At Home He's a Tourist


Thomas Patrick Maguire- S/T Like the hazy photograph ( reproduced color xerox) on the cover of Maguire at home near an open window guitar in hand, the songs are laid back and minimal like they were recorded in a living room or at a kitchen table. Leaving Now could be a demo for Em Are I. You Could go, You Could Stay has Maguire more indecisive over a lone snare that punctuates the indifference. Issues is a classic antifolk psych drama, similar to Phoebe Blue's Control Issues, not to mention countless issues of issues of antifolk in CDRs, zines, and open mics. Snare takes a prominent sound over Maguires vocal and guitar in the lofi pun underneath. Coin Toss continues the indecision, but the uptempo and for Maguire an almost sunny melody suggest an optimism regardless of the result of the toss. Christian Love gives the CDR religion making comparisons to John Wesley Harding obvious, except minus the bass, harmonica, and for the most part drums, so even more minimal, and clocking in at 70 minutes for 21 tracks it is a more rigorous antifolk listen. Nothing That Stitches Can't Sew is a classic lower east side punk healing anthem. Read more »

This Saturday! is Huggabroomstock: The World's Most Modest Music Festival


this saturday
aug 13th 3pm
from afternoon till early morning
at goodbye blue monday
1087 broadway
bushwick brooklyn

Inside Stage (The World's Most Modest Music Festival)

3:00 Elastic No-No Band
3:45 Thomas Patrick Maguire
4:30 They would Be Happy People
5:15 Kung Fu Crime Wave
6:00 Season Finale
6:45 Berth Control
7:30 Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band
8:15 Nan & the One Nite Stands
9:00 Prewar Yardsale
10:00 The Wowz
11:00 The Purple Organ
12:00 Huggabroomstik

Backyard Stage (The Debe Dalton Folk Revue Festival)

3:10 Ladies of Old Hat
3:50 Major Matt Mason USA
4:30 Space Rainbows
5:10 Matt Frye
5:50 EquinoX Ent
6:30 Frozy
7:10 The Rainbow Vomit Family Band
7:50 The Pendulum Swings
8:30 The Happy Rappies
9:10 The Fools
9:50 American Anymen
10:30 Erin Regan
11:10 Debbie Dalton

Back in Stock: A Brief View Of the Hudson: Well Here We Are (EP) - CDR


Well Here We Are is the brand new home recorded EP by your favorite folk duo A Brief View of the Hudson. It was recorded specifically for their first European tour earlier this year. (2010)

01. Oh Why Oh Why
02. Sick Old Dog
03. Too Wild To Tame
04. Though It Is My Heart
05. Wisconsin Window Smasher

Bemusement Park - CD by Phoebe Kreutz now on OJ Distro


"Phoebe Kreutz's chanteusey delivery and comic writing are genuinely funny."- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Musically, her simple song structures are lifted to near-genius level by her clear, bright vocals and vivid melancholy as they are witty." - SANDMAN (U.K.)


At home He's a Tourist


So it was another Saturday afternoon I was wrapped up with another week of work so I called Matt to see what he was up to. Matt told me about two shows; the former a Steam Punk show, the second Rachel and Dan, The Fools and Kung Fu Crimewave at BTP. I was sure I wanted to go to BTP but I had never heard of Steam Punk before so I had to ask Matt to tell me about it. Matt told me Steam Punk is when people dress up in turn of the century ( 1899-1900 ) outfits, with turn of the century songs and instruments mixed in with more standard punk or postpunk outfits, songs and instruments. I was shocked because I'v heard of so many bands like that; Go-Go Bordello, Thomas Truax, and Arcade Fire. I felt like a lazy reader because I have read tons of articles about these artists and didn't remember the term Steam Punk. Anyway Kung Fu Crimewave have a sound I truly love ( shambling antifolk) so I knew we were going to BTP and we did. Read more »

Schwervon! Summer Tour Dates and Recording in Memphis w/ Doug Easley


Things are just not hot enough for us in NYC this summer so Schwervon! is happy to announce that we will be taking a little trip down south to record with legendary sound engineer/ producer Doug Easley (Sonic Youth, Pavement, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) in Memphis, Tennessee. We've decided to play some shows on our way down there and back.

