement while crowd surfing during Ponytail (bonus points if you spot Darren Mabee in the video) (some of you now know him as "Beans"), below...

Continue reading "Siren Fest 2010 in pics & video (part 1) "

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Klaus Kinski

Joe Mande @ Club DeVille

2007 ECNY Emerging Comic Award winning comedian Joe Mande is a major favorite of mine, and he's no stranger to the Brooklyn Vegan Live Event Planning Committee (not a real committee). Not only was he on the bill of the very first installment of our epic comedy / music show Rock n' RoFL, Joe (who also performed at the Stereogum party on Saturday) was also one of two comedians to perform to a chatty crowd at the BrooklynVegan / DailyMotion SxSW Day Party on Friday March 19th, 2010. Tig Notaro was the other comedian on our show, and another personal favorite (you may know her as officer Tig on the Sarah Silverman Program).

I didn't realize until very recently that Joe has been working on a book and that it is set to drop on Tuesday March 30, 2010. The book, entitled Look At This Fucking Hipster, began as a modest Tumblr blog but quickly ballooned into a heavily followed phenomenon.

Look at this Fucking Hipster (LATFH.com) was born in April 2009 as a way to help author Joe Mande help his dad answer the question, "Is that a hipster?" Months later, with millions of followers and dozens of parodies, it has become a cultural phenomenon, referenced in media, newspapers, blogs, and more.

Look at This Fucking Hipster is a collection of photos, snarky captions and short essays exploring--and, let's be honest, poking fun at--the wide world of hipster culture, from Williamsburg to Silver Lake and points between. Chapters cover types of hipsters, celebrity hipsters, hipsters through the ages, hipster love connections, and the next generation of hipsters (AKA hipster babies).

To celebrate the release of the book (which you can get at Amazon), the March 31, 2010 installment of Totally J/K with Joe and Noah at NYC's UCB Theater will be devoted to celebrating its release with guests including Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal (who you can also catch this Friday, 3/26 at Karma Lounge), BEEAAAANNSSS, and MANY MORE. And don't forget that the UCB theater is a dark, dank, subterranean venue that always has $2 hipster champagne (PBR). So grab your mom's glasses, your tightest jeans, your daddy's Red Wings (that may have actually seen some hard labor in their past), and your terrible cassette tape / bird / star tattoos and join the fun!

P.S. By BEEAAAANNSSS we assume they mean they got the actual Darren Mabee (a regular character on the latfh site) to make an appearance.

More pictures from our SXSW party, and a video of Joe interviewing Ben Gibbard at the Stereogum party (with Scott from Stereogum), below....

Continue reading "Joe Mande interviewed Ben Gibbard (video), played a BV day party w/ Tig Notaro (pics), releasing a book about 'hipsters'"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano

King Khan and BBQ Show

King Khan & BBQ Show headlined two NYC shows on their brief tour with Dum Dum Girls. Those shows happened Friday, Oct. 30th at Bowery Ballroom, and Halloween night at the Bell House. (Dum Dum Girls also played Saturday, Oct. 24th for CMJ, and Monday, Oct. 26th at Bruar Falls.)

The King Khan & BBQ Show - the two-man-band of King Khan and singer/drummer/rhythm guitarist Mark Sultan - were also in town to play their parts in Almighty Defenders, who performed at the Root Studio on Saturday, October 24th. Even though they were joined on stage by the energetic Black Lips at that show, the Bowery show with the duo alone was the grimier, rawer affair. That's where the pictures in this post were taken.

At the Bowery, King Khan, in a turquoise, fringed dress, and Mark Sultan, in a turban and cloak, swarmed the stage to the opening riff of "Johnny B Goode." People danced (got kicked out), cups flew out of the crowd, King Khan did his rounds and then settled into a sitar-position at the foot of the stage, and Mark Sultan laid out rhythm guitar, kick drum and dulcet tones.

A homespun aesthetic was central to the set - the pair played through tiny Vox Pathfinder amps more suited to a bedroom practice session, and sported an attractively handcrafted backdrop. They exchanged cues with telepathic charm and made a whole lot of noise playing from records old and new (including their newest LP, Invisible Girl). There was even some overlap with the Almighty Defenders set; the song "Too Much in Love", for one, done in shambolic, backyard fashion. The band paused on a serious note to give a dedication to musician and one-time Black Lip Bobby Ubangi, who passed earlier this year.

