Posted in Contests | MP3 | music | tour dates on August 25, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Wild Nothing - Golden Haze (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cosmetics - Sleepwalking (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magic Bullets - Lying Around (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Stereo Total - Baby Ouh (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unnatural Helpers - Sunshine/Pretty Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unnatural Helpers - Girl in the Window (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Seeking Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Sundelles - Gold (MP3)

Wild Nothing
Wild Nothing

It's another Double Issue sized column this week with a lot of exciting stuff this week. We'll start with a contest. Wild Nothing headline an all-Captured Tracks bill at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (8/28) with Cosmetics, MINKS, and Blank Dogs...and we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Wild Nothing" and we'll pick a winner at random.

There's a lot going on in Wild Nothing's world. The band, who hail from Blacksburg, VA, are packing their bags and moving Brooklyn. Not really surprising, except that it took this long. They also have a new EP, Golden Haze, coming out on Captured Tracks sometime in the near future. Apart from the title cut (which you can download above), tracklistings on the CD, 12" and digital versions will vary, which reminds me of the way they used to release multiple versions of UK CD singles in the '90s to get a higher chart position. Fun with formats, or milking the fans? I guess if all the songs are worth hearing it won't matter.

No matter which one you buy, "Golden Haze" is another sparkler from these guys who have been playing a lot of new songs at their shows. And if you haven't picked up their debut Gemini yet, I think it's one of the year's best. And with a permanent line-up (and a new, really solid drummer), Wild Nothing have been a really good live band too.

P.S. Captured Tracks will be giving out free mixtapes at the Bowery Ballroom merch table


Also on that Bowery bill are Vancouver synthpop duo Cosmetics who are playing a string of NYC shows in this week: tonight (8/25) at the Wierd party at Home Sweet Home, then the Bowery show on Saturday, and finally at Glasslands for Pendu Disco on Tuesday (8/31) with Cult of Youth and Seattle's King Dude. Cosmetics only have two singles out at the moment, though both are pretty good shavings of retro-futuristic minimal disco. (Not too far off from what Glass Candy does.) You can download the A-side of their current single, "Sleepwalking," at the top of this post.

Stereo Total
Stereo Total

If you want more minimal beats but with an angular, more arty bent, Stereo Total are playing tonight (8/25) at Le Poisson Rouge. The veteran French-German duo have been supercolliding styles for nearly 20 years. Krautrock, chanson, new wave, punk, garage...Stereo Total make it their own. They were the first band I ever saw at Bowery Ballroom, sometime in 1998, and I still remember a medley they did that featured covers of Salt n' Peppa's "Push it" and Hot Butter's "Popcorn." That's sort of Stereo Total in a nutshell. Their eighth album, Baby Ouh!, is a lot of fun. Check out the album's title track at the top of this post.  The band are just getting started on their North American tour, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

Magic Bullets
Magic Bullets

If you're going to see Tennis at Glasslands on Thursday, make sure you get there in time to see San Francisco's Magic Bullets. The band's debut album, just out on Mon Amie Records, recalls the early '80s days of Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Haircut 100 and The Style Council, with a little C-86 in there as well. (That's basically the formula to get me to come see your band. Well, one of them.) In addition to drawing from a bunch of influences dear to me, they write some fantastically catchy songs. Download one of them, "Lying Around," at the top of this post.

If you can't make the Glasslands show, Magic Bullets are also doing an in-store at Permanent Records in Greenpoint on Friday (8/27) afternoon and then play Pianos Saturday night with Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion) and Staunton, VA's Cinnamon Band.

Unnatural Helpers
Unnatural Helpers

Still more! Seattle's Unnatural Helpers released one of my favorite songs of Summer 2010, the addiction-loving "Sunshine/Pretty Girls," which can be found on the band's Hardly Art debut, Cracked Love and Other Drugs. It can also be found at the top of this post in MP3 form. Download it right now. If there's nothing else quite as glorious on the rest of the album, that makes the rest of it merely very good.  Frontman Dean Whitmore plays drums in The Intelligence (whose forthcoming new album is pretty fab) but where that band is making cerebral garage, Unnatural Helpers punkish driving force is man's other frontal lobe. If you know what I'm saying.

