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DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer (Afghan Raiders Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid with You (Future Rock remix)
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Mind, Drips (LaundroMatinee.com session) (MP3)

by Andrew Frisicano

Neon Indian

Neon Indian played two shows in NYC last week. Thursday night (2/4) they performed at NYU with Atlas Sound and Sisters (which was one day after Atlas Sound played Bell House with Memory Tapes).

The synths, a defining strong point of Neon Indian, shimmered across the top of the rest of the band's instrumentation, pausing occasionally to let stellar guitar work from Ronald Gierhart take the reins. The songs, drawn from the band's debut Psychic Chasms, had a sharper edge to them, dropping fuzz in favor of crisp keyboard riffs and singing guitars. Between songs, Palomo composed glitch interludes, playing with effect knobs across both stereo channels to force lingering melodies to descend into a fog before the drums and guitars launched into a new cut. It was an interesting choice, and one that gave the set a roller coaster feel: a danceable song followed by a sonically interesting but rhythmically lacking break; lather, rinse, repeat. [Melophobe @ NYU]
At the Friday night show at Market Hotel, Neon Indian came on late and to a full house. Palomo and band have succeeded in transferring the sounds of his bedroom recording to a live setting (even if the PA doesn't always cooperate, like at Market Hotel), but their stage presence lags behind the musicianship. The crunchy, distorted songs are spot on, but the band's four members can sometimes come off as reserved or inhibited. The space didn't help in that respect: Ronald Gierhart, the band's shredder, was stuck behind a keyboard on the tiny stage and Alan kept himself busy with his mixer and table of toys. They played without any lights, same as the preceding Teengirl Fantasy, who started slow and sludgy and eventually warmed into bouncy, unpredictable sampler-fed house. I imagine Teengirl fit best with experimental show opener Blissed Out (who I missed, and who play Silent Barn February 10th. more shows listed below).

The minimal, poppy rock of Beach Fossils was the only music to provoke the crowd into a rage (which was good from an energy standpoint, but not so re:comfort in the packed room). A few people in the audience talked fondly about the St. James Church show, which also featured Beach Fossils and was organized by the same promoters. There was more than enough time to chat and make friends - the lull between sets dragged on and on, and Adventure, a one-man outfit who smoked cigarettes and talked to friends while his synth and sampler for the most part played themselves, didn't inspire much engagement.

Neon Indian recently stopped by Laundromatinee, and you can see their performance of "Mind, Drips" for the first time below (and download the audio of the same song above). A remix of "Deadbeat Summer" by Afghan Raiders is posted above, and you can also get a remix of their "Should Have Taken Acid with You" done up by Future Rock. (Future Rock play a Saturday, February 27th show at Bowery Ballroom supported by DJ sets from Junior Boys and Figo. Tickets are on sale.)

Neon Indian will be DJing a late-night Valentine's Day at Glasslands with French Horn Rebellion and Cubic Zirconia. Tickets/RSVP here. Cubic Zirconia plays Mercury Lounge on March 3rd (tickets).

Beach Fossils kick off their tour with the Beets and Christmas Island with a show at Cake Shop on February 9th. That's not the trip's only NYC stop; all tour dates are below. Beach Fossils will also be at SXSW and MtyMx (as will Neon Indian) and play a Kidrockers show, all in March, which is when the band's debut on Woodsist/Captured Tracks should be arriving. "Time," above, is from that record.

More pictures and lots of tour dates are below...

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Cubic Zirconia - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 14 Glasslands Gallery - Valentines Party w CZ DJ SET W Neon Indian, French Horn Reb Brooklyn, New York
Mar 03 Mercury Lounge - Mercury Lounge w keys n krates + tba New York, New York
Mar 12 The Grog Shop (downstairs at bside liquor lounge) - Josephine Goes to Texas- @ B Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 13 Rodan - DJ SET w Kool Hersh Chicago, Illinois
Mar 14 Fubar - Josephine Goes to Texas- @ FUBAR STLOUIS St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 15 sauced - Josephine Goes to Texas- @ Sauced Oklahoma city Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mar 17 SXSW - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 18 SXSW - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW - SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSE - SXSW Austin, Texas

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Beach Fossils - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 09 TOUR KICKOFF & 7" RELEASE @ Cake Shop New York, New York #
Feb 10 Cafe Nine New Haven, Connecticut #
Feb 11 The Cottage Boston, Massachusetts #
Feb 12 Bard College Annandale Hudson, New York #
Feb 13 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York #
Feb 15 Terrordome Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #
Feb 16 Velvet Lounge Washington, Washington DC #
Feb 17 Blue Nile Harrisonburg, Virginia #
Feb 18 Terrace @ Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey #
Feb 19 Corner Cafe Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania #
Feb 20 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York $
Feb 27 Market Hotel Brooklyn, New York !
Mar 07 Kidrockers Show @ The Living Room New York, New York
Mar 11 TBA Harrisonburg, Virginia )
Mar 12 Al's Bar Lexington, Kentucky +
Mar 13 Glenn Danzig's House Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 14 315 S Schiller St Little Rock, Arkansas %
Mar 15 Mable Peabodys Denton, Texas &
Mar 16 The Day Before The Mess Fest @ House of Guys co-op Austin, Texas *
Mar 17 Red 7 Austin, Texas
Mar 18 RanchO RelaxO Austin, Texas
Mar 18 Dominican Joe Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2908 Cole St Austin, Texas (
Mar 19 Lovejoy's Austin, Texas
Mar 21 MtyMx All-Ages Festival of Art and Music! Monterrey
# w/ The Beets & Christmas Island
$ w/ Crystal Stilts, The Beets, Christmas Island, German Measles
! w/ Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Grooms
) w/ The Beets, Eternal Summers
+ w/ The Beets
% w/ The Beets, Reading Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Total Slacker
& w/ The Beets, Reading Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Girls At Dawn
* w/ Harlem, The Beets, Air Waves, + MORE
( w/ Woods, Real Estate, Eternal Tapestry, Pocahaunted

