I had a morbid curiousity about natural disasters as a child. I remember scanning the card cataloge for books in my elementary school’s library back in New Jersey, reading tales of earthquakes with Richter scale readings akin to slightly-above average Pitchfork ratings, absolutely decimating cities. I remember going to the local movie theater and seeing Bill Paxon and Helen Hunt fight off a twister with a metal pole and a couple of belts they probably bought at Sears. I remember watching the Weather Channel for hours on end, tracking the next huge hurricane as it traveled up the Gulf of Mexico.
I lived in fear of natural disasters, but there was always a certain degree of detachment from them. I knew that there was no significant fault line around. I knew that tornados only happened in places like Kansas, and that by the time a hurricane made it up the east coast to northern New Jersey, it’d be nothing more than some bullshit tropical storm
Well, that all changed a couple of weeks ago. I never thought I’d encounter a storm like Sandy while living here in Kings County, but it happened. Here’s to hoping that we never have to endure a storm of Sandy’s magnitude ever again. My heart goes out to those who are struggling in areas like the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Staten Island and New Jersey.
It’s times like these where New Yorkers come together. I’d like to take this opportunity to again commend my friends over at Occupy Sandy for their amazing relief effort. Friends, remember that grassroots organizations like this one are far more effective than larger boutique non-profits with miles of red-tape and organizational expenses to cover when you’re making contributions to relief funds. Indie big-wigs have taken notice; namely Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs and Dirty Projectors. They’re playing an Occupy Sandy benefit this Saturday at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, and this one is also our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week.
Occupy seems to do their best work in the autumn months. One of their affiliates, Strike Debt, are hosting a benefit in conjunction with Occupy Faith at (le) Poisson Rouge to increase awareness in their plight to absolve the national debt tonight. This A-list variety show is headlined by Jeff Mangum and will feature performances from Lee Ranaldo, Guy Piccotto, Janeane Garafalo, Tunde Abimpe (of TV on the Radio) and much more. Tickets are sold out, but if you missed out, we’re live-streaming the event over on the My Social List blog.
I also want to point out that Dan Deacon will be donating the proceeds of his two shows this week to Occupy Sandy and Red Cross relief efforts; as if you needed ANOTHER reason to see the most innovative live act in all of music today. He played last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and if you missed that, he’s at Bowery Ballroom on Friday. Infamous for his participatory live shows, Deacon has taken it a step further, encouraging downloads of his new smartphone app which produces lights and sounds that are synchronized with his music.
Lydia Lunch is bringing her Retro/Virus party to Knitting Factory back on this side of the bridge tonight. I’m not sure what exactly to expect out of this one, but she’s “invited her friends,” and that’s already enough for the no-wave obsessive in me. Jim Jarmusch and Suicide both have shows coming up at (le) Poisson Rouge this month, and Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo have remained fairly active here in New York in the (maybe) post-Sonic Youth era, so those are a few possibilities, but I wouldn’t rule anyone out from the late 70s/early 80s glory days of the Lower East Side.
Metz are back in town after a bunch of incredible CMJ sets (or so I’ve heard, I got shut out of the Subpop showcase at the door) for two shows, at Mercury Lounge on Monday and Knitting Factory on Tuesday. They’re one of my front-runners for album of the year AND Yvette is opening. Peep one of these even if you caught them at CMJ so you can properly lose your shit without being scolded at by journalists and cameramen.
Fans of DIIV and/or Total Slacker should check out one of Captured Tracks’ latest finds, Naomi Punk at 285 Kent on Friday (or at Cake Shop Saturday with Habibi) with G Green, Parquet Courts and Psychic Blood. This Olympia, Washington-based band’s LP was re-issued via the aformentioned star-studded Brooklyn-based label a couple of weeks ago, and sounds like something you’d hear on a punk bill at Cheap Storage or Living Bread.
ALSO: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead at Knitting Factory (Friday); Free Diplo show (and maybe Dos Equis?) at some random ass spot in Chelsea (tonight); Matt & Kim and Oberhofer at Terminal 5 (Saturday); Ducktails and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding at 285 Norman Ave (285 Norman doesn’t have the same ring to it as 285 Kent, does it?) in Greenpoint (Saturday); A Place To Bury Strangers and Bleeding Rainbow at Bowery Ballroom (Sunday); Wild Yaks at Union Pool (Sunday); Future Islands, Talk Normal and Dopy Body at Bowery Ballroom (Tuesday.)
Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Love as Laughter @ Pianos w/ Heaven, Our Mountain, Katy Steele
Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00pm – 21+, $8 -> tickets
9. Bob Dylan @ Barclays Center w/ Mark Knopfler
Wednesday, November 21st at 8:00pm – all ages, $45 – $149.5 -> tickets
8. A Place To Bury Strangers @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Bleeding Rainbow
Sunday, November 18th at 8:00pm – 18+, $15 -> tickets
7. Metz @ The Mercury Lounge w/ Hunters
Monday, November 19th at 9:30pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets
6. Taking Back Sunday @ Best Buy Theater w/ Bayside, The Menzingers
Friday, November 16th at 6:30pm – all ages, $29.5 -> tickets
5. Matt & Kim @ Terminal 5 w/ Oberhofer
Thursday, November 15th at 8:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
4. Sharon Van Etten @ The Town Hall
Thursday, November 15th at 7:30pm – all ages, $25 – $30 -> tickets
3. INC. @ Steel Drums w/ Sky Ferreira, Dev Hynes, Physical Therapy
Saturday, November 17th at 11:00pm – 21+, $15 -> tickets
2. Dos Equis Presents @ 46 West 24th Street w/ Diplo, Cobra Krames, Dos Equis Presents
Thursday, November 15th at 9:00pm – 21+, SOLD OUT
1. Occupy Sandy @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity w/ Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors, Occupy Sandy
Saturday, November 17th at 12:00pm – all ages, $30 -> tickets
SHOWS GOING ON SALE
Friday, November 16th at 9:00am
Friday, November 16th at 10:00am
Friday, November 16th at 12:00pm
Coheed and Cambria @ Radio City Music Hall on 03/16 – $39 – $69.5
Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 01/22 – $65
Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 01/23 – $65
Purity Ring @ Webster Hall on 01/12 – $20
Bloc Party @ The Wellmont Theatre on 01/11 – $35 – $40
Nude Beach @ The Mercury Lounge on 01/18 – $10
Morrissey @ The Capitol Theatre on 01/19 – tbd
Cake @ The Wellmont Theatre on 01/12 – $39.5 – $44.5
Red Wanting Blue @ Bowery Ballroom on 03/09 – $15
Solange Knowles @ Bowery Ballroom on 12/11 – $22 – $25
Matchbox Twenty @ The Wellmont Theatre on 03/05 – $45 – $95
Dwight Yoakam @ The Wellmont Theatre on 01/24 – $35 – $70
Lotus @ Best Buy Theater on 01/26 – $25
moe. @ Best Buy Theater on 02/01 – $32.5
moe. @ Best Buy Theater on 02/02 – $32.5
Deadbeat Darling @ Bowery Ballroom on 12/20 – $13 – $15
Niki & The Dove @ Bowery Ballroom on 01/12 – $15
Savoy @ Bowery Ballroom on 01/19 – $15
Widowspeak @ The Mercury Lounge on 01/22 – $10
Matchbox Twenty @ The Capitol Theatre on 02/26 – tbd
MS MR @ The Mercury Lounge on 01/16 – $12 – $15
Midnight Spin @ The Mercury Lounge on 01/11 – $10
Superhuman Happiness @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/30 – $10
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/29 – $10
Kalob Griffin Band @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/27 – $10
The Liza Colby Sound @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/21 – $10 – $12
The Everymen @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/18 – $10
Rocky and The Pressers @ The Mercury Lounge on 12/03 – $10
Timeflies @ Terminal 5 on 02/08 – $25
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Bowery Ballroom on 02/28 – $15
Steel Train @ Bowery Ballroom on 01/05 – $20
Freelance Whales @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 01/29 – $18 – $20
Saturday, November 17th at 10:00am
Monday, November 19th at 10:00am
Friday, November 30th at 11:00am
Wednesday, December 19th at 12:00pm
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