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Procedural Wonder Labyrinth

20 Jazz Funk Greats - Sun, 2014-07-27 17:22

(Dwarf  Fortress image via Stuart’s Gaming blog).

The Roguelike video game genre puts the player in a procedurally generated (random) set of interlinked dungeons that she explores with trepidation because every conflict with its denizens could be the last. Death is permanent in these lands, so the stakes are high: defeat means the total obliteration not only of the player, but of the universe that she has generated with her progress through the dungeons, like a sword and sorcery version of the bookish wanderings across Borges’ Library of Babel.

This is a journey through surprising landscapes, conjured out of the complex interplay between our decisions, the imagination of the human authors, and their technology.  We could also call it Frontierslike, a trip through the procedural wonder labyrinth.

Which is precisely what Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper’s Pena Panorama is: a sonic ramble up abrupt mountains and down primeval valleys, in a party of companionable psychedelia, its rhythms are the drone in the muscles and the weight in the bones telling us that we’ll be tired tonight, and satisfied too.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Right now, a guitar melody describes the vector of our progress, a steel guitar raga the interval of uncertainty around it, alternative branches opening up new provinces of space and seasons of time and weather. Out of chaos and randomness we build order, map the eternal frontier, under a sky luminous with the portent of the revelation waiting past the summit of the hill ahead, always past the summit of the hill ahead.

Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper – Pena Panorama

Pena Panorama is included in the frankly astounding ‘Cantos de Lisboa’ FRKWYS collaboration between Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper which RVNG released not long ago. As usual, you can get some actually informative documentation about the release from the wonderful, loving source.

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What's going on Sunday? (Nick Cave, Subhumans, Lauryn Hill, Luke Temple, NY Deathfest, Out in the Streets & more)

Brooklyn Vegan - Sun, 2014-07-27 04:00

Subhumans at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nicole Atkins @ Hammerstein Ballroom
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. It will probably be raining outside tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder indoors. Tickets are still available.

Subhumans, Sheer Terror, White Collar Crime, Mischief Brew @ le Poisson Rouge
Two veteran punk bands team up for this show at LPR tonight, the UK's legendary Subhumans and hometown NYHC heroes Sheer Terror.

Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Though Lauryn Hill sometimes has to postpone her shows, she's still been pretty active lately, and tonight she kicks off a 2-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl which should be packed with favorites from her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her time in The Fugees too.

Luke Temple, Buffalo Stance, Laser Background, Killer Bob @ Baby's All Right
Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple released Good Mood Fool last year, where he bathed in warm funk and gentle reggae, giving things an enjoyably mellow vibe.

Body Language, Not Blood, Paint, Psychic Twin, Starlight Girls, Neighbors, Weyes Blood @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should make for a nice change of pace from the DIY venues many of these bands are more prone to play.

NY Deathfest ft Defeated Sanity, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Internal Bleeding, Embalmer, Dehumanized, Amputated Genitals, Parasitic Extirpation, Coffin Dust, Abacinate, Cognitive, Backyotomy @ Saint Vitus
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal. This is day 2 of 2.

Brooks Wheelan @ Union Hall
Go console Wheelan on being fired from Saturday Night Live at his standup night tonight. Maybe remind him that Robert Downey Jr. was fired after one season too and he turned out ok. Eventually.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Montreal's HEAT playing free Rough Trade show this afternoon and Cake Shop tonight

Brooklyn Vegan - Sat, 2014-07-26 16:02

Montreal's HEAT are in town, having played Glasslands last night with UK band The Wytches. Since we last did a post on them, they've add a couple more NYC shows are both of them are today (7/26). They play a FREE show at 2PM at Rough Trade and then they'll play Cake Shop late tonight, an after-party for the Darren Hayman show.

HEAT released their debut EP earlier this year, full of post-VU style rock, which you can stream below.

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What's going on Saturday? (Nick Cave, Braid, Darren Hayman, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Antlers, APTBS & more)

Brooklyn Vegan - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:10

Nick Cave at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Darren Hayman

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Devendra Banhart, Nicole Atkins @ Prospect Park Bandshell
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. There's little chance of rain tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder anyway. Tickets are still available.

