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Sharon Jones & friend @ Best Buy Theater on New Year's Eve (Dara Weinberg)
"The disarming warmth of the Dap Kings' homegrown sound translated well in the 2,100-capacity venue. Against the usual Dap Kings backdrop of bright horns and funky percussion, Jones sustained her boundless energy level for much of the two-hour performance. At one point, she even kicked off her high heels and summoned African ancestors for a shamanistic dance medley.Hopefully you've fully recovered from New Year's Eve because the Lee Fields & The Expressions soulful throwdown hits Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (1/7) with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7. Tickets are still available, or you can roll the dice and try and win one of the pairs of tickets that we have to give away. Details are at the bottom of this post.
The band was fully synchronized from the opening number, the slinky ballad "If You Call" to a propulsive rhythmic buildup for an encore rendition of "100, Days, 100 Nights." Some of the night's finer moments, of course, alluded to economic hardships. The horn stabs of "Money" and "No Chimmeys in the Projects" carried a raw sense of urgency, while Jones cracked, "Ain't nothin' evil about money because we neeeeed that money." After a suitably cool take on "Auld Lang Syne," Jones pushed herself vocally to wring a double meaning from "Better Things."
"I've got better things to do than remember you," Jones sang. Puffs of fog machine smoke framed her band as balloons and confetti filled the room.
Warming up for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings was New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint.
"There's no place I'd rather be tonight. I really mean it," Mr. Toussaint said." [Soul Train]
As previously discussed, fellow Daptone-r Charles Bradley (who shared a bill with Lee Fields in Brooklyn recently) will celebrate the release of his new album No Time For Dreaming at Southpaw on January 25th. Tickets are still available. The date comes right in the middle of a tour Charles is going on with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (who played 12/30 & 12/31 at Best Buy Theater). A review from the 12/31 show is quoted above.
Bradley's new video for new-album song "The World (is Going Up In Flames)", contest details and all dates below...
coats left @ 285 Kent on New Year's Eve
Remember how people were saying they had their stuff stolen at the Titus Andronicus/Real Estate show at 285 Kent on New Year's Eve? Well... see above. All of that stuff was left behind after the Four Loko-fueled night was over. Think your stuff is there? Todd P will be hosting an open house at the venue on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30. You can get it then. More pictures of the lost-and-found below...
Titus Andronicus @ 285 Kent - New Years Eve (pic by DoubleBen)
"Hello friends. Happy New Year to all. I hope that it is a healthy and prosperous one for you all, thus far. We were fortunate enough to ring in our new year on a positive note with all of our old Jersey buddies this past Friday night - thanks to all of you who came out to that show, and our sincerest apologies to those who had their belongings tampered with or carried off by unseen malefactors. There is some lesson here about personal responsibility and looking after the good of the community, but I will leave it to you to decode - smart kids like you shouldn't have too much trouble.
If you were at the show, you also maybe heard me saying something about how it was our dearly beloved bassist Ian Graetzer's last show with the band. Well, the reason that I said that was that it was true - Ian isn't in the band anymore. Shocking, I know, considering that Ian has been in the band since the very beginning (in fact, he and I were the two guys who decided to form the group) and been present for every glorious victory, every bitter defeat, and all the innumerable, interminable hours in between. Not anymore, gang.
"What is the deal?" you may be asking, "Do you guys, like, hate each other now or something?" No, we don't hate each other. In fact, the months since Ian announced his departure plans (yes, the months!) have been some of the happiest and friendliest in all of our organization's history..." [Patrick Stickles]
As already discussed, Titus Andronicus played a sold out New Years Eve show at 285 Kent in Brooklyn. That's a picture of the festivities above. Was your stuff stolen?
UPDATE: Or did you just leave it behind?
Titus's next NYC show will also definitely sell out. That's because it's taking place at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the February 10th Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls benefit are on sale. No word on who will be playing bass. All Titus dates below...
