Monday, July 31, 2006

Harrowdown Hill Video

Underrated Presents "Birdmonster NYC"

Via the underrated blog...:


Birdmonster - "east coast bound"
....and The Gaskets
3 Bands
Pics - Birdmonster, Tally Hall, Etc...
Birdmonster Fall Tour - Three NYC Shows

Welcome New Yankees

Hello Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, and Craig Wilson.

Goodbye Shawn Chacon.

2nd De Novo Dahl Show @ Pianos

De Novo Dahl are all about playing at Pianos on a Tuesday. In addition to the show tomorrow, they will also be at Pianos in three weeks for a show on Tues Aug 22nd. Here is the full lineup:

DE NOVO DAHL (Nashville)
WEEDS OF EDEN (Sean Eden of Luna) residency
ELK CITY residency
Alex James

Update: The lineup has changed and tix are onsale.

Bowery Ballroom Madness

This post is just an obsene list of all the great bands that are playing at Bowery Ballroom in the upcoming months for which tix are still on sale. All links are for tix:

Tue Sept 12 - The Dears
Fri Sept 15 - Calla plus Lake Trout
Sun Sept 17 - Tortoise
Sun Sept 24 - Sunset Rubdown
Mon Sept 25 - Sunset Rubdown
Sat Sept 30 - The Mountain Goats
Sun Oct 1 - The Mountain Goats
Mon Oct 9 - Islands
Thurs Oct 12 - Xiu Xiu
Fri Oct 13 - Xiu Xiu
Sat Oct 14 - Okkervil River
Sun Oct 15 - Okkervil River
Mon Nov 6 - Voxtrot
Tue Nov 7 - Voxtrot
Tue Nov 21 - Beirut
Wed Nov 22 - Beirut

Wow. And this doesn't even include what I'm sure will be an incredible last week of Oct / first week of Nov.

Islands - Bowery Ballroom & Northsix

Islands are responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2006 and one of my favorite performances of 2006. SO EXCITED for their return to NYC in October:

Mon Oct 9 - Bowery Ballroom $15
Tues Oct 10 - Northsix $15

Mates of State - Irving Plaza

The Long Winters aren't the only Barsuk band coming to NYC in Sept:

Sept 30 - Irving Plaza
Mates of State, Starlight Mints


The Long Winters - Other Music, Bowery Ballroom

The Long Winters are coming! In support of their excellent new album, Putting The Days To Bed. Here are the dates:

Wed Aug 9th - John Roderick solo - Other Music @ 8:00PM
Fri Sept 29th - Bowery Ballroom

Unfortunately, these guys have shows the day before and after the Bowery date, so they won't be able to follow the current trend and add a second date, even though the 28th is open.

Bound Stems - Appreciation Night, Back To NYC

I didn't get my hands on The Logic of Building the Body Plan EP until 2006. Therefore, even though it was released at the very end of 2005, I consider it one of my favorite EP's of 2006. My love for this EP has been increasingly fueling my anticipation for Bound Stems' full length debut, Appreciation Night. So you can only imagine how psyched I was when I received an email with 3 mp3s of songs from the new album. These songs are fantastic and sound like a strong movement forward from the EP. Download them and listen for yourself. Here are the links:

Western Biographic
Refuse the Refuse

The album is set to be released Sept 19 on Flameshovel Records, one of my favorite labels.

Bound Stems were here earlier this month for a show at Mercury Lounge. They are coming back to NYC for another show at Mercury Lounge on Wed Aug 30.


Twofers - RCSTA

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Birdmonster Fall Tour - Three NYC Shows

In addition to a show at Mercury Lounge on Thurs Sept 7 (via BV), Birdmonster will also be at Maxwell's on Wed Sept 6 and Union Hall on Fri Sept 8. The lineup at Union Hall is the same as the Merc show, Catfish Haven, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, except no The Sammies. Been hearing a lot of good things about SSLYBY recently, who were part of the "official siren afterparty" at Mercury Lounge with Aeroplane Pageant.

