Thursday, October 29, 2009

Car Crash Avoiders label

The Mountain Movers and their Car Crash Avoiders labelInteresting news from New Haven's own The Mountain Movers on their new site:

"We started a record label called “Car Crash Avoiders”. This label is putting out our new record called “The Day Calls Out For You”. We’re also wrapping up LP number four. It’s a record about a mystical place called Apple Mountain.

We’re playing some new songs at Neverending Books on State St. in New Haven on November 21st. 8PM or so."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Show Rundown

CT Indie Halloween Shows in Connecticut
10/29 - Zen Dudes & The Universe and North Shore Troubadours at Two Boots

10/30 - Vivian Girls, Real Estate, Math the Band and My Heart to Joy

10/31 - Halloween Party at Artspace Underground

10/31 - At The Submarine: Eula, Fake Babies, MT Bearington, Etta Place, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, Seafire

10/31 - at The Space: The Dear Hunter, Annuals, Steve Brodsky, The Ghost Sonata

10/31 - Get Haunted, Total Bolsheviks, Dorian James & The Brood at Hygenic Art Park

10/31 - At the Oasis Pub in New London: The Hempsteadys (as The Clash and Snapcase), Fatal Film (as The Misfits), Brava Spectre (as Fatal Film)

10/31 - At Cafe Nine: Halloween Party w/ Broken, The Black Noise Scam, Covin (all Misfits set), 76% Uncertain - Wear your best costume and win some cool prizes like show tickets of your choice or maybe a 50 dollar Bar Tab - Beer and Shot specials all night

10/31 - At the The Whitney House in Hartford: Halloween Show - The Misfits, The Pist, Screeching Weasel, Black Flag, Green Day, Suicidal Tendencies

10/31 - At Cousin Larry's: Halloween with Joe Roberto & Poverty Hash + Creepdust + Saint Bernadette

10/31 - At Heirloom Arts: Bride of Zombie Stomp Halloween Party Presented by the Council for a Devilish Future: Ghostie, The Field Recordings, Neon Leather Drip, florida=DEATH, The After Dinner Formal, Mouse Folk

10/31 - At Javapalooza in Middletown: The Weird Beards Halloween spectacular

High five to Brushback

Send us info on an event you know about that should be included here: ctindiemusic at gmail dot com - put "Halloween" in the subject line, please!

Wooden Shjips rocked New Haven

Last night I saw The Stoned Ambassadors and Wooden Shjips at Cafe Nine. The place was packed with flannel and beards, as expected. The Ambassadors sort of had a Brian Jonestown Massacre vibe going on - dark shades and groovy 60s styled songs. The singer wore shades and played a big red hollow body. He wasn't really singing, giving more of a deadpan delivery, but it was still a real nice set.

When Wooden Shjips went on they really kicked ass. Waves and waves of drone and noise with a great driving backbeat all night. The guitar was incredible, and the vocals echoing from here to next Friday. They played most of the tunes off their new album, and they added a new one they said was part of their soundtrack to The Wicker Man (they're doing the soundtrack for a screening of it in NYC on the 30th.) They even closed the set with Neil Young's Vampire Blues featuring a guest harmonica player. Of course it was done up so it sounded like a Wooden Shjips song, but there's no problem with that. These guys nailed it - I hope they make it back to the East Coast soon.

photos by Matt Bohannan

Have A Nice Life - Deathconciousness

Deathconciousness by Have A Nice Life arrived a few weeks ago. I've sat and brooded and thought; and I finally feel like I've thoroughly digested this one enough to write about it.

The band consists of locals Tim Macuga of Nahvalr and The Danger Strangers, and Dan Barrett, of Giles Corey and the now-defunct In Pieces. After years of work, the album was finally released last year to much critical praise and a rapidly expanding fanbase. The vinyl was pressed earlier this year in a very limited quantity.

Firstly, the album packaging is beautiful. This gatefold double LP comes with a stark black cover emblazoned with a lone washed out black and white photo of a soldier. Inside, there's an interior classical painting which is slightly distorted and mirrored. Also included with the album was the entire 70-page booklet which includes an explanation of the album and the obscure "Deathconciousness" text. Perhaps it's meant to be read in tandem to listening to the album? It's a pretty dense bit of reading, so don't expect to fly through it.

