Entries tagged with: new years eve
photos by Zach Stern
Hello friends. First of all, let me thank everyone who came out to our New Year's Eve show with the So So Glos at the Mercury Lounge - it was a lot of fun! Whee! I want to send a special message to one person in particular though. It was some sort of burly-ish gentleman in the front row who wore a big winter coat and scarf. We were playing "Where Eagles Dare" by the Misfits because that song rocks, and during the last verse, I saw this guy singing along, and so I decided to stick the microphone in his face to sing with him, because that is the thing to do when you are playing a song like "Where Eagles Dare." Imagine my delight to hear that this guy had a great voice! Really, I have put microphones in people's faces many times before during that part of that song, and I can honestly say, this guy was the best singer of them all. My thought processes were a bit of a blur at this point, being New Year's Eve and all, so I made a pretty lame attempt at mounting this guy's shoulders so that I could ride him around during the last chorus. I don't know - at the time, it seemed like the thing to do. It didn't really work out, and my girlfriend chided me later for sticking my crotch in this guy's face. Hey, guy - if you disliked that event as much as my girlfriend thought you probably did, I am really sorry! I was acting crazy because I was so excited about yr great voice. You did a good job. I was trying to do a good job too - if I didn't, many apologies. If you ever see me on the street, tell me who you are, and I will let you stick yr crotch in my face for a minute or so, and we'll be even Stephens. [Patrick]More pictures from the post-midnight New Years Eve late show at Mercury Lounge in NYC, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Who needs a traditional ball drop when countless rolls of toilet paper are unfurled into the crowd? Continuous streams of white tissue were one of the festive components that helped Girl Talk ring in the New Year Thursday at a sold-out Congress Theater during a feverish 110-minute concert that evolved into a sweaty rave.More pictures from the New Years Eve show, below...
Backed by an elaborate stage set that featured a large-as-life dollhouse complete with a furnished hall, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room, the sample-based composer created an unbroken chain of pop mash-ups from the comfort of a laptop. The home-themed design and anything-goes atmosphere allowed Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, to play host to what doubled as the world's greatest block party. Perched behind a table, the ex-biochemist stayed in perpetual motion. [Chicago Tribune]
NEW Year's Eve revellers are being told to stay off the booze, watch out for rogue cab drivers but still have fun as the nation celebrates tonight.Happy New Year!
Police around the nation are warning that they will be out in force tonight with little tolerance shown for anti-social behaviour.
Police, sniffer dogs and booze buses will be used to "keep the public safe" during the nation's biggest party.
[Herald Sun, Australia]
For events happening tonight in NYC, please browse the archive (we've already listed lots of them).
Look up for the blue moon.
Live feed from Times Square below...
It happens only once in a blue moon -- and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we'll see in the skies this New Year's Eve.SHOWS TO GO TO IN NYC THIS BLUE MOON: The Bad Plus or Screaming Females or Surfer Blood or Titus Andronicus or The Rub or Los Lobos or DJ Q-Tip or DJ Passion Pit or Fischerspooner or Antibalas and stuff.
Don't expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term "blue moon" simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn't happened on a New Year's Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.
"December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year's Eve parties were themed by the event," said Professor Philip Hiscock of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. "It was a lot of fun."
Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says.
But a blue moon on December 31 is rare.
Elvis Presley crooned about it when he sang the old Rodgers and Hart song "Blue Moon," in which he stood alone without a dream in his heart or a love of his own.
He struck a more hopeful tone in another tune, singing about his love returning to his arms "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." He also covered Bill Monroe's bluegrass classic, "Blue Moon of Kentucky." [CNN]
A selection of blue moon videos & songs below....
some upcoming shows @ City Winery in NYC
12/29 - David Johansen
12/30 - David Johansen
12/31 - Los Lobos (early & late)
01/01 - Joseph Arthur & Charlie Mars
01/22 - Bob Mould w/ Jon Auer
01/23 - Bob Mould w/ Jon Auer
01/29 - Joseph Arthur & Bobby Bare Jr.
02/28 - Robyn Hitchcock
03/20 - Rhett Miller
Full schedule & other upcoming shows @ City Winery's website.
