Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve Parties & Shows

As is the case every year there are a shit ton of parties for NYE. That said most of what you see on the various NYE sites and local event sites are douchetastic. Here are a few parties that might be more up your alley if you're trying to avoid the cast of Jersey Shore.

The most interesting party might be at Shea Stadium but I'm not sure I can handle the entire history of the world.

This list is not ranked, order of listing is random so don't think higher means better.

Michael T & Theo bring back Rated-X for NYE. This will be fun for sure.

$6 before Midnight! Joanna Angel & the Burning Angel girls. I mean Joanna's naked ass is on the flyer so you kinda already know what you're in for with this one.
Famous Friends crew. Not cheap but the 2 hour open bar makes up for it.
FREE!!! That's rare for NYE.

The Cake Shop show looks particularly good but it all sounds fun (and cheap). NY Night Train parties never fail...and there's 3 on NYE!

Team Robespierre on NYE.
Brooklyn warehouse party by MeanRed (who know how to throw a banger).

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tonight: Gogol Bordello & Dillinger Escape Plan @ Webster Hall

Two of the best live bands you'll ever see playing together. This will be intense to put it mildly.

Gogol Bordello & Dillinger Escape Plan
@ Webster Hall

Gogol Bordello Played Webster Hall 12/28

Last night me and my old lady went to Webster Hall for Gogol Bordello. Their set time was 9PM so we arrived fashionably late at 9:15. I mean, bands never start on time right? Well to our surprise they were already on stage playing when we walked through the door. Bummer.

We headed upstairs but couldn't see shit because of the crowds gathered along the railing on the balcony. So we went back down to the main ballroom but the place was so packed that we couldn't get anywhere near the stage.

Then I got a text message from one of the dudes who books at Webster Hall, "We on balc right". We went back upstairs and found him and a few other pals at a booth right above the stage. So we went from not being able to see to having the best seats in the house. My five foot tall girlfriend was pretty happy about her spot right on the rail.

Gogol Bordello was fucking fantastic as they always are. The entire floor was packed and everyone there was dancing. The floor was like a moon bounce from everyone jumping up and down. The set lasted well over an hour and it was full on the whole time.

They finished the set and walked off the stage. The crowd demanded an encore. Finally, Eugene Hutz (front man extraordinaire) took the stage, just him and his guitar. All alone he broke into "American Wedding" and it was amazing. He started singing and playing guitar but at various points he stopped altogether and let the crowd take over while he conducted. He also did some beat boxing while using his guitar solely for percussive purposes. It was extremely raw and wonderful.

Afterwards the band came back out and played a few tunes. They closed with a very long version of "Undestructable". The show was one of the best Gogol shows I've been to. They've really hit their stride as a band and are extremely impressive. Tonight is the last night of the series and fucking Dillinger Escape Plan is opening, which is a mind fuck indeed and should get the crowd in a frenzy.

Das Racist "Rainbow In The Dark" (Video) + Brooklyn Shows

About a week ago Das Racist released an official video for "Rainbow In The Dark". Take a gander...

January 19 at Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th Street, NYC) with Gordon Voidwell, Tanlines and Mickey Factz

January 23 at Glasslands (289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn) with Chicago's BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tonight: Gogol Bordello @ Webster Hall; Tigersapien @ Santos

The always amazing Gogol Bordello are playing night 2 of 3 at Webster Hall tonight. My homey Leonard (who works at the sausage shack outside of Webster Hall) said last night was amazing. Brooklyn Vegan has more about last night as well. A little further downtown our boys Tigersapien from Philly are playing at Santos. While I've yet to see them live I've been telling people to keep an eye out for these dudes for almost a year now. So go check them out tonight.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal

I could put up a post about some parties or music or whatever but it's Christmas and I'm not going to bother. Merry Christmas. As far as pagan holidays masked as Christian go, well Christma is top notch.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tonight: I'm Hosting 2 Parties (200 Orchard + The Cove). Free/Cheap Booze.

I have to cut out of work soon so I can get rested for what's sure to be one hell of a night. It starts at 200 Orchard for "Who Stole Our Christmas?". It's a Michael T party and my homeboys Forest City are playing in addition to Kidd Dynamo (coming all the way from Ireland!). There's free PBR from 10-11 and $3 shots all night. It'll be good fun.