Speaking of Aeroplane Pageant, today they posted two new songs on their Myspace. REMINDER - their last show of the summer is tonight at Pianos.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tapes & Tapes - Letterman


File this post under reminders....

Monday, July 24, 2006

Time Out New York Party - Union Square Park (?)

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's have one NYC date coming up and apparently it's part of a party that Time Out New York is throwing in Union Square Park. Here's all the info I could find:

Sun Sept 17 2006
Noon - 4
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's,
The Juan MacLean, Rosewood Thieves and the Cast of Broadways 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Others TBA

In addition to this show, The Juan MacLean have two other upcoming NYC dates:

Jul 29 2006 8:00PM PS1 Long Island City, NY
Aug 24 2006 10:00PM Hiro Ballroom New York, NY

BV's got some info on the PS1 show.

I mentioned Rosewood Thieves the other day, because they are part of the lineup at Pianos with De Novo Dahl. In addition to the Pianos and Time Out shows, they have many other upcoming NYC dates, including one at Union Hall. Here's the full list:

Aug 1 2006 9:00PM Pianos (record release show) New York
Aug 3 2006 7:30PM
R & R (AM New York "Artist Now" Series) New York, NY
Aug 11 2006 7:30PM
Fat Baby New York, NY
Aug 24 2006 8:30PM
Maxwell's Hoboken , NJ
Aug 25 2006 10:00PM
Union Hall Brooklyn, NY
Aug 31 2006 9:00PM
Fontana's New York, NY
Sep 17 2006 12:00PM
Union Square Park -- Time Out New York Festival New York, NY

Update: Info on the Time Out NY Back To School Blowout can be found here.


Margot and the Nuclear So & So's
Mail - MATNS&S / Sparta

Friction - September '06

Looks familiar. But in a good way, because it involves Femme Generation coming back to NYC. Here's the one date posted on their website:

Thurs 9/14/2006
FRICTION w/ Takka Takka, more TBA - 7:30PM


Enough With The Baseball - Here's Some Music

Friday, July 21, 2006

ERMP - July 22nd - Cancelled


Suckus Maximus.

Here's the info:

unfortunately, between the daunting weather forecast and our inability to swallow the cost of a rained-out show, we have to cancel tomorrow’s concert now. we’ve never cancelled a show before, and doing so pains us a great deal, but after much (depressing) discussion, we feel we don’t have a choice.
we’ll make every effort to reschedule the date for later this summer, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll definitely rebook as many of the bands as possible next season.
we are so, so sorry to have to do this, but the weather has backed us into a corner. thank you so much for your interest in ERMP, and hopefully we’ll see you in august under sunnier circumstances.

On the less depressing tip, 2 great bands, Clogs and The End of The World, have been added to the upcoming ERMPs. Here are the updated lineups:

august 19
site myspace
* EXCEPTER site myspace
* FERN KNIGHT site myspace
Curated by Ben Goldberg of The Leaf Label and Ba Da Bing! Records.

september 16
site myspace*
* PROFESSOR MURDER site myspace
* THE END OF THE WORLD site myspace
+ more TBA

My Computer



Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Drink At Work Show - July 24th

Monday, July 24
8:00 P.M.
Ace of Clubs
(Below ACME)
9 Great Jones Street
(Between Broadway and Lafayette)

Todd Levin
Baron Vaughn
Roger Hailes
Erin & Her Cello
Dan Allen
Rory Albanese
Nate Bargatze
Francesco Marciuliano
Sean Crespo

Musical Guest:
The King of France

Hosted by:
Carol Hartsell

King of France!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Silversun Pickups - Union Hall

Rumor had it that Silversun Pickups were going to be playing at this weekend's pool party at McCarren Park Pool. Unfortunately, that rumor ended up being false. Now a new Brooklyn date is listed for the band at OMR. They claim that the band will be at Union Hall, not to be confused with Union Pool, on Mon Aug 7th at 8:00PM with Daylight's for Birds (ex-On!Air!Library!). They are usually right, so I'll take their word for it, even though the date is not listed on Silversun Pickup's website or Myspace. There is a gap between their DC show on Aug 6th and their WOXY lounge act on Aug 9th, so...

