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by Tatiana Tenreyro

photo: La Sera at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman announced last year that she's releasing La Sera's forthcoming album, Music for Listening to Music To, on March 4 via Polyvinyl and released the first single "High Notes." Today she shared the music video for it, featuring La Sera in a '60s variety show with a backdrop of a ranch...along with some unexpected creatures. Watch it below.

La Sera were also added to this year's Noise Pop Festival lineup and are heading on a short tour in May, which stops by NYC for a show at the newly-reopened Market Hotel on May 11. That's Katy's old stomping grounds, where Vivian Girls used to rent a room and practice, as well as playing a few shows there back in the day. Tickets for the Market Hotel show go on sale Friday (1/29) at noon.

In other Katy Goodman/Vivian Girls news, Katy reunited with her former Vivian Girls bandmate Ali Koehler in SNL castmember Aidy Bryant's short film Darby Forever, in which Aidy's character, a fabric store clerk, fantasizes about being a rockstar. Katy and Ali also co-wrote a song for the film with Aidy called "I'm a Bitch." It comes out on February 16 on Vimeo on Demand. Watch the trailer below.

All La Sera tour dates are listed, along with the video for "High Notes," below...

Continue reading "La Sera share "High Notes" video, touring, playing Market Hotel; Katy Goodman features in new Aidy Bryant short"

by Tatiana Tenreyro

photo: La Sera at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Sera

Ex-Vivian Girl Katy Goodman recently announced that she's releasing the Ryan Adams-produced La Sera LP Music for Listening to Music to on March via Polyvinyl. Today she shared the official release date, which is March 4, and the first single, "High Notes." Rolling Stone mentioned that the album was going to have "moments of a country twang" and this track shows it, featuring a distinct country sound complete with a harmonica outro.

Stream "High Notes" and take a look at the artwork and track list below...

Continue reading "La Sera releases "High Notes" from Ryan Adams-produced LP"

photo: La Sera at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Sera

Former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman announced the release of her fourth La Sera LP, Music for Listening to Music To, which will be out next March via Polyvinyl. The album was produced by Ryan Adams.

He says his goal while producing the LP was to explore Katy's range as a singer and bring out a side of La Sera that is different from the previous albums. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "Records that I love vocally, there's an aspect where you get a feeling the singer is unaware of themselves and maybe in another place. I felt like she was making great records, but I wasn't sure she was getting all the way there, and she was really game for it."

The article says the album doesn't abandon La Sera's '60s girl group influences or their reverb-heavy sound, but it adds in a "distinctly Eighties vibe, with cleanly picked, arpeggiated guitar lines and moments of country twang." Katy and Ryan said The Smiths are a big influence here too. This album also marks the first time that guitarist Todd Wisenbaker--who recently married Katy Goodman--is considered a "full collaborator" and vocalist for a La Sera album. (He did previously play guitar on the album Hour of the Dawn though.)

Another thing that the Rolling Stone article points out is that Ryan Adams' cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album actually came into fruition during the La Sera sessions. Ryan and Todd were jamming one night after the record was done, and during that jam is when they came up with the idea to cover the album. "We did three songs that first night, just loosely jamming, and [Ryan] tweeted about it, and it went berserko," Todd said. "The next day we're like, 'Oh, God, we actually have to do this.' Not that we wouldn't have done it well before, but actually, people are going to hear this."

Ryan also mentions in the interview that, "...if it wasn't for [the La Sera] record, the 1989 record would have never happened, and then all of these new friends that I've made that are a huge part of my life wouldn't have happened."

In an interview with The Guardian , Ryan said that his interest in Taylor Swift's music began after listening to her song "White Horse" and likened Taylor to Shakespeare:

He compares the exercise of working through 1989's songs to "being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare". As in, his material is the goofy franchise, hers is the oeuvre of the greatest writer that ever lived.
La Sera's past tourmate Father John Misty has yet to weigh in on this one.

In related news, the now-defunct Vivian Girls played a one-off reunion at Katy and Todd's wedding last week. Watch a video of them playing "Tell The World" at the wedding, with the trailer for La Sera's upcoming album, below...

