Friday, December 26, 2014

Picture Dump, Christmas Edition, 12.26.2014: Paper Fleet Sticker Release, YEAH! Band Camp Benefit, Money Fire Records Holiday Party, Jeanies Cassette Release

December was a rush, and we snapped pictures at as many events as we could. The month started with Paper Fleet releasing their latest album on sticker with The Planes, Holy Tunics, Major Crush, and spit. Andy at Cake Shop cleverly repurposed his sticker machine into a vendor of digital downloads, and commissioned Paper Fleet to write the fittingly titled Stick Around. At the end of the week, Paper Fleet played the Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities (YEAH!) Rock Camp Benefit with The Rizzos, The Mad Doctors, and Stonedhenge.

Fast-forward two weeks, and Money Fire Records hosted their holiday party featuring The Amputees, The Black Black, Earworms, and Fellow Project, who released an album for the occasion. The following night, The Jeanies released their long-awaited self-titled debut with the help of The Mad Doctors, BIG HUGE, and Games.

So dig these pictures, have a great time closing out 2014, and we'll see you in the new year.

The Shows: Paper Fleet (Jon Mann, SZ #10) record release at Cake Shop w/ The Planes (Stephen Perry, SZ #2 and Brian LaRue, SZ #30) Holy Tunics, Major Crush, spit — Monday, December 1, 2014.

YEAH! Rock Camp Benefit at Don Pedro w/ The Mad Doctors (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20), Paper Fleet, The Rizzos, Stonedhenge — Friday, December 5, 2014.

Money Fire Records Holiday Party and Fellow Project record release at Muchmore's w/ The Amputees (Louis Ramos and Nova Luz, SZ #13), The Black Black (Jon Daily, SZ #26), Earworms, Fellow Project — Thursday, December 18, 2014.

The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23) Cassette Release at Muchmore's w/ The Mad Doctors, BIG HUGE, Games — Friday, December 19, 2014.


Depicted below: spit, Major Crush, Holy Tunics, The Planes, Stonedhenge, The Rizzos, The Mad Doctors, Earworms, The Black Black, The Amputees, Fellow Project, The Mad Doctors (again), BIG HUGE, The Jeanies.

Enjoy.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Monday, December 1
spit:


Monday, December 22, 2014

In Defense Of: Powerman 5000, Tonight, the Stars Revolt!

This In Defense Of was contributed by Greg Hanson: mad doctor, big cheese, and son of X-51.

“So face forward, with arms wide open and mind reeling. Your future has arrived. Are you ready to go?” The announcer of some great unknown B-movie beckons in the spoken word intro of Tonight, the Stars Revolt!, before the mercilessly crunchy guitar open of “Supernova Goes Pop” throws you into a starship careening towards the sun.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thur-Sun, December 18-21

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thursday–Sunday, December 18-21

This guy, this big guy right here, he's ready for the weekend.
And he's singing something more than Silent Night.

'Tis the season for rocking (and for corny holiday references). The holiday season is on full blast and I, for one, am thankful that I have somehow missed all the usual holiday song staples and have instead tickled my ears with some sweet sweet Brooklyn/NY tunes. Gotta get away from Mariah Carey? Check out these shows going strong through the weekend.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Defense Of: Grateful Dead

This In Defense Of was contributed by Ani Monteleone, a Brooklyn-based singer and  keyboardist who wants to tell you all about what a long, strange trip it’s been.

Williamsburg, 2014? Grateful Dead, 1969.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” arguably the most recognizable Grateful Dead quote of all time, was also the most oft-quoted line printed under my classmates’ senior photos in our high school yearbook. My suburban New Jersey school was full of Dave Matthews Brand '90s hippies, and I surely scoffed at their lame attempts at being profound by using a Grateful Dead line as their senior quote. (My quote was probably something extremely angsty-sounding by some obscure band like Bleed or Chokehold.)

