Can I say something real fast? Goddamn you, Pulp. I was waiting for that second date of your reunion shows to get announced because the first date happened to land on the same night as The Aislers Set. Why did you have to go and make the second date the night before during Black Tambourine? Not cool, Pulp. Not cool.
Here are some upcoming shows in NYC I’m stoked about. You should be too! Some are sold out, so it’s time to start combing through Craigslist now.
(le) poisson rouge, New York NY
Leslie & The Ly’s
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, New York NY
Hunx & His Punx
Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, New York NY
The Wave Pictures
Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Chickfactor 2012: For the Love of Pop
Black Tambourine, Aislers Set, The Softies, and more
Check out the entire lineup here
I’m still reeling from the Chickfactor 2012 announcement a few weeks back, and my heart is still aflutter from not being able to find an outlet for my dead laptop battery near Penn Station as the noon sale ticket time approached when these babies went on sale.
I’ve been kicking myself ever since I went home early during the Slumberland 20th anniversary a few years back and missed Amy Linton play with Henry’s Dress as a surprise encore. I’m a huge The Aislers Set fan, ever since an ex-boyfriend put “The Red Door” on a mixtape for me when I was 17. Powerful riffs, heavy distortion, and yet sweet as pie–that’s the stuff dreams are made of. And now thanks to Chickfactor and all who are making it happen, I will finally get to dance my ass off to those riffs live and in-person! So stoked.
So, I admit. I was late to the Veronica Falls train. I didn’t really give the album a decent listen until late summer, and I think it was just a matter of timing. Late in the summer, my love life and current state of being was just ripe to completely devour Veronica Fall’s surf-goth sound, and it was exactly what I needed to sulk to in the sun.
Veronica Falls recently played the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and you know I was there. Brilliant Colors and Grooms provided the opening sets. I spent most of Grooms’ set at the bar, watching the show on their televisions. They seemed alright–I just never heard them and was in one of those “Can’t sit through a thousand songs I don’t know moods.” I wanted to sing along!
Brilliant Colors was surprisingly fun. I’ve been lukewarm on them since “Introduction to…” and even then something about the band sort of grates on my nerves. I think it’s the fact that they seem to take the concept of paying homage to a whole new level by pretty much lifting riffs and not attributing the band they are lifting it from (namely that one song that sounds too much like Shop Assistants to me). They were enjoyable nonetheless.
Veronica Falls absolutely killed it though, playing all the best tracks for their self-titled debut, and even a couple of new songs (I totally didn’t even mind!).
Brooklyn Vegan has a bunch of pictures available here, and someone posted a sweet vid over on YouTube. Thanks tiny0wl!