Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DOWNBEAT HOMEWARMING PASTA PARTY YEA at the Olive Garden( A sing-a-long amongst friends)

This Show was very dear to my heart.
Jesse Carsten and I are currently planning on moving to portland Or. This show/potluck was a sort of going away party for us. However, the day we were supposed to leave some asshole in a mini-van drove his car into our beautiful volvo(which we had registered the day before), and we are here until further notice. Either way, this night was suuuuppper emotional for me. And I must admit this post is really just for my freinds. why? because on many of the songs you can hear me singing along rather drunkenly and it is embarrassing but I am sharing nonetheless. It was a magical night, thanks to all who played!

This show was held at the Olive Garden in Bronx NY. A new DIY space run by the same cool cats who ran Paul Shaffer's House in the Bronx, and was shut down a few months ago. Lets hope all their musical adventures go well, because we desperately need places like this for our souls to not die. I am NOT exaggerating.

After much hanging and debauchery, the night started with a really wonderful set by Old Table

Old Table
Will Moloney: Vocals, guitar

Everything Sucks..... We all had a laugh about it....

Bowing Song

This song Breaks me inside and Out every time I hear it. I love it. As you can probably tell from how loud I am singing. Goddamnit.

Followed by the magical..
Cave Cricket
Kira Sassano: Ukelele, shrutti box, vocals
Steve Yankou: Cello

Song for the Mind


Earth Angel

Jesse Carsten
above on guitar and vocals

Blinding Subject

Spacious/ Hilarious

Joined by Aaron Maine to sing Bullshark, from their new split-tape, which you can get here

Cold and Westward

we are all very loud on this one. hurray. Everyone loves this song, this song about how sex is hard and being expected to conform to a gender is even harder. Unfortunately however, my motherfucking camera freaked out and stopped recording right before the best part. the J-E-S-S-I-I-I AM NOT A MAN! part. to see a video of the song in full click here but you won't get the magic of 20 people screaming along. damn camera)

Aaron Maine of Porches
Guitar, Vocals

Apologies! My camera ran out of disk space and then died during this set! and I was just too damn drunk to deal with it okay!?

Cover of Old Table's . Like some weird baptist revival meeting.

This show was also a tape release show, to celebrate a split tape collaboration from the above Jesse Carsten and Aaron Maine, released by Hot Fruit Tapes. Here is the link to a free download. It is also available in tape form(obviously). Please download, listen, and share with freinds.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Return To Westchester 10 Band Show Case

A weird night. Nothing went smoothly, but there were nonetheless some wonderful moments, and Will Table really stole the show with his all cover's set of 90's etc. hits

The Specifics
New Rochelle
Charles Prioleau- lead vocals, lead guitar/bass
Devoye Folkes- percussion (in its many forms)
Nick Cipollone- rhythm guitar/percussion
Colin Donaghy- ukulele, rhythm guitar/bass, back-up vocals

Old Table
Will Moloney on Sax and Vocals
James Zandoli- Drums
Steve Tulotta on guitar
Steve Yankyou on Vocals and Bass

get all of Old Table's music here for free. You'll never be the same.

So incredibly, this entire set has been recorded. Will Table self proffeses it as one of his greatest works. Don't miss out on all the hits.

Sax Solo Baby

Steve Yankyou singing along in the corner of the pic there

So Old Table is not generally a cover band, and technically, this evening wasn't a night of covers so much as it was a performative appropriation of late popular rock history. Old Table is the music project of Will Moloney, or Will Table. He is frequently joined by ever changing band members. There are many instances of Old Table on this blog( or will be anyway), but I thought now would be a good time to talk about one of the reasons Old Table is such an incredible band, and why Will's music lives so deeply in the hearts of those in his community.

If you've ever seen Will perform live you will be aware of his incredible ability to fearlessly confront an audience. He is aggressive and "inappropriate". But no matter how much of a jerk he purposefully presents himself as, the truth of Wills music and his performative style exists because he cares(and he has a killer sense of humor). Will cares so deeply about the world, about humans, and believes in us despite our stupid actions. There is a difference between aggression for aggressions sake, and using this old performative mode to shock those around you into revolutionary thought. Will is angry, you see? We are all angry, and a single voice, a direct use of language, entering into the minds of the young, the passionate, can have more power then any empty piece of legislation.

