June 9, 2009

David Byrne played Eno-songs @ Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell in NYC - pics & setlist

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Frisicano

David Byrne
David Byrne

David Byrne opened the Celebrate Brooklyn 2009 Season with a free show at the Prospect Park bandshell last night (Monday, June 9th). The show continued Dave Byrne's year-long tour of material from his collaborations with Brian Eno. That show, on its trip around the world, visited NJ's Wellmont Theater on June 3rd, and Radio City Music Hall on February 27th and 28th. (Pics and reviews from those are linked.)

In Brooklyn, the above-capacity crowd wasn't deterred by threats of rain, which held off for the length of the two-hour set. David Byrne noted that he biked to the show; he wasn't the only one, as the 'bike valet' was packed (apparently Byrne rode home too). Those who did park in the bike valet were automatically entered to win a new bike which Byrne showed off from the stage before his set. Those that couldn't get through the door caught the open-air action from video screens aimed towards the back of the crowd.

Byrne's set opened, as it has all tour, with "Strange Overtones," the hypnotic single off the newest Eno/Byrne collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The bandshell's reverberating walls were an incredibly jarring transition from punchy studio sound of the original -- as catchy as the tune is, it was kind of a strange, underwhelming start.

Things only went up from there, as the band's sound melded together and its accompanying dancers boosted the visuals. Their dance moves, which traded off with the members of the band, seemed to mimic Byrne's own jerky mannerisms, as well as the themes of the songs (eg. office chair props during the wage slave anthem "Life Is Long").

Overall, the energy on stage and in the crowd was high. "Once in a Lifetime," which came near the end of the set, sent the remaining seated show-goers to their feet. One older couple, who I'm sure had to be around when Byrne hit the scene in '75, went from joking with their granddaughter about the pot smell in the air to cutting a serious rug for the set's high-density end.

Byrne used his first encore to introduce the band and special guest, percussionist Steve Scales. The Talking Heads/Byrne regular, who played on both The Name of This Band is Talking Heads to My Life in a Bush of Ghosts for starters, joined the band for two songs that included "Take Me to the River." As the only one not dressed in all white, Scales bounded across the stage and hyped up the crowd. His unscripted enthusiasm, far from the composed moves of Byrne, added a nice party vibe to the choreographed set.

The band returned for a second two-song encore that included the non-Eno song "Burning Down the House", and finally, back for a third time, closed with an acoustic-led version of "Everything That Happens."

The rest of the pictures, the setlist, and remaining Byrne dates (of which there are more TBA) below...

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Cage & Yak Ballz - 2009 Tour Dates, videos & stuff

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Tone Tank - The King of Surf Guitar Rap EP
DOWNLOAD: Junk Science - "Fire Drill" EP

Where's la bouef? Ah! There's Labouef and Palko!

Chris Palko aka Cage, who's new album Depart From Me hits stores on July 7th via Definitive Jux, is prepping to take his show on the road after tagging Yak Ballz for support. Joining Palko on stage as part of the "Cage band" will be producer of a large portion of Depart From Me and ex-Hatebreed guitarist F.Sean (aka Sean Martin), as well as DJ Chauncey of XO Skeletons. The tour includes an album release party of sorts during a two night stay at Southpaw (July 2nd tix here and 3rd tix here) where Palko will sign posters and copies of his new album. Additional support for July 2nd is TBA, but Junk Science & "The King of Surf Guitar Rap" Tone Tank are on board for night two.

Cage recently dropped the I Never Knew You EP, which is currently available for "pay what you want" download at the Def Jux site. The EP accompanies the video (viewable below) that was directed by partner-in-crime and star of the upcoming Michael Bay explosion-fest Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Shia LaBouef. No word on where Shia is with the reported Cage biopic.

Yak Ballz and House of Blow (aka F.Sean and Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw, Head Automatica fame) are currently collaborating on some tracks, with one to appear on an upcoming Def Jux compilation. Yak Skywalker also recently posted his thoughts on one of his favorite hip hop songs ever, Camp Lo's "Luchini" (I have to agree) as well as dropped details on an exclusive series of shirts with fellow Weathermen El-P, Cage & Aesop Rock. More in a recent blog post here.

Video and dates below...

