Turbo Fruits, Timber Timbre, Shea Stadium, The Ghosties & more in This Week in Indie (part 2.5)
by Bill Pearis
The Beets @ Death by Audio in August (more by Leia Jospe)
As mentioned earlier, Thee Oh Sees are playing a late show at Death by Audio, now thankfully Maze-free (I was scared of the minotaur), with The Fresh & Onlys and The Beets (who also play with Monotonix at Santos tonight). They’re listed as “The Ghosties” but in case you’re still in doubt, at Mercury Lounge last night John Dwyer said onstage “if you wanna see the Oh Sees in a sweaty, shitty little room, come to Death by Audio tomorrow night” so the cat is officially out of the bag.
So basically you have two chances to see Thee Oh Sees and Fresh & Onlys tonight — earlier at The Bell House (with Golden Triangle) or super late (Beets are on at 11PM supposedly) at Death by Audio. The adventurous might go to both. They were both great last night at Mercury Lounge: The Fresh & Onlys’ low-fi recordings disguise their impressive musicality a bit, they are a seriously good band; and Thee Oh Sees are just one of the best live bands out there right now. Whichever show you go to, get as close to the action as you can. Seeing John Dwyer’s demented facial expressions is half the fun.
Turbo Fruits @ Death By Audio (more by Leia Jospe)
Also on that Monotonix bill tonight at Santos — and at their show tomorrow (10/10) at Market Hotel — are Nashville’s Turbo Fruits whose new album on Fat Possum, Echo Kid, is a lot of fun. With a slight rockabilly influence (they do live in Music City), it’s party rock in the best sense of the term, super-catchy and danceable, with a nice swagger to it. Check out “Mama’s Mad Cause I Fried My Brain” at the top of this post. If you can’t see them this weekend, Turbo Fruits will be back for CMJ in two weeks (two weeks!), playing Union Pool on Saturday October 24, with Lovvers (with whom their touring) and hometown pals JEFF the Brotherhood.
Lovvers are also on the bill of the TBA BrooklynVegan day show at Pianos on October 22nd that Speech Debelle isn’t playing.
Timber Timbre (aka Toronto resident Taylor Kirk) is town for two shows: tonight (10/9) at Union Hall and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Like fellow Torontonians Still Life Still, who were here the last two nights, Timber Timbre is on the Arts & Crafts label who released his third album over the summer. The most obvious comparison, and one that is hard not to make, is Devendra Banhart. (Bon Iver is not entirely inappropriate, either.) I think it’s the quivery element in his voice more than the music, which has a spooky Tom Waits-ish vibe to it at times. It’s a nice record. He’ll be back for CMJ too if you can’t make this weekend’s shows.
On somewhat related notes, Still Life Still were just added to the other TBA BrooklynVegan day party happening at Pianos during CMJ (10/24), and tickets went on sale today for Devendra Banhart’s upcoming show at Town Hall.
Valleys @ Pop Montreal (more by Ryan Muir)
And finally, there’s a massive show tonight (10/9) at Shea Stadium (the Williamsburg DIY venue, not the home of the Mets) tonight featuring Blue Jungle, Valleys, Scotland’s Waters Wolves, Gary B & the Notions, German Measles, Young Boys, Le Rug, and Effing. A weird line-up, due to two shows being sort of crammed together (some of it was supposed to be at Silent Barn where the TV Ghost show is happening instead), but it’s nights like this that you might just discover your new favorite band.
Tour dates, videos, blah blah blah after the jump..
The Beets – “The Devil” @ Santos Party House, Aug 2009
The Beets – 2009 Dates
Oct 9 Santo’s Party House w/ MONOTONIX + TURBO FRUITS Manhattan city, New York
Oct 9 Death by Audio w/ SPECIAL GUESTS AND SHIT Brooklyn, New York
Oct 17 Scion Garage Fest @ Satyricon Portland, Oregon
Nov 7 Brooklyn Museum w/ CRYSTAL STILTS + GRASS WIDOW! Brooklyn, New York
Turbo Fruits @ Cake Shop, May 2009
Turbo Fruits – 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 9 Santos House Party w/Monotonix NYC, New York
Oct 10 Market Hotel w/Monotonix Brooklyn, New York
Oct 11 First Unitarian Church w/Monotonix Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 Rock and Roll Hotel w/Monotonix Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 14 Plaza Bowl w/ Monotonix Richmond, Virginia
Oct 15 Pour House w/ Monotonix Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct 16 The Bottletree w/ Monotonix Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 17 Exit/In w/ Monotonix & JEFF Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 28 Orange Peel w/ The Black Lips Asheville, North Carolina
Oct 31 Firebird w/ The Lovvers St. Louis, Missouri
Nov 1 Hideout w/ The Lovvers Chicago, Illinois
Nov 6 La Respuesta w/Davila 666 Santurce, Puerto Rico
Nov 7 La Costa Bar w/ Davila 666 Isabela, Puerto Rico
Timber Timbre – “Demon Host”
Timber Timbre – 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 9 Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Oct 10 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Oct 22 Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
Oct 24 St. Matthews Church Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oct 25 St. Pat’s Church Sydney, Nova Scotia
Oct 29 Bootleg Theatre Los Angeles
Nov 7 North York Library Toronto, Ontario
Nov 20 Joe’s Pub New York
Nov 25 Casa Del Popolo Montreal, Quebec
Nov 26 Black Sheep Inn Wakefield, Ontario
Nov 27 Grad Club Kingston, Ontario