Ridgewood Masonic Temple (more by Jessica Amaya)
"A local events venue is in trouble with the police after a series of liquor licensing issues, with possibly dire financial consequences for the organization that owns it.That scheduled New Year's Eve event was Todd P's Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch show which relocated to 285 Kent Ave and sold out quickly thereafter. 285 Kent Ave is the same venue that will house Monotonix on February 5th.
The 83rd Precinct elected to block alcohol sales at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple, at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, which caused a last-minute site change for a scheduled New Year's Eve show thrown by local indie-rock promoter Todd Patrick. Patrick is known to Brooklyn showgoers as Todd P.
...According to Ridgewood Masonic Temple manager Frank Williams, an organizer for a non-music event in November did not get his permit in time, but threw his event anyhow. The police randomly dropped in on the event and discovered the infraction. Because of this and other previous incidents at RMT, the precinct decided to block the issuance of any more temporary liquor permits for events held there. Patrons are not even allowed to bring their own alcohol. Though the NY State Liquor Authority issues the permits, the local police precinct has jurisdiction to deny one. As a result, Patrick moved the event to 285 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, where he could legally sell alcohol.
"[Community Affairs] Officer [Damarys] Franco was very understanding," Patrick told BushwickBK, "her feeling is just that they've given [RMT] a lot of chances, and she's going to stop cutting them any slack."...
..Patrick's decision to move the event was social as well as economic. "New Year's Eve is not any fun dry," he said. "If we don't sell alcohol, we can't pay for the place. Unless you're not paying the talent, you're either [charging] $25 a head or you're selling alcohol." $15 tickets for the show sold out shortly after the location was moved. -[BushwickBK]
Deerhoof is is scheduled to play Ridgewood Temple on 2/8, but the BushwickBk article makes it seem like there's not much of a chance we'll be seeing a show at the venue anytime soon (unless someone buys the building, changes the zoning and keeps having shows there). We'll keep you posted if the venue changes. Tickets are still available for advance purchase @ Desert Island Books (540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087).
We're not sure what the non-music event that caused the trouble in November was (see above article if you don't know what I mean), but Todd P last succesfully hosted a show at Ridgewood Temple on Halloween.
Oh, and as some commenters pointed out last week, this is not the first time a Todd P show (that Titus Andronicus was playing) that didn't happen at Ridgewood Masonic Temple because of alcohol issues. In 2008 a Titus Andronicus/Black Lips show was moved to Market Hotel last minute. Market Hotel meanwhile still can't host shows anymore either.
Listen to the speech Titus singer Patrick Stickles gave on New Year's Eve (at 285 Kent), below...
According to (de)vices, "For New Years Eve 2010, The Roots played 3 sets from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, with DJ'd interludes by ?uestlove. This man just doesn't quit." It's true (the man doesn't quit) and you can see the Prince fan and friend DJ again at Brooklyn Bowl on January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, and February 24th (and probably after that too). Tickets are on sale for all of the dates. He'll also honor Martin Luther King with a show at Cielo on January 16th.
The Roots play live again on January 15th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA (and constantly on Fallon).
At midnight on New Year's Eve, the band literally came marching in. Watch the videos below...
photos by Ryan Barkan
Phish completed their three night run at Madison Square Garden late on Saturday night (1/1/11). One night earlier they spent the last moments of 2010 in a hot dog hovering over the crowd. The stunt, which was part of a routine that involved the performance of Phish rarity "Meatstick", included costumed dancers that filled the stage, streamers and foam hotdogs, and was initally done on 12/31/94 for New Years at the Boston Garden. It was revisited in 1999 and finally retired when the hot dog was donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Phish borrowed the prop back from the museum for the MSG show.
Over their three night stay (which you may have watched from home since Phish offered a pay-per-view webcast of each night), Phish played a total of seven sets and did not repeat a single song. In fact, the band only repeated two songs during their entire five show New Year's Eve run that also included two shows DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Those songs were "David Bowie" and "Backwards Down the Number Line" (both played once in NYC).
Pictures, setlists and videos (including multiple angles of the flying hot dog) from all three shows, below...
"And then it went off. At 11:58 [on New Year's Eve], without even looking at a watch, [Gibby] Haynes announced, "Let's just go ahead and do this." His countdown, naturally, was as sloppy and haphazard and instinctual as any Butthole Surfers song. Enter 1993's mighty Dust Devil to ring in the New Year: the band's first admission that they turned into a major-label crypto-metal band during the heart of Nirvanamania. It was time to get dumb. Balloons came down. Then the net that held them came down. More than anything, the balloons changed the tone of the show from "fun" to "unhinged." Haynes started spiking balloons like volleyballs into peoples' faces. I caught one in the eyeglasses (it stung, it was worth it). Someone else had the iPhone knocked right from his hand -- a very 2011 problem. Haynes put two balloons in his shirt like big boobs. Some dude went around angrily popping them for some reason." [Village Voice]The Butthole Surfers played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on December 30th and 31st (Lumerians opened both shows). "Refused... And Friends" has a bootleg of the first night for download. Videos (balloons included) and both setlists are below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
Eugene Hutz has restless continent syndrome. The Ukrainian Gypsy musician, whose Gogol Bordello played the first of two sold-out nights at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, arrived in New York in the 1990s but just couldn't stay. He now lives in Brazil and is usually on the road with his voraciously eclectic band...
The group opened with one of several internationalist anthems, "Tribal Connection,'' a folkie rabble-rouser with a reggae beat, a hip-hop interlude and Slavic violin and accordion accents. As the 95-minute show continued, stylistic shifts occurred roughly as often as the musicians switched instruments or rushed to another part of the stage... Gogol Bordello's style is descended from the Clash's "Sandinista'' and Franco-Spanish cult band Mano Negra, and shares those predecessors' political outlook. -[The Washington Post]
Gogol Bordello and Man Man played two nights at 9:30 Club in Washington DC, Dec 30th and Dec 31st, before scooting to NYC to team up with Endless Boogie to play the first show of 2011 at Terminal 5. The celebration continued at an afterparty at Studio 21 in Chelsea later Saturday night.
The show was the second of three in a row for Endless Boogie, who spent their New Year's Eve at Lit Lounge, and last night (1/2) at the LES bar Max Fish which is scheduled to close down at the end of January. More pictures from Terminal 5, as well as some video and Gogol's setlist, are below. ..
photos by Josh Darr
Yeasayer celebrated the end of another year by releasing a 'pay what you want' live album via their website, and by playing live shows on both 12/30 and 12/31 at Metro in Chicago with HEALTH. A set of pictures from the first show are in this post along with videos of the band covering Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" - both in Chicago and at that recent Glasslands show with Suckers. They continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"I'm feelin' pretty good. I'm still healin'. It takes a lo-o-ong time to heal up from somethin' like that. I still have these residual pains and aches and what-have-you, and I think I developed one hernia, which is very common. I got one right under my sternum, and I got one over on the side. That's just from layin' up so long, not usin' your chest muscles. 'Coz it's hard, you know. There for a while, I had to have oxygen, because I couldn't draw a deep breath, you know? A big, deep satisfyin' breath. Because that's where the surgery was -- right in front of your lungs." - [Gregg Allman to NJ.com]Gregg Allman, who received a liver transplant this past summer, celebrated the new year on stage at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Long Island on 12/31. Pictures and the written setlist from that show (though we think he strayed slightly from it) are in this post.
Allman spent Saturday night (1/2) in Stamford, CT (rescheduled from 12/29 due to weather) and will be on tour through the bulk of January, hitting Englewood, NJ on 1/12 and a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on 1/18. The shows are in celebration of Gregg's new solo LP, Low Country Blues, due via Rounder Records on January 18th. Full tour dates are below.
Allman will also be in NYC in March to play a string of dates with The Allman Brothers Band at Beacon Theater. Tickets are still available for the March 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th shows, but March 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th (the Friday/Saturday shows) are sold out.
