Sunday, April 27, 2008

Destroyer Live @ Bowery Ballroom 4.23.08

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Warm nights spent outside the Bowery Ballroom smoking cigarettes and watching scurried individuals is when i know spring has officially come. And no better way to bring in the spring than a much anticipated show: Destroyer. As a long time fan I've had a growing concern that Dan Bejar would never surface from hiding to put on a New York preformance. Finally, a couple months back, I was able to catch a show featured earlier on this blog @ Glasslands in Brooklyn, after the release of his "duet" album with significant other, Sydney Vermont, (Hello Blue Roses : "The Portrait is Finished and I Have Failed To Capture Your Beauty...") . Seeing Dan perform was dark, enchanting and certainly leaving me X-ing off the calendar days in anticipation for the tour supporting Destroyer's 2008 release, "Trouble in Dreams", his first album in two years after the highly acclaimed success of 2006's "Destroyer's Rubies". Although, only four songs recorded well enough for listening, the show was no dissappointment. His poetry flowed like a rushing river through the crowd and Dan was as shy as a bay lamb between selections. My ears will remain peeled for any news suggesting a Swan Lake follow-up with colaborators, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes) and until then i will be listening the the following live tracks like its my job.

Self Portrait With Thing (Tonight Is Not Your Night)
Foam Hands
Certain Things You Ought To Know
Modern Painters

The opening acts included: Colossal Yes and Andre Ethier. Both were entertaining, however, I fully enjoyed the Andre Ethier set and recommend them to anyone who likes Dylan-esque flannel wearin tunes without regard for perfectly pitched vocals and beauty.

Low End Theory featuring Megasoid and more

The planets are aligned. On a very special Friday (not Saturday this time around, sorry) Low End Theory commences for the third time in New York City. It's another double-headliner situation, featuring Megasoid (Sixtoo and Hadji Bakara) from Montreal, and Blank Blue from Los Angeles. Plus jet setting residents D-Styles and Gaslamp Killer, and local resident Eliot Lipp. Low End Theory NYC is co-presented by Konkrete Jungle and the Knitting Factory. If you missed the first two, here's your chance for audio redemption: do not miss this essential showcase of future music:

Comprised of Speakerbruiser (a.k.a Sixtoo) and Robert Downey DJ (a.k.a. Hadji Bakara of Wolf Parade), Megasoid have been straight running shit for more than a minute. Their Tank Thong Remix Tape put the scene on notice, and are now reaching new levels of international acclaim. It's almost absurd that they haven't played Low End yet, but we are proud to finally connect the dots. Exploding in real-time, the Low End Theory/Megasoid energy will leave you breathless.

Elvin "Nobody" Estela and Niki Randa form Blank Blue, one of the most refreshing singer/producer duos to emerge from Los Angeles in eons. Their Western Water Music Vol. II is highly anticpated worldwide, and hits stores May 6th. This will be their exclusive NYC performance. People! Believe!

Plus jet setting residents

His virtuoso skills on the turntables have been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane. As a former member of Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Beat Junkies, he toured the globe, helping transform turntablism into a global phenomenon. Now, the legendary D-Styles is back on the frontlines of underground culture, shredding your soul at Low End Theory on both coasts.

Over the course of the last few years, Gaslamp Killer has established a solid rep for devastating beats and intricate cuts. This nomadic West Coaster has steadily smashed the scene from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco, earning the respect of heavyweight players in the process. Bear witness to one of his epic sets and see what the buzz is all about.

And local NYC resident

Laying down a bedrock of notorious breakbeats under his signature Sequential Circuits and Korg MS-20 leads, Eliot Lipp has created a signature sound that has had the electronic music world stuck-on-stupid for the last four years. Eliot's instrumentals pour forth more emotion than most modern-day crooners, and while his beats bang with a gorgeous intensity. Eliot has rocked the original Low End on several occasions, and will be holding down the NYC monthly.

Low End Theory goes once a month
@ Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, New York, NY 10013
All Ages | $10 Presale, $12 Door | 11PM-4AM

The illest resident DJ lineup to hit NYC in years, rocking one of the most classic venues in the Big Apple. Over 30,000 watts of amplification flowing through Meyer Sound cabinets that will take your breath away. Come hear the music as it was meant to be heard...

Upcoming Shows

with opening set by CARLOS NIÑO & LIL SCI

A special thank you to everyone that has participated in the filming of the Low End Theory documentary. A few more nights might be captured, but for the most part, filming has wrapped. We'll update you as things progress. Click the image above to check out the teaser trailer now.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Wolf Parade Tour!


