Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rattle thy bones – My Winter Gig Guide

JANUARY

January 1/13  Bridges and Powerlines – Union Hall in Brooklyn

I’ve never seen these guys but I’ve got a buddy in the band and he’s a nice guy so….my hopes are high. They also have the cutest website ever:  http://bridgesandpowerlines.com/

January 1/14

Hess Is More – Mercury Lounge

“If you think of a piece of music as a rubberband – I like to try and stretch it. Let’s say melancholy in one end, and humor in the other, and see how far you can take it. Bringing oppositions together. ”
Welcome to the playful world of Mikkel Hess aka HESS IS MORE.  http://www.hessismore.com/

January 1/17

Winter Sounds – Mercury Lounge

Sweet, sad, beautiful…Perfect for the impending snow. http://www.thewintersounds.com/

January 25

Wintersleep, Arms, Writer – Glasslands

In this line-up, Arms is my jam. He plays a ukulele, which usually isn’t my thing. But I really like this song:

January 27

Hundred in the Hands – Glasslands

I’ll miss this because I’ll be in London. But this will be a good night of dream pop.

February 2/17

Tall Tall Trees – Mercury Lounge

Bluegrass! Need I say more!

March 1

School of the Seven Bells – Mercury Lounge

March 3/23

Grimes – Mercury Lounge

April & May

April 4/2

Keep Shelley In Athens – Glasslands

KSIA just did a mixed tape for The 405. The finish it with the Vangelis theme from the Bounty. Now I love them even more…

Plastic Platform C02: Keep Shelly In Athens by The 405 | The 405.

April 4/5

Perfume Genius – Glasslands, Brooklyn

There’s another show at the Mercury Lounge on April 3rd.

April 4/26

War on Drugs – Music Hall of Williamsberg

May 5/8

Bears in Heaven – Bowery Ballroom

Stolen from Future Islands Tumbler: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/future+islands

In other news…

Handsome Furs is currently touring the West Coast right now. I’m very excited by the possibility of them playing in NY this summer.

Midnight Magic is going to Texas and Europe.

Congrats to my girl, April at Sparkplug on the “Alchemy” exhibit which opened last night at 7Eleven Gallery, new space located at 711 Washington Street. Check it out if you can – Highlights include handmade instruments constructed from old wooded doors  from the GAINES brothers and an opportunity to watch porn in public.

Plus, AIGA is currently showing winners from their “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. This website has been set-up in conjunction with the show: http://www.whatthebook.org/  Shelve your opinion as to whether or not you silently judge people by what you see on their bookshelves (I do) and define a book.

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2011: Music Memories

I prefer seeing music outside. But this year, I wasn’t drawn to the island or the waterfront. I wasn’t interested in sitting around in parks and drinking from plastic cups.

In 2011, I was a creature of ballrooms, bars, lounges and halls. I checked my coat a lot this year and drank bourbon instead of beer. I got my heartbroken but I never got sunburned.

As I send my thoughts back, I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Best shows:

6. Devotchka at the Bowery Ballroom. This was like going to a family reunion. Total celebration with shadow dancing burlesque beauties wearing antelope horns and holding umbrellas.

5. LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5.  I’ll admit this. I’ve never been a fan of LCD Soundsystem and thought they were completely overrated. I was proven wrong, so wrong and I am the happier for it.

4. Midnight Magic at everywhere! Particularly a show at Public Assembly in June. Or was it July. Who knows as I saw these guys about 5 times this year.  So, I never usually write about them because I’m desperately in love with the lead singer and have been since high school. That all said, I continue to see them because they bring it every time – actual musicianship, a singer with lady balls and dirty-sexy-sweaty dancing. At least that’s what I’m doing when I’m there. And it is good…

3. The Drums at the Bowery Ballroom. These guys transformed a bad night by saying it hurts for all of us. Let’s just dance anyway and we did – nonstop, through the pain.