All tour dates and more pictures below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
I'm starting to think Bob Pollard is some sort of miracle of modern science; a man capable of extreme alcohol/tobacco consumption, yet somehow able to give a flawless vocal performance. "Anybody got a joint?" Pollard asked a few songs in (someone from the crowd did in fact pass him one). The 53 year-old singer was swigging off a bottle of tequila most of the night and was practically incoherent between songs, but was shockingly able to hit every note and land every high kick on his own two feet. All this in a nearly three-hour New Year's Eve set from his band Guided by Voices that stretched past 1AM at Irving Plaza.
Former Cobra Verde and Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard opened the show with full band in tow. Gillard's backup group held their own with a great set of songs that I'm certain any GBV fan could appreciate. Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made a special appearance for one song, but the real highlight of the set came aftger Gillard subtly suggested someone else join him on stage for their last song. Of course, this was the cue for Pollard to sing the post-classic lineup song "I Am A Tree" (which Gillard wrote), and halfway through the song, Pollard did just that. I don't think I was alone in hoping/predicting this would happen as soon as it was announced Doug Gillard was opening this show, and I was ecstatic when it did.
When I saw Guided By Voices at Terminal 5 back in November, I was impressed by how tight they sounded, especially considering how ridiculously lo-fi the recordings of these songs in particular are. This performance was no different. And much like that show, Tobin Sprout was again given the spotlight to sing three of GBV's most classic songs penned by the guitarist: "A Good Flying Bird", "Awful Bliss" and "14 Cheerleader Coldfront". There's something about this lineup that just seems so right. Forget that these songs are among Guided By Voices' most memorable and popular throughout their prolific catalog, the five of them seem to have great admiration for each other. The crowd was a different story. I witnessed two scuffles break out on the floor during the set and before GBV came out there was one fan vocally upset that his girlfriend was talking to a group of guys ten feet ahead of him. I guess this is what happens when emotions and champagne run high...
But leave it to a band like Guided By Voices to play a New Year's Eve show and totally miss the countdown at midnight. Despite several warnings that they were going to stop at midnight, it became apparent towards the end of "Exit Flagger" that, yeah, it was now 2011. It was definitely funny, but something tells me there were a few people who were a little confused. Either way, the band played for over another hour, returning for three encores (48 songs total), and ending with the appropriate "Don't Stop Now". Hopefully if you're a GBV fan you made it out to one of these New York-area shows, but something tells me this is not the last we'll see of this lineup.
They also played Maxwell's in Hoboken one night earlier. Both setlists and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
Passion Pit @ Wellmont Theater - 12/30/10 (el_jong)
Man Man have replaced Slick Rick as the Passion Pit opener at Wellmont Theater tonight (New Years Eve). Titus Andronicus opened the show for Passion Pit at the same venue last night, and will headline their own New Years Eve show tonight, but not at Ridgewood Masonic Temple:
====| NEW YEARS EVE @ 285 KENT AVE |====Man Man also open for Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5 on New Years Day. Julian Lynch also headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th.
:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch
| 285 KENT AVE | -------- note: NEW VENUE!
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $15 adv, $16 @ door | no phone
ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW - just a few left!UPDATE: Sold out
@ DESERT ISLAND BOOKS
540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087 Mon-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm | $1 service charge
A shaky video from last night's Passion Pit show, below...
today in NYC
* Nullsleep @ The Tank
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Los Lobos @ City Winery
* Telephoned @ Glasslands
* Mike Doughty @ Maxwell's
* Murphy's Law @ Trash Bar
* The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Beets & more @ Rubulad
* Sandra Bernhard @ Joe's Pub
* Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
* Debbie Gibson & Tiffany @ Canal Room
* Phish @ Madison Square Garden
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mick Collins (DJ) @ Lady Jay's
* Har Mar Superstar @ Littlefield
* Prince Paul (DJ) @ the Delancey
* burlesque afterparty @ Joe's Pub
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Chuck Berry @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Consider The Source @ Mercury Lounge
* Dr. Lonnie Smith @ The Jazz Standard
* Meta and the Cornerstones @ 92YTribeca
* Guided By Voices, Doug Gillard @ Irving Plaza
* Passion Pit,
Slick Rick Man Man @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Just Blaze, Stretch Armstrong @ Santos Party House
* The Detroit Cobras, The Fleshtones @ Maxwell's
* The Bloody Beetroots (DJ) @ Webster Hall (3:30am)
* John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Milford Graves @ The Stone
* Infected Mushroom, Shpongle @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Mr. Brownstone (Guns N Roses tribute) @ The Rock Shop
* Butthole Surfers, Lumerians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Class Actress, Warm Ghost, Peephole, Phonetag @ Spike Hill
* Drive-By Truckers, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Terminal 5
* Marva Whitney, Billy Prince, The Sweet Divines @ The Bell House
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Allen Toussaint @ Best Buy Theater
* Ariel Pink, Outer Limits Recordings, Autre Ne Veut, Steve Summers @ 234 Starr St.
