The Phenomenal Handclap Band

We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.

Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science

If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.

Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva),  The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.

Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys

Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg --  for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.

At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.

The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.

While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a  strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.

If you can't make it Friday, Jacuzzi Boys also play Cake Shop on Sunday (6/13) with K-Holes (mems of Black Lips) and Xray Eyeballs (half of Golden Triangle).

The Aerosols
The Aerosols

Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.

The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.

They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.

A few more shows, night by night:


School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.

Breakthru Radio are throwing a fifth anniversary party at Glasslands with Glass Ghost, Werewolves, Phil & the Osophers and My Teenage Stride. It's a free show with free beer.

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Thursday, June 10

Death by Audio hosts a record release party for Starring whose album Wife of God is being released by Death by Audio Records. Also playing are Skeletons (who share members with Starring) and Grooms, plus writer Chris Weingarten will DJ between sets.



Friday, June 11

The wonderful Trashcan Sinatras are Bowery Ballroom.

Saturday, June 12

Zany, danceable duo The French Horn Rebellion play Brooklyn Bowl

And The Phenomenal Handclap Band are at Music Hall of Williamsburg... we're giving away a pair of tickets you may remember. See top of this post for details.

OK that's enough for one this week I think. Flyers, videos, tour dates and more below....


Jacuzzi Boys - Smells Dead

Jacuzzi Boys - Smells Dead from John McSwain on Vimeo.

Jacuzzi Boys - 2010 Tour Dates
Jun 9 Manhattan Pizza & Pub Burlington, Vermont , US
Jun 10 Cafe Nine w/ The Beets, Estrogen Highs New Haven, Connecticu, US
Jun 11 Knitting Factory w/ The Spits, Nobunny Brooklyn, New York , US
Jun 12 The Ox w/ Reading Rainbow Philadelphia, Pennsylvan, US
Jun 13 Cake Shop New York, New York, US
Jun 14 Golden West Baltimore, Maryland, US
Jun 15 Backstage @ Black Cat w/ Dead Meadow Washinton DC, Washington
Jun 16 The Milestone Charlotte, North Caro, US
Jun 17 Static Age Records Asheville, North Caro, US
Jun 18 Star Bar Atlanta, GA
Jun 19 Discoteca Chatanooga, Tennessee , US
Jun 20 Glenn Danzig's House w/ Turbo Fruits Nashville, Tennessee , US
Jun 21 Voodoo Lounge Huntsville, ALabama
Jun 22 Red Star Bar @ The Lyric Oxford, Mississipp, US
Jun 23 Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama , US
Jun 24 The Engine Room Tallahassee, Florida
Jun 25 The Atlantic Gainesville, Florida
Jun 26 Wills Pub Orlando, Florida , US

JEFF the Brotherhood - 2010 Tour Dates
06.09.10 Wed Baltimore, Maryland Golden West w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.10.10 Thu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Barbary w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.11.10 Fri Brooklyn, New York Death By Audio w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.12.10 Sat Asbury Park, New Jersey Asbury Lanes w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.13.10 Sun New York, New York Santos Party House w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.14.10 Mon Rochester, New York Bug Jar
06.15.10 Tue Buffalo, New York Soundlab
06.16.10 Wed Boston, Massachusetts Great Scott Club w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.17.10 Thu Winooski, Vermont Monkey House
06.18.10 Fri Montreal, Quebec La Sala Rossa w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat, HEALTH, Indian Jewelry, Gold Panda
06.19.10 Sat Toronto, Ontario The Garrison w/ Quintron and Miss Pussycat
06.20.10 Sun Detroit, Michigan Magic Stick w/ Natural Child, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, CAVE, ColorTV, Gardens, Frustrations
06.21.10 Mon Chicago, Illinois Empty Bottle Natural Child
06.22.10 Tue Chicago, Illinois The Box Social Natural Child, Empty Heads, The Runnies
06.23.10 Wed Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eagle's Nest w/ Natural Child
06.24.10 Thu Minneapolis, Minnesota 7th St. Entry (first-avenue) w/ Natural Child, Shellshag
06.25.10 Fri Madison, Wisconsin Wisconsin University w/ Natural Child
07.09.10 Fri Indianapolis, Indiana Vollrath w/ Morning Teleportation, Earl Greyhound
07.10.10 Sat Springfield, Illinois A Taste of Downtown Springfield Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
07.11.10 Sun Carbondale, Illinois Skihouse? Heavy Cream
07.13.10 Tue Toledo, Ohio Woodchucks w/ Heavy Cream
07.14.10 Wed Ft. Wayne, Indiana Brass Rail w/ Heavy Cream
07.20.10 Tue Bloomington, Indiana Rhinos Youth Center w/ Lightning Bolt
07.21.10 Wed Newport, Kentucky Southgate House w/ Lightning Bolt
07.22.10 Thu Cleveland, Ohio Grog Shop w/ Lightning Bolt
07.31.10 Sat Atlanta, Georgia 529 w/ The Coathangers, Heavy Cream
09.04.10 Sat Fargo, North Dakota The Aquarium
09.06.10 Mon Seattle, Washington Bumbershoot - Center Square Stage
09.09.10 Thu Vancouver, -- other -- Biltmore Cabaret w/ Shonen Knife
09.11.10 Sat Portland, Oregon Doug Fir Lounge Music Fest NW w/ Japandroids
09.15.10 Wed San Francisco, California Rickshaw Stop w/ Ty Segall
09.16.10 Thu San Diego, California Casbah (San Diego)
09.17.10 Fri Visalia, California Howie and Sons Pizza


