Friday, March 31, 2006
I was pretty excited to see them play last night. This was their show - they weren't sharing the bill with stellastarr* tonight. I got there around 9:15 or so and headed straight for the bar - because I'm a drunk. Beer in hand I headed down to the floor and fought my way through the crowd for a decent spot up front.
Unfortunately, my beer ran dry and I had to go on a quick run. During my incredibly long wait for a beer - the bar was empty for the record. I think the bartenders there are mildly retarded. Anyway, I hear the band start playing and I still don't have my beer yet. Finally, I say a few motivating words to the girl and I got my drink. The good news was I had beer, the bad news was I missed the first song.
When I got back up front to my spot I started taking some pictures. Editors are so goddamn good, they give off a similar vibe to U2. I don't mean the pretentiousness or their sound - I mean their amazing stage presence. The crowd was going pretty wild, at least where I was. The floor was bouncing up and down like a trampoline.
I'm amazed at how tight their sound is. I might go as far as to call it flawless. The tone of the guitars are so crisp and clear. It sounds like they've been playing together for 10 years. I can't wait to hear this guys after they've actually played together for 10 years.
The singer - I think his name is Smith - is just fucking amazing. His voice is good but I'm talking more about his performance. He seems so into the music, he writhes around flaring his arms and hugging his face like a man possessed. He really is the life of the band, not to take anything away from the rest of the boys.
The show was killer and I expect really big things from this band. After the gig everyone went to Black & White for the after party. I didn't want to go so I headed to the L train to go home. Of course as I got there the last L train left and then the line shut down for the night (fucking L train). So I decided I might as well check out the party before I hopped in a cab and headed home.
I got to Black & White to see what was up. The place was totally fucking packed by the time I got there. There were a bunch of people trying to get in so I got as close as I could to see what the deal was. I didn't feel like waiting and sure as hell didn't feel like doing the whole name dropping song and dance so I just said fuck it and went home. I was told I missed one hell of a party, if you're looking to get a job in the "biz" then you missed a golden opportunity to network.
So here are the pictures - sorry about the halfass review of the night. I'm pretty beat right now.
In your hometown you got beat up by football players and masturbated five times a night thinking about one of the fat chicks in your gym class (who was still out of your league). So what did you do my friend? You moved to New York City and got a hip job in the village. New York City - where the weak control the strong.
Now you're so fucking hip you don't even have to work everyday - if you can call what you do work anyway. You're an alpha male here Poindexter, no more jerking off into an old sock thinking about Lara Croft for you. No way, now you get your hip model girlfriend to do that. So go be hip my friend - hip it up... with your goofy hats and dirty t-shirts.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh - if so, I apologize. Maybe I'm making broad generalizations. Maybe I'm full of shit. Or maybe I'm just fucking with you. This might just be one big joke and not at all a reflection of my opinions or real facts. But I guess you'll never know because there is simply nothing more hip then irony and sarcasm.
Anyway, it's Friday night yet again and I am here to give you the lowdown on what's happening in the shitty tonight. I'll be honest, there are no good shows tonight, so if you are in the mood for music you might need to find an alternative. One suggestion I have is the Nightclubbing The Original Punk Rock Music Video Series at NYU Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th St). It's a film that was shot by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong and features live performances from 1975-80 by: Bad Brains, Ballistic Kisses, Max Blagg, Blondie, just to name a few. The FREE screening starts at 6PM followed by a discussion with the film makers and after party with Max Blagg at CBGB's (313 Bowery St) that begins at 10PM.
For those of you who want to go to a bar, I recommend Rivington Bar (174 Rivington St between Attorney and Clinton) for the Blaze and Booze party. There's an open bar from 9-10 and giftbags filled with shit from Sugarhead Quarters, KidRobot, Mishka, Rockett, and Friendsof. It says to that only the first 50 people who RSVP to email@example.com get a goody bag, so hurry! When the open bar at Rivington ends, head over to The Delancey (168 Delancey between Attorney and Clinton) for the SWEAT party which has free Heineken from 10-11 and L-R-G clothing giveaways. When 11 o'clock rolls around and all the open bars in the area over, you can either go home or stumble from bar to bar in the Lower East Side. I suggest you make it an early night because tomorrow MARKY RAMONE is djing at Movida (28 7th Ave South). Unfortunately, there is a cover, $10 general admission, but it's only $5 if you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the full listing of tonight's events, fliers, more info, or whatever else you are looking for, go to What's Up NYC .
