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One time. One time.
Let’s look alive out there. Make it a good day - all day.
Watch me for the signs.
And let’s have some fun up there.
Here we go now.
One time. One time, now.
Monday - March 10th, 2014 A.D.
Lorde is the "teen" (and I'm the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) queen of the music world. Because she sang a song about George Brett or something. Lorde plays Roseland Ballroom tonight (and Tuesday and Wednesday). You know that super important conversation, “what’s indie rock, like, even mean anymore, man?” We’re not having it. Let’s talk about something else. I’ll toss first. Did you do anything fun this weekend? ………………...
You never answer me!!!!
(please start below video at 2:40 so I can show you how angry that makes me!)
London’s Turin Brakes play Mercury Lounge tonight. Remember these guys? They’re two mostly acoustic bros. I used to listened to them casually in the Y2K era - a hot bed of musical excitement that time was.
Yes, Wikipeda? “On May 19th, 2000 “Britney Spears's second LP, Oops!… I Did It Again sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week and 500,000 on the first day of its release, giving it the highest first-week sales by any solo artist in US history, until Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" a few weeks later.”
Quite the year.
Tuesday - March 11th, 2014 A.D.
SXSW starts. Stay positive. Wear loose fitting clothing. Hang out with the same people you would hang out with in NYC.
Cat Power plays two solo show tonight (6pm + 10pm) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It will just be Chan Marshall and her fears up there. So be nice. Don’t yell out for her to play some old song you like. If it’s meant to be heard - it will be played. Relax. Let it go. Let it go. I am one with the wind and the sky. Let it go. Let it go. You'll never see me cry.
Gary Higgins plays Baby’s All Right tonight. In 1973, he recorded a cult classic called “Red Hash” that has a good song called “Thicker Than a Smokey.” The record was never properly heard because shortly after making it, Higgins spent an extended stay in jail... for weed…. of all things. After that, Higgins disappeared and was rediscovered just a few years ago. Anyway, that’s all in the past. This will be a good show. So good it hasn’t even happened yet. Trip your mind over the bends of time with that fact, Jack.
Queensryche play Gramercy Theatre tonight. Sure. I’ll talk about Queensryche. Why the hell not? What do you want me to say about them? I just know “Silent Lucidity,” man. And I remember thinking, “oh, MTV is playing this song again…. and then they’re going to play “What Is It?” by Faith No More again.” So, no. I haven’t gone deep down the well. But considering these guys have been hanging around since 1982 there’s undoubtedly some treasures to be found. But I’m cool with my knowledge staying with “Silent Lucidity,” I think.
Wednesday - March 12th, 2014 A.D.
SXSW goes on. Awww, yeah. Let's get ready to interact with some global brands, y'all!
In other entertainment news....
Mitt Romney turns 66.
Ron Jeremy turns 60.
And on this date in 1969, British police raided the home of Patti and George Harrison during the wedding of Paul and Linda McCartney, finding 120 joints. They were both fined 250 pounds and ordered to surrender their Funyuns.
Thursday - March 13th, 2014 A.D.
SXSW continues. Outside the box thinking street teams rejoice! (this year's street team move = face painting the passing alts = bet)
Porches play Shea Stadium tonight. I think I talked about them last week. But I don’t totally remember. Can one of you 13 regular readers remind me?.................. You never answer!!!!!!!! That’s fine. I’m moving ahead with it anyway. You should go see Porches tonight. It’s down home real talk - true spit - for the good ol’ alt boys and girls who want it sung to ‘em straight.
Yes, Wikipedia? You wanted to say something? “S. A. Andrée's Arctic balloon expedition of 1897 was an effort to reach the North Pole in which all three expedition members perished.” Cool! Thanks for ruining my night.
Former X-ecutioner/X-Man Rob Swift does a late night DJ set at Pianos. Let’s take it back. There was a time in 1997 when I was obsessed with the record you see below. I haven’t returned to this album in quite some time. Busy sowing my wild oats, I guess. But I just listened to it again for the purposes of this very article (A Blobber Prepares). It still holds up pretty well. I could probably do without the slow interludes. But turntablism never dies. It just spins and scratches on and on until the wax wears out.
(“X-Presssions” = coolest album cover art ever?)
Also. Xiu Xiu was going to play Knitting Factory tonight. But they cancelled. So don’t go. And always always ALWAYS remember.....The Alamo.
