by Bill Pearis
If you were like me, you spent last night at home puzzling over the LOST premiere (or maybe you went to the Bell House to watch it.) But maybe in an alternate universe I chose instead to go see Oberhofer at Pianos last night. And also in that alternate universe, everyone has health care and I own my own apartment and there is a jukebox in every high school cafeteria. I digress. Luckily for me in this world, Oberhofer are playing again this Friday (2/5) at The Studio @ Webster Hall with Radical Dads.
There's no shortage of bedroom rockers out there hawking their one-man-bands on MySpace, but Oberhofer definitely have something. While there is plenty of every home recording enthusiast's best friends, reverb and distortion, Oberhoffer is not Wavves-style scuzz. The most obvious comparison is probably The Dodos (clattery drums, glockenspiel, whistling), but I even hear a little Real Estate in there too on the track "Away FRM You" which you can download above. You can download a seven-song EP via his MySpace by giving up your email address. While the recordings are just Brad, he's put together an actual band which is what you'll The Studio @ Webster Hall on Friday.
Savoir Adore will play Cake Shop the next three Thursdays. Their debut, In the Wooded Forrest, is loaded with great big pop songs and made my Favorite Albums of 2009 list and they are great live too, so if you've yet to check them out live don't wait any longer. The band has hand-picked the bands for their residency shows, and this Thursday (2/4) is especially good, featuring the very good and fun French Horn Rebellion who you might also see opening for Hot Chip this weekend. The two bands help each other out live (FHR's David Perlick-Molinari plays guitar in Savoir Adore; Savoir's singer Paul Hammer plays drums in FHR) so there should be a good party vibe going on.
Also on the bill are DJ/electronic artist Pocketknife and singer-songwriter Cameron Hull. If you'd like to go I've got a pair of tickets to give away. Just send an email with "Savoir Adore" as the subject to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM and a winner will be chosen at random.
Hot Chip's show with French Horn Rebellion happens Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's sold out, but you can also catch Hot Chip one night earlier at Highline Ballroom with Free Energy. The MySpace Secret Show is free - first come, first served.
There's a lot going on this week. Also Thursday, at Studio @ Webster Hall is another Twin Sister show put on by blog Chocolate Bobka. (Seriously, McGregor puts on shows like some people put on pants [ie fairly often].) I finally got to see Twin Sister last Friday at Bruar Falls and I was pretty blown away by how good they are live. Last year's Vampires with Dreaming Kids EP (downloadable from their website), as good as it is, doesn't really give an accurate picture of what they now sound like. These days, they're combining '80s-back-to-jazz (Sade, Style Council) with more drony/Krautrock type stuff (Notwist, Stereolab). They were just fantastic live, and I haven't come away from a show that excited about a new band in some time. Totally impressed. Twin Sister have a bunch of shows coming up and I do suggest you check them out soon, as I think 2010 is gonna be big for them.
And a few more quick recommendations:
The Soft Pack's debt album is out today, well worth buying, and they play a free all-ages show at Cake Shop on Friday (2/5). Doors are at Midnight. One of my favorite live bands of the last two years. if you miss the small venue show, they'll back back in March April to play Maxwell's, Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg (all just went on sale).
Montreal's We Are Wolves are in town this weekend, and play The Studio @ Webster Hall on Friday (2/5) and Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (2/6). The Saturday show is also the Hot Chip MHOW afterparty with a DJ set by the band.
Golden Triangle's debut for Hardly Art, titled Double Jointer, is out on March 3 and you can download an MP3 from it, "Neon Noose," at the top of this post. The band will be going on tour around that time as well (tour dates below) but play a one-off show this Saturday at Union Pool with the Cramps-y garage of K-Holes. This should be a fairy debauched good time.
Acrylics play twice this weekend: Friday night (2/4) at Brooklyn Bowl with Tanlines as part of BAM's "Sounds Like Brooklyn" Festival. Then they're on a kind of amazing bill the next night (2/5) at Glasslands that is officially the record release party for Class Actress' debut EP. Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor (who runs Terrible Records that both bands are on) DJs. The show also features Blood Orange (aka Dev of Lightspeed Champion) and The Morning Benders. That's a good show!
An MP3 from The Morning Benders' new album Big Echo (out March 9th on Rough Trade) is above. All of their March and April tour dates in support of the new record are below.
There's a new video for Acrylics' "Molly's Vertigo" after the jump as well, along with tour dates and flyers...
