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Friday night’s Julian Lynch, Ducktails, Campfires, Big Troubles, La Big Vic show feels like a distant dream at this point, but it wasn’t long ago. Already YouTube user John Maurer has uploaded a great video of the night’s closing song, “Droplet on a Hot Stone.” Lynch’s band left the stage (except for Sam Franklin) and he was joined by Matt Mondanile of Ducktails and Real Estate and Alex Bleeker of the Freaks and Real Estate. I was brought right back. Hopefully you will be too. And if you missed the show, well, here’s a glimpse…



drawn by Karen Aragon

Back at Christmastime, 2008, before I was listening to Ducktails, Matt Mondanile recorded a live session with Real Estate member and friend Martin Courtney at WFMU in Jersey City. The set has been floating around the past two years, and is regarded as a crystalline portrait of how something great started. Listening to the set now, it’s exciting to think about the careers of these two musicians, and all they have done since then.

The set is being released on wax by Inflated Records and the release party is tonight at Glasslands. Come down and hear Ducktails as well as Julian Lynch, Campfires, Big Troubles and La Big Vic. DJ Marty McSorley, who hosted Ducktails on WFMU, will DJ. Talk about full circle. Doors at 830.

Here’s a taste, “The Mall.” Mondanile’s voice, all coated in effects, announcing who he is, who Ducktails is and even who Real Estate is, shoots a shiver up your spine. It’s a short jaunt-but it bursts at the seams with heavy feelings. Mondanile and Courtney cover “Let’s Rock the Beach” directly after “The Mall.” You’ll hear some of that too.

Ducktails: The Mall (Live on WFMU)

The ever-fab Pixelhorse shot this video of Big Troubles playing heatedly in a fucking hot as hell Shea Stadium during Northside Fest. I have to admit this is the first i’ve heard about the boys being so inspired by me that they wrote a song! It’s called, yes, “Georgia”!

Elise Oh was wearing tiny jean shorts at this show. I watched her filming, everyone did, those long legs… so thank goodness for those in attendance she was filming, so we can see what happened onstage as well as off. Not that we couldn’t hear this when it was going on… multiple senses people! Oh, and Big Troubles plays big. By which I mean LOUD.

The band opens for Real Estate and Kurt Vile tonight and goes on tour with Ducktails soon, with the concluding night of the tour going down at the Microphone Memory Emotion presents show at Glasslands on July 30. Also on the bill, Julian Lynch, Ducktails, Campfires and La Big Vic. This will be sickkkkk.

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Total Slacker, Ava Luna, Red Romans (members of Beach Fossils) at Union Pool, 9

Prince Rama and La Big Vic at Glasslands, 10

Beirut, WOOM at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish

The Nels Cline Singers at (le) Poisson Rouge, 8ish


Delorean at Stuy Town Oval, 7 FREE

Wolf Eyes, Black Dice, Growing at Secret Project Robot, 8ish

El Guincho and Janka Nabay at (le) Poisson Rouge, 10


Yellow Fever and Dream Diary at Cake Shop, 8ish

Phosphorescent, Dawes at Pier 64, 6 FREE


Yellow Fever, Wet Dog, Larkin Grimm and MINKS at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Bandit Teeth, Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, Blissed Out at Cake Shop, 8ish

Real Estate, Kurt Vile and Big Troubles at (le) Poisson Rouge, 8

Zola Jesus at South Street Seaport, 6ish


Real Estate and Kurt Vile at Maxwell’s, 9

Delorean, Tanlines, Glasser at Bowery Ballroom, 8:30

Bandit Teeth, Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk at Coco 66, 8ish

The MICRO-PIXEL-RITES, “Sisters Doin’ It For Themselves” SXSW Showcase was documented and is being presented one memory at a time. These memories were shot by 2/3 of MICRO-PIXEL-RITES (Emilie and Elise), and Visitation Rites contributor and all-around swell gal Samantha Cornwell.

Here’s Memory #2, Big Troubles doing “Slouch.” If you weren’t there this will magically transport you. Can you feel the sun? It was nice and warm…

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I wanted to throw up these pictures real quick so you could all see, in part, how fucking awesome the show was yesterday. Located a little bit outside of the downtown Austin shit show, MICRO-PIXEL-RITES was a chill space with positive vibes, grass, beer, amazing hand-made seitan bbq sandwiches and hand cut fries. But you want to hear about the bands!

