Jose Gonzalez Tickets on Sale
Tickets now on sale for Jose Gonzalez at Joe's Pub on March 22, 2006.
Tonight: Doveman at Tonic, then off to Avalon for the Motherfuckers The Juan Maclean. Anyone else going?
Tickets now on sale for Jose Gonzalez at Joe's Pub on March 22, 2006.
At 9:00 AM this morning, I listened to Irving for the first time and I think I fell in love. Natalie mentioned them when she first informed me they and “the Vox” were playing April 10th. What a perfect fit! If their EP came out in 2004 or 2005, bloggers would be all over this. Since 2003, they’ve done little, but are set release an LP in 2006. I can’t wait. You can’t visit them at myspace.
Here are tracks 4-6 from the Editors B-side EP "Cuttings".
Lots of catching up to do. Voxtrot has an official date in April to play the Mercury Lounge, (Monday the 10th) Tapes 'n Tapes (my most recent addiction) is playing nearly every small venue in the city in two weeks: Delancey, Pianos, Mercury, Rothko. I'll be at two of those at least.
It's 3 AM on December 25. If I was 8 years old, I'd be awake in 3.5 hours checking out the volumetric sizes of the mysterious boxes under the tree, and my stocking, stuffed with teezers. Now that I am older, I just got home from "the Place", which is the bar in town. In fact, I think the next town over has a bar called "the Place." I'm not sure if that's "cool" or not. It reminds me of the Cherry Tavern a little... with different people.
"Like combustion." That's how I describe how tickets sell out for shows like the Editors just did. I almost forgot how fast it can happen sometimes, since it's been nearly forever since anything like this has happened. As Central Village points out, even the Arctic Monkeys took weeks to finally sell out. Luckily I was online right at noon.
-Matt Pond PA will play Bowery Ballroom on Feb 7 with dios (Malos) opening (tix), and Northsix with Youth Group (#2 fav album of year) on March 21 (tix).
Last night I was finally able to see full sets by the Five O’Clock Heroes, and the Spinto Band. In addition, and more importantly, I saw We Are Scientists for the first time since July.
Step One: Make sure there is someone on your list that could use something from the Brooklyn Brewery.
I am happy to report that the long awaited Editors show (who's album ranked as my #8 of the year) will be supported by the Picture and the Head Set, (my #6 and #6B albums of the year). That will be at the Mecury Lounge on January 20th.
Mason Jennings - Crown
Best Overall Performer (tie):
Oh My Rockness has their "Best Shows of 2005" up. I can't vouch for the ones I missed, but the ones I did go to leave me wondering.
No, no, no. Berman, the guy from the Silver Jews, lives like 200 yards behind my back door; we’re in the same neighborhood and we’re all buddies. He never tours. He will never play live. So it’s any easy thing to share. Unless we can talk him into touring. We’re going to try real hard ‘cause the new Silver Jews album is spectacular and we just got to get him out. - Bobby Bare Jr.
Here.Not that anyone is a fan. But just a heads up if you are. Tickets won't last long.
From Ramesh's blog:
I was taking a quick look at the Pianos calendar, and in addition to the Tapes 'N Tapes (mp3s here) show on January 8th, they have some others that are of interest... and it's not even full. Get your pencils out:
The Plug Awards will be hitting Webster Hall on Ground Hog's Day, Febuary Second, 2-0-0-6. Although I'm not a National fan, I still might give them a third try to impress me. Holy Fuck and Beans are also on the bill, and while I missed them at CMJ to lounge downstairs between Cribs and Devendra, I hear they stunned all who saw.
Terrible news from our friends at Voxtrot via myspace this morning (I'm glad I joined that dang thing): "Voxtrot's van broke down and they had to cancel the second half of the tour."
One good thing about others’ year-end lists is familiarizing myself with some of bands I’ve missed. One such band I now know thanks to Gorilla Vs Bear (#15) and My Old Kentucky Blog (#1 of his Fastest Moving 5), is Tapes n Tapes. Their myspace site.
My list is pretty obvious to me, but maybe you’ll be as surprised by it as I am by others, and say “Damn, that Yeti is an idiot.”
On Wednesday night, I had to give up the Subways (with Open Bar), to get to Webster Hall at 10:00 for the ElleGirl Magazine party. I love ElleGirl, but I love free booze even more. Unfortunately, I hate the slowest bartenders in the city, two of them located at Webster Hall. In one hour, I only got two drinks.
Drewo brought to my attention that the Magic Numbers also cover the Smiths. They played it on Radio 2, and now, here it is:
The Magic Numbers are decent in my book. Some of you out there love them, so this is for you. These aren't 'rare' so-to-speak, but rarer than being on the album. The quality isn't stupendous, but it's not terrible and they are interesting.
I won't rally review last night's Subways show at Rothko. Rachael Underrated says what I would say anyway. I'll just agree and say that of the seven people moving at all, we were five of them (Rachael, Angela, Prav, Kristen, and I). I come to expect lame-oid NY crowds, and sometimes do it myself, but this was insulting even by New York standards. I couldn't even glance behind me without wondering what everyone else was listening to. Me? I was listening to this:
I have my own Top 10, Top 20, and Top 30 list coming sometime (maybe Friday), but I've been shuffling things around a lot. I've got set in place #1-3, but the next twelve all want to be the #8 spot simultaneously.
One band I saw this weekend was Slowlands at Lit Lounge. They were very good, but from a couple mp3s I have it’s hard to tell just how good. Fortunately, they have at least one song that really shows their strength, and by sneaking around their site, I found it. Highly Recommend.
This morning I've been laughing pretty hard over at Heartonastick's compilation of the best-of comments from Neil Diamond's myspace page. Do yourself a favor and take a minute or ten to read them (from the bottom up).
Pitchfork calls Love is All "the first great band of 2006."
Levy played Fat Baby on Friday night as part of a Loose Record sponsored show, with free Red Stripe. Most of you know Levy, which has become a favorite of the local NYC scene, and it’s easy to see why. While not ground-breaking, they write damn catchy songs.
I joined this thing called Myspace today. I thought I'd just wait this fad out since Friendster and all the others were a more or less a waste of time, not that blogging isn't. If I want to have friends, I'll use craigslist. I figured "Oh... I'll be the first to join the next thing. Mypace is soooo 2005."
The Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Webster Hall "box office" has finally -and unfortunately- upgraded to the internet age. That means when you go to the Merc to buy tickets, it's now in realtime, instead of having tickets pre-printed and stuffed in envelopes.
Gentrifried Rice is on the ball for catching this gem. Here's what is has to say (cause the craigslist link won't last forever):
You asked me what I was listeing to on my headphones at the Magic Numbers show the other night. I told you Devotchka and then the band came on. I'm disappointed I didn't get to say more to you. You were painfully cute. Hope you enjoyed the show.That's not all. Stan ponders "what if"... what if the Magic Numbers didn't go on right away. Read the rest of the dialogue Stan creates between these star-crossed lovers. Hilarious.
The new NPR feature on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah got me thinking that there are a lot of places I stumble across music, not just blogs. Here are some bands I found this year without the blogs' help. Blogs make finding new music much easier.
I'm sad everytime I miss Doveman. I've seen them twice this year and both shows have been one of the most remarkable things I've seen. Now they are playing again at Tonic on December 30th for $8. Their album doesn't capture how good they are live. I said earlier, it's like they are "moving at an incredible speed, yet remaining still."