HEY! I’ve got a show coming up next week that I’m more excited about than anything I’ve been excited about in a long time (and I am an EXCITABLE PERSON!)…I’ve got 3 amazing bands playing: each so good that I had a really hard time choosing which order they’d play in, because this bill is SOLID GOLD from start to finish! So make sure you come for the whole thing, and read on for more info!!
Here is a poster for it! My beautiful friend Natalia Zuniga made it by cutting out pieces of fabric!!!!
Here’s the facebook invite. Here’s some more stuff about it!!
It’s at Union Hall, a favorite place of mine and a venue where I also often work the door. It’s at 702 Union St, just east of 5th Ave in Park Slope Brooklyn. It is not the same place as Union Pool, so don’t go there. Take the R train to Union St and walk 1 block east!
It costs 8 bones, the doors are at 8pm, and the music starts at 8:30. Here’s stuff about the bands! In last to first order:
BRIGHT MOMENTS (10:30)
Natives may be your first official introduction to the music of Bright Moments, but if you have spent time with some of the most beloved indie albums of the last decade, you’ll quickly realize that you know band leader Kelly Pratt well. He is the multi-instrumentalist whose trumpet sparks across so many of Beirut‘s songs and whose harmonizing vocals are a central component to the band’s robust live performances. He has also shouldered everything from flugelhorn to flute to bring Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible to life, and was part of the horn section that LCD Soundsystem used during its sunset days. Pratt will be leading an eight-piece brass ensemble for the upcoming David Byrne/St. Vincent collaborative tour this fall, so now is a rare chance to see him perform in an intimate venue (following a Bright Moments opening spot for Savoir Adore and Jukebox the Ghost at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom in June)!
VALLEY LODGE (9:30)
Valley Lodge is the hot rock band led by NYC impresario Dave Hill: musician, stand-up comedian, storyteller, star of “The King of Miami” television program on cable television, author of the recently released book Tasteful Nudes, host of the popular “Dave Hill Explosion” variety show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and general international man-about-town. Valley Lodge is an unstoppable rock band which has been described (mostly by the Scandinavian press) as sounding like Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Big Star, Michael Jackson, the Raspberries, Slade, the Kinks, and some other stuff too. It’s power pop meets pop rock meets a splash of glam rock meets your best friend’s parents going out of town when you are sixteen and think that they won’t notice if you threw a pool party. Oh, and it’s 1978 and you are hooked on glue.
Sorta NSFW but 100% perfect video:
Also here is a bonus video that is a trailer for frontman Dave Hill’s book (so it’s not exactly a Valley Lodge video, but it IS a music video by Dave):
GOOD FIELD (8:30)
Good Field began as the solo recording project of Austin, TX’s Paul Price (Brazos, The Early Tapes), with instrumentation and production help from friends Nathan Stein (Tacks the Boy Disaster, Brazos, The Early Tapes) and Jared Van Fleet (Voxtrot, Sparrow House). In the early stages of recording Price’s songs, Stein moved to Boston to pursue a doctorate degree in Statistics, while Van Fleet relocated to Brooklyn to tour with Beirut and then eventually join Bright Moments (tonight’s headliner). Price, who had written some of the album in an isolated adobe by a cenote in Mexico, continued working on the songs in between tours with Brazos and Voxtrot, while the trio collaborated miles apart. Shortly after the recording, which combined influences of shoegaze, indie rock, ’60s guitar tones, and pop hooks, wrapped up in the summer of 2011, Price formed the band known as Good Field – an homage to cricket and desolate landscapes. Joining Price are fellow Austin musicians Esteban Cruz (Coma in Algiers) on drums, Michael McLeod (Richard Linklater film composer) on bass and Kyle Robertson (whose work has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Daily Show, American Idol, and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver) on keys. Good Field started performing live and released its debut full length in February of 2012, which (when promoted by The Band Mom) went on to spend 7 weeks on CMJ’s Top 200 chart, peaking at #69 (which was, of course, their goal). This will be the Austin band’s first official show in NYC!
SEE YOU THERE, BROOKLYN!!! I seriously Cannot Wait.