Earlier in the show, opener Lover (not to be confused with Lovvers) kicked things off with melodic garage punk that worked best played fast and harmonized. In the same vein, Dum Dum Girls (they played right before King Khan and BBQ) benefited from the emphatic desperation of songs like their closer, "Jail La La." Its pitiful cry of "Someone took my baby" put an emotional angle on their detached, vintage-reverb sound.

Dum Dum Girls' cover of GG Allin's "Don't Talk to Me" and another song from their Bruar Falls show are posted below.

The King Khan & BBQ Show have North American shows scheduled into December. Those dates and more pictures are below too...

Continue reading "King Khan & BBQ Show, Dum Dum Girls & Lover played Bowery Ballroom & The Bell House (pics)"

photo by Tim Griffin

Darren Mabee

The above shot was taken on the street shortly after Darren Mabee was forced to leave Bowery Ballroom Friday night during The King Khan and the BBQ show. That's the security guard he's staring at.

Maybe Darren will try again tonight at the Bell House! More to come.

photos by Leia Jospe, words by Andrew Frisicano

the brothers JEFF
Jeff the Brotherhood

MyOpenBar presented a show Above the Auto Parts Store which was one of the last shows of CMJ's rainy Saturday night. Many, like Leia, came directly from the Pitchfork show at Market Hotel. I came from the Neon Indian and Almighty Defenders show in Williamsburg, and missed noise-pop duo Sisters and power trio Screaming Females but caught Surfer Blood (who play DBA tonight, 10/26).

It was at least Surfer Blood's tenth set at the five day festival, but they didn't let it show. Attempting to bring some much needed energy to the waning crowd, the band's additional fifth member worked a percussion rack and a tiny, standard-issue MicroKorg and passed out maracas and shakers to the crowd. Surfer Blood loads its echoey pop with familiar musical and lyrical references. Their song "Twin Peaks," which makes mention of the frequent indie muse (see Mount Eerie's newest album), has a certain Vampire Weekend buoyancy but with a harder edge. Instead of crisp sounds, spacey vocals take the lead through their winding melodic lines and African-inspired rhythms. Surfer Blood were good, but in a tough spot, sandwiched between Screaming Females and JEFF the Brotherhood - two bands that radiate full-on essence of rock - in a mostly empty second-floor garage at 2am.

Spacious as the massive garage was, and with a crowd sized more for a smaller venue like Death By Audio, once JEFF the Brotherhood took the stage everything changed. People who had been idly dozing off, or smoking on the entry ramp as it seemed like more than half were, lined up along the front of the stage to pound their fists on the plywood floor, jump around and more or less go totally fucking nuts. The band (actual brothers) has a heavy, crunchy sound for only two members (something to do with Jake's three-string guitar?) and the rock riffs are leavened with bubblegum hooks and direct choruses that resonate even if you're floating on a sea of hands. It was the perfect introduction to the band.

It was one of a ton of shows for JEFF, including three earlier in the day and a showcase for their Infinity Cat label on Friday, but not their last for long. They go on tour with Shonen Knife (which has two NYC-area stops in November) and open for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom on December 6th.

Screaming Females' next show, before they head out with Arctic Monkeys (at Terminal 5 on December 11th) and play a holiday show with Bouncing Souls, will be a benefit at Asbury Lanes for 180 NJ, a non-profit organization set-up to help combat domestic violence & sexual assault. That happens on November 21st with Full of Fancy, No Connection, the reunited Kanamits, Sick Fix, Black Kites and Human Failures. A flyer is below.

Surfer Blood will soon go on tour with Art Brut, and both are scheduled at Brooklyn Bowl on November 13th. Finally, Brooklyn's Sisters have an upcoming TBA Halloween show and a gig at Market Hotel on December 4th with Pterodactyl.

