Among the many other things (cool, crisp weather, new television shows, hockey, etc.) that make the fall my hands-down favorite of the four seasons, my birthday happens to occur in there as well, on November 17th, to be exact. “Oh snap,” you’re probably thinking, “this arrogant son of a bitch isn’t about to suggest that his birthday is a fucking hott ticket, is he?” Yeah, and he apologizes, but he is, because he thinks you should go celebrate with him. (That’s more than enough of this third person stuff, no?) I’ll be at Carroll Gardens’ Abilene (442 Court St, F to Carrol St), a bar that is not only cozy and tastefully decorated, but also happens to be located exactly one block from the apartment I share with my wife, whose birthday is just five days after mine. We’ll have control of the music for the night, which, as you can imagine, will probably consist mostly of startlingly wimpy indie rock. Consider stopping by, won’t you?
11/11 Bar None 20th Anniversary Show at Supreme Trading
Join They Might Be Giants, Freedy Johnston and the Mendoza Line in celebrating 20 years of one of the most reliable record labels around.
11/12 El Perro Del Mar at Zebulon
A soft singing Swede who goes by the name El Perro Del Mar because her real name is Sarah Assbring. Understandable. Good stuff, though.
11/13 Joanna Newsom at Webster Hall
I imagine this will be creepy and strange, yet extremely powerful. With a voice like hers, that’s all it can be, really.
11/13–11/18 Modest Mouse
What a strange time for a five-night run of shows in NYC. They have no new record coming out, and it’s been forever since their last one. Has the money run dry?