Thursday, September 26, 2002

It's been a while, pals, but we've been busy with all sorts of weirdness. Soon there will be more to report, but for now, mark your calendars: Friday, November 22 at Luxx -- a great night of music with The Drennons, Bello Lamb and Alex Guerra. That's all for now.

Thursday, May 30, 2002

There's a new club opening just a few blocks from our apartment in Park Slope next week, and we're putting together some nice shows there:

125 5th Avenue between St. John's and Sterling
Directions: Take the N, R, Q, W, 1, 2, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St., Brooklyn
Doors at 7:30.
Advance tickets for all shows are available on Ticketweb.

June 14: Mendoza Line + Champale (acoustic) + The IO's
June 20: Elk City + Ari Vais (record release party)
June 21: Secret Machines + The Holy Ghost + Kimone
June 27: The Boggs + DriverX
June 28: Mink Lungs + Grand Mal + Jimi Shields and Suzanne Thorpe

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

We’ve got a truly great Ironminds show at charming Brooklyn venue Lillie’s on Thursday night. Local favorite Amy Allison is playing on a bill with three excellent touring acts: John Vanderslice, Denison Witmer and Kimone.

The Voice says that John Vanderslice "is San Fran’s unsung pop guru; amazingly psychedelic indie-pop, richly layered with swelling string parts, adroit quirky-guitar, syrupy organ-drones, horns, hook-heavy candy vocals, trippy electronic bleep and blurp loops, and witty lyrics. Better than most of the Elephant 6 stuff, as ingenious and, at times, rockin’ as a Built to Spill number, his tunes have something very classy and epic about them -- like an indie-rock Queen (the band)."

Philadelphia Weekly says that Denison Witmer "is a promising young singer/songwriter with a sad, unflinching eye for confessional detail and a patient, creep up on you brand of understatement."

The Boston Phoenix says that Kimone "play magisterial, mysterious, slow-build guitar rock with elegant, modestly arranged trimmings."

The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. Advance tix are still available at Ticketweb, or you can just show up on Thursday. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, May 02, 2002

We went to see the Liars and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Mercury Lounge last night and were pleasantly surprised. These are two bands that deserve a lot of the attention they've been getting.

OK, on with the Ironminds shows: We've got an excellent lineup waiting for you on Sunday at Northsix. Televised Execution, tincantelephone and The Winter Olympics are playing. Doors at 8. Cover's just $8.

Now for the requisite bios:

Televised Execution (T.V.X.) is Dreiky Caprice and Nick Forte. Yes, they've been in other bands before (Crash Worship, Rorshac, Computer Cougar, The Turn-Offs...) T.V.X. is, however, the band of today. Guitar driven, vocal driven, beat driven. The result is distilled grooves and manic simplicity. Music to break your neck to.

An aggressive and dynamic mix of indie-rock guitar ingenuity, dream-pop beauty and post-punk angular energy, tincantelephone's style will at times recall Pacific Northwest guitar-poppers Built to Spill or Modest Mouse while at others reveal the influence of 1970s proto-punks Television. With Elvis Costello/Joe Jackson-esque vocals layered over creatively tuned guitars that shimmer and chime, tincantelephone has been said to fill the void left by such bands as Pavement, Polvo and My Bloody Valentine.

A huge hit at their debut during the NY Metropolis Music Festival, the Winter Olympics feature a three-way songwriting attack that recalls the trident in the old Seattle Mariners logo in both sharpness and power, never hesitating to harmonize or cut you like Voltron. Think of the Monkees getting beaten up by Kim Gordon. Think of a bloodied, wrathful Carpenters.

OK, thank you.

Monday, April 29, 2002

Thursday night was a great time all around. The Io's were dreamily brilliant, Tartufi came all the way from San Francisco to dazzle the crowd with some lovely punk, and Crowns on 45 rocked the night away. Thanks to everybody for coming out. Hope to see you Sunday at Northsix.

Monday, April 22, 2002

Get ready to bounce around Thursday night at Galapagos. There will be an Ironminds night of music featuring Crowns on 45, Tartufi and The Io's. Now for some promo blurbs:

Washington City Paper says Crowns on 45 "are punk in the way punk should be: tousled, catchy and in-your-face." says that Crowns on 45 have combined "the sneer of punk, the tickle of '80s synth pop, and the attitude of downtown New York City," and are "so catchy I find myself humming them in the bathroom at work."

The San Francisco Bay Guardian named the all-girl band Tartufi one of the Top 10 local live shows in 2001. San Francisco promoter and reviewer Shani Heckma says that Tartufi plays songs that are "solid and dance-able, thick with new wave influences."

Centered around a mutual love and respect for 80s new wave and 90s power-pop grit, Chris Punsalan and Autumn Proemm formed the Io's in 1999. Chris's well-developed songwriting and crooning capabilities joined with Autumn's angelic, heartfelt harmonies are something to behold.

The fun starts at 8:30. Cover is $7. Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 08, 2002

We just got back from a relaxing mini-vacation in the lovely North Fork of Long Island. We ate something like 17 bowls of clam chowder (both New England and Manhattan), and took day trips driving around the Hamptons and marveling at the architectural atrocities. Now, back at home, it is FREEZING, because THERE IS NO HEAT and our LANDLORD SEEMS TO BE IGNORING US. We will write again soon when we get warm.