Sunday, 18 January 2015

Kiwi legends The Clean played Rough Trade

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It's hard to overstate The Clean's influence, in a career spanning over 30 years they are arguably the go-to band of New Zealand's "Dunedin" sound. That they sold out both Rough Trade and Glasslands last week is testament to their enduring popularity; I caught the show at Rough Trade on Thursday.

Their set leaned towards longer, guitar-driven jams, rather than the short and catchy jangle pop with which casual observers may be more familiar (even Tally Ho turned into an extended jaunt). The band have never been the tightest unit in the world, which is certainly part of their charm, but did seem a little under rehearsed with many songs coming to a sudden or unnatural end. Regardless, there were many highlights including the fabulous Getting Older.



Bassist Rob Scott (whose band The Bats are also highly recommended) is the steady hand  that keeps things from going too far off track, while current New York resident Hamish Kilgour's almost languid drumming style is hypnotic in its own right. As an aside, Hamish's new band, Roya, opened the show at Glasslands on Friday but I have yet to see them (Roya also features Rahill Jamalifard of Habibi).

I've had the pleasure of seeing The Clean four times in total over the years; twice in London and twice in New York (where, as a British person I can sympathise with the Kiwis for being mistaken as Australian). David Kilgour has been making noises recently about how this might be the beginning of the end for the band. From an interview with The Quietus:
...funnily enough this jaunt coming up in the US feels like some kind of last hurrah-style adventure, albeit on the road, but I've said that before. I haven't felt like making any new Clean music deliberately in a studio for a while...
While The Clean haven't produced anything since Mister Pop in 2009, David Kilgour has released a steady stream of equally good solo material over the last 20 years and has a new album on Merge Records  called End Times Undone. The record contains some finely crafted jangle-pop for which he is known, but it is the Crazy Horse-like guitar fuzz of Down the Tubes and Dropper where the album excels.

The show certainly didn't feel like they were saying goodbye, so hopefully if they do decide to call it a day we'll get another send off. With the re-emergence of the Flying Nun record label in New Zealand, coupled with their partnership of NYC label Captured Tracks, it's an exciting time for newcomers to acquaint themselves with a scene that can rival any other. Perhaps there is no better starting point than The Clean's newly re-issued Anthology

Interview: Peter Matthew Bauer - Liberation!

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Peter Matthew Bauer has stepped into the spotlight after 13 years playing various instruments in The Walkmen, who are currently on "extreme hiatus". It's not often that the end of a band can be celebrated but judging by the strength of Bauer's solo debut, Liberation!, being part of a group may well have been holding back an extremely talented songwriter. Liberation! is a spellbinding album, and it is a real album; the sum of it's parts, the flow and vibe of the full 42-minutes are a joy to behold.

Peter was kind enough to answer a few questions we had regarding the album and you can catch him on tour opening for Delta Spirit at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on the 2nd of October. Liberation! is out now on Mexican Summer, which you purchase here.

Liberation! is one of those rare records that whenever I put it on, I can't do anything else but pay attention and listen. It sounds like it was a real labour of love, did you agonise over very second during recording?
First off, thank you for listening. I would say that it felt very intuitive to make and I was obsessed with trying to work as fast as I could without thinking too much about sound or detail. I think that always helps and that’s sort of been how I’m trying to go about what I do from here on out. This keeps the agony to a minimum.

The album is sequenced perfectly, did you have to cut any songs in favour of the overall flow?
After I'd written the first four or five songs I had this idea for the whole record- so the rest of it was written to fit the part. Anything that didn't work kind of fell apart before it was finished. It had a plot that I followed all the way through.

Had you been squirrelled these songs away for some time or did you start from scratch after The Walkmen called it a day?
I'd never sung anything myself so I had to figure out my own voice, how to sing, and then write music that could help that along. Maybe there were a few musical ideas from the old band that came back up but really that stuff feels very far away now, like it was something from a different place and time.

What was it like growing up in an ashram? I imagine most people don’t even know what one is. 
I think it was an important experience for me in terms of how I've ended up seeing the world. Most of what I remember about India, when I was very young are certain visceral images- the ashram gardens, this statue of the god hanuman on top of a mountain. Later, my family spent a lot of time in an ashram in upstate New York. I remember this much more clearly as we were there on and off until I was a teenager. So I sort of came of age there. But all this stuff- there was always a meditation center in my parents basement and still is- its very integrated into how it was until I left home. So it’s hard to say what it was like I guess? Some of the people were very strange, some were very needy or troubled, others were wonderful just like anywhere else. I would say I had a lot of trouble when I was younger. I was very bothered by the cultish aspects of the place, by the charlatanism. As I get older I find it all very interesting, and also pretty integral to how these organizations and worlds seem to arise.

I want to touch on some of the religious/spiritual aspects of the record. Sometimes you're taking swipes, sometimes you're sympathetic and other times there is ambiguity, I was particularly interested when you said "you can also arrive at some sort of strange, joyful experience right now without believing anything". As someone who pays close attention to where science and religions clash, I find that message to be very important, that people can have awe, wonder and mystery without having to resort to anything unbelievable. Is that something you wrestle with?
I think I started out with this idea of writing of about varieties of religious experience, mystical phenomena, my own upbringing in all that. So some of it was very angry, some of it was poking fun of things, some of it was using that negativity and absurdism to try to get at some real feeling of joy and expansion without feeling like I was lying to myself or others in any way. I don’t have time for true believers, I don’t mind going after people, trying to break down belief, trying to break down whatever remains of this stuff in myself but I’ve yet to be convinced that this kind of small minded rationalism of mainstream science is anything more than another religion, another kind of half assed construct that is easy to breakthrough. Maybe because of how I was raised, I think I’ve always come from the basic vantage point that anyone who is sure about what they believe is pretty much an asshole. I know I don’t know anything. I can’t imagine how anyone else can be so certain. Since making this record, I feel like I’ve become more and more comfortable just living in the phenomena present around me, making everything up as it happens. Wonder and mystery arise from our own perception and experience.

It didn't really sound like The Walkmen were having fun anymore, and despite some heavy themes in the lyrics, Liberation! ultimately sounds like a pretty positive record. Was that something you made a conscious decision about or did the songs just come out that way?
I’d say when I’ve tried to write something entirely dark and serious so far, it’s come out pretty damn maudlin. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up. I would be so damn ecstatic if I could write something truly bleak and heartbreaking but for now, I think I’ve found all my entrances into what I want to write about through moments that seemed sort of over the top, theatrical, kind of funny really, at least at the time.

The Walkmen are known as a Brooklyn band, do you now identify as a Philadelphia artist? How has leaving the city affected you as a musician (if at all)?
I think of the Walkmen as a band I was in during my 20s in western Harlem. We had a studio at 132nd and Broadway and I lived on 138th street. Anything after that was a band that worked pretty individually, maybe as a group sometimes but never with a geographical center other than where the group traveled at the time. One record was in Oxford, Mississippi. One in Dallas. Two in Tribeca with Chris Zane. One in Washington State.

I think the record I just made was very Philadelphia centric, but I’m not sure I’ve really set down roots here. I’ve got a lot of friends here, a life, and the musicians on this thing are all Philly folk. I love it here. Having said that, I’m not sure you can make more than one of these things coming from the same place. I like to change everything. It’s useful and gives things a spark. My band is very Austin, Texas oriented right now. And on top of that, I’ve been very much California dreaming recently. I’d love to get out west someday. I think I’ve done my time on the east coast of America.

You're opening for Delta Spirit at the moment, including a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on the 2nd of October, what kind of set can people expect who haven't seen you before?
Everytime I do this these days, there’s different people, new life to the band but also the worry that we’re just gonna fall on our damn faces. So this tour, the band is a different line up than the last and we are all going to get together this week and figure it out. I’ve been singing with 2 or 3 female singers one of whom is my wife Marisa and that will continue. My friend Matt Oliver from Texas will do almost all the guitars, his old drummer Jordan Johns also from Texas will play with us too. Mickey Walker is my old pal from Philadelphia and he plays the bass.
So far, I feel like I’ve started to really stumble on to something with all these folks, a very different energy that is very crazy and chaotic and very joyful and I think it continues to grow. By the end of our last run, I thought we were a damn strange and loud as hell rock and roll band that felt like we had a reason to live and someplace to go. Hopefully, we can get to that again.


Live Review: Screaming Females at the Knitting Factory

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Don Giovanni arguably have the most consistent roster around right now with the likes of Brick Mower, Priests, California X, Waxahatchee, Black Wine and flagship band, Screaming Females all gracing the New Brunswick-based label.

Screamales kicked off their latest tour in Baltimore the previous night and there was no sign of any early-tour rustiness as the band customarily blitzed through their sold-out 60-minute set at the Knitting Factory on Saturday evening. You can also listen to new single, Wishing Well, after the jump.

Rather uncharacteristically, I missed the opening act, which was Mal Blum, but did catch Pujol, who always pack more of a punch live than on record.



Screaming Females took to the stage set a little after 9pm. This was the fourth time I'd seen them this year and for my money, they're the best live band around right now. Whilst all eyes and ears are naturally drawn towards singer and guitar virtuoso Marissa Paternoster, the rhythm section of Jarrett Dougherty on drums and King Mike on bass are not just there to make up the numbers. Mike's rickenbacker bass is the perfect foil for Marrisa's unabashed penchant for exquisite guitar solos, which are a complete joy to witness.

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It's the material from 2012's Ugly LP that gets the crowd the most pumped, with It All Means Nothing, Extinction, Leave It All to Me & Doom 84  all giving the venue's floorboards a testing by the rambunctious attendees. The band had promised a surprise at the merch table for this tour, and they have a new 7" single out in anticipation of new album, Rose Mountain. The single is called Wishing Well, and you can listen to it below.



As an FYI, the Knitting Factory had a "mandatory" $3 bag check, which was shall we say, selectively enforced... this was also the first time I'd been to the venue in 2014. I'm not quite sure what's happened with the booking there but it got me thinking: Last year I saw the likes of The Growlers, The Babies, Jaill, Pop Zeus, Foxygen, Bleached, White Fence and Wooden Shjips. This year I can't quite remember any shows even being on my radar until this weekend, which is a shame because the sound is usually on point. as it is tonight.

If you haven't seen the band before then I would certainly urge you to rectify that as soon as possible. The term "power trio" may have become diluted and perhaps somewhat of a dirty word over the years, but Screaming Females are almost single-handedly dragging it back kicking and screaming to the present day.

The band's remaining tour dates are as follows:
10/06 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
10/07 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
10/08 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
10/09 - Back Porch - Spearfish, SD
10/10 - Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
10/11 - The Crux - Boise, ID
10/13 - Holocene - Portland, OR
10/14 - Obsidian - Olympia, WA
10/15 - Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/17 - 1234 Go! - Oakland, CA
10/18 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/19 - Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
10/23 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
10/24 - Walter's Downtown - Houston, TX
10/25 - Community Records Block Party - New Orleans, LA
10/28 - The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN
10/30 - Pre-Fest 2 - Ybor (Tampa), FL*
10/31 - FEST 13 - Gainesville, FL*
11/01 - 529 Bar - Atlanta, GA
11/02 - Kings Barcade - Raleigh, NC
11/03 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/05 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
11/06 - TT The Bear's Place - Cambridge, MA
11/07 - Spark City - Providence, RI
11/08 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ
All shows with PUJOL except *
Screaming Females are on Twitter and Facebook, purchase their music here.

Live Review: King Tuff Played Baby's All Right

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King Tuff serenaded his audience with some good old fashioned rock and roll on Wednesday night.
Shows at Baby's are so effortlessly easy due to their decent happy hour until 8pm, $5 drafts coupled with a $7 burger/salad make your evening plans a no-brainer (you can also get a miller for $3 but really, that's just an expensive water).

