CMJ 2007 Preview: Thursday Picks

Nypc_whiteroom_1British Sea Power + Pela + 1990s + Tiny Masters Of Today + Stardeath and White Dwarfs + The Grey Race @ Bowery Ballroom (6pm, $17)

New Young Pony Club + Muscels + Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set) + The Cool Kids @ Studio B (11pm, $10)

Islands + Yo Majesty + Thunderheist + Dengue Fever + Octopus Project @ Highline Ballroom (8pm, $20)

Imperial Teen + Aqua Sorba @ Southpaw (9pm, $20)

Division Day + The 1900’s + Let’s Go Sailing @ Union Hall (8pm, $8)

M.I.A. @ Terminal 5 (8pm, $30)

Stars @ Town Hall (8pm, $25 – $30)

I SAY: M.I.A. is certainly tempting, but with it’s location (not near anything else) and her being the only act on the bill makes it not so appealing. Stars are usually pretty good live, but I don’t really like the new album. Instead, I’m heading to Bowery probably just in time to catch Tiny Masters of Today, and bolt right after British Sea Power (always great live) to catch New Young Pony Club at Studio B. NYPC’s show at the White Room was one of my favorites of last year, I’m hoping they’ll replicate it at the best place in NYC to see dance acts. The show at Highline is tempting, though — as is the show at Union Hall. What I really wish is that some booker had had the foresight to put the 1990s and the 1900s on the same bill.

MP3: British Sea Power – Down on the Ground

New Young Pony Club pic swiped from Abbey at Punk Photo.

CMJ 2007 Preview: Wednesday Picks

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party w/ Celebration + The Meat Puppets + THE DEATHSET + Joan as Policewoman + Le Loup + Team Robespierre + Cut Off Your Hands @ Pianos. (Noon – 6pm FREE)

Pirate Pirate Day Party w/ Billy Bragg, Imperial Teen, Bella, Time Fite, Cadence Weapon and Most Serene Republic @ Arlene’s Grocery (Noon – 5pm FREE)

Gothamist House w/ Reverand Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping + Charles Bissell + The Forms + Aaron Behrens + Peasant + O’Death + Cut Off Your Hands @ White Rabbit(2pm – 8pm, FREE)

A Place To Bury Strangers + Foals + Cadence Weapon + Sam Champion + Yeasayer + Alberta Cross @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (8pm, $14)

Deerhunter + Dan Deacon + No Age + White Williams + Ponytail @ Bowery Ballroom (7pm, SOLD OUT)

The Rosebuds + Gabby Glaser + The Ladybug Transistor + The Hot IQs @ Union Hall (8pm, $10)

Mint Records Night w/ Kate Steele of Little Birdy + The Awkward Stage + Bella + Carolyn Mark @ Knitting Factory (8:30pm, $10)

I SAY: Take the day off work or call in sick — there are two amazing day parties happening, right around the corner from each other. The big news is Billy Bragg playing the Pirate! Presents party. He is a total charmer, and probably hasn’t played a venue this small in NYC since Talking to the Taxman About Poetry. But the rest of the bill is good too– I really want to see Canadian synth-pop trio Bella, who also play Knitting Factory later that night.with some other Mint Records bands. Plus:
Imperial Teen, Tim Fite, Most Serene Republic… you can’t lose, though I have a feeling it’s going to be a bitch to get into. | You also don’t want to miss
the Brookyn Vegan day party at Pianos. The entire lineup is killer, and
I’m especially looking forward to Australia’s Cut Off Your Hands. Plus,
BBC 1’s foxy Annie Mac will be DJing. | If you don’t make it to Pianos
in time to catch COYH, they’re playing at 2:15 at White Rabbit, just a
couple blocks away as part of Gothamist House. Also on the bill:
Charles Bissell of the Wrens, so if you’ve ever wondered what Pitchfork photog Kathryn Yu looks like, I have a feeling she’ll be here. |
As for the night shows, I recommend the After the Jump Fest at MHOW. British dancepunks Foals are making their NYC debut, plus the space age hippie vibes of Yeasayer, and the sheer volume of A Place to Bury Strangers. | If you missed the Rosebuds at Bowery on Tuesday, they’re now playing at Union Hall with the usually good Ladybug Transistor and former Luscious Jackson guitarist Gabby Glaser (who I saw last month at Merc and wasn’t so good). | And again, our Canadian neighbors at Mint Records hold court at Knitting Factory Old Office with the afformentioned Bella, and The Akward Stage (who I saw last year), Kate Steele (sister of Luke of Sleepy Jackson fame) and Carolyn Mark. | That Dan Deacon show will probably be the most sought-after gig of the night (advance tickets are sold out), which is reason enough to skip it.

