“There should be a couple here making out and dancing in front of us right now…and crying,” mused Nicole Atkins, before kicking into “The Way It Is” at Moscot Music last Thursday.
Among many other humorous insights throughout the set, Atkins embraced Moscot’s small size and kept the music strong, loud, and intimate, even playing to the fans who had to watch the show from outside the store windows.
Her new band (supposedly going under the name Groove Police) made sure the energy never died and kept the show tight and rocking all the way through.
Atkins’ new record, Slow Phaser comes out on February 4th, 2014 and fans—and yet-to-be fans—have plenty to look forward to.
I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon over the Record Store Day Black Friday cash grab hullabaloo, but Legacy Recordings has some cool stuff in store that caught my eye for the busiest shopping day in these here United States of America.
And it would be much better to be packed into a local record store looking for these kind of things rather than camped out at Wal-Mart so that you can trample all kinds of women and children in order to get some unnatural deal on the new Play Station 33, or perhaps a set of decorative oven mitts.
Check out this pretty sweet list of stuff. If you’re buying for me, I should like the Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, and Miles Davis stuff. Oh, and that Sly 7″ too. Thanks:
Hey, we’ve got a twofer going today! A double-shot, if you will. And the two records come to you from Anton Newcombe, of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s label, A Recordings. They are the most recent releases from the excellent label and are sure to please any heady, psych-leaning listeners out there.
First up is Brooklyn’s own Weird Owl with their “Healing” EP, which I have personally been digging a lot for the past couple of weeks. And when writing about Weird Owl, as opposed to speaking about them, it’s nice to not have to explain or over-annunciate the band name to differentiate between them and Weird Al.
This killer EP comes as a double 10-inch—one is dayglo yellow and the other is dayglo pink! Here’s what Anton Newcombe himself has to say:
When San Francisco singer song-writer Matt Nathanson comes to town, you know things are going to get sexually weird and humorously uncomfortable. When Matt Nathanson comes to town on the eve of Halloween, you know it’s going to get pretty f–cking ridiculous.
The hours leading up to the 7pm door call at New York City’s famed warehouse-like club Terminal 5 were filled with hints across social media that tonight would be different. An Instagrammed photo of a lava-like detailed guitar from Nathanson’s account lead me to believe Steel Panther or a possible Def Leppard super-group would be making some sort of appearance. I was close (kind of).
Shortly after 8pm, opener Joshua Radin took to the stage as the floor began to fill with Nathanson fanatics donned in Kinks shirts, work attire, and an endless array of Halloween costumes. The Ohio-based musician pushed through his soft set despite the chatter among the sea of New Yorkers.
Halloween came early this year in the world of Foxygen.
On Monday, they took over the stage at the Bowery Ballroom and decked it out with cob webs, skulls, tombstones, and their own costumes. In addition to Halloween theatrics, their performance was full of so much energy, you couldn’t resist dancing if you tried.
Jonathan Rado lead the songs on keys and guitar, while frontman Sam France took over the stage with his Jim Morrison-esque antics and Mick-Jagger-trying-to-sound-like-Bob-Dylan vocals. When Foxygen released their second record, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, they certainly set the bar high for themselves.
Wherein TVD’s LA family, Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James, return from CMJ with a scrapbook of madness and memories. —Ed.
“As musicians and fans travel home with as many brain cells blown as speaker cabinets, we say goodbye to another CMJ.
Having attended multiple years now I can say that CMJ has its finger on the pulse. Everywhere you look there’s healthy (or unhealthy, depending on who you ask) doses of 80s electroshock disco, dream pop, punk rock, and the occasional resuscitated legend. More shenanigans below…”
What do a woman in a bunny mask, a coat rack, two guitars, a giant iPhone, and a bottle of wine have in common with each other? Absolutely nothing, except that they were all a part of Father John Misty‘s performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg last Saturday.
Currently touring as a solo act, former Fleet Foxes drummer Father John Misty (whose real name is J., for Joshua, Tillman) gave the crowd more than just his music, but his tongue-in-cheek shamanistic wisdom as well. Tillman kept the crowd laughing while emphasizing the humor and wit in his singles “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Nancy From Now On.”
Taking breaks to do a little performance art featuring both the bunny-woman and the coat rack, Tillman then introduced a giant iPhone frame on stage that was placed in front of him less than half way through the set (an obvious gesture towards fans who spend more time watching the show through their iPhones than their eyes). He also took the time to pour out an entire bottle of wine into a wine glass, which overflowed and streamed down the table that was placed center stage. Acting as if nothing had happened, Tillman resumed playing the rest of the set, which included almost every song off his debut record, Fear Fun, along with new songs such as “I Love You, Honeybear.”
PHOTOS: CAITLIN McCANN | October 17th ruled at Union Pool for the Beyond Beyond is Beyond + The Vinyl District’s CMJ Showcase.
Opening Thursday’s sound portal were Worthless, whose vocal harmonies, shadowy organ magic, and Gilmore-y guitar work created a melty lava lamp dream of a set.
Next was Coke Weed with their psych-folk jams from Maine. With trade-off lead guitars and Nina Donghia’s beautiful smoky vocals we heard an impressive set—I can’t wait to see them live again.
Brooklyn’s own Prince Rupert’s Drops blasted us into the heavier portion of the evening with psychedelic vigor. Among other badass songs, we heard their new single “Stay Awake” for the first time live and a righteous rendering of “Run Slow,” which burned for ten minutes.