November 22, 2014
by Bill Pearis
It is cliche and hyperbole to say a band destroyed a place, but it's a very apt word for what Toronto's METZ did to Death by Audio last night as the venue's "Top Secret!" headliners for the penultimate show at the DIY venue. At one point, vocalist/guitarist Alex Edkins pulled down one of the ratty tiles from the drop ceiling and flung it at the crowd. "Think about where you are right now. Think about where you'll be next week," Edkins told the crowd. "Make it count." The crowd and the band (who played their first NYC show at DbA) were amped and sweaty and a lot of shoes were in the air, mostly still attached to feet. They also dropped a killer cover of The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat." A crazy, amazing set -- video from it is below.
Another band that drove a long way just for DbA's next-to-last show were Detroit's Protomartyr, who's first NYC show was also at DbA (opening at Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold release party.) Sardonic as always, frontman Joe Casey greeted the crowd with "This place is great. I predict a long future." Showbooker, soundman and all-around sweet guy Edan Wilbur (who was wearing a homemade "NO HINTS LET'S PARTY" shirt) asked then band to play some deep cuts from early 7"s (like "Baseball Bat" from their Colpi Proibiti EP), which made for a punkier, harder-hitting (if less familiar) set. Protomartyr also played a new one last night for the first time. A short clip of that, and full video of a couple other songs, below.
Nots @ DbA 11/21/2014
Memphis quartet Nots, who seemed likely to play, were a little late for their set -- their van broke down outside of Cleveland. They managed to fix it, drove straight to the show, climbed through the stage window and immediately started their set, which was their NYC live debut. (Nots, however, feature members of Coasting and Ex Cult who have played DbA tons of times.) The band's snarling, aggressive sound is definitely punk but they're not afraid of synthesizers either. (They would fit in well with the Melbourne, Australia bands that have cropped up around Total Control's Mikey Young.) They were awesome. There's video of most of their short set below and you can catch Nots again in Brooklyn at Palisades on Sunday (11/23).
Predictions that Shellshag would open this, the second-to last-night, were incorrect (nice diversion, Screaming Females), and in fact was opened by Brooklyn's Sleepies which count at least one DbA employee as a member. Video from their set last night is below too. They also fit in well with the night's postpunk/sludgepunk lineup. This was a just about perfect Death by Audio show, with most of the folks inside seeming like regulars who were not disappointed to learn it was METZ and Protomartyr playing, not, say, DOA and Interpol or whatever. While everyone knew there was just one night after this, just about everyone seemed to be very very happy they were there.
late-night Fuckton set in 'Death by Art' space
After METZ finished sometime around 1 AM, more secrets unveiled themselves in the form of late night noise/drone sets in "the ranch" / Death by Art part of DbA, including Greg Fox (Liturgy/Guardian Alien), Dubknowdub, and Fuckton which features both DbA's Matt Conboy and Edan Wilbur, along with Travis from Grooms and Jay from French Miami/Grooms/Immaculates/Roya. Smoke machines and strobes were cranked to 11 and the night ended around 3:30 AM, properly weird.
Tonight (11/22) is the last night of Death by Audio. As to who's playing tonight, Edan and Matt are offering no clues today on DbA's website, only saying, "Thanks for everything! Seriously! See You Tonight!" For guesses... anyone who's expecting some giant band tonight doesn't understand Death by Audio very well. Sure, Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees, Dan Deacon, Les Savy Fav, and Ty Segall can all play places much, much bigger but their roots are at places like DbA who supported them from the start. Will there be cool, crazy surprises? Undoubtably. But they'll be things that make sense within what they've always done and who they've supported over the years. Which is what made DbA special.
Video (by Unartig) and more pics/instagrams from Death by Audio's penultimate night, below...
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Top Secret! @ Death By Audio (last show ever)
This is it, the last night of Death by Audio's seven-year run and we are very sad to see it go but excited to see how they're going out. Who will play on this final night?
Stephin Merritt, Greil Marcus, Tanya Donelly, Rick Moody, Matthew Friedberger, Dungbeetle w/ James Murphy, Jim White @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a release party for the new issue of music/literature mag Radio Silence and among all the better-known performers is Sam Lipsyte's late-'80s artpunk band Dungbeetle who tonight features LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy on drums.
Obits, Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost, Pink Avalanche @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn's Obits have been cranking out solid rock records for a while now and are always a good time live. And this show is free -- part of the fun center that is BKNB.
TV on the Radio, Natasha Kmeto @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
TV on the Radio may not all live in NYC anymore but it remains their spiritual home. They celebrate their new album, Seeds, with four shows here this week. Tonight's the final one.