That being said, up until that point I had never given much thought to the Grateful Dead either way. My parents, who were a little too young to have been hippies themselves, raised me on a steady diet of jazz and The Beatles. My friend Colleen gave me Bikini Kill’s Pussy Whipped on cassette tape for my fourteenth birthday, and it was punk and riot grrl from there on out. When I hit the tween years, I turned quickly to punk rock. For most of my teenage career, if it wasn’t on Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Lookout!, Revelation, Jade Tree, Ebullition, or K Records, then it was get it the fuck away from me.


Least Likely to Listen to Grateful Dead.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Fri–Sun, December 12–14

Square Zeros Show Listings, Friday–Saturday, December 12–14


These guys have the right idea.

As I'm writing this, it's snowing. Welcome, Winter, to our city. We're going to complain about you. Trudge to shows in boots and parkas. Drink more whiskey than we should, because it's "keeping us warm," and be generally morose until you're done. But we like you. We like the snow and the fifteen minutes it looks pretty until this great city turns it into sludge. Let's celebrate, shall we, for Winter is here! Trek outside, there's good stuff happening this weekend...

Monday, December 8, 2014

In Defense Of: Rod Stewart

This In Defense Of was contributed by Carter Logan, a Brooklyn-based drummer who thinks he's got something to say to you.

It's honey-coated sandpaper. Gravel in a glass of brandy. A sweetly battered instrument, improperly used for maximum effect. It's as though his vocal chords were distilled and aged in charred oak barrels, then finished off with a carton of smokes. The result is a caramelized sting that cuts to a lyrical heart. Rod Stewart's voice is Sam Cooke run through British overdrive.

I found it accidentally. I was probably about thirteen, living in a boring town in Florida, and I had just asked for and received a cheap turntable for Christmas. On December 26, I convinced my parents to drive me over to the only record store I knew in town — a dirty little shop in a strip mall called Daddy Kool. While my mom semi-patiently waited in the car, I spent hours in that store picking out stuff that — if I was lucky — would get the nod from the punk guys behind the counter.

Around this time my interest in pop punk was bleeding through the lines into garage, psychobilly, cow punk, lo-fi blues, and pretty much anything loud, fast, and "primitive". So these first vinyl purchases were stuff like Rocket From The Crypt, The Humpers, and New Bomb Turks...and then, for some reason I can't quite explain, Rod Stewart.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thurs–Sat, December 4-6

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thursday–Saturday, December 4-6

[[THURSDAY, December 4:]]

Here's Josh from The Mad Doctors. You'll see his mug a lot this weekend. 

Remember when The Mad Doctors
(Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) were on tour, and we missed them dearly for those three weeks in October? Well, forget about that, because they're back this weekend to end their post-tour drought with three shows in a row which starts Thursday night at the Psychic Pokemon Psych Fest w/ Heeney, Dumbwolves at Don Pedro 8pm $5 LINK

Monday, December 1, 2014

In Defense Of: Bon Jovi

This In Defense Of was contributed by Aileen Brophy, a Brooklyn-based rocker whose thunderous basslines routinely take it to 7800o Fahrenheit.

“I gotta go, I gotta, I gotta go, I gotta… I got…I got…I gotta do it again.  Wait a minute, hold on… I’m not done.  One more time.  WITH FEELING!”
                        — Bon Jovi, “Bad Medicine"

That line pretty much encapsulates the Bon Jovi formula for me. I’m talking about “Bad Medicine”, the smash hit off of 1988’s New Jersey, which was their album after their 1986 breakthrough, Slippery When Wet. Now, Slippery is probably acknowledged to be the ur-Bon Jovi record, the one that contains most of the monster hits that we all know and love to scream along to at karaoke (Ironically? Not ironically? I don't even know anymore). "Livin’ On a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Wanted Dead or Alive" — they're all on there, and they're all great. But New Jersey was the follow-up album that really delivered, polishing the pop-metal formula to a perfect sheen with just the right mix of everyman anthems about girls, cowboys, hangin’ out with your buddies, and loving your hometown.  And Bad Medicine is the tune where all the crucial elements of Bon Jovi’s winning formula collide.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Square Zeros #31: Michael Sincavage (Low Fat Getting High, Scrambled Porn, The Duck And Bunny Shit Show)

We're not really fans of awards and rankings and official accolades here at Square Zeros. But when the Village Voice — probably the country's most highly regarded alt-weekly — tapped Low Fat Getting High as NYC's best rock band of 2014, we gotta admit, we were pretty damn excited. If you've paid any attention to the Brooklyn independent music scene in the past year, the trio and their unique breed of grunge-tinged noise punk are almost certainly on your radar. And if you've been fortunate enough to catch them live, you know what a powerhouse they are on stage.

