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.


— 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.


— 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.


— 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:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, September 10–14

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, September 10–14

[[WEDNESDAY, September 10:]]

Not a rock and roll show, necessarily, but still a great time: Sara and Tyler Villard (Bezoar, SZ #24) open Horses and Fuzzy Stuff, an art show by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams, Hunx and His Punx) at their vintage store Worship 7pm LINK

Tyler and Griff and Sara's legs

[[THURSDAY, September 11:]]

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Picture Dump 9.09.2014: BIG HUGE, Party Lights

The Show: Popgun Booking presents The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23) at Glasslands w/ BIG HUGE, Party Lights, Tyburn Saints, Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Depicted below: BIG HUGE, Party Lights.


— DJH + JM


Thursday, September 4, 2014

ZeroFest Show Profile #1: Thurs., Oct. 2 @ Human Head

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:
Brooklyn's Human Head Records just celebrated its one-year anniversary on Friday, August 22nd, and it has already become a staple of the East Williamsburg/Bushwick music scene. Located at 168 Johnson Avenue (at Graham Avenue), Human Head supports a community of local musicians by carrying their records on consignment, and a community of music-collectors with its well-curated selection of new and used vinyl from a multitude of genres. It's a great place to stop in and check out some records or just to grab a beer and relax. With Human Head, owners Travis and Steve and the rest of their team have really created an environment where any music lover will want to hang out.

The bands:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, September 3–7

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, September 3–7

[[WEDNESDAY, September 3:]]

Start your weekend early with noisy rockers The Black Black (Jonathan Daily [Season Three debut episode] SZ #26, forthcoming) w/ Molly Thomason, Servant Girl at Knitting Factory 8pm $10 LINK

The Black Black

[[THURSDAY, September 4:]]