So how does it sound? On the surface, the music is all the things I love about bedroom recordings: reverbed out vocals, fuzzy guitars and pounding lo-fi drumming. Digging a bit deeper you'll find the dreampop sensibilities are supported by atonal drop-d metal riffs and razor-sharp vocal wit. Each song is minimalistic to it's approach, but remains very calculated from start to finish. There's a lot of crafting that went into each song, and it definately shows. Take "The Big Gloom" for instance - it's heartfelt lyrics drive the song through the beginning, but when the drums kick in, it's pure bliss that drives it home - it builds and builds until it's a wash of beautiful sound.

The album remains a very personal work: it's dark, it's bleak and it's depressing. Still, there's an undercurrent of black comedy behind all of this, with song titles like "A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut" and "Waiting For Black Metal Records To Come In The Mail." Through the fear and shadow, tragic humor and irony will always be behind the scenes - it keeps you sane in periods of insanity. Is your corpse smiling?

The album was released through their own label, Enemies List. You should keep your eye on them for some up and coming bands. It's really shocking that something like this is coming out of Middletown! You can buy the record direct from Enemies List if there are any copies left, or you could go with a digital download. Whatever your media preference, you should be snapping this up ASAP.

Also, for anyone who is interested, there is a fan-produced collection of B-sides and demos from this album titled VOIDS which is freely available. While not quite on the same level as the album, there are some really heavy tracks there.

The Heiz at Cafe Nine

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009:

Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven CT

FREE - 10:00PM - 21+


It's one thing to start reading a list of influences that includes Chuck Berry, The Beatles, and the Buzzcocks all together, but how about when the list goes on to include Bon Jovi and Motley Crue? Why, it's enough to cause us hipsters to cry heresy. What would lead a band to believe that both Bon Jovi and The Beatles should be granted an equal share in their pantheon? Even worse, they go as far as that, and then forget all about Guns N' Roses. Sheesh!

Wait, wait, put those torches and pitchforks down. We don't have to worry one bit, because it just so happens that the band in question is good. They're called The Heiz (pronounced "haze") and they're from Tokyo. Look, since centuries of Eastern philosophy and culture culminated in the creation of Nintendo, then it's really no surprise that this Japanese band manages to revisit the last five decades of rock 'n' roll without being boring about it. This raises a question, though: Are we too quick to burn some bands at the stake because of the cooler-than-thou sticks up our own asses? Perhaps. The problem is that it's impossible to think of an answer right now because... well... good God, just look at those outfits.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Post-Show Post:: Neon Indian

Neon Indian at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
I'm not going to waste energy coming up with a new and clever way of saying that Hartford's music scene is bone dry. We all know already. But even a desert can get rain when the conditions are just right. Us Hartford locals have adapted by lying like Sea Monkeys in desiccated hibernation waiting for the rains to come. The refreshing team up of The Wadsworth Atheneum with Hartford Party Starters Union might not be bringing a flood of activity to Hartford, but if the Neon Indian show was any indication, they have definitely given us something truly great to finally dive into!

The Wadsworth wants more people to visit the museum, and HPSU wants to bring great bands to Hartford. Put the two together, and you have the perfect deal. The Wadsworth is also offering members free entry to these shows, so join here: CLICK. There are plenty of benefits that make it more than worth joining!

Family Treasures at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Family Treasures

D. Gookin at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
D. Gookin

Body Language at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Body Language

Neon Indian at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Neon Indian

~Photos by Meg Duffy

Wooden Shjips reminder

Don't forget that tonight, Wooden Shjips is playing at Cafe Nine. Don't miss this one, folks. But if you do, they're playing at The Elevens in Northampton tomorrow, so that's not too far of a drive... Make sure you see them though, since this is their first East Coast tour!