Continue reading "Vivian Girls reunited at Katy & Todd's wedding after La Sera made a new LP w/ Ryan Adams, which led to his '1989' cover"

photos by Debi Del Grande

The Muffs / Best Coast / La Sera
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California
Burger a-Go-Go at the Observatory - Santa Ana, California

Song by song, band by band they came. Peach Kelli Pop, the catchy, girl-group suggestive punk band fronted by Allie Hanlon, delivered verse-chorus-verse songs about love and heartbreak. The primal Coathangers, from Atlanta, offered a more menacing set, highlighting tracks from their new album, "Suck My Shirt." Featuring swapped vocals from Julia Kugel (a.k.a. Crook Kid Coathanger) and drummer Stephanie Luke (Rusty Coathanger), the band delivered the most dangerous and aggressive set of the night -- and one of the best.

Scene figureheads the Muffs, led by rocket-fueled singer-guitarist Kim Shattuck, recently reconvened to release a new album on Burger, and the band performed selections of it and its much-loved '90s back catalog to fans who knew every word, and younger others first hearing the bridge that connects older acts with new headliners like the Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. - [LA Times]

Burger Records presented Burger A-Go-Go on Saturday (8/2) at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA featuring an all-girl-group (or at least female-fronted) lineup, including Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, The Muffs, Shannon & the Clams, La Sera, The Coathangers, Peach Kelli Pop, Death Valley Girls, and a whole lot more. Pictures from Burger A-Go-Go are in this post.

For those of us who don't live in the OC, you can get a taste of Burger's spirit on the upcoming Burger Caravan of Stars tour, featuring The Coathangers, Cherry Glazerr (who was in NYC this past weekend), together PANGEA and more. The NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom is October 30 and tickets are still available. Shannon & the Clams will be here soon too.

More pics from Burger A-Go-Go below...

Continue reading "Burger A-Go-Go fest in pics (Best Coast, The Muffs, Dum Dum Girls, Shannon & the Clams, Coathangers, La Sera & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

La Sera @ Baby's All Right 5/10/2014
La Sera

Is the real reason you moved that Los Angeles seems vibrant and alive and full of possibility and not closed off to young people and decaying, like New York?

That's not true! I wouldn't be able to make music and put out records if it weren't for New York. That's where everything happened for me. It's just easier to live day-to-day in LA, I think. It depends on your lifestyle, but in general, my life here is way cheaper and more relaxed. And it's just, like, nicer out. I don't have to worry about how to get places. It's just a nicer, in general, way to live. New York has its own energy, which is kind of an insane energy, with crazy people all going apeshit all the time. Which is very productive.
Crazy people going apeshit all the time?
People who have a lot more energy than I do. And you need that to be successful. To be successful in New York, you need to have that drive.

LA seems like it really suits you.

From the very first time the Vivian Girls came to LA on tour, six years ago, I was like, oh. I'm gonna live here. This rules. It was like an instant love. - [Village Voice]

Newly free of Vivian Girls duties and relocated to Los Angeles, Katy Goodman and her now main band La Sera returned to her old stomping grounds of Brooklyn to play Baby's All Right on Saturday (5/10). The date was a one-off record release show for La Sera's sophomore LP, Hour of the Dawn, which is out this week. You can currently stream the LP on Pitchfork.

More pics from La Sera's record release show, plus ones of openers High Waisted and Springtime Carnivore, below...

Continue reading "La Sera celebrated their new album at Baby's All Right (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Cherry Glazerr

LA trio Cherry Glazerr may still be in high school but they're already making a name for themselves, having released their debut album, Haxel Princess, on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records earlier this year. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face. You can stream the whole thing below.

The band will be making their first trip to NYC this summer, with two shows on the docket: July 31 at Mercury Lounge and August 2 at Baby's All Right. with Sunflower Bean. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets to Merc go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.

Speaking of Burger Records, the label's annual Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland, CA's Mosswood Park on July 5 & 6 and features Thee Oh Sees, Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, OFF!, Reigning Sound, a reunited Milk n' Cookies, The Muffs, La Sera and more. Tickets are on sale and full two-day lineup below.

