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Our CMJ Music Marathon Shows This Week

October 12th, 2015

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The 35th annual CMJ Music Marathon kicks off tomorrow and lasts through Saturday. And The Bowery Presents has you covered each night—and during the day on Saturday. Check out the showcases at our venues—plus Pianos—this week (that aren’t already sold out).

Mercury Lounge: Firekid

Rough Trade NYC: Paradigm, Am Only and the Windish Agency present Vaults, Methyl Ethel, Gilligan Moss, Steven A Clark, Leikeli47 and No Wyld

Mercury Lounge: CMJ Official Showcase with Oberhofer, Superfood, Bird Dog, Frankie and Marlon Williams

Rough Trade NYC: Rough Trade presents John Grant, Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping and Hooton Tennis Club

Rough Trade NYC: BBC Introducing & PRS for Music Foundation present Clean Cut Kid, the Big Moon, Pretty Vicious, Georgia and the Jacques

Rough Trade NYC: Bella Union and Iceland Airwaves present Mammut, Doomsquad, Landshapes, Fufanu and DJ Flugvel og Geimskip

Mercury Lounge: Ruen Brothers, Susto and Zachary Cale

Rough Trade NYC: Aquarium Drunkard presents: No Jacket Required with Protomartyr, Omni, Lemon Twigs, Drinks, Yoko and the Oh No’s, Mothers, Car Seat Headrest and Modern Vices

Pianos (beginning at noon), FREE: the Lemon Twigs, Whitney, Methyl Ethyl, Bayonne, Aquilo, Mild High Club, Ben Abraham, Fraser A Gorman, Zachary Cale, Hooton Tennis Club and Car Seat Headrest

Rough Trade NYC: Levitation & Alisa Loog present Ringo Deathstarr, Shannon and the Clams, Drinks, Mild High Club, Whitney

Mercury Lounge: MezzoForte presents Lev,  Powwowwer, Pompeya, Sphynx, Young Empires, Teen Commandments, Velo and Holiday Mountain


Oberhofer – The Bowery Ballroom – March 21, 2012

March 22nd, 2012

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

Five Questions … with Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav

September 2nd, 2011

Syd Butler is a man of many hats. He’s a devoted father, the bassist for Les Savy Fav, the founder of Frenchkiss Records and last, but definitely not least, a fervent Washington Capitals fan. The band (above, doing “Let’s Get Out of Here” for KEXP FM) played one of the very first shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Les Savy Fav returns, with Oberhofer and Chron Turbine, for the venue’s fourth-anniversary show on 9/6. (It’s worth mentioning drinks will be just $4 each.) Butler, taking time out of his busy schedule, rang up The House List from the back of a cab to answer Five Questions.

I know you came out with Root for Ruin last year, and I was wondering if you’re working on anything new—a full album, an EP, new songs or anything like that?
We actually just dedicated this year to touring as much as possible. And this will be the final cycle of that. We went to Europe twice, maybe three times. We went to Australia and New Zealand. So we’ve been pretty active. Actually, not so much in the US, weirdly enough. But pretty active outside of the US since the record came out. But, no, members of the band have kids and newborn babies, and Harrison, the drummer, wants to finish his grad program. He took a year off for this tour. But that’s what our plans are at the moment.

Which do you think is more difficult, to make it as a band or as a record label in New York City? Or in your case, does one go hand-in-hand with the other?
For us, for a long time, it definitely went hand in hand because Les Savy Fav was out there on tour. So we could say, “Frenchkiss, Frenchkiss, Frenchkiss.” But with the success of Local Natives and the success of the Antlers and the Dodos, I think Frenchkiss has hopefully carved out its own little nook in this business. But the two are very, very different. I always thought they were a lot closer, but they’re actually a completely different left-brain, right-brain kind of thing.

Which band have you seen play the most, not counting any you’ve toured with?
I’ve seen Modest Mouse probably a bajillion times. Oh, you know what it is? I have an answer for you: It’s probably a tie between Built to Spill—they’re sort of like my Grateful Dead band—and Arcade Fire as well.

Which NYC musician, past or present, would you most want to play with?
I would love to play with David Bowie, but that doesn’t really count. A born-and-bred musician?
Well, he’s been here for decades.

I would love to play with David Bowie or to introduce myself. I met David Byrne a couple times, which has been awesome, and I’m sure I’d love to play with David Byrne if he hopped up onstage at a Les Savy Fav show.

Do you have any crutches when writing a song? Are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
I definitely hang on to certain patterns on my bass way too often. It drives me crazy when that happens, because every song I write or am a part of writing, I try to branch out and change my style a little bit. But when I’m feeling insecure I come back to a comfort zone. —R. Zizmor


Looking August and Feeling October

August 12th, 2010

Memoryhouse – Mercury Lounge – August 11, 2010

Memoryhouse - Mercury Lounge - August 11, 2010
It felt like October last night at Mercury Lounge. Certainly not because of the weather, but because the packed bill of would-be headliners smashed together made for a show pulled straight out of the CMJ Marathon. Following a raw and catchy set by Brooklyn’s Oberhofer and a breathtaking hour from Twin Sister, the top-billed Memoryhouse had big shoes to fill. But the Canadian trio didn’t miss a beat, pumping out swirling music as the crowd pushed closer and closer to the stage as the night progressed.

Despite playing one of their first local shows, the band looked and sounded like they’ve been around far longer. Completely bathed in cool light projected from the sound booth, Memoryhouse started with a slightly remixed version of “Lately (Deuxième).” Intensely memorable and sweet to the ears, it was a perfect introduction for those new to the group.

The rest of the set was filled with eerie beats like on “The Waves” and “To the Lighthouse,” another single-worthy song that was easy to get lost in. Luckily the show wasn’t completely like one from CMJ, as Memoryhouse played for more than 30 minutes, ending with a brilliantly irregular cover of My Bloody Valentine’s “When You Sleep.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com