Entries tagged with: garage rock
So much shit is coming up for me this year. I am pretty excited. Let's see... By the time anyone reads this, you may know that The King Khan & BBQ Show played a secret (albeit chaotic and disasterous, but FUN) reunion show in Venice, Italy. We are both back to 'normal' and are brothers once more. Expect a new single this fall, I think. We discussed it. Even some Almighty Defenders talk.... Who knows about that one, though. So, ya, I will be playing a few random shows in June in a few US cities and also a couple in Mexico. Two new albums are coming out for me this year on In The Red. The first, 'Whatever I Want', will have 14 songs and come with free download code to side A of my album '$' from last year, which was handled horribly and which I now have back as my own. Maybe people will actually find it when In The Red rereleases the vinyl next year. The second album, 'Whenever I Want', will come out at the end of 2011. It contains 12 songs and has free download codes to side B of '$'. The CD version of it is 14 songs long and will be a mix of stuff from both albums. Guests include: Jared and Cole from Black Lips, Choyce, Erin from The Spits, Danny from The Gories and more! Covers of Ultravox, Four Lords, The Stains, etc..! I'll also be putting songs up online incrementally in the future on my website. Dunno if I'll bother announcing them.The above message appeared on Mark Sultan (aka BBQ)'s site in May, and it's great to hear that King Khan and BBQ are (possibly) together again. You remember the big falling out that happened last summer.
Somewhere in the midst of all of that will be a split 7" on Hozac with Black Lips, as well as a 7" EP on my label! Yes, I have revamped the damn thing - Sultan Records - and will start releasing stuff SOON. First few things: my 7" EP, a Black Lips/ King Khan & The Shrines 7", and hopefully something by Red Mass. Nice! Also this summer, recording a new Dong-Dongs album with Bloodshot Bill, I think. In September, shows in Brazil, Chile and Peru. And then in the Fall, a fullscale US tour, including Alaska and Puerto Rico (hopefully). Lastly, don't forget to get my 'Calloused Hands/Git It' limited, hand screened, coloured vinyl etc 7" OUT NOW here. - Mark Sultan
BBQ also announed a US mini-tour which includes a NYC date at Knitting Factory on June 24th with Bleeding Knees Club, and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets are on sale. All dates and a video below.
King Khan also has some dates coming up though none on the east coast, unless you cound Bruise Cruise 2012 which sails out of Florida. All of his date also below...
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts, words by BBG
"I have just returned from seeing Guitar Wolf, the legendary jet rock and rollers from Japan. I have wanted to see this band since I first bought one of their albums at the seminal Wax Trax record store in Boulder, Colorado in 1998.(I think it was the first thing I ever got there oddly enough, along with a Motorhead compilation) So needless to say I was excited. I mean the thundering Link Wray riffs that made you ready to rumble with some Socs, the frenzied two to three minutes of every carnage filled song, and of course the amount of aliens killed in their cult film Wild Zero made me excited to see the men in black this evening.Saturday (AKA day three) had a few options during the day at Chaos in Tejas. Keith & Harriet took full advantage of those. First they caught sets by Tragedy with Mind Eraser (they missed Omegas) at a sold-out Emo's indoors before heading to Beerland to catch The Marked Men (again) with Night Birds. After a lull, the duo went back out to catch a show at Red 7 outdoors, where Guitar Wolf (who the above reviewer didn't enjoy) was playing with Off With Their Heads, Underground Railroad to Candyland, the Mind Spiders, Cheap Time, and the Hex Dispensers (who they missed). Pictures from their whole day are in this post.
And you know what...it wasn't that awesome." [nomoretvparty]
The Greenhornes at Garage Fest 2010 (more by BBG)
The Greenhornes just finished up a tour with JEFF the Brotherhood, and have announced a few more shows this summer including the Rocks Off Concert Series with The A-Bones. If you're not familiar, that means both bands will be playing sets during a three-hour boat ride around NYC. It rules and will rock. Tickets are on sale now.
JEFF the Brotherhood will be back in NYC on tour in June. They play 285 Kent with a whole bunch of "special guests."
The Ettes, who didn't play with the Greenhornes last night in Memphis due to weather, and who will be touring with JEFF's friend Heavy Cream in August (dates TBA), have a new album on the way. Wicked Will will be releaed on 8/2 via Krian Music Group / Fond Object / Fontana. Listen to the first track, "Pendulum", below.