Monday, October 26, 2009

State Radio Ticket Giveaway

Wednesday, October 28, 2009:

~photo by C. Taylor Crothers

Toad's Place
300 York Street
New Haven CT

Tickets $20 - doors at 7:00PM - ALL AGES


State Radio is an alternative rock band from Boston, MA, consisting of former Dispatch member Chad Urmston (lead vocals, guitar), Chuck Fay (bass) and Mike Najarian (drums). The band's song "Keepsake" was featured in the season three finale of Showtime's dark comedy Weeds. State Radio opened for Dave Matthews Band on May 30-31, 2008 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and on June 3-4, 2008 in Camden, New Jersey. They've also played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention alongside Rage Against the Machine and other politically active bands.

All you neeed to do is go to CT Indie's Facebook fan page and leave a comment under the State Radio NetworkedBlogs post in the News Feed. The first person to comment gets two tickets and one State Radio t-shirt, the second person to comment gets one State Radio t-shirt. Winners will be contacted through Facebook before the show about retrieving their tickets and shirts! It's that easy!

CT Comp Record Vol. 1 & Dan Foster Interviewed

Ok, so I was digging through some record bins and stumbled across this - it's a compilation of local CT musicians from the 80s. I bought this with really good intentions, and I was more than surprised by what I heard. The compilation is a ton of bands doing all kinds of varied 80s new wave tunes. A lot of it is synth-driven cheesiness in the best possible way - Cyndi Lauper styled girl-pop, Flock of Seagulls esque keyboard parts - you name it, it's here. It's very different from the It Happened... But Nobody Noticed compilation independisc put out while that's got a very ragged, 80s punk edge; this comp has smoother and more radio-friendly artists.

The compilation was released in 1987, and put together by a guy named Dan Foster, who I found on myspace. I'm sure some readers will remember him from back then. He was in the Phil Fingerz Band (pictured left), who have a track on the comp. For those of you playing along at home, Phil Fingerz played in a ton of local bands, including the Subdueds and The Sabres. That's a lot to keep track of, but if you watched the IHBNN documentary, you might find things a little easier to follow. Since then, Dan's been playing bass with a ton of bands all around the USA, and has been self-producing a bunch of albums.

Anyway, I caught up with Dan Foster, and this is what he had to say:
"I've always had a great love of music passed down to me from both my parents, although they weren't musicians. From a family of 7 kids, I'm the only musician. I didn't start playing until I was 20 years old, I knew several young musicians from my home town and wanted to get into it, it seemed like a great way to meet and impress girls, especially since I was shy around them. That's basically it.

What got me into doing the compilation record was the fact that being that I was playing the New Haven club circuit for several years, I noticed that there were many talented bands out there. Then, one year at Christmas, I received a book from my older sister entitled "How to make & sell your own record," I still have it! That sparked the idea to put out a compilation of some of the great bands I was seeing. My plan was to continue it and put out more volumes of it in the future but as I learned during the marketing process, one record store owner summed it up in 4 words: "compilation records don't sell". He was right, it never sold enough to even pay for itself, nonetheless it was a great learning experience for me and I met some real nice folks throughout the state.

The CT live music scene sadly died probably around the early 80's due to 2 factors:
1) The state raised the drinking age from 18 to 21
2) The police started really cracking down on drunk driving

Before that, the nightclubs were prospering greatly. you could go to most any club and it would be packed with people partying and having a great time. There were tons of great bands, touring cover bands and just a great live music scene. Once that drinking age went up, the scene went downhill quick, clubs went out of business, band payscales went down, many places just stopped having live music."

"Today, I am still playing, in fact, last night I did a gig opening up for national country artist Randy Houser in a big club at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. I've been a rock & roller for 30 years and have played in several rock bands down here. I've put out 3 cd's since I've been here which has been 8 years now. 2 cd's with a rock band I put together called Concrete Sky, I produced both records. I also did a Jazz cd called Jazz X which I also produced. I'm very proud of the music that I've done since moving here.

More recently, I've been asked to play with 2 rising country stars here. I've never been a country music fan but since learning more than 3 sets of country cover songs and a long set of country originals, it has really grown on me. Country music is more popular down here, with the young and old. Since playing with these country acts, I've played the biggest shows of my career, last month I did a show at a local navy base in front of over 8,000 fans!

