Saturday, August 29, 2009
Going along with the previous David Bazan post: There will be a live house show webcast at 8p courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan. Bazan will be taking questions from the live audience plus those watching on the web via twitter. Here is the official release with link:
On August 31st, BrooklynVegan will present a performance to the entire world in Bazan's first and only Online House Show, with a live audio and video feed of the event. To watch, fans can direct their browsers to http://www.brooklynvegan.com/bazan, where they'll also be able to participate in the event with a live chat and Twitter feed, from which Bazan will take a handful of questions for his customary live question and answer session.
Again, Bazan will be performing 2 house shows here in Pittsburgh on 9/5 & 9/6. Tickets are limited to 30 per show. See below post if interested.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I always enjoyed Pedro the Lion starting way back with the Whole ep in 1997hitting their peak with Control lp. I know the secular lyrics and religious zealots at his shows always rubbed some of my friends the wrong way. It never bothered me...chances are pretty strong if you are raised in a strict religious home you are going to be pretty religious when you grown up, just like if you are raised a Mormon you probably will wear that special underwear for the rest of your days.
Since dropping the PTL moniker I have seen David Bazan a couple of times at Club Cafe and Garfield Artworks. Its a different experience without a backing band but he still brings a strong, charismatic rapport with his audience (he conducts Q&A throughout the show). There is a great article about him in the Chicago Reader regarding his recent atheist/agnostic beliefs and how he was hitting the bottle a bit too much (even getting lit at Cornerstone).
I received an email this morning that he will be performing 2 house shows in Pittsburgh on 9/5 & 9/6. One is at 8p (Sat) and the other at 1p (Sun). Limited seating is offered as each show will only have 30 tickets available. It's a different business model for someone of his modest success. But when you are charging $20 a head, I guess it pays for itself. If you are interested go here: undertowtickets.com. There aren't too many left for Saturday's gig.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Bardo Pond is coming to Your Inner Vagabond in Lawerenceville on 10/11. Never been to the venue but I heard it was a pretty much a mid size coffee house. Used to listen to this group back when they were on Matador (are they still on it?). I believe I even saw them once open for somebody down in Florida. Not sure if they have ever been here before.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I hyped these guys up after seeing them open for Blind Pilot at Club Cafe. They played at the Brillobox last Saturday and put on a pretty good show. It didn't blow me away like the first time, but still solid to the point where I would like to see them again (minus the random chatter and dancing drunk girls that seems to happen at Brillo every time). Still one of the best local bands I have seen.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I was surfing around today and found a couple of news items I found interesting. One, They Might Be Giants will be playing their entire album Flood at Mr. Smalls on 10/16. Loved this album back in the day; remember playing it all the time. Glad to see they are touring on it as it really set the stage for them and their (somewhat) mainstream success.
The other news item was Scott Mervis articles on last Friday's Girl Talk show stating it was the "Show of the Decade" in Pittsburgh. Quite a statement from someone who has been covering shows in our area for some time.
Very good show last night at Garfield Artworks. First I want to make mention of the Unblurred Art Crawl that happens along Penn Ave. Generally, the Garfield/Penn Ave. area is a place you really don't want to walk alone at night. However, this event really makes it a safe environment to pedestrian traffic. I didn't realize that so many art galleries and shops existed in this area. Its a very well planned program that happens the first Friday of every month (plus most have free booze). Check it out.
When we first popped into GA the place was packed with their art show still going on. Unfortunately for the crowd a majority left before Bad Veins hit the stage. Needless to say people missed out. The duo brought out their 3rd member, 'Irene', a reel to reel projector (which paced their set). They also used an old analog phone for voice distortion. Good to see bands using such ancient equipment. Even with a sparse audience these guys still went all out.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I just found out that Now, Now Every Children will not be able to perform at Garfield's tomorrow night due to vehicle issues. They had to cancel the remainder of their tour. So, it will just be Bad Veins who are scheduled to go onstage at 10:15p. This will be after the Unblurred Art Crawl happening around the Friendship/Penn Ave. District area (schedule).
A show preview is here (or below) and Bad Veins interview here (or below).
Here are some more tunes off their self titled album. If you like what you hear, or you are checking out the Art Crawl, be sure to check them out.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Drummer Sebastien Schultz of Bad Veins was nice enough to give an interview for their upcoming show at Garfield Artworks this Friday night. Please check out the preview here (or below). They are touring with Now, Now Every Children. Below are some music samples as well.
You are both from the Cincinnati area. Do you still reside there and how is the music scene? Is it supportive?