Quintron and Miss Pussycat - 2010 Tour Dates
06.09.10 Wed Baltimore, Maryland Golden West w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.10.10 Thu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Barbary w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.11.10 Fri Brooklyn, New York Death By Audio w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.12.10 Sat Asbury Park, New Jersey Asbury Lanes w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.13.10 Sun New York, New York Santos Party House w/ JEFF The Brotherhood, Ava Luna
06.15.10 Tue New Haven, Connecticut Cafe 9
06.16.10 Wed Boston, Massachusetts Great Scott Club w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.18.10 Fri Montreal, Quebec La Sala Rossa w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.19.10 Sat Toronto, Ontario The Garrison w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
06.20.10 Sun Detroit, Michigan Magic Stick w/ CAVE
06.22.10 Tue St. Louis, Missouri Firebird w/ Cave
06.23.10 Wed Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cactus Club w/ CAVE
06.24.10 Thu Chicago, Illinois Empty Bottle w/ Eddy Current Suppression Ring, CAVE
06.25.10 Fri Chicago, Illinois Empty Bottle w/ ECSR, CoCoComa
06.26.10 Sat Minneapolis, Minnesota Triple Rock w/ CAVE
06.27.10 Sun Winnipeg, Manitoba Royal Albert w/ CAVE
06.29.10 Tue Lethbridge, Alberta Henotic w/ CAVE
06.30.10 Wed Calgary, Alberta Sled Island w/ CAVE
07.01.10 Thu Calgary, Alberta Calgary Sled Island
07.02.10 Fri Calgary, Alberta Calgary Sled Island
07.03.10 Sat Calgary, Alberta Calgary Sled Island
07.12.10 Mon Vancouver, -- other -- Biltmore Cabaret w/ The Manipulators, Ch3x4
07.13.10 Tue Seattle, Washington Chop Suey
07.14.10 Wed Portland, Oregon East End
07.15.10 Thu Boise, Idaho Neurolux
07.16.10 Fri Salt Lake City, Utah Urban Lounge w/ Ariel Pink
07.17.10 Sat Denver, Colorado Rhinoceropolis w/ Mr. Pacman
07.18.10 Sun Albuquerque, New Mexico Launchpad
07.20.10 Tue Lubbock, Texas Bash Riprocks
07.21.10 Wed Norman, Oklahoma Opolis
07.22.10 Thu Dallas, Texas The Loft (TX)
07.23.10 Fri Houston, Texas Super Happy Fun Land
07.24.10 Sat New Orleans, Louisiana One Eyed Jack's

The Aerosols - 2010 Tour Dates
Jun 10 Silent Barn w/ Dream Diary, My Teenage Stride & The Surprisers Ridgewood (betw Queens and Bushwick/Brooklyn), New York
Jun 11 Rock Star Bar w/ Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (Members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e) Williamsburg, New York
Jun 12 Doorway (an Assembly Project Space) w/ Artanker Convoy, Ron Wax Staten Island, New York City, NY
Jun 14 Downstairs at Santos Party House w/ Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, with DJ Neil Martinson New York, NY
Jun 19 The Blank Club w/ The Mumlers and A, B & the Sea San Jose, CA
Jul 31 El Rio San Francisciscisciscisco, CA

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