The music scene is way better down here. The local musicians complain about how bad it is, that's when I tell them "If you think this is bad, just move to CT! Or you go to LA and pay to play."

I love music and expect to be playing until I'm dead, after that I hope to jam out with Jimi Hendrix, that's gonna be a helluva show, don't miss it!"

Check out Dan's Myspace page to find out what he's been up to and hear some of his new music.

Unfortunately, we can't offer the free download of the compilation due to copyrights, but it will be available for purchase soon if you're interested in a digital copy.

WYBCX and 1340 AM

Apparently there is a bit of lingering confusion about this Yale Radio station, so CLICK HERE and all shall be made clear. Not to be confused with the urban station WYBC-FM (94.3 FM).

Holiday Shores live session

The Needle Drop posted a live set from Holiday Shores when they performed at The Space in Hamden last week. Check it out here.

Support your local bands this Halloween!

Fake Babies, MT Bearington, Eula, Etta Place, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Seafire will all be at a FREE HOUSE SHOW in New Haven on Halloween. If you know anything about the small indie scene that exists in CT you'll know this is a rare stack of CT indie elite. IMO, this might be the best show of the night, ranging from shoegaze (Etta Place) and funk (Seafire) to dirty electronic beats (Fake Babies) this should quench everyone and anyone's thirst. Free show, $2 Dollar Beers and 6 bands, what more do you want?

October 31st @ The Submarine (75 Daggett St. Apt. G-2, New Haven)
Fake Babies
MT Bearington
Etta Place
If Jesus Had Machine Guns

Cost:FREE (Use the money to buy their merch, bands need lovin' too.
Time: 8pm-2am

Last Surf Nite of 2009!

Thursday, Oct 29th will be the last Surf Nite of 2009. It's going to be a killer Halloween show featuring Zen Dudes & The Universe and North Shore Troubadours. This one's free, folks! Head on down to the fantastic Two Boots in Bridgeport to get your fix.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Dear Hunter + Annuals @ The Space

No party to go to on Halloween night? Well the guys and girls at The Space have your back with The Dear Hunter and Annuals. So toss on a costume, put "Thriller" in your tape deck and come on down to this show.

(weird vid, but fitting for Halloween)

The Space - October 31st,2009
The Dear Hunter
Steve Brodsky
The Ghost Sonata
All Ages
Time: 7pm
Cost: $12

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pre-game Halloween with Vivian Girls and Math the Band

WHUS (91.7) are presenting a show on October 30th with the likes of Vivian Girls, Real Estate, Math the Band and My Heart to Joy. WHUS Presents: Mischief After Dark is open to students and non-students alike. Taking place in UCONN Student Union Room 304. Free to Students, $5 for non-students with costumes, $10 without.

October 30th,2009 @ University of Connecticut
Student Union Room 304
2110 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT
Time: 8pm

Students = Free
Non-students w/ Costume = $5
Non-Students w/o Costume = $10

Vivian Girls
Real Estate
Math the Band
My Heart to Joy

Halloween party at Artspace

Get ready for a Halloween party at the Artspace Underground featuring New Jersey-based indie rockers Lima Research Society and local electronic pop band The Simple Pleasure. DJ Sofia Cavallo will also be spinning some tracks, and modern classical composer Casey Mullen will be offering up a mysterious art "happening" that you will have to see to find out more. Check out the facebook event for more details.

ArtSpace Underground, $5, 8 -11pm, all ages

Remember to wear a pink costume so everyone will know you support breast cancer awareness.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Suicide Dolls Return

Saturday, October 24th, 2009:

They've been quiet since sharing Sailfest's main stage with national acts Titus Andronicus and Harlem Shakes back in July, '09. But Suicide Dolls are BACK!

This time they're playing with New London favorites Brazen Hussy/Cruisers and their new favorite band Rabbit Rabbit from Northampton, MA. A ball kicker of a bill.

This is also the Suicide Dolls' first show with old drummer Matt Covey who played with locals The Hand Grenade Serenade and Flaming Tsunamis. The Dolls are glad to have him back.

