Neutral Uke Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1


Neutral Uke Hotel’s mission statement is simple: to unite obsessed fans of Neutral Milk Hotel for a live performance of their critically acclaimed “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” album, played in its entirety on ukulele by Shawn Fogel, with accompaniment from members of Golden Bloom and The Motion Sick.

They’ll be performing tomorrow night with The Handsome Family at Mercury Lounge. Get tickets here.

VIDEO: Future Islands, Inch of Dust: Live @ Silent Barn

RJOiii sent in video of Future Islands playing the Silent Barn Saturday night. Here’s Inch of Dust:

He writes:

Future Islands played the Silent Barn in Brooklyn last night. I was there with my camera. This is video of the track “Inch of Dust”. You can’t see it, but the floor was shaking.

Behold, the sweatiest, happiest, most bad-ass show I’ve seen in a Brooklyn DIY venue in a long long time.

Future Islands wrapped up a two-month spring tour last night and have a month off before starting back up in July for a week. Then, they’re off to Europe in September. They released their latest LP In Evening Air May 4th.

Interview: Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Last night, we sent out our newest addition, Claiborne McDonald, to chat up the kids of GOASTT:

You might call Sean Lennon’s music Neoclassicism, and considering his background that shouldn’t be far off the mark. Adorning a black bowler cap, bowtie, and heavy glasses, he came ready to play performer lastnight as his new project, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, took over our Union Pool. GOASTT, which recently went through an almost unnoticeable name change, is co-founded by Sean’s girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, and after a very up and down set (some blamed the sound guy) I got the chance to catch up with this duo. Charlotte was a little busy loading out the gear amidst the questions (but props to them both for being their own roadies). And though their relationship seems to have been the most over-publicized part of the musical project, let’s just say nothing stops these two from stealing loving glances at one another.

How do like playing in Williamsburg? What’s your relationship to the ‘hood?

Sean: I guess I have a feeling of slight envy– Williamsburg-envy. I grew up in Manhattan and my friends didn’t tell me where they were always going, and [when they left] I was suddenly left alone in downtown Manhattan. But I always miss the city when I leave because my mom lives there.

Charlotte: We always said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge!”

Check out the rest of the interview after the jump!

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Ticket Giveaway: Robbers on High Street, The Bloodsugars, Israel Darling at Knitting Factory

Saturday night Engine Room Recordings is celebrating the release of Robbers on High Street‘s 7″ vinyl single “Electric Eye.” Marking a definitive move for the band’s sound, Electric Eye showcases Robbers’ newfound English rock sound.

As a part of the celebration, Engine Room is giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Knitting Factory show with Robbers on High Street, The Bloodsugars, and Israel Darling. To sweeten the deal, Engine Room is throwing in a copy of the 7″ for you too! Enter the drawing by Tweeting the following at Free Williamsburg:

@freedubya I’ll steal those Robbers’ tix if I don’t win!

The winner will be Tweeted back at Friday at noon! If you don’t hear back from Freedubya, you can still snag tickets to Saturday’s Knitting Factory show for $8 here. And if you miss out on the show this Saturday, you can download the Electric Eye 7″ digitally on June 22nd.

PICS: School of Seven Bells and Maus Haus at Mercury Lounge

Last night School of Seven Bells played their first of two shows at Mercury Lounge with openers Maus Haus.

Named for after a pickpocketing “school” in South America (and a scene in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze) that tests students by stealing from mannequins decorated with bells, SVIIB takes a new approach to dream pop and shoe gaze. Comprised of Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis and On!Air!Library!’s twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, School of Seven Bells writes thoughtfully crafted and arranged electronic songs with tribal touches.

Even though there was a deterring rain, SVIIB packed in a sold out Mercury Lounge. Despite a slow start due to a funky keyboard sound check, SVIIB was welcomed with applause and Alejandra seemed eager to move on with the show. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis swayed and kicked in a little peddle fortress while Alejandra and Claudia remained the constant vocals. With barely any mid-show banter, SVIIB move quickly through their set from one eerie rock song to the next.

School of Seven Bells will be playing a second show at Mercury Lounge tonight with Arp Line and Warm Ghost. Tickets are available here for $12. SVIIB is also releasing a new album Disconnect from Desire on July 13th.

Small Black's Day-Glo Workshop, "Bad Lover"

It’s been a crazy week here at FREEwilly, you know, relaunching and all… somehow this little gem from one of our favorite bands slipped through our fingers. Better late than never, especially considering that we haven’t stopped listening to the EP since it’s 2009 release. Thanks to director Nick Bentgen for combining two completely separate worlds (my dad’s garage workshop and day-glo imagery) on Small Black’s “Bad Lover”

Fanfarlo's "Fire Escape" for the Optimistic

Check out the alternative version here, and then download the David Sitek remix below to cheer yourself up again.


Fanfarlo’s “Fire Escape”, David Sitek remix

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Ticket Giveaway: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Union Pool

The GOASTT, the collaborative harmonic efforts of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, easily fell prey to my repeat button. Like a modern day translation of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin (or if you prefer, Bardot), these two make romanticized pop tunes that echo with the buzz and hum of ‘yore. The first single and A Side on their soon-to-be-released 7″ debut, “Jardin du Luxemburg”, sounds like a futuristic dream from what Austin Powers’ parties tried real hard to be.

The duo will be playing at Union Pool this Friday with opener Jordan Galland— director of the Sean Lennon scored film, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.

FREEwilly has a pair of tickets to the show for one lucky reader… all you have to do is head on over to our Facebook page and comment on the contest thread for your chance to win.

For those of you who pull the short straw, tickets are still available and are well worth the 10 bucks. Produced by Mark Ronson, GOASTT”s self-titled debut will be released on July 6th by Chimera Music on vinyl and digital download.