Takka Takka + Free Beer Tonight!

If you haven’t already seen it over at Brooklyn Vegan, there’s a great show going on tonight at Pianos in New York.

BV is hosting the Rock n’ ROFL show with a mix of great music (Takka Takka, John Vanderslice, Annie Clark, Bell) and great comedy (Will Franken, Larry Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Sean O’ Connor and Reggie Watts).

Tickets are available here for $10, and that price includes two hours (spread throughout the evening) of free Newcastle beer.

You better believe if I were in NYC tonight I’d be there, pretty much for Takka Takka alone. I’ve become a pretty big fan of the band after catching them a couple times last summer and once at SXSW this year. Very much looking forward to album #2.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 31 March 2008 at 9:50 am

Congratulations Black Acid!

No Raveonettes writeup or photos. I was already tired by the time I got to the Black Cat, and openers Black Acid were, quite simply, one of the worst openers I’ve ever had to sit through in my life. After four songs, I simply didn’t want to be there anymore, so I left.

I’m sure I missed an excellent show. The Raveonettes’ latest disc is fantastic, and I’ve read good things about the earlier shows on this tour. But at the end of the day, I just couldn’t listen to Black Acid any longer.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Sunday 30 March 2008 at 10:00 am

Help Finish the Silkworm Documentary!

It’s been a year or two since I last heard about Couldn’t You Wait?, the documentary about the best rock and roll band most people have never heard of – Silkworm.

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the movie is just about done. The bad news, of course, is that the filmmakers are just about out of money for the project.

So they’re asking fans to each donate the small sum of $5.00 via this PayPal link to help them finish the movie. They apparently only need a couple thousand dollars total to finance the final trip to California for editing and the like. Oh, and if you do make a donation, you’ll be credited in the film when it comes out!

I’m gonna go make my donation now. If you’re not convinced yet, check out the trailer for the film and then make up your mind:

Edited to add: Don’t forget that PayPal charges a 2.9% commission for most transactions on its site, so if you want to make sure that the film producers get the full $5 or $10 or whatever you feel like giving, you might want to pull out the old calculator and add on an extra $0.15 or $0.30 or so…

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Saturday 29 March 2008 at 2:22 pm

Daddy, What’s That Bad Man Doin’ To My Donkey?

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 28 March 2008 at 10:17 am

Kids In The Hall Coming To D.C.

Not sure how I missed this one, but legendary Canadian comedy troupe The Kids In The Hall are coming to D.C. Specifically, the Warner Theatre on Saturday, May 3rd. Tickets went on sale at noon today.

Tickets ain’t cheap (about $52 after fees), but isn’t true comedic genius worth the price?

Hey, lookie there… lucky penny!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 28 March 2008 at 10:10 am

Dead Confederate Loves Michael McDonald

WOXY.com presents: Dead Confederate from WOXY on Vimeo.

Edited to add: You can listen to the band’s entire set here.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 27 March 2008 at 2:43 pm

DC Show Update

Decent week, though slow at the bigger venues. Updates will be in italics, as usual.

Oh, and yeah, I gave up on the purely chronological listing. Too much work.

9:30 Club
Sun., 6/8: Swervedriver

9:30 Club tickets went on sale this morning via Tickets.com.

Sat., 9/27: The Indigo Guys Jackopierce

Do you seriously want to know how to buy tickets for this?

Black Cat [main stage/back stage]
Thu., 4/24: The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello Acoustic) [main]
Wed., 4/30: Argos, Sketchbook [back]
Thu., 5/1: Van Hunt [back]
Mon., 6/16: Firewater [back]
Mon., 6/30: Harry and the Potters, Math the Band, Uncle Monsterface [main]

Black Cat tickets go on sale via Ticketmastr this Friday, 3/28 at 5pm Eastern, except the Harry and the Potters show, which goes on sale next Friday, 4/4.

Fri., 5/23: Fools and Horses, The Sometimes Favorites, The Secret Pop Band
Mon., 5/26: Ida, Michael Hurley

Iota tickets are sold at the door only.

Jammin’ Java
Sun., 5/4: Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)
Tue., 5/20: Laura Viers, Liam Finn

Jammin’ Java tickets are on currently sale via PrestoCart.

The Red and The Black
4/12: The Jet Age, Monotonix, Dark Meat, CTC

Red and the Black tickets are sold at the door.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Tue., 5/13: Snowden, Colour Revolt
Thu., 5/15: The Sword, Torche, Stinking Lizaveta
Sat., 5/24: Subtle, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Efterklang
Sun., 5/25: Seawolf
Mon., 6/16: Retribution Gospel Choir (Alan Sparhawk of Low)
Sun., 6/29: King Kahn & the Shrines

Rock and Roll Hotel tickets go on sale via Ticket Alternative on Friday at 10am Eastern.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 27 March 2008 at 2:09 pm

By the Time I Move Back to NYC…

… McCarren Pool will again be a pool. Not a big loss, although the organic hot dogs are pretty good.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 7:32 pm

New Heavenly States

One of the albums that I’ve been listening to a lot lately is the new disc from San Francisco’s The Heavenly States, entitled Delayer.

