Dept. of Useful Things: Upcoming Free Shows at Soundfix
These people did not get there on time; photo by Cami D
Pointer about shows at Soundfix Records: Be punctual. A couple Saturdays ago, while the many of you were watching hi-fi equipment incarnate at SummerStage, about 70-ish of us agoraphobic types trickled into Soundfix's back lounge area to see a show somewhere it wasn't raining balls. The afternoon's excuse was Oneida (new and improved—with a wind instrument and an Ex-Models guitarist!), a longtime band of Brooklyn art-rockers whose hour-worth of meandering guitar squalls and organ-spazz jams, along with a particularly rockin' coke-head taunt called "Snow Machine," were all a rather fine complement to a $5 Hoegaarden at four in the afternoon.
Havta admit, though, I'm a sucker for the place since it's been redone. Sometimes bands list their shows there as "in-store" performances, but it's not like they're serenading CD racks—it's a backroom venue with a bar. Been there twice in the last month and both times they blared Battles' mathy-Black-Diced anthem "Atlas"—never a bad look. Sightlines aren't terrific considering that the band is barely elevated, but the room's laidback, with large sunny windows and a little patio area for smokers. Again, the Hoegaarden.
Back to that tip: get there on time. Got there for Oneida at the scheduled hour and managed to grab a barstool—within 20 minutes, the entire back room was packed, standing-room only. A week or two earlier for Lonely Dear/Sea and the Cake, I got there 15 minutes late, the room was rush-hour L-Train touchy-feely, so I spent Lonely Dear's set with elbows in my body parts. That was a couple degrees of suck.
Anyway, some really great upcoming free shows at Soundfix.
Friday, Jun 29: Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears, 8pm
Sunday, Jul 1: Dengue Fever, 7pm
Thursday, Jul 12: Patton Oswalt, 8pm
Saturday, Jul 14: Balun, 6pm
Sunday, Jul 15: Land Of Talk, 8pm
JUST ADDED, Friday, July 20: Lewis & Clarke CD release, 8 pm
Saturday, July 21: O'Death [time TBA]
Saturday, July 28: Get Him Eat Him, 3pm
Saturday, August 18: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 3pm
Oneida, bad photo by Cami D
On the left, that's Shahin Motia, who plays with Oneida drummer Kid Millions in the Ex-Models
Beach House at Soundfix Records, last CMJ, courtesy of Soundfix
Beirut at Soundfix last summer/before reopening, courtesy this dude