Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Featuring Stella, Invite Them Up, MST3000 LIVE, ASSSSCAT, and MORE

The SF Sketchfest schedule, which runs from January 11th through the 28th, has been announced and the list of performers and events is sure to knock your balls off. The festival will feature performances from collectives such as Stella, Invite Them Up, A.S.S.S.S.Cat, Comedy Death Ray, The Red Wine Boys, Match Game and sooooo many more. There will also be tributes to Paul Reubens, including a live discussion, as well as a tribute to Mitch Hedberg. Comedians appearing throughout include David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, Bruce McCulloch, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Todd Glass, Morgan Murphy, and so many more that if I kept on going you'd be sitting in a pile of your own feces right now. Go to the website for more detailed information because this shitty blog entry simply cannot do this event any justice.

For tickets to shows at The Eureka Theatre, Cobb's Comedy Club, Mezzanine, The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, The Purple Onion, The Dark Room, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, or Mighty, please visit this ticketweb link

For shows at The Punch Line Comedy Club, click here

For the show at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, click here

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Guys, Seriously, You Didn't Miss Much. A Long Post By Klaus

There was so much controversy surrounding the The Onion's Annual Obligatory Holiday Party that it seems necessary for me to address some of that controversy as well as the actual party itself, which I attended (for the most part). The main source of the city-wide sourpussiness regarding this shindig was the fact that news of this event went public on several reputable and often visited blogs (mine, which averages 7 hits a day, doesn't count) and that RSVPs were quickly swallowed up by people who apparently weren't supposed to know about this event in the first place. I personally feel partially responsible for the overexposure of this event. I saw it listed on the ProductShopNYC website on December 5th. I then posted the news on my blog and also passed along the news to Brooklynvegan. I am pretty sure this is the moment where the RSVP situation went completely shithouse. By December 6th the event was officially sold out. Then on December 13th, that fateful e-mail was sent out that essentially blamed Brooklynvegan for over publicizing the event resulting in hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people having their RSVPs revoked, causing a rash of bad feelings across the city towards the Onion, 826NYC, and God himself. At this point, I am not sure if I agree with the Onion's tact with handling this event. The party was already listed on the 826nyc website as well as ProductShopNYC. I feel it was only a matter of time before the bigger blogs out there caught wind of it and publicized it. I do feel like I accelerated the hype by passing word onto Brooklynvegan, but it was only a matter of time dudes. An event like this couldn't stay quiet for long and all of the uninviting bullshit was most likely inevitable.

And after attending the actual event, I am wondering if the folks at the Onion were even taking their own RSVP policy very seriously. When I got there I told the guy who I was and he didn't even look me up on the list. He sent me right over to the beer ticket/raffle/donation table where I gave them my name. They told me I had to give my name to the guy at the door. I told them I did and they sent me right in. This begs the question; were they even checking names!? It seemed to me that anyone could have waltzed in there, given them a name, and they would have been allowed in. And I am pretty sure that, based on how over-crowded the place was, that is exactly what happened. UPDATE According to a friend who stayed later than me, they did in fact let anyone who showed up into the venue.

Like I said, I didn't stay for the entire event. After having my 1 free beer (disappointing considering the flier made it seem like you'd get free Bass all night), I headed downstairs to the empty live entertainment room. It filled up very quickly and by the time Jessica Rose & The High Life went on, the room was packed. I'm not that into rockabilly, but they were actually really good. And having never seen a show at Union Hall I was surprised at how good the room sounded considering its diminutive size. Througout Jessica Rose's set, the room got more and more crowded. David Cross followed Jessica Rose & The High Life and by the time he hit the stage, the room was packed with people all the way back up to the stairwell leading to the upstairs area. Cross's set was pretty tight and covered subjects varying from tourettes syndrome to his new puppy inducing a wet dream. But the room was so crowded and there were so many people in there not the slighest bit interested in his set. All througout the room were groups of people talking amongst themselves and one of my friends actually had to tell several people around us to shut up.

After David's set, I was filled with this intense claustrophobia and felt I had to leave the live room for fear that I would die at any minute. Seeing all of these people crammed like sardines all the way up to the stairwell, all I could think of was the fire that killed 100 people in Warwick, Rhode Island at that Great White concert. I don't know when I turned into such a old pussy, but I had to get out of there. When I got upstairs, the main hall was just as packed as the live room. It all seemed insane to me. At this point, I decided to leave the party altogether and endured a 15 minute human slalom to leave. When I got to the door I ran into an old friend and we shot the breeze for a while. While we were talking, I saw Horatio Sanz haul ass out of the venue. I then saw Aziz Ansari leave the bar with a few drinks and brave the crowd as he made is way towards the back of the venue. Then, Andy Kaufman Award winner Reggie Watts showed up with a friend. I didn't realize my friend is pals with Reggie, so I was surprised when he came over to hang out with us for a few minutes. I was able to congratulate him on his recent awards, gush about his stellar set at the the ITU show at Bowery, and talk with him about his old band in Seattle. Once Reggie parted ways, so did I. I never saw the Whitest Kids set. I never saw Sloan. And I never saw the Found Footage Holiday Treasure Trove.

I found the whole event overwhelming and feel that anyone who had their heart broken by being uninvited should rest assured that they didn't miss anything special. It was sheer human gridlock that didn't live up to the hype. However, I was happy that the proceeds went to a worthwhile charity. Contributing to that was probably the highlight of the evening

Monday, December 11, 2006

Irving Plaza NYC, 2/10/2007

David Cross will be hosting the 2007 Plug Awards show at Irving Plaza. At this point, there are many details of the show to be determined, including the performers and ticket info. Once I hear something, I shall posteth.

David Cross will also be at The Onion's Annual Obligatory Party on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 8:00pm at Union Hall (702 Union St. at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Tour I've Been Waiting Years For, Actually Happening

UPDATE!! TICKETS GO ON SALE 12/15 at noon!!!

I just happened to see this on the Torche Myspace page and almost fell out of my chair. The news isn't even on the Isis page, the Jesu Myspace page, or even Justin K. Broadrick's Blog. Isis, Jesu, and Torche are embarking on a US tour that begins on February 26, 2007 in Oklahoma and ends on March 16, 2007 in Boston. I believe this is Broadrick's first tim back in the US since the old Godflesh days. Complete dates below. I'm busting.

Feb 26 2007 8:00P
Conservatory Oklahoma, Oklahoma

Feb 27 2007 8:00P
Ridglea Theater Fort Worth, Texas

Feb 28 2007 8:00P
Emo's Alternative Lounging Austin, Texas

Mar 1 2007 8:00P
Numbers Houston, Texas

Mar 2 2007 8:00P
Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mar 3 2007 8:00P
Bottletree Lounge Birmingham, Alabama

Mar 5 2007 8:00P
The Social Orlando, Florida

Mar 8 2007 8:00P
40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia

Mar 9 2007 8:00P
Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, North Carolina

Mar 10 2007 9:00P
Alley Katz Richmond, Virginia

Mar 11 2007 8:00P
930 Club WASHINGTON, Washington DC

Mar 13 2007 8:00P
Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mar 14 2007 8:00P
Irving Plaza New York, New York

Mar 16 2007 8:00P
The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Featuring David Cross, Sloan, Whitest Kids, and so much more


The Onion is hosting a benefit / holiday party at Union Hall in Brooklyn on 12/16/06. The Onion's Annual Obligatory Party is a holiday mega-party featuring performances by Sloan, David Cross, Whitest Kids 'U Know, Jessica Rose & The Hi-Life, and Found Footage Festival's Holiday Collection. There will also be DJs, raffles, food and drinks. All for a mere $15 requested donation. The proceeds will support 826NYC programs.

The Onion's Annual Obligatory Party
Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 8:00pm
@ Union Hall (702 Union St. at 5th Ave.), Park Slope, Brooklyn
$15 (Suggested donation)
Here Are Some Ideas

Looking for something to do on New Years besides go to some stupid party with a bunch of stupid assholes you don't even really like in a steaming hot New York apartment? Here are some ideas, care of ProductShopNYC:

  • THE BIG SLEEP + RA RA RIOT + FOREIGN ISLANDS + HOLY HAIL | Williamsburg White Room | $tba
  • RADIO 4 + OXFORD COLLAPSE | Mercury Lounge | $25 (tix)
  • BRAZILIAN GIRLS | Irving Plaza | $55 (tix)
  • PSYCHIC ILLS + VIETNAM | Monkey Town | $20 (tix)
  • ELECTRIC SIX + THE DANSETTES | Maxwells | $25
  • SEAN PAUL | Nokia Theatre | $99.50 (tix)
  • THE SLIP | North Six | $25 (tix)
  • JESSE MALIN (LIVE) + GREENDOOR NYC | Don Hills | $20 (tix)
  • MURRAY HILL NEW YEAR, BABY! | Mo Pitkins | $50 (tix)
  • FUNKFACE | Sin-e | $15 (tix)
  • DJ MONK OF RABIIT IN THE MOON + SKYLAB 2000 | The Hook | $25 (tix)
  • CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH | Hammerstein Ballroom | $42 (tix)
  • PATTI SMITH & HER BAND | Bowery Ballroom | $55 (tix)
  • MATES OF STATE + PLUS/MINUS | Knitting Factory | $20 (tix)
  • MURPHY'S LAW | Knitting Factory Tap Bar | $15 (tix)
  • JAMES BROWN | B.B. Kings | $95 (tix)
  • JOHN BROWN'S BODY | Southpaw | $22.50 (tix)
  • GOV'T MULE + TOOTS | Beacon Theatre | $69.50 - $79.50 (tix)
  • MOE. | Radio City Music Hall | $52.50 (tix)
2 Nights of Comedy Cheer at UCBNY

Horatio Sanz is bringing Christmas cheer to the UCB Theater on 12/20 and 12/21 in what is being billed as the The Ho Ho Horatio Sanz Christmas Special. Shows are at 9:30pm both nights and cost $8.90. For more information and to purchase a ticket (or more, Mr. Popular) go HERE. Horatio is a super nice dude, by the way.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Great Beard Hits The Road

Zach Galifianakis is going on the road! He will hit NYC's Irving Plaza on 2/24/07. Other dates and ticket information can be found at Zach's website

Friday, December 01, 2006

EP will feature David Bowie & Rick Wright

According to Floydian Slip, David Gilmour will be releasing a 3-track Syd Barret tribute EP that will feature the talents of David Bowie and Rick Wright. The EP will feature two versions of Arnold Layne, one of which was recorded live with David Bowie who appeared at one of Gilmour's Albert Hall shows this past year. The third song will be a solo acoustic version of Dark Globe from Barrett's album The Madcap Laughs. The EP will be available for download online on Christmas day. The CD release will happen the day after Christmas.