Ben Neill, Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds @ Littlefield

February 13th, 2011

Soundscapers Ben Neill, Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds combined their imaginative sounds for a unique performance in Brooklyn. The venue was fitting for the artistic and musical spectacle. Each artist displayed their talents in solo, duo and trio sets. They were accompanied by incredible dynamic video projections that perfectly captured the energy and sound in the room in visual form. I knew Ben Neill from my Knitting Factory days and I am so glad he has matured into a more creative composer blurring the lines of electronica and contemporary jazz. These three combined ambient, funk and jazz in such a perfect union and I hope more of these collaborations are planned for the future. Michael Lowernstern will be at SXSW and Todd Reynolds sill be releasing a new album later in March.

Lissie @ Webster Hall

January 28th, 2011

Lissie left me speechless at CMJ so it’s not surprising that she packed Webster Hall a few months later. She admitted that she doesn’t alter her set list much, but you can’t complain when she always passionately sings each of her tunes. I am eager to hear new material from this young extremely talented musician. She did a killer cover of Kid Cudi’s “Persuit of Happiness” again to close out the show.

http://www.lissie.com/

Tim Fite | O’Death @ Bell House

January 15th, 2011

Seeing Tim Fite live is a must. Even though I just saw him last month, his shows are always entertaining and audience participation is encouraged. Sexy Leroy wasn’t there again, but present via “live satellite” He played the same set list with the same video animations, but I still laughed just as loud. RAMBO KILL!

After a 2 year hiatus O’Death returns with a new album. Drummer David Rogers-Berry is back from fighting cancer and the over eager crowd welcomed the whole band back. I love this band because they combine American bluegrass with heavy metal and it all winds up being a chaotic good time. A dancy mosh pit quickly started and they tore some old and new songs. Band members soon lost their clothes and with the smell of whiskey and body odor in the air, it was a good ol time.

NC Taper was there.

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Chris Pureka @ Southpaw

January 14th, 2011

Chris Pureka’s 3rd studio album, How I Learned to See in the Dark, is a bit of a departure from her previous albums. It’s more mysterious and emotional. Although all her songs tend to be a bit melancholy, this album is even darker and yet more beautiful. Longtime friend Merill Garbus of tUne-YaRds co-produced the album and Pureka continues to be the shining example of an independent artist, creating and releasing her own music. Tonight she played to a packed Brooklyn crowd and stuck to her more slower & quieter songs. With a broader musical repertoire now she should try to make her set list more dynamic. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to see her live, especially after seeing her play a much smaller show at SXSW.

supacomp 2010

January 10th, 2011

Trudging through all the new music that passed through  SXSW and CMJ was a long process this year. But alas, the supacomp is here. My favorite tracks whittled down to 120 choice tunes for your ears. Digital and ready to download. Fill out the simple form in this post below and you will receive the download link in an email. Grab 2009 if you don’t already have it, and the others live in DECACOMP. Enjoy!

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Guided By Voices @ Maxwell’s

December 30th, 2010

Seeing Guided By Voices in such an intimate setting reminded me of the times I saw them in shit holes back in Dayton. The venue and energy in the crowd better captured the essence of this band. These guys just plain rock and tonight was no exception. They played a 46 song setlist for almost 3 hours. The beer and liquor was flowing onstage and in the crowd and as Rob got sloppier onstage it became more intense and raw. Sad to see this GBV lineup close up shop once again. Some great videos here.

Over the Neptune / Mesh Gear Fox
#2 in the Model Home Series
Echos Myron
Break Even
Shocker in Gloomtown
Tractor Rape Chain
Expecting Brainchild
Pimple Zoo
Closer You Are
Sad If I Lost It
A Good Flying Bird
My Valuable Hunting Knife
Cut-Out Witch
Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
Striped White Jets
Kicker of Elves
Gold Star for Robot Boy
Wondering Boy Poet
Awful Bliss
14 Cheerleader Coldfront
Watch Me Jumpstart
Melted Pat
Atom Eyes
Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
Queen of Cans and Jars
Game of Pricks
Gleemer
Johnny Appleseed
Weed King
Exit Flagger
My Son Cool
Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Boy
Motor Away
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Squirmish Frontal Room
Lethargy
Dodging Invisible Rays
Bright Paper Werewolves
Smothered in Hugs
Postal Blowfish
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Jar of Cardinals
Quality of Armor
I Am A Scientist
A Salty Salute
Matter Eater Lad
Some Drilling Implied
Don’t Stop Now