I've seen opening band, Honey, probably half a dozen times this year and if you haven't seen their aggressive garage-psyche then you should attempt to rectify that at your nearest convenience.
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Fletcher C Johnson never seems to get the plaudits he deserves for his pop-infused anthems. Why Messin' Up My Mind isn't a huge hit is beyond my understanding.
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King Tuff kicks his set off with the title track from Black Moon Spell, and plays 10 of the 14 songs from the album over the course of the night. This might seem like a bold move to some but there's definitely a thrill watching someone with that level of confidence in their latest material.
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It's obvious why that confidence is there, because Black Moon Spell is a wonderful don't-give-a-fuck classic rock record. It has riffs, hooks, sludge and sugar all in equal amounts. On Headbanger, the lyrics swoon over a friend/lover's record collection "you had Sabbath and Priest, and number of the beast, it was heavy metal perfection", those aren't bad namechecks for the record in general, though perhaps more accurate is Eddie's Song, that is so gloriously Thin Lizzy-esque you could file it next to Jailbreak.
Audience members ignorant of the new material (the album has only been out a couple of weeks) were thrown a few older tunes and the crowd erupted during Freak When I'm Dead and the inevitable Bad Thing, which really is one of the best tunes of the last few years.
An encore of I Love You Ugly before launching into Alone and Stoned rounded off the evening. It was refreshing to hear universal enthusiasm for an encore for a change! The show did seem like a bit of a treat, with Baby's capacity being less than his usual type of venue (which included a sold-out Bowery show the following day).
Setlist
Black Moon Spell
Wild Desire
Madness
Freak When I'm Dead
Headbanger
Beautiful Thing
Rainbows Run
Staircase of Diamonds
Eyes of the Muse
Sun Medallion
Demon From Hell
Bad Thing
Biggest Hearts
Eddie's Song
Anthem
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I Love You Ugly
Alone and Stoned
Black Moon Spell is out now on Sub Pop.

Live Review: Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet played Death By Audio

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Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet very nearly brought the ceiling down at Death By Audio on Sunday night with what must be one of the most potent pairings that have graced the venue.

Openers Punani Hunter (Diarrhea Planet drummer, Casey Weissbuch) sounded exactly like you'd expect given no information other than the name! He bounced around the venue backed by a blend of reggae/dub/dance. Next up was Scully, but there is nothing supernatural about their infectious garage-pop.
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Before Diarrhea Planet took to the stage I wondered if they could even fit on it! Their platoon of guitar players and battalion of amplifiers would test most platforms. Few bands can work a crowd like DP, with each rock cliche a moment of ecstasy rather than the embarrassment it would be in lesser hands.
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At one point, an over-eager crowdsurfer decided to grab onto the air conditioner panel in the ceiling, which immediately came off whilst still being wired; now hanging but for one person holding it aloft. What was going on in the head of the individual, to think that was ever a good idea, must be unbeknownst even to them. Or at least I'd like to give them that much credit for such an act of sheer idiocy. After some relative heroics of a member of the audience and stout effort of those hoisting him upwards, the panel was replaced without pause from the band, but that ceiling looks like it is hanging by a thread, not that it wasn't already.
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I would not envy any act that had to follow Diarrhea Planet's histrionics, but Jeff the Brotherhood's presence felt like somewhat of a return home, having played the venue a few times over the years (which is documented in part on the Live at DBA 2012 flexidisc). It's testament to DBA that a band that has, in all fairness, outgrown the venue in terms of the crowd they can command, to keep wanting to play here. Everyone understandably lapped up their career-spanning set.
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For their final song, Jeff the Brotherhood summoned "The Wizard", and promptly served up an unabashed and faithful rendition of Working Man by Rush. This was particularly captivating for me considering since I was wearing my Rush debut album t-shirt, and they are arguably my favourite band of all time!
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Sweat dripped and emotions were spent, that the show would be this spectacular was almost inevitable.
There will not be many more nights like this.

Live Review: La Hell Gang played Glasslands

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La Hell Gang recently signed to Brooklyn's Mexican Summer label and played their first ever US show on Wednesday night at Glasslands.

Having followed Chilean pyschedelic rock extensively over the last couple of years, it is always a rare but essential opportunity when a band rolls in to town. Given that La Hell Gang's new album, Thru Me Again, is only their second in close to 5 years, it was definitely not a show to miss.

