Be sure to stop by the NPR site this week to hear Citay perform as Mission of Burma in a concert celebrating the 10 year anniversary of MichaelÂ Azerrad’s bookÂ Our Band Could Be Your Life. The book chronicles the careers of 13 underground rock bands who changed the music landscape between 1981 and 1991, and a recent concert in New York City paid homage to these artists with cover sets by 14 contemporary indie artists. In addition to Citay, the evening offered performances from St. Vincent, Ted Leo, tUnE-yArDs, Wye Oak and more. Stream the whole show and read more about it HERE.
Ten years ago, Michael Azerrad published the seminal book Our Band Could Be Your Life, chronicling the stories of artists such as Black Flag, the Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, Mudhoney and more. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the book, Azerrad has curated a show at Bowery Ballroom, aptly called Our Concert Could Be Your Life, which features contemporary bands covering the classics that he wrote about in the book. Citay will be digging into the Mission of Burma catalog, while Dirty Projectors revisit Black Flag, St. Vincent pays tribute to Big Black and Wye Oak performs the music of Dinosaur Jr. The Village Voice recently covered the event, and you can see the full line-up for this sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom website.
This show is Citay’s first in their new hometown of New York City. Guitarist/songwriter Ezra Feinberg relocated to New York City in late 2010, and has assembled a new Citay line-up in his new home, featuring Max McDonald, Evan Patrick O’Reilly, Noah Plotkin, Colby Cecca and Grant Schulte. Following Citay’s appearance at Bowery Ballroom, the band joins the Donkeys on select shows in the northeast.
Best Citay show of the year: four-way toss up between a frigid night in Chicago at Schuba’s; a rainy but lovely night at the Band Room overlooking the stunning hills of the North York Moors, UK; kids going nuts in a San Luis Obispo wreck room; and a serious party in Stockholm opening for Black Mountain.
Best venue of this or any year: The Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama
Best song with only one lyric: “Little Brown Haired Girls” by Frankie Rose & the Outs
Best song that everyone else also thinks is the best song: “Round and Round” by Ariel Pink
Best album that hasn’t come out yet but that I’ve been listening to a lot and that will be out in very early 2011: Acrylics “Lives and Treasure”
Best border crossing maybe ever: Citay and Vetiver, US to Canada, total wait time 1 minute.
Best Citay bill: Birds of Avalon – Citay – Mitch Easter (no joke) and best song of the night: Mitch Easter’s note-for-note cover of “Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man.”
Best Epic Jam: Citay, The Fruit Bats and Vetiver 30 minute “Hurry on Sundown” at a Winery in Sonoma, California.
Best vocal: Ruth Garbus of Happy Birthday at the end of the song “Girls FM.” Radical falsetto!
Best after-show party: Major dance jammer at Chris Swanson’s in Bloomington, Indiana featuring Citay, Bon Iver, label staff, college kids, and a weird dude who lingered and then passed out sitting up. Rug tearin’ til 6am. One of those nights…
Citay performances are epic in a regular old rock club, so when the band hits the “stage” for a rooftop performance at the Incubate Festival in the Netherlands, something pretty special was sure to happen. The band nails live versions of “Fortunate Sun” and “Mirror Kisses” here for the always amazing 3VOOR12.
& please subscribe to our RSS Feed