* We Are Scientists, Sarah Walker, Rewards, Bad Girlfriend @ Mercury Lounge
* The FELA! Band (with Sahr Ngaujah and the FELA! dancers) @ Knitting Factory
* Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell Jr., Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor, John Zorn @ The Stone
* Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark, Julian Lynch @
Ridgewood Masonic Temple 285 Kent
* Morgan Geist, Midnight Magic, Fall On Your Sword, Jacques Renault, Dan Selzer, Marcos Cabral @ Cameo Gallery
* Mr. Jonathan Toubin, Kid Congo Powers w/the K-Holes, Ian Svenonius, Stalkers, Hammered Satin, Baby Shakes, William Martin @ Home Sweet Home
* Reading Rainbow, La Big Vic, X-Ray Eyeballs, Food Stamps, Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls DJ Set, Andy Burr of Woven Bones DJ Set @ Cake Shop
DOWNLOAD: The Dirtbombs - Sharevari (MP3)
"Nearly ten years after their acclaimed Ultraglide in Black helped kick-start a renewed interest in all things Detroit and rock-and-roll, The Dirtbombs are releasing the de facto companion piece, Party Store.You'll have to wait until February 1st to get your hands on Party Store via In the Red, but you can party with Mick Collins in Brooklyn tonight, New Years Eve, at Lady Jay's.
Ultraglide was a covers collection of 60's and 70's soul gems centred on the ideas of African-American identity and politics of the era (see Curtis Mayfield's "Kung Fu" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"). All of the songs made an impression on a young, pre-musical Mick Collins as he listened to them on 45's in the family basement.
Party Store is an assortment of live band interpretations of classic Detroit techno music of the 80's and early 90's. These are songs Collins digested when they were originally released - at a time where he was already making waves with garage-punk legends The Gories. Songs that run the gamut of subject matter from materialistic future-disco braggadocio "Sharevari" (originally by A Number of Names) to cold, post-industrial isolation of "Alleys of Your Mind" originally by Cybotron) through the instrumental optimism of a worldwide house classic, "Strings of Life" (originally by Derrick May)... ALL these themes encapsulate the climate of Detroit both now and at the time of their initial release. Let it be said clearly...this is a record that addresses, at the same time, both the past and the future of Detroit." [Press Release]
Download "Sharevari" off "Party Store" above. Watch the video for the same song, with more info on the full album with cover art, below...
"Fresh off the success of his latest release, Silent Movies (Pi Recordings), Marc Ribot celebrates with a month long residency, January 2011 at (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC). Each night will start off with an intimate solo set with music from the album which has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times, Village Voice and critical praise across the board. Ribot will then be joined on stage each night with a different band, showcasing a disparate range of projects from noise, punk, funk, soul and free jazz."Marc Ribot's LPR residency dates are January 5th, January 12th, January 19th, and January 26th. Meanwhile you'll find Marc at the Stone on New Years Eve, and at the Brecht Forum the next/same day. Full LPR residency and Stone lineups below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
getting ready backstage @ Higher Ground - 12/28/2010
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals kicked off a four-night New Years run at Higher Ground in Vermont last night (12/28). Pictures from that show are in this post, and they do it again tonight, and then on New Years Eve, and then one more time on January 1st. The Vermont band will then spend most of the first quarter of 2011 on the road. In March they'll play Irving Plaza in NYC two nights in a row - March 9th and 10th. Tickets are on sale. All dates and more Vermont pictures, below...