Darren Hayman, The Smittens, Pale Lights, Let's Whisper @ Cake Shop
In certain circles, '90s-era indiepop band Hefner are talked about in the same fervorous tones as The Smiths and Pulp. Tonight, singer Darren Hayman (who has put out music steadily since Hefner's demise) plays his first NYC show in over 15 years. The rest of the bill, put together by the NYC Popfest folks, is pretty good, don't miss Pale Lights (featuring members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts) if you're going.

Heat @ Cake Shop
Immediately after the Darren Hayman show is an afterparty featuring Montreal band Heat who clearly owe more than a little to NYC's rock n' roll lineage.

Heat @ Rough Trade
You can also catch Heat earlier today at a free in-store at Rough Trade. 2PM set time.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ice Choir, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Baby's All Right
Philly shoegazers A Sunny Day in Glasgow made a big leap forward with their new album, Sea When Absent, fully utilizing new singer Jen Goma's powerful pipes. The band are scattered around the country, who knows when they'll play again?

Motion Studies, Special Guest, Psychic Twin, New Myths @ Cameo Gallery
Miss LCD Soundsystem? Motion Studies do the live dance band thing pretty well. Get there early for synthpop act New Myths, too.

Bad Canoes, Black Rainbow, Low Fat Getting High, Shellshag, CCTV @ Death by Audio
San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow's members came up in the same scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before they moved here, and like that band, Black Rainbow still sound great and relevant today. This is their second of two NYC shows of the weekend. Shellshag are on this one too, as are Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Bad Canoes, and solid local punks Low Fat Getting High. (Swearin' were initially on the bill but dropped.)

Midlake (acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. Minus Smith, Midlake have eschewed much of their mossy folk in favor of proggy rhythms and engaging arrangements. Not a bad thing at all. This show is acoustic.

Nashville Pussy, Fifth on the Floor, Hail Action @ Knitting Factory
Nashville Pussy have been doing the sleazy cowpunk thing for nearly 20 years and are a reliably sloppy good time.

Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink, UNiiQU3, Suicideyear @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues today with yet another dose of forward-thinking electronic (and related genres) music under the sun. Headliner Cashmere Cat is increasingly becoming a big deal and should really get the party started. Rapper GoldLink should be another highlight as well.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, What Cheer Brigade, Ski Lodge, Monogold, Tiny Victories, Honduras, Modern Rivals @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should be an odd juxtoposition with APTBS' wall of noise. Lot of good bands on this bill, which starts at 2 PM.

Drenge, Wax Witches, The Teen Age @ Rough Trade
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. Will NYC take to them as well?

Mortician, Devourment, Midnight, Lust of Decay, Diminished, Plague Window, Rottenness, Sexcrement, Invidiosus, Doesn't Matter, Bottomless Pit, Tomorrow's Victim @ Saint Vitus (NY Deathfest)
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal like Midnight, Mortician, Devourment and more.

Braid in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)

Braid, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Marietta @ MHOW
16 years after Braid's now-classic Frame & Canvas was released, the emo vets are finally back with its followup, No Coast, and it was worth the wait. It picks up where they left off but sounds like a contemporary of the newer bands in the genre too. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.

Bob Nanna (DJ set), Chris Broach (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
After the Braid show keep the party going at Washed Up Emo's afterparty which Braid co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach will be DJing.

Chumped, Save Ends, Laureate, Cassavettes @ Suburbia
If you're into '90s-style pop punk done right (unpolished and with feeling), you'll want to be at Suburbia tonight where the whole lineup fits that description.

Skeletons, Zs, PC Worship, Hubble, Unicornicopia, Onierogen, Gabi, Greg Fox, American Academy of Achievement, DUH, Diamond Terrifier (DJs) @ Trans Pecos
If you're into experimental music, you might already be planning on going to this show which features a formidable line-up of improvisational, noise and plain out-there talent.

Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set), Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights, "Special Guest" @ Union Pool
Professional party dude Jonathan Toubin helms this edition of Union Pool's free Summer Thunder Series. The "Special Guest" is someone who is just in NYC for the day/night, apparently, any guesses on who it is?