After that we put on our dancing shoes and head to Brooklyn for Disco Vibes. Our pals at Shaw Promotion and Kill Shop Dance are hosting too. Skinny Friedman is the guest DJ along with the regulars. There's going to be $1 beer for 2 hours.

I hope you can stop by one or both, or better yet party hop with us. I'll make sure your liver and ear drums hate you in the morning. As Andrew W.K. would say in this situation, "PARTY HARD!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm Hosting At 200 Orchard On Friday. Forest City Is Playing. Free Booze, No Cover.

Michael T is having a little holiday party over at 200 Orchard on Friday. I'll be hosting the festivities. Which basically means I'll be getting drunk at a table in the corner - just like your redneck uncle on Christmas. My homies, Forest City, are playing and that's good news for you because they're awesome. There's an hour of free PBR and $3 tequila shots all night. And the bestest part is it's all free! Hooray Santa Christ! Just walk in and start drinking. Then challenge me to an arm wrestling duel and be defeated in front of all your friends.

Tonight: Colt 45 Comedy Show @ The Woods

Colt 45 is having a party tonight at The Woods on South 4th. Comedy shows are one of those things that every time I go I have a good time and swear I'm going to more. But I don't. So tonight's a good chance to see a really funny dude, Reggie Watts. Two of the few comedy gigs I've attended were Watts events and he's funny as hell. Plus there's free malt liquor, which is the only way to serve it.

@ The Woods
58 South 4th St.
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Freelance Whales Album Out March 16th

Freelance Whales, recently signed to Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records, are releasing their debut LP on March 16th. The album has been out for about a year but is just now getting an official release. I truly hope that they remix and remaster the album. The version out now sounds very little like the band you'll see live. Almost unrecognizable, which is a damn shame. Hopefully they change that before March 16th.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax Playing Together...In Europe

When I heard the news I was way fucking excited. Then I read a little closer and it turns out this will only be going down at a hand full of festivals in Europe. Bullshit! Total bullshit. I mean, they're the 4 biggest American thrash bands ever and people have been asking for this show since '84 and now it's only going down in Europe? Balderdash.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tonight: Surprise Adam Green Show @ Lit

A note from Adam Green about tonight's show:

I am PLayingk a Surprise Full-BANd Showe at LiT LOUNGE (2nd Ave. and 5th st.)
ON MoNDAY The 14th
With THe SHinIng Twins
and Delilah
THE SHINING TWINS Go on at 9:56pm
DELILAH Goez on at 10:49pm
and I (ADAM GREEN) Go on at 11:27pm
This Seems like a good idea!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tonight: Gunfight, Bottle Up & Go, Beach Fossils @ The Pyramids

Super killer show tonight at some new joint called The Pyramids. These are some of my favorite local bands and they will kick your ass tonight. Unfortunately I can't make it due to several birthday parties. But go have fun and let me know how it is.

Here's Gunfight playing the NY Underbelly / Brooklyn Ski Club show

O'Death Playing Free Show @ Brooklyn Bowl Tomorrow

My friend Jen over at The Music Slut is having her birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow and O'Death is playing! Last night I was actually hanging with the O'Death dudes at the Kemado holiday party. They mentioned that they might play but even late last night seemed unsure if they'd have the whole band or not. Well I guess it all worked out because Jen just put the word out that O'Death would in fact be playing.

They go on pretty early, like 6PM, so get there early. With all the side projects the band has going on it might be awhile before they play again so don't miss it. And get Jen something nice for her birthday.

@ Brooklyn Bowl


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Langhorne Slim "Say Yes" (Video)

Got some Langhorne Slim shit to share with you.

The Antlers Announce Tour Dates w/ Editors & Ra Ra Riot

The Antlers will be joining the Editors on tour this winter. Before that though they have a few headlining gigs including a sold out Bowery Ballroom show and a gig at Brooklyn Academy of Music with Ra Ra Riot.

