Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Kraftwerk Invades The Big Apple



If you are heading to the Hammerstein tomorrow to see the original Man-Machines, know that the show is sold out but you can find extras around Craigslist. If you are looking for an afterparty, this is what I know:


There will be additional DJ sets from
Nick Marc (Tiswas) and Alex English (Girls & Boys)

@ the Hiro Ballroom - In the Maritime Hotel
371 West 16th St. At 9th Ave. Doors Open 10pm
$10 advance tickets at www.GBH.tv / $15 Day of Show

If you want some free drinks, and by free, I do mean free...



2 open bar times! No door charge! No guestlist! djs! Bands! Dancing! This party should be a winner.

Or if you are into the kinky shit, hit up the Pyramid Club.

More Festivities

Yahoo! News has reported the following artists have been confirmed for the following cities for Live 8

LONDON:
Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, Muse, Razorlight, REM, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Sting , Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, U2, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, the Killers, Madonna, The Cure

BERLIN: A-ha, Bap, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Die Toten Hosen, Peter Maffay, Brian Wilson

PHILADELPHIA: Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Dave Mattews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Keith Urban, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent, Kaiser Chiefs, P. Diddy

PARIS: Andrea Bocelli,
Craig David, Calo Gero, Jamiroqaui, Kyo, Yannick Noah, Youssou N'Dour, Placebo,
Axelle Red, Johnny Halliday, Manu Chao, Renaud


ROME:
Irene Grandi, Faith Hill, Jovanotti, Tim McGraw, Nek,
Laura Pausini, Duran Duran, Vasco Rossi, Zucchero

Unfortunately, we (Americans) get the shaft with DMB & Maroon 5. The best show is obviously London, who even got the Scissor Sisters!

The Rolling Stones, Usher, Snoop Dogg,Destiny's Child, and a reunited PINK FLOYD have also signed on, but their locations are unassigned at this time. Concerts are supposed to happen in Canada, Russia, and Japan ... So maybe Canada will get Pink Floyd.



In other news, The Village Voice has announced the initial line-up for Siren Music Festival. Spoon, Mates Of State, Brendan Benson, VHS Or Beta, Dungen, Q And Not U, and The Dears have been announced thus far.

More Music!

A Silver Mt. Zion hits up Canada!

June 15
Montreal, QC @ la sala rossa
June 16
Montreal, QC @ la sala rossa
July 26
guelph, on @ e-bar
July 27
Toronto, on @ tranzac
July 28
Toronto, on @ tranzac
July 29
Toronto, on @ tranzac
July 30
Hamilton, on @casbah


In other news, Geldof will reveal plans for Live 8, his follow up to the world-wide Live Aid concert, later this afternoon. The original concert took place in 1985 and has been since coined "The Greatest Show On Earth". The goal of the event was to combine world-wide efforts to raise awareness and money for thoose victims of famine in Ethiopia. Some of the performers included Ultravox, INXS, Elvis Costello, BB King, Run DMC, Phil Collins, U2, Beach Boys, Duran Duran, Madonna, and just about every other big name that you can think of. I will post the lineup for Live 8 when I have it. I have read that The Spice Girls, will not be reuniting for the event, however, it is heavily rumored that Pink Floyd will be.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Makes Memories

So this weekend I got in my car and became apart of one of the most annoying drives ever: The Memorial Weekend NYC metro area to Washington DC metro area via I-95. It will turn a 4 hr drive into a 7 hour drive. The first stop was the Sonar Lounge for the Disco Biscuits. I only got to fuck around Baltimore for a little bit, but I fell in love with the city.






