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Weekend Pick: Wav(v)ves To Play Cake Shop–Tomorrow!

In Art Consortium on March 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

For all its California-soaked cassette brightness, Wavves’ praised sophomore album (that would be Wavvves, with three Vs) drifts deep into dark sonic murkiness. Nathan Williams is the one-man band behind Wavves, and when his homemade songs aren’t drowning in restless twentysomething bleakness (see: the steady occurrence of song titles including the word “goth”), they’re poking and prodding at the boundaries of pop deconstruction. With infectious hooks and verses that shine on through all the guitar and clatter, Wavves makes songs that not only stick, but demand to be played on an ever-rotating loop.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.


Tonight: The Usaisamonster @ Death By Audio

In Art Consortium on March 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

BK duo The Usaisamonster is playing this show in advance of a Euro tour after which they will play a final (and probably sold out) show at Market Hotel in the ‘hood in May. Catch em tonight while you can!

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

The Usaisamonster is a guitar-and-drums duo founded in early 2000 by Brooklyn noise veterans Tom Hohman and Colin Langenus. Their fourth full-length, Space Programs, was released in 2008 on Load Records, and finds the pair diluting the punk and metal sensibilities on their first three albums. Advancing instead into harmonizing historical narratives, Space Programs takes epic post-prog sweeps, packing each song tightly into phases of time-shifting guitar riffs and synth nodes to rush the listener through as many realms as it can conquer. Check out this gig at Death By Audio while you can; the band has announced it will play its final show May 9 in Brooklyn.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

American Apparel Finance Effects Not Limited To Models

In Truths on March 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm

$80 Million finance deals aside, obsessive AM APPY online shoppers can find Dove Charney’s finest posing with their equally groomed pooches (trying so hard not to rhyme with that word).


But for those of y’all who have stayed on the site for so long you even sexualize neon berets (or wear them, yuck), this spread is for you.

Now imagine seeing that hanging on the billboard over Houston St.

Stephin Merritt Goes Nightmare Via Coraline

In Art Consortium on March 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

The Magnetic Fields’ bass-toned mastermind Stephin Merritt has long penned songs about death, vampires, and the horrifically jaded. So it’s no wonder he was the man chosen to write music and lyrics for Coraline, an off-Broadway adaptation of the haunting stop-motion fairytale nightmare directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride). As noted over at Pitchfork, the musical begins a special limited engagement on May 7 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village, and will feature Merritt’s compositions performed by a piano “orchestra” consisting of a toy piano, a traditional piano, and what the event site calls a “prepared piano” rigged with tinfoil, rubber bands, and playing cards. While Merritt himself won’t be performing in the musical, fans could hope his recorded versions will be available (otherwise, you can listen to his demo samples here, get tickets here, or settle for repeat listens to last year’s Magnetic Fields album Distortion).

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

Recap: Crystal Stilts + Blank Dogs in Billyburg

In Art Consortium on March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition
Crystal Stilts: Brad Hargett may have smiled (or at least flinched) if he knew he had clown hair during the entire set.

There was an air of whimsy brewing near Bedford Avenue on Saturday night. Cameras were ablaze outside Public Assembly, which hosted the New York City Beard and Moustache Championships that evening. Next door, the marquee for the Music Hall Of Williamsburg read, “Blank Dogs Women Naked On The Vague Silk Flowers”—plenty enough in terms of oddity to entertain a crowd queuing up for a sold-out rock show. Though Crystal Stilts and Blank Dogs seem to play a D.I.Y. gig in Brooklyn almost every week (and much cheaper ones at that), the two bands topped the most loaded, ready-to-fire concert bill of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Pick: Handsome Furs and Iran

In Art Consortium on March 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

I’m not even going to waste my time talking about all the adorable indie couples of generations past (although hrrmm, that might be a nice post for later). As far as I’m concerned right now, Dan and Alexei have me hooked with their steamy bedroom rock n’ roll lovin’. You can see the Montreal duo on Friday at the Mercury Lounge with Brooklyn’s Iran…sooo North America y’all.

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and his poet/wife Alexei Perry debuted as Handsome Furs in 2007 with enough chilling mechanical distance (by way of drum machine) and heaving, anthemic vocal cries to recruit indie-poppers for life. On their new follow-up
Face Control, the pair amplify their sound with a dose pseudo-poptimist rock energy. Opener Iran is a New York band featuring songs written by Aaron Aites and guitar from TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone. The two (and their bandmates) have fuzzed out parts of Brooklyn with Dissolver, a hi-fi departure from their near-decade-long legacy of subtle tape-hiss anthems that alternate between steady American rockers and instant barstool jams.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.

PHOTOMATON #2: Tsiolis_TK_Mapplethorpe

In Photomaton on March 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Ain’t nothing like staying in with homemade graffiti and microwaved falafel during a blizzard. Here is my second offering of the Photomaton series: a bit more risque I admit, but I recently watched the Mapplethorpe documentary Dirty Pictures and I didn’t want to hold back.