I've never been to Union Hall. Apparently it's new:

i'm a brand-spankin' new bar, located in lovely Park Slope, Brooklyn. you'll find me just off 5th Ave., at 702 Union Street, next to the gym. i've got two bocce courts (my sister bar is Floyd NY in Brooklyn Heights), TONS of cozy seating, a delicious menu of tasty bar food, and an AMAZING downstairs room for private parties, rock shows, and lots of other eclectic and awesome events. i don't mean to brag, baby, but i'm huuuuuuuuge. if you know what i mean.

Their Myspace also says that they had a Siren afterparty with Stars and Dirty On Purpose??? Did anyone go? Here's the full list of upcoming Union Hall shows.

McCarren Park Pool, Union Pool, Union Hall.... sheesh.

Update: BV's got some Union Hall info.


Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Maritime - Mercury Lounge

Maritime are coming!

Saturday October 21st.


Maritime - Flameshovel Goodness

Forget Cassettes - Pianos & Union Pool

De Novo Dahl aren't the only superb Theory 8 band that are coming to NYC for a show at Pianos. Forget Cassettes (Myspace) are coming too. But they are also going to stop by Brooklyn as well for a show at Union Pool with a bunch of other fun bands. The info via their website:

September 1st, 2006
New York City, NY.

September 2nd, 2006
Brooklyn, NY.
w/ the detachment kit, read yellow, the art of shooting

These dates are part of a tour in support of their new album Salt, which will be in stores on August 8th. Judging by the single The Catch, this album should be just as fantastic as Instruments of Action.

Also, if I was going to be in Nashville on August 11th, I would be at the Salt Release Party at Exit/In, because one of my favorite bands, The Whole Fantastic World, are opening for them.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Benzos - Rocks Off Cruise

Here's the info:

Thursday, September 7, 2006
Co-Headlining with Dub Trio (
Benzos close show)

Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard the Half Moon
23rd Street & FDR Drive (East River)
New York, NY

General Admission Tix @ $20.00
*****$17.00 tickets available in advance with discount code "branches" via
ticketweb***** special discount for
benzos fans only!!

Gates Open: 7:00PM
Ship Departs: 8:00PM


Also - Besnyos are no longer a part of this show. I wonder if it was Benzos. Perhaps we'll never know....


Benzos - Tonic 6/30/06
Benzos - Tiswas 2.0

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Office - Webisodes

Have begun. There are two so far. I can't wait until Season 3 begins.

As much as I also love Scrubs and Arrested Development, I'm pulling for The Office to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Give the award for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series to Arrested Development. BTW - How was Lost NOT nominated for Outstanding Drama Series?

De Novo Dahl

De Novo Dahl are coming back to NYC. Another great band on one of my favorite labels, Theory 8 Records. I don't think that they have been here since last fall for CMJ. They will be at Pianos on Tues Aug 1 at 7:30PM, where I assume they will be playing lots of songs from their new album which should be out soon. Here's the full lineup:

Tues 8/1 7:30 doors $8

V2 RECORDS presents...
ROSEWOOD THIEVES record release show
CABIN (Louisville)
DE NOVO DAHL (Nashville)

Advance tix are on sale. And yes, Chris Stills (Myspace), as in Stephen Stills' son.

Download a few De Novo Dahl mp3s at their website, listen to a few songs at their Myspace, or stream their classic WOXY lounge act.

ERMP - Sat July 22, 2006


Yankees start off the second half by SWEEPING the defending World Series Champ Chicago White Sox.

Congrats to Mariano Rivera on earning his 400th save.


Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Eraser Wall - Williamsburg


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Full Lineup for July 16 Pool Party?

Looks like they finally got the lineup figured out for this weekend's pool party.

Dead Meadow
The Slip
Mobius Band
Psychic Ills

Also, finally A band for next weekend:

Curated by
More to come...

Updated List

The Long Winters - Putting The Days To Bed

Just discovered that their new album is streaming here (Thanx WOXY!). Listening to it for the first time now and loving it. It's just as good if not better than When I Pretend to Fall. A bit more relaxed and band-oriented, imho.

I have been looking forward to their return to NYC for a long time now. No full band date yet, but John Roderick is playing at this incredible show, which apparently now includes David Byrne as well.

CitySol - Sun July 23

Some info about the next CitySol event:

CitySol music fest Sunday July 23 from 1-8pm, Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan.

Featuring music with Bridget Marie 23, Bruce Tantum, Crazy Native, Imani Uzuri Rock Quartet, Jay-J, The LES, Malena Perez, Matthias Heilbronn, Michelle Shaprow and Nicodemus.

Get free beer from Brooklyn Brewery for the whole event if you bring a current utility bill and sign up for ConEdison Solutions green power.

And a really cool green product marketplace with new and young vendors and designers.

With partners ConEdison, NYSERDA, Mack Industries, Keeper Springs, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Brewery, Whole Foods, O2 NYC, Mag and interuption

Free Brooklyn Brewery beer = bliss

Download - Oh No! Oh My! WOXY Lounge Act

I thought it was great. Very Neutral Milk Hotelesque. Via WOXY:

Oh No! Oh My!
Performed July 12, 2006
Photo Gallery
Official Band Website

Nashville's Oh No! Oh My! took a detour into the Lounge while on their way to New York City to play
Insound's pre-Siren Festival party.

We ended up with a full house as two of our favorite bloggers (Matt from
You Ain't No Picasso and Nathaniel from I Guess I'm Floating), some listeners, and a friend of the band all came in to watch them play.

This was the band's very first performance with 6 members (only 3 of them recorded the album). They played 4 tracks from their current self-titled release and 1 older track during the session. The interview portion finds Mike asking the band about their rapid success and they discuss the advantages of going the self-released route.

Track Listing:
Skip The Foreplay
I Have No Sister
- interview -
Party Punch
Farewell To All My Friends
Walk In The Park

Download mp3 (rightclicksavetargetas)

Fellow Insound Pre-Siren Party mates Professor Murder will be in the WOXY lounge Tues 7/18 at 4:30 PM. Professor Murder will also be at ERMP on Sept 16.

French Kicks, who are kicking off FIXED's return to Tribeca Grand, will be in the WOXY lounge on Mon 7/31 at 2:30PM.

Here's the full list of upcoming WOXY lounge acts:

7/18 Professor Murder 4:30pm
Dirty On Purpose 3:00pm
Say Hi To Your Mom 4:30pm
Human Television 3:00pm
Jonny Lives! 3:00pm
French Kicks 2:30pm
Captain Of Industry 4:00pm
Heartless Bastards 2:00pm
The Subjects 4:00pm
Silversun Pickups 3:00pm
Viva La Foxx 3:00pm
Oppenheimer 4:30pm

ERMP - New Website, Shows

Check out the new website/blog @ They are having a fundraiser show at The Woodser this Friday. Here's the info:

We’ll be fundraising on Friday, 7/14, at the Woodser in BK. Should be a great show, so come thirsty.

Friday, July 14th. 9pm.

the beat buttons
the metric mile

@ the woodser
141 south 5th st., #1se (entrance on right side of building)

Also, some info regarding the Aug 19 and Sept 16 shows:

August 19
* EXCEPTER myspace
+ more TBA
Curated by Ben Goldberg of
The Leaf Label and Ba Da Bing! Records.

