Like many of my fellow WFMU DJs, I regularly feature a live music listings segment on my radio show. A clever listener named Alan from Jersey City suggested that I call it Live Catch and begin each installment with a fishing tip. I've decided to borrow the name for a weekly post that you'll find here on the blog each and every Friday at noon EST. While you'll still have to tune into my show to get fishing tips, blog readers will be treated to this lovely image of a sea creature wielding an Epiphone. Each week I'll recommend a handful of live music events in WFMU's New York/New Jersey listening area, sometimes accompanied by MP3s and/or ticket giveaways (more on those FREE TICKETS after the jump). Without further ado, here are this week's picks...
Standing Nudes finish up their three-week residency at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side tonight. This Brooklyn band has been praised by Byron Coley and by our friends at Aquarius Records for their great songwriting and early-90s indie rock sound. Their great 7" came out last year and quickly went out-of-print, but both sides are still available for your listening pleasure on their MySpace page. The tracks are also included on their debut album Ghost Story which just came out on True Panther Sounds.
Listen: Standing Nudes - Honeybee (Link Expired)
Also on Friday night, WFMU alum OCDJ plays a show at the Silent Barn in Ridgewood, Queens. Entrance, a band fronted former The Convocation Of... member and Devendra Banhart cohort Guy Blakeslee, plays in the area three times this week: Saturday night at Maxwell's in Hoboken, Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom with Lavender Diamond, and Monday night at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn. Previous Entrance records were mostly acoustic but the new one, Prayer Of Death on Tee Pee Records, has more of a Pink Fairies/Blue Cheer-influenced heavy psych thing going on. Check out the wild live videos on their MySpace page for a preview.
Listen: Entrance - Grim Reaper Blues (Link Expired)
Endless Boogie, pictured here in the WFMU studio during a live performance on Brian Turner's show, sound pretty much like you'd expect from a band that includes one guy whose label reissues Trad Gras Och Stenar LPs and another who happens to be one of the best psychedelic rock record dealers at our annual Record Fair. In celebration of their Tuesday night show at the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, please enjoy this tentatively-titled and as-yet-unreleased Endless Boogie studio recording.
Listen: Endless Boogie - Give Me The Awesome (Link Expired)
On Thursday night Bush Tetras, a hugely influential New York City post-punk band, will be playing at Cake Shop. They've played a show in the city every year or two since reforming in the mid-90s with most of the original line-up intact. "Snakes Crawl," released on their first single in 1980, is available on the Boom In The Night collection from ROIR.
Listen: Bush Tetras - Snakes Crawl (Link Expired)
If your wallet's a little thin right now, don't fret. This is a stellar weekend for free shows. You can catch Animal Collective and Danielson at the sure-to-be-packed South Street Seaport tonight at 6pm, and the truly legendary and suddenly very visible Roky Erickson--once the leader of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators--at Castle Clinton in Battery Park on Saturday night at 7pm. For comprehensive listings, check out our continually-updated Arbitrary Guide To Popular Culture.
Now for the best part... free tickets! We have a pair of tickets to see Standing Nudes tonight or Entrance on Monday night. All you have to do to enter the contest is post your first name and city of residence in the comments section by 1:00pm EST. If you only want to be considered for one of the two giveaways, you should indicate that as well. There isn't much time, so get to it! I'll post the winners' names shortly after 1, so head back over around that time to see if you won and find out how to claim your prize.