Prince Rupert’s Drops ∆ “Follow Me”

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Living in New York City certainly has its benefits and drawbacks. Whether those come in the form of readily available bagel spots, high rent costs, or underground hair/nail salons operating in the apartment next door to you (a benefit to some, a drawback to others), there’s an infinite number of things that make you want to stick around, and just as many that make you want to pack up the U-Haul and get outta town in a moments notice. But something that you won’t find anywhere else, and will forever remain a part of New York’s fabric, are bands like Prince Rupert’s Drops.

Typically, these bands don’t stray too far from home and if you happen to live outside the New York locale there’s a good chance they’ve flown passed your radar. This sort of musical anomaly applies to bands like Endless Boogie, Invisible Familiars, and a whole legion of artists that exist largely within the confines of New York.

Prince Rupert’s Drops much anticipated sophomore LP, Climbing Light, is out this week on Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Fans of riff-heavy ’60s psych with a touch of British folk are sure to enjoy the array of sounds crafted by this eclectic musical collective. Have a listen to “Follow Me,” the album’s stunning folk-rocker that finds vocalist Leslie Stein channeling Fairport-era Sandy Denny.

Purchase Climbing Light from the good folks at Beyond Beyond is Beyond.

Prince Rupert’s Drops – “Follow Me”

A Farewell To BBIB on East Village Radio

 

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Photo by Andrea Carta

Five years back, I found myself going through a bit of an obsessive phase over legendary drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks) after having caught one of his jazz improv sets at Ronnie Scott’s in London, England. It was during this phase that, while on one of my tangential web surfing sessions, I came across an internet radio show that was announcing a live interview with ol’ Bill later that same day. The show was called Beyond Beyond is Beyond on East Village Radio.

Sitting in the study of my University apartment, I tuned in to hear the interview but was met with a cacophony of abstract sound instead. “Is it normal for weird sounds to be coming from my speakers?” I asked via tweet. “If by weird sounds you mean great music, then yes!” the host replied before slipping into Bubble Puppy’s “Road to St. Stephen’s.” That was my first interaction with Mike Newman, and it said a lot about the kind of person he is. Mike would soon become one of my most favourite people on this planet, as well as one of my dearest friends.

My second or third time tuning in to his show, I realized that Mike possessed a wizard-like gift for picking these magically obscure “jams”–those songs that send your mind to the cosmic zones right from the outset; the ones with those unique notes or riffs that make you go back and listen to them over, and over. The ones that take you on a journey every time.

I remember, while in University, hoping that I would one day meet someone who shared a similarly geekish level of interest for conversation topics like the specifics of “Steve Howe’s guitar solo on ‘Siberian Khatru,'” or “Bruford’s fills on ‘Heart of the Sunrise.'” I spent a lot of that time on my own, reading, playing guitar and listening to Mike’s show. Every time I tuned in, it was like I’d found that person.

When I finally made the decision to move to New York, I reached out to Mike and asked for some recommendations on record shops and cheap places to eat. A few weeks later, I remember buying him a burger at one of those places to thank him for introducing me to the Welsh band Man. We’ve since attended more uh-mazing concerts together than you can shake a stick at.

Sadly, Beyond Beyond is Beyond will broadcast from East Village Radio for the final time today as the station plans to close up shop by week’s end. It’s been a great ride listening along and hopefully I’ve managed to turn a few of you onto the show as well.

You can listen to the final broadcast today from 4-6PM on East Village Radio.

Also, be sure to check out the record label wing of Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.

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Dog Gone Presents: Invisible Familiars // Alex Bleeker & the Freaks Year-End Late-Shows

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Poster design by Jessica Milton

Greetings, friends! It is a great honor to once again present to you the lineup for our third annual run of year-end late-shows taking place once at Mercury Lounge in New York City. This year on December 29 we’re psyched to present the combination of Invisible Familiars (essentially the band behind Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger) along with Frank LoCastro. The following night on December 30, we’ll welcome back Real Estate side-project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks for their second year in a row. Supporting the Freaks will be Shorts, one of our favorite new acts on the scene which features current and former members of Woodsman and Real Estate. Both shows kick off around 11PM and will feature Dog Gone Presents and guest DJ sets to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 12PM Eastern Time via the Mercury Lounge website. Previous years have sold-out so be sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid missing out.

Invisible Familiars – “Elaine Serene”

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – “Don’t Look Down” 

Dog Gone Presents: Wolf People // Golden Animals // Golden Grass @ Mercury Lounge 10/13

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Poster by Jessica Milton

We’re psyched to announce our next show, which features a stellar lineup including UK psych-rockers Wolf People along with Brooklyn’s Golden Animals and the newly formed Golden Grass. It all goes down on October 13 at Mercury Lounge at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. We’ve got a few pairs to giveaway so keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

Purchase tickets via Mercury Lounge’s website.