2. Future Islands at the Bowery Ballroom. Gush. Gush. Gush. I’m under their spell. The show did not disappoint. I would follow them to the ends of the earth.

1. Handsome Furs at Bowery Ballroom. Maybe it was because it was summertime. Or maybe because it was my birthday. Maybe it’s the fact that Dan Boeckner is complete dark scraggly dreamboat and his wife Alexei Perry is an intoxicating nymph. Maybe it was the way she lifted her leg above her head and keyboard and told us that she wanted to have sex with all us. Maybe it was because Dan couldn’t take his eyes off of her either and you really thought at any moment, he was going to throw down his guitar and take her right there . Or at least you hoped he would. Yes. This was my favorite show of the year because I was hot, dancing my ass off and letting my sexual fantasies run free.

Honorable Mentions

War Paint at Brooklyn Bowl – These girls give me visions of California and I have a girl crush on the lead guitarist. It was also a defining moment. I ran into someone and who knew someone I used to know and the rest is history.

Twin Shadow at Webster Hall – I saw this show with my girl, Pencils from the UK. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship all around.

We Barbarians at Pianos – These guys are from Long Beach, CA, which was my first address. This show in March made me transported me back to my teenage years when I used to go see my boyfriend’s band at Mancini’s on Reseda Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. Oh. Those. Were. Great. Days.

 

December Soundtrack: Songs for Evictions & January Soundtrack: Songs for Rock Climbing

DECEMBER

I’ve never kicked someone out of my life that I still wanted. I’m a sucker for holding out on the hope that things will somehow magically iron themselves out. Which they do. Just not as expected.

To be honest, that might not be exactly how it happened. Did he drop me or did I shaft him? Did Echo disintegrate in the cave before Narcissus fell into the lake or vice versa? Of course, it doesn’t matter. It hurts either way.

Not much will be accomplished by mourning a death that hardly was alive. It had a heartbeat but no breath. A stillborn kind of love.

I’m glad this mad season of my life over, even as hard as it is to forget what a beautiful mess he was.

JANUARY

When you reach rock bottom, there are two choices – Sleep or climb.

The thing is – I’ve been at rock bottom a lot longer than I thought. I don’t even know how long. Maybe months. Maybe years. I’ve had company so I didn’t notice.

I think the last one was trying to climb out before I was – that could have been one of our problems. I didn’t mind being at rock bottom it as long as he was there with me. But that’s no way to live. Maybe he knew that before I did. Maybe he kept trying to climb out but kept falling back. And maybe sometimes he was falling back on purpose because he wanted to stay with me. Maybe that was true sometimes.

And maybe the same was true with the man before him. And the man before him. And so on.

Sometimes needs to be over. It’s time to wake up and climb.

December Soundtrack: Songs for Eviction

1. Broken Social Scene: Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old

2. Autre Ne Veut: Sweetheart

3. Sufjan Stevens: Dumb I Sound

4. Gotye: Somebody that I used to know

5. James: Out to Get You

6. Roy Orbison: Crying

7. Prince: The Beautiful Ones

8. Fleetwood Mac: Silver Springs

January Soundtrack: Songs for Climbing

1. Passion Pit: Swimming in the Flood

2. Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous

3. The Replacements: Within Your Reach

4. Nina Simone: Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)

5. The National: Walk Off

6. Evan Rachel Wood: If I Fell (The Beatles)

7. Autre Ne Veut: Soldier

8. Nantes: Beirut

9. Cant: Believe

PAST SOUNDTRACKS

November: Songs for Monsters at the Bottom of the Ocean

https://skeletonsonescaltors.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/november-soundtrack-songs-for-monsters-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean/

October: Songs for Road Trips to Recover from Heartbreak and Soul Sickness

https://skeletonsonescaltors.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/october-soundtrack-songs-for-roadtrips-to-recover-from-heartbreak-and-soul-sickness/