Have fun, kids!
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Anyway, this show is completely sold out but that doesn't mean you can't see the band. They will be on Conan O'Brien tonight. Usually the bands take the stage around 1:25 or so. It's worth staying up for if you haven't seen them live before.
As always I'll have some pictures and a review tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
You would think that going to CBGB's at 9:30 would pretty much and the night as far as this show goes. The Dolls were amazingly prompt and actually started on time - which meant they were finished by 10:30. I called Olga, who was still at the Warsaw to see if I could make it for the Editors set. She didn't answer so I jumped in a cab and headed back to Brooklyn. I figured if I didn't hear from her by the time I got into the hood I would just go home.
She got back to me as I was about to head for home and told me Editors just started their set. I jumped out of the cab and used my lip print hand stamp to get back in. I immediately went to the bar and grabbed a polish beer of some sort. It was only $4 - keep in mind this is a rock venue, that's awesome. I really dig the Warsaw, it's a very cool place for shows and you can eat and drink on the cheap between bands.
Sorry - I got side tracked. As I was saying, I grab my beer and headed for the stage. I immediately started to take some pictures because I didn't know how many songs they had played. I wanted to make sure I got something before it was over. The blue light really made it difficult to get any clear shots.
I'm not sure how long they played prior to my arrival but I would say they played about 5-6 songs while I was there. They are an amazing band and you should see them now before they're huge. I was surprised by how many songs I knew the words to despite not actually having any of their music. Everyone seemed to know the words to the songs and half of the crowd was dancing as well.
The show came to a halt and the band did an encore (did I mention I hate encores?) and then I went outside. I ran into Andy Shaw and he told me the official after party was down the street at Supreme Trading. I went over there but I was literally one of five people there. I decided to take off and hit the sack - of course as I was walking out everyone started showing up but I didn't give a fuck at that point. So ends my crazy night of venue hopping - it was pretty fun, but goddamn expensive.
I got to CBGB's around 9:40 and headed inside. To my surprise the Dolls had already started and were halfway through their second song. Wait - a punk show that actually started on time? What is going on here? Anyway, I fought my way through the crowd and got a place up front. The door guy said there were still tickets but I don't see how they could have fit more people in there.
At first the crowd has pretty sedate, which was odd considering how sharp the Dolls were. At one point Sylvain commented on how quiet the crowd was - that got everyone moving. It's truly amazing how good this band is. Despite having only two original members and despite aging quite a bit - they still fucking rock. All these bands that have been coming back lately really can't step to the Dolls. Even the new songs they played were good, which is practically unheard of from other aging comeback bands.
Towards the end they played "Trash" and then went straight into "Jet Boy" - my two favorite songs back to back. It was truly an amazing experience - just say it out loud, "New York Dolls at CBGB's". I mean how can you fucking beat that? I know, "Ramones at CBGB's" but this is the next best thing.
I know people are reading this and doubting my words. So please go see the Dolls before they're dead and see for yourself. These fucking geezers can play some punk rock.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
I explained the criteria so if you don't mind bookmarking BSC to del.icio.us or adding a link to your site it would be much appreciated. Of course if you do I'll do the same for you.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
For some odd reason a bunch of people who have also moved out happened to be in town. It was essentially a mini high school reunion - which sounds pretty bad. But it was just the people I actually enjoy hanging out with - the assholes weren't around. This is an extremely rare occurance in Vineland, NJ.
Anyway, here are some pictures - initially I wasn't going to post any pictures because I'm aware that you don't fucking care. I said "fuck it" though and put them up anyway - mostly because the first one is classic. That's my boy Hernan after getting shithammered, stumbling into the parking lot, and then doing a faceplant onto the asphalt. He wasn't seriously injured so it's fucking hilarious.
Big Jay kinda looks like Peter Griffin
So that's my exciting time in Vtown... "so fucking glamorous. I bet you'd live here if you could and be one of us".
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Then, if you are still craving more music, go to The A-List Event Seriese Part 2@ Northsix, 66 North 6th St, but RSVP is a must. The show starts at 9:30 so send an email over to email@example.com before then.
One more thing, the Arctic Monkeys are having their after-party at Tis Was tonight. Plus, The Hourly Radio perform and Jeff Automatic spins.
