5.27.2009

Screaming Females - What if Someone is Watching Their T.V.?

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Ah, rough week.
It's good to have some fucking awesome NJ punk to listen to then.




Screaming Females - What if Someone is Watching Their T.V.?


Saw them play with Double Dagger, So So Glos, and Air Waves (missed Videohippos) last Saturday at Market Hotel, and they were amazing live. It's always great to see a band you've never listened to completely blow you away when you see them live. I was very ready to join the moshing.























[Screaming Females] One of my favorite 'new' 'discoveries' in a whiiiile. Like damn. This shit's intense. She rocks that guitar. <3 onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NmQ9N07ebdk/Sh37MNWAMjI/AAAAAAAAAFo/WLaAxgQe618/s1600-h/5-23-09-double+dagger-3.jpg">













Double Dagger kicked ass as well of course. Still haven't gotten around to listen to their albums (sorry webb!) but they throw a great show. Propz to the tiny girl moshing in front of me. You got balls.

Actually missed out on the first half of the So So Glos set after recovering from the Double Dagger set downstairs, but it was still pretty fun. What else can I say about a band I've seen before? Consistently fun to watch and listen to, even if they don't really push any boundaries.

Rest of the pics are Here.

5.19.2009

Henry's Dress - S/T + Rocketship split 7" + 1620 7"

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Henry's Dress - S/T 10"

Henry's Dress/Rocketship - Tour 7"

Henry's Dress - 1620 7"


Great lo-fi noise-pop. They eventually went on to form The Aislers Set. Kinda sad I never got too into the Aislers, so I could've gotten into Henry's Dress way sooner. These guys and Black Tambourine epitomize (in my mind) noise-pop.

5.12.2009

5.10.09 - Times New Viking/Blues Control/Pink Reason @ Market Hotel

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So, just to get this out of the way: Market Hotel's new art installations make for some fucking awesome background shots. A bit less 'punk'/'DIY' than before, but way more art school dropout/middle school play about the inside of your stomach. In fact, in some shots, the walls look organic, like they're rocking some Aliens steez.
Pink Reason
started off the night (really late) at 10pm. Way more rocking than when I saw them last time at Monster Island, full band this time, though the tempo is still a bit more "lazy" compared to the recordsGreat show either way, especially since I was already hyped on them due to Webb's comments about their previous night's show being better than Blank Dogs (on 5/8 anyways).

Blues Control was great also, even with the disappointment of both Blank Dogs and Woods canceling. Really noisy...noise rock? Not sure what else to call it. Though, listening to their myspace page now, it sounds a bit more ambient on their records. Still great either way though, and definitely a nice surprise.


As for Times New Viking, they were definitely better tonight than when I last remembered them at Maxwell's even though I didn't recognize a bunch of what they played (a lot of newer songs). Cute mini-mosh pit.

Rest of the photo's Here.

Anyway, I'm satisfied, even though I was pretty disappointed with the cancellations. Turned one of the best line-ups I've seen for a while into a pretty good one. Oh well. Doesn't look like Blank Dogs is playing any time soon though (besides No Fun Fest, which I was wayyyy too late to get tix for). The next Woods show should be good though: Kurt Vile/Woods/Blues Control at the Shank? Nice.

5.09.2009

V/A - Tomorrow's Hits Now [compilation]

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Reposted from Take the Pills! [great blog, read it! blogroll it!]























V/A - Tomorrow's Hits Now
[Summershine compilation]

Great, great compilation from Australian twee/indiepop label Summershine. Standout tracks are the two perfect indie-pop tracks by Autohaze, the noisy lo-fi pop "To Be Found" by Blindside (echoes of Strawberry Wine-era MBV, big shoes to fill, but trust me, it's really fucking good), the sweet, Lucksmiths-ish, twee-pop of Honeybunch's "Mine Your Own Business", and the 60's-inflected-pop song "Town I Won't Recall" by Rainyard.

But don't get me wrong, those aren't the only good tracks, definitely give this a listen through if you're any sort of indie-pop fan at all.

5.05.2009

Gary War - Opens CS

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Oh damn.

Gary War - Opens CS is a live WFMU session released on cassette by Captured Tracks. Unlike the softer, more relaxed lo-fi psychedelia on New Raytheonport, Opens bursts forth with a sped-up, intimidating and muscular version of Good Clues. This drastic change is actually pulled off well, creating a much more lively show than what I expect the album played straight up would have given us.























Good Clues (live)
Download the release (and album, and singles) at Gary War's blog.

Other news: This is going to be a great show. Still not the biggest Crystal Stilts fan ever, but I'd be down for this, especially with both Gary War and Nice Face opening. Not too familiar with Nerve City but oh well, 2 Great bands, 1 Good band, 1 unknown, and curated by Sacred Bones? I'm down.

5.03.2009

Been lazy with pics

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Soft Circle @ WBAR-B-Q




Spectrum
@ DBA



Crash Diet Crew @ LAMC



Psychic Ills @ DBA





















Dinowalrus @ LAMC

Early May Showlisting

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A bit late but..

May 1st, A Place to Bury Strangers/Dinowalrus/Crash Diet Crew @ Less Artists, More Condos
May 2nd, Kurt Vile/Sightings/Gary War @ Silent Barn
May 3rd, King Khan and the Shrines/Mark Sultan @ Santos
May 8th, Crystal Stilts/Blank Dogs/Religious Knives @ Bell House
May 9th, Awesome Color/USAISAMONSTER/Lots of bands @ Market Hotel
May 9th, So Cow/Pink Reason @ DBA
May 10th, Times New Viking/Blues Control/Woods/Blank Dogs @ Market Hotel
*May 14th, Crystal Stilts/Gary War/Nice Face @ Don Pedro's
May 14th, NYC Popfest 09! My Teenage Stride/Knight School @ Cake Shop
May 15th, NYC Popfest 09! Cats on Fire @ Don Hills
May 15th, Dan Deacon/Future Islands/Teeth Mountain @ MH/Brooklyn Backyard
May 16th, NYC Popfest 09! Radio Dept./Pants Yell! @ Bell House
May 17th, Suburban Kids w/Biblical Names (!!!!!!)/Rose Melberg (!!!!!!!!) @ Cake Shop
May 22nd, Holy Fuck/APTBS/Crocodiles @ Music Hall
May 23rd, So So Glos/Double Dagger @ Market Hotel
*May 27th, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Southpaw
May 29th, Wolfgang Voigt (aka GAS) @ Miller Theater (at Columbia/Uptown U.)

*added later

Popfest is going to be great. I can't believe that Suburban Kids with Biblical Names are playing. Oh man, such a throwback to high school, not that I'm like, "better" than that now, but that I listened to them a lot back in high school, so going there is like reliving my high school indie phase! Memories.

Rose Melberg is also going to be great.