Saturday, November 30, 2013

Better late than never: pictures of Subsonics at Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/4/13

Better late than never, right? Here are a bunch of pictures we took of the incredible Subsonics when the opened for the Black Lips at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn back on November 4th. The next morning, they set off for Japan, followed by Australia. 


Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Oral History of Female Drummers at MOMA's PS1, Sunday January 6th


Tom Tom Magazine & Mindy Abovitz present:
The Oral History of Female Drummers

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 is pleased to present our second event organized with Tom Tom Magazine, the only print magazine in the world about female drummers. Join us for a performance with women drummers, spread throughout the museum's floors, engaging in a call and response. Drummers include Tom Tom Magazine founder/editor Mindy Abovitz, and musicians Kristin Mueller (of The Caulfield Sisters, Lucinda Black Bear, Christy & Emily), Sean Desiree (of Bell's Roar), and Chloe Saavedra (Chaos Chaos, Smoosh). Beats will be passed from drummer to drummer via award winning beatboxer Ashley "Say Wut?!" Moyer. The performers will play on painted drum heads with sticks by the artist Itta, created so that they will be chipping away at their own histories.

Sunday January 6th
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Video: Shannon and the Clams - "Rat House"

New glittery video from Shannon and the Clams!

New Yorkers, catch 'em at the WFMU Record Fair this Saturday! We hear 4pm is the official time...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How The #%$&*@ did you get so good, Joan Chew?

We'll be starting a new feature here on One Chord Progression, interviewing people who are super awesome at what they do. Our first installment is with musician Joan Chew, a native of Singapore who moved to New York a few years ago and quickly made the music scene here about 5600% better overnight with her ridiculous talents. She currently plays in Party Lights, Bright & Loud, Hawk and Dove and Instrument Thieves, just to name a few. Most nights you can find her playing bass, violin, keyboards or all three with a band somewhere in the New York area.

How many days old were you when you started playing?
Ooh... about 752 days, 17 hours, 24 minutes and 11.11 seconds, thereabouts.

What was your first instrument?
The piano.

How many instruments can you play now?
"I'm an artist, give me a fucking tuba and I'll get you something out of it." -John Lennon

What’s the hardest song you can play?
I can play Eruption on two keyboards at once.

Which musician would you like to be reincarnated as?

Which band would you sell your soul to join?
Collective Soul seems like it'd be the right answer, although it's not true.

Which band would you never join, even for a billion dollars?
Probably Collective Soul.

What’s most important, when picking people to play with: good musicianship, good attitude or good hygiene?
I shower before every rehearsal with strong enough soap to combat everyone/anyone else's B.O., so hygiene isn't an issue (just don't touch me). Good attitude is nice, but nowhere that of good altitude. And good musicianship comes second always to songwriting.

Band-wise, what’s a deal breaker?
Bad hygiene, bad attitude, and bad musicianship.

What’s the saddest key?
The key to my heart...
Catch Joan playing with four bands in one night, Saturday January 18th at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Video: Reigning Sound "You're So Strange" and "Walking The Dog" live at Brooklyn Bowl 11/16/13

After backing up La La Brooks of The Crystals, Reigning Sound played an incendiary set, as expected, at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday to raise money for Norton Records on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated their Brooklyn warehouse last year. We shot the end of their set - "You're So Strange" and a cover of the Rufus Thomas classic "Walking The Dog." Check it out here, lights and all.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Video: La La Brooks of The Crystals live at Brooklyn Bowl 11/16/13

La La Brooks of The Crystals performed two songs with the Reigning Sound Saturday November 16th at Brooklyn Bowl as part of Norton Records' Hurricane Sandy anniversary recovery party. We caught "Da Doo Ron Ron" on video and boy, are we was quite a memorable version! La La, we hope we have one tenth the energy you have when we're in our sixties. Hell, we wish we had it now!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Jacco Gardner European November, January and February Tour Dates + free download of two songs

Jacco Gardner plays the first of six shows in France tonight, and just announced more dates in France, Spain and Portugal early next year.

