Thanks so much to everyone who came out, especially the fabulous bands who played, and to Trophy Bar for hosting the whole madness. I know everyone I invited to play were some of my favorites, so of course I was thrilled more than anybody else to see them all at one place, but I was extra excited because they all played incredibly strong sets. A ton of pictures are posted here with helpful captions, and we filmed pretty much the whole thing, so video will come soon too! All pics were taken by me (Sarahana), except where noted.
1. “Karate” by Afuche
2. “Hatari” by tUnE-yArDs
3. “As April Is to May” by Luke Winslow-King
4. “Song that Grows Like a Vine (Live)” by Gracious Calamity
5. “Sosey & Dosey” by Drink Up Buttercup
6. “Mechanical Life” by Glass Ghost
7. “For You” by Sharon Van Etten
8. “Ain’t No Grave” by Adam Arcuragi
9. “Woolgathering” by Vandaveer
10. a song by our special guests
We’d love for you to come and be part of this fantastic madness. It’s for FREE, and it’s during the day on a Saturday, and we’ll be selling top notch homemade food in the backyard. A lot of the performances will be unamplified, which is always twice as fun. It’s too bad that I’m organizing this show because ideally I would’ve liked to just sit and watch this whole thing myself. Get a taste of who’s playing:
Hooves on the Turf’s Northside Festival showcase
at Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211
Philly’s Drink Up Buttercup has a new 7″ for “Farewell Captain”. It’s made in Czechoslovakia and it’s red, and you would know this firsthand too if you owned it for $7. I feel like the band has an identifiable sound that can grouped into light and dark. “Farewell Captain” belongs to the dark, and with its jolting thrusts of everything (keys, bass, guitar, drums), a quirky change of tempo that takes you to rolling dark waves of the ocean sweeping across drowning sailors (quite possibly), and an echoing, semi-operatic, haunting refrain that closes the whole thing, it’s been a staple at Drink Up’s live shows. In a way, it’s in itself a portfolio of the band’s sound. For now you’re either going to have to buy this 7″ or head over to myspace in order to listen, but posted here is the b-side, “Sosey & Dosey”, which is a fair representation of their light sound. After listening to various live versions, it’s pretty exciting to have a proper mp3 of it to yourself (which comes with the 7″ of course). I love the lyrics, too: “Sosey” and “Dosey” are the names of the characters involved, and they “keep on falling”, to the rolling beat of that song thaf feels like one long tumble.
Day 2 in Austin for me was March 18, 2009, which was the first official day of SXSW. After much determination that I wouldn’t make my daily plans around bands I already like, I went to see Drink Up Buttercup’s 2PM set at Beauty Bar anyway. Pretty & Nice were playing when I got there.
Admittedly, I’m not familiar with every single band involved in this year’s SXSW festivities, officially or unofficially, though I did listen to well over two hundred bands I don’t care to listen to ever again. Unlike them, the list compiled here includes twenty performers I think are most worth seeing, and for free, no less; as far as I know, all of them are either playing unofficial shows, or plan to play whatever last-minute gatherings that come their way.
Drink Up Buttercup is one of my favorite new bands right now; I love their distinct aesthetic for rhythm and how all four members seem to totally get it as a sound of their own, which seems to happen less often than you’d think, I guess. I met with them in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just as the sun was just setting, and they were on their way back to Philadelphia after playing a few New York shows. They’d come in their tour van that “wolf howler” Farzad Houshiarnejad described as “nothing but trouble”, though he wasn’t quite referring to the the two shiny trash cans that were peaking out of it while they unloaded more portable instruments like a keyboard and a tambourine.
Here’s a schedule of Secret Garden releases coming in the near future. If you’re unfamiliar with this ever-changing, magical garden, it is a video series in which I film bands performing a few songs outside the context of a regular show. Along with the schedule you’ll also find some “candid band photos” that, as a tradition of my own, I take after each shoot–though sometimes I forget.
If you’re a blogger who’d like to write a preview for any of these episodes before they release, just email me at hoovesontheturf [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll give you access to an “advanced screening” of a sort. Thanks!
I’m pretty sure that Drink Up Buttercup is pretty much everyone’s idea of a great live show. The songs were good too, but it didn’t matter much what they were playing as long as they were playing, though I was an instant fan of James Harvey, one of the three singers–this one providing operatic voices every now and then. I couldn’t even sit still while capturing the footage from my camera. The Lisps played after them, and it was a blast seeing them in a regular show, outside of their musical; without the need to stay in character, they seemed much more free to move to their own music, and this was more apparent in singer Sammy Tunis, who was strikingly dressed in a black dress paired with red stockings and red boots. It was great to hear a few tunes off their musical, The Futurity–that song about mathematics is pretty sweet. You’ll notice in the video that drummer Eric Farber even moves like a robot to create that mechanical beat. Go see for yourself–videos of both bands are after the jump, and there’s more coming next week.
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Aqua: Love TEEN. Man they can sing. Cool. Different.
Suraj Joshee: Sarahana, Loved the video. You captured the simple raw essence of the music and band really really...