The Biscuits show was fucking awesome, although the sound was too loud and my ears were dying after the show. I actually left at points during the 2nd set because my ears were hurting so much. They had two other rooms at the venue where free dance parties were going on so I hopped into them for a little bit. The setlist was as follows:

05/27/05
@ Sonar Lounge
Baltimore, MD

Set I: King of the World> Digital Buddha, Once The Fiddler Paid, Pygmy Twylyte> Morph Dusseldorf 1> Spaga, Chemical Warfare Brigade

Set II: Triumph> Little Betty Boop 1> Nughuffer 2, Plan B> Crickets 3> Shem-Rah Boo

Encore: Confrontation

1 inverted
2 ending only
3 unfinished

If you were not at this show but listen to electronic music, chances are you were at the Hallucinogen show in NYC. Simon Postford, the man behind the music has been getting lots of buzz lately, revolving around his new Shpongle disc, which is an incredible musical journey, and his few US appearances. To add another date to the list, Postford is signed on to the Disco Biscuits' festival, Camp Bisco IV which is being put on by Meatcamp Productions. On Saturday May 27th, Hallucinogen will be doing a live set so if you missed Friday, now is your chance.

For more of your psytrance fix, Infected Mushroom is also currently on tour. I will most likely be at the Montreal date.

03 June 2005 Washington DC - Nation
09 June 2005 Quebec City
10 June 2005 Montreal
11 June 2005 Toronto
16 June 2005 Detroit
17 June 2005 Chicago - Sound Bar
18 June 2005 New York - Avalon
23 June 2005 Vancouver
24 June 2005 San Francisco - Mezzanine
25 June 2005 Los Angeles - Nos Insomniac
30 June 2005 Dallas / OpenAir-Tent
01 July 2005 Texas - Lubbock
02 July 2005 Miami
08 July 2005 Atlanta
09 July 2005 Seattle

A full list of dates (international) can be found here.



The next stop was Phila for the annual Jam On The River Festival. It was my first year going and I will say that although I only saw four or five bands, I had a really good time and I do recommend people who live in the area to seek it out in the years to come. All of the staff were very friendly and the musicians were all smiles on stage. Here are some of my pictures, more will be posted on State of Mind within the next week or two.


Soulive:

The New Deal:


The Disco Biscuits:

DJ Logic:

State Radio:


Unfortunately, I decided I didn't want to go to Motherfucker alone so I ended up not going, but I saw pictures on Last Night's Party and it looks like it was a blast.



Vermont Update:

Once all this gloomy weather goes away, everyone will soon flock the streets for ice cream and shopping. Want to escape the downtown scene but not sure where to go? Why not go for a hike?

Hiking This site features 43 various hikes throughout Vermont. Not sure how far away these places are? Try this site where you can choose hikes according to region.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Weekend Picks

Well I'm off for a weekend of music!

Friday:
The Disco Biscuits @ Sonar Lounge in Baltimore, MD

Saturday + Sunday:
Jam On The River - Philadelphia, PA
For the cheap price of $40, you get:


Saturday May 28
11:00AM GATES OPEN
11:00-12:30PM DJ LOGIC
12:30-1:00PM MUTLU
1:15PM-2:00PM TOWNHALL
2:15PM-3:15PM CORN MO
3:45PM-4:45PM JAZZ MANDOLIN PROJECT
5:15PM-6:15PM SOULIVE
6:45PM-7:45PM NEW DEAL
8:15PM-10:00PM DISCO BISCUITS

Sunday May 29
11:00AM GATES OPEN
11:00-12:30PM DJ LOGIC
12:30-1:00PM BROTHERS PAST
1:15PM-2:00PM STATE RADIO
2:15PM-3:15PM VINCE WELNICK and GENT TREADLY
3:45PM-4:45PM PARTICLE
5:15PM-6:15PM BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO
6:45PM-7:45PM RAILROAD EARTH
8:15PM-10:00PM BRUCE HORNSBY



I'm going to leave at some point on Sunday and get home in time to go to MOTHERFUCKER, which I encourage all of you debaucherous folk to go to. I will be back with lots and lots of pictures.





In other news, if you were planning on going to the Zooma Tour over the summer with Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and some others, then you should know that the tour has been officially cancelled and refunds are now available.