8 - Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing (Festival Les Inrocks)
9 -  Cigale, Paris (Festival Les Inrocks) 
10 -  Stereolux, Nantes (Festival Les Inrocks) 
11 - Mai Club, Clermont Ferrand 
12 - Bikini, Toulouse (Festival Les Inrocks) 
13 - Poste à Galene, Marseille 

25 - FR - Rennes - Ubu Club
27 - FR - Angouleme - La Nef
28 - FR - Lyon - Marché Gare
29 - SP - Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
30 - SP - Madrid - El Sol
31 - SP - Valencia - La Rambleta

1 - SP - Barcelona - Be Cool 
2 - SP - Valladolid - El Rincon de Edu
3 - PO - Porto - Passos Manuel
4 - PO - Lisboa - Musicbox 
6 - FR - La roche sur Yon - Fuzz'yon 
7 - FR - Paris - La Maroquinerie
8 - FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie

From Insound:

On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork) took on the task of recording eight bands in eight hours. Matt Shane also mixed and mastered the sessions, and the results are nothing but stellar.
It was an unforgettable day filled with amazing performances and delicious Brooklyn Brewery beer for a little liquid inspiration.  Special thanks to sponsors SonicScoop and Soundtoys for making everything possible.

Click HERE to download songs from Jacco Gardner, along with TweensSki Lodge and more.

Paul Collins Beat & Miss Chain and the Broken Heels Tour Italy, France, Germany and Austria this month

11/14 THU - Edonè - Bergamo (IT) only Paul Collins Beat
11/15 FRI - United Club - Torino (IT)
11/16 SAT - Mistral Palace - Valence (F)
11/17 SUN - Perpignan - L'Ubu (F)
11/18 MON - Mondo Bizzarro - Rennes (F)
11/19 TUE - Le 3 Pièces Muzik Club - Rouen (F)
11/20 WED - La Mecanique Ondulatoire - Paris (F)
11/21 THU - Sonic Ballroom - Koln (DE)
11/22 FRI - Austerclub - Berlin (DE)
11/23 SAT - Bounty - Thiene (VI) (IT)
11/24 SUN - PMK - Innsbruck (AT)


PAUL COLLINS BEAT (formerly The Nerves & The Beat)
US powerpop legends from the late 70s!!!

Rock icon and cult favorite PAUL COLLINS got his start with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. Their band THE NERVES toured with The Ramones and recorded a song called “Hanging On The Telephone”, later to become a hit for BLONDIE. Further smash hits were "When You Find Out", a huge spin at TV Eye Labelfest and Fave Rave, "Walking Out On Love" or "Give Me Some Time".
Paul Collins formed THE BEAT in 1977, recruiting members of various rock bands including Steven Huff, Larry Whitman, Dennis Conway and Michael Ruiz. The result was The Beat, a high energy rock group in the style of The Ramones, Blondie and The Dictators. Their biggest tunes were "Rock And Roll Girl" or "Don't Wait Up for Me". As the story goes, Collins was awarded a record deal with CBS thanks to his friend Eddie Money and Bill Graham Management. The Beat played with many bands, including The Jam, Pere Ubu, The Police, Eddie Money, The Plimsouls and Huey Lewis. The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat when a ska band from UK began using The Beat as their moniker.

rough-edged pop, sixties beat and ‘80s daydreams


After four singles (“Common Shell”, “Boys and Girls”, “Lie” and the brand new “Rainbow”) that sold out in a flash, an album for one of the most prestigious power-pop labels already in its second pressing, raving reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, two US tours and lots of dates all across Europe, Miss Chain & The Broken Heels are once again among us. 

Their new album The Dawn is coming out in March 2013.
We had left them with “A Bittersweet Ride”, the LP which was released two years ago on Screaming Apple/Burger/Sonic Jett Records. Two years of relentless touring and personal change. Miss Chain was then singing about being 25 years old and the bittersweet thoughts and preoccupations that come with such an age. Now, two years later, the girl has become a woman: this journey has finally seen the light of dawn, it has changed its nature, turned into a rite of passage. Her thoughts have become a stream of introspection that is equal parts light and darkness, reason and spirituality, demons and hopes. Following this transformation, the music itself has changed, pushing the melodies beyond the usual rock ’n’roll/garage blueprint, such as we were used to.

The Dawn stems from the common effort of the band together with producer Pierluigi Ballarin (The R’s) at T.U.P. Studio in Brescia (Italy). Two weeks of live recordings on tape to capture the joy of experimenting in a studio yielded a perfect blend of warm, thick and surrounding sound: it is a complex record that deploys a vast array of sounds, so deep that sometimes you find yourself drifting away with your eyes closed, totally immersed in a mixture of country, rhythm’n’blues, pop and Beatles-esque melodies, surrounded by dreamy landscapes, sometimes even bordering on psychedelia. 
References to Sixties melodies and sunshine pop are the ideal framing for a record whose sound and content is at the same moment timeless and steeped in the contemporary, the soundtrack to an internal journey which contemplates life and its baggage but it’s not afraid of its dark corners. 

It will be an intense 2013 for Astrid, Silva, Franz and Brown: USA, Canada, Japan are waiting for them at the end of the summer, while starting in March they will travel extensively through Italy and Europe to promote their new record in the best way they can: by being on a stage, in front of their audience, spreading their energy through their music and, even if for a little while, taking you along for the ride.