(I don't even know anymore, guys)
Friday - March 14th, 2014 A.D.
SXSW still going. Veteran music industry nerds still complaining about "how much it has changed."
California X + Sleepies + LVL UP + Washer (gotta get on writing a profile for these guys too) play Shea Stadium in Brooklyn. Have you ever read “Last Exit to Brooklyn” by Hubert Selby Jr.? It’s one of my favorite books of all time. It haunts me, man. Anyway, this will be pretty punk. The show, I mean. At Shea Stadium. In Brooklyn.
Guards play Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. These power pop hippies will have you rethinking what a flea market can be. As always, the show is free. As always, the bars of kale soap are not.
Prince Paul holds court (delightful!) at a hot new club called The American Museum of Natural History tonight. Ask one of the guards to lead you to the dance party being held in "The Hall of the Universe." Whoa. Intimate this is not.
Saturday - March 15th, 2014 A.D.
Vancouver’s Young Galaxy play Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. YOU. SHALL. NOT. PAYYYYYY! In celebration, here’s a very happy song.
(p.s.: prrrrrretty sure the “pretty boy” Young Galaxy is referring to is, in fact, myself... definitely hearing something familiar there... mostly in my facial features.)
Com Truise brings intergalactic Betamax beats to Bowery Ballroom. They should get this guy to play The Hall of the Universe someday. That pairing would trip my mind through speckled flecks of cosmic time, mannnnn.
Tits of Clay play Mercury Lounge. No relation to these guys. I don't think.
I don’t know what Tits of Clay’s deal is. I know their name is Tits of Clay. And sometimes that’s enough.
Sunday - March 16th, 2014 A.D.
Those were The Best Shows This Week.
Look alive out there.
One time. One time, now!
SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK
03/20 Ryan Hemsworth, ASTR, Glass Gang @ Irving Plaza
03/28 Midnight Magic @ Cameo Gallery
04/02 Leverage Models, Zula, Trabajo, Salt Catherdral, Isn't Ours, Human Resources @ Shea Stadium
04/04 Perfect Pussy, Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer @ Death By Audio
04/06 Pure X, Woodsman @ Baby's All Right
04/12 LVL UP, Chumped, Casual, Adult Dude @ Suburbia
04/13 Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Odonis Odonis, Sannhet @ Baby's All Right
04/14 Flume @ Highline Ballroom
04/19 Frameworks, Gates @ Saint Vitus Bar
04/21 Riff Raff, Grandtheft @ Irving Plaza
04/21 Local H @ Mercury Lounge
04/24 The Whigs, Nikki Lane @ Bowery Ballroom
04/27 Lo-Fang @ Bowery Ballroom
04/30 Broods @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/01 Slow Magic @ Glasslands
05/03 The Mary Onettes @ Glasslands
05/04 Iggy Azalea @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/06 RL Grime @ Webster Hall
05/07 tUnE-YaRds @ Rough Trade
05/08 Liars @ (le) poisson rouge
05/08 Purple, Shlomo @ Bowery Ballroom
05/09 Mavis Staples @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/09 Liars @ The Wick
05/10 La Sera @ Baby's All Right
05/13 Eagulls @ Mercury Lounge
05/15 Lykke Li @ Apollo Theater
05/16 Oneohtrix Point Never @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/17 Built To Spill @ Stone Pony
05/20 Built To Spill, The Warm Hair @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/21 Built To Spill, The Warm Hair @ Bowery Ballroom
05/22 Ex-Cult @ Mercury Lounge
05/23 Guided By Voices, Doug Gillard, Atomic Forces @ Bowery Ballroom
05/29 Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Bowery Ballroom
06/01 EELS @ Apollo Theater
06/01 Teen Daze @ Glasslands
06/04 Wolf Gang @ Mercury Lounge
06/05 Wolf Gang @ Rough Trade
06/06 Bad Suns @ Mercury Lounge
06/11 Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Future Punx, Xerox @ Sugarhill Disco
06/12 Titus Andronicus, Eagulls @ Warsaw
06/13 Omar Souleyman @ Glasslands
06/13 Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa, Abraxas, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Donovan Blanc, Wild Nothing (DJ Set) @ Warsaw
06/14 Courtney Barnett @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16 Phantogram @ Terminal 5
06/17 Courtney Barnett @ Bowery Ballroom
06/17 Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog @ Irving Plaza
06/20 Ki:Theory @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
06/22 Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog @ The Paramount
06/26 White Lung @ Mercury Lounge
07/30 Jagwar Ma @ Webster Hall
11/07 Peter Hook & The Light @ Irving Plaza
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This is a good song.
