Sunday, June 12, 2011

This Week's Nostalgia (6/13-6/19)

I'd hate the fact that I've been indoors all weekend, sick as a dog, except it gave me time to give the site a bit of a facelift. You can now access all of our features on the beautiful sidebar to your right, and the overall look of the site has been de-cluttered and streamlined. Also, Upcoming Nostalgia now has its own page, complete with a Google embedded calendar so you can add events to your own personal calendar. Hope you enjoy.

This past week brought us two relatively intimate shows from the great Peter Murphy, and if you haven't checked out photos from those two performances, do so now. As I said last week, the summer concert season really kicks off this week, and I wasn't kidding. There's a plethora of great shows this week you should try your best to make it to, so let's get to it.

Brian Wilson Re-Imagines Gershwin (and Beach Boys hits) @ Highline Ballroom
Monday, June 13th

If you're a fan of music, then you should be a fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. And if you're not, I'm very ashamed of you... not really, but what are you waiting for? I'm as shocked as anyone that Brian Wilson is actually still performing live in front of people, but apparently he still brings the goods. If you have $125 to drop on tickets to see him in the relatively small Highline Ballroom tomorrow night, then I recommend you do it just to say you've seen Brian Wilson play the Highline Ballroom. Though he will be performing Gershwin, he'll also be playing the classic Beach Boys songs you'd expect him to. Let us know if anything weird happens on stage.

Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) @ Mercury Lounge
Wednesday, June 15th

There was a summer in college when I listened to Super Furry Animals' Guerilla practically every day on the way to work. So anything Super Furry Animals related, I am down for. Frontman Gruff Rhys will be hitting the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday in support of his latest solo album Hotel Shampoo, and tickets are still one sale. Mikala over at The Backstage Rider caught him in Vancouver last week and told me I should do my best to make it to the NYC date, so I have no choice but to try my hardest. Hope to see you there.

Swervedriver @ Irving Plaza
Thursday, June 16th

Swervedriver (not to be confused with Skrewdriver... yech) were a highly influential shoegaze band who formed in 1989 and went on hiatus in 1998. They reformed back in 2008 to embark on a world tour, and I caught them play the Music Hall of Williamsburg during that tour. They were awesome. I'm happy to see they're still at it, and hopefully they'll start to write some new material and not linger in a post-reunion Pixies-esque limbo, but it's only been three years so I'll cut them some slack. Tickets are still available for their Irving Plaza show this Thursday, so grab one while you still can. Bring earplugs.

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 @ The Bell House
Friday, June 17th

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I've been lucky enough to catch Dean Wareham (with wife Britta Phillips) play his Galaxie 500 set twice in the past year, and both shows were extremely memorable experiences. Wareham has made it pretty clear that Galaxie 500 will never reunite, and since remaining members Damon & Naomi are still busy doing their own thing, this is the closest you will get to seeing them live. I can only say this: for a cool $15, you will walk out of this show more than satisfied. Tickets for the show are still on sale. BUY ONE.

Guided By Voices @ McCarren Park
Saturday, June 18th

More photos here
Another band I've seen twice in the past year, Guided By Voices, are playing McCarren Park in Brooklyn with contemporary lo-fi bands Wavves, Surfer Blood and the Babies as part of L Magazine's Northside Festival. GBV frontman Robert Pollard is a performer who must be seen to be be believed; he gets completely wasted on tequila, plays for nearly three hours, and never hits a wrong note. Not to mention, he somehow always lands on both feet after executing chin-high air kicks. Don't believe me? See for yourself at this Saturday's show, as tickets are still on sale. The show begins at an early 3pm, and GBV are on at 7pm sharp, rain or shine. This is gonna be a fun one kiddies, let us know what you think.

Whew... that's a full and incredibly awesome week of shows and if I could make it to every show I would. I'll be in Toronto with my band playing the NXNE festival, where Digable Planets, Men Without Hats, Devo and the Descendents will be performing. I'll try to snap some photos if I can, but it's likely going to be pretty hectic. Let us know if there are any shows I missed in the comments section below...

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