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Long overdue on these cmj snaps from the RQ x MME show at Shea Stadium. Revel in the October vibessss.

Pigeons/Fluffy Lumbers/Ecstatic Sunshine/Street Chant/Family Portrait/Andrew Cedermark

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Wild Animal Kingdom. WAKR! Olympia, Washington! Only you could have had a dream like “I love Guided by Voices. I love my friends’ bands. I’m going to make a collection of covers and distribute it!” What’s in the water out there? Acid dreams turn into reality in the PAC NW it seems…

Guided by Guided by Voices is an extremely limited collection, so if you like the band, or those 16 doing the covering, (so far we’ve got Pill Wonder, Bleeker and Brody and Martin Courtney IV),  then you should get on this compilation ASAP.

Sam Franklin, AKA Fluffy Lumbers, takes on the melancholy “Club Molluska,” and gives it the hard-nosed treatment we all have come to love/appreciate. He employs the power of echoes and darkly draped guitar tones and then wails all over it.

“It’s just a runaway wooooorld.”

Fluffy Lumbers: Club Molluska

These guys couldn’t have been older than 10 when this song was on the radio, right? Of course that doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy it when they did hear it. What a fucking incredible song. It was absolutely one of my favorites. And Sam Franklin (Fluffy Lumbers) does right by omitting Dolores O’Riordan’s yodeling in the song. She can hardly pull that off herself…

Check out the extreme intensity. I wonder if this song made him cry as a young man?

The video description says this: Chiller’s Mansion! Ari’s 18th Birthday Party!! Decipher/believe in that if you dare.

Sam- play this on Saturday at Shea Stadium for the Underwater Peoples showcase? Please?

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Pics from Friday night at Matchless, the MME curated Brooklyn Based Northside Showcase.







Dan Turnbull, Orca Age at Goodbye Blue Monday, 8

Nonhorse, Shams, Dj Dog Dick, The Babies, Sewn Leather at Silent Barn, 8ish

Sam Amidon at Mercury Lounge, 7ish


Oneohtrix Point Never, Steve Moore, No Fun Acid (Carlos Giffoni), Autre Ne Veut at Glasslands, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Wavves, Cloud Nothings, Dom at Knitting Factory, 8ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Tame Impala, Amazing Baby at Pianos, 8

Aa, Yellow Fever, Air Waves, PC Worship, Coasting at Union Pool, 730ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Desert Stars, Woom at Bruar Falls, 10 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

We Are Country Mice, Eternal Summers, Grooms, Viernes, Dream Diary at Cameo Gallery, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers, Coasting, Bermuda Bonnie at Matchless, 9 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Real Estate, Woods, The Fresh & Onlys, Sic Alps, Moon Duo at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding, Cults at Newtown Barge, 1:30 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe at Central Park Summerstage, 3

Ducktails, Big Troubles, Woom, No Demons Here, Dana Jewell, Archers, Andrew Cedarmark at Shea Stadium, 8ish (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Lower Dens, Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim, Frankie & The Outs, Total Slacker, Coasting, Union at Death by Audio, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Liars, Fucked Up, High Places at Newtown Barge, 6 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM, ZAZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Zs, David Linton at Issue Project Room, 8 (NORTHSIDE FEST)


Dark Dark Dark, Arches, Vandaveer, Callers, Annie and the Beekeepers at Zebulon, 7 (NORTHSIDE FEST)

Exactly one week from today, the 2nd Annual Northside Festival begins. The weekend features upwards of 300 bands, and tons of showcases sponsored and curated by your favorite bloggers, blogs, labels, news outlets, etc.

Brooklyn Based asked me, or rather MME, to curate their showcase, which is going down Friday, June 25 at Matchless. The line-up is stellar…

First up is Bermuda Bonnie, a duo out of Brooklyn by way of Philly that plays adorable electronic pop. With subjects like sunny days, houseboats, rockets and boys, this music will make you feel sprightly and in love.

Fluffy Lumbers is the main project of Sam Franklin. Fluffy Lumbers music is a hazy and soaring loud mess of guitars run through reverb pedals–one part melody via Weezer and one part nostalgia via 80s pop. (But you all know that.)

