November 15, 2009
THIS WEEK IN SHOWS
The most noteworthy concert this week is Sonic Youth with Dinosaur Jr. and Cold Cave, one of the few lineups that’d get me to Terminal 5, but that’s been sold out, so let us non-ticket holders lick our wounds at some of these other, very worthwhile shows.
MON, NOV. 16
The Jesus Lizard, Skeleton Key
9:00 PM, $25, 16+
In case you haven’t heard, The Jesus Lizard have been kicking ass all over the place this year, crowd surfing and stage diving like its 1989. It’s Monday night, and who knows how long this reunion thing will last. Get in front, put your arms up, and get ready for a handful of David Yow.
TUES, NOV. 17
Kurt Vile, Wild Yaks, Home Blitz, Pink Reason
7:00 PM, $10, 18+
I think it would be really fun to book a show with either Kurt Vile or Wild Yaks, because both mesh well with any number of bands on a lineup, but you can’t automatically pair them with anybody in particular. There’s something more “classic rock” – I almost want to say masculine – about Kurt Vile than a lot of other “woozy” psychedelic pop acts, and there’s a poignancy to Wild Yaks’ songs that’s lacking in other bands who’re equally rowdy and debauched. Maybe they go perfectly together? Maybe not, but I feel like you can’t go wrong with this one. (For something completely different, check out Kurt Vile on Wednesday with Big Star.)
More on This Week In Shows
Watch Flaming Lips Video For Embryonic Cut, “Watching the Planets,” In Which Wayne Coyne Gets Completely Naked, and a Giant Fur Monster Gives Birth to a Ton of Naked Adults…Flaming Lips, You’ve Gotten So Predictable (Uh, this is Most NSFW Thing Since This) [NME]
Stream Joy Orbison’s Remix of Four Tet’s Single “Love Cry” (Which Sounds Almost Nothing Like the Original Track…Which May or May Not Be a Good Thing); Elsewhere, the Original Version “Love Cry” is On the Upcoming There Is Love In You, Due Out January 26 [Gorilla vs. Bear]
Hey, You Like the Hold Steady? (Yes, You Do). Then You Should Probably Be Psyched For Craig Finn’s Former Band, Lifter Puller, Re-releasing All Their Music, Along With a Commemorative Lifter Puller Book. (You Will Be Excited, Or I’ll Make You Excited); Elsewhere, I Am Unhealthily In Love With the Hold Steady [Pitchfork]
Stream Hot Chip’s “Take It In” off the Upcoming (And Announced Yesterday) One Life Stand; Elsewhere, I Beg the Question: Who Likes Hot Chip? I Have Heard They Are Huge, But Have Never Met a Single Person Who Would Call Themselves a Hot Chip Fan. Prove Me Wrong, Readers [Prefix]
compiled by Max Sebela
JezebelMusic.com @ the Northside Festival | June 11-14, 2009
From June 11-14 The L Magazine’s Northside Festival took over the bars, galleries, and, most importantly (to us anyway) music venues of the “north side” (i.e., Williamsburg and Greenpoint) of Brooklyn. With somewhere around 80 showcases crammed into just three and a half days, the number of musical options was dizzying and, for some, agonizing. One frantic text I received during the weekend read: “Quick, who do you think I should see? Les Sans Culottes (ye ye esque) or Wild Yaks (drunk rock). I’m suffering from crippling indecision!” The sentiment was the same among others – especially when having to choose between the big headliners (Bill Callahan, The Hold Steady, Sunset Rubdown, The Dodos, Asobi Seksu, Bishop Allen) at bigger venues (Music Hall of Williamsburg, Studio B) and lesser-known acts (Pet Ghost Project, Ava Luna, Glass Ghost, Knight School, Browns) at smaller, more intimate spaces (Trophy Bar, Bar Matchless, Coco66, Cameo Gallery). I tended to opt for the latter and was happy I did. I caught some of the liveliest, rawest, most refreshing performances I’ve seen in a while – Drink Up Buttercup banging the shit out of their “smashcans” with maracas and bells, Tune-Yards wailing atop her primitive, soulful, pummeling beats, The Albertans singing sweetly in the sun, during an acoustic sidewalk set, Ghost Gamblers howling out their hearty Americana-cum-country tunes. At our own showcase, I was thoroughly impressed by the total talent that characterized the night. I repeatedly caught myself thinking, “Wow, these guys are good,” and then finding my surprise silly – I had, after all, booked the bands. What was especially notable about the weekend was that nearly every act involved was Brooklyn-based, a testament to the vitality of the current local music scene. The festival had it’s flaws, of course – badgeholders not being admitted to shows, set time screw ups – but, especially given that it was its first year, I would say an overall success.
Below, the reactions and reminiscences of some of our writers and, here, a slideshow capturing some images from the weekend.
[All images copyright 2009 Jen McManus]
Artists pictured (in order of appearance): Patrick Bower and the World Without Magic, Neckbeard Telecaster, The Art of Shooting, Bottle Up and Go, The Press, Ghost Gamblers, Katie Eastburn, Tune-Yards, The Dodos
by Elana Jacobs
JezebelMusic.com Northside Coverage: