Links


  • Record Stores


  • Academy Records, LPs and Annex
    The Academy Annex in Williamsburg is my favorite place to buy used records.

  • Amoeba Music
    San Francisco, Berkeley and LA. Best in the West.

  • Boomkat
    UK based site specializing in Electronic, Ambient, Post-Folk, IDM and more

  • Generation Records
    This Greenwich Village staple has attitude. Great for punk, hardcore and much more.

  • Insound
    Top online independent retailer. Great deals and selection.

  • Other Music
    Among the best independent record stores in New York City.

  • Permanent Records
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My favorite store to browse.

  • Sonic Boom Records
    Along with KEXP, the reason that I could survive a move to Seattle

  • SoundFix
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They've developed a great website and have online ordering as well.

This past weekend’s After The Jump fest was a great success. The turnout was surprisingly good for our inaugural festival and a substantial amount of money was raised for music programs in New York City schools. This is only my opinion, but the younger “up-and-coming” bands totally blew the “headliners” away. Jukebox the Ghost played first on the side stage and may have been my favorite act of the day. I’m sure you’ll hear more about them in the future, but for now I’d like to introduce you to a band that I was reminded of during their set.

Whenever a pop band relies heavily on the piano it seems they immediately get compared to Ben Folds Five. The Five purposely limited their sound by eschewing guitars, yet they still turned out some of my favorite music of the 20th Century. While Robert Sledge’s melodic basslines and Darren Jesse’s drumming gave the trio their unique sound, the songs always felt like they could be realized a little too easily with only a piano – which many of them were when Folds began flying solo (“Steven’s Last Night In Town” being one exception with it’s clarinet and trumpet parts – still, these instrumental oddities were album-only cameos and were usually played by Ben on a melodica in the live setting). After two albums, the band seemed to go as far as they could within the confines of their three instruments. Their experimentations with additional instruments and broader styles on their third and final album seemed to upset their delicate balance. On Ben’s latest records he writes and records mostly all the parts himself and while the instrumentation is becoming more varied, the songs still seemed composed mainly for piano with the additional parts being layered on top as an afterthought. The ability and desire to compose and arrange music for an wider arsenal of instruments is where bands like Jukebox the Ghost and Fluid Ounces break free from the Ben Folds Five stereotype.

When I first happened upon Fluid Ounces they were touted as being “like Ben Folds Five, but better”. I knew not to take such a broad opinion at face value, especially when it seemingly put down one of my favorite bands, but there actually was something “better” about this new discovery, fronted by songwriter Seth Timbs. Much like Folds’ most recent efforts, Timbs plays most of the instruments on his albums. But compared to the defunct trio and their fearless leader, Timbs’ music sounds more adventurous. While the piano is central to Fluid Ounces sound, other keyboard instruments are also heavily used and Seth Timbs rocks a mean guitar. The songs themselves are less straight-forward, a little bit progressive perhaps – but in a Queen way as opposed to a Rush way – with quickly delivered, witty lyrics which remind me of the Dismemberment Plan or Stunt-era Barenaked Ladies. The arrangements are complicated yet easily accessible and he draws from a very wide variety of influences, from vaudeville and ragtime to jazz, tango and blues.

Here’s a review of their most recent album The Whole Shebang [via PopMatters].

from The Whole Shebang (2004):
Fluid Ounces – Paperweight Machines

The Whole Shebang is available on iTunes, but you’ll have a much harder time finding the band’s second album, the out-of-print In The New Old-Fashioned Way which is widely regarded by fans as Fl. Oz.’s most outstanding album. Unlike The Whole Shebang, ITNOFW was recorded by the late 90’s incarnation of Fluid Ounces as a full band and not by Timbs alone. It kicks off with Lend Me Your Ears (“what Vincent Van Gogh must have said”) and other pop gems then progresses on to more heartfelt and personal songs such as my favorite “Bigger Than the Both of Us”. You can buy the import version at Tower.com (which still exists?) or find cheaper used copies at Amazon.

Marvel Girl [from In The New Old-Fashioned Way]
“stop action heroine/better than heroin”

Not as expansive, but still worth your time and money is Fluid Ounces first album Big Notebook For Easy Piano. Foreign Legion is their third album, released in 2001 on Japanese label Cutti Records. I originally thought it to be a live album, but it’s actually a proper release chock full of songs I need to become more familiar with.

Poet Tree [from Foreign Legion]
“so put your branches in the air/and wave them like you’re apathetic”

also from Big Notebook for Easy Piano (1997):
Fluid Ounces – Record Stack

Seth Timbs is somewhat of a local hero – a legend in his hometown of Murfreesburo, TN and nearby Nashville. He has also toured Japan, but hasn’t taken many trips around the States. This seems to suit him and his fans just fine, but I can’t help but try and broaden their fanbase. Unfortunately Fluid Ounces “final” album Instant Nostalgia will be released soon, but Timbs already has a new project lined up – a band called The Hot New Singles which plays guitar-based rock with a noticeably absent piano. Though Fluid Ounces got started before “Brick” hit the airwaves and stuck around much longer, Timbs himself admits that he’s “tired of the Ben Folds Five comparisons”. So I figured I’d do Jukebox the Ghost a favor and open the door for Fluid Ounces comparisons before they tire of hearing the name Ben Folds as well.

UPDATE: Juan posted a link to his fantastic blog Hung On Every Word in the comments. It’s a great resource for learning more about Fl. Oz. (which I wish I had when researching this post). You can also now find all of their music through Snocap at the bottom of his site.

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On Saturday, the 25th of August, at Studio B in Brooklyn, the first blogger-organized After The Jump Fest will be taking place. After the Jump will be an all-day event with a FREE day show (doors at 1pm, bands start at 2pm) and an AMAZING night show to benefit a proposal submitted by the Bronx High School For the Visual Arts (via DonorsChoose.org) for equipment to be used by aspiring DJs, writers, MCs and beat-makers. More info about their proposal HERE.

News:
We’re extremely excited to announce the addtion of Free Blood to the night show and Golem to the day show. As well, Sara Schaefer is lined up to be the MC of the day show.

Set Times:
FREE Day Show Schedule:

MetroMix.com Night Stage Schedule:

Tickets:
Again, the day show is FREE. Purchase tickets to the night portion of the event HERE.

Interviews:
As part of the pre-fest extravaganza, we united bloggers are interviewing each of the artists performing at After the Jump. Check out the interviews that have been posted so far:

Keep checking back here, on all of the ATJF affiliated blogs, and on the official After The Jump Fest site for more interviews as the show date nears!

Raffle/Prizes:
Chris over at Music Snobbery is keeping a running tally of all the awesome prizes we have to raffle off at After the Jump, including TWO passes to the CMJ Music Marathon worth nearly $500 each (thanks CMJ)! We also have a ton of CD prize packs, signed posters, t-shirts, and much more – so come and donate for your chance to win!

Nerds:
Pictured above – the bloggers responsible for putting together the After The Jump Fest. Photo taken by Elizabeth Weinberg.

Volunteer:
Interested in donating your time to this event? Go HERE for more info.

Sponsors:
Things in this world cost money. Even really awesome free/for charity things. The companies below have helped out a great deal in terms of making this whole After The Jump Fest possible. Thanks and big ups to them.

  • Cellfish Media. Cellfish Media creates digital content for mobile phones and is helping to revolutionize the blogging community.
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  • Grand Hospitality. A pioneer in the industry, Grand Hospitality was the first company to establish luxury boutique hotels in the swank downtown New York neighborhoods of SoHo and TriBeCa.
  • CONCERT.TV. is the first television channel dedicated to live music by offering both cutting edge shows and past favorites.
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  • Imeem. Imeem is an online community where artists, fans & friends can promote their content, share their tastes, and discover new blogs, photos, music and video. Visit After the Jump on Imeem.
  • CMJ. CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media, live events and print.
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After The Jump Fest | August 25, 2007 | Studio B
[AFTER THE JUMP FEST]
AUGUST 25, 2007
STUDIO B (259 BANKER STREET)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

RIOT IN BELGIUM * SOULICO * THE VIRGINS * LES SANS CULOTTES * RA RA RIOT * LOCKSLEY * APACHE BEAT * GOES CUBE * JUKEBOX THE GHOST * BLING KONG * FINGER ON THE PULSE (DJ SET) * DAVID BRUNO (SLAP YOU IN PUBLIC) (DJ SET)
* AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

FREE DAY SHOW (OUTSIDE STUDIO B)
NIGHT SHOW TICKETS ON SALE SOON

All proceeds from the festival will help fund grants written by New York music teachers for their classroom via the Bloggers Choose chapter of DonorsChoose.org. Please join us in making a great day of music and a significant contribution to music education in our city.

I made these recordings a while ago, but now seems like a good time to post them. Eastern Conference Champions debut full length, “Ameritown” comes out on July 17th on Suretone Records and they’ll be at Pianos on July 23.

Eastern Conference Champions – The Box (live at Union Hall)

Eastern Conference Champions – Noah (live at Union Hall)

Eastern Conference Champions – To The Wind (live at Union Hall)

Eastern Conference Champions – Yuppie Hipster Fuck (live at Union Hall)

New New Porn

Hey everyone. I’m back to my old tricks here at ryspace to bring you some brand new New Pornographers material. These tracks were recorded at the 4th of July show in Battery Park. Their new album “Challengers” comes out on Matador on August 21st, plus they’re doing a very cool promotion where you can preorder the album and listen to a stream now. You can also order the “Executive Version” which includes B-sides, demos, alt-mixes, videos, etc. All of which will sound better than my recordings, I’m sure (which is to say, I hope they don’t mind me posting these). The details on the Buy Early Get Now program are here on the Matador website.

The additional instrumentalists don’t sound like they’re completely comfortable with the group yet or maybe I’m just not used to the sound of a french horn or flute in a New Pornographers song. With a little more practice I’m sure they’ll be killing these new songs. Kudos to their sound man. It has to be difficult mixing acoustic instruments against a rock band, especially with all those vocal parts.