WFMU Record Fair returns to the Metropolitan Pavillion November 22nd - 24th

The WFMU Record Fair returns to the Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC November 22nd - 24th!

125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

7-10pm Friday
10am-7pm Saturday & Sunday

$7 admission - but click HERE to get $2 off!

Plus live performances from Shannon and the Clams, Blowfly, Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain, Liquor Store and more!

Check out the full schedule HERE!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Woggles play three shows in Southern California

Following a Japanese tour, The Woggles play three shows in Southern California starting tonight. We hope they'll dress like this.

Thursday Nov. 7 Alex's Bar in Long Beach CA
Friday Nov. 8 Til-Two Club in San Diego CA 
Saturday Nov. 9 The Redwood in Los Angeles CA

Check out this great video GaragePunk NYC shot at the Woggles' show at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn back in April.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Video: The Dahlmanns "Dumb Me Down"

New video from The Dahlmanns!

New Elvis Costello documentary debuts on BBC 4

Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance, the first-ever documentary portrait of one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time.  Mark Kidel’s film will be shown on BBC 4: The hour-long version on Friday 8th November at 9pm and the feature-length version on Saturday 9th November at 11.45pm.
Elvis Costello is one of the uncontested geniuses of the rock world. 33 albums and dozens of hit songs have established him as one of the most versatile and intelligent songwriters and performers of his generation.

Elvis is a master of melody - but what distinguishes him above all is an almost uncanny way with words, from the playful use of the well-worn cliché to daring poetic associations, whether he is writing about the sorrow of love or the burning fire of desire, the power play of the bedroom or the world of politics.

Songs such as “Pump It Up”, “Oliver’s Army” and “Shipbuilding” mark moments in the history of British culture.

Assured of Costello’s full collaboration, exclusive access to his extensive archive and with the full participation of his record company, the film is a definitive portrait of a major music icon.
The film tells the story of Elvis Costello – a childhood under the influence of his father Ross MacManus, the singer with Joe Loss’s popular dance band, a Catholic education which has clearly marked him deeply, his overnight success with the Attractions and subsequent disenchantment with the formatted pressures of the music business, a disillusionment which led to him to re-invent himself a number of times, writing and recording songs in various styles, including country, jazz, soul and classical.  The film will focus in particular on his collaborations with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Allen Toussaint.  McCartney and Toussaint are both contributors to the film.  We also have exclusive access to unreleased demos of songs written by McCartney and Costello, who both talk about the intimate sessions in which they co-wrote the material and recorded on the same day
Elvis was interviewed in Liverpool, London and New York, revisiting the places in which he grew up. The main interview, shot over two days at the famed Avatar Studios in NYC is characterised by unusual intimacy. Elvis talks for the first time at great length about his career, song-writing and music, and often breaks into song with relevant examples from his repertoire.
This film provides a definitive account of one of Britain’s greatest living songwriters – the first portrait of its kind – directed by Mark Kidel who was won numerous awards for his music documentaries, including portraits of Rod Stewart, Boy George, Tricky, Alfred Brendel, Ravi Shankar, Joe Zawinul, John Adams and Robert Wyatt.

Producers: Mark Kidel (Calliope Media), Serge Lalou and Laurent Duret (Les Films d’ici)

Writer and Director: Mark Kidel

Guitar Wolf announces Australian tour dates + Japanese dates with Subsonics this week

Japan's Guitar Wolf heads to Australia later this month!

Thursday, November 28 – The Espy, Melbourne (with Batpiss, Mesa Cosa)
Friday, November 29 – The Square, Sydney (with La Mancha Negra)
Saturday, November 30 – The Gasometer, Melbourne
Sunday, December 1 – The Tote, Melbourne (with Mach Pelican)
Wednesday, December 4 – The Basement, Canberra
Friday, December 6 – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane (with Six Ft Hick, HITS)
Saturday, December 7 – Enigma Bar, Adelaide (with Pro Tools, Bad Blood & Broken Bones)

And don't forget about their Japanese tour dates with the incredible Subsonics, starting Thursday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Guantanamo Baywatch to release split single with Natural Child + US tour dates