Opener Jefre Cantu-Ledesma created a wind tunnel soundscape, which I was into, whilst others clearly didn't even realise someone was on stage playing a set. More fool them. I found it a nice contrast to put an ambient musician first considering what was to come.
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Arp were up next and I think they've come a long way since I saw them last year at East River Park, their opening number in particular was a krautrock-inspired head-nodder. There are a couple of tunes that don't quite hit the spot when you just want them to break loose a little bit, but I enjoyed their set.
If the occasion were to cause any nerves for La Hell Gang then one could never tell. The band made a cool, unassuming entrance before effortlessly laying down an hour long psych masterclass.
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The songs on record are more of a guideline for their live sets, which often wander into improvisational jams. Drummer Nes and bass player Sarwin lock into a groove which lets KB Cabala set the room on fire with his guitar, it's thrilling to see and hear, with that classic  Hendrix vox pedal sound being put to perfect use.
Sarwin plays left handed but just flips a right-handed bass over, so the low E is the bottom string, it's an odd technique, but works a charm.
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There's an obvious emphasis on the new album, but their debut, Just What Is Real, has also just been repressed on Blow Your Mind Records and they played a few older numbers as well, though not the title track which would have been fantastic to hear.


Santiago is slowly gaining recognition as a hotbed of inventive rock and roll, there are nods to the past but La Hell Gang are looking to the stars. Thru Me Again is available now on Mexican Summer.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 In Gigs: 142 in total and a top 13



I went to 142 concerts in 2014 (down from 154 in 2013!), so I wanted to compile them quickly and run through some of my favourites. The year has been punctuated by loss, my beloved Death By Audio is gone (my tribute is here), I will miss that place forever. Glasslands (as of NYE 2014) and 285 Kent are also no longer with us, I wonder if I'll ever walk down South 2nd Street again. We also lost Kim's record shop. If my favourite coffee place (Abraco) ever goes I might just go and live in the mountains.

Scattered among the massacre were some shining moments however, and my baker's dozen favourite shows of the year are as follows (I'm trying to be objective about this).

1) Metz - Death By Audio - 21st of November

The penultimate night at Death By Audio also featured Protomartyr, Nots and Sleepies. I went to 7 of the last 9 nights at the venue and I could just list all 22 shows as being the best, but like I said, I'm trying to be objective. It's a cliche term to use, but Metz are a force of nature when they play live. The only previous time I had seen them was in a record store and they were bouncing off the walls then as well. They tore the roof off (literally) and while I sort-of grew out of my moshing phase at aged 21, I even got in the thick of things during their set. 

2) Screaming Females - Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 16th of May

Of the five Screaming Females shows I saw in 2014, their headline set at Brooklyn Night Bazaar just shades it. I could probably have picked any since they are always on form (I reviewed their show at Knitting Factory here), but everything seemed to click up a gear at this one. Guitar solos-a-plenty, and the venue's surprisingly good sound system did the band justice among the hipster trinkets and foodies around the market. 

3) Del Amitri - Hammersmith Apollo - 7th of February

My first love was Del Amitri, and having played their last shows back in 2002, I was always hopeful of having another chance to see them at some point (they never broke up, the phone just stopped ringing, as they said). Thankfully 2014 saw the band play some shows and I had no choice but to go back to England to see them. I also went to the show in Oxford but they seemed a little more into the London show, which is no surprise as Oxford can be a bit sedate for crowds. I even got to interview Justin Currie this year (see here).


4) Tweens - Death By Audio 3rd of April

I saw Tweens during CMJ in 2013 and waited impatiently for the release of their debut album (my second favourite of the year), I caught a further two shows later in the year (for 2014's CMJ) but almost by default, a show at DBA will pip most others. 

5) Jeff the Brotherhood / Diarrhea Planet - Death By Audio 12th of October

A great double-whammy of a show I reviewed here.

6) Ty Segall - Death By Audio - 14th of November

The first time I ever had to queue for a show at DBA (and a sign of things to come for the final week)! Ty Segall and Death By Audio, you needn't say any more, the two go hand-in-hand. Suffice to say it was quite the show with bodies flying everywhere.

7) Goat - Webster Hall - 18th of June

A big regret of 2013 was missing Goat's show at Music Hall Williamsburg and I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. Their hypnotic psyche-rock spectacle has to be seen for yourselves, words won't really do it justice. 

8) Curtis Harding -  Mercury Lounge (10th of June) and Glasslands (11th of June)

The breakthrough artist of 2014 for me is Curtis Harding, with his debut album, Soul Power being my favourite album of the year I had to see both of his NYC shows, which I reviewed here.

9) Slowdive - Terminal 5 - 25th of October

2014 brought some surprises our way, one of which was the reformation of 90s shoegaze titans, Slowdive. Terminal 5 may well be the worst venue in New York, but sometimes you have to put your prejudices aside and suck it up. The band delivered a dream setlist and their meticulous approach to their music must have also helped as the acoustics were even good at the venue!