"NEVER STOP is the first album by The Bad Plus to consist entirely of originals. Recorded in Minnesota with a live, stripped-down sound, NEVER STOP showcases the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, from swing to 80's techno, NEVER STOP is tied together by a group sound that embraces diversity as strength. Ten years in, The Bad Plus is here to stay."- The Bad PlusThe Bad Plus play The Village Vanguard in NYC on December 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, January 1st and 2nd. They play two sets each day except New Years Eve. New Years Eve tickets are $150 each. All the other December shows are either sold out or not selling anymore advanced tickets, but you can still get $25 advanced tickets for 1/1 11pm and 1/2 11pm. Info on their latest CD is above. All Bad Plus tour dats below...
Lumerians, who recently opened a couple of shows for Killing Joke, are supporting the Butthole Surfers at both upcoming Brooklyn shows (12/30 and 12/31). Lumerians' debut full-length, Transmalinnia, is due 3/1/11 via Knitting Factory Records. The album-full of tripped-out psych-garage rock is the follow-up to the band's self-titled/self-released EP from 2007. Check out the new video for the first track, "Black Tusk", available for the first time, below...
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper continues her NYC run at the Rock Shop tonight.
Also coming up at Knitting Factory: A New Year's Eve Felabration! with the FELA! Band (featuring members of Antibalas), Sahr Ngaujah (FELA) and the FELA! Dancers. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of FELA!, you don't have many more chances to see the Broadway play (it closes January 2nd).
Noah & the Whale aren't nearly as big as their Grammy-nominated friends in Mumford & Sons, but they did just add a 2nd Bowery Ballroom show after the first one became close to sold out. Tickets for the 3/21 show go on sale Wednesday at noon.
"who else would assemble a bill like this but weird magic? three months deep and we're bringing our dream bill to brooklyn on new years. first weird magic event of this scale... we've got a 10k sq ft warehouse, fully secured. intense all-analog sound system. visuals, lazers and a/v installations (including some from this hologram wizard). we are flying ariel pink in from l.a. to grace us with a solo set the likes of which will probably only be witnessed once (we ourselves don't really know what to expect from him), with sets by outer limits recordings, autre ne veut and steve summers setting the vibe. after ariel we party til there's no one left, soundtracked by a selection of our favorite audio technicians (including footwork's finest, dj rashad, flying in from chicago). alongside our pals vibes and daily ghost, we welcome you to bring in twenty_eleven with us in the finest way possible. cosmic rebirth." [Weird Magic]In related news, tickets are now on sale at Desert Island Books (540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087) for the semi-competing (you could probably do both) New Years Eve show happening at Ridgewood Masonic Temple with Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch.
You can also get tickets at Desert Island for the Deerhoof show at Ridgewood Masonic.
Guided by Voices @ Terminal 5 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As people have theorized in the comments many times, the reunited classic lineup of Guided By Voices will play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, the NJ venue they've played many times, and it will happen on Thursday, December 30th, one day before they play a New Years Eve show at Irving Plaza. Tickets are $75 and on sale at noon.
Rival Schools have announced their new LP, Pedals, due on March 8th via Photo Finish/Atlantic. The release will be celebrated that day at Santos Party House as part of a short stint of tour dates for the band. Ticket info is forthcoming. Dates are below.
Pedals is currently up for pre-order at the band's site in various different incarnations (Rival Schools shoes? wow). The band also has a new video from the LP, for "Shot After Shot", which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, Sammy Siegler's old band Glassjaw were the secret guest headliner at Knitting Factory on Sunday (12/12) for the Sons Modern Holiday Party which also featured Unearthly Trance and Ultrageist. Much like they did last year at Maxwell's, Glassjaw's appearance was unannounced as they have a second upcoming show in the near future, January 1st at the sold-out Best Buy Theater. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
Glassjaw/Thursday/Acid Tiger member side-project United Nations doesn't have any dates coming up, but both Acid Tiger and Thursday have some.
