Oct 31, 2006

updated set times

Here are some updated set times for shows I had posted about earlier according to an email Astralwerks just sent out:

11/1 - Damon McMahon's set at Rocks in Your Head is at 9pm

11/2 - The Juan Maclean's dj set at Hiro is at 11pm

11/3 - Astralwerks Showcase schedule:
Inouk - 7pm
Damon McMahon - 7:45
The Little Ones - 8:45
Small Sins - 9:45



If you are all show-ed out from CMJ, this could be a nice relaxing way to spend your weekend, and dollazz:
The WFMU Record and CD Fair

It's $6 admission, or you can pay $20 to get in early on Friday and get free admission for Saturday and Sunday. The link has all the details.


Inouk, sans Damon?

I just found Inouk's myspace page, and it appears that Damon McMahon, who was originally in Inouk, is not listed as a band member, and Ezra Oklan who was not previously in the band, is listed. Pardon me, but...WTF?!?!


Oct 30, 2006


Because of a stupid pork loin and sheer forgetfulness...I am not at the Damon McMahon show at Fat Baby right now. With all the CMJ stuff going on and trying to figure out which shows to go to, I totally forgot about that show tonight. Also, had I not started cooking a pork roast (that was supposed to take 40 minutes to cook, but actually took almost 2 and a half hours...and whether or not it is done is still debatable) I would have been done eating sooner and would have checked the blog in time to get myself down to the LES. I probably still might have been able to make it, but I don't know who was going on first, and if I went through all that trouble and missed Damon's set anyway I would have been even more annoyed than I am now. I actually feel much better now that I have shared all of this nonsense with you.

In less personal crisis related news:

The New York Night Train show I had posted about earlier is a free in-store performance at Rocks in Your Head record store in Brooklyn...I thought Rocks in Your Head was a band when I originally posted that. Oops! Anyway...here are the set times:

4pm - Vogager One
5pm - the Jealous Girlfriends
6pm - Damon McMahon
7pm - Grand Mal
8pm - Hopewell

Also, the CMJ shows that I am actually attending:

10/31 - probably none! Originally I wanted to go to either the showcase at Sin-e or the one at Fontana's, but they are invite/badge only. Sharon Jones is playing Hammerstein but tickets are kind of a lot of dollazz...the other act is Medeski, Martin, and Wood which I have no interest in seeing, so I feel like I am better off waiting for Sharon to play another show. My most solid possibility for tomorrow is to repeatedly check ticketweb in case they release any more tickets for the Cardigans at the Knitting Factory.

11/1 - possibly the showcase at Pianos...still checking out some other options though. Might try to run over to that New York Night Train showcase after work.

11/2 - I am definitely going to R&R to see The Sights. I saw them open for the Caesars at Southpaw 2 years ago. I had listened to some of their stuff beforehand and didn't really like it, but then when I saw them live I was blown away. They really just rock...good, classic, rock and roll. Might head to Hiro afterwards to catch MSTRKRFT or Galapagos to catch them and ATOC.

11/3 - Astralwerks showcase at Canal Room...so excited for this show. The tickets have been bought for weeks.

11/4 - Tim Fite is playing R&R, but I am tempted to just skip it and visit my family for the rest of the weekend since I haven't been home in a while and don't think I'll be able to make it next weekend. Plus his set is only 45 minutes. I've kind of wimped out on the Justice at Studio B plan...though I really love that remix. Wasn't really wild about their other stuff...plus the whole Brooklyn aversion.

Alright...sorry this has been so cracky. I'm exhausted.


Oct 25, 2006

Two totally unrelated things

Radio 4 will be opening for the Bravery on their east coast tour!

28 Boston MA - Avalon
29 New York NY - Webster Hall
30 Philadelphia PA - Trocadero

1 Washington DC - Rock'n'Roll Hotel
2 Raleigh NC - The Lincoln
4 Charleston SC - Music Farm
5 Atlanta GA - Roxy
6 Orlando FL - Firestone

I got the dates from a bulletin Radio 4 sent out on myspace. The dates aren't on their page yet, but I imagine they will be soon. In the meantime you can listen to some of the new b-sides from their new single "Packing Things Up On the Scene" there.

The 2nd thing is:

Tim Fite is playing Union Hall, Nov. 10th, 9pm...so that will be a 2nd show I will be missing because of Mario Queen of the Circus. Yes, he's THAT good. Here is some more info on that.



ATOC (A Touch of Class) has a few dj dates coming up! I went to see them at PS1 (you can actually download a part of that set, the link is on their myspace) this summer on a whim and they had everybody dancing. They really mix it up well- a lot of new electro stuff, with some classic dance tracks, a hint of pop disco at just the right time. Definitely check em out!