Oasis Pub
16 Bank St
New London, CT

$5 - 10:00PM - 21+


Get Haunted Play Two Dates this Month

CT Indie faves Get Haunted are stirring up some ghoulishness this Halloween.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009:

Old Man Lady Luck
Pete Yorko & the One Man Music Band
Psycho Charger
The Goddamn Gallows

E-Bomb's Big She-Bang! at Amity Lanes (Bowling, beer, and bands!)
30 Seldon Street
Woodbridge, CT
$10 Bones
Doors at 8 PM

Saturday, October 31st, 2009:

Total Bolsheviks
Dorian James & The Brood

Hygenic Art Park
83 Bank Street
New London, CT
$7 Suggested Donation
All Ages?? - probably not* with booze and an after party at Oasis happening
Doors at 7 PM

*Sweet! Meghan from confirms it: Hygienic Art Park IS ALL AGES. You'll naturally be carded at the booze tent, though. Oasis is 21+. THANKS MEGHAN!

Cold Snap 2008 Demo

The back of Cold Snap's photocopied folded-piece-of-paper-as-CD-cover reads, "This is the demo we recorded in 2008. Since then we've evolved from ape to man." Apes are still cool, though, and their bone crushing strength is definitely nothing to mess with. Ditto this demo. There's nothing groundbreaking going on, but no bullshit either. They save the best for last and then without any hesitation drive straight off a cliff into a pit of noise. It's not the self-indulgent crap you'd expect, just a simple case of the film getting too hot in the projector and burning up.

These locals definitely harken back to the bands that used to play Studio 158, and hearing this stuff reminded me of just how much I miss those days. Cold Snap are all energy, locked in, and aimed right at you like a rocket-propelled grenade. A small gripe is only that, next to the two fisted guitars and the steel toe booted stomp of the drums, the vocals are thin in spots. Nothing to worry about, though. Evolution refines things.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

upcoming album reviews

We here at CT Indie have just gotten our hands on a fat stack of local records, and have a bunch more coming in this week, so expect a lot of reviews to be hitting the site real soon. From metal to pop, from brand new to retro - and everything in between, there's a lot of stuff to sift through here, so bear with us as we dig through the pile and find some shining gems.

As always, we encourage you to send your ratty old vinyl, digital EPs, shank cassette demos or just whatever the hell you want to our way at any dang ol' time - ctindiemusic at gmail dot com.

Just some quick helpful tips for bands out there: if you're in a band and you're not using bandcamp yet you really should be. It's way better than screwing around on myspace. Also, make yourself a page, and submit your music to CDDB. In this digital age it's hard to follow all those trends, but these are some very easy things to do that will make your online presence a lot more complete. It's the little things in life.

Mount Eerie

Manic Productions Presents:

Mount Eerie
Tara Jane O'Neil
No Kids

Monday, October 26
@ The Space
Doors open at 7 PM

I'm sure everyone's heard about this already, but just a reminder that Mount Eerie will be playing at The Space! I love anything Elverum, and I'm real excited that he'll be in CT. This will be a really great show.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Dear Hunter

Popular progressive power pop* band The Dear Hunter will be at The Space on Oct 31st with pop band Annuals. The Dear Hunter has just released their latest album, the third in a six album series: Act III: Life and Death. Their albums all tell the ongoing story about the birth, life, and abrupt death of a boy, known only in the story as "The Dear Hunter." Also playing will be local indie rockers The Ghost Sonata.

The Space

Doors at 7 pm

photo by Beth Wallace

*alarming alliteration, Batman!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wooden Shjips Interview

San Francisco trance-rockers Wooden Shjips will embark on their first ever string of shows on the East Coast of the US in October 2009. The band will play a show at Cafe Nine in New Haven on October 27th with Brooklyn's psychedelic mind benders The Stoned Ambassadors. It's going to be a night of wild soundscapes and weirdness of all kinds.

They just organized a show called The Frisco Freakout - a trippy festival in CA. In addition to the Cafe Nine show, Wooden Shjips will be playing The Elevens in Northampton on the 28th. They'll also be providing the soundtrack to The Wicker Man the night before Halloween at 92Y Tribeca in NYC (holy crap!)

