Last Night Vol07: Agalloch

Agalloch was at (Le) Poisson Rouge last night. Below is the first song (“Into the Painted Grey”) from their sold out show. After doors were opened, people ran to the front row like it was a Metallica show. THIS I have not seen in quite a while!

Listen to this new Cults song

After releasing barely more than a 7” worth of material – great, smart, catchy indie-pop material – Cults (comprised primarily of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin) were signed to Columbia Records. And we’ve got good news! Being signed to a major label to release their debut LP, these guys have not lost an ounce of their charm. “You Know What I Mean” is the leading track from that record, and it is great. It does that thing where it goes from soft and singsong-y to louder and much more immediate. All while feeling very consistent and a perfect continuation from their previous single “Go Outside.” Listen to “You Know What I Mean” below.
Cults – You Know What I Mean by cultscultscults

You can catch Cults at the Knitting Factory March 30, along with fellow indie-popsters Magic Kids. I can hardly think of a better pairing for a night of fun musical enjoyment.

Tonight: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour

Elephant 6’s About page begins like this: “A Collective, a Label.. a Cult? Elephant 6 may be all of these things or none of these depending on your point of view. And we’re certainly not going to try to define what it is now!” Seems about right. And with Jeff Mangum coming out of the woodwork for a bunch of shows (including All Tomorrow’s Parties at Asbury Park), anything the collective does is sure to stir up some excitement. That, plus everything they do is actually exciting.

I’m not sure which holiday this tour is commemorating, but that might be part of the surprise. The way it works is about a dozen musicians take the stage together for a marathon show known to last over two hours. The musicians swap out instruments, play each others songs, create new configurations and sometimes all play together at once in a giant climax of psych-out radness. Also, Julian Koster organizes the audience in crowd participation games. Fun!

The lineup includes a ton of people: Will Cullen Hart, Bill Doss, Peter Erchick, John Fernandes, Julian Koster, Scott Spillane, Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Derek Almstead, Heather McIntosh, Bryan Poole, Theo Hilton, Robbie Cucchiaro and others play the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, The Music Tapes, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t , The Instruments, The Late BP Helium and Nana Grizol. Plus, possibly more!

The surprise takes place tonight and tomorrow at Knitting Factory.

Jeff Buckley was in the room!

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the sold out Jeff Buckley Tribute Show at The Knitting Factory which was curated by legendary guitarist Gary Lucas. This was a benefit for Road Recovery, a charity for helping young people battle addiction.  The bands he hand-picked for this intimate evening were wide-ranging to say the least. Some standouts were the Gothic folk music of Villa Delirium complete with a singing saw, kora infused pop from German singer song writer Jan Klose, Jeffrey Lewis’ unique anti-folk sound complete with a handmade comic book for his interpretation of Jeff Buckley’s Mojo Pin, and a number of amazing singer songwriters backed up by Gary on guitar. What the artists did have in common was raw talent and a passion for a man that inspired them.

Each artist played 2 or 3 songs, a nice format for getting a taste for so many bands in the space of a couple hours. I wanted to share a few of the special moments from the show. First up is Diana Silveira backed up by Gary Lucas, she is a Portuguese singer and her vocal energy almost immediately silenced the crowd:

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Dine In Brooklyn

Beginning on March 21st and running through the 31st is Dine In Brooklyn, one of our favorite times to try out Brooklyn eateries at a low price.

The deal is pretty simple: $25 for dinner, $20.11 for lunch (random!), and two-for-one brunch options. A few Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants are participating including: Aurora, Baci & Abbracci, Bamonte’s, Barberry, Cadaques, DeStefano’s Steakhouse, Giando On The Water, Hachi, La Piazzetta, Le Comptoir, Loreley, Miranda, My Moon, PT, Tabare, and Zenkichi.

To take part in Dine In Brooklyn, you must call ahead and make a reservation.

‘Super Moon’ On Saturday

Don’t miss the moon on Saturday. [via NPR]

Get outside if you can tomorrow evening and look up. Something that only happens a couple times in most people’s lives should be putting on a pretty good show (and we can all use a break from the news of late).

As NASA’s Science News explains, a “super moon” will be dominating the sky.

Basically, there’s a fairly rare happy coincidence: a full moon just as our lunar neighbor’s orbit brings it as close to Earth as it gets.

So the moon will appear much larger than normal, especially when it’s close to the horizon and what NASA calls the “moon illusion” sort of tricks our eyes into making it seem especially big.

In honor of the moon, here’s a little Starbuck for ya. So smooth!

Goddamn Western pre-teaser teaser

What did you do last summer? Write, shoot and produce your own Western in California? No? Not even a little? That’s too bad.

Apparently, my friends at the Brooklyn creative collective Goddamn Cobras had something better to do than get drinks from the Turkey’s Nest and then lounge in the park. They shot a short in Ojai, Ca in four days with a budget of…$0. Here is there teaser to the preview.

A Goddamn Western PreTeaser from Goddamn Cobras Collective on Vimeo.

The whole shebang is due this summer. Hopefully its as as great as this clip.

Via Goddamn Cobras

Hide your kids! Hide your wife! Hide your gay friends!

Obviously, there are some bigots in Williamsburg.

Meet Barie Shortell. Barie was walking down N4th last month when a group of teenagers started with some anti-gay slurs before jumping him. Ten hours of surgery and three metal plates later, Barie has up to 100,000 dollars in hospital bills.

Have any info? Call 646.610.5267 for the Hate Crime Task Force. Otherwise, go pitch in next Wednesday and drink at Blackout Bar’s fundraiser for Barie. Or you could just throw him a couple bucks here.

(Via Brokelyn)