Low Fat just dropped their full-length debut on Money Fire Records (which you can pick up here), so we figured the time was right to invite singer and guitarist Michael Sincavage into the studio to give him the Square Zeros treatment. We talked with Michael about growing up in Florida, how he formed the band, recording the new album, and the artistic work he does outside of music (all those awesome album covers are his design). And, of course, he shared some of the songs that long predate Low Fat, including one of his earliest basement punk tracks, a Low Fat prototype called Scrambled Porn, and a truly weird cartoon musical number that you've really got to hear to understand. Check it out:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Picture Dump, Thanksgiving Edition, 11.27.2014: Mayor Creep, Band Lottery

Dudes: It's been a phenomenal near-year here at Square Zeros, and we're thankful for a lot of people. As if by design, Eddie Nazareno (of pow-wow! and Crazy Pills) and Amanda B. (also of Crazy Pills) threw together an incredible Band Lottery that brought together a ton of those people. Thirty local rockers threw their names into a hat and were selected to form never-before-heard bands together.

We've got some snaps from that show, a handful from Mayor Creep's Reunion Farewell show, and some links to photo and video by outside documentarians of the Band Lottery. Check out Dean Keim's phenomenal photo-set
here, and thanks to Eddie Nazareno for committing this all to video. The video links below are all his doing.

Thanks so much, guys.

The Shows
: Mayor Creep (SZ #17) Reunion Farewell show at Don Pedro
w/ Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10), Misdemeanors, Family Circus — Friday, November 21, 2014

Band Lottery at Trash Bar, featuring:
Psych Psweat: Amanda B.
of Crazy Pills (SZ #9) and the one full-time member of The Planes we haven't interviewed, the elusive Jeff Patlingrao
The Hut: Jim Wood
of Clouder and Crazy Pills (SZ #19)

Let's Be Nameless: Marta DeLeon of The Meaning of Life (SZ #8)
Fake Cops (Real Trouble): Nick Brooks
of Mayor Creep (
SZ #17)
Scallops: Jon Mann of Sunset Guns, Paper Fleet and The Jeanies and Josh Park of The Mad Doctors
(SZ #20)

Princesses of Wroth: Brian LaRue
of Shelter Dogs, The Planes, Dialogue From a Silent Film (SZ #30)
— Sunday, November 23, 2014


Depicted below: Misdemeanors, Family Circus, Mayor Creep,
and the many faces of Band Lottery.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Friday, November 21
Misdemeanors:



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Fri–Mon, November 28–December 1

Square Zeros Show Listings, Friday–Monday, November 28–December 1

Tis the season, friends. It is starting. We all take a break, drink beers in the comfort of our homes under the distress of our families, stuff ourselves to the brim with potatoes and potato like products and add an extra layer to our gut that we'll never seem to shake. You know what it is, friends. It's the holidays. They are here. And, show wise, they are coming in with a whisper.


That child is not in a band, nor do we know who she is, but she has the right idea.


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. 




Monday, October 13, 2014

In Defense Of: Dashboard Confessional

This In Defense Of was contributed by Alexandra Smyth, a Brooklyn-based writer, poet, and Swiss Army Romantic.

I'm cringing, just a little, as I write this.
Chris Carrabba. Photo: CC, freschwill.


Now, don't get me wrong — I am one thousand percent here to defend Dashboard Confessional to you, dear reader. But the very essence of what I think makes Dashboard Confessional worth defending — their earnestness — is the very thing making me cringe right now. I'm betting deep down that earnestness is what makes you bag on them too.