Luscious Jackson @ Bell House
he reunited Luscious Jackson released Magic Hour and played their first NYC show in ages last year. Tonight is their first-ever show in Brooklyn.
Big Freedia, Quickie Mart @ Brooklyn Bowl
Ain't no party like a Freedia party, as anyone who goes to Brooklyn Bowl tonight will surely experience. This starts laaate (12:15 AM), so you can even hit another show tonight and then dance your way into the morning. Night 2 of 2.
Ryan Adams, Butch Walker @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ryan Adams has been a busy guy this year with a new solo album, collaborating on stage with Bob Mould, covering Foreigner and Bryan Adams, and whatever else it is he's up to. He's also on tour now and is in the midst of a five-show run in the NYC-area. Tonight's the last one.
Andrew W.K., Xenia Rubinos, The Skins @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn celebration continues tonight with a "very special solo show" from the man who parties like no other, Andrew WK. The eccentric Xenia Rubinos is worth showing up early for too.
Pharmakon, S. English, Negation, Ligature @ Palisades
Pharmakon's second album, Bestial Burden, is out now and like last year's debut it's an impressive take on noise, industrial and power electronics, but it's her killer vocal performances that separate it from the many other musicians working in this realm. Tonight's the release show for the new record.
Dream Police, Honey, Ivy, Remnants @ Union Pool
While The Men quickly went from punk to full-on country rock territory, two of the band's members are now focusing more on their experimental-leaning project, Dream Police, whose debut record came out last week on Sacred Bones. They're with good company tonight, the psych punk rippers Honey and the heavy, snotty Ivy.
We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad @ Webster Hall
If you like sad bastard Scottish indie rock, this double bill was taylor made to suit your tastes.
The Wytches, Heliotropes, Sunflower Bean, Yabadum @ Baby's All Right
UK trio The Wytches take a grungy, ever-so-slightly gothy spin on garage rock. They play tonight with Brooklyn's equally rocking Heliotropes, youngsters Sunflower Bean and more.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bryce Dessner of The National (co-curator), Richard Reed Parry (co-curator) @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that made its world premiere at BAM on Thursday night. Tonight concludes the piece's four-night run. It features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others.
Lost Boy?, EULA, Mr. Twin Sister, BK Nomads @ Shea Stadium
This is a benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance which offers emergency Gaza aid and the line-up includes Mr Twin Sister who saw a creative rebirth (and slight name change) this year.
Manilla Road, Weed is Weed, Polygamyst @ Saint Vitus
Kansas metal legends Manilla Road put out a handful of classic albums in the '80s that experimented with thrash, NWOBHM, power metal, prog and '70s proto-metal. The only constant member has been frontman Mark "The Shark" Shelton, but his current bandmates are no slackers. Tonight's the first of a 2-night stand at Vitus this weekend.
The Range + Secret Guest, Octo Octa (DJ Set), Aurora Halal (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
Providence producer The Range has been building some buzz over the past year or so thanks to an album and an EP of quality IDM. A secret guest is promised tonight too.
Escort, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens, Razor N Tape DJs @ Brooklyn Bowl
Revel in a double bill of classic sounds from Brooklyn's 15-piece disco orchestra Escort who sound like the '70s and soul veteran Naomi Shelton who was actually singing in the '70s but only rose to prominence recently thanks to Daptone Records.
Phil Lesh & Friends @ Capitol Theatre
As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.
MC Chris, MC Lars, Spose @ Knitting Factory
Nerdcore rapper and Adult Swim voice actor plays tonight as part of Knitting Factory's five-year anniversary week.
Galcher Lustwerk, Max McFerren, Morgan Louis, Physical Therapy, Alvin Aronson @ Palisades
Brooklyn producer Galcher Lustwerk makes tuneful and danceable deep house on his recent Nu Day EP. Catch him in his hometown tonight.
East India Youth, Una Lux, Von Sell, Evan Ønly (DJ Sets) @ Glasslands
East India Youth's album Total Strife Forever didn't end up winning this year's Mercury Prize but it's an interesting mix of ambient composer styles and James Blake-ish neo-soul.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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November 21, 2014
Eight-bit champions Anamanaguchi released the helium-powered single "Pop It" earlier this fall which you may have heard recently in a Target commercial. The song just got a video that matches the style of the song, all candy colors and a girl whose face is always just obscured by a balloon. You can watch it below. Look for the band's new album, [USA], out in 2015.