The Antlers, Mr. Twin Sister @ Webster Hall
The Antlers' 2009 album, Hospice, may still remain their "classic," but its two followups have also both been excellent, including this year's Familiars which may be their slowest, saddest stuff yet (and filled with awesome horns).

Kiss, Def Leppard @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Do you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day? Do you like sugar poured on you (metaphorically)? Then get the hell to PNC Bank Arts Center tonight!

Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, Sangrasha @ The Acheron
Sadgiqacea and Hivelords both hail from Philly and make hefty doom, and tonight their tour together hits NYC. Support comes from ex-Angels of Light member Dana Schecter's Insect Ark project and metallic hardcore rippers Sangrasha (who just dropped their Kurt Ballou-produced LP).

Prodigy @ Levi's Commuter Workspace
Mobb Deep have been very active this year, but tonight Prodigy takes a step away from his main group for a solo show. It's free, you just have to RSVP.

Ryan Hemsworth @ Surf Lodge
If you're looking for an excuse to spend the weekend in the Hamptons, perhaps a free show from electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth would give you the extra push? He'll provide just the kind of chilled out vibes.

Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Ian Drennan, Robot Death Cult @ Body Actualized Center
It's a night of outsider dance with Black Dice's Eric Copeland. Things could get strange.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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A Sunny Day in Glasgow releasing new EP, got remixed by Ice Choir who open their NYC show this weekend (stream)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 20:00

by Bill Pearis

Every good band evolves of course, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow have progressed from being an airy shoegaze band whose songs sometime floated by without anyone taking notice to a pop band with shoegaze roots with songs that capture your attention. Previously the vocals mostly consisted of a lot of sighing, but that has been drastically changed. Singers Anne Fredrickson and Jen Goma with their strong, passionate vocals power the band and are its focal point.

The Crocodile's back bar was full for this early show on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. For the opening band Oh! Pears the garage door was up, keeping the place relatively cool. Unfortunately they pulled the door closed before the start of A Sunny Day In Glasgow causing the mercury to rise in the packed room (the pizza oven in the back didn't help either). No matter, the band incorporated tribal rhythms, washes of guitars, subdued electronics and earnest and soulful vocals to send breezy waves of pleasure out into the room nearly making forget the beads of sweat. - [Finest Kiss]That review is from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Seattle stop on their current tour supporting terrific new album, Sea When Absent. That tour hits NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Baby's All Right with Ice Choir, and Jason Bartell also on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ice Choir not only open for the band, they also remixed the new album's lead single "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," turning the song from glitchy shoegaze into more pure synthpop. In doing so, Jen Goma's powerful pipes are driven to the forefront. It's a dramatic transformation and you can stream it below. That track is from an EP that's being released in the UK titled No Death that features two unreleased songs and three remixes.

Remaining tour dates, the EP tracklist, cover art and Ice Choir remix stream, below...

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Beastie Boys mural being painted at Paul's Boutique corner

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:37

The Beastie Boys' classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, turns 25 today (7/25), and though the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington where the album cover's artwork was shot isn't being renamed "Beastie Boys Square," in honor of the anniversary, the current owner of the storefront at that location will have a Beasties mural made. Rolling Stone reports that this Saturday (7/26) at 11 AM, artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting the mural on the wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop at that corner. LeRoy McCarthy, who had launched the "Beastie Boys Square" campaign, spearheaded this project too.

In related Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique and sandwich shop news, Ricky Powell was spotted making birthday dreams come true at Brancaccio's Food Shop in Windsor Terrace yesterday (true story).

Stream Paul's Boutique below...

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Sun Kil Moon played Town Hall

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:07

by Andrew Sacher

Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork Fest last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Mark Kozelek brought his Sun Kil Moon tour to NYC last night (7/24) for a show at Town Hall. Mark's been playing solo shows in NYC fairly consistently for a while now, but this was the first full-band Sun Kil Moon show here in recent memory (or ever?), and in a larger venue than the ones he'd been playing. Mark was joined by a drummer, an electric guitarist, and a keyboardist for the entire set, plus a cellist for part of it. Why the sudden change? Mark said on stage last night, "I don't really know why but my new record, Benji, is doing pretty well. Kids are coming to my shows again. It used to be all old people but now I see 24 year old girls in the audience... because Pitchfork. I used to fucking hate Pitchfork. Now I'm grateful to them."

