Today marks the beginning of a new era for My Social List. From this day onward, we will be known as MI SCILL LIIST. We really don’t give a fuck about the name. We originated this project in a bedroom with no internet and didn’t know it would ever leave.
We’re taking a cue from DIIV, formerly known as Dive; aka Zachary Cole Smith of Beach Fossils’ side project. Apparently, he’s changing the name out of “respect” for some early 90s industrial act from Belgium.
Come on dude, how have you never heard of Dive? Their experimental sound, consisting of abused drum machines pulsating through crackling distortion influenced everyone from Frontline Assembly to Klinik.
If that all sounds ridiculous… it’s because it is. My guess? The guy never heard the “original” Dive in his life, and Wikipedia’d his band name before his LP came out. Dude. It’s totally ok. I have idea who the hell Dive is either. The last sentence of the previous paragraph is a combination of Wikipedia’s “Dive (Belguim Band)” page and industrial acts from Allmusic.com.
Maybe this perceived insecurity over not knowing obscure foreign bands from dead genres is some sort of sad commentary on the resentful post-internet era we live in. Who knows? Maybe he just wanted a more stylized name? If that’s the case… they should have totally went with ▲DDIIVVEE▲ instead. Or maybe he realized “Dive” was un-google-able?
Somewhat ironically, I’d like to use this opportunity to announce the launch of the MII SCIIL LIIST iPhone app (get it here) It launches TODAY, and it’s 100% free. Now you’ll be able to access our buzz list right on your phone, buy tickets to shows, find shows near you (via current location), and text them to your friends. Really, there’s no better app for tracking buzzworthy shows in the city despite my INTENSE bias.
And buzzworthy shows in the city we have for you again this week. Our MOST BLOGGED show for this week is BAM’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” festival. The three-day affair is chock full of some of the biggest names in indie:
TONIGHT: The Walkmen, Zs, Sharon Van Etten, Callers, Twin Shadow, People Get Ready
TOMORROW: St. Vincent, Buke and Gase, The Antlers, Sinkane, Tyondai Braxton, Ava Luna
SATURDAY: Beirut, Oneohtrix Point Never, Atlas Sound, Janka Nabay, My Brightest Diamond
None of those are anything to sneeze at (and allergy season is upon us), so we recommend a three-day pass. OH, BUT WAIT, those are sold out. If I had to pick… I’d probably go Sunday, even though I’ve seen Bradford Cox perform literally 7000 times in my life (and will probably catch his DJ set at the Glasslands house party Saturday night.) But yeah, you really can’t go wrong.
I really didn’t mean to make fun of DIIV that much. I am a big fan of theirs, and I’ve seen them countless times. To make it up to them… they’re part of my EDITOR’S PICK for the week. And really, it’s not like I’m doing them a favor, because they’re part of an incredible lineup at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night. It’s headlined by Frankie Rose, and also features Spectrals (who also play Glasslands on Friday) and Black Marble on top of DIIV. It’s not too often you see a lineup THAT stacked on a Saturday night.
Speaking of absolutely stacked lineups; Bowery Ballroom’s got one for you on a Tuesday night of all nights; Bear In Heaven, Blouse and Doldrums. The first two have released two of my favorite albums of the year thus far, and come June 4th, the psychedelic sounds of Doldrums could easy make that list when their new EP is released.
It might be a good week to take off of work, because Terminal 5 ALSO has an unbelievable show on weeknight. On Monday night, they’re hosting the legendary space-rockers, Spirtiualized, fresh off the release of their brand new LP, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, another of my top releases for the year. Amazingly, there are still tickets left for this set at Bowery Presents’ largest venue up in Midtown.
Dirty Beaches have decided to stick around for a bit, and they hit Bowery on Friday night with indie veterans and all-around weirdos, Xiu Xiu. Ahhhhh, Xiu Xiu, you take me back to the good ‘ol days of weirding my friends out with “Fabulous Muscles.” Man, Bowery is killing it this week.
LASTLY: Special shoutout to Night Manager – they play guitarist David Tassy’s birthday show TONIGHT at Mercury Lounge with Total Slacker, Habibi, Weird Rivers and a DJ set by Widowspeak. There may or may not be some sort of kegger after party too. Jus sayin.