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free Bicycle Film Fest show @ the Seaport w/ Jon Spencer Blues Explosion & The Teenagers who played CMJ (pics)

photos by Gabi Porter

The Teenagers

The Jon Spencer BLUES EXPLOSION and The Teenagers to Play FreeBikes RockConcert at The Seaport

Kick Off to New York City Bicycle Film Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. Pier 17 Stage, The Seaport

The Teenagers were in NYC during the last CMJ (October 2008). During that time they played at least one show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We never posted the pics, so here they are... with more details about the Bike Fest and free show, below...

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1.6 Band reuniting - playing DC, WFMU & Cake Shop (dates)

by Black Bubblegum


It's a common tale of post-hardcore life: Four young, angry men form a band. They write songs, break strings, and pop blisters playing the deafening music of youthful discontent, traveling the country one dank, cat-hair-filled basement at a time. Then they break up and get real jobs. Years later, some Europeans e-mail them looking for leftover T-shirts and the spark is reignited. This isn't exactly what happened to 1.6 Band, but it's pretty representative. And now, thank god, the New York quartet has hit the reunion stage of their careers. Back when Long Island was still raging against George Bush Sr., 1.6 Band was the East Coast's answer to the Minutemen--using head-spinning rhythms, shouted vocals, and flinty guitar to bring politics down to street level. -[DC City Paper]
1.6 Band have lined up a few appearances to test out those reunion waters. After a June 17th show in DC, the band will head back north to play WFMU's The Pat Duncan Show on the 18th before playing a final show at Cake Shop the next day with Memories From The Space Age and Tournament.

1.6 Band came up in the early 90s NYC hardcore scene, formed by Kevin Egan in the wake of the collapse of Beyond (a band whose other members included Tom Capone & Alan Cage of Quicksand, and Vic DiCara of 108, Burn, & Inside Out). Beyond reunited in 2006.

In 1.6 Band's short lifespan (1991 - 1993), the band released a few 7"s (including a split with the mighty Rorschach), appeared on some compilations (with the likes of Nation of Ulysses), and released an LP, all of which was compiled for a 1995 compilation on Gern Blandsten entitled Broke Up.

Tour dates below...

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OJ All Day - 2009 Brooklyn Lyceum festival schedule, tix, info

Jeffrey Lewis repping Olive Juice Music @ Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis
OJ All Day Music Fest

The OJ All Day music festival is an annual event put on by Olive Juice Music, a D.I.Y. label, studio, and online distributor, based in New York City, interested in helping people who are in the developmental stages of trying to do something with their art.

June 19th and 20th at: The Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY)

The 2009 lineup for OJ All Day includes The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Schwervon!, The New York Howl, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Ching Chong Song and many more.

Jeffrey Lewis, who releases his comics on Olive Juice and has cut many records with the label, won't be playing this year, but Dufus, who toured with Lewis earlier this year, will.

Full schedule, trailer, other videos and more info, below...

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Errortype:11 reunion show ++ Walter Schreifels tix on sale

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Errortype:11 - "Better Than The Superbowl" (MP3)

ET11Post-hardcore/emo-y NYCers, Errortype:11 will play a reunion show at Mercury Lounge on August 8th with Joshua English (ex. Six Going On Seven), and I Hate Our Freedom. Tickets are on sale. Pilot To Gunner was also originally scheduled to play the show, but has cancelled.

"Errortype: Eleven was formed in 1998 shortly after the demise of World's Fastest Car, the Walter Schreifels-led band [Arthur Shepherd, Guitar] had joined the year before. Over the years, band members included Phil Hanratty, Adam Marino (Saetia), Scott Martin, Erik Matheu, Keith Moore, Sammy Siegler (CIV, Gorilla Biscuits, many others), and Ty Krek. ET11 released their S/T debut as well as their follow-up, Amplified to Rock, on Schriefels's imprint Some Records, with the The Crank EP appearing on (you guessed it) Crank in 1999. The band toured the US and UK and eventually split in 2002 when Phil Hhanratty left the band. The remaining members went on to form Instruction with Tom Capone (Quicksand)
Walter Schreifels has a few shows of his own coming up: one "solo" show going down on June 17th at The Studio @ Webster Hall (tickets now on sale), and a short tour in Rival Schools with Eagles Of Death Metal including Webster Hall on August 6th (tickets here).

Videos below...

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Hammers of Misfortune & Ludicra - 2009 Tour Dates & MP3s

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DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Rats Assembly" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Church of Broken Glass" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ludicra - "One Thousand Wolves" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ludicra - "In The Greeenest Maze" (MP3)

Hammers of Misfortune

Bay Area metal staples and two sides of the John Cobbett coin, prog-power-metal gods Hammers of Misfortune and blackened killers Ludicra, are hitting the road in August. On the EAST COAST. That's right, the pair have lined up an East Coast tour in August including an NYC date, August 11th, at Santos Party House! Ticket info is forthcoming, as well as (we hear) more dates as well.