Unnatural Helpers are in the area for four shows. They play Bruar Falls Dead Herring (it moved from Bruar Falls) on Saturday (8/28) with Bare Wires (more on them in just a sec), Shea Stadium on Monday (8/30) with the Babies, Maxwell's on Wednesday, September 1st, and then Cake Shop on Thursday, September 2. The band are then going on tour with Mudhoney, and those dates are at the bottom of this post.

Bare Wires
Bare Wires

As mentioned above, the Saturday show at Bruar Falls Dead Herring is with Bare Wires whose new album (their second) just came out on John Dwyer's Castle Face Records, a label that only seems to spring to life when the Ohsees frontman finds a band he likes. (Previous Castle Face releases include debuts from Ty Segall and the Fresh & Onlys.) Though the two previous sentences might lead you to believe Bare Wires to be blown-out low-fi garage. They are in fact a really great power pop band in the tradition of The Nerves or even The Sweet,  and the album, Seeking Love, is decidedly mid-fi. Don't believe me? There's an MP3 of the album's title track up there amongst all the others. These guys know their way around a hook.

In addition to the Bruar Falls show on Sunday (a kind of don't miss in my book if you can tear yourself away from Mad Men and True Blood), Bare Wires also play Friday (8/27) at Monster Island Basement with Xray Eyeballs and Liquor Store.


And finally, Montreal's incredible Think About Life were supposed to play two shows/cruises on The Boat on Friday (8/27) but the concerts struck a metaphorical iceberg and sunk. (It got canceled.) Luckily, Think About Life abandoned ship and are now playing Santos Party House instead. I've said it a zillion times in the last year, TAL are one of my favorite live bands of the moment and they'll be one of yours too if you go see them. No matter how bad a mood you're in, you'll leave smiling. Don't be dumb...go to this show!


And a few more recommended shows not covered above.


Florida's awesome Jacuzzi Boys are playing Knitting Factory tonight for another of those Scion Garage shows, this time with Nobunny headlining. Free with RSVP. I'm not sure what it is about their sound -- the singer's voice, the more garagey Feelies-esque jangle -- but I just love them. Nobunny is fun too, of course, but I kind of wish he'd spring for a new bunny mask. It's getting really, really creepy.

Austin's TV Torso play Death By Audio tonight. Their new EP, Status Quo Vadis, is darkly romantic, atmospheric, and rockin'. It's also a free download via their bandcamp site. I dig it. Also playing: Juston Stens & Get the Real Gang, and Slow Animal.

Tennis play the first of their NYC shows at Cake Shop.

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Tennis flyer

Relatively quite night. If you're not at Glasslands for Tennis, you might try around the corner at Death by Audio where Denton, TX's Tre Orsi headline.



Top pick: The London indiepop club night Dance Magic Dance Club comes to Cake Shop with a full night of fun: TWII faves Sisters, Boston trio Girlfriends, New Jersey's  Slow Animal, the post-apocalyptic dystopia of Sweet Bulbs, and Candy Hearts punky pop.  Plus DJs Peggy of TPOBPAH and Cameron of 'Sup Mag.

The Sundelles bring their sun-dappled pop to Glasslands tonight. The band just finished recording their debut LP which will be out in the near future, but you can get an early listen via the MP3 of "Gold" at the top of this post.  Also playing: Steel Phantoms, Chappo and Landlady.  new MP3
Elk City @ the Rock Shop



During the day you can visit the Jelly Rock Yard in Williamsburg where, unlike the Pool Parties, the vibe is chill and actually feels like a party. Plus the slip-n-slide. Dark and moody trio Zaza, who I love, would not be my first choice for a mid-afternoon outdoor show, headline and I'm sure will do just fine. Also playing: Motel MotelSport of Kings, and The Stationary Set. But you can just go and hang out too and have a good time. It's that kind of thing.

And if you like big butts and you cannot lie, maybe you should check out Big Freedia and House of Ladosha at Coco 66.

Ok, that's it for this week. Go see some live music. Tour dates, flyers, videos, etc after the jump.


Cosmetics - Soft Skin

Cosmetics // Soft Skin from Wooden Lens on Vimeo.