Here are five from the new album:

All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (live at Battery Park)

All The Old Showstoppers (live at Battery Park)

Challengers (live at Battery Park)

My Rights Versus Yours (live at Battery Park)

The Spirit Of Giving (live at Battery Park)

And two older songs:

Jackie, Dressed In Cobras (live at Battery Park)

The Laws Have Changed (live at Battery Park)

Part of the reason I haven’t been posting as many shows is because I got fed up with the quality of my bootleg recordings after doing a few “professional” gigs with better equipment. The automatic compression on my minidisc player is absolutely driving me nuts. I’ll still continue to post things like this if I think that people will be interested in it despite the quality, but aside from the occasional bootlegs this may become more of a portfolio site for some of my other work, for example recent recordings I made of up-and-coming New York bands Wakey Wakey and Man In Grey. Stay tuned. (But for your own sake, I hope you’re staying tuned through an RSS feed and not checking this site for updates every day.

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I’ve been using Google Reader lately, but there are plenty of other slick RSS compilers out there.

August 25th. Mark your calendars.

Sorry for the blog silence. I’ve been adjusting to life after school and saying “yes” to every freelance gig that’s come along. Hopefully I’ll resume my show-going in the next few weeks.

I recently have been and subsequently will be consumed with writing my Master’s Thesis. But the good news is it’s music related so I don’t have to feel bad about taking a break to post something here. In fact, you can help me with my thesis by taking this survey. No, really, go do it. You’ll hear a lot of good music, I can promise you that.

The survey comprises of 15 musical clips (selected from a bank of 60) and takes about 10 minutes to complete. I will be collecting data until Friday, April 27th. Feel free to pass it on to your friends. Without going into too much detail, the goal is to design a computer algorithm that will analyze musical clips and correlate their objective features with more abstract characteristics such as mood. Similar experiments have been done with classical music, but to my knowledge not with indie rock. The questions are purposely vague so you music nerds can interpret them any way you like.

Lest I ask for your help without posting any good live music in return, here is the encore from Pela’s last New York show at Mercury Lounge. They’ll be playing the Merc again this Tuesday, April 24th to celebrate the release of their new album Anytown Graffiti. I think I’ll drag myself away from the library to check it out. The second song was new to me, and I hate posting songs without titles (especially since The Hype Machine is now posting my tracks) but it’s 6 in the morning and I’m too sleepy to figure it out. If you happen to know the title please post it in the comments. I’m thinking it might be a Pixies cover? I should know this. But I am le tired. [Update: Indeed, it is. Yes, the “apologies to Frank Black” should have confirmed my suspicions. But my indie cred is inversely proportional to the amount of hours I’ve been awake.]

Pela – No Doves Just Pigeons [live at Mercury Lounge]

Pela – The Holiday Song (Pixies) [live at Mercury Lounge]

P.S. I’m loving the new Laura Veirs album. It’s just what I need to get me through the homestretch of my academic career. I promise I won’t complain about school on here anymore, though at least I’m not begging you all to find me a job. That will come soon enough…

P.P.S. April 14th marked the one-year anniversary of ryspace. Hooray blog. Ok, time for bed.

Bonus Comic Link!
Indie Physics 101: Music + Science = Sexy [Questionable Content]

Here’s the second half of my SXSW recordings. You’ll find the first half here.

Thursday

The Pipettes are a lot of fun and a great band to kick off a sunny Texas afternoon. They have a backing band, so all they really do is look pretty and sing. They do both very well, but their sound and aesthetic is so overly contrived that I have trouble taking them seriously.

The Pipettes – Dirty Mind (live at Fader Fort)

I’ve recorded Land of Talk a few times now and they were as good as ever in Austin. They’re on the verge of becoming your new favorite rock band, which should occur when they release their first full-length later this year. Then I can be upset that everyone and their mother wants a ticket to their show. If you’re in the New York area try to catch them at Union Hall, Maxwell’s or Mercury Lounge next week (April 3-5).

Land of Talk – Speak To Me Bones (live at Emo’s Jr.)

In the live setting, Davey von Bohlen’s new band Maritime sounds a little more like his old band The Promise Ring. “We, The Vehicles” was one of my favorite albums last year and the songs they played live at SXSW sounded much more energetic than they do on record.

Maritime – Tearing Up The Oxygen (live at Emo’s Jr.)

Cloud Cult were one of the first bands I posted on this site almost a year ago. Around that time the band had just started playing some of the songs which would make up their newest album “The Meaning of 8″. Here is the full-band version of “Chemicals Collide” as well as the solo version of the song in it’s infancy.

Cloud Cult – Chemicals Collide (live at Red’s Scoot Inn)
[flashback] Chemicals Collide (Moveable Hype @ Knitting Factory April 17, 2006)

Fujiya & Miyagi were one of my favorite acts at SXSW. This song sums up their whole set very well. It starts off simple and is quite repetitive, almost hypnotic. Before you know it your head starts bobbing, your toes start tapping and you and the crowd around you become completely absorbed in the music.

Fujiya & Miyagi – Electro Karaoke (live at Karma Lounge)

I can’t stop listening to this one. Normally I don’t like songs that use the same melody over and over again in the chorus, but Josh Ostrander’s voice delivers “The Box” so perfectly that I don’t mind having it stuck in my head. This particular Eastern Conference Champions song sounds larger than you might expect from a three-piece band thanks to the sampled tracks that they play along with. I’d much rather see a band playing their instruments well and using recorded material to bolster that sound than trying to do too many things at once and sounding sloppy. Catch them in New York on April 12th [Union Hall] with The Films or May 1st [Bowery Ballroom] and 2nd [Luna Lounge] with The View (cancelled, again).