Think back to when you were 16. For the sake of this essay, I'm going to talk about myself, but I want you to think about who you were at that tender age as well. At 16, I was chubby and excruciatingly awkward girl growing out an ill-advised pixie haircut. I made my own T-shirts emblazoned with phrases like "geek rock" and took photos of decaying things for my photography class. I had a terrible crush on a boy with a hot pink mohawk who in turn was in love with the prettiest punk girl in our neighborhood. My entire existence that year was that of a perpetually skinned knee — raw and obvious and oozing. Everything felt painful all the time, and it makes me squirm just to think about it. Maybe you're wincing too, thinking about your former self.

I was already listening to emo — of course I was — the usual Vagrant Records and Saddle Creek suspects, but when I heard The Swiss Army Romance for the first time it felt like I had made a tremendous discovery. Here was a man completely exposed and unafraid to tell the world how he was really feeling: Chris Carrabba was practically drowning in his own vulnerability. I had never heard anything like it. Dashboard Confessional was a band that embraced the feelings I had trouble expressing, who wrote songs that even seemed to celebrate these unpleasant feelings, in their own odd way.

With lyrics like "as for now I'm gonna hear the saddest songs / and sit alone and wonder how you're making out," and "close lipped / another good night kiss / is robbed of all its passion," I finally felt like someone got it. Now, I'm not here to defend the quality of these lyrics. This is not good writing, by any means, but I do think there's a real, if misguided, bravery present here. For many people, and more specifically, for many awkward 16 year old girls, it's not easy to say how you really feel, especially when the feelings are this jagged. It takes a certain level of courage to make declarations like “this is where I say I’ve had enough / and no one should ever feel the way that I feel now / a walking open wound / a trophy display of bruises / and I don’t believe that I’m getting any better." At 16, I ate it up. At 28, I want to give Carrabba a hug and ask him if he needs help finding a therapist. The lyrics are borderline histrionic, but he’s obviously feeling these feelings, and at 16 I felt them too. It’s hard to listen to, and it’s painful to remember.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Four

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Four, Don Pedro

Depicted below The Rizzos, The Big Parade, Chandeli'ers, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, Big Quiet, The Neighbors, The Othermen


Saturday, October 5

The Rizzos:


Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Three

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Three, Shea Stadium

Depicted below: The Meaning of Life, Mumblr, Space Merchants, Chimes, Crazy Pills


Saturday, October 4

The Meaning of Life:

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Two

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Two, Bermuda Triangle


Depicted below: The Planes, The Black Black, Mad Doctors, Sunset Guns, Hounds Basket 


Friday, October 3

The Planes:


Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Thus concludes the inaugural ZeroFest. What a weekend! You guys are awesome. Never underestimate just how many incredibly creative and talented and positive people there are around you all the time, kicking ass and making great art. Rest assured we're already planning the next one. We were totally prepared to learn from our mistakes, and then everything went perfectly at every moment.

Except the police action at Bermuda Triangle, of course. That was unfortunate, and we apologize to Vulture Shit, who didn't get to play, and their friends, who didn't get to see them. We also apologize to the righteously unapologetic Stephanie Browne of Bermuda Triangle, who hosted one of the best shows we've ever seen and handled those cops like a pro.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize ZeroFest, the twenty-plus bands that played (that's like eighty individual musicians!), everyone at the excellent venues that hosted us, and everyone who came out or showed support.

In fact, this seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce you all to Bettina Warshaw, who's been behind the scenes of all of this, running our social media game and basically making sure you knew when and where to be and who was going to be on stage. She's officially a part of the Square Zeros family now, and her involvement in ZeroFest was absolutely indispensable. Here she is, slugging drums for The Rizzos, literally embodying everything we do.


Without further ado, we've got four nights of craziness to document. And these are just our personal photos; expect more photos from our homeys who are better behind the lens. And hey — if you're good with a camera and ever want to help us out at one of our shows, you know where to find us at squarezeros(at)gmail(dot)com.

Depicted below:

Night One at Human Head Records: Spaghetti Blacc, Clean Girls, The Amputees
Night Two at Bermuda Triangle: The Planes, The Black Black, Mad Doctors, Sunset Guns, Hounds Basket
Night Three at Shea Stadium: The Meaning of Life, Mumblr, Space Merchants, Chimes, Crazy Pills
Night Four at Don Pedro: The Rizzos, The Big Parade, Chandeli'ers, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, Big Quiet, The Neighbors, The Othermen

Thanks so much, guys. Seriously.