Calling All Artists:

The 2nd Annual Valley Arts Festival held in Amherst, MA is currently looking for actors, musicians, photographers, writers, and many more artists to be a part of their festival. Volunteers are also wanted.

Do you miss winter in Vermont?

I do. (leave me comments!)







Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Viva Vermont!

This blog from now on, will focus around Vermont and the Burlington/Montreal/Boston scene, with occasional links to NYC related shows that I am traveling too. Also, I plan on interviewing bands...So if you want to get interviewed, holla at me!


Upcoming shows:

June:
5th - Brothers Past @ Nectars
6th - Mindless Self Indulgence @ Higher Ground
7th - Ozomotli @ Higher Ground
9th - M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem @ Avalon
10th - The Bomb Squad @ Club Metronome
16th - The Soundtrack Of Our Lives @ Higher Ground
21st - Sleater-Kinney @ Higher Ground
24th - NOFX @ Metropolis
30th - Billy Corgan @ Avalon


A few nights ago I hit up The Decemberists at Higher Ground. They are a band that I always read about but have never really checked out. I arrived at Higher Ground and found one spot in the full parking lot. The band is currently on tour promoting their new album Picaresque, which I have been enjoying more and more. I wish I knew more about the band and could write a more meaningful post about them, but I will say this: It is clear when you see a band that has heart and puts that heart forward in every guitar strum and every drum beat that gets played; This is one of those bands.








In other news, last time I checked there were still tickets available for MIA and for Billy Corgan. MIA is only $15 !!!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Sex In The City

Stressed out? Need to relax? Relieve your sexual tension? Well this is your lucky weekend! May is national masturbation month and NYC will celebrate until it is over. Turn off those Sex in the City reruns, cancel girls night, and get yourself out of the house!

Friday, May 20th
- Brooklyn Girls Gone Wild
@ Place Najie Cafe
565 Vanderbilt corner of pacific
BQE exit 27 Atlantic down right on Vanderbilt
train 2,3, Atlantic n,m,d,r,pacific
11 PM


Sunday, May 22nd
- Heavy Petting: Creative Ways to Use Your Hands in Your Sex Play!
Enhance your solo sessions or rev up your partner play! Discover new techniques for erotic vulva and penis massage, masturbation, hand jobs, and finger penetration. This workshop is open to singles and couples of every gender and sexual orientation.
$30, visit http://www.babeland.com for more information.


As if both of those events aren’t enough to keep your juices flowing, there are too major secrets to let you horndogs in on. The first, is that the Erotic Exposition is in NYC for the weekend and on Saturday and Sunday it will be open to the public.



The second secret ties along with the Expo, and cult-classic Deep Throat will be returning to Cinema Village in NYC starting on May 20th.

After hours of hardwork, a song is crafted.

Listen to my new song!



And here's an old picture from last fall.

When the sun comes out, so do the freaks.

Central Park's Summerstage just revealed it's free line-up for the summer and, as always, it is very eclectic and intriguing. I posted below some of the highlights, but the full schedule is posted on their website:

Saturday, June 18 - 3:00 PM
John Legend

Sunday, June 26 - 3:00 PM
Tegan and Sara

Saturday, July 2 - 7:00 PM
The Music of Nick Drake

Sunday, July 10 - 3:00 PM
Blind Boys of Alabama
Citizen Cope
The Royal Wylds

Saturday, July 16 - 3:00 PM
Rebirth Brass Band

Sunday, July 17 - 3:00 PM
Femi Kuti
Brazilian Girls

Thursday, July 21 - 7:30 PM
Upright Citizens Brigade

Saturday, July 23 - 3:00 PM
Astral Projection

Saturday, July 30 - 3:00 PM
MC5
The Sun Ra Arkestra, directed by Marshall Allen
plus Special Guests
Suphala
DJ Spooky, curator

Thursday, August 4 - 7:30 PM
Patti Smith

Saturday, August 6 - 3:00 PM
Coheed and Cambria

Sunday, August 7 - 3:00 PM
M.I.A. with Diplo & special guests
DJ Rekha, curator

Sunday, August 14 - 3:00 PM
Barrington Levy



In other news, if you haven't been serenaded by a cute girl singing, "This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!" then maybe you need a new social scene. It's bananas how much airplay this Gwen Steffani track is getting, although I will admit there are parts of the song that I find very catchy .. Like the bananas part and the intro. However, what is the point of the song? What is this "hollaback girrrrrrrrrl" she speaks of? Apparently, I'm not the only one who is intrigued...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

For all you Arnold fans...