I talked to lead singer/guitarist Ripley of Wooden Shjips a little about the upcoming show, and it turns out he's a super nice guy:

JH: You guys have changed a lot since you're early sound, and it seems like you've got a lot more direction. Do you feel like this was just a natural progression? Was transforming into a (relatively) more conventional sound always something at the back of your mind?

R: We've never really had a plan. And I don't think we have more direction now, we just change direction a bit as we go along. I don't know if I'd call it a progression, but our recorded sound has changed from release to release. It mostly has to do with wanting to take different approaches and try new things in the studio. But I'm not sure we sound all that different. Some might say it's the same thing over and over again.

JH: I remember reading somewhere that one of the guys in the band is from CT, how does it feel to be coming back and playing such a culturally devoid wasteland after being in SF for so long? Anything you miss about the East Coast?

R: Well in places like San Francisco, where there is a lot going on, people can get jaded or take it for granted. Some of the best places to play are towns where not much goes on. I hope Connecticut isn't as bad as you say! But we're excited to be coming through. Touring is full of unknowns and usually the best shows happen where you don't expect them. That's part of the fun.

JH: Full of unknowns, eh? Do you have any good road stories? Anything really interesting happen out there?

R: Well, when we arrive in a particular town or city we usually have no idea what the venue is like, who the promoter is, what the crowd will be like, where we're staying for the night, etc... So you have to be open to whatever transpires. I guess a good example would be when we played Estonia this past June. We had two shows there. The first was in Talinn, in their modern art museum, which was a really stunning modern building. Very up-scale. A few hundred people, most of them shockingly beautiful and dressed to the nines. Great show, everyone danced. Next night we played a birthday party in the woods in the countryside. When we arrived in the afternoon it appeared everyone had been tripping for hours, some naked, covered in mud, swimming, stumbling, drinking, smoking. In the middle of nowhere. Quite a different experience. Both amazing shows and complete surprises.

JH: What kind of music do you listen to yourself?

R: I listen to all kinds of things. Looking at my recently played pile here, there's Henry Flynt and C.C Hennix, a Pebbles' Highs in the Mid Sixties comp, Sun Araw, the Heads, Kurt Vile, Liquorball, Suicide, Blues Control, Serge Gainsbourg, La Dusseldorf, Bobby D and the Band, The Seeds, Tatoo You, Santana, Limbus 4, Miles Davis, Judee Sill, Cecil Taylor, Mirrors. I could on. I'm terrible about putting records away.

JH: I'm kind of a gear nut; what does your pedalboard look like?

R: I currently use: MXR Distortion+, MXR Phase 100, Electro Harmonix Memory Man, Klon Centaur and Real McCoy Custom wah.

JH: The MXR D+ is a hell of a pedal, but they're notorious for either sounding really good or really terrible. And though I've never tried one, I'm sure the Klon Centaur is just fantastic.

R: Yeah, I lucked out with my Distortion+. I think it's from the 70's. The Centaur is great.

JH: Any special pre-show rituals? Things you do to warm up?

R: Nope.

JH: How did the Frisco Freakout go, by the way?

R: It was really nice. All of the bands were great, big mellow crowd. A couple of true legends played: Billy Miller and Steve Mackay. So that was special.

JH: So what's the deal with the 92Y Tribeca Wicker Man screening party?

R: They're screening the original movie and Robin Hardy, the director, will be showing clips from the sequel he's making. Then there will be a few bands playing music from or inspired by the film. We've worked out a few covers. That's all I know. I'm a big fan of the movie.

The Rundown - 10/19/09

Can't afford CMJ's Music Marathon? Me either. Luckily there's a lot of great concerts going on right here in CT this week that are a hell of a lot cheaper and a hell of lot closer.

