Posts about Hurray For The Riff Raff

Dark Dark Dark at Sycamore, July 9. Intimate & stripped down.

Dark Dark Dark’s Nona Marie Invie (accordion/keys/voice), Marshall LaCount (banjo/voice) and Todd Chandler (upright bass) will be joined by Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Walt McClements (trumpet) for a special performance at the super intimate Sycamore on July 9.

You know how I always say their shows make you think you’re on some sort of a boat? Well prepare to sway and float on imaginary waves of far-reaching and heart-crunching dark-chocolate flavors of bitterness and sweetness of melodies and words (!), because it’ll be Nona Marie’s and Marshall’s already superbly complimentary and forlorn voices booming in that boat of a room to the tides and yearnings of Walt’s trumpet and the murmurs of Todd’s bass! Come on out with an emotionally able heart then, won’t you? It’s $10 at the door.

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July 9 | $10 | 9:30 PM | Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

songs for you bunnies March 15, 2009

Top 20: SXSW '09 Shortlist

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.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Secret Garden

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We were supposed to meet somewhere in the woods of Brooklyn, but it was far colder than the day we strolled through the Botanic Garden with These United States. The wind was harsher and entirely inhospitable to the idea of an outdoor performance. Instead, we met at a warm apartment in Park Slope with colorful walls. Part 1 features two performances by Hurray for the Riff Raff inside the bathroom: Aubrey Freeman and his upright bass in the bathtub, Alynda Lee on the sink, Walt McClements on the toilet seat, and Shae Freeman on the ledge of the tub. They sang “Daniella” and “Skin & Bones” there. Part 2 was shot in the kitchen, where my favorite performance came up as sort of an afterthought: after playing “Bricks”, Alynda asked, “Is it possible to do one more?” They played “Grocery”, which rocked so much that I’ve made an mp3 out of it. | Download “Grocery (Live at the Secret Garden)

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playing tonight December 8, 2008

Hurray for the Riff Raff with Sharon van Etten and others

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I filmed a Secret Garden show with New Orleans’ Hurray for the Riff Raff yesterday. They performed two songs in this picturesque bathroom here, pictured below (after you click “Continue”), and two others in that roomy kitchen there, pictured above. They’re playing a free show tonight with Sharon van Etten and Donald Beaman of The Double at Pianos, and I think it will be quite lovely, since their self-released debut, It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You, is a pleasant album that lifts you up and takes you places with all dirt underneath your fingernails and all heartbreak in your hearts, and I can assure you they sound all that in bathrooms and kitchens. Also, they bring many toys, like a saw, an autoharp, a toy piano; and Walt McClements on the accordion is precious. Details?

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songs for you bunnies November 19, 2008

Download: Antony, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Anjulie, Deer Tick, Sune Rose Wagner

I wade through an inbox filled with mp3s and bring you only the good ones! In this installment: sass and melancholy, banjo and accordion, Danish and the ghost of Bob Dylan.

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