Eastern Conference Champions – The Box (live at Red 7 Patio)

Friday

Speaking of bands who use recorded material to acheive a huge sound… I fell in love with Oppehheimer at CMJ and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them again in Austin, this time at an Irish pub at 1:30 in the afternoon. I recorded one new song and two of my favorite from their self-titled album.

Oppenheimer – Time Loss/Gain (live at B.D. Riley’s)
Oppenheimer – Look Up (live at B.D. Riley’s)
Oppenheimer – Saturday Looks Bad To Me (live at B.D. Riley’s)

Saturday

Although The Fratellis played an acoustic set at the LeTigre/BrooklynVegan/NY2LON day party, their spot-on delivery showed everyone why they’ve been dubed the UK’s next big export. The music’s nothing out of the ordinary, but they are rock-solid performers.

The Fratellis – Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy (live at Habana Calle)

The first time I saw Malajube was at Mercury Lounge about a month ago. They were good enough that I wanted to see them again despite having plenty of other choices and they didn’t disappoint. A bit of chatter in this recording, but it was still the best recording I had from their set.

Malajube – Pâte filo (live at Habana Calle)

The Yoko Casionos weren’t the last band I saw at SXSW (that honor goes to Cursive), but this was the last time I had enough energy to care about recording a show. Although this tune seems to go on forever, it is a catchy and well written pop song. You can check out more from this Canadian power-pop band at their myspace page.

The Yoko Casionos – Nice To Meet You (live at Molotov Lounge)

This was my first trip down to SXSW and I definitely didn’t know what I was in for. Traveling to and spending five days in Austin for less than $500 total was not easy. While it’s not impossible to have a great time without a badge, it does make it a little more stressful. I suppose that going down to Texas and not quite knowing where you’re going to sleep each night can also drive you a bit crazy. A big thanks to everyone who let me crash on their floors/futons/beds during the week.

You’ll notice I had less energy to record as the week went on. Also, as the festival progessed, everything got much more crowded – with the final day culminating in the “perfect storm” that was St. Patrick’s Day on a Saturday during SXSW. I’ve resolved that next year I’ll be getting a badge whether or not I’m there on “official business”. Or maybe I’ll turn this website into something legitimate and pass myself off as press. Either way, I’d also like to check out the interactive portion of the festival which seems very interesting.

I may or may not have time to write up a detailed account of my Austin adventures so I’m going to go ahead and post the MP3s that I collected while I was there. Unfortunately they don’t tell the story of Cursive’s awesome 2 am encore, the memorable 5 am drive-thru taco run or how I somehow found myself backstage at a Public Enemy concert.

Before we get to the music, here’s the most interesting thing I heard all week:
The Birds of Austin (live at 8th and San Jacinto)

Wednesday

Funny how I travel to Austin to see a Brooklyn band for the first time. The Forms’ music is interesting because it is usually built on a repetitive guitar line, but almost never in straight 4/4 time. They quip at the end of this track about how Austin’s mayor is cooler than New York’s.

The Forms – unknown (live at Mohawk)

Here’s a new tune from Pela. Billy had just busted and replaced a string which is why it sounds a little out of tune. Last time I saw them it was Eric who snapped one of his bass strings. They’re gonna ask me to stop coming out to shows.

Pela – Interstate (live at Red Eyed Fly)

This instumental group was at the top of my to-see list. They sound a little bit like those Morr label bands like Lali Puna or The Go Find only they have a much bigger sound and aren’t as “pretty”.

The Octopus Project – Tuxedo Hat (live at Red Eyed Fly)

This is Architecture In Helsinki’s new single. Their new music is a bit of a departure from the last two albums. It’s a little less cutesy and this track in particular has an interesting island feel. There’s more crowd noise than usual on this one, just a fair warning. It sounds better towards the end.

Architecture In Helsinki – Heart, It Races (live at Mohawk)

This marked the third time I’ve seen Matt & Kim in three months. Though they write simple songs that I probably won’t ever listen to on a daily basis, their live show is an absolute blast. The recording starts off with Matt not-so-fondly recalling the video shoot for “Yea Yeah”. What I really love about this clip is that you can hear Kim singing loud and clear without a microphone. The performance was at a party celebrating “Dinner With The Band” a new television show which you can check out here.

Matt & Kim – Yea Yeah (live at Six Lounge)

I love the delivery in Michael Kentoff’s voice and every time I go to see The Caribbean their music becomes more and more memorable as well. I picked up The Caribbean’s new 45 “The Go From Tactical” while I was at this show. This song is on the B side.

The Caribbean – The Beverly Boys
(live at Mohawk)

The Twilight Sad are a little bit like The Walkmen with a very heavy Scottish accent. However, I find that the accent is the only thing that is strikingly original about their music.

The Twilight Sad – Watching That Chair Painted Yellow (live at Mohawk)

Here’s my number one “discovery” of the festival. When I was picking up The Caribbean record, the Hometapes merch guy gave me the whole “this band will change your life” speech about Slaraffenland. I’m glad I stuck around to check them out. They played one song in which all the band members were on various woodwind and brass instruments except one guy, who was effecting, mixing and looping everyone else’s sounds into a crazy riff that became the background for the entire song. I’m a sucker for acoustic instruments subjected to awesome technology. Unfortunately, I didn’t record that one.

Slaraffenland – Show Me The Way (live at Mohawk)

Twelve more tracks from ten more bands coming up soon. You can cheat here.