Aug. 18 - Charm City Art Space (Baltimore, MD) w/ The Dangerettes and Silence Kid
Aug. 19 - Bazaar Consignment (Roanoke, VA) w/ Uncle Bengine & the Restraining Orders, Elephant Child
Aug. 20 - The Lab (Asheville, NC) w/ Her (ruined majesty), The Ringing Cedars
Aug. 22 - The Hi-Tone Cafe (Memphis, TN) w/ The New Mary Jane (ex Grifters, Those Bastard Souls) Read more »

All Ages Movement Project

I just discovered this organization and I think it's worth checking out and supporting. I've just purchased my copy of "In Every Town" and I'll try to follow up with a little review soon. In the mean time, I lifted this blurb from their website:

“Music scene” is another word for “music community”, and every young person is a participant in some music community somewhere. Just like a religious community or a literary community or any community, music communities have within them the potential to create change. Unlike other communities, music communities are exceptional at reaching young people, because they are essentially created by young people. Read more »

At Home He's a Tourist


Major Matt Mason presents: Huggabroomstik - Alternative
Major Matt Mason narrates this rock opera/concept album. the rough outline is Time/Space/Sacrifice/Lesbians/Nuclear War/zombies, mutants, heroes, and villians. Huggabroomstik blast into outer space and befriend and are befriended by a community of outer space crusaders. Outerspace Huggabroomstik and the outerspace crusaders return to earth in order to defend earthlings from the injustices they have to endure. Multi-tracked chaotic and psychadelic alternative is absolutely the most dense record Huggabroomstik has yet recorded, chanting, very stoned guitar riffage, and prog keyboards submerge being mean means being mean into a pop morass sticky as a tar pit. Fear Foolish shows the bands folkier side harkening back to the luv-a-lot years with acoustic guitar, saw, kazoo, trumpet and tambourine with harmony vocals and uplifting lyrics proclaiming independence, freedom, and courage. THis is the part of the story when Huggabroomstik comes together and reaffirms themselves prior to their returning to earth from outerspace. Diamond Eyeballs opens stoned Read more »

Berlin Venue & Cultural Center: Schokoladen in danger of being shut down.


One of my favorite Berlin venues is in danger of being shut down. This would be a horrible loss to the Berlin Artist community. If you live in Berlin please show your support for keeping this wonderful place alive. If you don't live in Berlin please show your support for your favorite local independent music venue or art space. You'll miss it when it's gone. The following link features an audio piece including comments by Phoebe Kreutz.!/193763/Living_in_Germany/Program=3071

Schwervon! performing "Cut It Down" live at Schokoladen. Read more »

At Home He's a Tourist


So Dashan and I were on the train going to brooklyn and he was interviewing me for O.J.'s new zine Elephant Shoe which was good because if I was being interviewed I felt I wouldn't have to do anything for it so i could be lazy. So Dashan gives me these index cards with questions on them and I'm supposed to write the answers on the index cards so this is really a lazy interview. So I start answering the questions and I'm almost done when I got a bright idea to make the interview more Prewar and only use one word answers. Needless to say I didn't finish the questions so I said I'd finish the questions on the way back. Needless to say I completely forgot about the questions till the next day. So anyway I told Dashan I'd bring them to him so he could bring the interview to Selena. Elephant Shoe went to print before Dashan got to Selena, he was up against a fast approaching deadline and my deliberations caused him to miss the deadline. So as a public service this is the Secret Salamander interviewing Prewar Yardsale Interview:
SS: What is a blog and when was the last time you saw one?
PY: At Home He's a Tourist, today.

SS: What do you think is the worst thing in the world? Read more »

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