November 24, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Like Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, and others before them, Cave People (the project of David Tomaine) relocated from Scranton, PA to Philly to further pursue music, and also like those bands they exist somewhere between punk and indie rock. Cave People's debut EP, Older, is coming out December 9 via Stereophonodon (pre-order), and its newest single "Brace" is premiering in this post. It's good stuff if you're into this sort of thing. Check it out, along with previous single "Cluster," below.
You may have already heard The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" from their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but you can now check out the video. It stars their old Parks & Rec buddy Nick Offerman as host of a '70s German TV show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show which is clearly a blend of The Old Grey Whistle Test and Rockpalast. After a brief and awkward interview with Colin Meloy, The Decemberists take the stage as a romantic drama featuring Offerman plays out behind the scenes. Funny and a little sweet, it was directed by Bill Fishman, who some of you may remember as making the 1988 cult classic Tapeheads. Watch it below.
Interpol, who are now successfully free of snowstorm trappage and who made one of Q's favorite LPs of 2014, are set to bring their tour with Hundred Waters to NYC for three sold-out Terminal 5 shows this week, tonight (11/24) through Wednesday (11/26). (They're also on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight.) As discussed, tonight and Wednesday have Hundred Waters opening but they're not on the Tuesday show. Instead, that show will be opened by NYC's Lip Talk, the band formerly known as Railbird.
Lip Talk, led by the duo of Sarah and Chris Kyle and fleshed out by bassist Derek Leslie (Tiny Hazard, Asobi Seksu) and drummer Ian Chang (Matthew Dear, Body Language), are set to release a new EP in early 2015. We've got the premiere of that EP's shiny synth pop single "Ghost" which you can check out below.
Meanwhile, the night Lip Talk open for Interpol, Hundred Waters headline their own show at Rough Trade (11/25) with a solo set from Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee (tickets). They also go on a headlining tour in 2015 that brings them back to NYC on 3/5 at MHOW (tickets).
Lip Talk song stream below...
Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:
TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).
The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).
Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).
Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).
Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).
There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.
Dave Harrington holiday party info below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
by Bill Pearis
London trio The Drink formed around Irish songwriter Dearbhla Minogue and rhythm section Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, both formerly of Fighting Kites. Minogue's an idiosyncratic songwriter who doesn't seem capable of writing "normal" pop, though she claims The Drink is her attempt at writing "down-the-line indie songs." That push-and-pull dichotomy is probably what makes them so compelling -- complicated time signatures, early '70s folk harmonies and plenty of hooks all weirdly working together.
After a string of self-released EPs, The Drink have signed with Melodic Records who will release a compilation of those EPs, titled Company, next week (12/1). Stream a couple tracks from the album below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bay Area band Calculator signed to Count Your Lucky Stars last year and then reissued their Jack Shirley-produced debut on the label. Now they're ready to put out their first new release for the label, a new EP called Calc coming on December 9 (pre-order). We've got the premiere of the EP's first single, "True North," which is a bit more on the driving punk side than the more atmospheric screamo of their LP. Still raw and just as heavy.
Check that out below...
Paul Simon leads a lineup of other musicians including James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin and other unannounced guests who will be playing a cancer research benefit in NYC on January 20 in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (fka The Allen Room). The show is honor of the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker, who's performed with both Paul Simon and James Taylor, as well as Lou Reed Joni Mitchell, John Nolan, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Steely Dan and more.
Tickets, starting at $200, are on sale now. "Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are the benefit chairs, and Meredith Viera will serve as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the concert will support cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the work of Azra Raza, MD, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD."
After that show, Paul will head out on an international tour of New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Those dates are listed here.
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Neil Diamond @ Erasmus Hall High this week (more by David Andrako)
When Neil Diamond played Brooklyn's Ersasmus Hall High School earlier this year, his first-ever concert in the NYC borough where he was born, there was a big video crew there filming the whole thing. They released some footage in an promo video about his new album, but here's the first full song to come from the show -- "I'm a Believer," which he wrote and was made famous by The Monkees. Watch below.
Neil's back in Brooklyn next year to play Barclays Center on March 26. Tickets are still available.