Monday, November 24, 2014

In Defense Of: Joe Walsh

This In Defense Of was contributed by Michael Guggino, a Brooklyn-based psych rocker who’s takin’ his time, choosin’ his lines, tryin’ to decide how to get you out of his dreams and into Joe Walsh’s Maserati.

Joe Walsh is the world’s greatest American. Maybe you’ve never said it out loud, but you have definitely felt it if you’ve ever heard “Funk #49” or “Walk Away” by the James Gang. His sound is a Midwestern boogie twang mixed with Detroit-style hard R&B, and if it had a smell, it would be beer and whiskey. The reason I must “defend” the World’s Greatest American is because most people know him as Joe Walsh from the Eagles, and that is an injustice I intend to right in the following paragraphs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thurs–Mon, November 20–24

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thursday–Monday, November 20–24

[[Thursday, November 20:]]

One of the best parts of music is not only seeing where artists have come from but where they are going. Nova Luz of The Amputees (Louis Ramos with Nova Luz, SZ #13) takes the stage to kick off the weekend on Thursday with some of her solo work at Goodbye Blue Monday 10:30pm FREE LINK

Nova Luz (Amputees)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Picture Dump 11.18.2014: The Rizzos, Party Lights, BIG HUGE, Jacques Le Coque, Now People, Flowers of Evil, NO ICE, Polyon, Sleep Fleet, Yin Yangs, Hounds Basket

The Shows: The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23) at Muchmore's w/ BIG HUGE, The Rizzos, Party Lights — Thursday, November 6, 2014

Glassy Eyes vol. 3 presents The Jeanies (again) at Don Pedro w/ Flowers of Evil, Now People, Jacques Le Coque — Friday, November 14, 2014.

Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10) at Muchmore's w/ NO ICE, Polyon (Ryan McLaughlin of Typefighter, SZ #7), Hounds Basket, Sleep Fleet, Yin Yangs — Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Depicted below: The Rizzos, Party Lights, BIG HUGE; Jacques Le Coque, Now People, Flowers of Evil; NO ICE, Polyon, Sleep Fleet, Yin Yangs, Hounds Basket.

Enjoy.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Thursday, November 6
The Rizzos:


Monday, November 17, 2014

In Defense Of: Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World

This In Defense Of was contributed by Jamie Frey, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and freelance music journalist who needs this now more than he ever did.

It’s possible that some of you are cringing at the very title of this piece, and I think that the other half of you are feeling a warmth of youthful “sweetness” in your loins just at the mention of the record. I also must preface this defense — as many of you may be thinking or projecting upon me — with this disclaimer: I did not grow up as a devotee of American pop-punk or emo. I never went to the Vans Warped Tour. I was not a teenage obsessive of Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Alkaline Trio, or even Fugazi. I was not seeking out obscure record labels with the punkest punk or the most emotional emo or the indiest indie. I’m not even that familiar with Jimmy Eat World’s earlier three albums, which many will argue are more pure and good than this big hit-filled crossover record. But that is not what I am writing about; I am writing about the populist rock ‘n’ roll that you heard on the radio. I’m talking about Bleed American (or the self-titled Jimmy Eat World for post-9/11 weiners). I’m talking about songs that make young people want to hold hands and kiss.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, November 12–16

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, November 12–16

[[WEDNESDAY, November 12:]]

Copycat Night presents The Planes (Stephen Perry, SZ #2 and Brian LaRue, SZ #30) as Velvet Underground w/ Electric People, Wonderbug at Otto's Shrunken Head 9pm $5


The Planes

Wednesday not your thing? Well...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ZeroFest picture dump, Chris Giorgione edition 2

If you've been following Square Zeros the past month, you're probably familiar with the stellar images captured by Chris Giorgione, a Brooklyn-based videographer who does a ton of great work on behalf of local musicians. He shot almost all of ZeroFest last month, and he just dropped off some rad edits from those nights, along with some more pictures of your beautiful faces. Below is the second round of what he got. Stay tuned this week for video from the ZeroFest weekend. Thanks Chris!

RIGHTS: All bands, bookers, and publicists are free to use the photos below, as long as you attribute to Chris Giorgione. If possible, please include this link to his production website: http://chrisgiorgioneproductions.tumblr.com/



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, Nov. 5–9

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, November 5–9

[[WEDNESDAY, November 5:]]

Where did you nurse your Halloween hangover?

We get it. CMJ, Halloween — you're beat. WELL GET IT TOGETHER IT'S TIME TO ROCK.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Picture Dump 11.04.2014, Halloween Edition

Suck it, nerds.
For the last half-decade, tribute shows have been the way to spend your Brooklyn Halloween. Each year, they come earlier. Even though Halloween was on Friday this year, there were tribute shows as early as the previous weekend.

One man said 'Enough's enough,' and went to see George Clinton talk about his new memoir, Brothers Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You? at New York Public Library.


The legend himself, seated.


 


















But then, you know, we all went back to checking out shows.

The Shows: King Pizza Records Halloween show, featuring Mad Doctors (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) and Greasy Hearts (
Joey Farber, SZ #23) at Don Pedro w/ BIG HUGE, St. James and the Apostles, The Gabba Ghouls Friday, October 31, 2014.

Pet Rescue (Brian LaRue SZ #30)) "Rock and Roll Memoirs to Remember", featuring an Operation Ivy tribute (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10, Jeremy Duvall and Alex Heigl, SZ #17), Dashing Blumpkins (featuring guest vocals by Stephen Perry SZ #2 and Jim Wood SZ #19), and a last-minute throw-together Guided By Voices tribute at Pet Rescue — Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Depicted below: Greasy Hearts, BIG HUGE, The Gabba Ghouls, Dashing Blumpkins.