They were all shiny. Each band played like they were into you as much as you were into them. Must have been, again, the vibezzzz. From Big Troubles’ reverbed roar to the super energized performance of the highly buzzed Cloud Nothings, from the psychedelic haze of Rangers’ second performance ever to Family Portrait’s ability to make you feel in the future and the past at the same time, to Twin Sister, oh my god Twin Sister, save your heart now, to the always true Alex Bleeker and the Freaks to the female riot power of Coasting, to Pill Wonder, what a wonder with 2 drum kits and finally, Campfires, Jeff Walls’ Chicago bedroom project that is now a loud onslaught of pop. WOAH.

Family Portrait


Twin Sister

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks

Big Troubles

Together with the ladies of Pixelhorse and Visitation Rites, we are Sisters Doin’ It For Themselves this year at SXSW! This is female powered– and sure to be an overwhelmingly awesome and DIY backyard showcase.

The party goes down at 1204 Salina Street in Austin on Thursday, March 18 from 1-8 pm. Check out the flyer, post it, pass it, love that cat on records!

And stay tuned for a BIG announcement… pre-SXSW-pump up party wump wump featuring awesome bands. IN BROOKLYN.

Julian Lynch makes music to dream to. No matter what he says, (see below), for me, his music inspires deep, personal introspection. Using instruments like clarinets, tape machines and guitars, Lynch weaves blankets and more blankets of sound that wrap around you like a comfortable summer breeze. Lynch is one of the many Ridgewood, NJ/ Underwater Peoples musicians, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. He took some time out to answer some questions for MME.

What did it feel like when you first started writing music? Was guitar your first instrument?

When I first started writing music, I lacked confidence in what I was doing and felt like I was somehow “faking it,” or missing the point of what writing music was supposed to be about, as if such a point existed. I was pretty young. Probably around 14. Even though I had learned how to play musical instruments by that point, I assumed that there was some essence to music making to which I was not privy.

Guitar wasn’t my first instrument. I took some piano lessons beginning in second grade, maybe for about a year. Then I started playing clarinet in fourth grade. I consider clarinet to be my “real” first
instrument. Then I started learning guitar just before high school.

What inspires your thoughts and ideas?

Other thoughts and ideas, plus individual experience. Exposure to and engagement with the things that other people have done or are doing. Definitely seeing/hearing my friends playing music. Matt, Martin, Bleeker, Brody, and all the other friends from my town and from other places have had a big impact on my musical process.

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The b-side to Big Troubles’ “Freudian Slips” 7″ is crazy. The guitar solo is basically one strum done over and over again, wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah…. And the manipulation of the sound so that it sounds like a rubber band being stretched and plucked is incendiary. Incendiary.

Big Troubles is a fun live show too. The band’s playing at the Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday with Twin Sister, Run-DMT, Pigeons and Alice Cohen.

The version of “Freudian Slips” on this record is different than the one we all know from the internets. Get it from Blackburn Recordings.

Big Troubles: Wouldn’t Mind


Ducktails, Ecstatic Sunshine, Jason Urick, Nonhorse at Death by Audio, 8ish

Tanlines, Das Racist, etc. at Highline Ballroom, 8ish

Daniel Higgs, Stellar Om Source at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dean and Britta at the Bell House, 8ish (and Wednesday with Dinosaur Feathers and Friday at HIRO)


Big Troubles, My Teenage Stride, The Sundelles, Lame Drivers at Le Poisson Rouge, 8ish

Reading Rainbow, Family Trees, Total Slacker, X-Ray Eyeballs at Death by Audio, 8ish

Laurel Halo, Air Waves, A Rose Parade at Zebulon, 9ish


MNDR, Zambri, Tayisha Busay at Glasslands, 9ish


Bob Mould at City Winery, 9 pm (and Saturday)

Telepathe, Boy Crisis, Apache Beat, Brahms (formerly known as Cale Parks), Grandchildren at Glasslands, 9ish

Nine 11 Thesaurus, Dan Friel at IS 291, 231 Palmetto St., Brooklyn. Part of ¿REAL BUSHWICK/BUSHWICK RÉAL?

The Fugs, John Kruth, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Pete Stampfel, John Zorn at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 7:30 pm (A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg)


Flower of Flesh and Blood, Twin Sister, Soft Landings, Sultan at Monkeytown, 10:30 pm

Nat Baldwin at Sycamore, 9 pm


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