Category Archives: Brooklyn

Fred Armisen’s Playlist Live Coming to Brooklyn in February

Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live/Portlandia) will be performing music at Union Pool in Brooklyn on 2/5, 2/12, and 2/16. He plays instruments, sings, and does a lot of looping of sounds in an entertaining and insane show. I saw a bit of it when he performed at Julie Klausner‘s “How Was Your Week Live” and it was really fun to watch. Special guests each week. Click here for tickets.

Saturday: Malefactors of Great Wealth, Harper Blynn, Enemies!, Taurus @ Rumba

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You’ve got plenty of good options for Columbus shows on Saturday night. Here’s some facts about one of ‘em:

Ex-Beetkeeper/Burn Barrel frontman J.P. Olsen‘s Malefactors of Great Wealth come back to Rumba backed again by a full band that’s almost the Madison Square Gardeners, except Chris Morrissey (Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings) is on bass and Mark Stepro switches from bass to drums (as he often does). Olsen has a lot more music in the works for 2012.

Taurus is Chris Morrissey’s project with Rich Hinman, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Stepro, who described Taurus as “a bit of a nod to the ’90s-Pedro the Lion meets Nirvana.”

Enemies! is fronted by Tasjan with Hinman, Stepro and John Kengla. The new band just recorded an EP with Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo). Stepro said Enemies! is “a much darker, ’90s-oriented, Teenage Fanclub/Oasis/Nirvana/My Bloody Valentine [band], as opposed to the Gardeners, who usually operate out of the classic rock/’70s FM radio playbook.”

Harper Blynn is the only band without ties to the Madison Square Gardeners extended family, but you may know them as the guys who back up the Damnwells, Cary Brothers and others. They’ve also got a new Christmas single you can grab here for free.

Schedule for the night at Rumba Cafe: 9pm – Taurus, 9:45 – Harper Blynn, 10:30 – Malefactors, 11:30 – Enemies!

MP3: M.O.P. “Get Yours” (Produced By The Snowgoons)



When people tell you rap was postive back in the golden era make these noises at them: Bla dat dat.
And then scream The World Famous Firing Squad M.O.P. is at it again. And this time M.O.P. found some violent foreigners named the Snowgoons to produce them. M.O.P’s new album  drops 11-22-11 and is called Sparta because thats Danish for the impact of a gun feeling sexy.

This is your dad’s Waka Flocka.
A semi-threatening video announcement by M.O.P. after the jump.
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Video: Black Moon Rehearsing “Enta Da Stage” With Live Band For Tonight’s Show at The Southpaw in Brooklyn

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Black Moon is doing their classic album Enta Da Stage  with a live band tonight in BK Read the above flyer or go to ticket web for more info.

Clinton Reno: My Morning Jacket Fan Club, Renegade Brooklyn, Neko Case

Our main man Clinton Reno is always keeping busy. Recently he did the artwork for the new My Morning Jacket fan club which included a logo, poster, and t-shirt. He also did recent posters for Neko Case and The Flaming Lips.

If you’re in New York, Reno will be selling his posters this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. Kiesha and I will be his employees in his booth as well so be sure to stop over and say hello.

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Video premiere: Malefactors of Great Wealth – “Prisontown”

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The Malefactors of Great Wealth is the project of JP Olsen, whom Columbusites may know from his previous bands: Beetkeepers in the late ’80s and Burn Barrel (basically Olsen backed by the Haynes Boys) in 1999. Olsen, who now calls Brooklyn home, put out a Malefactors EP on Old3C Records a couple months ago called Today is the Best Day of My Life. Don’t overlook it. It’s exceptionally strong. Tim Easton fans may also be interested to hear “True Ways,” the remake of a song from Beetkeepers’ self-titled album that Easton covered on Break Your Mother’s Heart.

So, the “Prisontown” video. That’s not the Malefactors of Great Wealth in there, as you probably figured out. But this archival footage is anything but random. Olsen is also an author and filmmaker, working on several indie and PBS documentaries. He also directed his own fascinating documentary called The Narcotic Farm (and co-authored a book of the same name) about a prison for drug addicts in the 40s and 50s. (The film has been optioned for both television and feature film release.) The stuff in “Prisontown” was taken from footage that Olsen found but didn’t use for the film. The band playing in it is called The Pacific Gas and Electric. Very little of the footage has ever been seen.

The Malefactors of Great Wealth will be at the Rumba Cafe on June 24 and 25 with Tim Easton and the Madison Square Gardeners.

In more JP Olsen news: You’ll soon hear of an Olsen split 45 with The Black Swans. Both artists challenged each other to come up with a song based on the Chris Burden art piece “You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City.” (Burden wore a mask for days in Kansas City and never took it off.)

Two Benefits for Japan at Bell House in Brooklyn

I’m going to the second night….

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The Black Swans Update: Brooklyn, Spain, Portugal, Kickstarter

The Black Swans‘ new album is coming out digitally and CD via Misra Records this spring. They’re trying to raise the money to release the album out on vinyl using Kickstarter. They’re almost at the halfway point and you can help push it to its goal here.

The band is in Brooklyn tonight (Zebulon) and tomorrow (Union Hall) and then head off to Spain and Portugal. Continue reading

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Sharon Van Etten‘s latest album is one of my favorites of the year. She just did a performance + interview on World Cafe and you can stream that over here.

Lydia Loveless Playing Bloodshot Records Fall Pageant Sunday in Brooklyn

Columbus’ Lydia Loveless is once again teaming up with Bloodshot Records (last time was for a SXSW showcase) for their Fall Pageant Show tomorrow at The Bell House. Also performing is The Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Cordero.

These Bloodshot shows tries to bring a little SXSW magic to single shows, with free food and drinks (while supply lasts) and a whole heaping of good vibes. Continue reading