That wasn't the only time Mark took an extended break to talk to the audience, mostly delivered in his deadpan tone, which was as entertaining as the songs themselves -- though in a much different way of course. While his banter had the crowd laughing, the songs kept the relatively large theater silent and attentive. And for good reason. Mark's a funny guy, but the lyrics on Benji are about some depressing shit. He sang the one about his second cousin Carissa dying when an aerosol can blew up in the trash, the one about his uncle dying the same way, the one about serial killer Richard Ramirez dying, the one about being sad for the day his mother dies, etc. All of this while sitting on his chair, hunched over his nylon-string guitar, and not singing too close to the mic but still projecting through the whole room. His band mostly stayed calm backing him, but a few moments -- like "Richard Ramirez" and "Dogs" -- saw them rising to some unexpected and showstopping crescendos.

A moment both musically satisfying and kind of hilarious came during "Livingstone Bramble" from Mark's album with Desertshore, where he dropped the "I hate Nels Cline" line and, in place of his Nels Cline-mocking solo, the cellist Isabel did her own scratchy, freakout version as the band quieted down to give her the spotlight. Another happened when in between songs, his backing band broke out into a space interlude, which caused Mark to look up from tuning his guitar and say, "Don't do that, it makes me think of 'The End' by The Doors. It makes me chuckle." Then after pausing to think about it, said, "I guess that's not a bad thing... alright go ahead and do it." To end the pre-encore set, Mark changed up the vibe in the room once before by leaving his chair and guitar for the first time during the set, and performing the two final songs standing front and center with just his mic. "Not too fast," he warned the band, inspiring more laughter from the crowd, before showing off that sitting down, hunched over his guitar isn't the only way he's still an excellent performer.

We don't have pictures from the NYC show but check out our photos from their set a week earlier at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

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The Heavy Lowdown: King Diamond, Ghost BC, Slough Feg, Witch Mountain, Mortals, weekend shows & more

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:48

by Ian Chainey

King Diamond

Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.

Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.

Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.

Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

still from Mortals' video

Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.

For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).

SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).

SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.

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Upper West Side dive / rock club Ding Dong Lounge closing

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:00

by Wyatt Marshall

Sad news for Upper West Siders of the no-collar persuasion: Ding Dong Lounge, the punked-out dive bar and venue at 106th and Columbus, is closing on Thursday, July 31 after 13 years in business. The bar will be relocating to an as-yet undisclosed location.

From an announcement on Ding Dong Lounge's website:Like so many other unique New York City businesses, the Ding has lost its lease, despite having the highest sales in its 13 year history and being named the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive by both the Village Voice (link added - ed.) and Gothamist.

This is not the end of the Ding, as we will be relocating & reopening in the near furture (watch this space for details). However, for right now, please come out to show some love and say goodbye to our beloved Ding Dong Lounge during our last days at the Columbus Ave & 106 St. location.

We love you all!Ding Dong Lounge was a grungy oasis for people looking for a no-frills place for cheap drinks in an otherwise pretty bleak part of town where forgettable, overcrowded bars are the norm. As mentioned above, the bar received accolades for being the best dive in Manhattan -- not bad for a place not much further than a stone's throw from Columbia University. Good music and colorful staff -- which allegedly included a stuntman who was, among other interesting gigs, a weapon specialist in Mortal Kombat (the movie) -- helped make the place great. Ding Dong DJ/doorman Chris should be familiar to patrons of The Acheron, where he also works. Mark, thank you for all the drinks.

The space played host to hundreds of shows, typically of the somewhat-underground indie/punk variety, and had a number of weekly regular events. One memorable show for me was headlined by the experimental noise rock band White Suns, who just played Summerscreen. The opening band was a three-piece named Bob Crusoe, an absurdist "guitar," drums and off-key trumpet (I think) band that delivered one of the most ridiculous performances I've ever seen -- pure cacophony, with nonsense lyrics/noises that were alternatively spoken and hysterically screamed over one of the worst improv sets of all time. Lots of rolling around on the ground. A+.