Darren Mabee and Sally Burtnick were in the crowd, especially during the Screaming Females set, and they let their presence be known. More pictures (NSFW), below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood, Surfer Blood, Screaming Females & Sisters @ Above the Auto Parts Store (NSFW pics)"

King Khan & Darren Mabee & the Shrines @ MHOW (EssG)

King Khan and the Shrines played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (5/1), and as if King Khan doesn't already provide enough eye candy, the one and only Darren Mabee showed up to make things even more interesting. According to one message I got, there was a "naked fat bearded guy onstage wearing nothing but a cape." which was followed by "He's actually wearimg a leopard speedo thong, but appeared nude bc the fat rolled over the speedo! He has girls lathering him w baby oil also."

You can catch King Khan again tonight (5/2) at Maxwell's, and Sunday (5/3) at Santos Party House. All dates HERE. A video from last night's show below...

Continue reading "King Khan vs. Darren Mabee (last night @ MHOW)"

It's Sunday...

We are the Seahorses invade NYC this week
We are Seahorses

"The Forms announce a special performance at the Benefit Concert for NYC After-School Programs, Sunday January 18th at the Bell House, with all proceeds of the show going towards helping after-school programs which provide local, underprivileged kids with not only the opportunity for extra academic help, but access to great sports and arts programs as well. This benefit marks the third installment of the highly acclaimed monthly charity series Good For You's Good For Me and joining the group on stage for this show will be fellow NYC bands Frances, Ford & Fitzroy, and Arms."

"On Sunday, January 18th, S.O.B.'s celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Gil Scott-Heron. The revered musician and poet, most famous for the 1970's era-defining poem, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", returns to the legendary S.O.B.'s for his first show in 2009. A long time civil rights activist, Gil Scott-Heron is the author of a book on the history of MLK Day and returns to S.O.B.'s for two intimate shows commemorating the holiday."

And as pointed out before, We are the Seahorses is the band of the infamous Darren Mabee. They're playing NYC shows on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday...

Continue reading "Darren Mabee, a benefit @ the Bell House & Gil Scott-Heron"

Dan Deacon & crowd pointing at Darren Mabee in Philly! (crackerCAM)
Dan Deacon and Darren Mabee

Dan Deacon came face to face with the infamous Darren Mabee at the Popped! Music Festival in Philadelphia (home of Man Man) on Saturday (June 21, 2008).

Darren was apparently not cooporating, so Dan ordered the crowd to help him put the smile spell on Darren. It seems to have worked. CrackerCAM has more photos from the event that Gogol Bordello, Crystal Castles, Mates of State and Vampire Weekend also played.

Dan Deacon opens for Devo at McCarren Pool this Thursday. McCarren Pool is where Darren Mabee got his start last summer (on this site anyway). Dan has also been to McCarren before.

More Popped pictures below, but don't actually look at them if you know what's good for you....

Continue reading "Dan Deacon vs Darren Mabee @ Popped! Music Fest (NSFW)"

We Are the Seahorses

Although not listed on Cake Shop's website yet, I'm being told that NJ's own MC Steinberg will be performing live @ Cake Shop Sunday night (Dec 23), but that's not all. The band MC Steinberg will be playing with is none other than NJ's other own: WE ARE THE SEAHORSES (aka the band that Darren Mabee plays in) (you know who he is).

In other Steinberg news: he cleverly took that "Paper Planes" rant M.I.A. went on, and made a video out of it.....

Continue reading "MC Steinberg does MIA, playing w/ Darren Mabee in NYC"

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iLiKETRAiNS & Islands

As you know, I'm throwing a total of five shows during CMJ this year. The first is Tuesday night October 16th - an official showcase that you can buy tickets for. The second is the very next day - a 2-floor (whole club) FREE day party at Pianos on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The third party is Friday October 19th at R Bar - a new-ish bar & venue on the Lower East Side that features fancy red decor, large photos of Debbie Harry on the wall, and stripper poles. It's going to be awesome.

Friday October 19, 2007
12:15 iLiKETRAiNS (Beggars Banquet, more @ MySpace)
01:00 Fatal Flying Guiloteens (Frenchkiss, more @ MySpace)
01:45 Other Passengers (more info)
02:30 Health (more info)
03:15 Mika Miko (more info)
04:00 Yeasayer (more info)
04:45 Black Kids (more info)
05:30 Saturday Looks Good To Me (more info)
06:15 Islands (more info)
07:15 Yo Majesty (more info)
No badges needed. No money needed. Just get there before it fills up. 21+, Drink specials, DJ's, and more details to be announced soon.

