Written by Patrick McNamara
Welp, it's the last week of August and I hope you all are REAL proud of yourselves. Look what you've almost done. You've almost made this fine summer burn into the sun. Congratulations. Hang on to the memories. I hope you made some of them, man. Because pretty soon that's all you'll have of Summer 2015: Happiness Strikes Back. RIP. See you at tha crossroads (so you won't be lonelllllly). #neverforget
*September in NYC is actually the most sublime month in the entire Mayan calendar but don't tell anyone else so we can have this clear blue city all to ourselves during those top tenner type days, OK?
Oh, yeah. Let's talk about the good shows going down this weekend now.
Thursday - August 27, 2015 A.D.
Tim Kasher's other band (besides Cursive) is The Good Life. Formed circa 2000, the Omaha band recently released their first new album in 8 years. It's a Saddle Creek thang. You can hear them play songs from it at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Windows 98 DJ's at (le) poisson rouge tonight. Windows 98's given name is Win Butler. He's also frontman of a Canadian band whose name escapes me right now. Anyway, you might want to go see him push some buttons, flick some switches, and twiddle some knobs. It'll be a two-hour vinyl set with live percussion. Tuxedos and evening gown dress code appreciated.
The fine singer/songwriter/super smooth beat maker Tei Shi (Brooklyn by way of Buenos Aires) plays a "free" show at MoMA tonight. "Free" is in "quotes" because you have to purchase museum admission to attend this one for "free" and that price is now 25 bones. Let's move on to this week's installment of "When Patrick Worked At MoMA." When I worked at MoMA a lot of people gave celebs free tickets and once Alanis Morissette came to my ticket booth and I totally made her pay. THAT'S for getting "You Oughta Know-Oh!-Oh!-Oh!" stuck in my head all those years.
Friday - August 28, 2015 A.D.
Tamaryn has been smoothly slinging the smoky pop goodness for a few years now. If you haven't seen her play you totally should. She's good. One such opportunity exists tonight at (le) poisson rouge. I hope you take advantage of it, man. Because I believe in the best you.
Maybe you're feeling more like if you don't start dancing you'll BUST. If that's the case, consider seeing Brooklyn's Midnight Magic on the roof of Output tonight and if you dance real good they just might play this big time jam for you from wayyyyy back (what was 2011 even LIKE, mannn?).
Or, if you have a lot of pent up rage that you want to let out and turn it into something beautiful consider seeing So Hideous at Saint Vitus. You'll scream. You'll soar. Your ears will bleed and you'll say why thank you So Hideous and ask this band for more. Listen to this song right quick. It's real intense and dramatic and good although sometimes I worry.
Bird Courage play Rough Trade. Here's my Bird Courage story. One late night a couple (few?) years ago I was waiting for the G train to come and it was taking forever which was great because the empty endless moment afforded me plenty of time to reflect on the really shitty night I was having. And then the dudes in Bird Courage started playing their pleasant pop songs on the platform and for a few minutes before the train finally came it kind of turned my night around. Thus, they get a Best Shows This Week mention. Thanks for that.
Saturday - August 29, 2015 A.D.
It's that time again. DFA Records will be up to their old tricks by throwing a huge summer rager. This year it's at Good Room with a bunch of DJ sets by bands/artists on their label throughout the night. There will also be a "VERY" special live performance by somebody as of yet unannounced. That VERY in ALL CAPS was a direct quote from the source, man. I don't know who it is. But if you're thinking an LCD Soundsystem reunion can I just say I'd keep thinking, probably? The Rapture could be cool, though. Again, I know nothing. Regardless, this is going to be a fun one for sure because with a name like Summer Hot Dog it's gotta be good!
I already talked this week about Royal Headache (they played Tuesday at Rough Trade, remember?) but I'm going to make the highly unorthodox decision to mention this band again because A). they're playing Palisades tonight and B). they're so good they're worth even more than two mentions and C). this is my music blob and I can do whatever I want. Fun fact. I saw these guys in LA recently and their guitarist was wearing the exact same 1989 Cubs NL Central Division Champions shirt that I had when I was 11. More cool stories like this later!
Solvey is the grand post-goth pop* project of Jessica Zambri (of the fine band Zambri) and her creative collaborator, label partner, and main husband squeeze Noel Heroux (of the fine Hooray For Earth). See her create an epic, carefully constructed sonic world fueled by solid synths and dark beats tonight at Alphaville. Forever young. I want to be forever young. Oh, wait. Wrong Alphaville again.
*post-goth pop represents my best effort, however flawed it may be
Sunday - August 30, 2015 A.D.
Royal Headache play Saint Vitus tonight (for only 5 bones!). This is my third mention of this fantastic band this week. And I now have nothing else left to give. If I can't convince you to go see these fine Australian punks at least once this week, well, I have failed. I have failed you. FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
eskimeaux and Bellows lead a solid (indie)(lo-fi)(whatever you think) pop lineup at Riis Park Beach Bazaar today. Like always, these shows on the beach are free. And not like always, there are only two left this summer. Time passed. I hope you all are real proud of yourselves.
Thanks for reading. Now please go out and enjoy the last week of August. Summer is almost over. I hope you all are real proud of yourselves.
*but once again September in NYC is the best the month of the entire Mayan calendar but you didn't hear that twice in the same article from me