Speaking of Heavy Cream, they were added to the upcoming Japanther/Shellshag show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. They have some other shows coming up too.
All tour dates for everyone, below...
Black Lips @ Shangri-La during SXSW
[Tonight] at Sunshine Cinema we're screening our new documentary, New Garage Explosion!!. You might have watched it on your teensy computer screen as we rolled the episodes out on VBS over the last few months, but [if you're not] familiar with New Garage Explosion, ...what we did was pack a bunch of snacks and beer and hit the road to find out what the garage rock scene is like all across the country right now. Among the garage composers we spoke with were the Black Lips, Jay Reatard, Pierced Arrows, Thee Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Davila 666, and Golden Triangle. And that's just a pube's worth of what's in the whole documentary. We talk to artists, writers, DJs, label owners... basically anyone and everyone involved with the garage rock scene.The screening takes place in six cities, one of which is NYC TONIGHT at 7PM at Sunshine Cinema on Houston St. The Vice/Scion-sponsored screening is free, and first come first served, but you must RSVP to attend.
Also, following the screening will be a Q & A with Greg Cartwright (The Oblivians) and Todd P (Showpaper).
Flyer for the film, the full list of cities and venues hosting movie screenings (also all free with RSVP), and more pictures from a show the Black Lips played at the Sailor Jerry-sponsored Shangri-La during SXSW (same venue Bill saw the Trouble in Mind showcase at) are below...
Greg Oblivian on stage with the Oblivians at Knit (more by Andrew Frisicano)
"OK, let's get back to the music! We've been hoping that Greg Cartwright might join us at Hanukkah for years now, whether with the Oblivians or Reigning Sound or solo -- the guy wears many hats. Turns out that all we needed to do to coax him north was share a record with him and his newest band, the Parting Gifts (which reminds me -- did I ever tell you that my mom was a contestant on Concentration?). Direct from recording a session for WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic, apparently the first time all six of them had ever played together, they sounded great -- who's writing better minor-chord songs than Greg Cartwright? No one. Add a couple of Coco Hames's more country-oriented numbers and their side of our split single, and night 2 was off to a roaring start." [Ira of Yo La Tengo]The covergence of The Ettes and Reigning Sound happened during three short dates on the East Coast last week (one with Yo La Tengo), as The Parting Gifts (featuring Greg Oblivian and Coco Hames of The Ettes) played Maxwell's on December 2nd and Union Hall on the 3rd. Video from Maxwell's is below. How was Union Hall?
If you missed them, unfortunately there are no dates laid out for The Parting Gifts in the near term, but Reigning Sound is playing the Bell House in Brooklyn on Feb 18th. Tickets are on sale for what appears to be their only scheduled show at the moment
Reigning Sound can be heard on that Nolan Strong tribute compilation called Daddy Rockin' Strong: A Tribute to Nolan Strong & the Diablos that also features contributions from Mark Sultan, Dirtbombs, A-Bones (whose member played with Yo La Tengo this week), Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby (who both also played with Yo La Tengo this week), Gentleman Jesse & His Men, and others. Pick up a copy.
The Ettes played NYC two days before The Parting Gifts hit Maxwell's, supporting The Greenhornes at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30. The band currently has one upcoming show: January 16 at Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, NC.
The Parting Gifts videos from Maxwell's and other recent vids of The Ettes and Reigning Sound are below...
"Their set started with a catchy track, "Keep on Walkin'," from their upcoming album. They sounded great, with Chuck Berry riffs and boogie-woogie piano and awesome, pounding drums provided by Poni of The Ettes. Their music isn't straightforward punk, but soulful, moody garage rock that seems to take inspiration from many decades of intense, heartfelt rock 'n' roll." [Nashville Scene]That "upcoming album" is called "Strychnine Dandelion", and is actually out now via In the Red and is streaming in full online.
Maybe you caught the Ettes Tuesday night at Bowery Ballroom. They opened for the Greenhornes. Catch the Parting Gifts Thursday (12/2) @ Maxwell's (if you have a ticket since it's the 2nd of eight sold out Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows), Friday (12/3) @ Union Hall with The Morgues (tickets), and Saturday (12/4) @ Sonar in Baltimore (thx anon).