12/15/09 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
1/29/10 - Legends of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN
1/30/10 - Music - Akron, OH
2/05/10 - Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera - Brooklyn, NY*
2/08/10 - Teh Warfield - San Francisco, CA#
2/09/10 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA#
2/11/10 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA#
2/13/10 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO#
2/15/10 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL#
2/16/10 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON#
2/18/10 - House of Blues Boston - Boston, MA#
2/19/10 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY#
2/20/10 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA#
2/21/10 - 9:30 CLub - Washington, DC#

* w/ Ra Ra Riot
# w/ Editors

When You Sleep (MBV cover) - The Antlers
The Universe Is Going To Catch You - The Antlers
On The Roof - The Antlers
Stairs To The Attic - The Antlers

The Pool Parties Will Continue On The Waterfront

There's been a lot in the news lately about the possibilities of the Pool Parties not having a home next year. Well today Jelly sent around a newsletter assuring everyone that things have been worked out and that there will be Pool Parties next summer. They'll continue to be at the park on the river. Considering that the actual pool (McCarren that is) is just rotting, instead of being renovated, I think they should move back there. But that's not going to happen now is it?

If you've been following the gossip, you've heard that there's been a lot up in the air about next year's pool parties, but worry not: It's official folks, we're back on the waterfront for summer 2010! Thank you all so much for your support, we definitely couldn't have done it with out you!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Ninjasonik & Cerebral Ballzy Played Public Assembly (12/3)

Last Thursday, after sucking down some free Jameson at The Charleston, we headed to Public Assembly for Ninjasonik and Cerebral Ballzy. It was also Telli's (Ninjasonik) birthday celebration and not surprisingly shit got kinda wild. The crowd was stoked for Ballzy but the enthusiasm died down because the sound was terrible. I mean it was really fucking bad and not at all the bands fault. The sound guy must not mix too many punk bands. Towards the end of their set though it finally got a little better and people started jumping off shit and going crazy. Ballzy is one of the better live bands in BK right now so even crap sound they still put on a show.

After Ballzy we decided to check out some party around the corner. After you took off your shoes in the hall you had to hand over a 6-pack to get in. We walked into a sweaty dark loft with cheesy music blasting. It was as hot and steamy as a sauna and I kept stepping in mysterious fluids. If we were 20, single, half naked and fucked up on ecstasy or acid it would have been the best party ever. But those days have long passed so after a beer or two we split and headed back to Public Assembly.

Ninjasonik was just starting when we walked in. A bunch of dudes rushed the stage and the show began. I've seen Ninjasonik a few times but I don't think I've ever seen them with that many people on stage. Telli had the whole crew up there for his birthday. As always the got the crowd all worked up and good times were had. I bailed about halfway through their set because I'm a tired old man. But I had fucking fun while I was there.







Full set:
BSC Flickr

SNL Parodies ICP's Gathering Of The Juggalos

This is one of the funniest skits SNL as produced in years.


Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tonight: Bowie Ball @ LPR -- Jingle Balls Ball @ Glasslands -- Rumanian Buck + More @ Don Pedros

Bowie Ball is the place to be tonight for sure but if you aren't in the mood for disco dancing and silver jumpsuits then I'd suggest the New York Night Train party at Glasslands or the show at Don Pedros. Rumanian Buck, Work Out, The Volunteers, Humboldt Fog, and our bros Radio America are at Dons. We'll be there tonight shootin' pool and drinking stale beer in the basement.

Let Me See That Turd Cutter!

Dear Hip Hop:
"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!" -Harry

Every once in awhile I start typing random words into YouTube search just to see what weird shit comes up. The other day I happened to type in "turd" and what may in fact be the greatest song and music video of all time popped up. It's called "Turd Cutter" and it's magical. This video has viral written all over (in more ways then one), so please allow me to introduce the world to it. Ladies & gentlemen, without further delay, "Turd Cutter"...

***Update: Let's make this famous. Send the video around to all who will enjoy. Dollar Bill$ and Kraven Kash deserve our support for their contributions to the art world.

Friday, December 04, 2009

J. Mascis Has A New Band: Sweet Apple

J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and various old dudes from Cobra Verde and Witch have joined forces to form Sweet Apple. The results are Foo Fighters-esque rock n' roll. It's the kind of music that I'll never sit and listen to at home but would be lots of fun at a party or in a bar. Take a bite of Sweet Apple (see what I did there?) and let me know what you think.

Freelance Whales Got Signed

Well it was bound to happen at some point and given the current freeze on signings I'm surprised it happened so soon. Nonetheless, barely a month after wooing the CMJ hoards Freelance Whales got a deal. Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records signed them up and their debut LP is expected to hit iTunes this Spring. Good news for the band and bad news for me. I guess I won't be booking them for a DIY Brooklyn show anytime soon (it's because I'm poor).