It's not George Clinton, but enjoy.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Friday, October 31

Greasy Hearts:


Monday, October 27, 2014

Picture Dump 10.28.2014: CMJ Edition

The Shows: Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10) at Legion w/ Faux Ferocious (TN), iVAMANOS!, The Unders, Fine Peduncle (TN) Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hearts Bleed Radio Official CMJ showcase presents The Planes (Stephen Perry, SZ #2 and Brian LaRue SZ #30), The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23), The Black Black (Jon Daily, SZ #26), and Sunset Guns at Legion w/ pow-wow!, GHOST PUNCH, Light Therapy — Friday, October 24, 2014.

Depicted below: The Unders, iVAMANOS!, The Black Black, pow-wow!, The Planes, GHOST PUNCH.

Enjoy.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Tuesday, October 21

The Unders:


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Square Zeros #30: Brian LaRue (The Planes, Shelter Dogs, The Blowout! Dialogue From A Silent Film, Women's Basketball, Pet Rescue)



It’s tough to know where to start with Brian LaRue, because he’s such a damn talented dude and has a hand in such a cool batch of projects.

You might know him as the Telecaster wizard in the indie rock outfit The Planes, which you’ll find playing scruffy pop tunes all over the north Brooklyn circuit. Or maybe you recognize him as the crooner at the front of the more aggressive four-piece Shelter Dogs or the bassist in brooding post-punkers Dialogue From A Silent Film. Have you been to a show at Pet Rescue, the cozy, off-the-grid DIY space by Cooper Park? Brian’s the brains behind that. And if you’re really lucky, you might have caught him performing a solo set as Women’s Basketball. He’s also a hell of a good writer, especially when it comes to music.

If there’s a way to package all that, it’s this: when Brian leaves his stamp on something, it’s unmistakable. You can hear it in his knack for vocal melody, his proclivity for big yet tasteful guitar riffing, and his mordant and often hilarious lyrical emanations. No fucking pretense.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ZeroFest Pictures: Chris Giorgione Edition

Y'all might have noticed a handsome devil with a nice camera lurking in the crowd during ZeroFest. That's our pal Chris Giorgione, a videographer based here in Brooklyn. He's a music lover, an ace with a Canon Rebel, and an all around solid dude, and he does a lot of work on behalf local bands. He shot a bunch of great video and photo during ZeroFest and we'll be posting it here over the next couple weeks. For starters, here's a taste of night one at Human Head Records, featuring Spaghetti Blacc, Clean Girls, The Amputees, and your beautiful faces.









Square Zeros Show Listings, CMJ Edition, Tues–Sat, Oct. 21–25

Square Zeros Show Listings, CMJ Edition, Tuesday–Saturday, October 21–25

[[TUESDAY, October 21:]]

If the event name bears out, this might be the first and last CMJ show you attend. Ginger Core Kills CMJ presents our favorite psychic slack rockers Chimes (Win Scarlett, SZ #18) via a staggered pricing system that pays you in pizza to come early and charges you not unfairly to come later. Show up fashionably early to get down w/ Dream Police, Survival, Psychic Blood, Natural Velvet, Sediment Club at Silent Barn 5:30pm FREE before 8pm/$5 8-10pm/$10 10pm-2am LINK

Chimes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Square Zeros #29: Leah Wellbaum (Slothrust, Slothbox)


"...Oh — you want that one? ...Yeah, alright, sure." — Leah Wellbaum, when asked if we could use Slothbox, "Did You Hear About the Devil?" for Square Zeros

Here at Square Zeros, we never claim that it's going to be easy to pull out old recordings and reveal them to strangers, or even your fans. We're continually impressed with our guests' willingness to pull out the tapes and blast those old songs; more often, we're impressed by how awesome those songs are.

When we contacted Leah Wellbaum of riffy Brooklyn indie rockers Slothrust about coming on the show, we got a positive response and one of those brilliant moments that reminds us why we do this:

p.s. my old project is solo and it is called Slothbox! I think there is a tape coming out of it actually. It's a lot of old casio keys and me singing about vomit and kidnapping.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, October 15–19

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, October 15–19

[[WEDNESDAY, October 15:]]

GNAR.

Now, we tend not to promote out-of-town shows, because a lot of bands we feature are touring bands, and it'd get way, way out of hand to list all of them. That said, when you take a bruise like Chris from GYMSHORTS (SZ #27) did at Don Pedro last weekend entertaining our Brooklyn family, you acquire certain perks and privileges that reach beyond mere in-town show promotion. So hey, if you're in Providence tonight — hell, you probably don't need us telling you to see GYMSHORTS — but we'll do it anyway: get your ass down to their homecoming show, because you know a band's never better than when they've got homefield advantage at the end of a long string of shows w/ Whore Paint, Hard Nips, Downtown Boys at AS220 8:30pm $6 LINK

Pictures of your post-homecoming show bruises should be directed to squarezeros(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Picture Dump 10.14.14: The Mad Doctors, Gymshorts, Big Huge

The show:  The Mad Doctors release show and tour kickoff (Greg Hanson and Seth Applebaum, SZ#20, with Josh Park), Gymshorts (SZ#27), Big HugeThe Rizzos, Graveyard Lovers, Friday, October 10, Don Pedro. 

Depicted below
:  The Mad Doctors, Gymshorts, Big Huge.