September 16
site myspace
* PROFESSOR MURDER site myspace
+ more TBA


ERMP - 6/17/06 Via Crappy Camera Phone
East River Music Project - June '06

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lolita Bras - R&R

Lolita Bras news! A date is listed at their Myspace. They will be at Club R&R (Rare) on Thurday, Aug 31 at 9:00PM. I know that they have been practicing, so surely that means new tunes!

morning theft - Mercury Lounge

If this weekend doesn't wipe you out, go see morning theft (Myspace) at Mercury Lounge on Mon July 17. Here's the full lineup:

Mon July 17 - $10

- 10:30 -
- 9:30 -
- 8:30 -
- 7:30 -

(Photo via jenyk)

Pics - Birdmonster, Tally Hall, Etc...

Crackers United's pics from this show are damn good. Pretty sure he was standing right in front of me when he took most of these.

New Mets Stadium

The virtual tour of the new Mets stadium is dope. You can watch it here. Does anyone know if there is something like this for the new Yankee stadium? I can't find one.

I promised Doug that there would be no Mets posts. Oops.

BSS @ China Club Happened

Ice Cream Man has proof. DJ Premier too? Jeez....

The Shins - McCarren Park Pool

Wed August 23rd.

The date is listed at Sub Pop and The Shins' website.

This is the first of the non-free McCarren Park Pool shows that I would buy over-priced tickets for. Live Nation says that tix are going on sale this Sat, July 15 at noon. I wonder who the opener(s?) will be????

Reminder - Advance tix can be purchaced without service charges for McCarren Park Pool shows at the Irving Plaza box office AND from the bartenders at Warsaw.

Update: With J. Mascis!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Warsaw Rules

Friday, July 07, 2006

Slowlands - Lit - 7/29/06

Love 'Never Was There A Town'. Buy it. It just missed my Mid Year Top 5. Definitely top 10. Would have liked to have seen them at this bbq with Aeroplane Pageant. But it's ok. They have a show coming up. Slowlands will be playing the same day as Aeroplane Pageant again, but this time they will be at Lit and AP will be at Pianos. Hopefully the set times work out so that it will be possible to see both.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Another Upcoming Aeroplane Pageant Show

At Pianos on Sat July 29th at 7:30PM. Here's the lineup so far:


Tix are on sale. $10.

Go to this show if you are too tired to make it out to the "official" Siren afterparty.

Summer Tuesdays at Rififi

Another Drink at Work Presents show!

Drink at Work Presents SUMMER TUESDAYS
Tuesday, July 11 (And Every Tuesday through August!)
8:00 P.M.
332 East 11th Street

Host: Christian Finnegan

Rebecca Ciletti
Sean Crespo
Lang Fisher
Lucas Held
Jon Lang

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Drink at Work Show - July 10

Monday, July 10
8:00 P.M.
Ace of Clubs
(Downstairs of ACME)
9 Great Jones Street
(Between Broadway and Lafayette)

Tom McCaffrey
Nick Stevens
John Mulaney
Eric Andre
Brooke Van Poppelen
Dan Piraro
Francesco Marciuliano
Sean Crespo
And musical guest Tim Fite!
PLUS an update from Remi Frazier of the Million Dollar Destiny Project.

Hosted by Carol Hartsell

Tim Fite! Nice choice. I've heard good things.

Listen To The Eraser

It's streaming here.

Have You Seen This Man?

Thanx Ade


Mid Year Top Five 2006

Two BBQs At Union Pool

BBQ #1 - Modular Monthly NYC - July 16th

Our next Modular Monthly in NYC will be Sunday, July 16th (2-7pm) at Union Pool in Williamsburg, BK. Local heros Foreign Islands (myspace) will play live and XLR8R magazine will be there giving away their latest issue. There's also going to be BBQ and lots of beer. RSVP to Sweet!