Cosmetics - 2010 Tour Dates


Stereo Total - 2010 Tour Dates
25.08.2010 US-New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
26.08.2010 US-Cambridge/Boston, MA - Middle East
27.08.2010 CA-Montreal - La Sala Rossa
28.08.2010 CA-Toronto - El Mocambo
29.08.2010 US-Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
30.08.2010 US-Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
31.08.2010 US-Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
01.09.2010 US-Portland, OR - Doug Fir
02.09.2010 US-San Francisco, CA - Slim's
03.09.2010 US-Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
04.09.2010 US-Austin, TX - Mohawk
07.09.2010 US-San Diego, CA - Tin Can Alehouse (NEW!)
08.09.2010 MX-Tijuana - La Mezcalera
09.09.2010 MX-Guadalajara - F. Bolko
10.09.2010 MX-Mexico City - Covadonga
11.09.2010 MX-Monterrey - Escénica
01.10.2010 ES-Madrid - Ochoymedio Club
02.10.2010 ES-Barcelona - Nitsa @ Apolo
14.10.2010 SI-Ljubljana - City of Women Festival @ Kino Siska
16.10.2010 ES-Bilbao - Jet Lag Festival
23.10.2010 TR-Istanbul - Bronx Pi Sahne
19.11.2010 FI-Tampere - Valoa Festival @ Yo-Talo
20.11.2010 FI-Helsinki - Korjaamo

Magic Bullets - 2010 Tour Dates
Aug 26 Glasslands Brookyln
Aug 27 Permanent Records Brooklyn, NY
Aug 28 Piano's (Lower East Side) New York, NY
Aug 29 Black Cat Washington, DC
Sep 11 Bottom of the Hil San Francisco, CA
Oct 14 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Oct 19 New York - CMJ New York, NY

Unnatural Helpers - "She Was Your Girlfriend"

Unnatural Helpers - 2010 Tour Dates
Aug 26 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Aug 28 Bruar Falls, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 29 Magic Room Brighton, MA
Aug 30 Shea Stadium Brooklyn, NY
Aug 31 Black Cat Washington DC, .
Sep 2 Cake Shop New York, NY
Sep 5 Bumbershoot Seattle Center Seattle, WA
Sep 11 Ash Street Saloon w/ Pierced Arrows, the Zeros Portland, OR
Sep 30 Cyprus Avenue w/ Mudhoney Cork, ., IRELAND
Oct 1 Button Factory w/ Mudhoney Dublin, ., IRELAND
Oct 2 Roisin Dubh w/ Mudhoney Galway, ., IRELAND
Oct 3 Limelight w/ Mudhoney Belfast, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 4 Northumbria University w/ Mudhoney Newcastle, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 5 Concorde 2 w/ Mudhoney Brighton, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 6 Electric Ballroom w/ Mudhoney London, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 7 Leeds University w/ Mudhoney Stulus, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 8 The Tunnel w/ Mudhoney Aberdeen, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 9 Arches w/ Mudhoney Glasgow, ., UNITED KINGDOM

Bare Wires - Artificial Clouds

Bare Wires - 2010 Tour Dates
Aug 25 Case University w/ Tyvek (college peeps only) Cleveland, OH
Aug 26 Now Thats Class Cleveland, OH
Aug 27 Monster Island Basement Brooklyn, NY
Aug 28 Bruar Falls Brooklyn, NY
Aug 29 M Room Philladelphia, PA
Aug 30 Velvet Lounge w/ Mabye Baby Washington DC, Washington
Aug 31 The Station Carrboro, NC
Sep 1 Little Kings Athens, GA
Sep 2 Star Bar Atlanta, GA
Sep 3 Glen Danzig's House Nashville, TN
Sep 4 Murphy's w/ River City Tanlines + The HUMMS Memphis, TN
Sep 6 Ole Tavern w/ Wild Emotions Jackson, MS
Sep 7 Saturn Bar New Orleans, LA
Sep 8 Notsuoh Houston, TX
Sep 9 Beerland Austin, TX
Sep 10 Beerland (AGAIN !) Austin, TX
Sep 14 RIPS Phoenix, AZ
Sep 15 Bar Pink San Diego, CA
Sep 17 The Smell Los Angeles, California
Sep 18 The Juke Joint Anaheim, CA
Sep 19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA



Comments (51)

Band photos...and go! Jesus christ.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:01 PM

Bare Wires at Bruar Falls is Sat (8/28) not Sunday :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:09 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:11 PM

Wild Nothing is amazing. Summer Holiday is the perfect song for happiness.

