I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving for all the typical reasons. I’m a vegetarian, I’m a deadbeat musician/writer, and my conventional NJ family, as supportive and wonderful as they have been the better half of my life, still insist on eating out at Chinese restaurants or shitty Diners for Thanksgiving. On top of all that, I got food poisoning the night before and was puking in a NJTransit train bathroom on the way to there and I couldn’t eat a damn thing.
I’d be pretty pissed off right now if I hadn’t spent last weekend seeing the amazing DIY bands Junior Astronomers, Hippy, Tron! & DVD, and one of our old writers n y t y l y perform.
Thursday (11/21) @ Cake Shop and Friday @ Haybaby Catfarm, Junior Astronomers were back in town from Charlotte, North Carolina. They have the most positive live energy I’ve ever felt a band create. Everyone is hugging each other, singing along, swaying back and forth together. Both shows rocked, lead singer, Terence , fell on his ass after a whiskey shot one night and got passed around the room both nights. Their bassist rips on a 5-string (or was it a 6-string?) bass and every lady has a crush on their guitarist. Thursday @ Cake Shop they were joined by Life Size Maps, Haybaby, and Sharkmuffin. You should learn the lyrics of the track below before they come to town again so you can sing along! It’s totally worth it.
On Friday (11/22) at Haybaby Catfarm, Hippy and Dog Water also played with Junior Astronomers. Hippy are always a good fun upbeat time with their bass babe Jenny and their new keyboard babe, James. I was in the backyard singing along and flirting with some rando for free wine while they were performing. I didn’t make it on time to see Dog Water, since I was stuck jamming in the basement of Party Expo and ended up having to hop that fence while some man walking his dog was probably looking up my skirt and making sure I didn’t die. But I did notice that Anders of Dog Water got a haircut. I hear they also have some new tracks coming out soon!! Look at this man-
Anders of Dog Water’s new haircut
my favorite HIPPY track ^
Man melting in Street Trash
A very nice man named Kevin Davis turned 24 on Saturday and had a big party at The End Records. Lots of cool bands played like Total Slacker and Ski Lodge, but I only got to see Cool Serbia’s set, because I had to run to see the midnight showing Street Trash at Nitehawk Cinemas (see image above). Some Cool Serbia tracks would have fit really well on the 1987 Street Trash soundtrack. Especially since this passed weekend, Caleb, the drummer of Cool Serbia just got married to a trash can in Austin, TX (see image below). I’ve been trying to hook up the ladies left and right with this one, but he finally found that special someone. I’m so happy for them..they really do make an adorable couple.
The 2013 RAW awards were on Sunday (11/24) at Output. Rap duo Tron! & DVD were the top 3 in the music category. They didn’t win, but they are still the true winners in my heart! Output is a pretty awkward place to play. It’s bright, they somehow only had one working microphone, everyone is judgmentally gazing down upon you from the upper levels. But Tron! & DVD kept up the energy enough to get some of the performance art finalists involved. Three break dancers stole the show and got a couple more people moving. The guy who sings their hooks, Maz, was adorably drunk and gave me a great hug too.
After the RAW awards I jetted over to see Nytyly @ Pete’s Candy Store. This intergalactic mermaid pocket piano peace princess who was just named The Deli’s artist of the month, is the artist of 2013 in my opinion. This petite singer/songwriter/guitarist/pocket pianist/producer/visionary/artist has so much love and wisdom to share it fills up every corner of each space she performs at. She’s also super talented, smart, adorable, humorous, powerful and grateful, all in one package.
N y t y l y is Post Post Post Post Post Post Post Punk
You get that? Postx7 Punk.
“The new consciousness is here. War will be over in 5 minutes.” (nytyly)
In her amazing long sleeve sequined dress she performed her electro-pop tracks with her new killer minimal backing band and a David Bowie-esque punk rock attitude to the world via a live streaming webcast. She sang a song to her dear sister by herself and then started another track by herself again but this time her band joined in at the most perfect moment. The finale was a new track with 2 pocket pianos. I bet you’ve never seen shit like that before!!
She also made gifts for everyone and even gave me a Prince feather boa!
You can next witness n y t y l y on December 11th at The Delancey.