It's been a bad week for NYC dives. The Ding Dong Lounge will be missed. Here's to a quick reopening.

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Bronx subway station gets musical 'Boogie Down Booth'

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:46

A new public art installation may make some Bronx residents wait for the bus a little more musical. Appropriately named, the "Boogie Down Booth" sits on the street below the Freeman Street station in South Bronx, and provides a 24/7 spot to hear local music. Folks waiting for the bus can sit and listen to a 17-song curated playlist that is piped out (not too loud) on speakers. The playlist currently includes tracks from Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun, and rap group Circa '95.

A collaboration between the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC's Department of Transportation, the Boogie Down Down is part of the Under The Elevated initiative, which aims to make city space below transportation infrastructure more useful (or interesting).

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LVL UP release a track from new LP, touring w/ Liam Betson, playing NYC w/ Andrew Cedermark & Mitski (dates, stream)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:31

by Andrew Sacher

Brooklyn indie rockers LVL UP are releasing their new album, Hoodwink'd, on September 23 via the label owned by LVL UP members Dave Benton and Mike Caridi, Double Double Whammy (also home to Frankie Cosmos and others), as well as Exploding In Sound (formerly home to Speedy Ortiz and others). If you miss the days of '90s indie rock, LVL UP have got you covered. The album's new single, "Soft Power," recalls Built to Spill, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, and plenty other bands from that era. Check it out below.

The band will be touring in August with former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson, who put out his new album, The Cover of Hunter, on DDW this week (7/22). That tour culminates in NYC on 8/30 at Shea Stadium with another former Titus member, Andrew Cedermark, and another DDW signee, Mitski.

All dates are listed, with the new LVL UP song and a stream of Liam's album, below...

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Sarah Silverman releasing new album on Sub Pop ++ Brooks Whelan, Kurt Braunohler, Kumail Nanjiani & more comedy

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:01

by Arielle Gordon

You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.

If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.

Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.

In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.

Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.

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Farm Aid 2014 lineup & tix: Jack White, Neil Young, Willie Nelson & more

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:00

Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The 2014 Farm Aid Concert happens on September 13 in Raleigh, NC. As usual, the Farm Aid founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are playing, and this year's also includes Jack White as a headliner. Also on the bill is Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots. Tickets are on presale now.

This comes after Jack White's Third Man Records released a Neil Young box set and after rumors that Neil and Jack were releasing an album of duets, which ended up not being true.

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Maryland Deathfest 2015 adds more bands (Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Sodom, Martyrdod, Mother Brain, more)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:48

Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.

The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.

UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.

Full list of confirmed bands below...

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Teenage Fanclub played River Rocks with Honeyblood and Saint Rich (pics, setlist)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:19

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Teenage Fanclub / Honeyblood / Saint Rich @ Pier 84 7/24/2014


I have never seen so many Big Star t-shirts in one place in my life. It makes sense, of course, given the sonic debt Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub owe to Alex Chilton, but it was still funny to see so many people all with the same idea. (Also a lot of striped tees, including myself.) This was the band's first NYC show in four years, first show anywhere in two years, and only one of two US shows they're doing on this visit. The River Rocks show was a warm-up to this weekend's Merge 25 fest in Carrboro, NC and they all seemed in very good spirits. And sounded great as usual. With no album to plug, I was actually expecting a few more "hits" but TFC have always been a deep cuts kinda band. We did get "The Concept," "Sparky's Dream," "Ain't That Enough" and "Everything Flows" which ended the very lovely night. Setlist is below.

Fellow Glaswegians Honeyblood opened and seemed chuffed to be there. The duo -- Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Shona McVicar -- were a lot scrappier live than they are on their debut album which recently came out via FatCat. It's in the Best Coast vein, just a little more scuffed-up.

Opening the evening were Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich whose take on good-times Southern Rock sounded pretty good in the magic hour by the Hudson. At one point singer Christian Peslak tried to get the crowd lounging on the grass to come up closer to the stage but Steve Marion cut him off, "Just let 'em sit in the grass, dude!" Saint Rich are definitely grass music.

The final River Rocks show of the season happens August 7 with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires. More pics from last night's Teenage Fanclub show below...