Well, it just wouldn't be my college years if I didn't play some new outrageous drinking game. And I figured, why not make up my own. I bring you folks,The Arnold Drinking Game.

The Bravery

Last night, because I was the only person in New York City without Nine Inch Nails tickets, I made my way over to see The Bravery at Irving Plaza.

I last time I was at Irving, smoking (of any substances) was allowed inside that venue! The show was sold out and I had no trouble getting up front, however, I did have to stay up there the whole time and sit through a really generic band, The Five O'Clock Heroes. Hopefully, bloggers everywhere don't start to hype up that band, because they really do not deserve 100,000 hipster kids on their nuts. Take Hot Hot Heat and add a little Green Day feel to them and then take away everything that makes them indie/punkish and add whatever it is that makes Sum 41 and other pop punk bands suck so much... and there you have your Five O'Clock Heroes. Aside from this band, my other complaint of the night is sound inside the venue. I feel like venues are gradually increasing the sound to an obnoxiously loud level (aka the bass or bass drum being super loud) that you feel throb inside your chest. When one cares about being able to leave the venue with their hearing in-tact, that one is charged money to buy earplugs. They scam you with their water prices and now their ear plug prices (although they were only $1 at Irving, it's the thought of charging for hearing protection that I don't understand)...What will be next? Pay to use the restroom?! The next band, The Ordinary Boys, I had a bias too and liked them simply because they all came out in Fred Perrys and one in a Lonsdale shirt. They played a drunken ska induced punk, similar to The Clash and they finished off their set with a cover of The KKK Took My Baby Away. This band kicked the shit out of the Heroes. Finally at around 10:30 PM, The Bravery came on. The Bravery, new on the scene, has been compared to pretty much every band that has a black hair dude playing synth. Personally, I think they deserve all the hype they are getting, and I think everyone left the show feeling the same way. Their singer, Sam Endicott, did everything you see in the pictures (climbing monitors, spitting beer all over the front row, putting his boot on the monitor and extending his body over the front row) - he was really intense and exciting to watch. The setlist was as follows (obvious highlights include Honest Mistake and Fearless):

The Bravery
5/16/05
Irving Plaza
New York, NY

Set I:
Rites
Out of Line
Swollen
Give In
PSA
Tyrant
Honest Mistake
No Brakes
An Cat Dubh
Ring
Unconditional
-------------------
Encore: Fearless

An additional comment - despite all the photos of the singer, the band does not revolve around him and they all equally rock out as hard as he does, especially the bassist, who is king of drenching us with beer. Obviously, I felt like I was one of the few dancing ... The show was more of a photo shoot than a dance party and indie kids love their stupid picture phones and their were obnoxious girls trying to get up front, who obviously did not wait through the painfully annoying first band, but other than all that bitching, the show was awesome and I left feeling very satisfied.

Monday, May 16, 2005

New Beginnings!

So lately I have found myself immersed in reading blogs... blogs, blogs, blogs seems to account for all of my internet time. I find them so resourceful, especially when it comes to finding out music news, although I haven't seen too much of a variety (most seem to post about the same 5 hipster bands). With this blog I intend to give you the best. You will get important information about kickass concerts, you get kickass visual accompaniments, and you will just increase your ability to kick ass by 100%. I guess a main goal is to have my readers learn new things whether it be about music, movies, or life in general. If we are all going to be glued to our computers, we may as well be learning fun facts like that in 1999, 241 MILLION people rode in New York City taxi cabs.