Monday - 10/19/09:
- Oh My God at The Space in Hamden with Holiday Shores
- The Gay Blades at Heirloom Arts Theatre - with A Love Like Pi, T13C, Young Bloods

Tuesday - 10/20/09:
- Silversun Pickups at the Webster in Hartford - with Cage the Elephant and An Horse
- Headlights at The Oasis Pub in New London - with Shaky Hands, Pomegranates
- The New Familiars at Two Boots, Bridgeport
- Jason Ringenberg at Cafe Nine, New Haven
- Kuan and The Field Recordings @ Larry’s in Danbury

Wednesday - 10/21/09:
- Old Canes at The Space in Hamden
- Sound Tribe Sector 9 at The Klein in Bridgeport
- Liz Durrett at Cafe Nine in New Haven
- The New Familiars @ Larry’s in Danbury

Thursday - 10/22/09:
- Deuce Frehley's Birthday Bash at Cafe Nine, New Haven
- Mary Cutrufello, Asaada, Coolerheads @ Larry’s, Danbury
- CT Local Band Night at The Space, Hamden

Friday - 10/23/09:
- 28 Degrees Taurus and RUMP at Grady's Tavern in Manchester
- Barrence Whitfield and the Monkey Hips at Cafe Nine in New Haven
- Mamadou at Two Boots in Bridgeport
- Two Fisted Law CD Release @ Larry’s in Danbury, with BullDozer
- The High Dials at Sully's, Hartford, with Echo & Drake
- Kamikaaz Festival 2009, Arch Street, Greenwich
- Article 19, Copesetic @ The Space, Hamden with Mike Rebeschi, Dear Friend Time and The Argyle Effect

Saturday - 10/24/09:
- Against All Odds showcase at The Annex in Willimantic
- Suburban Home Recordings Showcase at Cafe Nine, New Haven
- Dr Rocktopus and the Nunks at The Space in Hamden with Elsinore, Kripsy and the Skinny Kids, Forget About Thursday and Nick L
- The Suicide Dolls at The Oasis Pub in New London with Rabbit Rabbit, Gay Cruise
- Altercation Punk comedy tour 2009 @ Larry's in Danbury
- Kamikaaz Festival 2009, Arch Street, Greenwich
- Rubblebucket at Sully's in Hartford
- GNO, Anne Castellano and Zoo Front at The Bank Street Cafe in New London

Sunday - 10/25/09:
- Neon Indian at The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford with Body Language
- Jozef Van Wissen w/ H.M.S. Beagle at BAR, New Haven
- Lacerda @ Larry’s, Danbury, with Elsinore and Lights Out Dancing

Saturday, October 17, 2009

RUMP and 28 Degrees Taurus at Grady's

Friday, October 23, 2009:

Grady Tavern
622 E. Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT
10 PM, 21+ only, $2 at the door.

Not only did RYSers Maria and Josh give birth to a new project (called Rump), but they also dragged 28 Degrees Taurus down from Boston. 28 Degrees Taurus sound like Ariel Pink re-imagining Slowdive. Before you do anything else, grab their free downloads here: CLICK.

Plus, they have Death to New England playing, who you already know and love, and Netherfriends, who are bringing in fun indie pop all the way from Chicago. I don't know about Fly Upright Kite's polished radio friendly sound, though. They might be the scariest thing about this Halloween show.

Shaki Presents: Jozef Van Wissem

Sunday Oct. 25th
Shaki Presents:
Jozef Van Wissem
H.M.S. Beagle
@ Bar
254 Crown St.
New Haven
9PM, Free

Check these mind-blowing acoustic players out. This show is gonna be killer.

photo by catarina jao

Friday, October 16, 2009

Headlights @ The Oasis

Indie pop band Headlights are playing The Oasis Pub in New London. Joining them will be Portland-based blues-rock throwback band The Shaky Hands and reverb-laden Pomegranates.

Tues, Oct 20th
8:30 PM
21+, $7

Suburban Home Recordings showcase

Saturday, Oct 24th Suburban Home Recordings artists Mike Hale, Joey Cape and Jon Snodgrass making a stop in New Haven during their extensive tour. They bring DIY punk ethics to folk music.