Also, they'll be opening for Fanfarlo at Webster Hall on December 18th. Will be interesting to see how they pull off that tiny delicate sound on a big monster stage.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

10 Steps Through MySpace Music (1st Edition)

I thought up this concept over a year ago and have just totally slacked on writing something up. The idea is I start on familiar bands MySpace profile and click on a random band in their Top Friends. I then listen to a track or two and click on one of their Top Friends. This goes on until I've listened to ten bands. I review each band and let you kids know if they're worth a listen.

For the first edition I've decided to start with one of my favorites, Bear Vs. Shark. Sure they broke up years ago but they do have a MySpace page so let's give it a go.

  1. Fire When Ready: This band is from Birmingham/Syracuse/Brooklyn, which must make practicing a bitch. My initial thoughts are that they actually remind me of BvS a bit but more of a hipster indie thing going on. Fire When Ready sounds like they would be fucking killer live. Overall, I'm surprised that the very first band I give a try is a home run. I have a feeling this is a band half of you already know but oh well. Awesome, awesome stuff. Don't want to stop listening but I must... Should You Listen? YES!
  2. The Trip Wilsons: Another New York band, in this case Bainbridge, NY. The first song started out with some soul and then jumped into some guitar driven rock n' roll. These dudes aren't doing anything new but they are making it exciting. Another band that seems like they would kick your scrawny ass live. Should You Listen? Yes
  3. Onemanriot And The Underground River: Binghampton, NY. Dreamy, and kinda spooky, mostly acoustic music. The name is too damn long, I would just go with The Underground River. Anyhow, the music is mellow but awesome. I rarely can stay interested with acoustic music but this shit is badass. Something about it reminds me of O'Death or older NY Howl but more stripped down and enchanting. Should You Listen? YES.
  4. Joe Brown Was A Patient Man: More fucking NY shit. This is just some dude diddling his guitar. No vocals or variety of instruments. Honestly, some of it is cool but nothing I could listen to for more then a minute or two. Should You Listen? No
  5. Terrible Sparrow: Damn dude...more Binghampton. The only recordings these dudes have up are live and they sound like horse shit. Maybe they're good but I can't tell from this crap. Should You Listen? NO.
  6. Swath: Guess where these dudes are from? This sounds like the side project the two stoner metal dudes in the band play before the rest of their indie band shows up for practice. No vocals, very moody. It's cool I guess but it's been done a thousand times over. Should You Listen? Not unless you REALLY like Isis and hate vocals.
  7. Pelican: We all know Pelican so I won't even bother with a review. I planned on only clicking on unknown bands but I had to get the fuck out of the Binghampton hole I fell into and Pelican was my out...I hope.
  8. Wolves In The Throne Room: Get those fucking horns up you pussies! I was not expecting to end up on Olympia black metal but yet here we are. It's not bad for what it is but you hipsters will not dig this at all. Should You Listen? Only if you think Gorgoroth rules.
  9. Note: Wolves have no Top Friends so had to go back to Pelican and pick again. Canadian Rifle: I'm not going to lie. I like this band for their name alone, it's awesome. The music itself is somewhere between Minute Men, Husker Du, and Pixies but with more of a local band feel (that's a good thing). I bet these dudes rule the local punk scene. Punk house punk. Should You Listen? Maybe, it's probably way better live.
  10. Daylight Robbery: More of that punk house punk vibe. Makes me wish I was back in Motown drinking 40's and jamming at crusty house parties. This is pretty damn good and if I lived in Chicago I would be at their shows all the time. Should You Listen? Yeah sure, give it a go.
So there it is folks, your comprehensive guide to Binghampton, NY (I'm sure have those bands have the same members). Maybe I make up a new rule that no bands from the same town can be back-to-back. Whatever. I'm actually pretty happy with what I heard, especially the first three. Listen to all of the above and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Tonight: 66Sick & Disco Down

You may have noticed that I haven't posted jack shit lately. That's because unlike most of you I have a family (you're all orphans and runaways right?) that I visit during the holidays. So I've been in Shitsville, NJ getting fat and nostalgic. Anyway, I'm back in Brooklyn and ready to get back to the action.

