Tuesday, July 31

NEGATIVLAND @ Highland Ballroom – 8/2

Half comical and half experimental, Negativland creates a unique world of samples pulled from all over the place, mushed and smashed together, ultimately ending in something as rare as it is undeniably interesting. This band has actually been around for nearly thirty years and only now is the rest of the industry catching up to their ingenuity by way of tape music landscapes and other such experimental forms of music. Much easier to listen to than Japanese counterparts such as Merzbow or more recently the Boredoms, some of Negativland’s sound collages is reminiscent of John Cage, John Zorn, or even Captain Beefheart. This is a show that is certainly worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre and are interested to see where many contemporary artists got their inspiration.

RIYL: Ween, Neu!, Dead Kennedys, Frank Zappa, Lightning Bolt, Pere Ubu

Thursday, July 26

Update on TV ON The Radio - Ths Sunday

...should be a good time

Sunday July 29th, McCarren Park Pool

HELIO and JELLYNYC present:

TV on the Radio
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
DJ Ryan Rasheed

The RSVP list at newyork.going.com/poolpartiesjuly29 is currently Full, There will be a separate line at the front gate for those that RSVPed from 2pm-4:30pm and a limited number of people will be allowed entry on a first come first serve basis so your best bet if you hadn't already RSVPed is to show up as close to 2pm as possible.

Friday, July 20

No-Neck Blues Band @ Greene Naftali Gallery 7/24

The mysterious improv/experimental collective No-Neck Blues Band (or NNCK, for those in the know) are coming out of hiding for a (free?) public performance at an art gallery in Chelsea on Tuesday.

Thurston Moore (helmsman of the greatest band ever in the history of the universe, Sonic Youth) claims they're "the greatest band ever in the history of the universe," an indication that they might be worth checking out. Beware though, NNCK appeals to the furthest stretches of musical possiblity - far out/out there.

RIYL: Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Acid Mothers Temple, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Excepter

Greene Naftali Gallery: 508 w 26th St, 8th Floor, 8pm

"The Black Pope"

Jelly NYC Preview

So...we've posted about Jelly NYC Pool Parties in the past, and for many of you this free concert series and the bands that are performing are familiar or old news. For those of you who are catching the buzz and are a little less familiar, here is a brief intro to some of the remaining performances. Now get AMPED!!

Band of Horses - 7/22

TV on The Radio - 7/29

Blonde Redhead - 8/5

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - 8/12

Ghostland Observatory - 8/19

Just Announced: REVENGE OF THE BOOKEATERS 8/26 at the Beacon Theater

Great show for a really good cause. A little pricey at $35 - $50 but there aren't enough organizations dedicated to fostering artists from a young age.

An all-star evening of music, comedy and storytelling featuring:

A.C. Newman (of The New Pornographers), Grizzly Bear, Feist (a solo reading performance), Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Sarah Vowell, Demetri Martin (host).


Wednesday, July 18

Band of Horses, McCarren Park Pool, 7/22

This Sunday, in the latest of the weekly McCarren Park Pool Parties, Band of Horses takes the stage to headline, supported by Annuals and The Oxford Collapse.

Coming off of their debut release, Everything All The Time, Band of Horses has earned critical acclaim and almost devout fan support with their brand of slightly melancholy anthemic rock. With intricately layered guitar textures, heavily-reverbed vocals, and lyrics that run the gamut from playful to insecure, Band of Horses specializes in turning the melancholy, and even the mundane, into soaring vocals and driving guitars that feel majestic, not mopey. (One exception: “Weed Party,” which, as the name would suggest, is... well, not a sad song.)

Check these guys out this Sunday at McCarren Park. A band this good playing a free show is a rare find. Visit thepoolparties.com for more and to RSVP, and tell ‘em NYCUG sent ya. They've also got a couple of free mp3 downloads available on their official website. Website // MySpace

Tuesday, July 17


Due to popular demand, NYCUG is throwing a Party Series dedicated to showcasing some of the hottest Hip Hop artist emerging out of NYC. This is the first of many to come, so come out and show your support!

Friday, July 27th 2007 at 8:00pm

Come check out one of the illest groups coming up - NO QUESTION. Along with NYCUG's very own DJ DIZZY D.


$5 shots/ $4 Draft and Well

no cover - rsvp for guaranteed entry

For all questions or to be considered for future events, email hiphopseries@nycug.com.

NO QUESTION is a dynamic trio made up of WhatzIsFace, GuessWho, and H.Fraud. Informally collaborating as far back as '98 - each has achieved modest success individually. WhatzIsFace has performed on several stops of the Warped Tour '05 and has opened up for notables such as BLESSTeNATION. Guesswho, formally of Bad Newz, reps the underground hip hop circuit equally as hard having performed several shows locally and on the Lyricist Lounge Tour. H.Fraud, producer and DJ, did A and R for the recently released Black August Album.

I saw NO QUESTION recently opening up for Mark Ronson and the Cool Kids - and straight up, these guys have something special worth checking out. They come with a high energy performance, veteran level stage presence, hard hitting lyrical content, and complex rhyme structures that range from arrhythmic draw to rapid fire. Check out their Myspace pages where you can sample tracks from their upcoming Got Game Mix Tape(dropping 9/11), where Guessy Guess and WhatzIsFace rip it over their take on our favorite Nintendo game soundtracks. Also, look out for the video for Double Dragon - due out mid august.

Wednesday, July 11

Mark Ronson and the Cool Kids - tonight!

Mic Check...

Sorry for the late notice but hear dis! Mark Ronson and the Cool Kids - tonight!

