The 10 Best Guesses To The Suddenly Pressing Question, "Who Are The Modern Weepers?"

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Yesterday Brooklyn Vegan posted a query about about British act playing Mercury Lounge on May 27; the act goes by the name the Modern Weepers, and the Merc site claims that the Mancunian act is "well travelled and well known in their native England" and "thrill[s] audiences and critics alike with their electronic melodies and classic Mope Rock lyrics." But thanks to there being little info on the band on the web--there's the bio on the Merc site, the seemingly MS Paint-produced logo at left, and a brand-new, deliberately cryptic Twitter account that follows Okkervil River, Pitchfork, Weezer, and Mike Posner--BV's innocent query (tagged, provocatively, with "secret show") has resulted in 500-some-odd speculative comments, zero real answers as to who this band in disguise might be, and a sold-out show for something that could just be a big old fake-out. (I'm hoping for The Tears, myself--get the play on words??--although Brett Anderson might be tired after three shows in Dublin spotlighting old Suede catalog that week.) 10 answers from the name-eschewing BV crowd and their odds of being true, after the jump.

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The Beach Fossils Bassist Responds: Why John Pena Threw His Bass Into the East River

Yesterday, a minor scandal broke out as video surfaced of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena chucking his instrument into the East River after a particularly heated Fourth of July performance at Long Island City's Water Taxi Beach. Certain corners of the Internet were not amused. Brooklyn Vegan commenters questioned Pena's commitment to the environment. His shorts were made fun of. Trust funds were alleged. In response, we figured it was only fair to ask Pena for his side of the story. Cell phone service went out in Cleveland last night, where the band was performing -- wonder why? -- so this morning, we chatted with Pena over e-mail instead. His account is below:

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List: Top Ten Brooklyn Vegan Commenter Reactions To The Video Of The Beach Fossils Dude Throwing His Bass Into The East River

So here is delightful footage of, yes, Beach Fossils' notably spastic bass player chucking his axe into the river during a Water Taxi Beach show. This is a thing with this band, apparently: 45 minutes or whatever of amiably, jangly, glo-fi good vibrations climaxing with 15 seconds of visceral, instrument-damaging (-drowning, in this case) rage. At Bruar Falls last week Mr. Bassist pretty much flattened the drummer's kit with his, uh, body, so at least now he's on to destroying his own shit. Brooklyn Vegan's commenters, though, were unamused, for aesthetic/environmental/classist reasons. Here, a sample of their wit and wisdom.

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Dept. Of Why The Hell Not: Sam Amidon Covered "Walking On Sunshine" For Brooklyn Vegan

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We here at SOTC are great fans of eerily serene NYC-ish folkie Sam Amidon -- or at least, fans of his otherworldly skill with cover songs. And so the news that a) Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" is 25 years old, b) Brooklyn Vegan is celebrating this fact by curating a celebratory EP, and C) the EP includes Sam's own banjo-and-monotone cover ... that's all pretty weird, but not that weird. Listen to it here; more details on the BV EP coming soon. In terms of Amidon covers it can't possibly top his treatment of R. Kelly's "Relief," but the moment when he deadpans, "I used to think maybe you loved me/Now baby I'm surrrre" is cheering all the same. Listen to this now to take your mind off the fact that the Lost finale was some bullshit.

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