Entries tagged with: karaoke
Graham Johnson belting it at Pulp karaoke (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pulp karaoke contest recently went down in NYC as the afterparty for the Rooftop FIlms screening of director Florian Habicht's Pulp documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. Habicht and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker judged, and as you may know, 9-year old Graham Johnson took home the crown for his performance of "This Is Hardcore" (which some say is perhaps not the most appropriate song for a 9-year old, but there was plenty of cheering too). Habicht's now posted a video of Graham's performance, including his and Jarvis' post-song interview of the kid, which you can watch below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis
"That was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed." Jarvis Cocker had just seen a nine-year-old boy named Graham belt out Pulp's "This is Hardcore." (Feel free to peruse the lyrics if unfamiliar.) "It was a little disturbing... but I will not forget that, ever." Nobody who saw it will. The kid won.
Cocker and Pulp documentary director Florian Habicht were judges in a Pulp karaoke competition that also featured a girl who came out dressed as an old lady for "Help the Aged," only to then perform a striptease; and audience favorite Chance who had clearly studied Cocker's stage moves for his very enthusiastic rendition of "Babies" where he recovered fully from falling off the stage. Jarvis seemed amused and bemused by the whole thing, noting that "I can truly say that was a unique experience."
This was the afterparty for last night's Rooftop Films screening (8/7) of Habicht's terrific documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in Sunset Park's Industry City that also featured a Q&A with Cocker and Habicht. Filmed around Pulp's 2012 show in their hometown of Sheffield, the last date on their reformation tour, the documentary spends as much time with fans and local residents as it does the band, painting a vivid portrait of the city that shaped the band. It is not a film charting Pulp's beginnings through their breakup in 2002. "That's what YouTube and Wikipedia is for," said Habicht. It's a sweet, charming movie that you don't have to have even heard "Common People" to enjoy.
If you missed the Rooftop Films screening (and the Lincoln Center "Sound & Vision" series screening), the Pulp documentary will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters and VOD in November, with a home video release not too long after. Screening dates and more pictures from the screening, Q&A and afterparty as well as Graham's audition video, below...
by Bill Pearis
see Jarvis fix a flat...like common people
If you're a Pulp fan you probably already know that you've got two upcoming chances in NYC to see Florian Habicht's excellent and very entertaining documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. It's screening August 6 at Lincoln Center with a Habicht post-show Q&A as part of the venue's Sound + Vision fest (tickets); and then Rooftop Films on August 7 (Industry City in Sunset Park location) with a post-screening Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and Habicht (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Rooftop Films screening/Q&A for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on that are below.
The Rooftop Films screening just got a little more interesting. Before the screening, the good folks at Mondo NYC will be DJing, and immediately after the Q&A there will be a Pulp karaoke contest judged by Jarvis and Habicht. To enter, you need to Tweet to @RooftopFilms saying which Pulp song you'd like to do with the hashtag #singforjarvis, and plead your case. Song selections and more details here but they do suggest maybe you might want to pick a song besides "Common People." Too band "Bad Cover Version" isn't an option -- too meta?
Trailer for the film and the "Bad Cover Version" video below...
Karin of the Knife & friends performing 'Heartbeats' @ Westway (5/1/2014)
The Knife celebrated the end of their sold out 2-night run at NYC Terminal 5 late last night with an afterparty at nearby Westway. Among those in attendance and on the dance floor was Bill Murray may have no idea who the Knife are, but regardless he got to see lead Knife vocalist Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson (aka Fever Ray) perform "Heartbeats" LIVE during a karaoke session at the club.
At first they played the song as part of the karaoke and she didn't get up to sing, but after much cheering from the crowd which included the Knife backup dancers, she eventually did get up and do it when they played it again. The Knife are not performing the hit song on this tour (and when they do it is as part of a massive production), so that was a rare treat for those in attendance at the intimate ex-strip club near the West Side Highway in Manhattan. Pictures and videos of the action are in this post. Watch below.
Hours earlier, possibly while the Knife was still playing Terminal 5, Bill Murray was spotted with Emma Stone at the Rum House bar at the Edison Hotel... by Sharon Van Etten who snapped a picture of the two actors performing a duet at the piano, much to the delight of one lucky bachelor party that was also happening there.
Pictures of the Knife at Terminal 5 are HERE. More pictures and video from Bill Murray's night, below...
photos by Jonathon Bernstein
"GRIMES SHOWED UP AT MAJICAL CLOUDZ's RELEASE PARTY FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF" - Max Kerr
Montreal duo Majical Cloudz have been on a tour with Youth Lagoon, which hit the NYC-area twice earlier this month, and this week they took a couple days off from that tour to return to NYC for their own separate events. On Monday (5/20), the guys went to Manhattan record store Other Music for an in-store performance, and that night they met up with their pal Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, who featured Majical Cloudz on her song, "Nightmusic") to hit up a karaoke bar on the LES. While there, Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh sang Limp Bizkit's "Nookie," though Claire was too shy to sing anything. Devon's bandmate (who doesn't sing in Majical Cloudz) Matt Otto did Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which apparently is becoming a thing for indie people these days.