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Written by Patrick McNamara
Hop Along are a good band from Philadelphia. They make punk pop that’s not pop punk. It’s epic and cathartic and tortured and just a really good goddamn listen. So listen to them, will ya? But not yet. I’ve still got a few more words to say to you about Hop Along. So take your coat off and settle in for a second.
This trio is a lady (that’s Frances Quinlan on vocals and guitar!) and two gentlemen (over there is Tyler Long on bass! and that’s Mark Quinlan on drums! and yep they are siblings! Frances and Mark, that is! Not Mark and Tyler! reign it in now! things are getting confusing!) and they make songs about trouble and lament and Tibetan pop stars. At least that’s what the titles to some of their songs suggest off their excellent album, “Get Disowned.” I don’t really do that whole “listen to the singer” and then “critically interpret” the “words” they are “saying.” I just write down pieces of song titles and pretend it's original analysis. Just kidding! I know exactly what that album is about. It's about love, man.
Now, I don’t like to use the word “awesome” unless I really mean it (i almost always reserve the term for sunsets and chicken pad thai). But I have to tell you something right quick. Frances Quinlan’s voice is AWESOME. (and I hardly EVER make use of the CAPS LOCK so you know things just got Triple Dog Dare). Her vocals sound perfectly pleasant sometimes. That's where the pop comes in. And at other times, she sings like pitch perfect sandpaper. That’s where the punk comes in. It's too good.
(Mark Quinlan and Tyler Long are very nice players too. I got you, Mark and Tyler. I got you.)
I’m going to do something really kind, dear Rockness reader. I’m going to find Hop Along’s album somewhere on the internet and then I’m going post it here for you. Hold on.
OK. Back. Whew. I saw some things on the tubes, man. Here’s the album. Listen to it right..... NOW.
(gosh I’m so happy you’ll be so happy soon!)
Let’s chit-chat about some upcoming concert goodness.
And let’s stay focused for once this week.
So much time. So little to do.
Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.
Come procrastinate with me!
Thursday - March 6th, 2014 A.D.
Chicago’s The Orwells (Elmhurst, what!) play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Their good grimey garage pop sure impressed David “Cabin Boy” Letterman and Paul “It’s Raining Men” Shaeffer when they were on that late night variety programme (dudes, David fucking Letterman is begging you for an encore! don’t just stand there!). I’m prone to like these The Orwells. Because anyone who wears a Derrick Rose jersey for their national television debut is a-ok in my book. And my book is THE LAW, YOU HEAR ME!!! (jk bb boo boo i luv u.)
Speaking of nothing, Cults play a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. You had to RSVP though. And the list is already closed. So if you’re just learning about this now, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Maybe you should sign up for a free “My Rockness” account so you never have to feel this feeling ever again. Because even never is a bit too soon to go through this pain again.
(But on the brightside - at least you won’t have to drink the kool-aid that Cults is gonna pass out at the end!) Swearin’ + Cassie Ramone + Arm Candy (I don’t know who arm candy is - I guess I could look it up - but nah) play Cake Shop tonight. And when Swearin’ takes the stage you know you’re gonna get a goddamn horseshit pile of bloody fucking guitar goodness. Oh wait. Bloody isn’t a swear word here.
(You know in the Holland Tunnel there’s that clear line that marks New York from New Jersey? The middle of the Atlantic Ocean has a similar line marking where the word “bloody” turns bad. It’s roughly 300 nautical miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, I believe.)
(Swearin’ also play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday with this good band Even Hand but I’m not even going to fucking mention it, man.)
Other notable shows tonight = Pete Bauer (from The Walkmen) at Baby’s All Right + Deer Tick at Lincoln Center (let’s get lyme disease, y’all) + Paul Simon and Sting doing their _________ thing + Richard Buckner at Union Hall.
Friday - March 7th, 2014 A.D.