Show Picks: NYC (6/26-7/1)

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Stuart Bogie and Colin Stetson at the DGB NYE 2011 Party. Photo by Trista Alley

Here’s a list of shows we either plan to catch or wish we could. If you are a photographer and would like to shoot any of these shows for DGB, feel free to shoot us an email at doggoneblog@gmail.com. Also, if we missed anything worth checking out please let us know!

NYC Show Picks (6/26-7/1)

2013-06-26 Yellowbirds / Superhuman Happiness @ Rockwood Music Hall

2013-06-26 Dirty Beaches / Heathered Pearls / X-Ray Eyeballs @ Mercury Lounge

2013-06-26 Light Heat / Caged Animals / Life Size Maps @ Glasslands

2013-06-27 Nymph / Nass Gnawa / Bird Names @ Union Pool

2013-06-28 Os Mutantes / Tuff Sunshine @ Maxwell’s

2013-06-28 Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Bass Drum of Death @ South Street Seaport

2013-06-29 Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) / Susie Ibarra  / Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family) @ Brookfield Place Plaza

2013-06-29 Donnie & Joe Emerson / Backwords @ Mercury Lounge

2013-06-29 Os Mutantes / Javelin / Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang @ Prospect Park Bandshell

2013-06-29 Kurt Vile / Marnie Stern / Parquet Courts / The Men / Hunters / White Lung / The Babies / Reigning Sound / Fat Tony / Heliotropes @ South Street Seaport

2013-06-29 Endless Boogie / TV Baby / Degreaser @ Union Pool (Early show)

2013-06-29 Steve Gunn / Highlife / Loren Connors / Tom Carter @ Union Pool

2013-06-30 Phosphorescent @ The Surf Lodge

2013-07-01 Weyes Blood / Strawberry Hands / Dandelion Fiction / James Strong @ Silent Barn

Souljazz Orchestra – “Kelen Ati Leen”

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In September, Strut Records released the new LP by the Ottawa-based Souljazz Orchestra, titled Solidarity. The album is an eclectic collaborative album featuring a range of artists from Canada’s vibrant underground afro-jazz scene, including Senegalese-Canadian artist Élage M’baye, Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter Rômmel Teixeira Ribeiro, and Jamaican-Canadian vocalist Slim Moore. Rooted in rhythmically rich musical traditions of the past, the Souljazz Orchestra blend the boundaries of soul, jazz and tropical styles with a new set of heavyweight songs, unified by an underlying message of positive social change. Check out the song “Kelen Ati Leen” below and pick up the full album here.

Souljazz Orchestra – “Kelen Ati Leen”

Tonight, the Souljazz Orchestra takes the stage at the Studio at Webster Hall alongside our good friends in Zongo Junction. We highly recommend you check it out.

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Video: Tim Kuhl – “Indigo Blue” & Rockaway Hurricane Relief

Tim Kuhl is one of the finest drummers/percussionists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing during my time in New York. Part of the extended family of musicians that includes Superhuman Happiness, the band formerly known as Minerva Lions (of which he was/is the drummer), Thought, Beyondo, Knights on Earth and so on, Tim has plucked a group of these immensely talented musicians for his own self-titled project. The group features Mr. Kuhl on drums, Jared Samuel on double bass, Grey McMurray on guitar, Rick Parker on trombone, Joshua Valleau on accordion, and Philip Sterk on dobro.

On a late August weekend, these fine musicians made their way down to the Far Rockaway area of New York to film a video for their new song “Indigo Blue.” Just two short months later, the area was completely devastated by hurricane Sandy, leaving many people who live in the Rockaways in dire need of immediate help. Watch the video and read how you can help those in need below.

Pick up Tim’s new album St Helena via Bandcamp.

For an idea of the devastation caused by Sandy in Far Rockaway have a look at these images:
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Here are some links to ways to help:

CASH DONATIONS:

ccdsd.org/donate/secure-online-donations/
Be sure to earmark the funds for Rockaway Hurricane Relief

TEAM RUBICON
teamrubiconusa.org/
facebook.com/teamrubicon

VOLUNTEER INFO:

Both St. Francis de Sales Church and the Rockaway Beach Surf Club are volunteer hubs:

The Surf Club
302 beach 87th Street
Visit this link for more info and info on rideshare: gowanusstudio.org/relief/rideshare.html

St. Francis de Sales
219 Beach 129th Street

For those in need of help text SANDY to 69866 and for those who want to volunteer text MUTUAL AID to 69866.

facebook.com/RockawayRelief