For fliers, more info, or whatever else you are looking for, check out What's Up NYC
See ya all next week,
If anyone has a better name than OLGA'S PICKS, send an email to Olga@whatsupnyc.com and if I choose yours, Matt and I will reward you, somehow.
Friday, March 24, 2006
It's Friday night and since there is a lot of shit to pick from, I'll make it easy for you and let you know what I am doing. My plan is to hit The Fatales show at Pianos nice and early and then head over to Libation since it's across the street. There is a bday party happening for some people from Tease and an open bar from 10-11. I might call it an early night though since I had a really bad dentist experience this afternoon and should catch up on my (desperately needed) sleep. For all you night owls out there, check out the full listing at What's Up NYC for what's happening tonight.
One more thing, I am doing a giveaway for Tis Was tickets at the Annex, so if anyone is interested just e-mail your name, number and age to firstname.lastname@example.org. It's rumored that Arctic Monkeys are having their afterparty there.
There's more exciting shit happening tomorrow, so stay tuned....
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Full story at People
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The idea is that Olga will pick her favorite events of the week and post them to BSC. Then you will look at them and say "Hey, if Olga digs this shit it must be good - I'm there!". See how that works? So keep an eye out for these special "Olga's Picks" - they will only happen about twice a week or so. Ok so that's all for now, stay tuned.
** When I added Olga as a contributer it took down my picture on the side - any way I can get that back up there?
Monday, March 20, 2006
Nick Swan, Flasher, Sigmund Droid, Roaring 20s
150 Attorney St
New Firefox 2.0 - I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good.
Private Del.icio.us Bookmarks - Finally! This is awesome - I can finally add my porn links to my del.icio.us account.
Biggie Sales Halted - Puffy is finally getting shit on for all the samples he "borrowed".
That's it for now - but I saw "V for Vendetta" yesterday. It's damn good, go see it.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
110 Bedford Ave
Corner of N11th and Bedford.
Bedford stop on the L train
No Cover 8-4am
ROCK N RIOT!!!!
Anestheisa for troubled times.
Dead Cowboy (Shot of Whiskey and PBR) $5
FixCarafe (3 drinks in 1) $8
With House DJ Son of Sound!
Friday, March 17, 2006
Way back in '99 - '00, during my freshman year of college at Florida State he was a pretty good friend of mine. He was one of the few people I hung out with there that wasn't from Jersey or NY (he was from Florida). I left after my freshman year and dropped him a few emails during the next year but completely lost touch with him after that.
So anyway we start bullshittin' and apparently he moved to Brooklyn not too long ago and lives pretty close to where I do. He's also cool with some of the peeps with MyOpenBar, which I've contributed to a couple times (literally). It's crazy that shit worked out like that.
So you're probably saying "why the fuck do we care about this shit?". The answer is because he is in a band you might like, in fact they played Fat Baby tonight to a packed house. The band he is in is Ivy League, you may have heard of them.
Honestly, it's too mellow for my tastes but it's damn good for what it is. If you're into the whole Belle & Sebastian and Iron & Wine thing you'll love them. I know what you're saying "aren't there only two dudes in that band?". Well... sorta, they play half their set singer-songwriter duo and the other half full band - with Jonny on drums.
**I posted this around midnight on Thursday night - so it says Friday on the post, but it was Thursday.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Feel free to leave comments about tonights happenings.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
(click on link, then right click on player and choose "View Page Source". Grab the MP3 URL from the code)
This post even made it onto Gawker which ain't too shabby.
Anyway, if you haven't been to Cocaine Corner then click the link above and start reading. You won't find better writing on any other blog. The flow is smooth, the content is humorous, and the stories are crazy. This is high quality writing by any standards. We look forward to your return Edgar Winter.
The Super Bowl will be on April 23rd at Club Spirit in Manhattan. If you want more details go to The East Coast Hardcore site (my favorite). This is the line-up as of now - so sick!
VISION OF DISORDER
INDECISION (with Tom Sheehan)
CROWN OF THORNZ
DO OR DIE (BELGIUM)
ONE MAN ARMY (featuring the singer from Fury of V)
+ VERY SPECIAL GUEST!!!!!!
