M. Ward @ Maxwell's

Five things I learned last night in Hoboken:

1) There is a really cool series of posters for Absolut vodka on the PATH tunnel walls that animate as you speed by.
2) A cab from the PATH station to Maxwell's is only $4 and very worth it.
3) There are three pizzerias for every Hoboken resident.
4) Maxwell's has mashed potatoes that impress Southern people.
5) Once M. starts growing on you, it does not stop.



Clap Your Hands/Dirty On Purpose Preparty

What is just a few drunken steps from Southpaw, has $3 dollar drinks and one of the best juke boxes in the city? What's the only family-run Irish pub with equal parts scenesters and geriatrics? What was Elliott Smith's favorite Park Slope haunt? It's O'Connor's(39 5th Ave.) and they don't have a website to link because fuck that shite. (Note: This is an unofficial pre-party and the band will not be there, but I will be. I'll be the guy hanging out with the child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars,child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars.)


God Bless the EP

Boston's Apollo Sunshine are a bunch of bearded acid kids that can muster some serious adrenaline to curtail too big a hippie following. Their debut 2003 LP, Katonah, was like a hackeysack session with roid rage. Their live show is hit and miss. It's either a rockin light show musical extravaganza or a jammy, indulgent mess with technical difficulties. They have had a couple of very unfortunate NY shows lately and I am therefore boycotting them for at least six more months. None of this takes away from their catchy, bipolar songwriting. Their new EP The Other Side Of The World is available exclusively on iTunes.

Katonah mp3's here and here.

Isaac Brock sobered up one of his favorite young bands long enough to record a self titled EP and a full album to be released in September. Wolf Parade have a very meaty, classic indie sound and remind me of a less serious, more catchy Walkmen, without the slowjams. The EP is good(and available on insound or iTunes). The album should be unbelievable.

Download a ridiculously good Wolf Parade song.

Celebrity Crooklyn

Okay, I am not and never will be a name dropper. But I am a total starfucker. So I will say that my Mississipian friend and I played Battleship at the Boat tonight against the advice of a very famous actress who was sitting next to us at the bar. She recommended Scrabble instead. This follows several page six reports about celebs like Leo and Liv at that Frankie's 187 place. If I see Liev Shrieber at Gowanus Yacht Club, I may be forced to check out the rents in Staten Island.


The Eames Era @ Piano's tonite

The endlessly entertaining Eames Era are touring for their forthcoming release "Double Dutch" which I haven't heard but has been praised by trustworthy people. Listen to a song from their first EP here.