Limited to 750 copies! There couldn’t be a better title than Surf N Turf for a split 7” between Portland, Oregon’s Guantanamo Baywatch and Nashville, Tennessee’s Natural Child. While Guantanamo Baywatch bask in the coastal traditions of surf rock, Natural Child deliver the backwoods boogie of the landlocked Southern interior. To be fair, there’s much more to GB than vibrato-soaked Mosrite guitars. The recent Suicide Squeeze signees offset their Dick Dale-styled twang with the trashy hybrid of garage punk and surf rock spewed out by The Mummies. Sure, “Raunch Stomp” is in step with the Ventures’ tremolo-picking tradition, but a song like “Love This Time” explains why the band spent time on the boisterous Dirtnap Records roster. Neither is Natural Child to be mistaken for mere good ol’ boy sons of Skynyrd. Though they’ve certainly got a knack for a country-fried ballad (as evidenced on “Don’t Wake The Baby”) or a sweetly stoned fuzzed-out lead on guitar, the trio are better suited for sharing a beer-soaked bar stage with fellow Nashevillians JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream than headlining the mainstage at the state fair. Surf N Turf is available as a limited edition 7” (125 copies on opaque red vinyl, 125 on a green and lavender mix, and 500 on black) with a download coupon. The songs are also available digitally worldwide on December 3, 2013.

Guantanamo Baywatch Tour Dates:

MON NOV 4 - Boston MA, Charlie’s Kitchen
TUE NOV 5 - Brooklyn NY, Death by Audio
WED NOV 6 - Philadelphia PA, Golden Tea House
THU NOV 7 - Cleveland OH, Now That’s Class
FRI NOV 8 - Detroit MI, Lager House
SAT NOV 9 - Chicago IL, Township
SUN NOV 10 - Des Moines IA, Vaudeville Mews
MON NOV 11 - Kansas City MO, House Party
TUE NOV 12 - Denver CO, Lost Lake w/ Lisa Prank (Robin of Lust Cats)
WED NOV 13 - Salt Lake City UT, Salt Haus
FRI NOV 15 - Los Angeles CA, Redwood Bar
SAT NOV 16 - San Francisco CA, Hemlock Tavern
SUN NOV 17 - Santa Rosa CA, Pizza Punx
MON NOV 18 - Reno NV, St. James Infirmary
TUE NOV 19 - Boise ID, The Shredder
WED NOV 20 - Spokane WA, Baby Bar
THU NOV 21 - Portland OR, Star Bar
SAT NOV 23 - Black Lodge w/ Big Eyes and Acapulco Lips

UK's King Salami & The Cumberland Three come to New York December 12th to 14th

The UK's King Salami and the Cumberland Three head to New York in December for three shows plus a live appearance on WFMU's Three Chord Monte!

This is London’s greatest and most sensational Rhythm’n’Blues-Punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan,Wales and the newly-arrived sax man from Mexico. (I know that adds up to five but that’s irrelevant!) With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when the Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. The King howls like Screaming Jay Hawkins with Bo Diddley chasing his coat-tail whilst Andre Williams tries to offer up some of his bacon fat, and the Trashman do the Surfin' Bird behind him. This is a man that never stops shakin’ and twistin’ and groovin’. The Cumberland Three (former members of punk rock bands, including The Parkinsons) rock up a storm with their own branded mix of vintage rockabilly, desperate rock’n’roll and stomping soul, with fire, energy, gusto and, above all, fun! Their numerous vinyl singles and their debut album have sold like the proverbial hot cakes and their latest offering "Cookin' Up a party!" is sure to do the same. This is an old fashioned singles band, one that puts out one seven inch after another, all designed, and guaranteed, to get you dancing like a madman – and both sides of their new long playing platter are sure to do the same, with one hit record coming one after another.

The band has played pretty much everywhere in Europe, plus Australia and Japan, and more recently in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Wuhan, and elsewhere from big cities to rural villages) and have shared a stage with the likes of the Standells, Pretty Things, Trashmen, and the Mummies, to name a few. Indeed, so well regarded are they by the titans of rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues that they have a record coming out soon on which they share the grooves with the legendary Andre Williams! Whether on stage or on record this is one of the most exciting bands in rock’n’roll right now – they are guys who know what it takes to make you move. Equal parts rock'n 'roll and soul, with a healthy dose of blues and rockabilly and a good bit of punk rock attitude, whether you’re at a club show or in your living room you won’t be able to help yourself from shaking and shimmying. You can bet your bacon that they're gonna be cookin’ up a party at your house too!


Dec 12: Bowery Electric, NY with The Recordettes, The Jay Vons, The Electric Mess, DJ Tony LoFi
Dec 13th: Taping at WFMU for Three Chord Monte
Dec 13th: Grand Victory, Brooklyn with Les Envahisseurs, Swingin Neckbreakers, Dj Tony LoFi
Dec 14th: Don Pedro, Brooklyn with Les Envahisseurs, The Othermen, The A-Bones, Dj Tony LoFi