So many good bands but I'm most excited about seeing Indecision. I'm also excited about seeing VOD and Shutdown but I've seen them before - I've never seen Indecision. It will also be very cool to see Murphy's Law, Underdog, and Crown Of Thornz. I never got to see Fury of Five and I have always regretted that - hopefully One Man Army featuring James Ismean is the next best thing.
I can't wait for this as I know it will be an amazing show. I'm just worried I don't have the endurance for this sorta shit anymore. I mean this fucking show is going to be fucking brutal - very, very brutal. I'll be there though trying to hold my own.
You may have seen this already as I found out about it several days ago. I posted about something similar about a week ago that lets you records MP3's from Shoutcast. Well this is even better - it's esentially the same thing only it works with FM radio. All you have to do is plug an FM reciever to your line-in on your computer and you're good to go. This is from Snaptune's website
Friday, March 10, 2006
Seriously - mark my words: This will be the year TVOTR establish themselves as one of the best bands out there. Here are links to the leaked tracks, listen to them, study them, and then think about how you will be able to tell your kids how you used to see these dudes everyday on Bedford.
First there were rumors that Scenic was shutting down. Then Michael T came out and said the rumors were untrue and that Scenic was just taking a month break for renovations. Well, here's the word from the horse's mouth - "Scenic is dead". This was sent out from Scenic's MySpace profile via bulletin:
|Please tell everyone! We are closed and no more.|
Sorry, no more bands =(
No more Hot Fuckin Pink, no more Michael bartending in his underpants, no more sex in the bathrooms.
We still love you very much though.
No more drugs and 8am partying.
cat loves you still. You still love Scenic, right?!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
SLAYER TOUR DATES
June 6th - San Diego, CA Sports Arena
June 7th - Las Vegas, NV The Orleans
June 12th - St. Louis, MO Pop's Outside
June 13th - Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
June 15th - Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
June 16th - E. Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
June 17th - Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
June 23rd - San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
June 25th - Houston, TX Reliant Arena
June 29th - Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
July 6th - Detroit, MI Cobo Arena
July 7th - Milwaukee, WI Eagles Auditorium
July 14th - Seattle, WA Qwest Field Event Center
July 16th - Salem, OR Salem Armory
July 19th - San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
July 21st - Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
July 22nd - Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
** OK - I'm finally back. Since it's been a while I won't write a review, instead I'll link to a few via Brooklyn Vegan.
Things I learned from this show:
1. Frat boys really like the Strokes
2. 14 year old girls really like the Strokes
3. Frat boys really like to make 14 year old girls cry by pointing at them and chanting "Asshole".
4. The Strokes are fucking amazing live.
5. Har Mar Superstar is really short... and fat... and bald... and ugly, but damn does he have soul.
6. You can't go wrong covering the Ramones.
7. Three song encores are excessive - one song and then leave.
8. Eagle Of Damn Metal suck giant chode... sorry it's true.
9. The singer of EoDM looks like the son of Freddie Mercury and a NJ state trooper. See below.
10. The guitar player for EoDM is Larry "Bud" Melman - see [pic].
11. Josh Homme is not in EoDM anymore (I know - old news. Sorry)
12. Famous people really like the Strokes.
13. The Strokes need to play their hometown more often.
I would describe their sound as old school rock n' roll with a huge punk and rockabilly influence. They sound like the evil brother of the Mooney Suzuki who likes to drink lots of whiskey, get in fights, and fuck random whores. If that's a bit too much for you then how about this - they're fucking killer. You will be hearing alot more about this band on BSC.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
25 Avenue B btwn 2nd 3rd sts
OPEN BAR 11-12pm
2 4 1 Cocktails btwn 3-4
Friday, March 03, 2006
@ Royal Oak
594 Union, Williamsburg
Web 2.0 Bullshit
This thing is going to mind fuck the labels, it's only a matter of time before they try and shut this down. Of course that will lead to 50 of these things popping up. I'm not going to get this, but if they make a version that works with Pandora or Last.FM then count me in.
So here it is - take advantage of it while you still can.
The first BSC side project will be an album review website. Sure there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of review sites. I promise you that this will be fresh and bring new ideas to the table. I have a lot of set up work to do on this but I hope to have this up and running by May. That is my pessimistic timeline, I could have this thing up by April. In the meantime if you would like to be a reviewer or if you want music reviewed please contact me. I have already started recieving albums for review so start sending them now.