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Sick Of It All announce LP & show with H2O; This is Hardcore underway in Philly (related NYC shows this weekend too)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:10

Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)

NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.

If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.

SOIA and Sheer Terror's fellow veteran New York hardcore band Cro-Mags also recently announced a tour, NYC show at Saint Vitus included, which just went on sale.

SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...

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watch Pantera's Phil Anselmo cover The Smiths (with Morrissey's biggest fan Dave Hill on guitar)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:45

Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...

To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...

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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic is 'Standing With Eddie Vedder and the Real Possibility of Peace'

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:20

Cubs fan Eddie Vedder made some controversial remarks this week about the conflict going on in Israel (and sang "Imagine" in response to critics). Fellow Seattle rocker Krist Novoselic, who in his own words is "Best Known For Playing Bass On All Those Nirvana Records", but "Can Get Into Wonky Politics," posted his own reaction earlier this week. If you missed it, it starts off:Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world. Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let's face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster! I don't know how many times I have heard the same explanations and excuses and it matters not, there is a continuing catastrophe between those two peoples.Read the rest with some videos at Krist's blog (where he also posted "Give Peace a Chance"), and check out his original, similar article that appeared in Seattle Weekly in 2009.

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Gigan touring w/ Artificial Brain & Pyrrhon (who play Vitus with Tombs tonight)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:15

by Wyatt Marshall

Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)

Oodles of noodles are headed your way as three of tech death's most interesting young bands are hitting the road together. The tour, a model of modesty called the "Interstellar Intellect" tour, pairs Gigan, Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain and stops in NYC at Saint Vitus on 9/19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The three aren't strangers to NYC. Pyrrhon is based in Brooklyn, Artificial Brain on Long Island, and Gigan was last in town last October when they played a show with Pyrrhon. Invisible Oranges presented the Artificial Brain record release show back in May--be sure to catch them. The singer, who sports wrap-around rec-spec-style goggles and an (albeit small) chain and intersperses sci-fi babble in between songs (that's him up top), is fascinating to watch.

As mentioned, Pyrrhon are also playing Saint Vitus tonight (7/25) with Tombs, who are celebrating the release of their fantastic new album Savage Gold. Additional support is from Passage Between and the industrial/EBM project StatiqBloom, which is comprised of Fade Kainer of Batillus and Søren. Tickets here. Both Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain also play Long Island's Obnoxious Noise Fest in August.

All tour dates are listed below...

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What's going on Friday? (Celebration, Wytches, Veruca Salt, Tombs, Fell Voices, Torres, Cayetana, Rustie, more)

Brooklyn Vegan - Fri, 2014-07-25 04:00

Torres in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Celebration, Dragons of Zynth @ Baby's All Right
If the advent of Katrina Ford's new band Mt Royal put any question to whether her old band Celebration were still going...they are. In fact, Celebration have signed to Bella Union who will release their new album, Albumin, next month. Get an early listen in live form tonight.

Dave Hause, Chris Farren, Cayetana, Brian McGee @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This lineup is mostly punk frontman solo projects -- The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee -- but it also features Philly's punkish indie rockers Cayetana whose forthcoming debut LP already has three excellent singles out and is shaping up to be a good one.

Midnight Magic, King Holiday, Keith Sweaty @ Cameo Gallery
If you like your dance music played by a skilled live band, you're in luck as two bands on this bill fall under that category. Midnight Magic are straight-up disco

The Numerators, Scully, Fire Retarded, Sharkmuffin @ Death By Audio
Punks the Numerators don't play as ofter as they used to, and tonight's show is their only NYC show for 2014. Caroline Partamian, pulls double-duty tonight, also playing in Scully which is a revamp of her old band The Splinters.

The Wytches, Slavve, Heat @ Glasslands
UK trio The Wytches concoct a brew that mixes raw-throat punk, stoner/doom psych, and Bad Seeds swagger, with perhaps just the tiniest hint of Wicker Man folk. Tonight's show also features Montreal's Heat who owe more than a little to the Strokes, and local loud rock duo Slavve.

Drenge, Wax Witches @ Mercury Lounge
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. Will NYC take to them as well?