Hammers of Misfortune dropped their double LP, Fields / Church Of Broken Glass, via Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin in the tail end of 2008. Ludicra's last release was 2006's Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles imprint.

John Cobbett, formerly of Slough Feg, has also contributed to Amber Asylum. Ampber Asylum has a new LP and recently dropped a new MP3.

Dates below....

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Loch Lomond - free EP, live pics, videos & 2009 tour dates

DOWNLOAD: Loch Lomond - Blue Lead Fences (MP3)

Sasquatch photos by Chris Graham, SXSW photos by Bryan Bruchman

Loch Lomond @ SXSW 2009
Loch Lomond

Despite a dry program description that made them sound like the walking history of roots folk, I was pleased to discover Loch Lomond as my new favorite band from Portland. When someone dressed straight out of your grandpa's high school yearbook walks out on stage, and the first words out of their mouths are "the sound of children laughing makes my eyes bleed," you can't help but fall in love. They obviously practice together a lot, because in a festival full of mediocre vocals, they harmonized five across with perfect pitch and timing, matched by precision musicianship that was full of personality. They knew they could rely on one another to be where they needed to be, and they never disappointed...That something "special" that every band needs: Loch Lomond has it in spades. [Alan Ranta, Tiny Mix Tapes]
That review, and some of the photos here, are from Loch Lomond's Sasquatch Music Fest set on Monday, May 25th. Earlier this year the band played the BrooklynVegan showcase at SXSW (at Club DeVille). The other pictures in this post are from that show. The last time they were in NYC was with the Decemberists (who are back to play Radio City this week).

In July, LL is heading out on tour with fellow Portlanders Blitzen Trapper (who is in turn are playing some dates with Wilco, Jenny Lewis & Fleet Foxes). All those dates are posted below.

Loch Lomond's latest release is the Trumpets for Paper Children EP, available for free through Hush Records. That EP collects tracks from the band's 2007 album, Paper The Walls, and 2006 album, Lament For Children.

Two new live videos from the band, recorded by Hush Records founder Chad Crouch in a converted Portland church known as "the Funky Church," are posted below -- "Witchy" off Paper The Walls and "Elephants and Little Girls" from the forthcoming Hush release Little Me Will Start A Storm...

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June 8, 2009

What's going on Monday?

David Byrne dancers @ Wellmont Theater last week (more by Tim Griffin)
David Byrne dancers

tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Stars Like Fleas @ MoMA
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Mat Menari, Benefit Band @ The Stone
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* David Byrne @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Amadou & Miriam, Piers Faccini @ Webster Hall
* Busdriver, Tim Fite, Nosaj Thing @ Mercury Lounge
* The Hold Steady, Right on Dynamite @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Naked Hearts, Knight School @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Precious Metal w/ Wizardry, Animals Killing People @ Lit
* James Blackshaw, Koen Holtkamp (from Mountains) @ Issue Project Room

Like Public Enemy, Busdriver was one of those on the bill of the Roots Picnic in Philly over the weekend. Catch him tonight with Tim Fite at Mercury Lounge.

The weather report for tonight is not as bad as it was before.

Amadou & Miriam are playing Bonnaroo this weekend and touring with Coldplay in July. The duo headlines tonight at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale.

Trust funds are in trouble.

Tonight is the first of four sold-out NYC Hold Steady shows. Those without tickets can try their luck with a Northside Badge at the fourth and final show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.

The Northside Fest then continues at Music Hall of Williamsburg through Sunday, four more shows, the BrooklynVegan showcase, and BrooklynVegan photo show included.

Did you get a ticket for tomorrow's Sonic Youth show?

Pennsylvania: Support Bill to Stop Cruel Pigeon Shoots

James Blackshaw, at the Issue Project Room tonight, plays tomorrow at the Mercury Lounge with Marissa Nadler.

Seasick Steve is coming.

Thighs Wide Shut makes up his own Phish setlist.

In August, Rys Chatham will attempt to bring 200 guitars together for one piece of music. The opposite of that -- 100 different songs on one guitar -- video below...

Sexy NEW Basement Jaxx video below...

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Jenny went on a date w/ Pavement to Red Hook IKEA (video)

Pavement Ikea

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