Opening up the night for the Cool Kids, and DJ Mark Ronson is a filthy emerging group outta NYC - No Question (that's What's His Face and Guess WHo).

In an appropriate plug - No Question is also going to opening up the first annual NYCUG Summertime Hips Hop Series. Peep their sh*t and check back for more details!

*links comming soon*

Tuesday, July 10

Excepter @ Monkeytown 7/14

After several months of non-activity, the Brooklyn avant-electro fetishists known as Excepter emerge from hibernation this Saturday for a pair of live sets at Williamsburg's Monkeytown (8pm & 10:30pm). Now operating as a sextet, Excepter are ready to inspire awe with their unique take on psychedelic experimentation.

RIYL: Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance, NNCK, Animal Collective
Entry is $5, reservations recommended.

The "Rock" Stepper:

Interpol Tickets On Sale Friday, 7/13

Keep an eye out this Friday for tickets to Interpol's first NYC show following the release of Our Love to Admire, which hit stores today.

Tickets go on sale Friday, 7/13, at 12 noon on Ticketmaster. The show itself is Friday, September 14 at MSG, but tickets are sure to go fast, so get online right at noon if you want your best shot.

Friday, July 6

TORTOISE @ Webster Hall – 7/8/07

Genre-defying Tortoise has been wowing both critics and concert goers for nearly twenty years now with their unique vision of avant-garde music. It would be easy to say that these Chicagoans are solely an indie-rock jazz band, but that would really only scratch the surface of their true nature. A now six-man live act, combine a huge amount of influences from punk to jazz to European experimental electronica to heavy dub reggae and a whole lot more to boot. Their live songs themselves can run anywhere from a 2 minute Ramones-style aural blitz to a 25 jazz-jam that would embarrass any jamband not up to snuff. So if you are planning on catching them this weekend plan on expecting the unexpected.

RIYL: Can, Stereolab, Mogwai, Sea and Cake, Glenn Branca, Jim O’Rourke

Wednesday, July 4

Boredoms (77 Boadrum) @ Brooklyn Bridge Park 7/7

Osaka, Japan's avant-psych-rock gurus Boredoms have some pretty ambitious plans for this Saturday afternoon: a performance with 74 drummers in addition to their usual three (that's 77 in all, for the arithmetically-challenged). 77 drum kits sounding off on 7/7/07 -- a spectacle not to be missed. Among the guest drummers are Andrew W.K., and members of Gang Gang Dance, Excepter, NNCK, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, and more. That's a pretty star-studded cast.

It's a free show, but guests are asked to RSVP in advance. Things kick off at 4pm.

Tuesday, July 3

Pela: A Midnight Snack For Your Ears

Music can be food for the soul. Some bands taste like Thanksgiving gravy and others like a tart lollipop – each tune satisfies specific cravings, of course. Seeing Pela the other night made me feel like a kid again, shoving gummy bears and ding dongs into my ears. Like most desserts, they provide an immediate rush with a side of instant gratification.
The Brooklyn based band played a sincere show last week at the Mercury Lounge, ending their 19-day tour with “Brakes, Brakes, Brakes,” and “Electric Soft Parade.” The vibe was intimate, and the crowd was casual. I was surprised to see so many bodies out on a Sunday night, but these people didn’t just drop by to try and dig a new sound. They were here for the music they had come to love—obvious from their dead-on lip-synching. When the music started I felt as though I was seeing the first performance of a garage band that had spent years banging and plucking away and was just now emerging from their metal cocoon. Their sound was real, yet polished and therefore spectacularly ripe. Pela played engaging, tight songs with high energy. Tunes included crowd pleasers such as “Philadelphia,” “Lost Highway,” and “Saving Clyde the Cop.” Each member of the band kept a careful watch on the others, connecting with each other, and in turn, connecting with the audience.
I caught up with bassist Eric Sanderson after the show for a closer look. In a search for beer, I was lead down to the dingy dressing room where the bands reconvened after a thrilling performance of, “Calvary” where each member of the tour took the stage with instruments such as tambourines, water coolers and toilet plungers. Lead singer Billy McCarthy entered soaked in sweat with a wide grin on his face shouting, “That was amazing!” Eric and I escaped to the hallway where I tried to see where this band had been and where they were going.

“You’ve been together for 5 years, but have just now released your first album, ‘Anytown Graffiti.’ Why has it taken so long?”
“Money. Half of this album is compromised in our eyes. We really piecemealed everything together.”

He informs me that they paid for and produced the album themselves. Dan Long engineered and mixed a lot of the tracks, but they couldn’t get enough funds together to have him work on the entire album.

“You’ve been traveling around America for nearly three weeks. What is the first thing you will do once you get home?”
“Sleep—I think all of us are really shot at this point. Billy might have a broken foot and I’ve been sick for days. We’ve been driving a lot and drinking a lot.”

Eric continues to tell me that the group got an average of 4-5 hours of sleep per night. He surmises that this might be a good time for some much needed detox.

“What can Pela fans expect from the new album? Will you keep the sound you’ve cultivated or go in a new direction?”
“It’s definitely going to change, but not drastically. We’re going to bring out a lot more horns. We’re really going to push ourselves and be a lot more experimental. We kinda reinvent ourselves every time we go into the studio.”

For my taste, this band is not palatable like a fine piece of fish accompanied with a dry wine. I didn’t go home and savor the flavors of the night or reflect on the composition of what I ingested. Instead, I got into bed, worn out from a sugar high of rock and roll.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, check out Pela next on August 25th, 2007 8:00pm @ Bowery Ballroom (Advice: Get tickets early. Their last two New York shows have sold out.)