Cherry Glazerr have a couple other shows scheduled -- including one in Chicago after the NYC show -- and all dates are listed, along with the album stream and Burger Boogaloo lineup, below...

Continue reading "Cherry Glazerr released LP on Burger, touring (2 NYC shows); Burger Boogaloo happening in Oakland, CA in July (lineup) "


Vivian Girls just played their farewell shows over the weekend, and now Katy Goodman has announced details on the new La Sera album. It's titled Hour of the Dawn and will be out May 13 on Hardly Art. That's the cover art above. Says Goodman, "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag," and you can hear what that sounds like via first single "Losing to the Dark" which is streaming below.

Right before the LP comes out, La Sera will play release shows in NYC and LA, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 10. Openers are still to be announced but tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, Cassie Ramone plays solo this week, opening for Swearin' at Cake Shop on Thursday (3/6) .

All La Sera dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "La Sera announce new album 'Hour of the Dawn,' playing release shows in NYC and LA (dates, stream)"


One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

Upset (via Kickball Katy's Instagram)

Back in 2011, former Vivian Girls drummer and then Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler announced her departure from Best Coast, and other than a few solo tracks released around that time, she's been pretty quiet since. Now Ali's back fronting a new band called Upset, who will release their debut album this fall via Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee).

Ali formed the band with drummer Patty Schemel, who played in Hole from 1992 to 1998 and recorded on their albums, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin, and had stints as the drummer for Courtney Love's solo career and Juliette and the Licks; and guitarist Jenn Prince, who is/was in La Sera. They played their first show at The Echo in LA with Parquet Courts this past January.

More recently they've announced the addition of their new bass player (wait for it...) Katy Goodman, who Ali was bandmates with in Vivian Girls, and who Jenn was bandmates with in La Sera (which Katy fronts), has a solo project, Kickball Katy, and recently formed the duo Books of Love. Check out an 11 second video of the band rehearsing a Guided by Voices cover with Katy on facebook.

Upset's debut album is being produced by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also produced the latest Waxahatchee album. They haven't released any music from the album yet, but if you live in California, you can hear some of it at their many upcoming shows, all of which are listed below.

Continue reading "Upset = Ali from Best Coast/Vivian Girls, Kickball Katy, Patty from Hole & Jenn from La Sera (releasing LP on Don Giovanni)"

by Bill Pearis

Books of Love

Not content with just two bands, Vivian Girls/La Sera singer Katy Goodman has formed Books of Love with Hush Sound's Greta Morgan. Please don't confuse the duo with '80s synthpop band Book of Love. (You probably won't, though they still exist.) Of the union:

While hiking past the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, friends Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan were struck with the idea to record a song together: A song about physics and love, science and romance, space and time. Have you ever felt the lovesick pain of falling for someone from a different dimension? We have too.

The next morning, the girls recorded "Space Time" in Greta's tiny rehearsal space in Glassell Park. While "Space Time" may not be a hit in this dimension yet, the song is topping charts in many others. The girls have plans to tour the Andromeda Galaxy this summer, appear in Bode's Galaxy this Fall, and make an appearance at the Omega-Palooza Festival to break up the 2.9 million light-year long trip home.

You can check out the music video for "Space Time" below.

Continue reading "Katy from Vivian Girls/La Sera forms new group, Books of Love (watch a video)"

Hunx as Gayracula
Halloween costumes

All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...

Continue reading "more pics of Bands in their Halloween Costumes -- (Wayne Coyne, Kickball Katy, Dirty Projectors, Hunx & more)"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/24/2012
Father John Misty

On stage, when he wasn't taking jabs at his musical past, Father John Misty was singing and dancing. Freed from any instrumental duties, Tillman relished the role of frontman. He spent the night performing performance, eager to fill each second between verses with hand gesture, facial expression, and movement. His stage act is a cross between performance art and physical release, but backed by a close-fitting band and a deeply original collection of songs, Tuesday night proved that Father John Misty is hardly a success limited to the recording studio. Much of Fear Fun bounced into life on stage. - [American Songwriter]
Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) was in town this week with La Sera and Jeffertitti's Nile (with whom Tillman played drums) for a pair of sold-out NYC shows on 10/23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 10/24 at Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from the latter adorn this post. It was Josh Tillman's second live appearance that night after blessing Petty Fest at Webster Hall earlier that evening.

The FJM fun train rolls on, playing Boston tonight (10/25). If you missed the NYC shows, catch Father John Misty on January 14 at Webster Hall with Magic Trick. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty played MHOW and Bowery Ballroom with La Sera & Jeffertitti's Nile (pics from Bowery)"

Father John Misty at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Father John Misty

Father John Misty, just played ACL 2012 in Austin, is in town this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/23) and Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (10/24) and both of those shows are sold out. He'll also be a part of Pettyfest at Webster Hall on 10/24. NYC will have another opportonity to see him in the not too distant future when he plays Webster Hall on January 14. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (10/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (10/24) at noon. No word yet on whether this is a one-off show or part of a growing tour, but all North American tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, his tour mates La Sera just released a new video for their song "Break My Heart" which you can watch below. When their time with FJM wraps up, La Sera will play a few headining shows on the West Coast and those dates are below.

Continue reading "Father John Misty is here with two sold-out shows, playing Webster Hall in January; La Sera made a new video (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Foxygen - "Waitin' 4 U" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Foxygen - "Make It Known" (MP3)

Father John Misty at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Father John Misty

Father John Misty (aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman) is continuing to tour in support of his 2012 LP, Fear Fun. He's just announced a new set of dates that kick in September with FYF Fest and run through the rest of the year, culminating in December's S.S. Coachella Cruises. The new dates include two NYC shows, which happen on October 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 24 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows (and many other dates on the tour) are with La Sera (the project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman) and psych rockers Jeffertitti's Nile. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon.

Meanwhile, La Sera are currently on the road with Foxygen, who will release their EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, this week (7/24) via Jagjaguwar. You can download two album tracks, "Waitin' 4 U" and "Make It Known," at the top of this post or stream them below, and the entire album is streaming over at Foxygen's bandcamp. They go for the whole retro classic rock thing and singer Sam France can sound more than a little like Mick Jagger. All Foxygen dates (none in NYC) are listed below.

In related La Sera news, Katy's other band Vivian Girls recently played a surprise show in LA one night after playing an Impose 10th anniversary show with Grass Widow, The Babies (who have tons of NYC shows coming up), Dunes, and Teenage Burritos. You can watch some videos of Vivian Girls' set at the secret LA show below.

All lists of dates, videos, and song streams below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty and Foxygen touring (separately) with La Sera (dates); Vivian Girls played secret LA show (video)"

DOWNLOAD: La Sera - "Please Be My Third Eye" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: La Sera - "Break My Heart" (MP3)

La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
La Sera

Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.

La Sera will kick off a tour this month in support of the album which culminates in a NYC show at Cameo Gallery on May 19 with Life Size Maps and The New Lines. Tickets are on sale now.

Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.

All La Sera dates and streams below...

Continue reading "La Sera going on May tour (dates & MP3s)"

Vivian Girls at Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls recently completed a round of dates with Black Lips, which included stops at Webster Hall and Emo's, and are now out on the West Coast with No Joy. At the end of the road, Vivian Girls will cap things off with a homecoming show at 285 Kent on May 17th with Widowspeak and Colleen Green. $10 gets you into the 8PM all-ages Brooklyn show. All dates are listed below.

Then Kickball Katy will head back to her new home in time for her La Sera project to open the first of three dates she's doing with Jenny and Johnny (listed below).

Right around the same time, Cassie Ramone will play a few shows with her band The Babies on a very short run with Times New Viking including May 27th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Less than a month later The Babies open for Guided by Voices in McCarren Park. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Vivian Girls on tour (schedule a Brooklyn show), The Babies playing shows w/ Times New Viking (dates)"

photos by Jessica Amaya, words by Rachel Kowal


Sun and surf - rarely do all the bands on a bill have such a distinct (and welcome) common denominator. As we enter the final weeks of winter, what could be better than say, synth-laden pop from the sunshine state, ephemeral vocals from a recent Bruise Cruiser, or infectious melodies from a pair who fell in love at sea?

It was a good line-up at the Bell House on Thursday (3/3) - even if the evening got off to a bit of an uneven start with Holiday Shores' erratic sound and Nathan Pemberton's woozy, reverb-drenched vocals. With their new material especially (and most of it was new), the Florida group touched on a number of different sounds as if their songs were molded to passing whims or random fits of inspiration. From time to time, their underlying pop sensibilities rang out as with the hit from their last album, "Phones Don't Feud." Other times, the arrangements were a bit... creepy.

The catchy keyboard riffs of Holiday Shores may have been more immediately compelling, but La Sera benefited greatly from front woman Katy Goodman's magnetism and daydream-like vocals. Whether excitedly addressing the crowd between songs or rocking out on the bass, Goodman never ceased to smile - even when guitarist Scott Shannon broke a string. She simply turned the dead air into a celebration by welcoming a member of the crowd on stage to commemorate his 19th birthday.

Though the band is based in LA, Goodman used to live in New York, and was clearly "glad to be back." She even dedicated a cover of a Shirelles song ("Dedicated to the One I Love") to Brooklyn to prove it. La Sera also played a handful of "brand new" songs from their recently released self-titled album before closing their set with "Beating Heart," which features hypnotic layers of vocals.

Last up: Tennis. After hastily hand-copying the set list and conducting a brief sound check, the band launched into the light, upbeat song "Seafarer," which conveniently laid out much of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley's story - as if you didn't already know the charming details of their romantic voyage.

Many of Tennis' songs may start out a bit slow, but they have a tendency to burst into a quickened tempo and soaring vocals, as if each song is a slowly building wave.

With the exception of just one song ("Water Birds"), they played through every song of their recently-released album, in addition to showcasing a few new songs, including "Robin." "It's about a baby bird we saved last month," said Moore by way of introducing the song. ("Of course they're saving baby birds," remarked someone in the crowd.)

None of the newer songs seem to immediately sparkle as much as their predecessors (especially "South Carolina" or the crowd favorite "Marathon"), but with most clocking in at around three minutes, it hardly matters. The next song is always imminent... at least to a point. "Oh my God this has gone so quickly!" Moore exclaimed after they had breezed through much of the set. After only 40 minutes on stage, Tennis concluded their encore-less set with "Hard Times, a Charles Dickens-themed song.

The same tour hit Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan one night earlier. More pictures and Tennis's setlist from the Brooklyn show, and a video from Bowery Ballroom where Katy Goodman joined the headliners for "Marathon", below...

Continue reading "Tennis, La Sera, Holiday Shores @ the Bell House (pics, setlist)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

La Sera @ Bowery Ballroom
La Sera

After a recent showing at Mercury Lounge late last year (and an opening slot at Terminal 5 with The Walkmen), Tennis returned to NYC last night (3/2). The show, which took place at Bowery Ballroom, was part of the Colorado couple's larger winter tour with La Sera and Holiday Shores.The play NYC again tonight at the Bell House (tickets are still on sale). The tour ends at SXSW.

It was too dark in Bowery Ballroom to notice, but I'm sure that Kickball Katy of La Sera got a bit of color while she was out on the Bruise Cruise with Black Lips and the rest of the Vivian Girls (part 1 pics/review, and part 2).

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below (along with all tour dates)...

Continue reading "Tennis, La Sera & Holiday Shores @ Bowery Ballroom (pics)"

Tennis at Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Tennis supported The Walkmen at Terminal 5 and headlined their own show at Mercury Lounge at the beginning of December, and the romance continues in the new year as the husband/wife duo will hit the road for a tour kicking off this weekend in the UK. After bouncing around Europe for three weeks, the band will head back to their native soil for a string of US dates which include the larger Bowery Ballroom on March 2nd (tickets) and the Bell House in Brooklyn on March 3rd (tickets). Both NYC dates and a chunk of their tour is with La Sera and Holiday Shores.

Tennis's full tour schedule, which will conclude in Austin at SXSW features Lord Huron on select dates as well, is below with some videos...

Continue reading "Tennis & La Sera & Holiday Shores - 2011 Tour Dates"

Pete's Candy Store photos by Amanda Hatfield, Crash Mansion photos by Jessica Amaya, Pianos & Mercury Lounge photos by Chris La Putt, words by Rachel Kowal

Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
Oh Land

You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....

Continue reading "Rachel's CMJ 2010 recap conclusion w/ lots of pics (Lia Ices, Sarah Jaffe, Ume, Robbers on High Street, Buke & Gass, more) "

DOWNLOAD: La Sera - Never Come Around (MP3)

La Sera

Vivian Girl Katy Goodman is La Sera, and she pulls through with a contender for video of the year, just in time for Halloween. Check it out below...

Continue reading "sexy, gory new La Sera video in time for Halloween"

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) "

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The So So Glos - "Lindy Hop" (MP3)

So So Glos Fans (more by Zach Stern)
so So Glos

The lineup has been announced for this year's SUNY Purchase Fall Fest, an annual one-day, students-only festival which will take place on November 5th in the SUNY Purchase Student Center (The Stood). Fall Fest '10 (aka Halloween 2) will be headlined by Raekwon, and features a very varied lineup of other acts including Death who just announced a NEW album...


"After searching for almost eight hours, I removed a box with a Master in it and vaguely saw some big red letters on the box below it. I shinned the light on this box to clearly see the writing in big red letters DEATH. I screamed with excitement DEATH!!, DEATH!!, DEATH!! Everyone in the building starting to scream and wildly cheer and applause. Upon seeing those tapes, it brought it all back, David had written those big red letters on the tape. Engineer Jim Vitti had jokingly drew a skull and crossbones on the box after the name to which David did not like telling him "We are not that kind of Death". I was full of emotion, I cried. We were all elated, Jacque was elated, I called up Dannis who was in Vermont and he began to joyfully celebrate. I thought about David. If David were here with us all that has happened to Death up to this point would pale in comparison to what we found today. The tapes were right where Brian said they were sitting there awaiting us for 34 years." - Bobby Hackney

Spiritual, Mental, Physical is the new Death CD/LP and it will be released 01/25/11.

The SUNY show is Death's only at the moment.

The So So Glos will also be performing at SUNY, and are about to embark on a Five Borough NYC tour to celebrate the release of their new EP, Low Back Chain Shift, which came out Tuesday, October 12. The NYC tour happens to take place during CMJ, kicks off in Staten Island, includes a Queens BBQ with Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus, and a showcase at Pianos...

Friday, Oct. 22
at Pianos
158 Ludlow St

Force Field PR Official CMJ Showcase
08pm - Lord Huron
09pm - La Sera
10pm - Violens
11pm - Woven Bones
12am - Wild Nothing
01am - The So So Glos

FREE w/ CMJ Badge
or $10 advance / $12 at door

All dates and lineups are below.

Omar Souleyman will be performing at SUNY as the concluding date on his current tour, which also includes a November 2nd show at MHOW. Updated dates below.

Fucked Up is also returning to Purchase after getting their set cut short by the police at their 2008 Culture Shock Performance.

Full Purchase lineup, videos, and other tour dates below...

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La Sera
Katy Goodman

"La Sera - the brand new project of Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day) - has signed with Hardly Art for their debut LP. La Sera makes lush, dreamy songs of heartbreak, love, and death, all written by Goodman and recorded with Brady Hall in Seattle. Hardly Art will release the first original material by La Sera on November 16th via a 7" featuring the album track "Never Come Around" b/w exclusive b-side "Behind Your Eyes", which will be followed by a debut full-length in early 2011 (release date tbd). La Sera will also have a cover of "Watch Me Jumpstart" on an upcoming Guided By Voices comp, though I don't have further details on that release.

Further! Related to both new projects, the unofficial Hardly Art CMJ showcase - AKA The Great All-Nighter - will be presented by Todd P and will take place on Thursday, Oct 21 at Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St.) in Brooklyn. The lineup is:

Xray Eyeballs
Circle Pit
La Sera
Fergus & Geronimo
Secret Special Guest
Woven Bones
Golden Triangle

So, that makes both main Vivian Girls members solo for now, though Cassie Ramone hasn't announced any signings, but she is playing a show too (tonight).