Elizabeth & the Catapult @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - September 3, 2009
Last night, at their homecoming performance, Elizabeth & the Catapult rocked it. They had the audience fully engaged and along for the ride, mentioning numerous times how excited they were to be playing back home, and to this particularly supportive crowd. Temporarily, the magic spell was broken when the band was ushered off-stage for a melancholy duet between Elizabeth and Jeff Taylor, but they were able to bring the mood back up to close the show on a high note.
Elizabeth & the Catapult – Momma’s Boy (Live @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9/3/09):
It looks like we finally have a release date set for the new Boy Crisis record, Tulipomania! According to their myspace blog, we can expect an October 5th release (both in stores and online), although I think that you may be able to pick up a copy in the U.K. already. Also, the first single, “Fountain of Youth,” will be released on September 28th. Get psyched!
So last night we had a chance to see them play at Mercury Lounge, and it was a blast. The band got all dolled up in matching costumes (taken from the set of the “Fountian of Youth” video shoot earlier this month), and were surrounded on either side of the stage by the very girls that were holding them aloft in the video:
Boy Crisis @ Mercury Lounge, August 25, 2009
They played kind of a short set, but it included a lot of the new material (“Elementary Particles” was the opener, followed by “Bohemian Grove,” and later on “Fountain of Youth” was probably one of the best songs they played all night). And before they jumped into the encore of “Dressed to Digress,” we were hit with a pretty great cover of “In the Air Tonight,” the Phil Collins classic! Check it:
Boy Crisis – In the Air Tonight (Live Cover @ Mercury Lounge):
The place was pretty dark for this one, so the video quality isn’t top-notch, but the magic shines through in the vocals.
So I know that we’ve already posted a couple times about Das Racist, but it’s kind of inevitable given that homeboys are eeeerrywhere these days. New York magazine just wrote a story (in the print edition, even!) in which they describe the duo as “sawing the legs out from under hip-hop as they celebrate it.” And a couple of weeks earlier, the New York Timesran a review of their recent show at Union Pool, in Williamsburg, in which the central argument seemed to rebuke most of DR’s detractors by asserting that “their sloppiness is a mask for detailed, affectionate hip-hop parody, name-dropping KRS-One and Asher Roth as easily as W. E. B. Du Bois and the literary critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.” Hima and Victor seem to pretty much have NYC on lock at this point.
So we WERE able to make it to All Points West on Sunday and it was a sweaty, music-filled, muddy time. But first we had to wait all morning/afternoon for the torrential downpours to end and let the powers-that-be decide that the weather would hold out long enough to open the doors. There were many conflicting twitter reports and the All Points website was very infrequently updated but finally we decided to brave the crowds and the mud. On the way in we heard the Silversun Pickups and We Are Scientists but the first band that we got to see up close was Elbow. They rocked it on the mellow tip (they sound amazingly clean and sharp live) and geared us up for a walk to the Bullet Stage for a rollicking Black Keys show.
Gloomy skies @ All Points West on Sunday
One thing that must be said about this whole All Points West festival experience: being forced to drink $7 beers in a “beer garden”/animal-pen-filled-with-mud is not a good or sustainable model. Get it together APW, this is rock and roll festival, idiots!
So for a little while I got caught up in looking for something to eat while Melissa explored the VIP area, and then Coldplay starting raining down some anthems, covering “Fight for your Right” along the way in a nice Beastie Boys tribute, which was a fitting bookend of sorts to Jay-Z’s cover of “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” on Friday evening.
Coldplay w/ crazy laser beams @ All Points West 2009
Just a little while later, we wandered over to check out MGMT, who was playing on the Bullet Stage across the way, and actually got a couple of decent videos of them performing.
MGMT – Pieces of What (live @ All Points West 2009):
MGMT – Weekend Wars (live @ All Points West 2009):
On the way home, some of us were covered with mud, but only on our shoes/pants/legs/hair/outside parts. Not in our hearts. God Bless America!
Last week we checked out the CD release party for Las Horas Sin Tiempo, the first LP from latin rock group Los Neuronautas. The band was scheduled to play on the rooftop of the pretentiously swanky Ravel Hotel in Long Island City. However, when hotel security would not allow any of their fans who were wearing sneakers (or Timbs!) upstairs for the show – in a bout of artistic integrity – the band relocated to the Texas Firehouse gallery/loft space, which was convenitently within walking distance down the street. An impressively-sized crowd followed. Leaving the overpriced cocktails (with 20% tip included) behind, most of the crowd stopped in at a nearby deli before heading up to enjoy the BYOB rooftop loft:
Los Neuronautas on the Texas Firehouse Roof
Probably the highlight of the evening, and when the band truly hit their stride, was when they busted into a spirited rendition of “Desvanecer;” in the process, lead singer/lead guitarist David nearly broke his second set of strings that night. Although it doesn’t even come close to replicating the energy level of the live performance, here’s a link to the recorded version:
Los Neuronautas was formed in 2006 by lead singer and lead guitarist David Vanegas, and drummer Jeff Ortiz. Bassist Gabriel Gutierrez joined the band in February, 2009. Their varied influences include the Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, The Cure and The Doors.