10) Bob Mould - Bowery Ballroom - 10th of September

Whilst Bob has always been a consistent artist, and often spectacular, he does seem to be in somewhat of a second wind at this stage of his career with his Sugar-esque releases of late. The show at Bowery Ballroom featured heavily on Husker Du songs and he just blitzed through the whole set. 

11) St Vincent - Prospect Park - 9th of August

I've got to be honest, I wasn't really feeling the Annie Clark love-in for her self-titled album, it seemed like style-over-substance and a diet version of David Bowie. However, I had heard she was good live so I made the fairly short walk to Prospect Park and waited hours in line for this free show. She really played a spectacular set fitting of a large outdoor show, I like the album a lot more now too (but it's not top 20 of the year material).

12) Guided by Voices - Bowery Ballroom - 23rd of May

Bob Pollard has pulled the plug on GBV again (hopefully only temporarily once more), so it seems like more of a treat in retrospect to have seen them again this year play their usual million-song setlist. An added bonus was opener Doug Gillard, whose album, Parade On, is an understated treasure of the year, Doug joined the band onstage for a couple of mid-period GBV tunes, including one of my favourites, Fair Touching

13) King Khan and the Shrines - Le Poisson Rouge - 6th of June

Appearing for the second year in a row (their show at Webster Hall made my 2013 list), it's impossible not to have a great time at their shows. 


Here are some nerdy stats: 

The venue I went to the most times was of course, Death By Audio, 22 times to be exact. Other double-digit visits for shows included Mercury Lounge (10) Baby's All Right (10) and close enough, Glasslands (9).

The band I saw the most times were Screaming Females, clocking in 5 shows. Which is great because they are the best live band around right now. I also have tickets to see them in February 2015. 

I saw shows in three different countries, including back home in England and also Germany (Berlin), it could have been 4, but there weren't any in Barcelona on the days I visited, I missed a few things either side of my travel dates.

All pictures are mine, leading image is of Kaki King at BRIC House (who probably should have made the top 13 in fairness!).

And the full list (note that the odd date format may be incorrect, I try to keep UK format dd-mm-yy but a few probably slip through the net!):