MP3: Yeasayer – 2080

MP3: Bella – Stay Here

A Place to Bury Strangers pic swiped from Mercurian’s Flickr photostream.

CMJ 2007 Preview: Tuesday Picks

Brooklyn Vegan presents The Rosebuds + The Most Serene Republic + Miracle Fortress + The Shaky Hands + Bon Iver + special guests @ Bowery Ballroom (6pm, $16)

My Teenage Stride
+ The Elephants @ Union Hall (8pm, $8)

Cheeseburger + Via Audio + Tacks + the Boy Disaster + White Denim + Juiceboxxx @ Galapagos (8pm, $10)

Dan Deacon + Deathset + Team Robespierre + Juiceboxxx + DD/MM/YYYY @ Silent Barn (8pm, $7)

Celebration + Dragons of Zynth + Tall Firs + Effi Briest @ Union Pool (8pm, $$$???)

I SAY: Three pretty good shows tonight but BV’s lineup at Bowery Ballroom is hard to turn down. The Rosebuds are always fun, and you should really see Most Serene Republic. | Then again, for those Todd P types, there’s Dan Deacon et all, and he’ll be playing in a more freewheeling enviorment than his Bowery show the next night. (Albiet way the f out in Ridgewood.) The rest of that show is good too; The Deathset and DD/MM/YYYY in particular. | Heather at Ugly Floral Blouse says I should go see Denmark’s The Elephants | And lastly  Celebration are playing lots of shows this week but not at a cooler, smaller room than Union Pool.

MP3: The Rosebuds – My Punishment for Fighting

Rosebuds pic swiped from Brooklyn Vegan

New Young Pony Club | U.S. Tour, Side Project

New Young Pony Club
are finally coming back to the States and it’s about time. Their last trip here was a brief visit to both coasts in December 2006, including a stop at the White Room in Brooklyn where I only barely resisted the urge to use the headline "I Dig a Pony" in my slightly over-the-top rave review. Brooklyn Vegan, who was also at there that night, said he saw them at the Øya festival in August and wasn’t as impressed that second time, but I have high hopes for their Studio B show on October 18 — .

If you haven’t checked out NYPC’s debut, Fantastic Playroom,  you really should. It’s a great party album, or pre-party album. Not a listen-to-the-lyrics album ("you really have to display information / to discover relativity") but it’s not trying to be. Nearly all the songs are single-worthy, though, which is more than you can say for most records.

MP3: New Young Pony Club – Get Lucky

Here are those tour dates. Sorry, Middle America!

10.18    Studio B | Brooklyn
10.19    Pure | Philidelphia
10.21    Mod Club | Toronto
10.22    Just for Laughs | Montreal
10.24    Subterranean | Chicago
10.26    Hawthorn | Portland
10.27    Necture | Seattle
10.29    Mezzanine | San Fran
10.30    The Echo | Los Angeles

But wait, there’s more? New Young Pony Club’s foxy keyboard player Louise Hayter has a solo project, The New Sins, who are set to release their (it’s just her, actually) debut single, "It Doesn’t Work Like That." NME says it sounds like "Sophie Ellis Bextor fronting a low-key LCD Soundsytem." It doesn’t — though I wouldn’t be opposed to hearing such a thing — but it is pretty great in it’s own posh, standoffish, groovy way.

MP3: The New Sins – It Doesn’t Work Like That"