— DJH, BW, + JM



Thursday, October 2

Spaghetti Blacc:


Monday, September 29, 2014

Picture Dump 9.30.2014: Sun Voyager, Greasy Hearts, Graveyard Lovers, Mad Doctors, Sleazy Thrills, The Rizzos, Parlor Walls, Prima, Painted Zeros, Dead Sexy Sheila

The Shows: King Pizza presents Greasy Hearts (Joey Farber, SZ #23) and The Fucktons (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) at Don Pedro w/ Sun Voyager, Surfbort, Ice Balloons — Friday, September 19, 2014

Mad Doctors and Sleazy Thrills (Amandine Bordeaux, SZ #9 and Jimmy B. Goode, SZ #19) at Don Pedro w/ Graveyard Lovers, Sun Voyager, The Rizzos — Friday, September 26, 2014.

First Annual Bushwick Music Curators Meet and Greet Party, featuring Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky (Chris Carr, SZ #22) at Bermuda Triangle w/ The Rizzos, Dead Sexy Sheila, Painted Zeros, Freecare, Prima, Parlor Walls, Kate Mohanty — Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Depicted below: Sun Voyager, Greasy Hearts, Sun Voyager (again), Graveyard Lovers, Mad Doctors, Sleazy Thrills, The Rizzos, Parlor Walls, Prima, Painted Zeros, Dead Sexy Sheila.

Enjoy.

— DJH + JM



Friday, September 19
Sun Voyager:


In Defense Of: Drake, or "Dirk Nowitzki Forever: A One-Year Nothing Was The Same Retrospective"

This In Defense Of was contributed by Chris Tracy, a Brooklyn noise rocker with a mithril shirt, a first pressing of So Far Gone, and a skyhook like Kareem.

It was at some point in early-to-mid September 2013, one of the first really autumnal feeling evenings, when the rain started. It was the sort of rain that I love, the kind that puts a spike in your back when you've spent all summer waiting for it to cool rather than choke you, the kind of rain that only happens at the siege of Helm's Deep or the drowning out of some lycanthropic moors, the kind that only comes under cover of darkness. Needless to say, I went to the pub — St. Dymphna's on St. Marks, my favorite actual pub in the city — for a couple pints of plain, some soup, and stout bread after a day of my meaningless job and even more meaningless existence, milling in recent post-grad school, post-birthday malaise, feeling completely alone.


It was while sitting toward the back of the bar, scrolling through my Twitter timeline, that I saw the link — another one had dropped.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ZeroFest Show Profile #4: Sun., Oct. 5 @ Don Pedro

Each Thursday in September, Square Zeros has profiled one night of ZeroFest, our four-day, twenty-band festival running from October 2–5 at four Brooklyn venues. Sun., Oct. 5 at Don Pedro will be the event's final night.


The venue:
Talkin'. 'Bout. Don. Pedro. That place. From its humble roots as an Ecuadorian restaurant that hosted late-night shows in the back, Don Pedro has grown into Brooklyn's go-to garage rock venue. King Pizza Records founder Greg Hanson (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) is now the dive bar's primary booker, and his no-frills, no-fuss attitude has truly brought it as close to DIY as you can get in a bar setting. Brooklyn Burro is in the back, serving up tacos and burritos so you don't lose your head drinking. In writing this, I found this old review from New York Magazine that makes Pedro's look almost unfathomably polished — don't be fooled. You don't come to Pedro's to have a classy time; you come for the raucous music, cheap beers, and anything-goes attitude that puts Pedro's in a class of its own. Pedro's is where you go to give in to having a good time.

