Fruit Bats, Jonah Hill visit Brooklyn

15 09 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Sub Pop’s Fruit Bats said the band’s show last night as Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg was the first “proper” gig the group has played in the borough, so it was a little disappointing to see the 550-capacity venue so vacant. In some ways it was nice to have freedom to roam and get close to the stage without interference, but it’s a shame more people didn’t make it out (yeah yeah, Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs, blah blah). Jonah Hill (you know, the big dude who got bled on and hates pubes), however, apparently counts himself among the band’s fans, as he was spotted busying about in the back near the soundboard.

For those fortunate enough to make it to Brooklyn, they were in for a treat. Mainstay Eric Johnson along with the current roster of Ron Lewis, Christopher Sherman, Graeme Gibson and Sam Wagster have a wonderfully engaging live show, translating the oft-mellow vibes of their recordings into a tight, lively performance. The folk-leanings of songs like “Primitive Man” and “Buffalo and Deer” were especially pronounced, thanks to the presence of slide guitar, and new songs off of Fruit Bats’ August-released “The Ruminant Band” like the Three Dog Night-referencing “Singing Joy to the World” paired nicely against old favorites like “Canyon Girl” and “Mouthfuls'” “Rainbow Sign,” on which Johnson closed out the encore alone on acoustic guitar.

After braving the real world relatively concert-free for the past week-plus, this was a very enjoyable return to live music. Ask me that in a few weeks after pre-CMJ and CMJ madness starts to set in, and me and my sore feet will be singing a different tune.

And here’s yet another shitty picture from my camera phone (hint hint, UWIRE HQ, I could use a decent camera 🙂 ). It ain’t much, but it’ll have to do.

Fruit Bats and Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg

Fruit Bats at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg

So I’m the most popular girl on the Internet right now

31 08 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Jay-Z at the Jelly NYC Pool Party

Jay-Z at the Jelly NYC Pool Party

For better or worse. In any case, allow me to explain. If you haven’t heard yet, Jay-Z and Beyonce made an appearance at the Vega/Beach House/Grizzly Bear show at the Jelly NYC Pool Party yesterday. No, HOVA did not join onstage, I didn’t start that rumor, but they were in attendance to catch Grizzly Bear’s performance.

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Girl Talk insanity ensues at Williamsburg pool party

24 08 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Girl Talk at Bonnaroo 2009

Girl Talk at Bonnaroo 2009

So, uh, that Girl Talk show at the Jelly NYC Pool Party yesterday was a shitshow, no? True there was no Chewbacca, and I assume, unlike at Bonnaroo, less drugs were circulating throughout the crowd, but it was definitely the most craziness the Williamsburg Waterfront has seen all summer.

Sure, the show was free, and Girl Talk is a pretty good time, but the turnout was unexpectedly massive. The line for the main gate stretched far beyond vision, and even the VIP entrance saw a surge of people rush the gate to try and break in. I luckily made it in right before they cut entrance off, only to find myself next to a drunk hipster arguing hopelessly to pay some hella $$ for a VIP band (which really doesn’t get you much once they cut off the free booze).

Police were escorting out kids climbing over Port-A-Pottys, wine bottles were smashed, the Olsen twins were busying about. At one point the show was paused because the stage was “breaking” from too many people up there dancing. It was a nutty time, indeed, and all for some Red Hot Chili Peppers and Missy Elliott mash-ups and toilet paper guns. Gregg Gillis, enjoy the popularity while you can.

1305 Session: Hopewell

24 08 2009

Brooklyn psych-rockers Hopewell joined us at 1305 studios to play a few songs off their Good Good Desparation record.

“Island” and “Preamble, Pt. II” after the jump…

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Hopewell “Realms of Gold” session recording

18 08 2009

Brooklyn psych-rockers Hopewell joined us at 1305 studios in Columbus, OH for a three song session. Here’s the first recording for “Realms of Gold”. Two more songs will be coming soon. You can see the band live at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Brooklyn on 9/13.

Au Revoir Simone’s “Still Night, Still Light” out 5.19.09

29 04 2009

OU Student reporter Jillian Mapes met up with the lovely ladies of Au Revoir Simone in Austin, TX during SXSW 2009 to chat about their album, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, & their Summer touring plans.

Of Montreal debuts new tune at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg

22 04 2009

Although the last time Of Montreal rolled through these parts, Kevin Barnes sat atop a living, breathing equine animal, committed suicide and made a friend of mine trip out so badly she ran out of the venue almost in tears, the band’s three-night stand at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last week was a bit more, uh, tame, to say the least. There were still animal masks, Barnes’ bare hip bones and plenty of other stimulating treats, but it was a fairly straightforward set for the most part. The group did preview a new song, though, “Coquet Coquet.” It’s a bouncy little ditty, but note that delicious guitar shreddage; definitely a welcomed shift in direction from Barnes’ shape-shifting overindulgences of late. Check video below.

Opener Janelle Monae, about whom we’ve raved before, joined the group onstage for a who-can-out-charisma-who cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.” Sorry, Kevin, you know I love ya, but it’s gonna be tough for anyone to outshine this chick.