Archive for July, 2009
Los Angeles based noise rockers, HEALTH, love New York crowds, so let’s show them what we’re made of at the Waterfront today. With their battle cry drums and synth charged vocals, this darker and more polished version of Brooklyn’s comparitive Aa just simply rocks. And in good faith, I’m going to suggest that the probable thunder and rain we might experience today will play as the perfect backdrop to their rumbling sound.
And although these guys love to rock, the slew of danceable remixes out there transform their technologically advanced thrash into a male enhancement answer to the likes of Chromatics and Glass Candy. In this sense, the band acts a bit like an interesting contradiction to itself– metal inspired riffs you can dance to? Sounds like the things I actually like about LA, not to mention the band’s Deep V merch shirts. Yummy.
Our very own Lisa Baldini caught up with frontman John Famiglietti about larger venues, playing songs from their September 8th release Get Color, and how Brooklyn crowds are the best. Check out the interview, along with a zoothorn heavy video of HEALTH, after the jump.
And remember, gates open on the Waterfront at 2pm. So get there early to catch the guys with Grupo Fantasma, The Black Lips, and Trail of Dead. I expect lots of dudes there.
Metropolitan Ave between Bedford and Berry
Motel Motel, the alt-country indie gem that have been circulating on my good morning alarm clock mix for the last year, debut the video for “Coffee” of the New Denver LP. When the Village Voice asked the band about the video, Mickey Theis had this to say:
“Matthew [Murphy, the director] had told us that we were going to shoot it on the property of his childhood home. What he didn’t tell us is that he hadn’t cleared it with the family that is currently residing there.”
I hope this plays out like part of some mystical role play dream Murphy had as a child a la Where The Wild Things Are, except instead of monsters– beautiful ladies.
Download “Coffee” here.
And in case you missed it, check out MM’s Daytrotter Session which includes two unreleased tracks!
Now we wished we’d braved the weather! via
The Dirty Projectors headlined a packed show last Sunday
It’s going to be hard to top last week, but this week’s line-up looks pretty good too:
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead | The Black Lips | Health | Grupo Fantasma
Doors open at 2 and the headliners have been playing between 5:30 and 6. Lots more information at www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows
If Flyswatter dude shows up, send us pictures!
The Black Lips – Short Fuse Video
Bonita I on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg will serve its last taco on August 15. Owners Andrew Tarlow and Mark Firth, of the Marlow and Sons/Diner empire, have long had a contentious relationship with the landlord (“He hates me,” Tarlow tell us. ‚”Always has.”) and the restaurant has never been able to get a full liquor license for the space, so they’re closing up shop. Get your plate of pork nachos and your sidewalk spot while you still can (or head to Bonita II in Fort Greene).
By the time I went through my different photo shoot ideas – a) make me a Vivian Boy, b) the ideal Vivian Man, c) their backup dancer, d) a Vivian Girl ‚Äî they were already excited. Every 5-year-old girl’s dream is to clothe their male best friend, and every 5-year old male plays along, because high heel shoes seem pretty sweet at the time. Whether or not I was the manifestation of their preschool nostalgia, the Vivian Girls were ready to have fun. Allowing oneself to be the human male mannequin for the Vivian Girls is not a sacrifice, no, it is an honor.
Here’s the photo gallery. When they’ve run dry of their will to play dress-up games with neighborhood bloggers, the Vivian Girls will be playing the Whitney Museum with These Are Powers on July 31st before shipping out to Sweden and Finland in August. They’ll then be back on home turf come August 25th at Death by Audio. Their sophomore album Everything Goes Wrong drops September 8th.