We both do still live in Cincinnati. We travel so much now that I’m not sure if it really matters where we live. We’ve been all over the country this past year…but coming back to Cincinnati is always nice. It’s Bad Veins Headquarters for the time being (BVHQ as we call it. Actually, we don’t really call it that, but maybe we’ll start).
You have two members...has there always been two or have you ever thought of adding another?
Well, Bad Veins originally started as just Ben. However, I was added to the mix shortly thereafter. We do have Irene…so she’s our “third” member, if you will. She’s pretty easy going, though, and doesn’t really need to get paid, per se. But no, there are no plans to add another member. For now, you’ll have to just get used to dealing with the two of us. Sorry.
This is your first official LP. Is there a theme behind it? Or are these songs that shouldn’t be grouped together?
Well, I hope you think these songs should be grouped together…because we certainly do. The running theme? I think people can take what they want from it, but Ben and I definitely identify with the same anxieties everyone deals with.
Has the current state of the economy affected any plans you had for your band from travel or recording? To marketing?
Not particularly…at least not directly. Of course, there is an affect on everyone as far as overall prices are concerned, but we have to tour…so we tour. We had to record the album…so we recorded it. If anything, perhaps we realized that flying can sometimes be cheaper than driving to certain shows.
Is this your first national tour? Have you been to Pittsburgh before?
I suppose so. We went on the road with Eulogies for a week this past spring. That took us from NYC to Denver…over about a week’s time. This tour will be a bit longer, but it includes Toronto…which I’m excited about.
We’ve stayed in Pittsburgh before, but never played in Pittsburgh…looking forward to it. Don’t disappoint us, Pittsburgh!!!
What has been your favorite place to play when on tour?
Hmmm…let me think. We’ve played a lot of great venues. Webster Hall in NYC is a very beautiful and old venue. Union Hall in NYC is also a pretty cool place to hang out…they have a very cozy upstairs with fireplaces and indoor Bocce Ball.
I read an article on how difficult it was to get signed even though you were very buzz worthy for a good period of time. What was the final straw to get signed, especially with a more reputable label as Dangerbird?
Everything just clicked at the right time. I think that completing the album on our own and being able to deliver them a finished product definitely helped. At the same time, they had to be in position where they wanted to sign another band. All of the buzz, while it had been building for quite some time, didn’t have as much to do with it as Dangerbird feeling that we had a strong album that they really wanted to get behind.
Were you both able to quit your day jobs?
Thankfully, yes. To be honest, though, we don’t really have much time to have day jobs anymore…just full time Bad Veins—we conspire at BVHQ.
What are you listening to while on the road? Anything on repeat?
Everything from the new Doves to Lily Allen to M83. I think I’ll probably pick up the new album from We Were Promised Jetpacks before we leave for this tour. We played with them down in Austin for SXSW…they were one of the few bands that really stood out to me.
Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?
Hmm…let me think: Who Dey? Oh snap…that just happened.
Gold and Warm
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Girl Talk + Pittsburgh Bands - Amphitheater at Saton Square - 7/31/09 - Show Review - Concert Review
I am sure a majority of you were at the Girl Talk show last night so I don't need to tell you it was a great time. As soon as the sun went down it was party time central with a majority of the crowd being under the age of 14 (or it sure seemed that way).
We were interested in some of the other bands beginning with Don Caballero. I was really into their math rock in the late 90's and have always wanted to see them (although there is only 1 original member). It was still hot and these guys were definitely showing their age and fitness. They were having a difficult time staying hydrated with drummer Damon Che needing a wet towel over his head. It got to the point where Che told his boys 'last song' with still enough time for playing two. I did enjoy them even with the heat and shortened set.
Grand Buffet was up next. Most of the people I know either hate or love them. I tend to love these guys. I think they are hilarious and put on an entertaining show. They played really well to the teenage crowd which included ripping up a giant stuffed dog while dry humping it (you had to be there). They ended up handing out 30 cd's which will hopefully bring them some new, young fans.
Donora was up next and played the usual solid set which included a friend who worked a hoola hoop like I had never seen before. They sounded like they need a little more volume though...at times I could barely hear them. Next up was Modey Lemon who played a rocking set. Then came on recently dropped (by Warner) Wiz Khalifa which the young crowd enjoyed. He played a set that seemed to stop and then start every other song not realizing his time limit (Opus One guy kept talking to his dj who tried to get Wiz's attention without much success). Every song he implored the crowd to put their hands in the air. Then he finally played his single that I guess Warner didn't like and personally I could hear why. Not much in tune for radio play.
Girl Talk was on last and just kicked the outdoor amphitheater into a party scene that I have never seen before. Close second would be the Flaming Lips (and that is just a different scene altogether). Here are some videos.