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New Meetup: NYC popfest at Bell House

From: Amit
Sent on: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: NYC popfest at Bell House

When: Saturday, May 22,[masked]:30 PM

The Bell House
149 7th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

This is a great chance to see multiple bands for a low price. Great for lovers of indie pop/twee/psychedelic.

Please note this is just one of 5 shows over that weekend. If anyone is interested in checking out other popfest 2010 shows, please take a look at the full lineup and drop me a note. I will do my best to organize it.

The lineup for Saturday at the Bell House is great, including a real britpop band headlining (The Wake), an interesting west coast band (BOAT) and my personal local favorites (My Teenage Stride) + 3 more openers!!


Very Truly Yours (IL)
World Atlas (NYC)
Bears (OH)
My Teenage Stride (NYC)
The Wake (UK)

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Very Truly Yours

One day a girl found a message in a bottle. The message was from a person she'd never met in a place she'd never been. Every day, the girl would read the message and every night she would write a song. She would imagine all the things the person would do, the things they would see and the sounds they would hear. This went on for some time until one day the girl took all of the songs and put them in a bottle. She went down to the ocean where she found the message and wrote a letter telling the person about all the songs she'd written about them. She signed the letter "Very Truly Yours" and threw the bottle into the ocean, hoping it might one day it might reach that place she'd never been and find the person she'd never met.

World Atlas

Brooklyn band World Atlas started in 2006 as a handful of four-track bedroom demos, sketches of songs mirroring stories afforded by the city. The idea culminated in a full ensemble including guest member Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good to Me on guitar and The Umbrella Girls, who often serve as the group?s hand clappers, back-up singers and tambourine shakers. Their first self-titled EP is a pop atlas steeped in nostalgia and allegory that exudes an aesthetic of a library of weathered books, stolen glances and faded colors. Their instrumentation includes vibraphone, organ, shakers, trumpet and string arrangements taking the music beyond the pop confines of drums, bass and guitar. Infused with boy / girl harmonies and countermelodies the resulting songs depict both innocence and experience. World Atlas fit comfortably into the orchestral pop genre and also draw on earlier pop influences like Donovan, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground and French Y?Y?. The band are set to release their first EP on Magic Marker Records in March 2010 and work on a full-length album is underway.


Bears began in the summer of 2005 as a basement recording project to write fun pop songs and have since released two albums, two 7"s, and one EP. Their latest album, Simple Machinery, was recently released in Japan on Fastcut Records (POBPAH, Liechtenstein). On tape, Bears are the duo of Charlie McArthur and Craig Ramsey, while the live band expands to a six-piece with a rotating group of friends. Just having released a winter 7" called Snowman, Bears are busy recording their third album, set to be released in mid-2010.

My Teenage Stride

My Teenage Stride is Jedediah Smith, and a rotating cast of other musicians, such as Jenny Logan from Ribbons and Jeff Ciprioni from The Metric Mile. The group began in Brooklyn in 2004, essentially as a bedroom project for permanently wired songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Smith. As interest rose and an album was released, Smith slowly got together a proper band, though he is still the sole instrumentalist on the bulk of the band?s recordings to date, with the exception of some of Ears Like Golden Bats and most of the their digital-only EP, Lesser Demons. Musically, Smith is equally indebted to the Postcard Records/C86 sound, the early-60s Brill Building/girl group/bubblegum sound, 70s Brian Eno, 80s Flying Nun Records artists like The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, The Chills, and English post-punk such as Joy Division.


Lo-fi indie pop band Boat (vocalist/guitarist D. Crane, bassist/guitarist M. McKenzie, and drummer J. Goodman) got its start when D. Crane moved back to Seattle after teaching junior high classes for a year in Chicago. He had already been coming up with ideas, but finally decided to make an album. Eventually he finished a recording he called Comic Book Rock and sent it to a few friends thinking that would be the end of the undertaking. Instead he formed a band and played live after encouragement from friends. Soon Cranegot a better recorder, resulting in Life Is a Shipwreck. Sean Tollefsonfrom Tullycraft had seen Boat play and relayed a copy of its record to Magic Marker. After an EP titled After All, they signed on with Magic Marker and released Songs That You Might Not Like in July 2006. After a three-year layoff, the band returned with the equally entertaining Setting the Paces in October of 2009.

The Wake

With a recording career that spanned a dozen years, The Wake were a British post-punk and later indie pop band. Founded in Glasgow in 1981 by Gerard ?Caesar? McInulty (formerly of Altered Images), Steven Allen and Joe Donnelly, who was later replaced by Bobby Gillespie. Steven?s sister Carolyn Allen soon joined, and remained in the band until its end.

The Wake released their first single on their own Scan 45 label, coupling together On Our Honeymoon and Give Up. This single eventually caught the attention of New Order manager Rob Gretton, who helped the band sign to Factory Records in 1982 and record an LP (Harmony) at Strawberry Studio in Stockport. This was followed by a number of singles on Factory and its French sister label Factory Benelux. In 1983, The Wake toured with New Order, and thus received critical attention but were often unfavourably compared to their more celebrated labelmates. Gillespie was asked to leave in 1983, subsequently playing drums with The Jesus and Mary Chain and achieving fame with his own band Primal Scream. Alexander ?Mac? Macpherson replaced Gillespie in 1983. That same year the band recorded a session on John Peel?s BBC program. The band toured extensively and scored an indie hit with their 1984 single ?Talk About The Past? which featured Vini Reilly of Durutti Column on piano. The recording and release of their seminal 1985 album Here Comes Everybody marked the apex of their career.

This will be the first and only US show for The Wake!!


immediately following the bands...



Christian (Labrador Records - Sweden)
Anastasia (Twee as F**k / Baby Honey - London)



Rocker (ex-Rosehips / ex-Flatmates - Bristol)

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