Then, the next night (5/21) Majical Cloudz headed to Brooklyn to play a release party for their new album, Impersonator, which was released via Matador that same day. NYC producer Gobby opened that show with a full-band set, and the advertised "SPECIAL GUEST!" turned out to be none other than Grimes doing a DJ set. Pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.
As mentioned, Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC yet again for the Northside Festival, where they will play a Pitchfork show at Saint Vitus on June 13 with Kim Gordon's Body/Head duo (who recently played RBMA), Foreplay, and a "Special Guest." Grimes again???? Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
More pictures and some videos from Glasslands below...
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Karoake chaos / Kirin J Callinan / Absolutely Free @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
After a few days of utter CMJ madness, what better way to wash away your troubles than with Infinity Spaceship, the karaoke live band that specializes in punk/indie/hardcore and more. Perhaps due in part to the complimentary Raw Rev bars, Sailor Jerry's rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time) and a possible avoidance of hangover care of Mercy, the crowd at the BrooklynVegan un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus on 10/19 was more than ready to unwind by covering songs by Smashing Pumpkins, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits and many others while backed by the current and former members of On the Might of Princes, No Way, Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and more.
It wasn't all covers and amateur hour though. The Saint Vitus shindig, one night before our metal show in the same venue, also featured a pair of performances including mind-blowing, gothic guitarist Kirin J Callinan and Toronto's precise, rhythmically-adept Absolutely Free. Pictures of both bands and the karaoke crowd are below...
Lets face it, we're barely into CMJ 2012 and already in overload. So, we've decided to add a healthy alternative to the glut of Friday night showcases...Welcome The un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday (10/19)!
Sure we have some of the same things at our party that makes CMJ great- complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry and Mercy Drink while supplies last, as well as some buzzy bands, but The un-CMJ has something else to offer as well... a chance for YOU get in on the action! Infinity Spaceship, which features current & former members of Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ludlow Lions, On The Might of Princes, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and The Judas Knife, will headline the evening with one of their signature punk/hardcore/indie karaoke sets!
Sign-up to get in on the action - the Infinity Spaceship karaoke shows are always an amazing time. Check out some video of Infinity Spaceship in action below. What song are you going to sing?
Absolutely Free is the new project from 80% of the band known as DD/MM/YYYY, and the band is preparing to release their debut 12" via One Big Silence, the label run by Mike of Fucked Up. Stream half of that release, the song "UFO", which recently got 'best new track' at Pitchfork, below.
As recently discussed, Aussie guitarist Kirin J. Callinan is in town for CMJ and we can't wait to check out his gothic soundscapes in one of a very few select appearances the show.
This event goes down TOMORROW NIGHT (10/19) and will cost you absolutely nothing (it's absolutely free) to get in! So head to Saint Vitus for the 7:30PM opening ad grab a free drink at the bar. Prepare by streaming some material from both bands and checking out Infinity Spaceship below.
Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more
Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).
Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.
Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)
For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."
The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."
Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.
Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!
I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.
More stuff below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"it is only basic human decency that is keeping me from bum rushing the stage and hugging marnie stern." - Lindsay Hood
"Marnie Stern at Santos Party House. Holy Holy Holy Shit." - mattroiberger
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Transformer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Every Single Line Means Something (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - For Ash (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Transparency is the New Mystery (MP3)
The Marnie Stern & Tera Melos train hit Santos Party House in NYC last night (3/4). After the show Marnie and friends headed to Chinatown for some karaoke at Winnie's. More pictures from the party and the afterparty, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
The music is/was great, but part of the reason I trekked out to see Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Suckers on Governors Island on Wednesday night (June 30th), especially after having just seen 3/4 of the bill one night earlier in Prospect Park, was to check out Colonel's Row, the area where the show was actually being held.
Unlike "The Beach" where most of the Governors Island concerts are held, there was no sand - just lots of beautiful trees and grass and old buildings on either side. It was a lot like a college campus. The sound was great, the weather was great, and despite the approx-7000 capacity, it wasn't too crowded at all (though the lines for the ATMs were super long). The sides were lined with food vendors (mostly gross-looking food) and there were lots of bars set up all over. I wish they would do more shows there actually (Passion Pit is unfortunately the only one happening in the space this summer).