Band
Date
Venue
Lost Boy? / Slonk Donkerson / Heeney / Breakfast in Fur
04/01/2014
Mercury Lounge
Brick Mower / Timeshares
06/01/2014
Death By Audio
Potty Mouth / Radiator Hospital
06/01/2014
Glasslands
Hunters / Delicate Steve
10/01/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Journalism / Slonk Donkerson / Sham-poo / Little Racer / Mainland
14/01/2014
Pianos
Palehound
16/01/2014
Spike Hill
Jeffrey Lewis / Nu-Sonics
17/01/2014
Mercury Lounge
Fucked Up / Diiv / White Lung / Guardian Aliens / Lodro
19/01/2014
285 Kent
Imaginary Boys
23/01/2014
The Bell House
Neutral Milk Hotel
24/01/2014
BAM
Del Amitri
2/5/2014
Oxford New Theatre
Del Amitri
07/02/2014
Hammersmith Apollo
Black Angels / Roky Erickson
18/02/2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Yvette / Christines
21/02/2014
Glasslands
Grand Resort / Friend Roulette / Dead Stars
22/02/2014
Radio Bushwick
Future of What
25/02/2014
Studio X
Nada Surf
27/02/2014
The Bell House
Vivian Girls / Waxahatchee / Juan Wauters
01/03/2014
Death By Audio
Vivian Girls / Shellshag / Pottymouth
02/03/2014
Baby's All Right
Cheatahs / Eternal Summers
04/03/2014
Baby's All Right
Kaki King
06/03/2014
BRIC House
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
18/03/2014
Joe's Pub
Vaadat Charagim / Yonatan Gat / Exocomet
20/03/2014
Death By Audio
Brick Mower / Shellshag
21/03/2014
The Acheron
Screaming Females / Thou / Rosetta / Dead Wurm
22/03/2014
ABC No Rio
Boogarins
24/03/2014
Other Music
Solids / Pup
25/03/2014
Mercury Lounge
Allah-Las / The Black Hollies / Spires
27/03/2014
Rough Trade
Kraftwerk
01/04/2014
United Palace Theater
Tweens / Shellshag / Scully / Bennio Qwerty
03/04/2014
Death By Audio
Matt Kivel / Andrew Cedemark / Zachary Cale
11/04/2014
Glasslands
Protomartyr / Spray Paint / VBA
13/04/2014
Cake Shop
Loop / Purling Hiss
17/04/2014
Le Poisson Rouge
Fear of Men / Beverly / Beach Day / Alvvays
18/04/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fear of Men / Nothing
19/04/2014
Rough Trade
Fear of Men
23/04/2014
Baby's All Right
Slonk Donkerson / The Teen Age
23/04/2014
Glasslands
Liam Finn
24/04/2014
Moscot
Caveman / Total Slacker / Reputante / Amanda X
25/04/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Robbie Fulks
26/04/2014
Mercury Lounge
Miss Garrison
01/05/2014
The Paper Box
Yellow Eyes / Obsidiant Tongue / Mountain God
03/05/2014
Saint Vitus
Against Me / Tony Molina
03/05/2014
Saint Vitus
Mystic Braves
07/05/2014
Mercury Lounge
You Am I
07/05/2014
Mercury Lounge
Purling Hiss / Geronimo / Lost Boy / Vulture Shit / Bbig Pig
09/05/2014
Shea Stadium
La Sera / Springtime Carnivore
10/05/2014
Baby's All Right
Screaming Females / Bleeding Rainbow / Marvin Berry & the New Sound / Lilith Velkor
16/05/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Fletcher C Johnson, Bad Girlfriend, Juniper Rising, Onwe
17/05/2014
Baby's All Right
Guided by Voices / Doug Gillard
23/05/2014
Bowery Ballroom
Pujol
24/05/2014
Rough Trade
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band / Tara Jane O'Neil
24/05/2014
Union Pool
Dinosaur Jr / Screaming Females / Creepoid
28/05/2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Forgetters / Bennio Qwerty / The Seth
30/05/2014
Death By Audio
Vulture Shit / Marriage and Cancer / Flagland / Bludded Head / Washer
31/05/2014
The Gutter
King Khan and the Shrines / Red Mass
06/06/2014
Le Poisson Rouge
Pissed Jeans
07/06/2014
Union Pool
Curtis Harding
10/06/2014
Mercury Lounge
Curtis Harding / Darlings / Homeshake
11/06/2014
Glasslands
+/- / Flower
13/06/2014
Cake Shop
Thee Oh Sees / Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel / White Mystery / Hector's Pets
15/06/2014
Death By Audio
Goat / Holy Wave
18/06/2014
Webster Hall
Afghan Whigs
02/07/2014
C-Club, Berlin
Protomartyr / Alvvays
11/07/2014
South Street Seaport
4Knots festival (Dinosaur Jr, Those Darlings, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Dead Stars)
12/07/2014
South Street Seaport
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
16/07/2014
Brookfield Place
Ceremony / Nothing / Iron Lung
18/07/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Obits / VBA
19/07/2014
Union Pool
Witch
23/07/2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sun Kil Moon