Veruca Salt, Battleme @ MHOW
Veruca Salt, now back with their original lineup, play their second NYC shows in many many years this week. (Bowery Ballroom was last night and their first.)  You'll likely hear a bunch of new tracks from their forthcoming new album, but there's no way they're not gonna hit with "Seether" and "Number One Blind." Sold out.

Honduras, ONWE, Journalism, Turnip King, Lazyeyes @ Palisades
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.

The Everymen, Everest Cale, Rocket and the Ghost, We Roll Like Madmen, Caldor Kids, Secret Weapons @ Pianos
New Jersey's The Everymen returned this April with Givin' Up On Free Jazz, back with another dose of boozy heartland swagger that comes off even better live.

Tombs, Pyrrhon, Statiqbloom, Passage Between @ Saint Vitus
Tombs continue to perfect their sludge metal formula on this year's killer Savage Gold, and tonight's the release show for that. Good openers too, so get there on time.

Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, Mongrel @ The Acheron
Some competition in the metal world tonight: Fell Voices make some of the best atmospheric black metal in the Pacific Northwest, and tonight they play their only show of 2014, here in NYC. It's a good bill all around here too.

Torres, High Highs @ South Street Seaport
Torres makes confessional, grungy folk that's heavier live than you might expect from listening to the album. Australian indie pop band High Highs open.

Lucero, J Roddy Walston and the Business @ Capitol Theatre
Country punks Lucero know how to have a rowdy, whiskey-fueled good time, but they also know how to pull your heartstrings with sad (and also whiskey-fueled) down-on-their-luck songs. They don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they play two nearby shows, this being the second.

Rustie, Ac Slater, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Rustie often makes maximalist in-your-face electronic music, but he has a real sense of melody that many others who do a similar thing are lacking. He's got a new album on the way (that he just posted a song with Danny Brown from), so hopefully he'll drop a track or two from that tonight.

Melted Toys, Tonstartssbandht, Free Time, Street Gnar @ Cake Shop
San Francisco's Melted Toys just released their second album, which came out a couple weeks ago. Like their debut, the album falls somewhere between psych and indiepop, easy-to-swallow and effervescent, with occasional halucinatory side effects. They play tonight with their Underwater Peoples labelmates Free Time, as well as Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartssbandht.

Ten Foot Pole, Burning Streets, Sad and French @ Grand Victory
Ten Foot Pole have been making melodic punk -- not far removed from NOFX -- since the early '90s (and hardcore under the name Scared Straight before that), and next year they'll release their first album since 2004. No music's come out from that yet, but maybe we'll get to hear some at this show.

The Pietasters @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard a boat and get a dose of ska with The Pietasters tonight.

The Split Squad, Ivan Julian, New York Junk @ The Bowery Electric
The Split Squad formed around singer/bassist Michael Giblin, who is a session musician and producer and has fronted bands like The Parallax Project and Cherry Twister. If that name is unfamiliar, you might know some of the rest of the band: Clem Burke (Blondie), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project). If you like Beatlesque power-pop, this might be the ticket tonight.

Quarterbacks, Foozle, Alice @ 603 Upstairs
Quarterbacks make scrappy twee that's readymade for college house shows, which this may feel a bit like tonight.

Black Rainbow, Cousin Brian, Slow Animal, Vulture Shit @ Shea Stadium
San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow's members came up in the same scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before they moved here, and like that band, Black Rainbow still sound great and relevant today. This is their first of two NYC shows of the weekend.

DJ Dodger Stadium, Dubbel Dutch, Sage Caswell @ Cameo Gallery
DJ Dodger Stadium is the duo of electronic producers Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy. They just put out their excellent album, Friend of Mine, and tonight's the release show (live).

Destination Moon Art & Music Fest with People's Champs, Three-o Huxtable, Underground River, Jack and Eliza @ Littlefield
Unlike a lot of bands that call NYC/Brooklyn home, duo Jack and Eliza actually grew up here and have been friends since childhood. Now musical partners, Jack and Eliza make winsome pop, at this point just letting their guitars and voices convey their charms. If you liked the early, stripped-down days of Slow Club with a little Beach Boys/Everly Brothers influence, they're pretty appealing. They play tonight as part of this evening of music and art dubbed "Destination Moon."

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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