The last time I attended this shit was for the anniversary party and it was crazy. I ended up at a table in the corner with some chums. Eventually Andy from The Smiths and Junior Sanchez were at our table hanging out. Thanks to their celeb status a bottle of vodka was brought over compliments of the Happy Ending. So I drank for free and spent a total of $2 all fucking night. Pretty cool huh? While I don't expect that kind of thing happening tonight it should still be a good time.

@ Happy Ending
Open bar at 10

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Do Not Like This New Yeasayer Track

So during CMJ 2007 I saw this band called Yeasayer. They looked like a bunch of fucking creeps but the music was amazing. Like all caps AMAZING even. It was a weird mix of backwoods and robot future.

Then I got the album and while I didn't think the production was great the music was some of the best I'd heard in years. I went on to declare they are the best Brooklyn band since TVOTR. Based on the first album I feel very confident about that statement.

And then a couple days ago I went ahead and very eagerly put on the new track "Ambling Alp". I was with some friends at the time who are also fans of Yeasayer. We all looked around the room at each other with a look of confusion. Was this Yeasayer at all? Did I click play on the wrong track?

Upon further review I realized it was indeed Yeasayer. What the hell happened? Too much time hanging with MGMT? The single is dancey pop music. Nothing at all like the first album.

All I can say is I'm super fucking bummed. Maybe, just maybe, it's all for show. You know, put out a poppy first single to make the label happy and get the teeny boppers buying the presale package, or whatever. But damn I'm going to be in shitty mood for the rest of the winter if the whole fucking album sounds like "Ambling Alp". And the bad news is I know someone who practices in the same studio they do and word is the new stuff sucks. Damn it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tonight: 66Sick Anniversary w/ Andrew W.K.; Kurt Vile & Wild Yaks @ Europa

If you're down with the whole hipster dance party scene then there's only one choice for tonight and it's Six Six Sick. It's like an all-star lineup of nightlife figures, past & present. Even my lazy ass is getting off the couch for this one. I'll be the guy that looks just a little too old for a party like this (no not Bronques or WK, the other one). There are two hour long, back-to-back, open bars: first vodka then PBR (thanks Daniel James).

In Brooklyn Kurt Vile and Wild Yaks are playing Europa. The details are in the next post down.

Win Tix To Kurt Vile & Wild Yaks Tonight

Hurry up and shoot an email over to (you'll be added to the email list, don't worry I only use it when there's a BSC show) for a chance to win tix to the Kurt Vile, Wild Yaks, Home Blitz, & Pink Reason show at Europa tonight.

Or you can just buy a ticket for $10 on TicketWeb.

Again, email:

Subject line = Vile Yaks

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Richard Lloyd Played The Studio At Webster Hall

On Thursday Gabe and I went to The Studio to see Richard Lloyd. Here's what Gabe had to say about the show.

I was at home cramping a frightening amount of recording gear into my shoebox-size room when I got a text from Matt.

“Richard Lloyd 2nite?”
“Recording a new song tonite. Whos that?


The amount of time between my message and his, along with the one-word pithiness of his response had a subtext of, “Dude…really?”

“Oh right.”

Television is one of those bands that don’t really need an introduction. The scope of their influence on rock and roll is pretty massive. At least the rock and roll I like. So if you don’t know, betta axe somebody.

Music snobbery aside though, they are personally one of my favorite bands of all time. The recording of my shitty shit could wait.

“When and where?”
“Studio at Webster Hall. I got a +1”

Great. Free to boot. I finished up a vocal take and geared up to leave. Shoes, jacket, iPod, crossword puzzle, and one last gulp of wine for the road.

When I got there, Matt was waiting outside. We showed our ID’s to the bouncer and walked downstairs to the girl with the list.

“Matt K. I’m on the list. This is my plus one.”

It’s a good feeling to get in somewhere for free when other people are paying. Especially when you’re on “The List.”

First thing we did was weave our way to the bar. Matt and I seem to think alike in many ways. I noticed a sign with drink specials on it.

“$3 PBR’s”
“Yeah, I saw that”

Not a bad price for a place like that. But if I had my druthers, PBR would be free. Like ice water at a restaurant. Standard. You walk into a bar and the first thing the bartender does is crack you open a PBR and say, “What else you havin?”

The opening band was playing. Hey Battlefield I think they were called. A three-piece standard rock outfit. Unremarkable. Not bad really, just unremarkable. Nice little songs. They didn’t move much and neither did we. One woman called for an encore. Must’ve been one of their girlfriends or something. It was funny when they actually did it.

