March Madness: Nick Valensi @ The Vanderbilt

On November 29, 2001 The Strokes played a headlining show at a now defunct music venue on Long Island called The Vanderbilt. The openers were The Moldy Peaches and The Realistics and tickets were a whopping $16.50.

According to a diary entry I wrote at the time, the crowd was very young due to the fact that it was an all-ages venue. I remember the crowd was pretty intense, with huge dudes pushing tiny little girls in the front into the barricades. I also distinctly remember feeling a sharp pain around my buttocks during the show, and only later that night did I realize the vicious girl that was standing behind me had actually stabbed me with a broken drumstick that she caught during The Realistics’ set.

During the show things got even more rowdy and Julian Casablancas had to tell the crowd to “stop the fighting” and Fab Moretti stage dove into the audience… twice.

I was at the show with a couple friends, one of which was this crazy French girl I became friends with via the Internet. After the show she decided we were all going to sneak backstage, which we did with moderate ease, and while back there we managed to snag some shots with some of the band members.

Here’s a photo that was taken of guitarist Nick Valensi that night. He looks so young in this photo… and all sorts of confused.

Nick Valensi
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Musicians and Celebs Help Crafts for a Cause Raises Money for Haiti

Binki Shapiro of Little Joy has gotten a TON of top-notch musicians, artists, and celebrities to contribute custom made artwork and items for her Crafts for a Cause auction. All proceeds will be donated to Artists for Peace and Justice, a charitable organization started by filmmaker Paul Haggis.

The online auction will begin on March 15th, but for now you can check on Binki’s Tumblr blog for the event which features teaser shots of some of the goods that will be for sale. Contributers are a who’s who of popular indie rock and mainstream musicians (Daft Punk, The Strokes, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Mark Ronson, Adam Green, SIA, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, just to name a few!!!) and film celebs (Spike Jonze, Natalie Portman).

Photo of Fab Moretti and Nick Valensi with the signed bag from The Strokes from the Crafts for a Cause site

You’ll find hand-drawn artwork, signed canvas bags, designed t-shirts, embellished guitars, and much more.

Sounds like an amazing collection of artists helping out for a great cause. Don’t forget — March 15th the auction starts online!

Here’s a video of SIA creating the wallet she donated:

SIA for Crafts For A Cause! from binki shapiro on Vimeo.

Plenty more info on the Crafts for a Cause website or on Binki Shapiro’s Twitter

Albert Hammond Jr. Breaks Out the “Como Te Llama?” at Private Show

In preparation for his tour to promote his second album, “Como Te Llama?,” Albert Hammond Jr. performed at an invite-only concert at the Mercury Lounge last night (July 1).

Luckily, the event was not overrun by media hounds.

As a supportive crowd of friends, family, and devoted fans cheered on, Albert and his new band played around thirteen tracks–a mix of old (“In Transit,” “101,” an acoustic version of “Blue Skies” played while standing on the right-hand side row of seats at the beginning of the set) and new (the album’s first single, “GfC,” “Rocket,” “Miss Myrtle”), playing live for the first time in almost a year. The set had it’s problems like consistent feedback from the microphones–which Albert stated, “you’ll be hearing a lot of that” at the top of the set”–and the wrong note (or two) strummed out on a guitar, but overall a fine showing.

My favorite song of the evening was a track of the new album, which drops July 8th, entitled “Victory at Monterey.” I love the chorus–it’s slightly dancey, but in a good way. Check out the video:

Famous faces sprinkling the crowd included actress Kirsten Dunst, AH Jr possible main squeeze Agyness Deyn, Adam Green, James Iha, and Nick Zinner. Surprisingly unseen–any members of the Strokes!

Setlist: Blue Skies, EGAS, In My Room, Lisa, Holiday, GfC, Rocket, VAM, In Transit, Miss Myrtle, G Up, 101, Borrowed Time, Postal Blowfish

Couldn’t make it to the show tonight? Have no fear–Albert will be performing for FREE at Virgin Megastore Union Square on it’s release day, July 8th at 8pm.