– Peter Rittweger of My Social List
TOP 10 FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS
10. Light Asylum @ (le) poisson rouge w/ oOoOO, Black Marble
Thursday, May 3rd at 11:00pm – 21+, $15 -> tickets
9. Andrew Bird @ Beacon Theatre w/ Patrick Watson
Friday, May 4th at 8:00pm – all ages, SOLD OUT
8. Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Dirty Beaches, Father Murphy
Friday, May 4th at 8:00pm – 18+, $16 – $18 -> tickets
7. Bear in Heaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Blouse, Doldrums
Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00pm – 18+, $15 -> tickets
6. Spiritualized @ Terminal 5 w/ Nikki Lane
Monday, May 7th at 7:00pm – all ages, $30 – $35 -> tickets
5. Feist @ Radio City Music Hall w/ Timber Timbre
Saturday, May 5th at 7:00pm – all ages, $40 – $50 -> tickets
4. Beirut @ BAM w/ Oneohtrix Point Never, Atlas Sound, Janka Nabay, My Brightest Diamond, yMusic, Skeletons, Caveman, Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Saturday, May 5th at 5:00pm – all ages, $45 – $110 -> tickets
3. Frankie Rose @ The Mercury Lounge w/ DIIV, Spectrals, Black Marble
Saturday, May 5th at 8:00pm – 21+, $13 -> tickets
2. St. Vincent @ BAM w/ Buke and Gase, The Antlers, Sinkane, Tyondai Braxton, Ava Luna, TBD, Missy Mazzoli and Victoire, NOW Ensemble
Friday, May 4th at 5:00pm – all ages, $45 – $110 -> tickets
1. The Walkmen @ BAM w/ Zs, Sharon Van Etten, Callers, Twin Shadow, People Get Ready, Jherek Bischoff, yMusic, Jack Quartet
Thursday, May 3rd at 5:00pm – all ages, $45 – $110 -> tickets
SHOWS GOING ON SALE THIS WEEK:
Friday, May 4th at 7:00am
Friday, May 4th at 10:00am
Tenacious D @ Hammerstein Ballroom on 06/29 – $55
Wintersleep @ Knitting Factory on 06/19 – $10
The Allman Brothers Band @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on 07/24 – $79.5 – $99.5
First Aid Kit @ Irving Plaza on 09/29 – $22.5
Friday, May 4th at 12:00pm
Dispatch @ Radio City Music Hall on 10/05 – $51
Young Magic @ The Mercury Lounge on 07/29 – $10
The Young @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/27 – $12
Kopecky Family Band @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/04 – $10
Cardinal @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/26 – $10 – $12
Kingsley Flood @ The Mercury Lounge on 07/13 – $10 – $12
Erick Baker @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/07 – $10 – $12
Tim Rogers @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/05 – $15
Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/30 – $10
Wilco @ Prospect Park Bandshell on 07/24 – $45
Wilco @ Prospect Park Bandshell on 07/23 – $45
GZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 06/14 – $30
First Aid Kit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on 09/30 – $25
My Morning Jacket @ Williamsburg Park on 08/19 – $49.5
Real Estate @ Webster Hall on 08/11 – $20
Death Cab For Cutie @ The Wellmont Theatre on 07/19 – $39.5
Delta Rae @ Bowery Ballroom on 07/17 – $13 – $15
Cake @ Williamsburg Park on 08/10 – $35
Sublime with Rome @ Williamsburg Park on 08/24 – $45
Canon Blue @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/21 – $10 – $12
Lotus Plaza @ The Mercury Lounge on 07/18 – $12 – $14
The Orion Experience @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/30 – $10
Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom on 07/19 – $15
Murder by Death @ Webster Hall on 07/17 – $20
Dragonette @ Webster Hall on 09/12 – $20
The Deep Dark Woods @ The Mercury Lounge on 07/31 – $10 – $12
Cruisin’ USA @ The Mercury Lounge on 05/28 – $8
Great Caesar @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/03 – $10
Destroyer @ (le) poisson rouge on 06/19 – $25 – $30
The dB’s @ (le) poisson rouge on 06/15 – $18 – $20
Valient Thorr @ The Mercury Lounge on 06/17 – $12
Beach House @ Bowery Ballroom on 05/15 – $30
Saturday, May 5th at 10:00am
The Allman Brothers Band @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on 07/24 – $79.5 – $99.5
System of a Down @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on 08/05 – $35 – $70
System of a Down @ PNC Bank Arts Center on 08/04 – $36.25 – $89.5
Chicago @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on 08/18 – $70.5 – $150.5
Joe Cocker @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on 07/29 – $79.5 – $125