The bands:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, September 24–28

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, September 24–28

[[WEDNESDAY, September 24:]]

Corsair and friends

Alright, going off-script here: our homeys Corsair are one of the greatest metal bands you’ve never heard of. They reside in Charlottesville, VA and release through Shadow Kingdom Records. They were about to go on a Fall tour starting this Wednesday, but their drummer gashed three of his fingers in an accident involving a chop saw, which is the most metal sentence we’ve ever written for Square Zeros. We're choosing to support them in our own way, which is to tell you to go here and pre-order their record One-Eyed Horse, because once those fingers mend — holy shit, guys.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture Dump 9.23.2014: The Jeanies, The Fucktons, Rizzos, Party Lights, Sun Voyager, BIG HUGE, Adventures of the Silver Spaceman

The Shows: The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23) at Hank's Saloon w/ The Rizzos, Party Lights, The Piggies, The Mess Around Friday, September 12, 2014

King Pizza presents The Jeanies and The Fucktons (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) at Baby's All Right w/ BIG HUGE, Sun Voyager, Adventures of the Silver Spaceman — Monday, September 15, 2014.

Depicted below: The Rizzos, Party Lights, The Fucktons, Sun Voyager, The Jeanies, BIG HUGE, Adventures of the Silver Spaceman.

Enjoy.

— DJH + JM



Friday, September 12

The Rizzos:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Square Zeros #27: GYMSHORTS (Sessile, The Unwritten End, Hayworth, Thee Yo-Yo's, Jonee Earthquake Band, Seaborgium)



"Nine songs. We wrote them very quickly. And we recorded them very quickly. And we just wanted to get an album out and then travel. So that's what we did."

That's how Gymshorts Telecaster wizard Devin G. summed up his scuzzy surf-punk outfit's origins. And it's perfectly accurate. The four-piece has been on top of their game since day one. But at the same time, it totally undersells what Devin, singer-guitarist Sarah Greenwell, drummer Chris Faulkner, and bassist Chris Annunziato have accomplished in the year or so since Gymshorts formed.

ZeroFest Show Profile #3: Sat., Oct. 4 @ Shea Stadium

Each Thursday in September, Square Zeros will profile one night of ZeroFest, our four-day, twenty-band festival running from October 2–5 at four Brooklyn venues.

So So Glos at Shea Stadium. Photo credit: Maverick Inman

The venue:
Are you really going to make us tell you about Shea Stadium? How about this: since its founding five years ago, Shea Stadium has become one of a very small handful of DIY spaces by which the Brooklyn music scene is judged, and to a lot of people (and for a lot of reasons), it's the gold standard. If you haven't been there, you've been asleep. Located at 20 Meadow Street (between Varick and Stewart Aves., just south of the intersection of Grand Street and Metropolitan Ave., Shea owns a unique place in the music community due to its emphasis on all-ages shows and its dedication to making those shows even more accessible by recording every show held in the space and streaming them online. Beyond that, it's just a great place to play and hang out — well-laid out with excellent sound, and located in a largely industrial area where you won't get complaints for rocking out late.

The bands:

ZeroFest: All The Bands, All At Once (Music Embeds)

Shoulder-to-shoulder, we got all your bands on the ZeroFest lineup right here. Check them out, and you're sure to start getting excited for the shows. XOXO, Derek + Jon


Human Head, Thurs., Oct. 2





Bermuda Triangle, Fri., Oct. 3

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, September 17–21

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, September 17–21

[[WEDNESDAY, September 17:]]

Have we interviewed Philly fuzz punks Mumblr? No. Did we contact them to be on ZeroFest? Not directly. But did they wind up on night three of ZeroFest at Shea Stadium on Saturday, October 4 for the better? Yes. Are they Fleeting Youth labelmates of Clouder (Jim Wood, SZ #19)? Yes. Is their music totally rad? Yes.

One of us, one of us, gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble w/ Whitewash (EP release), The Britanys at Knitting Factory 8pm $10 LINK

Mumblr. Photo credit: Michelle Rose NJ

[[THURSDAY, September 18:]]


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Picture Dump 9.16.2014: The Rizzos, Crazy Pills, Greasy Hearts, BIG HUGE, NANCY

The Show: Crazy Pills (Amanda B., SZ #9 and Jim Wood SZ #19) and Greasy Hearts (Joey Farber, SZ #23) at Union Pool w/ BIG HUGE, NANCY, Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Also featured: Taco Party 2 presents The Rizzos (SZ episode forthcoming, Season Three) at Don Pedro w/ The Mayberries, Mindtroll, Brokyn Lands, Chloe Sunshine, Friday, September 5, 2014.