I Hate Our Freedom is another now-active Thursday side-project. Or to be more specific, they are Joseph Grillo (GARRISON, GOD FIRES MAN) Justin Scurti (MILHOUSE), Scott Winegard (TEXAS IS THE REASON, HOUSE & PARISH) and Tucker Rule (THURSDAY). I Hate Our Freedom plays Maxwell's on Thursday, 12/16 with Something About Death Or Dying who are "a new hardcore band featuring The Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia."
Tucker Rule has also been playing drums in Murphy's Law lately. Maybe you'll see him behind the kit when Murphy's Law plays Trash Bar on New Years Eve with THE KRAYS, YUPPICIDE, SETBACK, CAUGHT IN A TRAP, and RUNNY.
Rival Schools' last NYC show was opening for Gaslight Anthem at Radio City Music Hall. A set of pictures from their set at that show is in this post too.
More Glassjaw pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Unearthly Trance or Ultrageist) and all Rival Schools tour dates, pictures and videos, below.
DOWNLOAD: Charles Bradley - "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" (MP3)
Charles Bradley album art (reminds me of something...)
Lotsa great funk and dancefloor grooves are coming to Southpaw and elsewhere for you old soul fans/45 collectors out there.
Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1964, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The Apollo. Brown's energy and showmanship would form a lasting impression on Charles. He went home and immediately began practicing microphone tricks with a broom attached to a string, imitating the Godfather's every move.No Time for Dreaming (the LP) will be celebrated at a Record Release show with Menahan Street Band (mems of Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band) at Southpaw on January 25th, 2011. Tickets are on sale.
Forty years later, Charles was still trying to make ends meet, still trying to make it as a musician. He was performing his James Brown routines under his alter ego "Black Velvet" when Gabriel Roth of Daptone records happened upon his show at the Tarheel Lounge in Bedstuy. Roth recognized his raw talent and directly brought him into the studio for a session with The Sugarman 3.
Charles Bradley's last show was with Lee Fields at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/20, and Lee Fields & The Expressions have another show in the immediate future: 1/7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale. Still no opener listed. I'd suggest Budos Band but they just headlined AND SOLD OUT the same venue recently themselves.
Speaking of Daptone, legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint will join Daptone queen Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Best Buy Theater during their two day stint at the venue (tickets for both Dec 30 and Dec 31 are still available).
Toussaint collaborated with The Meters in the 70s, who will also be in NYC in the coming months (the "Funky" version anyway) (tickets available for Feb 15th, 16th, and 17th shows billed as "The Funky Meters").
A soulful New Years Eve can also be had outside of Manhattan at the Bell House thanks to Dig Deeper who are bringing Marva Whitney, Billy Prince (of the Precisions) and the Sweet Divines to the Brooklyn venue that night.Tickets are still on sale.
Dig Deeper most recently hosted Syl Johnson at Southpaw. Syl also played a show with Yo La Tengo one night later.
The Raveonettes at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
The Raveonettes will spend their New Years Eve in Los Angeles at The Standard Hollywoord with Autolux, and have already made plans for their NYC return in the New Year as part of a TBA tour with fellow fan of black clothing Tamaryn. The announced show takes place at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/20. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on general sale Friday, 12/10 at noon.
Much like Light Asylum, Tamaryn was recently profiled in the NY Times for her fashion sense, and did a video interview with Fader (viewable below). Her new LP The Waves didn't make NME's favorite LPs of the year, but at least one writer at the publication thinks she deserves "Most Underrated".
Tour dates, and some video is below...
The Drums recently headlined (or co-headlined?) Webster Hall one day before appearing as a special guest headliner at Santos Party House not long after headlining Bowery Ballroom. NME rated their album one of the top 10 of 2010. Q Magazine said the self-titled effort was #32. The point is that The Studio at Webster Hall is a small (intimate) venue for the band now, and since their January 19th show there is raising money for a good cause, the $25 price tag shouldn't scare you too much. Guards and The Hairs both open, and all proceeds go to Dan Duggins.
Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31st, 2007, so the fact that they're playing the much smaller Rock Shop on December 31st, 2010 (aka New Years Eve), seems, well, intimate too.