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Check out that picture of Todd Barry standing in the rain with Nick Thune on rainy Day Two of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year (he performed at the fest on the same day). If you're in San Francisco, check out Todd Barry "with Greg Behrendt, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney,Amy Schumer,Chris Porter, and music from the Reigning Monarchs" on New Years Eve, and then, exactly one month later (also in San Fran), with "Jon Benjamin and John Hodgman, Larry Murphy and musical guests Mates of State" at SF Sketchfest. Todd Barry reads the news in the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Aint No Chimneys In the Projects (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Binky Griptite - Holiday Breakdown (MP3)
Christmas? Soul? Christmas Soul! Here you go, kids: Sharon Jones' debut holiday song! In this self-penned little jingle-jangler, Sharon takes us back to her childhood, where as a young girl in the projects of Brooklyn she wondered how Santa was ever going to bring her any toys when clearly, "There Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects." As she soon finds out, the true miracle of Christmas was no fat man shimmying down heating ducts, but rather the love with which her own mother had been secretly tucking those presents under that tree. Awww. With a little help from Sharon's backup singers and some tasty violin runs offered up by the Bushwick Philharmonic, the Dap-Kings lock into their usual nasty little pocket and the groove blossoms like a soulful red pointsettia beneath Sharon's story. The flip gives Daptone mouth-man Binky Griptite an instrumental taste overwhich he lays down a heartfelt holiday message of tolerance and togetherness. Right on, Santa!That description describes one of the best holiday gifts that I received this holiday season so far, and that is the new Daptone Records holiday single! Purchase the 45 on their website, or get it free when you order $30 of other stuff, and/or download the songs for free above!
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have added a Brooklyn show. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: That Brooklyn show is just a week away, in 2009, and in a bowling alley. It'll probably put all the New Years Eve events happening one night later to shame, and it's only $20 (translation: Sharon Jones is playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th!) (get tickets) (they play New Years Eve also, but in DC.)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recently played a private and super fancy Urbandaddy holiday party, and not long before that they played a show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. A couple of videos from the Jersey show with all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)
There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....
One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.
If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.
Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.
92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.
Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.
One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...
Blue Night Events is hosting a New Years Eve party at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St) with DJ Mel DeBarge and a short, post-ball-drop set from Talib Kweli. You can even see who's going... Tickets are on sale.
As previously noted, Talib also performs even sooner with his Blacksmith imprint at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday (12/23) with Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and Pete Rock. There are still tickets left.
Jean Grae also appears on a bill with a "special guest" at Southpaw tonight (12/22)
Highline Ballroom also hosts a hip hop show tonight, but with Jadakiss and Clipse.
Q-Tip is DJing Brooklyn Bowl on New Years Eve.
by Andrew Frisicano
The Bad Plus will be playing a six-show run at the Village Vanguard to end the year (and start the next). The band plays two sets a night from Tuesday, December 29th to Sunday, January 3rd. Their New Year's eve show is a bit different - a $125 ticket (which includes a $25 drink minimum) covers both sets. NYE will also be broadcast on WBGO (88.3 FM) on Toast of the Nation (as part of NPR's Live at the Village Vanguard series). Tickets are on sale.
TBP pianist Ethan Iverson checks in regularly on his Do the Math blog - his own year-end lists have included so far a rundown of Classic Crime Stories, "Recent Improvisations (and) In Praise of the Independent Label," and "11 Canonical AAM Performances".
It looks like the band will keep a fairly busy in 2010 too - they're scheduled into February with shows (including one on February 8th at Pomona, NJ's Stockton PAC). Videos and all tour dates are below...
Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 in December (more by Chris La Putt)
New York Night Train, the almost-nightly dance party run by DJ Jonathan Toubin, will be hosting New Year's Eve events at three LES venues this year. Cake Shop, Home Sweet Home and Motor City (127 Ludlow) are signed on for the event with all-night liquor licenses. Cake Shop is the real highlight though. Bands playing the basement there include Talk Normal, Screaming Females, Frankie and the Outs and CSC Funk Band (ex-USAisamonster), while the other two venues get a few bands (like A.R.E. Weapons) and a slew of DJs, comedians, burlesque performers and more. More details are below.
Screaming Females have a few upcoming shows too - they play with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park on December 29th, and kick off their February tour with JEFF the Brotherhood with a Feb. 6 Bowery Ballroom showcase for their label Don Giovanni.
Before then, there are plenty of chances to catch the NY Night Train crew in holiday party mode. Tonight (12/21) Jonathan Toubin DJs with Revered Vince Anderson at his weekly Union Pool residency. Toubin will also be spinning at the BV-sponsored Jewltide 7 party happening at Southpaw on Christmas Eve (12/24). Tickets are on sale and the flyer is below with a full schedule...
by Andrew Frisicano
L.A. punk band Mika Miko announced in October that their set at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (on November 8th) would be one of their last, but that they were in process of scheduling an official "last show" for their hometown at The Smell. They've booked three shows there for December 30th, December 31st and January 1st. The third, with Hello Astronaut Goodby Television, My Little Red Toe and OG Silver Daggers, is sold out, but you can still grab a ticket for the first show (openers TBA) and for the New Years Eve show, with Staring Problem, Ima Fucking Gymnist and DiGiTS. Mika Miko also previously mentioned a new 7" in the works through PPM.