Depicted below: The Rizzos, Crazy Pills, BIG HUGE, Greasy Hearts, NANCY.

Enjoy.

— DJH + JM



Friday, September 5

The Rizzos:


Monday, September 15, 2014

In Defense Of: Dexys Midnight Runners

This In Defense Of was contributed by Stephen Coleman, a physicist from Boulder, CO who wanders the streets naked underneath his overalls.

I’ve long had a soft spot in my heart for “Come On Eileen,” and it was for this reason that I wound up queuing Dexys Midnight Runners’ 1982 Too-Rye-Ay in Spotify during a late late night at work. “Eileen” is the only song most Americans know from Dexys Midnight Runners, who, like many popular UK bands, had their US invasion advances largely rebuffed. This is a strange band that deserves a listen, and is more than a footnote in the history of disposable 80’s pop.

Don’t get me wrong: I could write this entire article with nothing but single-entendres. Blurt out the name of their most famous song, without context, in front of a group of friends, and the majority are going to chuckle. But Dexys Midnight Runners are more important than that, and definitely shouldn’t be dismissed as just a one-hit wonder.

Oh, but what a hit they had. Fun fact: that song you just laughed at — “Come On Eileen” — had enough pop power to best the King of Pop himself, historically knocking “Billie Jean” off the top of the US charts in 1982. This fiddle-filled folksy sing-along was the antithesis of pop music at the time, and must have seemed like a breath of fresh air (I can’t speak from personal experience — I was just a fetus). It was sentimental and sincere, and in 1982 at least sentimentality hadn’t yet been destroyed by the The Bodyguard soundtrack. It didn’t last long at the top, as Michael Jackson regained his crown one week later with “Beat It”; however, it would be the crowning achievement of any band to go toe-to-toe with nearly any song off of Thriller, let alone to win.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Square Zeros #26: Jonathan Daily (The Black Black, Vansanity, Little Red Mittens)



I can't do that, man. The really early stuff? It's just way too embarrassing. I've got some stuff from a few years ago, from an early version of The Black Black — I could bring those, but those early recordings...I don't think—

...Yeah, alright, I'll do it, you're right, let's do this. Let's do this, this sounds awesome.”

— Jon Daily, having been asked after a few drinks to come on Square Zeros at Louis Ramos (SZ #13) of The Amputees' birthday show at Don Pedro, April 11, 2014

See also: Square Zeros, literally everyone's first reaction.

But for a real lifer musician like Jon Daily of Brooklyn noise-punk band The Black Black, the opportunity to delve into your own creative inner workings is too tempting to dismiss. And when you're sitting on a great record (The Black Black will be releasing their new album Boogie Nights in mid-November), and you're working with a terrific, supportive label (Brooklyn-based rock imprint Money Fire Records), circumstances allow you a certain leeway in letting people hear some early recordings you might normally relegate to the back of mom's closet in Suburbia, U.S.A.


ZeroFest Show Profile #2: Fri., Oct. 3 @ Bermuda Triangle

Each Thursday in September, Square Zeros will profile one night of ZeroFest, our four-day, twenty-band festival running from October 2–5 at four Brooklyn venues.


The venue:
Bushwick's Bermuda Triangle opened this spring as an art and performance space in the Tea Factory Lofts at 175 Stockholm Street (between Wilson and Knickerbocker Aves. Helmed by co-curators Stephanie Browne and James Watson, Bermuda Triangle has carved out its space in the local DIY community, hosting a roundtable discussion on alternative art curating during Bushwick Open Studios and a series of art and music shows across the summer. It's quickly become one of our favorite places to catch a show, see some art, or just grill out and drink beers with James and Stephanie. ZeroFest hits Bermuda Triangle on Friday, October 3, but you won't want to miss their music curator's panel on Saturday, September 27, featuring contributions from Chris Carr of Brooklyn Wildlife (SZ #22), Lani Combier-Kapel of Silent Barn, Danny Krug of 1.21 Gigawatts, Win Scarlett of slackgaze (SZ #18), and yours truly.

The bands: