Archive for October, 2010

BANG ON THIS! Surfer Blood “I’m Not Ready” (Halfway House Sessions) + Lincoln Hall Shows TOMORROW!

Posted in Bang on This! (Song of the Day) with tags , , , on October 13, 2010 by bangbangslang

First off – Congratulations to Tim who won last week’s Alejandro Escovedo ticket giveaway!

Bang Bang Slang‘s “Bang on THIS!” song-of-the-day comes from West Palm Beach 2010 indie breakout group Surfer Blood – a familiar band featured on BBS – and their Halfway House performance of a newer, non-Astro Coast song, “I’m Not Ready”. With tomorrow’s double-header performances at Lincoln Hall this will be the 4th time that Surfer Blood has cruised into Chicago this year. Might be more. The last time that BBS caught up with the Surfer Blood dudes was at Pitchfork Fest, where they jammed through a breezy afternoon set to a sweaty group of hundreds, crammed in the corner of the festival grounds. While it still might be a bit crammed at their 7:00 PM NEARLY SOLD OUT LH show tomorrow, tickets to the 10:00 show are still available… and The Drums are opening, so give me a break. Buy a ticket already.

LISTEN: Surfer Blood – “Anchorage

LISTEN: The Drums – ” Let’s Go Surfing “

If “I’m Not Ready” is a sign of what’s to come with the follow up to 2010’s Astro Coast, then Surfer Blood should have no problem riding out the wave of success they’ve been hanging on over the past year or so. “Ready” captures a similar tone and song structure utilized on Astro Coast – it could’ve very well been slipped onto the tracklist unnoticed, a nice accent and contribution to the already near flawless debut. But as with the rest of the Halfway House recordings for the Surfer Blood session, “Ready” carries an air of maturity for the band as a whole that didn’t exist last Fall when they started to blow up. They’re playing their instruments  better than ever before and have made some harmonious changes in their arrangements that have given their songs a bigger, more commanding sound. JP bellows a spot-on Tim Kasher style “Ah-oh-Ah-oh” to end the song – his vocal ability is finally at that level of balance between perfectly imperfect and extremely genuine to favor the sound of his band. We’re loving it.

If BBS had to guess, we’d say that Surfer Blood‘s follow up album follows in the same suit as The Strokes‘ “Room on Fire“. No need to shake up the formula, but a second offering of Astro Coast might just work the best here.


7:00 show – ALMOST SOLD OUT!



As usual, FREE BEER to anyone that wants one and send us an email or comment on the post! See you at Lincoln Hall

To hear the rest of the badass Surfer Blood Halfway House Sessions – CLICK HERE

For Surfer Blood News & Tour Dates – CLICK HERE


Bang Bang Slang Meets Dean Ween… Goes Fishing – 09/10/10

Posted in From the Archives (Concert Reviews), Music & Pop Culture News with tags , , , on October 7, 2010 by bangbangslang


Mickey Melchiondo & BBS Hooligans off the coast of Belmar, NJ 09/10/10


It’s been nearly a month since we braved the open seas with one of our guitar heroes as Co-Captain – Mickey Melchiondo (the one and only Deaner of Ween) – and the experience is one that will hold lasting vibrations of awesomeness for the entire gang that came along on our fishing adventure.

Speaking now as founder of the site, I couldn’t have wrangled up a better group of dudes to bring out to Belmar, NJ. An overdue thanks has to be given to our buddy Yankus who put the wheels in motion, contacted Mickey, kept our asses in check, and solidified plans for the entire thing – thank you, man! After 5 hours of slaying bluefish, sea bass, and striper, shitfaced crushing of endless booze, slamming burritos with fish guts on our hands, and smoking cigs till our boxes were empty, we made it back to the shore with smiles ear to ear and a story to tell for the rest of our lives. If only we didn’t go bar hopping till last call afterwards, make friends with degenerates, and wake up on the grimey, prison floors of the Belmar Motor Lodge… we might have actually remembered the details.

Yes, going on a Brownie Troop trip with Mickey is as fucking awesome as you would imagine.


The Skylarker II Pirates of Belmar


I thought the only way we could do Mickey, Brownie Troop, Captain Steve, and Billy justice by means of commemorating the trip would be by offering up an account from an expert angler who was on board (and who is of course a devout follower of Boognish). Here’s Contessa’s official fishing report on our time spent aboard the Skylarker II:

“Fishing aboard the Skylarker II was the type of early autumn magic in which wet and salty dreams are made.  Admittedly, as the crew of 11 departed the parking lot of the unassuming Belmar Motor Lodge, I wasn’t confident in the success of the coming trip. To call our crew novice would have been an extreme understatement, as the majority of those among us had never fished before; but, what this crew lacked in experience, they made up for with unbridled enthusiasm and copious amounts of Bud Light.

While we motored north up the coast, first mate Billy dug in blade-first to a stack of Bunker flats which would make for the chum (and bait) of the evening. By the time Captain Steve found his numbers, whatever lack of confidence I had earlier was quickly trumped by the potent smell of bluefish grease in the air. The first hour of fishing was extremely consistent, offering the crew a mixed bag of 8-15 LBS bluefish, seabass, and even one keeper Striper landed by Tony of New Hope, PA.

The bite slowed down as the tide went slack; which ironically was when things started to heat up. I realized that our other new friend from New Hope had brought a spinning rod with a bag of various metal; the right tools for a methodology of slaying I happen to know a lot about. In no time at all we were all taking turns on the spin-gear; bombing casts deep into the chum-slick, literally hooking mammoth blues on every crank. Artificials ended up out-fishing the bait about 20-1. Thankfully, everybody got their chance to partake in the festivities.  All and all, it was an amazing trip in the beauty that is coastal Jerz.” -DC

I couldn’t have summed it up better if I tried. Mainly because I don’t know shit about fishing. Sidenote: No one puked or fell overboard, which was a plus.


The Skylarker II in all its Glory



Billy preparing our chum



A Warm Welcome from Contessa, Biney, & Geoff



Starfish beer


… and then we caught fire and started bagging fish left and right.



Alex stands proud with Mickey and his Bluefish



Leslie is a boss



A-Trab & Deaner sharing in the glory



Tony's Big 'Ol Striper



Jordon's turn... bloodfest



Hale with his slippery bastard




The Cash Fan



Mickey & Drew after some serious metal skipping



On the way back to shore...



The Bachelor & Mickey




"Best sleep of my life..."



Gon' get em!



Baine's MONSTER Seabass



Hey... who's that guy?



Geoff crushes some breeters


Mickey Skipping A Lure – Belmar, NJ 09/10/10

BBS will let the pictures do most of the talking on this one. But Mickey really hit the nail on the head with his credo on the Mickey’s Guide Service website: “A fishing trip is the best gift one can receive in my opinion, whether it’s for one person or a huge gathering”. In this case it was a jumbled mess of drunken best buds and the end result was one for the history books, just as we had predicted.

Do yourself a favor and book a trip with  Captain Mickey before he wises up and stops taking bastards like us on the water: HERE


Mickey's Guide Service


And OF COURSE we flew all the way  back to NYC to see Ween play Central Park the following weekend. What sort of assholes would we be if we flaked on Ween‘s final performance of the summer in one of the sickest park settings they’ve ever played? (FULL SETLIST BELOW)



Ween Plays Central Park 09/17/10



Buckingham Green

She Wanted to Leave

Bananas & Blow

Learnin’ To Live

Transdermal Celebration

Up on the Hill

Take Me Away

Don’t Get Too Close (2 My Fantasy)

Even if You Don’t

Push ‘Th Little Daisies

Sorry Charlie

Voodoo Lady

Happy Colored Marbles

Stallion Pt. 3

Ice Castles

Final Alarm

With My Own Bare Hands

Your Party

Let’s Dance – David Bowie Cover

Touch My Tooter

You Fucked Up

Stroker Ace

Waving My Dick in the Wind

Hey There Fancy Pants

Wayne’s Pet Youngin’

Goin Gets Tough from the Get Go

Johnny on the Spot

The Mollusk

Spinal Meningitis

Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?

Roses are Free



Mr. Richard Smoker

Dr. Rock



Hail Boognish


… should Bang Bang Slang grow a pair and just fly out to Colorado for Ween’s Halloween show? We just might.

Tickets available for halloWEEN in Denver: HERE

WEEN news, merch, and tour info: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

FALL CONCERT SCHEDULE: Round #2! (October 2010)

Posted in Tour Information with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by bangbangslang

In the blink of an eye and the chug of a beer, we’re nearing the second week of October and BBS has completely dropped the ball on our monthly “Chicago Concert Calendar” post! After catching a mindblowing performance from indie troubador Will Oldham and his band Bonnie “Prince” Billy at Lincoln Hall and experiencing a dance funk house party – that we wouldn’t have anticipated in a million years – from Eels at Metro last week, October has clearly started on a sizzling hot note. November holds some equally hot promise for Chicagoans from acts like Danzig, Dawes, Mike Gordon, Delorean, and The Frames.

But as always, let’s focus on the now and hit you with the pressing dates that matter most (SEE BELOW – dates in bold indicate that BBS will be in attendance:


  • 10/06: Teenage Fanclub @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/07: Jimmy Eat World @ Riviera, Stars @ The Vic, Dungen @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/09: Riverboat Gamblers @ Subterranean, Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) @ Schubas
  • 10/10: Dan Deacon Ensemble @ Logan Square Auditorium
  • 10/11: Belle & Sebastian @ Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT), AA Bondy @ Schubas, Neon Indian @ Metro, Miike Snow @ Riviera
  • 10/12: Temper Trap @ Metro, Alejandro Escovedo @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/13: Guided By Voices @ The Vic (SOLD OUT), Walkmen w/ Miniature Tigers @ Metro
  • 10/14: Bell X1 (acoustic) @ Schubas (SOLD OUT), Surfer Blood w/ The Drums (2 shows) @ Lincoln Hall, The New Pornographers w/ Tokyo Police Club @ The Vic
  • 10/15: Sufjan Stevens @ Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT), Devotchka @ Lincoln Hall, Safari @ Horseshoe, Felice Brothers @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/16: Gorillaz @ UIC Pavillion, Devotchka @ Lincoln Hall, Jason Isbel & The 400 Unit w/ Langhorne Slim @ DoubleDoor, Raekwon @ Logan Square Auditorium
  • 10/18: The Bloody Beetroots @ Lincoln Hall, Joan of Arc @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/19: Band of Horses @ The Vic (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/20: Avi Buffalo @ Schubas, Social Distortion w/ Lucero @ Riviera
  • 10/21: Dr. Dog @ The Vic
  • 10/22: Blonde Redhead @ The Vic, Deerhunter w/ Real Estate @ Metro
  • 10/23: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses (2 Shows) @ Subterranean (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/25: LCD Soundsystem w/ Hot Chip @ Aragon Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
  • 10/26: LCD Soundsystem w/ Hot Chip @ Riviera
  • 10/27: Two Door Cinema Club @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/28: Planes Mistaken for Stars @ Subterranean, Black Mountain @ Metro, The Vaselines w/ Dum Dum Girls @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/29: Bear in Heaven @ Lincoln Hall, Jaill @ Mayne Stage, Born Ruffians @ Empty Bottle
  • 10/30: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Riviera, Dandy Warhols @ The Vic, Soft Pack w/ Kurt Vile @ Empty Bottle, Deer Tick @ Bottom Lounge, Morning Benders @ Lincoln Hall
  • 10/31: Mumford & Sons @ The Vic (SOLD OUT) (Happy Halloween!)

BANG BANG SLANG’s Top 3 Concert Picks – OCTOBER:

1.) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM w/ HOT CHIP @ Aragon Ballroom, October 25

LISTEN: LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”

2.) RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES @ Subterranean, October 23

LISTEN: Ryan Bingham – “Dylan’s Hard Rain”

3.) CARL BROEMEL (of My Morning Jacket) @ Schubas, October 9

LISTEN: Carl Broemel – “Heaven Knows”

Our next round of shows will resume tomorrow with Jimmy Eat World‘s stop at Riviera. We’ve been fans of these Tuscon indie/pop innovators for well over a decade now, having last seen them on their Bleed American tour, appropriately on September 10, 2001 – right before they pulled that album title from their modus operandi. So it’s been practically 10 years since we’ve checked em out and seeing them live again should be as comforting as a big bowl of mac ‘n cheese. All in all – Chicago venues have stepped their game up for October and there’s too much for us to even digest at this point… it’s overwhelming. Good work booking/talent/promo managers!

Again, congratulations to Jonathan who will be at Lincoln Hall‘s Teenage Fanclub show tonight! Alejandro Escovedo ticket giveaway winners will be announced at 12:00 PM on Friday 10/08… Keep the entries coming – we’ve got a ton so far.

Anyone going to Jimmy Eat World on Thursday or any other shows highlighted in bold? Let us know and BBS will buy you a beer – as usual – on us… FOR FREE!


Alejandro Escovedo TICKET GIVEAWAY! Lincoln Hall 10/12 – Chicago, IL

Posted in Contests with tags , , on October 5, 2010 by bangbangslang

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys stop by Lincoln Hall next Tuesday!

He’s come a long way since his time in the ’70’s  with punk rock pioneers The Nuns. A long way. Alejandro Escovedo is the quintessential “somehow still flying under the radar” prodigal musician – a talent that has tasted a wide spectrum of genres, mastered them, collaborated with many of the greats, and established a healthy discography as a solo artist over the last two decades. Plus, he was a central collaborator with BBS’ favorite singer/songwriter, Ryan Adams, during Whiskeytown‘s “Stranger’s Almanac” sessions. (I would cut off my pinky to see some of those Bloodshot Records shows from the late 90’s…ugh) A man who No Depression hailed as their “Artist of the Decade” is coming to our beloved Lincoln Hall next Tuesday 10/12.

and Bang Bang Slang has a pair of tickets to give away to the show!

Another artist that helps lessen BBS‘ longing for the South and bring back our fondness for Alt-Country to the Midwest, Escovedo‘s Chicago tour date is his first in a while and should be whiskey soaked glory.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Ashley for taking away last week’s pair of tickets to Teenage Fanclub‘s 2 night stand at Lincoln Hall beginning tonight! Have fun!!!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN – send an email to or get at @bangbangslang on Twitter! (Please include your full name)



…good luck!


LOST FOOTAGE: The Beatles’ Rooftop Performance of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”

Posted in Music & Pop Culture News with tags , on October 4, 2010 by bangbangslang

If you’re dumb enough to actually believe this then you don’t deserve to be a Beatles fan… or even a Gaga fan for that matter. But the vocal and instrumental edits are fairly impressive.

Somewhere Lennon is smoking a cigarette in disgust, but it’s definitely worth a Monday laugh. Enjoy…

BANG ON THIS! Follow Up… Freddie Gibbs drops FREE “Str8 Killa No Filla” Mixtape

Posted in Guess What Leaked with tags , on October 4, 2010 by bangbangslang

And we’re BACK…  Riding off last week’s grueling concert calendar, things are looking much slower for the coming days in early October – but the few punches that this week packs live music wise are strong.  Bang Bang Slang will be hittin’ up the Riviera to see our boyhood heroes Jimmy Eat World on Thursday and then heading to a much anticipated October concert highlight with My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel playing Schubas on Saturday, his first solo tour ever. We’ve got our full Dean Ween fishing trip post coming this week (finally) and some From The Archives entries that we’re excited to drop.

Last week BBS introduced you to a rising hip hop great from Gary, Indiana who spits the raw truth – Freddie Gibbs. Since then we’ve reignited our respect and admiration for Gangsta Gibbs and have been spinning his shit more or less nonstop… on the streets, in our cribs, even at the office. After copping his “Str8 Killa” EP (his first legit studio effort in forever) over the weekend, BBS thought we’d continue to spread some love for Gibbs on the site and drop his “Str8 Killa No Filla” MIXTAPE, which he threw out to his fanbase for free just days before the studio release hits stores. Now that’s gangsta.

Freddie Gibbs – “Str8 Killa No Filla” MIXTAPE


BUY FREDDIE GIBBS’ “Str8 Killa” EP (Decon): HERE

… ticket giveaway this afternoon, so stay tuned!!!

Deerhunter Plays Secret Outdoor Gig in Chicago (Lots of new material!)

Posted in Last Night's Show (Breaking Concert Reviews) with tags , on October 1, 2010 by bangbangslang

Deerhunter plays new material off their latest, "Halcyon Digest", at their Chicago Urban Outfitter Secret Generator concert

Bradford Cox braved the cold and led a brief, but killer set

With a groundbreaking, much hyped album release right around the corner for Deerhunter, it made sense that they would want to test out some new tracks on a select few before embarking on their Fall tour. Why not play an impromptu afternoon set on a freezing afternoon in Chicago. Why not squish a stage between two massive pillars underneath the Kennedy bridge overpass and have a live test run of some new material. And offer this to your fanbase for free. Sure.

I guess bands play secret shows all the time – Arcade Fire playing Montreal’s Notman House before “The Suburbs” dropped or The Strokes playing Camden’s Dingwalls under the alias “Venison” before their reunion shows – but often the devoted fans of these bands fall to the wayside and it’s really special when all the stars align and you have that right place/right time opportunity to make it to one. Bang Bang Slang luckily had an opportunity to attend Deerhunter‘s contribution to the ongoing Urban Outfitters “Secret Generator Series” and it was a special treat to get a taste of these new album jams before the band officially hit the road for Fall tour.


Deerhunter took off into the Halcyon Digest track “Desire Lines” to open their set and as the band transitioned with ease and atmospheric sound looping from song to song, by show’s end they had given the crowd a well-balanced smattering of tracks from their entire discography. Bradford Cox made it clear from the get go – this performance would be the first time that this Athens 4-piece would be playing select tracks off of Halcyon ever, so this was not only the first time that fans of the band were hearing these songs live, it was the same for the band hearing them in an actual live concert setting too. The concert lasted a little over an hour with 13 songs comprising  the setlist and I think everyone in attendance would agree that the standout jam from the performance was their set-ender, “Nothing Ever Happened“. For the opportunity to hear that song again live alone, BBS will be at Metro in October when Deerhunter returns to Chi-city. Other highlights included a fan-requested “Saved By Old Times“, a perfect “Rainwater Cassette Exchange“, and all Halcyon material played sounded seamlessly smooth for a first run.

Considering the gusty cold winds, shitty overcast conditions, and that distracting couple that was jawing their blue-painted faces off spinning on molly (you know who I’m talking about), Deerhunter made the best of what would have otherwise been a craptastic Saturday Chicago afternoon and brought some kick ass entertainment to a lucky gathering of hundreds. Lucky us.

SETLIST 09/25/10

1.)    Desire Lines

2.)    Hazel St.

3.)    Don’t Cry

4.)    Revival

5.)    Rainwater Cassette Exchange

6.)    Memory Boy

7.)    Never Stops

8.)    Helicopter

9.)    Fountain Stars

10.) Famous Last Words

11.) Saved By Old Times

12.) He Would Have Laughed

13.) Nothing Ever Happened










10/1: Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
10/9: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/10: Canal Club – Richmond, VA
10/12: 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
10/15: Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/16: Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA
10/17: La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
10/19: Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/20: Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
10/21: Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/22: Metro – Chicago, IL
10/23: Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
10/26: Commodore – Vancouver, WA
10/27: Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/28: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/29: Great American – Sanfrancisco, CA
10/30: Slim’s – Sanfrancisco, CA
11/1: Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
11/3: Clubhouse – Phoenix, AZ
11/5: Granada – Dallas, TX
11/7: Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/8: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
11/9: Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
11/10: Exit Inn – Nashville, TN


Deerhunter News & Tour Info: HERE

Purchase tickets to Deerhunter’s 10/22 stop @ Chicago’s METRO: HERE

…see you at Metro in October!