2013: A Year in Pictures

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A full year of rock ‘n’ roll pictures, January to December, New York to Boston to Philadelphia to Brooklyn. They might not be the best pictures ever, but they are mine. Magic Trick, Webster Hall, New York, NY, January 14, 2013   Father John Misty, Webster Hall, New York, NY, January 14, 2013   Wildstreet, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   William Control, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Ashley Purdy, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Jake Pitts and Jinxx, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Jinxx, Black Veil Brides, Best Buy Theater, New York, NY, January 24, 2013   Pete Wentz book signing, New York, NY, February 21, 2013   The Naturals, The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, April 6, 2013   Wise Girl, The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, April 6, 2013   Mud, Blood and Beer, The Bitter End, New York, NY, April 13, … Continue reading

2012: A Year In Pictures, October and December

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Johnny Hallyday, Beacon Theater, Oct. 7, 2012   Blake Mills, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, New York, NY, 0ct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, Oct. 16, 2012   Beast Patrol, The Studio at Webster Hall, October 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Michael Runion, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Sweatheart, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   The Dirty Pearls, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012.   Justin Hawkins / The Darkness, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   Jeffertitti’s Nile w/ Father John Misty, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Katy Goodman, La Sera, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Father John Misty, w/ Jeffertitti, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Lindi Ortega, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Mike Ness, Social Distortion, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Apparently I didn’t go to any shows in November, either.   Sheena Ozzella, Lemuria, Webster Hall, New York, NY, … Continue reading

Postcards from the Pit: Father John Misty / La Sera / Jeffertitti’s Nile, Bowery Ballroom, 10/24/12

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My post-show summary of Jeffertitti’s Nile was that they were loud and swirly, but pretty, and on reflection I think that sums them up pretty well. Their songs were almost entirely instrumental, and, were, well, psychadelic kaledeiscopes of notes. And yes, that is Father John Misty you see perched behind their drums; he was sitting in with them for the tour.           The second opener was La Sera. They started out kind of sweet and twee and then somewhere around song two or three abruptly kicked into gear, sprouted some harder edges and jumped several notches on my approval matrix. They also got bonus points for a partial cover / interpolation of an Elvis Presley song, because there really should be more punk/rockabilly Elvis covers.           And then Father John Misty (J. Tillman) re-appeared, having apparently briefly decamped to Tom Petty Fest and found it wanting. Here’s what I’m going to tell you about his set: what you hear on the record is what you hear live. He did some jazz-hands and a lot of shimmy-shake and hit all of those notes in achingly beautiful style, with occasional breaks for snarking on … Continue reading

Y’all Need to Listen To This: Father John Misty, Fear Fun

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Fear Fun, by Father John Misty (aka J. Tillman) is: the soundtrack for an adventure. Not the twee hipster kind either; to paraphrase NTSIB-friend Cam Rogers, this is music for the bad ideas that will end in bruises. Or possibly with In-and-Out fries, consumed slowly while perched on the hood of a van, watching the sun rise at Venice Beach. Or maybe with bruises and fries.   I’m Writing A Novel by subpop   Fear Fun is also: a record I want to share with everyone, because, seriously, y’all need to listen to this, and a novel that I find myself circling back to, just to see how the characters are doing. If it actually was a book, it would be one that I would I know if I lent it out I’d never get it back. It would also be one that I would deliberately lend to people who needed it. And then once they had finished it we could go down to the beach and eat our fries, drink fizzy drinks, wash our cuts and scrapes out in the sea, and watch the skateboarders zoom around the skate-park together.   Now I’m Learning to Love the War by … Continue reading

Video: Valentine’s Day Grab Bag

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Because we’ve all got that one, you know the one I mean: it never works but you always want to think it will. And they always know exactly when to call.   Sometimes it goes so, so well, for a while:   Other times, you end up going all the way down the rabbit hole:   When it finally crashes and burns, you have to remember, you are still a rock star, with rock moves:   Though not everyone is so into all that DRAMA.   Though, okay, maybe a LITTLE bit of drama is fine:   Just enough to get your pulse going:   And maybe lead to shenanigans in public:   Especially if it ends  happily ever after:   Because against all odds and in defiance of experience and good sense, I do believe in a thing called love: