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The Best Shows in NYC This Weekend: Ghostface Killah and GZA (free) + MoMA Summer Warm Up + Widowspeak (on a boat!) + Joy Formidable (free!) + Swervedriver + Aziz Ansari + Against Me! + The Antlers + Bass Drum of Death + Witch + more Labor Day goodness!

September 03, 2015
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Written by Patrick McNamara

Heard this timely song today.

September morn. Like, morning...but also mourning, man. You see the old double dose of meaning Neil's slinging? Two important points. 1). This song gives me the howling fantods whenever I hear it why the fuck did I decide to go to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a new shower curtain at that exact time and 2). I simply disagree with ND's grandiose display of seasonal melancholy on this somehow still inescapable song.

This is hardly the time to get sad about everything we've lost this summer because September is the best month of the entire year. It's true. And we've still got some time before everything turns to shit for seemingly the rest of our lives.

Since we're wasting time together anyway like old friends sometimes do, here's a good story. My dad works security at concerts in his post-retirement days at places like the United Center in Chicago and he recently did a Neil Diamond show where Neil (being Neil) said to the crowd of aging Aunt Janets something along the lines of "I love you. I'd go out there and kiss all of you but I'd be torn to shreds."

Hahahaha. Oh, Neil.

(for another good story my dad tells about The Beatles read this whopper)

Anyway, enough about Neil Diamond he has nothing to do with anything who even brought him up. Let's now talk about the good shows happening this first week of September if you still feel up to it, but if you want to cut this short and go procrastinate on some other blob instead that's totally cool by me. All chill. Either way.

THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 A.D.

There's another free (w/ RSVP) House of Vans show tonight and if it's not the last one of these this summer (not sad) it's pretty damn well close. Wikipedia had no idea. This one's got Ghostface Killah + GZA + Joey Bada$ and conveniently posted below (by me) is the best scene from 2003's Coffee & Cigarettes.

"And you're Bill Murray. Groundhog Day Ghost Bustin' Ass Bill Murray."

The excellent Widowspeak celebrate the release of their excellent new album on a boat tonight. Not a little tiny one that Mac DeMarco plays his songs in or anything like that (when he's not eating popcorn and playing Jenga with Shamir). I'm talking like a cruise, man. God, September rules. Speaking of good black and white movies….

"When they asked Greta Garbo why she chose to live in New York City she said that New York was the only place where she could be alone."

But I'm distracting you from peeping this new Widowspeak song which is much more important for our purposes here today than reflecting on how good that 17-year-old documentary The Cruise was.

Germans play early (7 PM) at Pianos. Remember this big time Germans jam because I SURE DO. #bigtimejam

(If 7 PM is a tad too early for you to make this one because you'll be coming directly from work and you work like a dog because management is insane I have some good news. In all my years in the music blobbing game I don't think I've ever been to a show at Pianos that actually started on time.)

Other notable shows = Old Man Gloom at Saint Vitus + Dope Body/PC Worship/Pill at Aviv

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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 A.D.

The second to last of the free shows at The Surf Lodge happens today with Joy Formidable. I have lived in NYC 15 years and still have never been to Montauk. Maybe today's finally the day I change all that, but nah…. probably not. I got me no wheels, son. For graduation I asked for a car and got a computer instead.

Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer headline a haha show at Jones Beach - a place I HAVE been - once. Did you know Aziz used to subscribe to our weekly upcoming shows email back when he lived in NYC and then he moved to LA and got real famous and I don't think he signed up again even though we cover LA too? That's just the way it goes. I know how it is. It's like I barely even talk to my non-famous friends anymore. Please note: Aziz also headlines tomorrow at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey but no matter who was playing you can never feel cool going to a venue that calls itself PNC Bank Arts Center.

Against Me! play tonight and it's only $3 due to one of those Red Bull Sound Select jobs. But hang on to your pants because a.) it's at the Stone Pony and that's in New Jersey which many of you might deem "too far" even though cheap and easy mass transportation is a thing that's already been invented and b.) the RSVP list might already be closed I'm not sure you'll have to see for yourself because I'm not going to sign up for an account just find out for you.

Other notable shows = Old Man Gloom at Saint Vitus + Prince Rama at Palisades + Clarkand Heathered Pearls at Good Room

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SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 A.D.

The great Swervedriver play tonight. The first time I ever saw this band was in 1993 when they opened for Smashing Pumpkins. Here's that really good story. But if you prefer not to laugh at my past I highly suggest you instead use the time to get yourself ready to go to Bowery Ballroom and you can start by cleaning your shoes since everyone will be staring at them during this one.

The Antlers play Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Have I ever been to Woodstock? I have not. But the name sounds familiar. Please note: this show is also featured on the Summer Getaway Guides we made for you. Please note #2: there's not that many shows to getaway to because summer is almost over. I'm totally not sad. The world is dew, is made of dew, and yet….and yet...

Speaking of that, the last MoMA Summer Warm Up happens today. Alright, now I'm getting a little sad. "All Nature seems at work; slugs leave their lair, The bees are stirring; birds are on the wing, And winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring; And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing." - Samuel Taylor Coleride (but it was also in Groundhog Day featuring Ghost Bustin' Ass Bill Murray)

Other notable shows = Teengirl Fantasy at Palisades + Whiskey Bitches at (le) poisson rouge + Wild Belle at The Surf Lodge

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SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 A.D.

Tee Pee Records presents "Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous" at The Wick tonight and bands like Witch and The Bevis Frond our playing. You bring enough sweetness to share and I'll bring my airtight scientific opinions about the illusion of both space and time that will blow your fucking mind, man.

Bass Drum of Death play Baby's All Right. In the meantime, go ahead and rip this.

SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER SUMMER IS OVER

Other notable shows = _________ at ______________ + ___________ at _________ + the mighty return of __________ (!) at ___________ HOLY __________!

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But back to Neil Diamond. I never got into him. How about you?

What's your take on it? What can't I hear? Why do you love him so much you would tear him to shreds?

Send me an email or tell me on Twitter or Facebook or something. I'm open to changing my mind.

"The world is dew

is made of dew

and yet....

and yet...."

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