24/07/2014
Town Hall
Celebration / Dragons of Zynth / Honey
25/07/2014
Baby's All Right
Heat
26/07/2014
Rough Trade
Darren Hayman
26/07/2014
Cake Shop
Cherry Glazer / Gym Shorts
31/07/2014
Mercury Lounge
Public Access TV
31/07/2014
Mercury Lounge
Slavve
02/08/2014
Rough Trade
Jessica Pratt
02/08/2014
Union Pool
Mark Eitzel
02/08/2014
The Wick
Kleenex Girl Wonder / Tanks Amigo
07/08/2014
McCarren Park
Asian Dub Foundation
08/08/2014
Prospect Park
Weird Womb / The Sundelles
09/08/2014
Union Pool
St Vincent
09/08/2014
Prospect Park
Charles Bradley
10/08/2014
Damrosch Bandshell
Twin Peaks
13/08/2014
Mercury Lounge
Holy Ghost!
14/08/2014
House of Vans
Boogarins / Jacco Gardner
15/08/2014
South Street Seaport
The Men / Purling Hiss / Honey
15/08/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Blood Orange / Moses Sumney
16/08/2014
Central Park
The Clean
21/08/2014
Rough Trade
Black Wine / Brick Mower / Sore Saints / The Grand Pantrymen
22/08/2014
Death By Audio
Afro Punk 2014 (Bad Brains / Body Count)
23/08/2014
Commodore Barry Park
Joanna Gruesome / Big Ups
29/08/2014
South Street Seaport
Heavy Blanket
30/08/2014
Union Pool
Tom Clark and High Action Boys / Lenny Kaye
31/08/2014
The Treehouse at 2A
Part Time / Sea Lions / Wax Witches
04/09/2014
Glasslands
Elephant Stone
09/09/2014
Mercury Lounge
Bob Mould / Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/09/2014
Bowery Ballroom
Atlas Sound / Ducktails
13/09/2014
Greenwood Park
Gemma Ray
16/09/2014
Brooklyn Bowl
Wand / Honey / Florida
15/09/2014
Death By Audio
Dandy Warhols
19/09/2014
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Justin Currie
20/09/2014
Rough Trade
Those Darlins
20/09/2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Justin Currie
23/09/2014
City Winery
Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel / Froth / Corners / Wyatt Blair
25/09/2014
Death By Audio
Dick Diver / PC Worship / Dark Blue
26/09/2014
Death By Audio
Twin Peaks / Honduras / Roya
28/09/2014
50 Kent
Screaming Females / Pujol
10/04/2014
Knitting Factory
King Tuff / Fletcher C Johnson / Honey
10/8/2014
Baby's All Right
Allo Darlin' / Saphire Mansions
10/10/2014
Glasslands
Devo
10/12/2014
Times Square
JEFF the brotherhood / Diarrhea Planet / Scully / Punani Hunter
10/12/2014
Death By Audio
La Hell Gang / Arp
15/10/2014
Glasslands
Beach Day / Flowers / Boyd Shropshire / Casual Sex / September Girls
21/10/2014
Cake Shop
James
21/10/2014
Webster Hall
Tweens / Pins / Paws
22/10/2014
Arlene's Grocery
Girlpool
22/10/2014
Pianos
Reigning Sound / White Fence / King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard / Shonen Knife / Ice Balloons / Ultimate Painting
22/10/2014
Knitting Factory
Dinner
23/10/2014
Baby's All Right
Wampire / Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
23/10/2014
The Living Room
Meatbodies / L.A. Witch / Girlpool
23/10/2014
Death By Audio
Tweens / Wytches / Dilly Dally
24/10/2014
Baby's All Right
Doug Gillard
24/10/2014
Passenger Bar
Purling Hiss / OBN IIIIs / Hunters
24/10/2014
Baby's All Right
Dinner
25/10/2014
Cake Shop
Springtime Carnivore
25/10/2014
Pianos
Slowdive / Low
25/10/2014
Terminal 5
Parquet Courts / Tyvek / Taiwan Housing Project / Ivy
03/11/2014
Death By Audio
Woods / Woolen Men / Lame Drivers
06/11/2014
Death By Audio
Screaming Females / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Pujol / Shellshag
09/11/2014
Death By Audio
Ty Segall / Guantanamo Baywatch / Numerators / Rips
14/11/2014
Death By Audio
Naam
15/11/2014
The Paperbox
Fiasco, Michael Jordan, Sediment Club, Large Lady
16/11/2014
Death By Audio
Future Punx, Priests, Downtown Boys, Pink Wash, B-Boys
17/11/2014
Death By Audio
TV On the Radio
18/11/2014
The Apollo Theater
Thee Oh Sees / Dope Body / Roomrunner / Guerilla Toss
19/11/2014
Death By Audio
Thee Oh Sees / Natural Child / Jack Name
20/11/2014
Death By Audio
Metz / Protomartyr / Nots / Sleepies
21/11/2014
Death By Audio
Lightning Bolt / A Place to Bury Strangers / Jeff the Brotherhood / Grooms
22/11/2014
Death By Audio
Bob Dylan
01/12/2014
Beacon Theatre
Bob Log III
10/12/2014
Oxford 02 Academy (ex-Zodiac)
Bass Drum of Death / Mitski / Sundelles / The Lushes
28/12/2014
Glasslands