CMJ 2006 #1-10

The Top 60 Bands (Ryan Saw) At CMJ 2006

[part 6 of 6]

Here it is – the final installment of my CMJ adventures. They just announced that my favorite week of the year will be October 16th – 20th this fall. Register now!

I’ve compiled all of the audio clips from the previous posts on one page that will remain accessible at the top of the site. Enjoy, because I doubt I’ll ever have enough time or energy to do this again. I know the “rankings” are highly debatable, but some bands ended up near the bottom because I didn’t see much of their set. I enjoyed every act I saw on these lists, even if I did bust on them a bit. Though, I really did hate The Knife. Man, was that show overrated.

#1 ¡Forward, Russia! – My favorite live act of 2006. I sense that they are fading fast into obscurity, but I’ll still be rocking out with ‘em the next time they come through New York. Whether you love them, hate them or just don’t give a sh*t, ¡Forward, Russia! give a fantastic performance. In addition to these two shows, we also saw them at the KEXP in-studio performance. Though there are pictures here it would appear they never actually released the audio to that show.

¡Forward, Russia!
Live at Mercury Lounge
01 Nine
02 Fifteen Part II
03 Eighteen
04 Seventeen
05 Sixteen
06 Thirteen
07 Fifteen Part I
08 Twelve
09 Eleven

¡Forward, Russia!
Live at Fontana’s – Brooklyn Vegan day party
01 Twelve
02 Seventeen
03 Eighteen
[intro]
04 Fifteen Part II

#2 Oppenheimer – This marked the first time in a long while that I walked into a venue and immediately fell in love with the band on stage. I heard that these guys were great when they opened for Hot Chip at South Street Seaport, but I never expected to connect with them the way I did. I’m sure plenty of you are saying, “yeah, they’re ok, but the second best band at CMJ?” As far as I’m concerned, hell yes.

Oppenheimer – M.O. (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Time Loss/Gain (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Nine Words (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Saturday Looks Bad To Me (live at Tonic)

#3 The Hold Steady – Since they didn’t actually play a showcase, I feel a little bit funny placing The Hold Steady towards the top of this list, but regardless, this was one of the craziest sets I saw all week. I’ll be surprised if I ever see them in a place as tiny as The Annex ever again.

The Hold Steady – Party Pit (live at The Annex)

The Hold Steady – Stevie Nix (live at The Annex)

#4 Land Of Talk – My love for three-piece bands notwithstanding, Land of Talk was one of my top five discoveries in 2006. They sounded better and better each of the five times I saw them this year, with this midday Pianos set topping off the list. I can’t wait to see what they do with a full length album.

Land of Talk – Summer Special (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – Sea Foam (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – Speak To Me Bones (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – [new song] (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – All My Friends (live at Pianos)

#5 Colin Meloy – The Decemberists frontman played a short acoustic set upstairs at Pianos as part of a Zune promotion. Then he was carted a few blocks west to the Apple Store where the whole band helped to promote Microsoft’s largest competitor. Is it fair to even suggest the word “sell out” if the two causes cancel each other out? I could care less who’s paying him to play where. Hearing Colin play “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” solo on acoustic guitar was simply magical.

Colin Meloy – O Valencia (live at Pianos)

Colin Meloy – California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade (live at Pianos)

#6 Pela – Though I prefer to hear Pela plugged in on a stage that can actually fit the whole band, this acoustic set was only my second experience hearing Pela live and I was quite impressed. You could tell that the band was figuring out how to transfer their material into the acoustic domain as they went, but the constant force behind all their songs was still Billy’s powerful voice. You can check out a full Pela-plugged-in show here.

Pela – Waiting on the Stairs [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – No Doves Just Pigeons [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – Desert’s Not A Desert At All [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – The Trouble With River Cities [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – Philadelphia [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

#7 Birdmonster – For the most part, I’m not a huge Birdmonster fan, but their performance of “Balcony” was one of my single favorite songs of the entire festival. Go ahead, listen and just try to resist the urge to shout along with the chorus.

Birdmonster – Ice Age (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Cause You Can (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Skeleton Suit (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Balcony (live at Cake Shop)

#8 Annuals – From a musical composition standpoint, Annuals were the most impressive band I heard in 2006. Their songs defy convention, yet somehow they’re still accessible and able to keep your attention in a live setting. Intriguing as it is, “Dry Clothes” still seems just plain weird to me, but “Brother”… damn that’s a good song.

Annuals – Dry Clothes (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Complete Or Completing (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Brother (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Carry Around (live at Fader Lounge)

#9 Silversun Pickups – A lot has been said recently about Silversun Pickups lack of enthusiasm during their live show. I have to agree that they seem a little reserved when they’re playing a show, but I still love their sound. This is more or less the type of music that had me glued to the radio in my formative years and in my opinion, there aren’t enough bands maintaining and/or updating that sound these days.

Silversun Pickups – Little Lover’s So Polite (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Future Foe Scenarios (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Kissing Families (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Rusted Wheel (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Kissing Familes (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Common Reactor (live at The Annex)

#10 Tigercity – Another pleasant surprise, I had no idea what to expect of this band when I walked into Arlene’s Grocery for their late set. (In case you haven’t noticed, bands get extra points on this list for surprising me… I mean, everyone knew what to expect from friggin Girl Talk). Tigercity are part 80’s, part funk and flat out fun. I think they recently inked a record deal and I’ll be real curious to see what they sound like in a studio.

