The Walkmen served a spaghetti dinner, covered Bob Seger at Union Transfer (photos, review, setlist)

You’ve got to hand it to The Walkmen – truly they are men of their word. When they announced back in November that they would atone for their cancelled Electric Factory show with a new date at Union Transfer in January – and a pre-concert spaghetti dinner for their Philly fans – it seemed like a farce. But there we were, waiting in line while the perpetually suit-and-tie clad rockers and their friends served up dinner.

Some hundred and fifty people turned out for the pre-concert meal (we’ll have a review of the concert itself tomorrow) and, to their credit, The Walkmen did an admirable job recreating the Italian restaurant vibe of Union Transfer’s previous Spaghetti Warehouse incarnation. Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” was piping through the speakers upon arrival at 5. Later, the playlist moved on to Dean Martin: “Mambo Italiano,” “Sway” and “That’s Amore.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Walkmen at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket at The Colonial Theatre

Philly / New York rockers The Walkmen headline tonight at Union Transfer.  Replacing a canceled October show, the local favorites return to Philly in support of 2012’s Heaven.  In an effort to take the album in a new direction, the band brought in producer Phil Ek for a fresh sound.  The ambition paid off, with Heaven being named Magnet’s number one album of 2012 and the title track landing at spot #56 on XPN’s Top 200 Songs Countdown.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah can be found here.  Below, watch The Walkmen’s video for “Heaven.”

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Watch: Bands in the Backyard sits in on a Light Heat rehearsal with with guest players Peter Bauer of The Walkmen and Skye Skjelset of Fleet Foxes

This is sweet – the Bands in the Backyard crew got to sit in on a Light Heat rehearsal in preparation for some dates the band has coming up in New York (January 12 at The Cake Shop) Philly (February 23rd at Johnny Brenda’s). Joining them are guest players Peter Bauer of The Walkmen on keys and Skye Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on guitar, and they’re rocking out to an as-yet unreleased jam from the pen of Light Heat mastermind Quentin Stoltzfus. Check it out below, find out more about the Johnny Brenda’s date at WXPN’s Concert Calendar.


Watch The Walkmen’s new Take Away Show from the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris (playing Union Transfer on 01/11)

A few weeks ago, and La Blogotheque teamed up with Converse at the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris to film several episodes of Take Away Shows.  To start of the series, Pitchfork shared The Walkmen‘s poignant take of “We Can’t Be Beat” from Heaven (check out a photo-recap of their set at the Festival here).  Upcoming episodes will feature How to Dress Well, Jessie Ware and Cloud Nothings.  The Walkmen return to Philadelphia for a show at Union Transfer on January 1st (tickets and information here).


From Across The Pond: Photos and video of The Walkmen and more from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Our contributing writer / photographer Rachel Barrish is studying in Rome this fall, and this past weekend took the opportunity to head north for the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. From Rachel:

I was in attendance on Friday evening with featured performances from Tallest Man on Earth, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective, and more. The festival took place at the Grand Hall de Vilette, a large auditorium fit with two stages on either end. The room was filled with people excited and eager to catch their next favorite act.

Check out her photos in the gallery above, and watch a video of Tallest Man on Earth playing “Revelation Blues” below.


Have a spaghetti dinner with The Walkmen and a who’s-who of the Philly rock scene (maybe)

Cheers from Hamilton Leithauser and The Walkmen!

We can’t tell how seriously to take this offer, but it’s pretty awesome all the same. As some of you may recall, The Walkmen were scheduled to perform at the Electric Factory with Philly space rock luminaries The War On Drugs last month, but the show was unfortunately called off. Each band has made up the cancellation with new dates, The War on Drugs closing off 2012 at Johnny Brenda’s and The Walkmen kicking off their 2013 tour at Union Transfer. But the latter band is realizing that this might not be enough, and today sweetened the deal via a Facebook post.

As we realize it’s a headache for everyone in Philadelphia who bought tickets to the cancelled October show, and we’ve come to understand it’s never a good idea to tick off a large group of our neighboring Philadelphians, we would like to invite anyone with a cancelled ticket stub to our sound check at the Union Transfer on January 11th for spaghetti and meatballs prepared by the band and served by local rockers, and cheap canned beer. Probably around 5 or so…we will get back to you with more details. If you don’t actually have the stub you can just write in and plead your case–I mean, it’s not THAT sweet a deal, so the restrictions are sort of lax. Potential servers may include (none of whom have been asked): Mazarin, Fleet Foxes, Blood Feathers, War on Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Kurt Vile–(don’t actually this last guy, but figured he might be into the spaghetti). There’s a very good chance that none of these people may show up. The band will sound check with half-assed versions of songs like “the Scientist” by Coldplay and “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour…and maybe the “Fix You” song by Coldplay too…and maybe “Salsbury Hill”. Casual attire. Please RSVP to this facebook page. (This is my first facebook post though, so I honestly don’t know if that’s even possible.) See you there!

If even only 20 percent of these claims are true, that sounds like a pretty awesome way to grab dinner before a show. The Walkmen are on tour in support of their excellent seventh record Heaven, available now via Fat Possum Records.


Stream two new songs from The Walkmen (will release a limited edition 7″ on 11/06)

Are you still bummed about The Walkmen‘s show being canceled on Saturday?  Well, here’s a little something to ease the pain.  The Philly/New York band will release two new songs as a limited edition 7″ on November 6th, but they’ve also posted the songs on their Soundcloud for streaming.  The two songs are “Dance With Your Partner” and “Vermeer ’65” and were recorded during the sessions that brought forth Heaven.  Stream the tracks below, and head over here to preorder the 7″.


Walkmen show at the Electric Factory on Saturday October 6th cancelled

The Walkmen show at the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 6th has been cancelled. Last night on the band’s Facebook they said: “we are going to have to cancel our show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on October 6th for some dumb reason. We’ll be back there soon to make it up.” That said, here’s some additional information from the band:

Due to personal reasons we will be canceling our show on October 6th in Philadelphia. We apologize and hope to make it up to you soon! You may receive a full refund at your point of purchase. For online purchases via Ticketmaster you will be automatically refunded within 1-2 business days. Should you have any problems you may contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000.

War On Drugs, who were scheduled to open the show, weighed in on their twitter @warondrugsjams: “Really disappointed that our Philly show with @TheWalkmen has been cancelled. Definitely not our decision. We’ll make it up to you xoxo”


Contest: Win an autographed 7″ and a pair of tickets to The Walkmen’s Electric Factory show

East coast indie rock band The Walkmen are returning to Philly for their first major show since releasing Heaven, their seventh full-length record. They will be performing at the Electric Factory with The War on Drugs on Saturday, October 6th in support of the new album. Tickets are available here for $22, or you can enter to win a pair of free tickets from The Key. All you need to do is answer this trivia question: a few years back, The Walkmen covered an album by a ’70s psych-pop songwriter in its entirety. What was the name of the artist and the album? Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll choose a winner at random to receive a pair of tickets to the Electric Factory show and an autographed 7″ from the band. The winner will be announced this Friday morning. Good luck!