Colonel's Row, during Tokyo Police Club (via my phone)
Another reason I was really motivated to take the ferry was to see We Were Promised Jetpacks who didn't play Prospect Park the night before. The Scottish band did a great job warming up the crowd with their wailing vocals, wall of guitar sounds, and tension-building rock songs. Many in the young audience cheered along, though the excitement that the three openers experienced didn't come close to what I saw two nights in a row for Passion Pit who had thousands of people cheering, dancing and just generally going crazy to their falsetto-fronted dance songs.
I unfortunately had to leave Passion Pit early this time to catch Delta Spirit at Bowery Ballroom, but photographer Andrew St. Clair not only stayed for the whole show, he stuck around afterward for the backstage karaoke afterparty (the show was the final stop on TPC & PP's tour together). Andrew's pictures from the whole night, below...
by Anna Scialli
The karaoke portion of the night included most of the songs listed here, plus a number of TL/RX tunes like "Ballad of the Sin Eater," "Me and Mia," "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?," "A Bottle Of Buckie", "Shake The Sheets", "Timorous Me", and "Counting Down The Hours". I got to do Fugazi's "Merchandise" with Brendan Canty from Fugazi sitting in on drums, which was, as you can probably imagine, both totally crazy and extremely awesome. I hope I did okay! This entire show was a thrill. Ted and his band are as talented as they are friendly, charming, and entertaining. Which is saying a lot. [Fluxblog]On Tuesday night, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists celebrated the release of their first album on Matador Records, the Brutalist Bricks. However, this CD release party had a twist: The first portion Ted & co. played straight through their album but the second portion was reserved for live band karaoke. Like at Studio B in 2008, fans signed up before the show to sing songs while the band accompanied; ranging from "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC to some of Ted Leo's classics such as "Timorous Me." The party seemed to be a Brooklyn twist on a twelve year old's birthday party: the Knitting Factory was decorated with gigantic bee pinatas, a reference to the cover of the new album, and vegan pizza from Vinnie's was offered to all who showed up early.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists energetically and quickly ripped through track after track of the album. The songs were unfamiliar to a large portion of the audience but the crowd seemed pleased with the performance. After a short break, Live Karoake began. Many, many songs were covered and let's just say some were better than others. All and all, it was a unique show that was a lot of fun to watch. I wasn't about to go belt out a song on stage but kudos to all that did.
One night earlier Shorty Award winner Ted and band appeared on Fallon. Video from that TV appearance, one of him accepting his Shorty Award, and more pictures and the setlist from Knitting Factory below...
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Mighty Sparrow (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die (MP3)
Ted Leo @ doing karaoke at Studio B in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
With their new disc, The Brutalist Bricks, out March 9th, Ted & The Pharmacists are again letting you take the mic with a Record Release Karaoke Party at Knitting Factory Brooklyn the night of its release. Tickets are on sale. ("A list of available songs will be posted at the door, as well as in advance at the new look TedLeo.com.").
The band will also be on Jimmy Fallon the night before, on March 8th. You can still apply to be on the 'band bench' (and for Silversun Pickups and Allman Brothers too).
Ted Leo has a full tour coming up with Obits and Screaming Females (who played Death by Audio last night - 2/23) opening. That includes an April 9th show at Irving Plaza with both those bands. Tickets are still on sale.
Two tracks from Ted's new album - including the bold opener, "The Mighty Sparrow" - are posted above. All Ted Leo tour dates (with openers) below...
Ted Leo doing indie rock karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
I just gave a hint, but now I can confirm (what I just found out today) - Ted Leo
is the mystery guest at Santos Party House tonight (New Years Eve). Andrew WK, partial owner of the club, is also on the bill.
That's Ted playing his recent show at Studio B in Brooklyn in the above pic. Ted played a set and was the backing band for a set of karaoke. The NY Mag-sponsored event was hosted by Andrew WK, who, also did some karaoke with Ted. Video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Abigail demands "Respect" @ Ted Leo Karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
DJ List Christee @ SXSW 2008 (Stereogum)
Of Montreal already announced and sold-out its December 16th show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The next day (Wednesday December 17th) Of Montreal will still be in Brooklyn at another event, but this time it will be a Kevin Barnes DJ set (DJ List Christee, actually) at The Bell House, as part of the Brooklyn venue's 1st Annual Holiday Karaoke & Dance Party. Kevin will DJ the dance party after the karaoke. The karaoke hosts will include comedians Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman and more TBA. Expect surprises (but don't be disappointed if there aren't any). Anyone can sign up to sing. Tickets are still on sale.
Looking for what to expect from Kevin Barnes? Here;s one possibility... He played SXSW earlier this year as Christee - and blog Optical Atlas described the performance, in which Barnes ended up actually playing and not DJing, as "an electric guitar-driven set [with] a couple covers and an Of Montreal song."