Anyway, here are the dates:
Nov 2 - MODULAR MONTHLY NYC (CMJ) at Galapagos Art Space (70 N 6th St in the BK)
MSTRKRFT (dj set)
Pixeltan (live)
Van She (live)
SoftLightes (live)
A Touch of Class (dj set)
DJ Ajax
Modular DJs
$5 w/ RSVP. $8 w/out.

RSVP/more info

The other date is Oct. 30th - the Rapture afterparty at 205 Bar Sorry for the lack of info on that one, that's all I got for now.

ps- apparently the blog layout is only jacked up when you view it using IE. When I got home from work last night I pulled it up on Firefox and it looks fine. So yeah...need to look into that.


Oct 24, 2006

shake it don't break it

I forgot to mention in last night's post...the Glass are also playing the last show of their monthly residency at Pianos prior to their DJ sets at Hiro on Thursday. 8:30 doors, $8. (Girls Don't Cry, the Fake Accents, and Beat the Devil are also playing.)


I like other bands too, I swear

just none of them are coming to New York anytime soon.

More Damon McMahon dates:
Oct. 30 - Journal Magazine show with Damon McMahon, Psychic Ills, Crystal Stilts, and Mark Bourthwick at Fat Baby . Not sure about the cost yet.

Nov. 1 - New York Night Train showcase featuring: Hopewell, Grand Mal, Damon McMahon, Jealous Girlfriends, Voyager 1 - Rocks in Your Head - FREE (it's in the BK at 133 Roebling between Metropolitan and North 5th Street). Also...there is no mention if this is a free out of the goodness of someone's heart show, or "free" b/c you have a CMJ pass show. I will try to find out more later.

Also...I thought the blog layout was done with last night, but this morning I looked at it with IE and something weird is going on with the template. It looks like complete shit...it's all centered and there is no sidebar. It is just whack. I am hoping it is just some momentary Blogger glitch because all I thought I really changed last night were colors. So yeah...sorry if you are using IE and it looks busted. I will fix it later tonight if it's still like that.


Oct 23, 2006

Shake, Damon, and laugh!

Stumbled upon a few noteworthy happenings:

This Thursday, October 26th @ Hiro:
The Glass After-Show Party and DJ Set featuring Dominique Keegan, and DJ Wool. Both from the Glass...haven't heard DJ Wool, but Dominique bangs (yes, I used the term bangs...as in bangin'...get used to it). He spins highly danceable tunes leaning towards the rock side- he was playing remixes of Simian's "We are Your Friends" when I saw him 2 years ago. Plus the lovely DJ Omri (he plays a lot of stuff...a bit of everything). The best part: Free!

Also at Hiro and also free, Nov. 2:
Digitalism Live
Juan Maclean dj set
Princess Superstar live
Alex English and guests.

Not going to go through all the "bigger" names in there, but I will mention that Alex dj's at a lot of the GBH parties, so if you can't make it that night definitely try to catch him some other time. He spins a lot of electronic, some rock. It all bangs. I happened to catch him as the closing dj one late Thursday night and I actually liked what he was playing better than the headliner.

Click here and scroll down a bit for the flyer and more info.

In less shake what yo momma gave ya-friendly news:
Nov. 10 - Damon McMahon (and others) @ Mercury Lounge (9:30)
Unfortunately I will probably miss that show because I will be going to the Ars Nova to see Clarke McFarlane, perhaps better known as "Mario, Queen of the Circus" after an entirely too long period of him being MIA.

How does this relate to music you might ask? Well...about a year and a half ago a friend and I saw "Mario" performing in the fountain in Washington Square Park. He is essentially a comedian, juggler, acrobat, etc. He had an off Broadway show called Planet Banana at the Ars Nova last spring. It made me and some friends laugh our asses off. I wound up going to see the show 3 times. There were a ton of pop classics, many performed by a live band, woven into the play. The guy also does a great juggling act while lip synching Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust". If that doesn't make you want to go see him, I don't know what will. Also, I should mention I have no idea what exactly he will be doing that night. In any case, between him and Damon, you should be able to find something good to do with your Friday night.


Oct 21, 2006

It's official

It's official...from the Astralwerks' What is What weekly newsletter:

We're also gearing up for CMJ! Our party will be Friday, November 3 at the Canal Room, 7pm. We'll have the reformed Inouk, the dashing Damon McMahon, Scissor Sister-approved Small Sins and our newest signing The Little Ones playing amongst the usual college illuminati and cold beverages.



Oct 20, 2006

Inouk back together?!?!

I did not think this day would ever come...but it appears my friends, that Inouk...is back together! At least for one night!