Tigercity – Solitary Man (live at Arlene’s Grocery)

Tigercity – Cloakrooms (live at Arlene’s Grocery)




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I finally saw The Dismemberment Plan and my life is complete. Enjoy the archives.

Past Shows


2010

8/28 The National Rifle [KFN]

8/15 !!! [East River Park, NY]

7/24 Cap'n Jazz [Starlight Ballroom]

7/2 Busses [Johnny Brenda's]

6/24 Wakey! Wakey! [North Star Bar]

6/25 - 6/26 Northside Festival (Marie Stella, The Grates, Dinosaur Feathers...) [Brooklyn]

6/22 Villagers [FUC - Chapel]

6/16 The Most Serene Republic, Annuals [North Star Bar]

6/2 The Futureheads, The Like [FUC - Basement]

5/2 The Album Leaf [FUC - Sanctuary]

5/5 Bear Hands [World Cafe Live]

4/10 Pilam Human BBQ (Algernon Cadwallader, These United States)

4/9 Freezepop, Cannon Logic [North Star Bar]

4/2 Band of Skulls, The Whigs [North Star Bar]

3/16 - 3/21 SXSW (Octopus Project, The Megaphonic Thrift, Local Natives, We Were Promised Jetpacks...) [Austin, TX]

2/19 Memory Tapes, Neon Indian [Making Time - Voyeur]

1/22 Freelance Whales, Animal Tropical [KFN]

1/21 Savior Adore, Circadian Rhythms [KFN]

1/14 River City Extension [North Star Bar]

2009

12/4 The Wrens [Maxwell's]

12/2 Jaguar Love [Mercury]

11/29 Zero 7 [TLA]

11/17 J TIllman [FUC - Chapel]

10/20 - 10/24 CMJ [New York]

9/12-9/13 Monolith [Denver, CO]

8/28-8/30 After The Jump Fest [Littlefield]

8/14 Starlight Mints [North Star Bar]

8/8 A Crimson Grail for 200 Guitars [Lincoln Center]

7/18 Siren Fest [Coney Island]

7/16 Rit Mo Collective [Chris' Jazz Cafe]

6/26 The Most Serene Republic [North Star Bar]

6/11 - 6/14 Northside Festival

6/5 White Rabbits [Johnny Brenda's]

5/30 Jodienda [The Glass Door]

5/29 Pet Ghost Project, Dinosaur Feathers, Quiet Loudly [Fontana's]

5/23 United Nations [Delancey]

5/21 White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Antlers [Bowery]

5/20 St. Vincent, Pattern Is Movement [Webster]

5/15 Marie Stella, Coyote Eyes [Portland, ME]

5/9 The Lisps [Joe's Pub]

5/8 Mono [Society for Ethical Culture]

5/3 No Doubt [Bamboozle]

5/2 The Get Up Kids [Bamboozle]

5/1 The Beets, pow wow! [Red Star Bar]

4/22 Into The Presence [Pianos]

4/18 The Life and Times [Webster Studio]

4/16 Middle Distance Runner [The Annex]

4/15 Nada Surf [Bell House]

4/10 The Wrens [Bell House]

4/2 Asobi Seksu [Bowery Ballroom]

3/17 SXSW

3/13 The Wrens / Titus Andronicus [Bowery]

3/6 The Bird and The Bee [Bell House]

3/5 Antlers / The Physics of Meaning [Union Hall]

2/28 ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead [Bowery]

2/27 Uninhabitable Mansions / Spacecamp [Union Hall]

2/26 Bell Orchestre / Clogs / Brooklyn Phil [BAM]

2/26 Tally Hall / Oppenheimer [Union Hall]

2/25 Ben Kweller [Town Hall]

2/23 Jimmy Eat World [Terminal 5]

2/18 Sam Roberts Band [Bowery Ballroom]

2/17 Fugiya & Miyagi / School of Seven Bells [LPR]

2/2 Frightened Rabbit [LPR]

1/26 Beirut [Coco66]

1/3 Holy Moly [Pete's Candy Store]

2008

10/8 Barbara Morgenstern [Galapagos]

9/20 My Bloody Valentine [Roseland]

9/11 Land Of Talk [Mercury]

8/25 Lykke Li [LPR]

8/22 Lykke Li [Amoeba - Hollywood]

8/22 Radiohead [Hollywood Bowl]

8/20 Broken Social Scene, Menomena [Sunset Junction]

8/15 Manuel Göttsching [Lincoln Center]

7/31 The Long Winters [Castle Clinton]

7/24 Ambulance LTD [Bowery]

7/18 Deerhoof, Metropolis Ensemble [Prospect Park]

7/17 Ted Leo [Castle Clinton]

6/26 Devo [McCarren Pool]

6/21 After The Jump Fest [Williamsburg]

6/19 Man In Grey's farewell show [Delancey]

6/4 M83 [Bowery]

5/29 Hello Eden [Rebel]

5/28 Birdmonster [Mercury]

5/2 Stars of the Lid [Good Shepherd Church]

4/17 Gelsey Bell [Goodbye Blue Monday]

4/3 Helio Sequence [Bowery]