Next is the Bushwick powerhouse Coasting featuring Madison Farmer on guitar and vocals and Fiona Campbell on drums and vocals. These two women are forward-thinking, feminist party animals whose minimal music will send shivers straight up your punk rock spine. In a 90s DC-era style, Coasting is fast and hard. Also, Farmer and Campbell hail from Arkansas and New Zealand, respectively, which must pique your interest, right?

And up last is the Underwater People’s Records house band, aptly named Family Portrait. Family Portrait makes music that oozes with old school charm but whose sound is fully modern. These are pop space jams with smoky lyrics by Elvis lookalike and lead singer/guitarist Evan Brody.

At each show a limited number of badge holders will be admitted and there are no pre-sale tickets so get there early. (There are $1 Heinekens from 8 to 10 p.m. so you’ve got no reason to be late.) Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., right across from McCarren Park, Friday, June 25. Doors at 8:30, bands at 9. $6.

9 Bermuda Bonnie
9:45 Fluffy Lumbers
10:30 Coasting
11:15 Family Portrait


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Both videos shot by Samantha Cornwel at Micro-Pixel-Rites SXSW 2010.


Velvet Davenport, Florida, Columboid at Bruar Falls, 8ish

Restless People, MNDR at Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish (Free FADER Bowl)

The Beets, Christmas Island, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker at Cake Shop, 8ish (and Sat. at Death by Audio)

Yeasayer, Javelin, Class Actress at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish


PC Worship, Velvet Davenport, Florida, Blissed Out at Silent Barn, 8ish


NinjaSonik, Japanther at Santos Party House, 8ish


Total Slacker, Camerahead Shark, X-Ray Eyeballs at Bruar Falls, 8ish

Obits, Rope, Gray Goods at Cake Shop, 8ish (Obits Sat. same place)

Frankie & the Outs, Harlem at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Jonathan Richman at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish (and Sat., Sun.)


Blank Dogs, So Cow, Frankie & the Outs, Sisters at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Magnetic Fields at BAM, 8 (HAPPY V-DAY!!)

Roadside Graves, The Daredevil Christopher Wright, The Loom at Glasslands, 8ish

Jeffrey Lewis at Glasslands, 11pm


So Cow, Preacher and the Knife, White Blue Yellow Clouds, The Babies at Cake Shop, 8ish


Pop Jew Presents Valentine’s Day featuring Fluffy Lumbers, Dream Diary, North Highlands, Phil & the Osophers at Bruar Falls, 8ish

Fluffy Lumbers is Samuel Franklin, a native of New Jersey and a current Sarah Lawrence student. While Fluffy Lumbers is Franklin’s main gig, he also plays in multiple other Underwater Peoples bands. He is a cinema freak, a funny guy, a drummer before a guitarist and a lover of free coke. (a-cola).

Fluffy Lumbers is releasing its debut 12″ on Underwater Peoples in the not too distant future and is playing at Sarah Lawrence on Wednesday (with Pants Yell!), the Cake Shop on Nov. 21 and Bruar Falls on Dec. 5. The album is being recorded in his parents basement over Thanksgiving vacation and features mostly all new tracks. Franklin says “the cover, back cover and all inserts will be 3-D interactive holograms.” WOAH.

Read on if you’re interested in hilarity. Franklin talks bandmates, New Jersey, music categorization and much more.

What is a Fluffy Lumber?
Reactions to the name have ranged from “yeah” to “that’s the worst band name I’ve ever heard.” Frankly, I probably could have done a lot worse. Thinking about it, a lot of my favorite bands have what could be considered “bad” band names but I guess band names have never really mattered much to me. I realized at the onset that I probably wouldn’t be able to come up with a name of Guided By Voices or The Rolling Stones caliber so I just tried to choose something that sounded vaguely comforting and pleasant. Some people seem to think it’s referencing a fictional wholesale wood distributor, that’s fine. Someone made a joke once on a message board that it’s a synonym for flaccidity, that’s fine too. “Were you high?” No, I wasn’t high. It’s really just a name. Recent misspellings include: Fuzzy Lumbers, Fluffy Lumber, The Fluff Lumbers and Rob Bip & The Pacers.