A long time passed between them and Lloyd. Matt and I compared iPhones. Lame, I know, except for the fact that I got mine for free. Finders keepers, right? Everybody follows that rule, right?

Lloyd’s drummer (JP, of Dictators fame) put his cymbals about 6 feet off the ground. They were really fucking high. And he played huge sticks. Must be a Bonham fan.

His bass player looked strangely familiar. A chubby little guy with shaggy red hair. He looked like a kid in high school at his first Battle-of-the-Bands.

They played a few songs I didn’t recognize, but if I had to guess, I’d say they were post-Television originals of Lloyd’s. Then they played a Television song. And he did it well. He’s still a damn good guitar player. But he had more of a squishy, bluesy feel to his playing. Much different from the choppy and angular stabs I recognize as the Television “sound.” It was Television played as a power trio, a la the Hendrix Experience.

Then Lloyd went to the mic and said a few words.

“This next song is the 5th symphony from Beethoven. One of my favorite composers.”

Then they started the “Dumm DAH Dumm DAH Dumm DAH Dumm DAH” octave riff. You know the one. The fuckin PURPLE HAZE intro, brah!

I think I let out an audible “huh” in puzzlement. Ok. He’s doing a Hendrix cover. That’s cool I guess. Then he did another Hendrix cover. And then another. And then a-fucking-NOTHER. He did 4 in the middle. Then he played a few more Television songs I think. But then he went back into MORE Hendrix covers. “What the fuck?” I thought.

It turns out he’s promoting an album of Hendrix covers. I was unaware. And, according to his Wikipedia page, he claims to have gotten guitar lessons from a guy who got guitar lesson from Jimi. AND, Matt says he read somewhere online that Lloyd claims that Jimi once WEPT into his hands. Apparently, they’d had a fight and Jimi felt bad about it. Bad enough to weep into another man’s hands. But hey, it was the 60’s. Love and openness all around. And mind-altering and emotion-oscillating LSD. That too.

Could be true I guess. Or he could be making it up to help promote an indulgent album of fanboy cover songs.

During an awkward rendition of “Are You Experienced?” I went to the bathroom. There were a group of 6 or 7 clubbing-type dudes in there smoking weed. Apparently, they thought enough Axe body spray would mask the smell. They did not look like Television fans. Well, television maybe, but not “Television.”

When I got back, Matt walked up to me excitedly with a smile on his face.

“Dude, he just introduced his band. You know who the bass player is?”
“Danny Tamberelli!”
“Who’s that?”
“Little Pete from Pete and Pete!”

With that, we had a good laugh and left.



Friday, November 13, 2009

Tonight: Friday The 13th (Team Robes, Wild Yaks, Sherpas, DirtyFinger, Art Brut)

There's a shit ton of shit going on tonight (I'm a regular fuckin' wordsmith ain't I). There's seriously 15 solid choices tonight but I've narrowed it down to the places I'll be likely hitting.

First I'm heading to Legion to check out Workout and Sherpas. Our homeboys Forest City were supposed to play but they got sick. Then I might check out Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl, because they're fucking fun. Then it's over to Starr Space for a KILLER party with Team Robes, Wild Yaks, Lauren Flax, FOTP, and bunch of other shit too.

If I'm still going late night my final stop will be 171 Lombardy for another killer with Dirtyfinger and Jah Jah DJing plus a bunch of bands. The cover is $5 or free if you show your dick at the door...seriously. People are actually asking to see your dick. There's a first for everything, huh buddy? It's OK.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wild Yaks Free Download On RCRDLBL + Friday The 13th Show

RCRDLBL has two free Wild Yaks MP3's posted, go download them. You probably already have Blood Red Field but the River May Come MP3 is a live version, so that's cool. Don't forget that Wild Yaks officially have an album out now. You can buy it on Amazon.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Crystal Stilts, Grass Widow, & The Beets Played Brooklyn Museum

On Saturday the above mentioned bands played a Todd P curated show at the Brooklyn Museum. It was part of the museum's First Saturday series. Bob Gruen was also on location with an exhibit and special discussion panel.

