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CMJ Day 3 for me was spent jumping around all over this city. 5 clubs and 6 bands. Here are 5 out of 6 in pics. First: Violens at Pianos. Second: Times New Viking at Brooklyn Bowl. Third: Dream Diary at the Woods. Fourth La Big Vic at Glasslands. Fifth: Marnie Stern at Live at the Pyramids.

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Dutch Treat, McDonald’s at Don Pedro’s, 8ish


Deerhoof, Father Murphy at Le Poisson Rouge, 8

The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars, So Cow at Irving Plaza, 7


Rum DMT, Woodsman, La Big Vic, Night Manager, Birthdays at Shea Stadium, 9

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Daniel Francis Doyle, Fiasco, Bird Names, Dinowalrus, Cavex at Death by Audio, 8ish

Dungen, The Entrance Band at Knitting Factory, 9:30 (and Friday)


Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at the Ridgewood Temple, 8ish

Parts and Labor, Shy Child, Bunnies, Adult Themes at Glasslands, 9

King Khan & The Shrines, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Golden Triangle at Santos Party House, 7ish

Dead Kennedys at Irving Plaza, 7

Deerhunter, Real Estate, Casino Versus Japan at Webster Hall, 6


Magik Markers, Iyes, Steve Gunn & Johnny Truscinski at Shea Stadium, 8

Weekends, Web Dating, Data Dog, Antimagic, Mala Strana at Coco66, 8

Turbo Fruits, Liquor Store, Pujol, Dream Diary at Death by Audio, 8

King Khan & The Shrines, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Live Fast Die at the Bell House, 8


Beach Fossils at Brooklyn Bowl, 8, FREE

Widowspeak, Sweet Bulbs, MINKS, Total Slacker, X-Ray Eyeballs at Death by Audio, 8


Teengirl Fantasy and Frankie Rose and the Outs at Brooklyn Bowl, 9ish

Marnie Stern, Little Scream, The Forms at The Rock Shop, 730ish

Built To Spill, Revolt Revolt, Doug Martsch of Built To Spill (DJ Set) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (and Wednesdayat HighLine Ballroom)

Peter Evans, Expo 70, Telecult Powers at Zebulon, 9


MIA at Brooklyn Bowl, line forms at 7

!!!, Fol Chen, Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 (and Thursday)

Peter Evans, Lichens, Highlife, Callers at Zebulon, 9


Coasting, Reading Rainbow, Night Manager at Glasslands, 8ish

Women, DD/MM/YYYY at the Mercury Lounge, 630ish (?) (And Saturday at Knitting Factory with So Cow)


Teen Inc., Blondes, SFV Acid, Blood Orange, White Rainbow at Monster Island, 8ish

True Panther DJ Party with Blondes at 5 Spot in Fort Greene, 8ish

Games at CoCo66, 9ish


Celebration, Andrew Cedermark, Woodsman, Up Died Sound at Glasslands, 9

White Rainbow, Nihiti, La Big Vic at …., 10ish


Tonstartssbandht, Run DMT, Telenovelas at Glasslands, 830


Tangents and the Times throwdown at Bruar Falls with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Sweet Bulbs, 8

The Babies (sans Cassie), Grass Widow, Ovens, Web Dating, Red Romans at Monster Island Basement, 8ish

Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Radar Brothers at Bowery Ballroom, 8

Forgetters, Shellshag at Death by Audio, 8ish

El Guincho, Lemonade at Mercury Lounge, 8ish


Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), The Shining Twins at Mercury Lounge, 9:30 (also Thursday with Candles)

The Great Valley, Procedure Club, DDIILLIIAANN, In Buenos Aires, Philip Seymour Hoffman at Shea Stadium, 8ish


Autre Ne Veut, Zambri at Cameo Gallery, 8ish

Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub at Williamsburg Waterfront, 7ish


Human Resources, Gunfight, I’m Turning Into, Slow Animal, Easter Vomit at Don Pedro, 8ish


Mirah ( all-star band), Tami Hart, “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot-Grrl Revolution” Book Release Party at Bruar Falls, 8ish


Casiokids, Brahms, Bikini, VonChina at Glasslands, 8ish


GAYNGS, Glasser at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8


Janka Nabay, Highlife, Ali Kamiya Dit Ba aka Ali Baba, Lichens, Cloudland Canyons at Shea Stadium, 8ish (w International Tapes Dj’s)