I was a huge fan of the band’s 2005 album, Black Comet, and in my opinion the new album is stronger in just about every way. Here’s the album’s lead single:

The Heavenly States, “The Race”

If you’re in New York this week, do yourself a favor and catch one (or more) of the band’s three shows at Piano’s. In fact, if you’re just about anywhere in the country other than D.C. (sniff sniff), you’ll be able to catch the band at some point in the next couple of months. Check it out:

Heavenly States Spring Tour
3/27: New York (Pianos)
3/28: New York (Pianos)
3/29: New York (Pianos)
4/14: Los Angeles (Spaceland)
4/15: Hollywood, CA (Cinespace)
4/25: Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
4/26: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill)
5/14: Fargo, ND (The Aquarium)
5/15: Minneapolis (The Uptown)
5/16: Chicago (Schuba’s)
5/17: Dubuque, IA (The Lift)
5/18: Iowa City, IA (Iowa City Yacht Club)
5/19: Lincoln, NE (Box Awesome)
5/20: Omaha, NE (The Waiting Room)
5/21: Denver, CO (Benders Tavern)
5/24: Missoula, MT (The Badlander)
5/25: Sasquatch Music Festival (The Gorge, WA)

Oh, and you can buy Delayer over at Lala.com for only $9.98!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 2:00 pm

WOXY’s SXSW Sets Are Up!

Just noticed that all twenty two of WOXY’s Lounge Acts from SXSW are now up on their site for downloading. There’s even video from five of them. Awesome.

Among others, the sets include: Lightspeed Champion, Birdmonster, Dead Confederate, Sons & Daughters, A Place to Bury Strangers, Shout Out Louds and Earlimart. I didn’t get to listen to WOXY at all while I was down in Austin, so these are all brand new to me.

I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 25 March 2008 at 8:19 pm

New Hiders Album in Late Spring!

I haven’t seen an exact date or even an album title yet, but I just noticed over at The Hiders’ MySpace page that the band will be releasing its second LP this spring. Call me crazy, but I’m guessing that the release will come sometime around the band’s CD Release Show at the Southgate House in Newport, KY on May 9th. Keep an eye on the blog as I’ll try to post something from the album as soon as I find it.

If you haven’t yet heard The Hiders, do yourself a favor and jump on the bandwagon now. If album #2 is anywhere near as good as album #1 (Valentine), hopefully these guys will be getting a bunch of press before too long.

The Hiders, “Everything I Wanted” (from Valentine) [BUY]

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 25 March 2008 at 2:11 pm

Hello.. Wilco Roger..

Dusty Gazongas!

Posted Jan 07, 2006

Aqua Teenage Hunger Force featuring Dusty Gazongas from the Wild Wild Chest!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Tuesday 25 March 2008 at 10:01 am

Photographers Are Not Snipers

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 24 March 2008 at 6:39 pm

Crowded House at 9:30 Club!

Can’t say I ever expected to say those words. I am so friggin’ there.

Fri., 5/2: Crowded House @ 9:30 Club

Tickets go on sale next Thursday (4/3) at 10am EST.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 24 March 2008 at 5:41 pm

Gutter Twins @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC [3/20/08]

Gonna keep this short since I have to catch a train to New York first thing in the morning…

Caught the Gutter Twins for the first time tonight and walked away with almost the same reaction I had after hearing the album for the first time – very good, but not great.

I’m just not sure if the pairing of Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan actually works. Dulli writes sweeping, sexy, exciting rock and roll. And as much as I like Mark Lanegan’s voice – possibly one of the coolest in rock music – he brings a very dark, moody and, honestly, a pretty boring presence to the music.

While both Dulli and Lanegan are well known for the sinister edge to their music (which is largely why people were excited about the combination in the first place), they come at things from such drastically different angles that they almost seem to neutralize each other. Speaking from nearly 20 years of seeing Dulli perform live, his shows are supposed to be fun. And while I thought the band sounded excellent tonight, and the show was enjoyable, there was very little that was fun about the show.

Unless, of course, you consider it fun to watch a guy stand on stage with his eyes closed while grasping onto the mic stand like it was his only friend for an hour straight (I’m talking about Lanegan – take a look at the photos below, it’s basically the same stance he had for the entire 90 minute set).

Seriously, I’m not sure if Lanegan (a) opened his eyes once during the set, or (b) proposed to that mic stand after the show.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 20 March 2008 at 9:15 pm

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