Let’s start with some good news, Shea Stadium reached their kickstarter goal in just a few hours yesterday. Why stop there though, you can continue to donate here. The last few years have been more than hard for DIY venues but the rally of support yesterday was really quite something, and long may it continue. Anyway, obviously you won’t be catching any shows there this weekend, but you do have some rather fine alternatives.
I go away for a couple of weeks and look what happens… it’s like forgetting to lock your door but still being surprised when you find out all your stuff has been stolen. Between Brexit and Trump this year, you’d be forgiven if “the will of the people” merely leads you to the bottom of many a bottle. Alas, if for a couple of hours each night, you can try and forget reality with some great music.
While we’re usually anticipating what to do at the CMJ Music Marathon around this time of the year, we’ll just have to find something else to do instead. Fear not, however, because a regular weekend is obviously still packed with things to do and this one is no exception, which is especially well-timed given the political circus and “killer clowns” (maybe they’re the same thing?) stinking up the air.
There really is a fantastic run of events this weekend, and what made the cut was put ahead P.S Eliot/Ought at Market Hotel, Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right, and The Album Leaf at Littlefield to name a few. Slightly out of town is the excellent Don Giovanni-led New Alternative Music Festival out in Asbury Park. Finally, the 2016 Vendy Awards are at Governor’s Island on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets available at the time of writing, it’s always a great event, especially if you’re a fan of street food (2015 review here).
Nada Surf return home for a couple of shows in September, firstly at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday the 17th and then Bowery Ballroom on the 18th. Now officially a quartet in the last few years with the addition of guitar maestro Doug Gillard, they will play as a trio for the Music Hall show while he has re-joined Guided By Voices, they’ll be back to a four-piece at Bowery Ballroom (now, how about a GBV/Nada Surf combined show?!).
I’ve previously mentioned that Nada Surf should be considered one of the all time New York greats, and their most recent album, You Know Who You Are, only adds weight to that claim. Released in March on Barsuk Records, it’s another stellar collection of power-pop with perhaps Matthew Caws’ most heartfelt lyrics to date. Few writers can turn a song on its head or throw out a lyric that seems inconspicuous on a first impression and then a masterstroke on further reflection quite like him.
You can watch the two videos from the album, Cold to See Clear and Rushing below.