Frankie & The Outs, Light Asylum, MINKS, Mirror Mirror at Glasslands, 830

Screaming Females, Shellshag, Big Eyes at Knitting Factory, 9


Aids Wolf, An Albatross, Forbes/Toung/Walter, Child Abuse at Cake Shop, 8ish

Those Darlins, Strange Boys, Gentleman Jesse at Bowery Ballroom, 8 (& Sat. at Brooklyn Bowl, 8ish)

Dan Friel, Dustin Wong, Black Actor, The Gamut at Shea Stadium, 8


Crystal Stilts, Moon Duo at Knitting Factory, 9ish

Indian Jewelry, Oberhofer, Total Slacker, La Big Vic at Monster Island, 8ish

Radical Dads, Family Trees, Reading Rainbow at Cake Shop, 8ish

AIDS Wolf, An Albatross, Sightings, Vaz at Death by Audio, 8ish

Tooth Ache., Holy Spirits, Winks, Night Manager at Silent Barn, 8ish


La Big Vic, No Demons Here, Liam the Younger at (info here), 8ish

Superchunk, Let’s Wrestle at Bowery Ballroom, 8

Javelin at Brooklyn Bowl, 11 (RSVP)

No Age, Small Black at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8


Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls), Mainland Fever, Webdating, The Shining Twins, Red Romans at Glasslands, 8

Superchunk, Wild Nothing, Todd Barry at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8

Pavement, Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice) at Williamsburg Waterfront, 530

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 most simple and desperate of themes, love and desire, guide the new La Big Vic song. “LYNY” is a hypnotic, electronic rumination on what it feels like to be isolated, alone, perhaps even desperate. But in true high style, the song picks up and takes on a positive tone when Emilie Friedlander begins to sing and the drums kick in.

“I love you, I need you. I love you, I need you.” Lyrics like that present the dichotomy always present in scenarios of human relationships. To love and to need is both comforting and frightening. Of course, this can also apply to psychic roaming and wandering. We all want to understand how sound works, but ignorance is bliss, as they say. To get caught up in confusion can be more rewarding.

La Big Vic has only a few tracks circulating, but each one is better than the last. “Heyo (Silver Morning)” is a bit more atmospheric than “LYNY,” but both are deserving of a close listen.

La Big Vic is playing three shows at the end of the month, including an MME presents gig at Glasslands on Friday, July 30. Check the flyer below.

La Big Vic: LYNY

Emilie Friedlander has to be careful because she plays violin live and sings. Sometimes the feedback from the mic is hard to control. To deal? She writes lyrics in a made up language. That’s just how the mind of this woman works. Confusion equals clarity.

La Big Vic is… well, what is a La Big Vic besides a band? Just listen to “Heyo” below. You’ll see.

The band is putting out a cassingle (i think they coined that term) on Whip Records and is playing a release show at K and M in Williamsburg with Future Shuttle tonight at 9.

Future Shuttle is the project of Camilla Padgitt-Coles andย  Jessa Farkas. “Fields of Dreams,” below, is as literal a song as one can find. The sounds are forward thinking, it could be the soundtrack, on loop, of 2010: A Shuttle Odyssey.

Rounding out La Big Vic is Toshio Masuda and Peter Pearson.

La Big Vic: Heyo (Silver Morning)

Future Shuttle: Fields of Dreams


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Mercury Lounge, 11

Horse Feathers, Lay Low at Union Hall, Mercury Lounge, 6:30

Golden Triangle at Sound Fix Records, 8

Yeasayer, Seagull, Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall, 8ish


Dan Friel, Adult Themes, Food Stamps, Imaginary Weapons at Bruar Falls, 8ish

Washed Out and Small Black, The Bell House, 8ish

Walter Schreifels, Atlantic / Pacific at the Studio at Webster Hall, 8ish


Grasshopper Vs. Guardian Alien, Nonhorse, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more, 8

Chris Knox Benefit: Jeff Mangum (short acoustic set!), Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), The Clean, Sharon Van Etten, Portastatic, Coasting, Claudia Gonson (of Magnetic Fields) at Le Poisson Rouge, 8

Suzanne Vega, Yuka Honda, Spooky Ghost at City Winery, 9

Beach House, Washed Out at Webster Hall, 8ish


Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Sore Eros, Big Troubles, The Procedure Club at Cake Shop, 8ish

The Clean, Dimmer, Coasting at the Bell House, 8ish

Sleigh Bells, Mr. Dream at Coco66, 10ish

Caribou, Toro y Moi, Hounds Of Hate at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8ish (and Saturday at Bowery Ballroom)

Broken Social Scene at Webster Hall, 7 (and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg)


Future Shuttle and La Big Vic (cassingle release) at K&M, 9

Phosphorescent at Union Pool, 9


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