Blissed Out - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 10 +silent barn+ Ridgewood, New York #
Feb 12 Basement Gallery 1829 Pennington Road Ewing, New Jersey
Feb 13 +Fort Venable East ~ Baltimore, Maryland
Feb 17 +Death By Audio+ Brooklyn, New York
Feb 19 Fuck Yea Center Worcester, Massachusetts
Feb 20 +House 11+ with many mansions Allston, Massachusetts
Feb 22 Weirdo Records Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 23 TBA Seritoga Springs, New York
Feb 26 +Silent Barn Ridgewood, New York ^
Mar 16 +Outer Space+ Charleston, South Carolina
Mar 17 +3801 Polk Street+ Houston, Texas
Mar 18 +Austin Austin, Texas &
Mar 22 +The Lounge + Dallas, Texas *
# with pc worship, velvet davenport, and florida
^ with Prince Rama, Amen Dunes, Nonhorse+
& with Prince Rama, Beach Fossils, More+
* with Pocahaunted and Wet Hair

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Comments (30)

Here come the comments................................................................................................

Posted by Meh | February 8, 2010 2:31 PM

neon indian SUCKS live

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 2:34 PM

^ that's glorious. glorious.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 2:44 PM

neon indian were amazing, really glad to see them outside of bowery presents and in a DIY setting

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 2:52 PM

Teengirl Fantasy rule so hard. I can't wait for them to release a proper album. And I have a secret crush on Nick :o

Posted by gurl | February 8, 2010 2:53 PM

nick and logan r such qts, i want them both!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 2:55 PM

I lost my virginity due to the pure sexual aroma hovering about when everyone was making out to Teengirl Fantasy

and Neon Indian was pretty cool

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 2:58 PM

danny pacheco is a better dancer than neon indian. hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 3:09 PM

Chloe Sevigny is dating the knob-twister from Teengirl Fantasy. Hope he doesn't get Vincent Gallo's crabs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 3:26 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:01 PM

Neon Indian were terrible at Market Hotel. Equipment kept malfunctioning and ruined the experience. The room was 2/3 full at best when they went on at 2:10am. By 3am a whopping 5 songs and 20 + minutes of technical problems into the show I left!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:01 PM

that's funny 4:01, at the show I was at with Neon Indian at Market Hotel they ruled and the place was packed with people dancing

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:34 PM

market was packed to the gills, once everything was together is NI sounded amazing

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:36 PM

this story is erroneous... the St James Church show and this show weren't organised by the same promoters at all. One was Ariel Panero and Less Artists more Condos, the other was by Ric Leichtung and Greg Finch

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:36 PM

maybe the sweatiest/most fun show of the year? woodsist fest a close second in both categories...

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 4:40 PM

Really, who gives a fuck about Neon Indian. Beach Fossils were the best part of the show hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 5:07 PM

brilliant idea to have beach fossils on this show, they need to get out of playing with all the other sunny reverbed bands they sound like

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 5:14 PM

apparently over 500 people gave enough of a shit about Neon Indian to come out on a frigid night when there was supposed to be a blizzard

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 5:15 PM

that show was full of great bands... adventure being the obvious dead weight. boring, unimaginative.

not everything from baltimore is good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2010 5:47 PM

that Afghan Raiders mix is nice!

Posted by Keith Jackson | February 8, 2010 11:33 PM

possibly first post on BV i've ever seen without a single crowd shot.
(not complaining, altho i do's likes seein the ladies ; )

debated & debated & debated over whether to attend this show. ultimately decided against it.
after reading "the lull between sets dragged on and on", made the right choice!
if there's cause for long lulls, fine, but when everyone's standing around waiting forever & still nothings happening, SUUUUUUUCKs

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2010 12:09 AM

THE LUL IS WHEN WE ALL MADE OUT
SO VERY BAD CHOICE

IT WAS LIKE AN ORGY UP IN THERE OF CUTE 20 SOMETHINGS

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2010 10:29 AM

10:29 is right. sexiest show in a while

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2010 10:56 AM

The kids liked the flat screen television, and we all noticed how spanking clean it was. The next morning, we headed back to the elegant Biddle Mansion for breakfast. The restaurant has a large terrace with lovely views, that we imagined must be a great place for families to dine al fresco in warmer months.

Posted by New York Hotel Deals | February 10, 2010 11:04 AM

seriously why the fuck do people like neon indian. They are fucking AWFUL. He cant even sing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2010 4:35 PM

brilliant idea to have beach fossils on this show, they need to get out of playing with all the other sunny reverbed bands they sound like

Posted by يوتيوب | December 24, 2010 10:53 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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Posted by يوتيوب القمة | February 10, 2011 8:28 AM

I first listened to "Deadbeat summer" from these guys and I said to myself: "Gosh, they're strange". Strange and with a positive, dreamy feel to their music. Too bad they played without any lights, this music would go well with some equally strange light display.

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