3/21 Jens Lekman [Hollywood, CA]

3/18 The Lisps [Los Angeles, CA]

3/12-16 SXSW [Austin, TX]

1/27 Laura Veirs [Union Hall]

1/16-17 Wordless Music Orchestra (Adams, Bryars, Greenwood) [St. Paul the Apostle]

2007

12/20 Wakey! Wakey!, Jason Joseph [Arlene's]

12/14 The Most Serene Republic [Mercury]

12/13 Cake, Brazillian Girls, Oakley Hall [Terminal 5]

12/12 Wakey! Wakey!, Jukebox the Ghost [Mercury]

11/28 Max Richter, Cepia, Assaff Weisman [Good-Shepherd Faith Church]

11/10 Mum, Hauschka, Bing and Ruth [Society for Ethical Culture]

11/9 Mum, Torngat [St. Paul the Apostle]

11/3 Grizzly Bear, Michael Harrison [Society for Ethical Culture]

10/16-20 CMJ (Spoon, The Octopus Project, The Most Serene Republic, Saturday Looks Good To Me,1900's, Biffy Clyro, Freezepop...)

10/5 Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Sandro Perri [Good-Shepherd Faith Church]

9/24 Beirut, Colleen [Society for Ethical Culture]

9/21 The Most Serene Republic [Union Hall]

9/20 Beirut, Fifth Veil [Brooklyn Masonic Temple]

9/15 Do Make Say Think [The Middle East, Boston]

9/14 Do Make Say Think, Electric Kompany [Society for Ethical Culture]

8/29 Feist [McCarren]

8/25 After The Jump Festival [Studio B]

8/23 The Rentals [Nokia]

8/21 The New Pornographers [Bowery]

8/19 Wolf Parade [Warsaw]

8/12 Junior Senior [Soundfix]

8/12 Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Thermals [McCarren]

8/9 Daft Punk [Keyspan]

7/28 Benni Hemm Hemm [Union Hall]

7/23 Eastern Conference Champions [Pianos]

7/4 The New Pornographers [Battery Park]

6/11 Feist [Town Hall]

6/2 Man In Grey [Union Hall]

5/12 LCD Soundsystem [Studio B]

5/8 The Shondes, Beat Radio [Delancey]

5/5 Arcade Fire, The National [Tower Theater]

4/30 The Books [Society for Ethical Culture - Wordless Music Series]

4/24 Pela [Mercury]
Wakey Wakey, Casey Shea [Pianos]

4/14 Cloud Cult, Young Galaxy [Mercury]

4/12 Eastern Conference Champions [Union Hall]

4/2 Amiina, Eluvium, Gilles Vonsattel [Good Shepherd Faith Church - Wordless Music Series]

3/31 The Long Winters, The Broken West [Mercury]

3/28 Menomena [Bowery]

3/23 Toca Loca, Polmo Polpo, Social Music Work Group [Good Shepherd Faith Church]

3/14-3/18 SXSW

3/9 Matt & Kim, Professor Murder [Bowery]

3/7 Mirah, The Blow [NYU]

3/1 Thunderbirds Are Now!, Tigercity [Knitting Factory]

2/20 Explosions In The Sky [Society for Ethical Culture]

2/19 Explosions In The Sky [Warsaw]

2/18 Malajube, Rock Plaza Central [Mercury]

2/17 The Muggabears, Please Dept [The Delancey]
Gelsey Bell [Vivaldi Cafe]

2/16 The Arcade Fire [Judson Memorial Church]
Pela [Mercury]

2/11 Steven Malkmus and the Jicks [Maxwell's]

2/10 Sure Juror [Pianos]

1/30 Peter, Bjorn and John [Bowery]

1/27 Liam & Me, The GoStation, White Rabbits, Seth Kallen + The Reaction [Sin-e]

1/19 The Wrens [Knitting Factory]

1/18 The Hold Steady [Northsix]

1/13 Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Free Blood [Knitting Factory]

1/6 Matt & Kim, Meneguar, Aa [Studio B]

2006

12/20 Bridges & Powerlines [Pianos]

12/16 Rainer Maria, Pela, Daylight For The Birds [Bowery]

12/15 Bell, Lismore, Theives Like Us, The Ballet [Delancey]

12/13 Bound Stems, Ra Ra Riot, The Muggabears [Sin-e]

12/09 Oxford Collapse [Northsix]

11/28 ¡Forward, Russia! [Bowery]

11/22 The Hold Steady [Warsaw]

11/20 The Little Ones, Small Sins [Mercury Lounge]

11/15 A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Andrew Bird [GSF Church]

11/14 Bad Viens [Knitting Factory]

11/13 Modest Mouse [Nokia]

11/10 The Shondes [Brooklyn Lyceum]

11/6 Voxtrot [Bowery]
Cloud Cult [Knitting Factory]

10/31 - 11/4 CMJ [Everywhere]

10/21 Maritime, Bound Stems [Mercury]

10/17 TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear [Irving]

10/15 Okkervil River, Sam Champion [Bowery]

10/14 Okkervil River, Elvis Perkins [Bowery]

9/30 Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond [Town Hall]

9/29 Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond [Town Hall]
The Long Winters [Bowery]

9/27 The Big Sleep, The Rogers Sisters, The Occasion (Movable Hype 9.0) [Spiegeltent]

9/26 O'Death, DraculaZombieUSA (Beg Yr Pardon #9) [Delancey]

9/18 Wordless Music Series (Glenn Kotche & Nels Cline, Jenny Lin, Elliot Sharp) [GSF Church]

9/15,16,17 Austin City Limits Festival (Explosions In The Sky, Okkervil River, The Long Winters, Nada Surf, Ben Kweller, Ted Leo, Stars, The New Pornographers, Husky Rescue, What Made Milwaukee Famous...)