When did you form this band? Tell me about the members?
In the fall of 2007 I began working towards a BFA at the School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts but due to an allergic reaction to something (maybe just some sort of late summer/fall seasonal thing?) the skin around my eyes became swollen and my eyes themselves were usually inflamed and watering. Looking this way, I rarely wanted to leave the single I had in the dorms except to attend class so I found that the best way to spend my time other than doing homework and going to the movies by myself was to record songs with my Casio keyboard and some guitar pedals. I sent these songs to a few friends and they were into it so I kept recording and, after learning the most basic basics of the guitar I received that Christmas, started playing shows by myself when I was invited. I decided from the get-go that the recordings would consist of only myself mostly because I find recording with other people to be very stressful but this summer and fall I asked some of my best friends to back me up at shows and they obliged. Luka Usmiani (bass), Ian Drennan (guitar), Ian Dykstra (drums), Alexander Steinberg (guitar), Alex Craig (guitar), Sebastian Castillo (guitar) have all played in various incarnations of the live band since June.

How is it playing drums in your own band?
People seem to like it but I would rather play guitar. My worry is that people will start calling the music ‘No Age-esque’ or something along those lines because all it took was a song about a COPS episode for people to start calling my music “beach,” “summer” and “surf.” The beach is fun sometimes but I don’t really feel strongly either way about it, summer’s cool and everything but I prefer fall and winter, and surf….what? I never really got that one. Drums were my first instrument so one could argue that the live show is tighter when I play drums and can’t make mistakes on the guitar but playing guitar is just more fun for me at this point.

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Thanks to Pixelhorse for this video. I really love Sam the drummer. He’s also called Fluffy Lumbers and plays drums in Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, currently. He’s only 20 years old, by the way. Gosh, I feel old.

Here’s a track by Frat Dad.

Frat Dad: Greg The Nerd

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Last night’s crop of bands at Monster Island Basement were of the “let’s get high and make out” variety. And even though i wasn’t smoking the weed that was so clearly being passed around not just the audience but also band members on stage, i could still feel it, man.

Enough of that.

Monster Island Basement is a great space- it’s a little cavernous and echo-ey and the walls are actually built out of rocks. Solid. It wasn’t even too hot, amazingly. The guy doing sound was really meticulous too- so props to Todd P and that guy for working tirelessly to make un-legit places sound great.

First up was Alex Bleeker (pictured) and the “ever-revolving cast of Freaks.” This guy knows a rock hook if i ever heard one. And Matt Mondanile from Ducktails and Real Estate solo’s like nobodies business. They covered Mountain Man’s “Animal Tracks,” which i saw them perform the night before. Both were awesome. Bleeker’s take on the folky song was very much a “rock and roll saves your soul” type of cover.

Fluffy Lumbers was on next. Last night at MonkeyTown, Sam Franklin played solo but tonight he had his full band. Apparently the band needs a drummer and so Sam filled in himself. It was great to watch a 20 year old kid run his own band from behind the kit. And he did it masterfully, with grace even. When some things went awry, shoulders were shrugged and the band lumbered on. Heh heh. I like the punk edge in Fluffy Lumbers songs… an interesting take on a traditional sound. Franklin’s drumming is fast and like a garage pop headache. He could stand to hit harder– resulting in punch in the face type songs. I’m interested to see the band with Franklin on guitar…

Coasting played their first show ever last night. It was obvious only in the fact that they were so proud and their girlfriends in the front row were, too. The devotion was pretty impressive- one girl who couldn’t have been older than 23 actually tapped a guy on the shoulder and told him to move when he stepped into her view. The band has well crafted pop tunes with specific and interesting guitar work. They have potential.

My feet hurt and I needed to tweet so I went outside and sat on the really nice benches under a tree that are right around the corner at Secret Project Robot. We were right outside the basement window and the sound was actually better from up there. That’s how I experienced High Life, living the High Life in the cool, cool air.

And finally- the girl i’ve been dreaming about for months- Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. It’s interesting to finally see someone perform after so much hype and thinking and listening on your computer. Unlike Washed Out, Best Coast was actually fun. Her music is still the kind experienced best laid out somewhere, but the fog of sound that surrounds her and all she emits is pretty interesting in a live setting. Oh, and you can’t take your eyes off of her.


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