Seven more YLT openers to figure out. All Ettes and Parting Gifts dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Sex Beet - Stay (MP3)
Human Eye at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
Whats even better than a good show? A FREE good one. Detroit's Human Eye will team up with hot UK low-fi band Sex Beet to play a pair of free dates as part of the Scion Garage series. The dates include Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on November 17 and the Mohawk in Austin on November 18th. RSVP for free entry.
Human Eye was last seen (pun) in NYC during CMJ, when the Detroit band played a show at Live with Animals (same building as Monster Island and Secret Project Robot) alongside Golden Triangle, Greg Ashley Band, and TV Baby. They were also on the bill of the Scion Garage Fest that recently went down in Kansas. The two upcoming Scion dates are the only current tour dates for the band.
For Sex Beet, who were in NYC in September when they opened for Thee Oh Sees at Santos Party House, the Scion dates are their only current US dates as well, but they'll hit the road in late November with Best Coast & Spectrals for a string of dates on their home soil. Full tour dates, the NYC version of the Scion show flyer, and videos are below...
Kid Congo Powers @ Spider House (BV-SXSW 2010) (more by Tim Griffin)
The next free Vice Garage show at Knitting Factory, Wednesday, July 28th, will feature the ex-Cramp/Bad Seed garage rocker pictured above, with support from the supercampy Hunx & His Punx. RSVP for it here (and for the show in Austin the next night).
And another band that played our SXSW day show at Spider House in March, UK's Jim Jones Revue (ex-Thee Hypnotics), is in NYC for four shows this week: Thursday, July 22nd at Mercury Lounge, Maxwell's on July 23rd and Knitting Factory on July 24th. More info here. (And on top of that, they open Smashing Pumpkins' sold-out Terminal 5 show as part of Spin25 on July 26th along with Kill Hannah.)
Updated Kid Congo Powers & Jim Jones tour dates, flyers and videos are below...
The Oblivians, whose upcoming reunion and solo shows we outlined previously, have added another date for the NYC area. In addition to the free Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory on July 1st (RSVP is now closed), they'll be playing a July 2nd gig at The Irish in Kearny, NJ (a mile away from the Harrison PATH station). Andre Ethier opens the Scion show, and for New Jersey Andre & his old group The Deadly Snakes reform to open the show. Tickets are on sale.
Other recent shows at the Kearny Irish American Association include Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females.
The previously mentioned Jack Yarber (Oblivian) show at Southpaw on July 21st (tickets) is actually part of a larger tour that Jack shares with fellow Memphis garage-punk act John Paul Keith. All of their tour dates are below...
The Oblivians will be playing the next free Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory on Thursday, July 1st. The garage rock band has reunited sporadically since breaking up in 1998 - Vice writes that this show marks their "return to NYC for the first time in 13 years." Opening the show will be Andre Ethier, the Deadly Snakes member, not the LA Dodgers outfielder (Vice says other Deadly Snakes members are also in his band). RSVP for free entry.
The Oblivians, who also have an Ohio show coming up, reunited in 2009 to tour with the Gories, who also have NYC reunion shows coming up, set for July 29-31.
Reigning Sound, the band fronted by Oblivians' Greg Cartwright, have tour dates that include a June 19th show at Southpaw and a June 20th show at Maxwell's.
The last free Scion Garage show was on May 27th with Cheap Time and Bad Sports. Flyer for the upcoming Knitting Factory show, and some videos, below...
The last Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory brought Pierced Arrows and Black Lips to the venue on April 29th. Video from that gig is below.
The Cheap Time single posted above came out on In the Red in 2009. A flyer, more Bad Sports tour dates (around the West Coast mostly this summer) and videos of Black Lips show in April are below...
The Gories, Amsterdam May 1992 Photo by Willem Kolvoort
The emergence of The Gories heralded a new Golden Age of Detroit rock beginning in the late '80s; a renaissance of noise and rustbelt rock which lasts through to today. Formed in 1986 by three Detroit natives, none of whom previously knew how to play an instrument -- Mick Collins, Margaret Ann O'Neill (Peg), and Dan Kroha -- they took their name from a band of the same name which appeared in the "Gidget" series of the late '50s/early '60s. Comprised of two guitarists and a drummer (i.e. no bass), the Gories concocted a primal, raw yet soulful blend of garage punk, culling a wealth of inspiration and cover material from Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. The three-piece also paid homage to the Keggs and Nick and the Jaguars, two other bass-less bands from Detroit.The Gories reunited last year for a tour that included shows in their native Detroit, Memphis, and Europe with the also-reunited Oblivians. They'll hit the road this summer for a string of dates including three NYC-area shows: July 29th at Maxwell's (tickets on sale Friday at noon, ), July 30th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on AMEX presale NOW, general sale Friday at noon) and July 31st "Outdoors at The Lincoln Center".