Broken Bells (James Mercer from The Shins + Brian Burton from Danger Mouse) and Au Revoir Simone (Erika + Annie + Heather from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) play Emmanuel Lewis Hall tonight. Go to this show or don’t go to this show. Feel nothing. Caring is creeping. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I think I’LL go HOME and MULL THIS over. Before I CRAM it DOWN my throat. At LONG last it’s CRASHED it’s COLOSSAL mass. Has broken up into bits in my throat.
Heavenly Beat play Glasslands tonight. Heavenly Beat keep getting better. And Brooklyn bands who actually improve over time are a very strange circumstance. Very strange, indeed. Go let these pop dudes perform their celestial thumpings for you. It’ll be a blissful punch to the soul.
Those New Jersey punker rockers, Screaming Females, play Silent Barn tonight with a supporting act called... hang on, let me get my glasses here…. Tuff Tits. Yes. That’s right. Tuff Tits will also be playing this show, ladies and gentleman. So please give Tuff Tits are warm welcome, will ya?
Anyway, here's some shredding.
Bob Mould plays City Winery tonight. But the reason I really bring it up is because I wanted to ask you if this song below is one of the greatest pop songs of the last 20 years? Hint: the correct answer is “...MORE LIKE ONE OF THE GREATEST POP SONGS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!”
Other notable show tonight = Guardian Alien at Trans-Pecos + Flagland at Cameo Gallery + Vensaire (guy from Widowspeak) at Where The Sidewalk Ends (place from Shel Silverstein).
Saturday - March 8th, 2014 A.D.
I’ve been massively obsessed with Hop Along lately. Sure. I’m late to the game on them. And I don’t care. Should I not embrace goodness just because others before me already have? Ridiculous logic, dear Rockness reader. If you know Hop Along - you know what I’m talking about when I talk about going to see them for FREE tonight at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. If you don’t know Hop Along - man, you’re stupid! I’ve known about them since at least late February! Just kidding. About you being stupid. You’re awesome. Don’t ever change. But consider getting into Hop Along. Remember. It’s never, ever, ever too late. Until it’s too late. Forever and Ever. Amen.
(i'm not going to just post one song off Hop Along's excellent album - i'm doing the whole thing - because i have #punk #rock #ETHOS)
We were promised jetpacks a long time ago. Like, at least by the year 2000. Instead we still have razor scooters and rollerblades. Regardless, this band is the loudest thing to come out of Scotland since Magnus Buchan. And like that guy, We Were Promised Jetpacks pretend they are all hard and stuff. But deep down they’re tenderhearted and just want to feel included. They play Emmanuel Lewis Hall tonight.
Boston’s Throwing Muses are true original alts, all right (see also: alright). They play Bowery tonight and the first time in New York in I don’t know how long (tomorrow night you can say Throwing Muses haven’t played New York since yesterday). If you don’t know, Tanya Donnelly (also of The Breeders + Belly) and her step sister Kristen Hersh (also of Kristen Hersh) formed the band in 1983 when they were in high school. I imagine every high school in 1983 was exactly like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” And every dad was just like Mr. Mom. Donnelly does double duty and opens this show too, boo.
Nicholas Nicholas play Glasslands tonight. You haven’t heard of this band. But you will. Right now. And you’ll come back for more of this haunted pop again and again and again. I believe this to be true. Because I believe in you.
Sunday - March 9th, 2014 A.D.
If you have a kid - or you can borrow one - or rent one - Drowners play a Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl today. Yes. You need to go with a kid. But if you REALLY want to go to this and have no way of getting a child to go with you, try having a baby faced friend approach the venue while walking on his or her knees - they’ve really gotta own it though - light up sneakers on the knees, a shirt with trains on it, short pants with unicorns - the whole deal - do it right and it might work - yes, it just might work.
Speaking of kids, go see Radical Dads at Glasslands tonight! Such exciting segues this week, dear Rockness reader! Such dynamic transitions! (please note: you don’t need to have a kid with you to see Radical Dads - but I recommend you still try and get someone to go with you dressed as one).
If having a friend pretend to be a kid doesn’t sound like a good time to you it’s like oooookkayyyy weirdo. Maybe you’ll feel more comfortable getting your ears blasted by Japanther at Saint Vitus. That’s cool too. Whatever. We’re all adults here.
That was The Best Shows This Week!
Thanks a lot! You guys have been great! Louis C.K. is coming up soon!
But first, please welcome the hilarious comedy dancing of 2011 Britain's Got Talent finalist and second/third most famous Kendal, England resident, Steven Hall!