Wolf Parade has a mid-summer tour lined up and I suggest you try to catch them on one of these dates

Tour Dates:

July 7: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
July 8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
July 9: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 12: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
July 13: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
July 15: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
July 17: San Francisco, Ca @ Fillmore
July 18: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda
July 19: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda
July 20: San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
July 21: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
July 24: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
July 25: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
July 26: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
July 28: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
July 29: Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
July 30: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
July 31: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Aug 2: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Aug 3: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Aug 9: Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus

Buy tickets HERE!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008


First off for anyone who hasn't heard the Wolf Parade news... Their album will be released on Sub Pop on June 17th!! It was recorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson. The cover artwork will be a collaborative effort between Matt Moroz and Elizabeth Huey . The album is still untitled, but here is the tracklist...

  1. Soldier's Grin
  2. Call It a Ritual
  3. Language City
  4. Bang Your Drum
  5. California Dreamer
  6. The Grey Estates
  7. Fine Young Cannibals
  8. An Animal in Your Care
  9. Kissing the Beehive

In other news... Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson ,whom you might know from my Top Ten albums of 2007 list, is releasing the very same album this july 1st on Say Hey Records. I got the album at an MBAR show back in '07, which explains why it made my top ten list, and also might hint at the fact that you should probably make an effort to listen to it. He also has a few exciting shows up his sleeve. You can catch him opening for Langhorne Slim (Record Release Party) at NYC's Mercury Lounge on April 30th, before he leaves on tour with, Radiohead label mates, White Rabbits. Here are those dates and a few mp3's from those artists...

05-20 Chicago, IL - Schubas
05-21 Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
05-23 Spokane, WA - Caterina Winery
05-24 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
05-27 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05-28 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
05-29 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
05-30 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05-31 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
06-02 St. Louis, MO - The Bluebird
06-04 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
06-05 Washington, DC - Black Cat


White Rabbits

Kid On My Shoulders

From 2007's Fort Nightly

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Who's Laughing

From his 2008 S/T debut album

Langhorne Slim


From the new album Diamonds and Gold

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sunset Rubdown Polaroid Project by David Horvitz part 2

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Handsome Furs-Bowery Ballroom, NYC 4.06.08

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Bowery Ballroom is here to stay. The acts featured there rarely disappoint. Handsome Furs are no exception. NYC was soaking in and giving praise to the married couple as they created the high-energy sound inspired by "crystal meth", "crowd deception" and, of coarse, "heart boners". A few new songs were played in the setlist as excitement is building for a second release in the future, but in the mean time you can listen to these...

1 Cannot Get Started

2 Snakes on the Ladder

3 Dead and Rural

4 Handsome Furs Hate this City

5 New Song (Heaven)

6 Dumb Animals

7 New Song (Office of Hearts)

8 Sing Capitan

9 New Song

10 New Song

11 What We Had

12 Radios Hot Sun

13 Oh No (Camper Van Beethoven cover)


Sunset Rubdown Polaroid Project by David Horvitz

featuring Dan Boekner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs...

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Ssssssstay Tuned for a recording/review of the recent Handsome Furs show at the Bowery Ballroom NYC

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Handsome Furs - Office of Hearts

New Yorkers... don't forget to catch the Handsome Furs @ the Bowery Ballroom in NYC tomorrow night!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Sunset Rubdown @ The Brooklyn Masonic Temple 3.27.08

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What do you get when you take a shy and modest band like Sunset Rubdown and put them in the bright lights of a highly sponsored "Boost Mobile" event? A couple of awkward comments and another electric performance. Spencer Krug and Co. does not disappoint when it comes to giving their fans a night to remember. From songs that are cemented in all of our playlists to songs from their most recent release to brand new songs never heard preformed live this show had it all. Spencer apologized throughout the show for the composure of the new songs but, no offense to Spencer, no one was in agreement. They were amazing! The venue was set up like a carnival or a circus, of sorts, offering tickets for beer, a photobooth, and everything from t-shirt to bling give-aways. The more genuine and interesting table set-up came from David Horvitz, who, was accepting blank Polaroids and selling dollar bills. Reminding us that there is much more going on in music and art than just plain, blatant sponsorship. After the show, Spencer commented on his excitement to be working with David and hinted to other projects S.R. would like to get involved, picture disc. Well, of course, I brought along the recorder and managed to get the show uploaded for your listening pleasure. Despite the volume change after Trumpet Trumpet, Toot Toot ends and the New Song begins the recording sounds great and I am also in the process of putting audio to the video i took of Winged/Wicked Things. Enjoy these tracks and stay tuned for more shows to's show season, son.

1. Winged/Wicked Things

2. Stadiums and Shrines

3. Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot

4. Silver Moon (New Song)

5. Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days

6. Idiot Heart

7. Stallions

8. Shut Up I Am Dreaming into Taming of the Hands

9. New Song 2

10. The Mending of the Gown

11. Us Ones In Between

12. Three Colours 1 and 2