Twin Sister - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 4 The Studio @ Webster Hall w/ Run DMT, Big Troubles, Alice Cohen, Pigeons, DJ Raw Thrills New York, New York
Feb 6 The Tank w/ Ava Luna, Data Dog New York, New York
Feb 25 Cameo w/ Toro y Moi, Grandchildren, VDRK Brooklyn, New York
Feb 26 Matchless w/ Lost Boy, Post Magic Brooklyn, New York
Mar 17 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 18 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 21 SXSW Austin, Texas
Apr 9 Alphabet Lounge w/ Eagle & Prey, Planfield Slim New York, New York
Savoir Adore - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 4 CAKE SHOP RESIDENCY w/ Pocketknife, Magic Magic and French Horn Rebellion New York, New York
Feb 7 THE LIVING ROOM - Kid Rockers Show w/ Uninhabitable Mansions New York, New York
Feb 10 ITHACA COLLEGE w/ Anamanaguchi Ithaca, New York
Feb 11 CAKE SHOP RESIDENCY w/ We Are Country Mice, North Highlands and Uninhabitable Mansions New York, New York
Feb 18 CAKE SHOP RESIDENCY w/ Red Wire Black Wire, Ennui and The Bloodsugars New York, New York
Mar 3 LEHIGH UNIVERSITY w/ Mon Khmer Bethlehem, PA, Pennsylvania
Mar 4 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY - Terrace F Club w/ Mon Khmer Princeton, New Jersey
Mar 5 HOWLERS COYOTE CAFE w/ Ennui, Donora and Mon Khmer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 6 MAYDAY w/ Mon Khmer and Enlou Cincinatti, Ohio
Mar 8 THE BISHOP w/ Mon Khmer (Pit Stop Music Marathon) Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 9 ZANZABAR w/ Mon Khmer and OK DeeJays Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 10 AL'S BAR w/ Mon Khmer Lexington, Kentucky
Mar 12 THE END w/ Mon Khmer, De Novo Dahl, and The Relatives Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 13 DRAGON'S DEN w/ Mon Khmer and The Gills New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 17 SXSW - MARCH 17 - 21 - AUSTIN, TX Austin, Texas
Mar 22 WALTERS ON WASHINGTON w/ Mon Khmer Houston, Texas
Mar 24 NIGHTLIGHT w/ Mon Khmer Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mar 25 VELVET LOUNGE w/ Deleted Scenes, Grandchildren and Mon Khmer (Popgun Party) Washington DC, Washington DC
Mar 26 COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY w/ Love Like Deloreans Ewing, New Jersey
Golden Triangle - 2010 Tour Dates
03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Monster Island ^
03.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
03.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
03.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal %
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Mango !
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (Panache Showcase)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.10 - Austin, TX - Beerland (Panache Party)
03.22.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
03.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
03.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
03.25.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class $
03.26.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $
04.01.10 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory @
^ - w/ The Sandwitches
* - w/ The Pharmacy
% - w/ Tyvek, White Rainbow, Awesome Color, more
! - w/ Thee Oh Sees
# - w/ So Cow
$ - w/ Screens
@ - w/ Garotas Suecas
Acrylics - "Molly's Vertigo"
Acrylics - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 5 Brooklyn Bowl w/ Tanlines Brooklyn, New York
Feb 6 Glasslands w/ Class Actress, Blood Orange Brooklyn, New York
Feb 15 Borderline w/ Freelance Whales London
Feb 16 The Social London
Feb 18 Old Blue Last w/ Erland and the Carnival London
Feb 26 Mercury Lounge w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow New York, New York
Feb 28 Blind Pig w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mar 1 The Bourbon w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow Columbus, Ohio
Mar 2 Mike N' Molly's w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow Champaigne, Illinois
Mar 3 Schubas w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow Chicago, Illinois
The Morning Benders - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 6th - Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
March 10th -- Jonny Brenda's -- Philadelphia
March 11th -- The Black Cat -- Washington DC
March 12th -- Local 506 -- Chapel Hill
March 13th -- The Drunken Unicorn -- Atlanta
March 15th -- The Bottletree -- Birmingham
March 23rd -- The Rhythm Room -- Phoenix
March 25th -- Troubadour -- Los Angeles
March 26th -- Casbah -- San Diego
March 27th -- Detroit Bar -- Costa Mesa
March 28th -- Muddy Waters -- Santa Barbara
March 30th -- The Independent -- San Francisco
April 1st -- Holocene -- Portland
April 2nd -- Crocodile Café -- Seattle
April 3rd -- Media Club -- Vancouver
April 5th -- Club Velour -- Provo
April 7th -- Hi-Dive -- Denver
April 9th -- The Vaudeville Mews -- Des Moines
April 10th -- The Maintenance Shop -- Ames, IA
April 11th -- Huckleberry's Pizza - Presented by Daytrotter -- Rock Island, IL
April 12th -- Schubas Tavern -- Chicago
April 14th -- The Drake Hotel -- Toronto
April 15th -- La Sala Rossa -- Montreal
April 16th -- The Monkey House -- Vermont
April 17th -- TT The Bear's -- Boston
April 22nd -- The Mercury Lounge -- NYC