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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, 9Vodpod videos no longer available.
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
Vibes matter man. When a bunch of unknowing and unconscious assholes show up some place and do shit that makes no sense and bother others while doing it, the vibes are altered. Now, we all know Altered Zones are great, but this wasn’t great at all.
Which brings me to the Underwater Peoples Summertime Showcase on Saturday night at Shea Stadium. For whatever reason, in attendance was a handful of big time posers who had no clue that this was NOT a punk or hard-core show. So they acted as “punk” as they could, by kicking each other and spitting on the stage. Now, if this were a real punk show these kids would have had the shit kicked out of them (which is maybe why they chose the chillest place in Bushwick to bring their shenanigans). Besides the inappropriateness of their actions, what really made me sad was what their presence and attitude means for the future of underground, anti-authoritative music and culture. These kids were Hot Topic, personified.
What’s most depressing though, is that the bands, all of whom are great, really brought their A-game. The performances were lively, well-rehearsed and, in many cases, full of new material. I don’t know if the bands were much bothered by the crowd, but for those of us there for the music, it was hard to get lost in it.
I mean come now, moshing to Alex Bleeker and the Freaks? I don’t think his music could possibly inspire violent physical reactions. I guess anything is possible, but I would place a bet that a more enjoyable reaction would be a bit more heady and less aggressive.
Even though I badly wanted to see Julian Lynch perform again, I left early. Those kids weren’t the only reason, but they were part of it. I heard they were gone before Lynch and Real Estate took the stage much later in the evening, and for that we can all be grateful. I’m sure all good vibes were restored after they peaced out.
So, the point is, vibes matter. And hey kids! I’m not an old stick in the mud, I enjoy moshing and stage diving from time to time. But when it makes no sense, it only makes you look like the biggest idiot in the world. And I don’t think that’s what you’re going for.
Ok, all of that aside though, the bands I saw were totally rocking. Fluffy Lumbers with a FULL band, including the drummer from the recently disbanded Pants Yell!, was on fire. Really great. Alex Bleeker debuted a bunch of new and startlingly dark songs (and played a cover of Say It Ain’t So!). No Demons Here performed with a full band, (first time ever?), which really fleshed the sound out. Be sure to see these bands SOON.
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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)
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
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)
Fucking look at this place! Tropicale. Primavera Sound, 2010.
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Why I can’t place this song is beyond me. I think it’s a new one. At first it sounds like “Rebel, Rebel.”
“The frequency of your inner debate, it was all out of tune.”
“You play along to songs written for you, but you’re all out of tune.”
Live in Lawrence, Kansas, March 17.
The new song from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Round and Round,” is really hard to escape these days. Rezound played it the two times i’ve attended events he’s DJ’d: at the Twin Sister Tortilla show and on Saturday at the Real Estate show at PS1. Anyway, I was pretty obsessed with this song and thus listened to it into the ground. Searching for other Pink songs I came across this Real Estate cover of “My Molly,” recorded by NYC Taper at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in March. It’s great and doesn’t sound much like Real Estate.
Real Estate: My Molly (Ariel Pink cover)