Friday 11/3 at Canal Room (according to the CMJ website):
Inouk - 7:00 pm
Small Sins - 7:45 pm
Little Ones - 8:30 pm
Damon MacMahon - 9:30 pm

It is not some stupid website error, mistakingly still associating Damon McMahon with Inouk and not acknowledging him as a solo act, as I had originally assumed.

I do not care for the Small Sins or Little Ones...maybe they will be better live? Maybe I haven't listened to them enough to form an honest opinion? Who cares?!?! Inouk and Damon (both together and separately) are going to be awesome!

You can buy your muthaf-ing ticket here and attend one of the few good CMJ shows this year.


Oct 12, 2006

CMJ Picks

Finally...I have been meaning to start an "official" music blog for a while.

Some matters:

I was just looking through the CMJ line-up at Ohmyrockness and thinking none of the shows looked particularly thrilling. I remember back in 2002 (before I even knew what CMJ was) I saw the Audio Bullys, Erlend Oye, Simian, Cassius, and the Chemical Brothers at a CMJ show at the Hammerstein Ballroom and it was just fucking amazing. But anyway...just when I had given up hope I spotted Damon McMahon's (and Inouk's? probably just an error, though I can hope can't I?) show at the Canal Room on 11/2.

I will definitely go to that show. I've been to a lot of Damon's shows since I moved back to New York (after chatting with him at a few of them in a row I think he may have become concerned that I am stalking him...really I just think he is extremely talented) and there hasn't been a bad one yet. His lyrics are unique and his voice is very emotive. Some good acoustic guitar too...just what's been missing from music lately. One of my favorite "new" artists of 2006.

Some other CMJ possibilites for me (which could require me to be in 47 places at once):

10/31 - The Cardigans (acoustic) at Knitting Factory (I hear it could be ugly though, from a friend of mine who is huge Cardigans fan no less).

10/31 - Nanuchka at Mo Pitkins (based solely on the fact that my friend Van likes them and we like the same stuff sometimes).

10/31 - Mickey Avalon at Sin-e. Just read an article on him in this month's issue of Nylon and apparently he spits some serious filth.

Young Love is also playing there. Personally...not my cup of tea...saw them open for Radio 4. I have no problem with the band...the singer just seems like a misplaced hipstered out boy band guy thrown into a electro-rock band. He seems too clean cut, and his voice is too nice. It just all kinda makes my head hurt. Not to mention their damn single "Discotheque" is still stuck in my head.

Ima Robot is also playing...I read something about them in Nylon too...and I remember noting them, just not sure if it was for a good or bad reason (it was 7 in the morning and I was running on 4 hours sleep at the time).

10/31 - Shit Disco and Home Video at the Annex - I am always intrigued and both optimistic and skeptical when bands put "disco" in their names. Also, I remember checking out Home Video's myspace when they were playing at Hiro last month and feeling kind of eh, could be good, could be bad about them.

11/1- Professor Murder at Pianos - I have been reading good things about them all over the internet for the past few months. They opened for Radio 4 a few months ago at the Bowery Ballroom and I intentionally missed it b/c I checked out their myspace page beforehand and it wasn't really appealing to me. But then Anthony Roman (lead singer of Radio 4) said they were awesome...and then I read it everywhere...so maybe I should give 'em a second listen.

11/1 - another based solely on name - Crack and Smack at the Delancey. Oh and the Pinkertones...I have no opinion on them, but there is some dj, a duo I think, that has a name involving pink that I missed during the summer that I was pissed about b/c they looked good and I can't remember what they actually were called, but everytime I see the Pinkertones listed I think it's them...and it's not. Suggestions??

11/2 - Heard CSS are good...the Bowery show is sold out. Saw the Oxford Collapse open for...I think Radio 4 at Bowery a couple of years ago and they were pretty good...so maybe now they are REALLY good. Too bad it's sold out already.

11/2 - MSTRKRFT - I hear from a reliable source that they bang. Not a Brooklyn fan...always a subway issue, but it is only in Williamsburg (Galapogos) so it shouldn't be too hard to get there.

11/2 - La Rocca is playing at Pianos and I feel I'd be remiss if I did not say they sound like...Coldplay...who needs another Coldplay? Not me...the singer seemed like a nice fellow though. He gave nice little prefaces for all the songs...which I appreciate. Also, he had an aceent, which as much as I hate to admit it...earns you bonus points with me.

11/3 - Architecture in Helsinki - recommended a while ago, been meaning to check em out. At Irving btw.

11/4 - Justice at Studio B...fuck yes! Have you heard their remix of Simian's "we are your friends" ?


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