The Men's avant-leaning spinoff Dream Police released their debut LP Hypnotized earlier this month via Sacred Bones and have been on tour with ripping psych punks Honey (mems Psychic Ills, Amen Dunes, Stupid Party) in support of it. When we last spoke, there was no NYC date on that tour (though both bands have played NYC separately since), but it was later announced that the tour would be concluding at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (11/22). That show is triply good because it features local punks Ivy, whose great self-titled LP is out now on Katorga Works. Remnants are on the bill too, and tickets are on sale now. In December, Dream Police kick off a West Coast tour. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Dream Police's Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon plays her album release show the same night in Brooklyn at Palisades, and ex-The Men project Ligature was recently added as an opener. Also on the bill is Baltimore's S. English (1/2 of Corporate Park) and Negation. Tickets are still available. Ligature also has upcoming dates with Puce Mary, including her Saint Vitus show with Marshstepper.
List of Dream Police dates, with streams from DP, Honey and Ivy, below...
We're down to the last two shows ever at Death by Audio. We've come off a week featuring Future Islands, Thee Oh Sees (twice!), Ty Segall, Les Savy Fav and more. DbA just put up the clue for tonight's "Top Secret!" lineup:
2 shows left, it feels so insane to be almost done with this whole dang thing, no riddles today, just cities of origin, and those in order of performance, brooklyn, memphis, detroit, queens. hope to see you tonight!Screaming Females say that Brooklyn is Shellshag, which makes sense as that duo has probably played DbA more than any other band. We have a good idea who Memphis might be, but who do you think Detroit and Queens are? We look forward to finding out tonight.
Mr. Twin Sister @ Baby's All Right, 10/3/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mr. Twin Sister found creative rebirth (and an honorific) this year, releasing their lush, groovy new album which is really worth checking out if you haven't yet. You can listen to the whole thing below. The Brooklyn band are not following the usual album/tour pattern, having only played a few dates since adding the "Mr." to their name. They have a couple NYC shows coming up, though. On Saturday (11/22) at Shea Stadium they'll play as part of a benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance which offers emergency Gaza aid. Lost Boy?, Eula and Brooklyn Nomads are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Flyer for the Shea show and the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, American Football expanded their reunion tour and today they've announced the openers for their four-night New Year's run in Chicago which are all pretty amazing. Almost all of them in some way hail from the same influential emo scene as AF themselves -- night 1 gets fellow reunited '90s Champaign, IL/Polyvinyl band Braid, night 2 gets a reunion from their other Polyvinyl labelmates Pele (!) and S. Carey (who also opened for them in NYC), night 3 gets Joan of Arc (the band led by AF singer Mike Kinsella's brother Tim, which Mike and their cousin/current AF bassist Nate have both played in), and night 4 gets Maritime, whose singer Davey von Bohlen played in Cap'n Jazz with Mike. Night 4 is sold out, but if you're in Chicago or traveling there for the holidays (this would be a very good reason to do that), you can still get tickets to nights 1, 2 and 3.
So yeah all of those are stacked, but the one that sticks out the most is Milwaukee's Pele, who have been broken up since 2004. They put out a handful of excellent albums in the late '90s and 2000s, including a few on Polyvinyl, as well as a split with another now-reunited band, Toe, whose recent NYC show was opened by Nate Kinsella. With a sound somewhere between post-rock and math rock, their complex guitar parts foreshadowed the current trend of noodly emo bands, much like American Football's did. They also shared member Scott Beschta with another Milwaukee group, Davey Von Bohlen's post-Cap'n Jazz, pre-Maritime band The Promise Ring.
Since breaking up, drummer Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band who later teamed with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon to form Volcano Choir. And it's Bon Iver sideman Sean Carey aka S. Carey who's also on the bill with Pele and American Football, so maybe S. Carey doesn't feel like the odd one out after all.
Hopefully this means more shows on the horizon for Pele. Revisit their 2000 album, The Nudes, below. Also, Mike Kinsella recently covered The Promise Ring for the upcoming Owen covers album. Listen to that below too...
The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.
John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).
This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).
Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone's Ice Balloons (he'll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).
Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn't see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.
There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are "Top Secret!" though they'll likely have clues for tonight's show up on their website later today. We've got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.
Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener "The Dream" at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Shinobu are releasing their fifth album, 10 Thermidor, on January 9 via Really Records and Lauren Records, and have been releasing a new single for every $1,000 raised in the presale. They've now reached a new milestone and are ready to put out the third single, "Jokes," which is making its premiere in this post. While the other two singles had a '90s indie rock vibe, "Jokes" is under a minute and a half of '80s-style hardcore which Shinobu does just as convincingly as their other stuff.
Once the pre-orders hit the next $1,000 milestone, they'll release a free download of the album via Quote Unquote Records. Listen to the new song below...