If you ever go to an Old Table Show, you'll notice something really stunning. This huge group of kids singing along, closing their eyes and screaming each word with Will. Singing like they mean it. Like it's their song. Like its some anthem but without the bullshit. (an incredible example of this is this video of Aaron Maine (Porches and Sex God Cowboys) performing an Old Table standard at the Pasta Potluck Acoustic Show. Everyone was singing, and you can really see in the video how much people love this music. Including myself. It's like a revival meeting. Video Here) Because Will is just as scared and confused as the rest of us. Confused and young and wrestling with idealism and its meaninglessness in the face of chaos. Caring and not having a clue what to do with it. And speaking. Not for us. He's not our spokesperson. He is a voice. As all poets are, voices unheard. That the biggest problems are felt by all of us. That pain and imprisonment effect all genders not just women and gays. That transgender isn't a phenomenon, Being Gay isn't equal to being a freak of nature. That racism is real and what are you gonna do about it. You live in a privileged community and when are YOU gonna recognize that? That religion causes war while falsely preaching love, but no one cares.

A wild poet, is our Will. A wild poet and performer and musician. Calling upon the history of free jazz to hold him up, the Sharrocks, Coltrane and Monk, calling and questioning God, Race, Gender, History and Cultural norms with Sound, wild blaring terrifying sounds that changed the way people thought by using language which spoke so deep, infusing the radicals with itsnoteblarebeepsscratchscreetch.

And so that Will will forgive me for saying all that I have said, I will end with these four words,

The Enthusiasts

Honestly, I was having too much fun dancing to these guys to take any pictures.

The Genuine Imitations
White Plains
G.I. Dave on guitar and vocals
Jesse Carsten on bass
Will Moloney on Drums

Throwback set in which G.I Dave sang lots of old songs, particularly 22 ones about Hamsters


REALLY awesome Gif of G.I. Dave jumping off stage will go here.

Following The Genuine Imitations Set we all watched their new Music video Take Me out to Dinner which I've included here. Please note I did NOT take this video.

Then No One and the Somebodies played a few songs and Jesse Carsten Band performed. Unfortunately I only have one picture of this, with Jesse Carsten singing along to N.O.A.T.S.
I am guessing my camera died and that is why there are no more photos.

Cept this one.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Stefan Fink, Albert Goold, Jesse Carsten Band, and The Widest Smiling Faces at Purchase Co-Op April 29, 2011

A Night kindly Hosted by the Purchase College Co-Op April 29, 2011 in Westchester NY.

One of the most genuine men to pick up a guitar. I admit I am generally not an acoustic type of girl, but Stefan's presence is so welcoming, his energy so refreshing that I am always immediately pulled in. And that self comes through so well in his music. It challenges you to join him in innocence and a search for beauty. Though his music is sensitive, even romantic at times, it is not the alienating sappiness latent in many singer-songwriter acts. Stefan's music is permeating with Hope, and he is inviting you to share in that Hope with him. He is an engaging performer and I really recommend you check out his bandcamp by clicking on his name above(and then come back to this blog and check out the other awesome musicians)

Stefan Fink Co-Op 1

Here's a link to his bandcamp

Jesse Modeling a Vegan Fudgesicle, which they so kindly sell at the Co-Op.

Jesse Carsten on guitar and vocals
Kevin Yankou on Bass
Will Moloney on Drums

Jesse Carsten Band Co-Op 1

Speaking of Jesse Carsten Band, Jesse has released a new split tape with Aaron Maine of Porches and Space Ghost Cowboys. It's really incredible and so worth a listen. You can download it here for free, or email me if you wanna a tape. Only 5 dollers

The Widest Smiling Faces
Aviv Cohn on guitar and vocals

I have long been a fan of original Shoegaze and Dream Pop. So when encountered with Aviv Cohn's trembling voice and haunted layers of guitar I was immediately entranced. His guitar playing is unpretentious, building slowly in various movements, combinations of repeated sound. Never showing off, it is nonetheless complex. His timorous Tenor voice quakes in and out, reflecting and floating upon the flowing back of his guitar. The whispered words combined with the eloquent string picking work together so effectively.

Basically...I think aviv's really got something going. Many modern Shoegaze bands have completely lost what made that music so compelling. Aviv's updated take on the genre is exciting and a bit like coming home for an old fan. Plus...He's a nice fucking guy!!

Sorry for all the hand noisesssss

The Widest Smiling Faces just released a new EP which is available here at his bandcamp.


Your Feet

My Feet

Definitely Love.

Steve of N.O.A.T.S, TURBOSLEAZE and Cave Cricket.
Sam of Youtube fame.