Mika Miko's Jennifer Clavin guest drumming for Best Coast...
PPM will also be releasing a 7" by from female-fronted lo-fi duo Best Coast. Best Coast join Vivian Girls on a West Cost tour this February. That swings by the Smell on Feb. 6th. Vivian Girls are in UK from the second week of January right up to their performance at the BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn Fest, where they play at Howard Gilman Opera House with Les Savy Fav on January 29th. Tickets are on sale.
Flyers for the Mika Miko shows, a Best Coast clips and all tour dates are below...
Q-Tip spinning at Nokia Theatre in August (more by Jaecyne Howell)
Brooklyn Bowl's New Year's Eve festivities will includeQ-Tip the Abstract (his DJ name), retro-synth wiz Dam-Funk, reggae/soul/funk band Pimps of Joytime and DJ Concerned. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 16th at noon (with the price going up on December 19th).
The Brooklyn Bowl's lineup was previously "secret" - another NYC club with a secret (though not one we would count on making the price worth it - relatively speaking) is (Le) Poisson Rouge, who promises "a celebrity DJ...spinning pulsating sets of hip hop, rock, dance and 80's on a state of the art sound system all night long," as well as a "live Performance - Artist TBA." Tickets range from $75 general admission to the $175 Platinum VIP tix where you can "Enjoy reserved nightclub seating while GA ticket holders stand."
Add those to the list of this year's NYE events that also include Passion Pit DJing at Pianos and MSTRKRFT at Webster Hall.
More info on the LPR event is below...
Webster Hall - New Years Eve 2008 into 2009
"When most Americans think of New Years Eve, the Big Apple may be one of the first things that come to mind. Millions of Americans all around the country tune in to watch the ball drop in Times Square on television as they ring in the New Year.Ha. Well, for those who actually live in NYC, two more New Years Eve options are below...
For those not able to make it to Manhattan for this special night, why not bring a little bit of Manhattan to your New Year's Eve party? A New York City themed New Year's Eve party requires a bit of creativity in the party planning. Brainstorm all of the things you associate with New York City from food to attractions. For food, you may want to consider having lox on bagels and cream cheese, pizza and cheesecake.
For drinks, try making Manhattan cocktails and see if there are any New York based beers available in your area; Brooklyn Lager is a popular brew." ["Have a Big Apple New Year's Eve in your living room"]
The Drums - new band picture
The Drums went from playing a lot of shows a few month ago, to disappearing for a while. That hiatus ends next year when they return to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 13th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Maybe the band is currently on vacation in their previous home state of Florida because they're also scheduled to play a show tonight (12/4) at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. Their only other show between now and NYC is on New Years Eve in Chicago (the city with all the best New Years Eve shows this year).
Opening the Bowery show will be Surfer Blood who were most recently in town to open for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl. Surfer Blood also have a New Years Eve show scheduled, but theirs is in NYC at Cameo Gallery with Frankie (Rose) and The Outs, Beach Fossils, and We Are Country Mice. It only costs $10 which is a bargain for that night, though the venue is kind of small. Set times and other details about that show below.
A list of the the other New Years options in NYC (and elsewhere) is HERE. All SB & Drums dates below...
Fischerspooner @ MoMA in November (more by Ryan Muir)
Speaking of New Year's Eve, shows for the night are coming together. Some NYC NYE events we've mentioned before include Patti Smith's multi-night run at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Dean & Britta then The Felice Brothers at Southpaw, Antibalas at Knitting Factory, The Obits & Eli "Paperboy" Reed at The Bell House, Roky Erikson at Maxwell's, Clutch at Starland Ballroom, and The Detroit Cobras & The A-Bones then Titus Andronicus at Mercury Lounge.
Some we haven't mentioned include Lee Burridge at Santos Party House (tickets), Trouble & Bass at Europa (flyer below), Alice Smith at Joe's Pub (tickets), and Chuck Berry (who replaced the Dan Band) at BB King's (tickets - early and late). Tons of jam-friendly options this year: Soulive at Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Word at Terminal 5, Gov't Mule at the Beacon, The Disco Biscuits at Nokia Theatre, and most importantly, Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden.
Phish have a four-night run in Miami.
For other out of town shows, The Black Keys and Kurt Vile play Chicago, where Jesus Lizard are also doing multiple nights and Jens Lekman is at the Empty Bottle (for three nights in a row actually). Girl Talk also plays Chicago that night- a sold out show at The Congress Theater. Crystal Castles are at Logan Square Auditorium. (Chicago wins)
Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are playing Boston.
Pink Floyd cover band The Flaming Lips will be in Oklahama City's Cox Center, where they'll perform Dark Side of the Moon in full at midnight. They'll be assisted by OK's Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Flaming Lips are also reportedly planning an iTunes-only release of their own version of the album.
The Flaming Lips flyer, other flyers, and all Fischerspooner tour dates, below...
NJ's Starland Ballroom is running a sale of 50% off all December shows (password = TTS09). That includes the December 5th Sharon Jones show, the December 26th Danzig show, the December 30th Dilinger Escape Plan/Thursday show, and the Clutch show happening on New Years Eve.
Life of Agony play Starland Ballroom on Saturday night.
"Join us at the Bell House on New Year's Eve for a legendary ROCK and SOUL blowout! Subway Soul Club's DJs will be spinning until the wee hours as well as special performances from OBITS and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. FREE cans of Sofia Blanc de Blanc champagne with admission. Food vendors! Party favors! Door prizes! Let's get it on." [Tickets are on sale]Mercury Lounge just announced a late show with Titus Andronicus.
Titus Andronicus @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 11/5 (more by Jake Forney)
Add another one to the growing New Year's Eve event list - Titus Andronicus are playing a 1:30am NYE show (technically New Years Day) at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 27th at noon.
The venue boldly announces "Mercury Lounge will stay open all night so don't let your evening end early!" Earlier in the night the Mercury Lounge will host The Detroit Cobras and The A-Bones.
Coming up, Titus play a pair of collegiate events - December 1st at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ and December 2nd at NYU's Kimmel Center (with the Beets). They open for Ted Leo in Massachusetts, but not for his NYC date at Bowery (opened by JEFF the Brotherhood and Stupid Party).
All upcoming shows and videos from Titus's last NYC show, opening for Fucked Up at the Masonic Temple, are below...
Antibalas in Philly on 6/6 (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like The Roots, who they shared the stage with at The Roots Picnic in June, have been doing lately, Antibalas will play a NYC residency. Theirs will take place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn over four Thursdays in December (they exclude Dec 24th), culminating in a New Years Eve show. Tickets are on sale for the 12/3 show, the 12/10, the 12/17 and the New Years Eve show. Antibalas is also scheduled to appear at the Winter's Eve Festival on 11/30 along with Joy Behar. Yes, that one.
Members of Antibalas are also notably a part of the Broadway musical FELA! based on the life of the Afrobeat legend, and produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith/Jada Pinkett-Smith.
A provocative hybrid of dance and Broadway musical, FELA! features the Afrobeat music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a book by Jim Lewis... arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas with direction and choreography by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones...Lots of familiar faces on stage during the show which also includes Knitting Factory and Questlove (one of the producers) in its credits. Head on down to catch it at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, but before you buy, make sure and use Antibalas's discount code FE4NFP9. Questlove (via Okayplayer) is running a promotion too.
FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's visionary staging, FELA! is the most original new musical on Broadway.
Some related videos below...
Raphael Saadiq is playing Terminal 5 on December 4th. Tickets are on sale.
Alberta Cross is headlining Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon).
Violens and Acrylics share a bill at Mercury Lounge on December 9th. Tickets are on sale.
Slim pickins for New Years Eve shows in NYC this year. Mercury Lounge has The A-Bones opening for The Detroit Cobras. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Fresh Bread
"It wasn't until concertgoers arrived at the gates that they finally learned what classic album Phish would cover in its entirety during their "musical costume" set at Festival 8. Reviving a tradition that began in 1994 when Phish covered The Beatles' The White Album, last night the quartet staged an ambitious cover of the Rolling Stones' 18-song double LP, Exile on Main St. As in years past, the costume choice was a closely-guarded secret until the day of the show, when thousands of "Phishbill" programs (à la Playbill) were distributed, complete with bios of the "cast," which included Sharon Jones on vocals and members of the Dap Kings on horns." [LAist]Phish fans (see above) decscended on the Coachella Music Festival site for three days over Halloween weekend. Lots of pictures, and all tour dates (including a just-announced four-night New Years Eve run in Miami, below...
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]
Patti Smith @ The Met (more by Daniel Solomon)
Patti Smith has announced her annual end-of-year run of shows at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the three shows, December 29-31, will go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...