Show Info:
Mike Hale, Joey Cape and Jon Snodgrass
@ Cafe Nine (250 State St., New Haven, CT)
Tickets are only $8

More info below:
Mike Hale
Joey Cape
Jon Snodgrass

photo by Marissa La Fata

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ultrabunny's Malcolm Tent speaks up

For the select few that don't know him, Malcolm Tent is a local legend. He's the brains behind Trash American Style, which was once CT's hottest record shop, and is now CT's hottest mobile record shop. Chances are if you ever set foot in that place, you knew who he was - an instantly recognizable personality that would chat with you for hours about obscure records, old punk bands; really anything at all. His list of accomplishments are pretty staggering: he plays in experimental punk band Ultrabunny, and he plays brash acoustic solo shows. He hosts the fantastic Mr. Tent's Wild Ride radio show on WNHU 88.7 FM. He also features pretty prominently in I Need That Record, a phenomenal documentary by Brendan Toller, which examines the closing of local record stores all over the country, but focuses on New England.

I threw a few questions his way in this quick interview:

JH: So between the records, the shows, and the radio, where do you find the time to do everything?

MT: Clean livin' does it, sonny! Every second of every day is spent doing what I love and what I love is my work- whether it be retail, music, or keeping fit. There was a time when I used to experience boredom, but that was LONG ago.

JH: Any plans to ever open a physical store back up, or do you like it on the road?

MT: Much as I resent the fact that retirement was forced on me, I find that I enjoy it very much. Life on the road has proven viable, so that's where I'm staying for the forseeable future.

JH: Alright, so I have to ask - you used to play with GG Allin - what was that like?

MT: I never actually played with GG, but we had a friendly working relationship. He was always cool with me and I was always cool with him, so no problems there. I did finally get fed up with all of his collect calls from prison. That stuff was expensive.

JH: Hmm someone told me you played with him, I suppose my sources were grossly misinformed - but you know how the rumor tree works. Either way, it's kind of wild that you knew him. So this is probably either a really hard question or a really easy one: what's the best show you've ever seen?

MT: Overall, I have to say Cul De Sac, Gate, Male Slut, and Faust in the parking lot of the Hartford Courant. It was a real event. Electricity and anticipation were in the air. The day started with Cul De Sac, who could have headlined a show of their own any day. Each succeeding band topped the previous and Faust blew everyone out of the water at the end of the night. May 1, 1994. A pal of mine shot video of the whole thing and it's out there. Look it up!

Ultrabunny will be playing at the Heirloom Arts Theater on October 17. They're known for their wild stage antics, so it should be a really insane night. Also on the bill are old school 80s hardcore legends 76% Uncertain, young punks Loud Youth, Fighting Cocks (Philo Cramer, ex member of FEAR), and grunge punks Ovlov. All Ages, 7pm, $5.

Ultrabunny also has an album coming out very soon titled "The Outer Bounds Of Sound" on Noiseville Records.

In addition to the show, you can also catch up with Malcolm on his radio show or all over the state as Trash American Style hits the road. He'll also be playing solo at Cafe Nine with Nasty Disaster, and Deuce Frehley Band for Deuce Frehley's Birthday Rockout on Oct. 22nd!

Museum dance party

Sunday, Oct 25th
7 p.m.

The Wadsworth Atheneum & the Hartford Party Starters Union Present:

Neon Indian
Body Language
Family Treasures

It's only $5 bucks!

Neon Indian is the project of 21-year-old Alan Palomo, and he's all the rage across the internet. His 80s styled danceable lo-fi pop is taking the blog world by storm, and his new Psychic Chasms EP is getting a ton of great press. Pitchfork rated it an 8.6

Watch Neon Indian's new video: Mi Viejo.
Download track "Terminally Chill."

Brooklyn-based Body Language have been burning holes in NYC dance floors all year long, playing w/ Passion Pit, School of Seven Bells, Theophilus London, We Have Band, Ninjasonik & Jimmy Edgar. Their new 5 track EP “Speaks” is out now on Moondgadget Records.

In addition to CMJ, Body Language will be traveling through Boston and New York, stopping for two shows in CT:
Oct 25- Wadsworth Atheneum w/ Neon Indian - Hartford
Oct 26 - Highline Ballroom w/ LA ROUX - New York, New York
Oct 29 -UMass Lowell w/ Tigercity & Bodega Girls- Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 20- Connecticut College - New London, Connecticut