INDIE NEWS REEL: 5/6

by charles poladian

This week won’t quit. The rain just keeps coming, but there seems to be some relief in sight. The week kicked off with a bang, as the much anticipated Dark Was The Night live show lived up to all the expectations.  We have various odds and ends for you to get lost in, so let’s get this Reel rolling.

Artist: N.A.S.A.
Song: Whatchadoin’ (Villains Remix) feat MIA, Santogold & Spankrock
Artist: Meat Puppets
Song: Rotten Shame

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Black Moth Super Rainbow Mess With You Further

Much like last year’s interactive video for “Neon Bible” by Arcade Fire, Black Moth Super Rainbow present their own take on this trippy endeavor.  ”Dark Bubbles” is from their upcoming Eat Us. You get to control the sun, moon and stars via your mouse or webcam, all while a shady hooded figure jumps around on a trampoline. Little flourishes like bursts of color enhance the action. Experience it Darkbubbles.com.

Sled Island Festival Makes Me Want to Go to Canada

While we all get in tizzy over All Points West, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and whatever American festivals get announced, Canada gets to have its own parties too! Sled Island Music and Arts Festival is slated from June 24-27 and includes The Breeders, Liars, Anvil, Holy Fuck, Andrew W.K, Japandroids, and The King Khan and BBQ Show. Set in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the full lineup will include over 200 bands playing 23 venues and will include art shows, film screenings, and comedy. For passes and more info, check out sledisland.com.

Woodstock 2009 Tries To Forget The 90′s

Needless to say, most people remember the more recent incarnations for all the wrong reasons. As disgusting and upsetting as those events were, the promoters for this year’s 40th anniversary on trying to put the focus back on the originators and the music. Bands set to play from the first Woodstock include Big Brother and the Holding Company, Ten Years After, Canned Heat and Mountain, as well as Levon Helm with his band, and Paul Kantner with Jefferson Starship.  Woodstock will take place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 15th. No other details just yet, but it is free.

Hudson River Rocks 2009 Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Aside from all the free shows at Summerstage and Prospect Park, Pier 54 has a slate of shows as well.  On July 9th, you can catch Matt & Kim and Flosstradamus, July 23rd includes Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, and August 13th has Yeasayer with Amazing Baby. More info can be found at RIverrocksnyc.com. I’m very happy to get a chance to see Yeasayer. They some new tracks live and they sounded great.

Black Lips Busy Making Videos, EPs

OK, we just recently checked out “The Drop I Hold” with GZA in audio form, now we can check out the album version in this off kilter video of featuring the band with multiple projected images.  There is an iTunes only EP you can grab for $1.99 that includes the album and GZA versions of the song, an instrumental and the video.

Cool Kids Have Gone Fishing

The Cool Kids are some really cool dudes.  Here they are just thinking and caring about our own best interests. Knowing the summer is about to hit, they provided us an 18 track mixtape featuring Ryan Leslie, GLC, Ludacris, Bun B and newcomers Tennille and Jahd. Not bad at all. Grab it while you can at coolxkids.com.

Interpol Is Back!

Sorry, I’m a liar. Interpol is not back, try as hard as I may, but Paul Banks is. Paul Banks is Julian Plenti. Julian Plenti is skyscraper. Apparently Paul Banks is doing a solo thing. I know I’ll take anything I can get while I wait for a new Interpol album. Check out julianplenti.com for a little taste. An album is expected August 4th. Not too bad of a start, let’s hope there is more to follow.

New Shows:

The Psychedelic Furs are playing The Wellmont Theater 6/13. Talk about a surprise show. It might be worth the trek into New Jersey. (Get your tickets, Friday)

Peaches is playing the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/19. (ON SALE FRIDAY)

Little Joy plays Bowery Ballroom on 6/23. (Secure your tickets FRIDAY)

Jarvis Cocker has a date at Terminal 5 on 7/30. (You guessed it, Friday)

TV On the Radio are playing Prospect Park on 8/11. Grab this while you can. This show is going to be a blast. (Looks like there will be a tough decision, Friday)

Maximo Park is playing Webster Hall on 9/21. (Yet another Friday on sale date.)

N.A.S.A. is playing Bowery Ballroom on 8/20. (Did you guess Friday?)

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