9/13 The Grates [Pianos]

9/12 The Dears, The Grates [Bowery]

9/3 Mono, Fridge [Bowery]

9/2 Explosions In The Sky [Bowery]

8/31 Asobi Seksu, Say Hi To Your Mom, Cassettes Won't Listen [Maxwell's]

8/29 Casey Dienel, Inlets [Union Hall]

8/25 Ted Leo (free) [South Street Seaport]
Beirut [Mercury]

8/24 My Brightest Diamond [Speigeltent]

8/23 826NYC benefit w/David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, John Roderick [Beacon Theater]

8/21 The Diggs, Slowlands [CBGB]

8/18 The Mugs, The Isles [Union Hall]

8/17 Takka Takka, Slowlands [Union Hall]

8/12 Sleater-Kinney, The Thermals [Portland, OR]

8/8 The Long Winters [Mercury Lounge]

8/7 Silversun Pickups [Union Hall]

8/4 Hot Chip [South Street Seaport]

8/3 The New Pornographers [Summerstage]

7/23 Pretty Girls Make Graves [McCarren Park Pool]

7/21 Jens Lekman, Beirut [Bowery]

7/19 Jens Lekman [Mercury]

7/15 Casey Shea [Knitting Factory]
Siren Fest [Coney Island]

7/14 My Brightest Diamond [Joe's Pub]

7/13 Okkervil River [Castle Clinton]
Oh No! Oh My!, The Big Sleep [Supreme Trading]

7/11 Movable Hype 8.0 [Knitting Factory] w/ Takka Takka, Femme Generation, Goes Cube

7/9 Cursive [Mercury]
Les Savy Fav [McCarren Park Pool]

7/7 The Undisputed Heavyweights [Rockwood]

7/6 Broken Social Scene [Prospect Park]
Mates of State [Castle Clinton]

7/4 Belle & Sebastian [Battery Park]

6/30 Birdmonster, Tally Hall, The Talk [Sin-e]
Matt Pond PA, Voxtrot [Prospect Park]

6/29 Land of Talk, Tokyo Police Club, The Ballet [Syrup Room]

6/28 Gil Mantera's Party Dream [Knitting Factory]

6/27 The Grates [Mercury]

6/25 The Undisputed Heavywights [Rockwood]

6/22 Asobi Seksu [Mercury]

6/17 Beirut [SoundFix]

6/15 Saturday Looks Good To Me [Northsix]

6/14 !Forward, Russia! [Mercury]

6/13 Eels, Smoosh [World Financial Center]
The Boy Least Likely To [Knitting Factory]

6/11 !!! [Northsix]

6/6 Nada Surf, stellastar* [Starlight Ballroom]

6/2 Radiohead [Tower Theater, Philly]

5/27 & 5/28 Sasquatch Music Festival [The Gorge, WA]

5/22 Art Brut [Soundfix]

5/20 Pela [brooklyn rooftop]

5/19 Land of Talk, Slowlands [Mercury Lounge]
Land of Talk, Dr. Dog (KEXP in NYC) [Gigantic Studios]

5/17 Art Brut, Art Brut 47 (We Are Scientists) [Knitting Factory]

5/12 White Rose Movement [Bowery Ballroom]

5/10 Nada Surf (acoustic) [Mercury Lounge]

4/25 Jamie Lidell [Bowery Ballroom]

4/21 The Undisputed Heavyweights, Cloud Cult [Arlene's Grocery]

4/17 Cloud Cult [Knitting Factory]

4/11 Art Brut, The Rogers Sisters [Southpaw]

4/10 Wolf Parade [Webster Hall]

4/9 Voxtrot, Irving [Mercury Lounge]

4/7 The Hold Steady [Warsaw]

4/5 Art Brut, Gil Mantera's Party Dream [Bowery Ballroom]

4/4 Art Brut, The Ponys [Bowery Ballroom]

4/1 Dream Theater [Radio City Music Hall]

3/31 Nine Black Alps [Bowery Ballroom]

3/30 Editors, The Big Sleep [Webster Hall]

3/28 Editors, stellastarr* [Warsaw]

3/22 The Go! Team [NorthSix]

3/21 Magnet [Living Room]

3/11 Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers [Riverside Theater, Milwaukee]

3/8 The Wedding Present [Bowery]

3/2 Ted Leo/Rx [The Hook]

2/11 Gelsey Bell [Cafe Vivaldi]

2/10 Feist, Mates of State, Jason Collett [Webster]

2/9 Jason Collett [Mercury]

1/27 Broken Social Scene [Webster]

1/16 Nine Black Alps [Mercury]

1/14 Sufjan Stevens [Lincoln Center/Allen Room]

1/12 Tapes 'N Tapes, Sam Champion [Rothko]

1/11 Imogen Heap [Avalon]

3K2 theme by Hakan Aydin


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