BBQ #2 - Loose Records & SESAC - July, 22

3 bands TBA Daytime BBQ 3pm $3


Loose Record / SESAC BBQ + The Picture - WOXY
Loose Record Party Tonight

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Pool Party Info, Dodgeball, Hot Tub

Some info regarding the Pool Parties:

All Pool Parties are from 2pm - 8pm, shows start at 3PM. Shows are all free and entrance is on a first come/first served basis.

Please refrain from bringing chairs, bicyles, food/drink, or professional video/photography equipment (unless you have contacted us prior to the event for a press pass), but please DO feel free to bring along bathing suits, blankets, and a smile!

They are also looking for Dodgeball teams:

Interested in getting out some aggression in silly outfits? Then round up six friends and form a co-ed Dodgeball team! Download the application form for the Pool Parties Dodgeball Tournament and email either Trong Gia Nguyen or Jane Kim for full details.

Download a Team Application PDF file Word file

And of cource there will be after parties:

Please join us as we turn it up a notch at our official after parties brought to you by JELLYNYC, The L magazine and Greenpoint's newest hot spot, Studio B.

Parties start immediately following the last band, and you should expect special secret guests/live performances plus the best of the best DJs manning the wheels of steel.

Let's get wet!

Updated List

Monday, July 03, 2006

Oh No! Oh My! - WOXY Lounge Act

Not only are Oh No! Oh My! playing at the Insound Pre-Siren Fest Party on Thurs July 13, you can listen to them live in the WOXY lounge the day before, Wed July 12, at 2:00pm.

Also, Up The Empire's excellent WOXY Lounge Act from this past Friday is available for download. Reminder - They will be at the Brooklyn Lyceum this Friday at 11:00PM.

Official Siren After-Party's official as far as I'm concerned. Mercury Lounge:

Sat July 15 $10

- 11:30 -
- 10:30 -
- 9:30 -
- 8:30 -

Also, another band has been added to this lineup. Besnyos? Doubt it. I bet that it's...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Congrats Nick Green

First hit as a Yankee = 2 Run Home Run

Saturday, July 01, 2006

3 Bands

Band #1 - Voxtrot

An odd show. Last time I saw these guys was during CMJ at a day party at Rothko. There were maybe 100 people there. This time it's at Prospect Park with an audience that was most likely in the thousands. Very happy for Voxtrot, who deserve it. They seemed a little nervous at first, which is to be expected, but that went away very quickly. Loved their set and can't wait to see them again, perferably somewhere just a little bit smaller. And without chairs.

Note to Celebrate Brooklyn! folks - the chairs suck. Why give the audience an excuse to sit on their asses and give a NYC crowd an excuse to be lifeless. However, chair dancing is always fun, and I excell at it.

- Break for dinner at San Loco. The food was great, the Margaritas were greater. BTW - coming soon - San Loco Williamsburg. Nice. On N4th between Bedford and Driggs.

Band #2 - Tally Hall

Heard that these guys were fun and quickly realized how much of an understatement that is. This band reminds me of music for the soundtrack of a mid-90's teen flick. Is it too early to be a 90's throwback? Hell no. My main impression of these guys is that it seems like they are going for it. You can tell that they probably practice a ton and they have their set down. They nailed this show. Was told afterwards that MTV was taping for a "You hear it first" piece. Maybe that's why they brought their A+ game. At first I thought, "Um, I think these guys just stole the show," but then....

Band #3 - Birdmonster

What a payoff. Been psyched about seeing these guys for a while and the excitement was peaked as they got on stage. They then proceeded to destroy. If any band out there need some energy, ask Birdmonster for some, because they have some to spare. Didn't know where to look because each member was doing something amazing. You know how some bands have that one guy who just stands there, usually the base player, and just grooves. No such guy in this band. I didn't fully understand the Springsteen comparisons that I've heard until seeing them live. Now I get it. Catch them live and you will too.

So these guys have one of my favorite albums of 2006 and one of my favorite performances of 2006. I guess I need to make room for them in my "current bands" top 10.