And to make it more like Disney World, characters from Kaiju Big Battel will be hanging out in the bar area to entertain you, pose with you, strip with you, whatever with you. Kaiju Big Battel are also doing their own show at Warsaw in Brooklyn on November 9th.


No word yet on whether I'll be able to make the Darren Mabee kissing booth happen.

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Jonah Ray & Darren Mabee @ Webster Hall, NYC - Oct 2, 2007 (CRED)
Jonah Ray & Darren Mabee

“I’m not really comfortable with being Man Man’s ‘biggest fan,’” says 22-year-old Darren Mabee, alleged superfan of the bouncy, post-pop Philadelphia five-piece, although the energetic, sweat-soaked sasquatch has been spotted and blogged about at many of their shows. “It’s just all about having fun. I don’t put too much thought into this.” [Paper Thin Walls]
* Roseanne Barr is at Comix
* Invite Them Up is at Rififi
* Mekons are at Gramercy Theatre
* Tigercity & Stylofone are @ Southpaw (free)
* Secret Machines are at the Annex
* Georgie James is playing Europa
* Bowerbirds are at Sound Fix
* Patrick Wolf and Bishi @ Webster Hall
* Bloc Party, Tokyo Police Club & Smoosh @ Theater @ MSG
* Boris, Damon & Naomi & Michio Kurihara are @ Music Hall
* Nina Nastasia & Jim White are @ Mercury Lounge
* Sufjan Steven's friends Denison Witmer & Marla Hansen are @ Knitting Factory
* Nightmare of You, Le Loup & The King Left are @ Bowery
* The Brunettes & Ferraby Lionheart are playing Maxwell's
* Dirty Projectors are at Zebulon
* Pop Montreal kicked off in Montreal

What else?

Darren Mabee @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - Aug 13, 2007 (CRED)
Darren Mabee

As for Oakland's Gravy Train!, you either love them, or hate them. I'm casting my vote on the side of hate. They have no musical abilities whatsoever. Their whole shtick is to see how over-sexed, gay and flamboyant they can legally get on stage. It's gay guys in tighty whiteys, it's flabby girls grabbing their boobs and their va-jay-jays. The music is complete rip off of Peaches without the smart lyrics, pulse or sense of humor. It's all, "Look how outragious we are! Weeeeeeee!" Oh please.

On the bright-side, Darren made it onto the stage. He's a big hairy, bear of a guy who was wearing a dress in the crowd. That came off to reveal his g-string wedged within his enormous ass. I don't know which was funnier: him on stage or looking at people's reaction to him on stage. The man is a fixture at some shows, so it was bound to happen that he would be aloud to display the goods on stage. He was perfect for the Gravy Train! [Music Snobbery]

This was the show where Gravy Train! opened for Junior Senior.

* Les Savy Fav vs. Darren Mabee
* Darren Mabee @ Man Man @ McCarren Pool

part 0, part 1, part 2, part 3....

Let's Stay Friends

Mike asked:
What effect, if any, has moving to North Carolina affected the new album? Do people put too much emphasis on things like location in attempting to understand music?

Tim Les Savy Fav answered:
Actually, only Harrison our drummer moved to NC but, honestly I do think that now his drumming sounds more Evangelical Christian and racist. And Scottish. And hillbilly. And other stuff that will make him and other citizens of what is in fact an excellent state mad at me for answering this question in such an insulting way...maybe they'll be so mad they will try to break from the Union

continued below...

Continue reading "you interviewed LES SAVY FAV (part 3)"

Illinois, Dengue Fever, What Cheer Brigade, and Man Man played the free show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on Sunday...

Man Man @ McCarren Pool - July 1, 2007 (CRED)
Man Man @ McCarren Pool

In a rare move by me these days, I actually left NYC to be in the wilderness this weekend - SO, I wasn't there. To learn more about what I missed, I have since scoured through countless photosets created by those who WERE in attendance. I have learned that - it was sunny out, people were playing dodgeball and slip 'n slide, there were more people in the audience than the first week's show, bands played, people were having fun, but most of all I learned......that there was one very special dude that was definitely THERE....

Continue reading "Man @ Man Man @ McCarren Pool on Sunday"