Adam Green Finishes Before My Bedtime

Adam Green at Town Hall tonight was hilarious, entertaining, and uplifting. Decked out in a long-sleeved black shirt with white fringe and white jeans, Adam pranced around the stage like a giddy boy practicing being a rock star in his bedroom–self-continuously chuckling at the audience.

Humorous inter-song banter included comments about Chris O’Donnell (“I feel like Batman’s Robin. Like Chris O’Donnell. He never quite made it to being successful…unlike myself.”) and shouting from the audience (“Are you guys Italian? I love Italian people.”).

During “Dance with Me” a throngs of kids bum-rushed the stage–one kid even made it onto the stage before being asked by security to get down.

adam green

The guest list included friend Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, Catherine Pierce, singer-cum-model Agyness Deyn, and the Five O’Clock Heroes’ Anthony Ellis.

More over at The Music Slut

The Moldy Peaches Sing “Anyone Else But You” on “The View”

Did you see Adam Green and Kimya Dawson in all their Whoopi Goldberg-loving glory on The View yesterday? If not, here’s the video. Watch it before the piracy trolls get to it:

I’m so happy that the Peaches are finally getting their due! Bravo to them. Kimya was beside herself, telling Whoopi that she loved her as she gave her a hug, and Adam went for it–giving Whoopi a kiss at the end of the segment. They were both able to promote their solo stuff on the show as well. Hooray!

Here’s a lovely little photo of Kimya, Panda (her daughter), and Whoopi from Kimya’s LJ. Feel the love.

kimya dawson whoopi goldberg

The Moldy Peaches on “The View,” January 21st

In order to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Moldy Peaches will be making an appearance on The View on January 21st–surely due to the fact that the Peaches are featured all over the soundtrack of hit movie, Juno. That is SO crazy!

UPDATE: To see video of the Peaches on The View, check out this post.

According to Peaches co-founder, Kimya Dawson‘s Live Journal: “i am going to meet whoopi goldberg. that’s like owning 20 danny devitos. and you know how much i love danny. it’s pants poopin time.”

juno album cover

Never in a million years would I have imagined the rag-tag kooky group I saw for the first time at Mercury Lounge in 2001 (the openers were this small little band called the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) would ever end up heavily featured in the number one movie in America.
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TMA Archives: The Best of November 2001

I’ve been going through all my first posts, trying to categorize them and re-format them so they don’t look all wonky, and I’ve been reading some of THE MOST HILARIOUS posts ever.

You know, I started this site over five years ago when I was in college, and it’s just so amusing to read the types of things I was writing about and how I reacted to them. It seems as though in 2001 I *REALLY REALLY* liked The Strokes and White Stripes… Hahah. What a shocker.

Here are some of the more interesting posts I’ve come across. Relive “the good old days” with me, will ya?

The White Stripes signed their V2 Record deal in November 2001, taking them off indie label, Sympathy for the Record Industry.

The first time I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they were opening up for the Moldy Peaches at the Mercury Lounge.

I found a photo of Julian Casablancas’s parents.

I used to really hate Ryan Adams. Then one night I was so impressed by his idiocy that I began to like him. It’s amazing…you can see the exact moment I switched over to loving Ryan Adams.

I got stabbed at a Strokes show on Long Island.

Circle and Square at Brownies

Last minute decision to pop over to Brownies and see college rockers Circle and Square. I thought it was a pretty tight set. I hear some of ’em like Le Strokes…

Their next show will be at Luxx (which has a WILD Full House “Smash Club” -esque look to it) in Brooklyn as part of the New York Metropolis Music Festival on V-day 2002. Grab a fella, grab a gal, or grab yourself (…but do it discreetly…) and head over to some of the fine festivities the NYMMF folks have lined up. And yes, that Moldy Peaches/ The Walkmen show at N6 counts- it’s part of the same festival…

Photographic evidence of tonight (sorry the pictures are so blurry. We hate Brownies’ lighting. It’s evil):

circle and square, brownies, nyc

circle and square, brownies, nyc

circle and square, brownies, nyc

circle and square, brownies, nyc
circle and square, brownies, nyc
circle and square, brownies, nyc
circle and square, brownies, nyc
the crowd at circle and square, brownies, nyc

Ahem- note to self… and perhaps Dev– M.P. sighting approx. 9:20pm.