Afterward, Kevin gave Paste Mag a description of the act:
"I intended to do something really cool and come to SXSW and establish myself as this fantastic modern DJ. But then I didn't have time, so I established myself as a completely uninspired loser DJ. But I made up a DJ name, which I think is essential. I always think of these characters and give them names, and I like the name List. It's such a bizarre first name. They say you can't trust a man with two first names, like Peter George or something. But List Christee, you can trust her. She doesn't even have a first name."No stranger to karaoke, Of Montreal also acted as NY Magazine's live-karaoke backing band at their event at Studio B back in 2007. The latest event like it was just this month, and featured Ted Leo as the house band. That night made a star of Abigail thanks to her stunning rendition of "Respect" (picture above, video below). Want to see Abigail do that again? The Bell House is also promising she will be in the house on Wednesday.
"I don't even feel like it's a performance," Barnes says. "I'm not a DJ. I'm a real-time playlist arranger. A DJ pumps up the crowd and scratches and does creative stuff on the fly. I was basically just chilling and playing music. During my first set ever, I was an iPod DJ in Oslo at this little bar and they actually pulled the plug on me. 'We don't play that kind of music.' I was playing The Cure, Beck and things that were considered more mainstream by them. It is really humiliating to have the plug pulled on you, and then to have to do the cold walk of shame home with your iPod between your legs."
Video, flyer and all dates below...
Ted Leo showed up for Indie Rock Karaoke on December 3rd at Studio B with a set of both old and new R/X material - the new from the forthcoming unnamed record five - the old, his standards and classics: "Where Have all the Rude Boys Gone?," "Timorous Me," "Heart Problems," "Army Bound" and "Hearts of Oak" - the latter also melted the crowd's feet of oak, along with the complimentary vodka (I don't remember the brand, but if you're going to promote something, the drinks need to taste slightly better than mint leaf soaked in cleaning fluid).
Ted Leo's vocals have always ventured into the high falsetto range (especially for someone playing in front of such a loud band); here they held up, but I thought newer songs relied on them less. Material seems to focus more on rhythm and less on melody. I think Ted described one track as "dancehall meets death metal" - forever in Fred Perry, he seems a little more like Mark E. Smith every day..
The band took a break and the evening's emcee , the always entertaining Andrew W.K., gleefully instructed on how to properly sing karaoke by "destroying the ego," then proceeded to demonstrate on a "Louie Louie" punctuated by haymakers and headbangs. The audience karaokers were treated pretty mercifully - anyone who made at least a reasonable attempt was awarded with applause and accolades, with the audience singing along loudly to most everything. Highlights include the first two peformers ("Search and Destroy" and "When Eagles Dare" - the first a spot-on Iggy Pop, the second, a karaoke regular dressed in his Aquaman costume with a plastic trident prop), the impecable Minor Threat and Stiff Little Fingers renditions, and the two guys who, on "Me and Mia," took the guitar from R/X guitarist James Canty and played the chords too. I think only one person actually got booed.
Ted Leo returns, solo, to NYC for a visit to the Market Hotel tonight, Monday December 15th. Opening will be Patrick Stickles ("lead singer of TITUS ANDRONICUS") and CALE PARKS ("from Aloha & White Williams").
In case you haven't been to the Market Hotel before, it's magic requires that it remain somewhat "under the radar," so in order to ensure that no lines form outside the door (thus attracting unwanted attention), they will be selling tickets starting at 6pm, on the day of the show (today) only at Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bklyn. They will not be taking money at the door, you must go to Goodbye Blue Monday to get a ticket (it's only 3 blocks away)... - TedThis will be the second time Ted and Patrick shared the Market Hotel stage this year. More pictures and all dates (including a benefit in CT on Tuesday night) below...
I have a few pairs to give away to tonight's show at Studio B. E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Ted Leo) right now if you want them. Include your first and last name, Winners will be mailed back ASAP. Flyer below...
Ted Leo @ Maxwell's (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo released the list of songs he and The Pharmacists will be playing at Indie Rock Karaoke at Studio B in Brooklyn on December 3rd. The songs (most of which are not actually "indie rock"), the flyer and more details below...
Ted Leo @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Some may remember last year's fun Of Montreal karaoke party hosted by NY Mag. And as those who were at the Titus Andronicus show at Market Hotel the other night, know Ted Leo can do a mean cover. Throw (host) Andrew WK (congrats Mr. Wilkes-Krier) into the mix and you've got NY Mag's upcoming event taking place (again) at Studio B on December 3rd (thx all).
Also from NY Mag: November 19th's Bad Art Auction w/ Xiu Xiu
All Ted Leo tour dates, and a month-old video of Ted talking about Sarah Palin, below...
The Thermals have announced what songs (their own included) they'll be playing at Studio B on January 31st....