I arrived at the museum a bit later then I wanted, thanks MTA! The Beets were almost done their set at this point. Despite seeing them many times, and even booking them, I didn't even realize it was them on stage because the sound was so terrible. The stage was center in a long narrow room that was about 50% glass with very high ceilings. Now I'm no sound engineer (actually I was a long time ago) but that sounds like a bad combo for acoustics.

Like I said I missed most of The Beets so I won't comment any further on them but I was there for Grass Widow. They're one of those bands no one has ever heard of and then all of a sudden they play a show in NYC and they're suddenly everyone's favorite band. I had no idea what they sounded like so I had no expectations. After two songs I gave up on them. Not that they're a bad band, it's just that the sound was so awful I had to get out of there. I went to the deli down the street to pick up some supplies.

When I got back they had just finished and we were excited to see Crystal Stilts. I'm not going to pretend to be a huge fan but they're pretty good. By this point we had talked plenty of shit on the sound but I was hoping that for the headlining band shit would improve. What I didn't consider is the fact that Crystal Stilts likes the reverb... a lot.

They started their set and it was like mud soup. The excessive reverb effects were mixing with the excessive natural reverb in the room and it was just terrible. I was with a friend who's a pretty big fan of Stilts and he walked out after 4 songs. The rest of us made it through 5 maybe before we left. Damn. I guess I should have skipped the bands and checked out Gruen instead. In retrospect that would have been the wise move.

I have no pictures from the event but the museum asked people to photograph the bands and submit them to their Flickr group so there's plenty to see. Bob Gruen will comment on the ones he thinks are worth his critique.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Tonight: Beets, Crystal Stilts @ BK Museum (FREE); Multiverse Playground

There's a pretty killer event going down at the Brooklyn Museum today. First of all there's a free Todd P curated show with The Beets, Crystal Stilts, & Grass Widow at Brooklyn Museum. Bob Gruen is also going to be there speaking on a panel or something. They have tons of other shit happening for free at the museum as well.

Then it's over to Third Ward for Multiverse Playground with Boy Crisis, Das Racist, and a bunch of other bands, artists, and comedians. Should be good times.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Tonight: Freelance Whales @ Pianos

CMJ darlings Freelance Whales are playing Pianos tonight. This band was without a doubt my favorite discovery during CMJ.

They're fucking adorable. They kinda sound like Arcade Fire but much more childish and I mean that in a good, no great, way. They sound like a kids version of Arcade Fire and look like a whole band of Matt & Kims, all smiles - all the time. When I first saw them I turned do my friend and said "I have the sudden urge to go see Where The Wild Things Are" meaning they are a live soundtrack to a childhood adventure.

I know none of this makes any sense but go see them and you'll get what I'm driving at. If they can figure out how to properly mic these kids on a big stage they will be huge.

That said, they're playing what might just be their last little NYC show, depending on how this tour goes. I'd suggest going to this one. $10 sucks but it's worth it in this case.

Freelance Whales
@ Pianos

New Omar Rodriguez Lopez Album Streaming On MySpace

Apparently this is only available to stream today, so get while it's hot. I did not realize that Omar apparently records like 12 solo albums every year. I guess there's a lot leftover from 25-minute Mars Volta jams. I haven't listened to the whole thing yet but I dig it so far.

The '90's Video Assault, Episode 4: Deftones

This video right here changed the world. When this hit MTV and The Box (remember that shit?) within hours every punk kid with a skateboard in America was rocking Dickies. This was the soundtrack to our lives we were all waiting for. This song inspired half the kids I know to pick up guitars. When we all rushed out and bought the album we were even more blown away. Adrenaline became the standard and was heard everywhere. "Bored" became the first of many Deftones songs every heavy band in every town covered (mine covered "Bored" and "7 Words"). I even went out and bought a Stephen Carpenter ESP LTD, which I still have and was just playing 10 minutes ago. So while this song is my least favorite from the album it does not take away the importance. Enjoy.

Aww, look how skinny Chino is...

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tonight: Gunfight! & We Are Country Mice @ Cameo; Cerebral Ballzy @ PA; Fucked Up w/WK & Viv Girls

It's a good night for rock n' roll, especially punk. If you're in the Burg you've got two solid choices (Bikes In The Kitchen & Crashin' In parties) right across the street from each other. N.6th is the place to be tonight. There's also an insane Fucked Up show at the Masonic Temple. I guess all Fucked Up shows are insane but this time they've got Andrew WK and Vivian Girls as additional band members.

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