Since the demise of the Gories, Mick Collins has continued to perform in Blacktop, King Sound Quartet, the Screws, the Dirtbombs, and has contributed to Andre Williams' Silky and The Black Godfather and Speedball Baby's Uptight. Dan Kroha spent some time in Rocket 455, but is primarily known for being one third of another Detroit bass-free rock band, the Demolition Doll Rods. Peg O'Neill recorded a few tracks with '68 Comeback and is in the Darkest Hours from New Orleans. -[allmusic]
One of their non-NYC dates is the Ottowa Blues Festival which, over twelve days, will feature a star studded lineup of bands including Arcade Fire, Bear in Heaven, Rush, Iron Maiden, The Flaming Lips, Blonde Redhead, Weezer, Jimmy Cliff, The Swell Season, Passion Pit, Metric, Hole, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and many others across multiple venues. For more details, check out the Ottowa Blues Festival site.
Full Gories tour dates and some videos are below...
Jack Oblivian @ the Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ - Nov 5, 2009 (grtaylor2)
Roky Erikson @ Scion Garage Fest in Portland (vej)
"The Scion Garage Fest was pretty amazing, and I managed to catch the complete sets from ten bands. Simply Saucer was a huge disappointment, as their set was comprised of mostly watered down blues that sounded nothing like their sole album- Cyborgs Revisited. There were a couple of bands that I missed because the schedules didn't allow me to see everything I wanted to see. I opted to go to Black Lips instead of Gris Gris because I couldn't sit through any more of Simply Saucer's set, and I needed some sustenance from Dante's inferno. After spending half of Black Lips set outside due to Berbati's annoying 1 in= 1 out policy, I decided to stay there and check out Roky Erickson's set. Unfortunately, catching the King Khan & BBQ set at Dante's was not in the cards for me...Can't make it to Maxwell's on New Years Eve to see Roky Erikson? Now there are two more NYC-area chances to see him first thing in the new year. On January 1st he's playing a show at Southpaw, and then on January 2nd he returns to Maxwell's. The two new shows are $10 cheaper than the New Years Eve one, and tickets for all three are on sale.
...I'm not a huge fan of Roky's solo stuff as it always reminds me of the music from bad 80's movies, but closing with with the 13th Floor Elevator's classic "You're Gonna Miss Me" was an ace move." [Eclectic Grooves]
Spend New Years Eve with Roky Erickson in Hoboken! OK, I admit that seems like an odd concept. Neverthelees, that's where he'll be playing on December 31st. According to the venue (Maxwell's), "He has a splendid new band and alongside his current live faves, has added such Top Ten hits as "Don't Slander Me" and "Reverberation" to the set." Tickets go on-sale Friday at noon via Ticketweb and will also be available at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in Manhattan.
Much sooner Roky is headlining the massive and free (thx Scion) Garage Fest going down in Portland Oregon. More details on that, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
"Rarely has a band been so well matched to a venue as it was Wednesday night when The Mummies took over Southpaw. The club's considerable investment in rock 'n' roll--walls papered in album jackets, vintage tuck-and-roll sparkle naugahyde Plush and Kustom amplifiers behind the bar, a basement bunker bar that once housed a crackhead who occasionally raised enough green to enjoy the company of a lady friend at the most inopportune times--was quickly trumped by the trash talking, trash rocking Mummies who had the audience flinging plastic cups of beer at them before stagehands even got the curtain fully open.The Mummies rose from the dead and conquored Maxwell's on Tuesday, and Southpaw in Brooklyn last night (6/10). More pictures from that last show, below...
In between standing on, bench pressing and dry humping his Vox Continental organ, singer Trent Ruane tore down his bandmates with some classic mumbled gripes as they remembered/learned some songs on stage: "Yeah, alright, I remember my first beer, too." "C'mon, I got a plane to catch." "Refer to your manual!" One yahoo clawed himself up out of the scrum in front of the stage to crowd surf again and again. A full beer hit a spotlight and exploded into mist. Old timers like Eric Davidson and Mick Collins, singers for the New Bomb Turks and the Dirtbombs, respectively, nodded their approval in the back." [NY press]