Posted by Drake Hazelwood | August 25, 2010 3:15 PM

can anyone confirm that in the Magic Bullets' press pic they are eating baba ghanouj?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:16 PM

who is this band, "THE HUMMS" opening for Bare Wire on Sept. 4 in Memphs?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:18 PM

Wild Nothing is OK. Not even close to amazing. If you want to hear something that approaches amazing, try listening to the New Order albums that Wild Nothing ripped their whole shtick from.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 3:38 PM

"Bare Wires at Bruar Falls is Sat (8/28) not Sunday :) "

fixed, thanks

Posted by brooklynvegan | August 25, 2010 4:05 PM

@3:38 whatever, grandpa.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:18 PM

Gandpa's right son

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:33 PM

@3:38 yeah, whatever, grandpa.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:33 PM

Why is it ok to rip-off the Rolling Stones or Ramones a million times and be considered a "great garage rock band" but if you are influenced by Joy Division, New Order or stuff like that, you're a copyist? Double standards. Yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:43 PM

"Yeah! And if you think Animal Collective is SOOOOOO great, try listening to the Beach Boys instead, you idiots! And if you looooove Vampire Weekend, then listen to Paul Simon's Graceland instead, assholes! And if you think Jay-Z is sooooo awesome, listen to The Sugarhill Gang instead, they started rap!!!!!!!!!!! No one should listen to any new music if it bares resemblance to old music!!!! I am angry that I cannot keep up with new music!!!!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:50 PM

4:33 Ok, son, then how about a detailed defense of Wild Nothing?

I thought so.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:52 PM

I meant 4:18. Grandpa can't see those tiny timestamps without his bifocals.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:52 PM

4:43--because the Stones and Ramones play an iconic type of blues-based music that is the foundation for all of rock, while Joy Division/New Order plays a very specific style of electro rock with instantly identifiable and individual signposts. That is why.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:54 PM

Wild Nothing is a Grade Z version of New Order, who weren't that great to begin with. It's not that Wild Nothing are copyists--it's that there exact same sound has been done so much better by someone else, therefore rendering Wild Nothing redundant and unnecessary. If Wild Nothing were original AT ALL, they might be eligible for greatness. Their Gemini LP is a fun listen, but it is faceless and unneeded in a world that already has a billion bands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 4:55 PM

my friends you forgot the biggest difference

new order no longer plays, but wild thingy does

so ill settle

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 5:14 PM

gemini is better than any new order album pre 1990.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 5:29 PM

gemini is better than any new order album *POST 1990.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 5:29 PM

5:14 My New Order records still play.

5:29 Gemini is a grade C album at best.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 5:49 PM

5:49 as an anonymous commenter you surely are an authority on gemini.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 5:59 PM

An anonymous commenter can't know about an album? What, do I have to put the UPC code in the "Name" field to prove I paid for the album?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 6:27 PM

What the fuck? Why can their only be ONE band and ONE way to sound? Like it's boxing or something, there has to be a champion...

If you like Wild Nothing, cool, if you don't, cool.

New Order is an amazing band that put out a bunch of classic albums and grew in sound.

Wild Nothing has one album.

Unfair to compare and who knows what direction they'll go in?

Also, it doesn't really sound like New Order THAT much. Maybe an amalgam of New Order and The Smiths. You'd have an argument there...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 6:42 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 6:44 PM

you're all fucking idiots. wild nothing sounds like the smiths, not new order.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 6:48 PM

except for YOU, 6:42. just caught your smiths comparison.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 6:49 PM

6:48 Then you've never heard New Order, dude.

If you can illustrate exactly how this band sounds like the Smiths, I would be amazed. Come on, smartypants, do it!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 7:18 PM

wild nothing eating that hummus at the photo shoot

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 7:49 PM

i don't really hear the new order comparisons with wild nothing. at least not specifically. a general '80s uk thing for sure, the dude fully cops to that. (field mice more than anything.) gemini is a good record.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 8:06 PM

6:42 = wild nothing guy or guy who put out wild nothing record

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 8:10 PM

I was underwhelmed by the Wild Nothing album as a whole, but the singles are great, and the new track at the top of the article is probably their best yet...

There's a New Order influence, but nothing I'd call a rip off... and if this blog were around in 1983 I'm sure there'd be a bunch of posts about how "Kraftwerk did this sound better"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 8:24 PM

this WEAK in Indie.

I miss the 90's

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 8:44 PM

8:44, agreed. I just listened to the Wild Nothing album again and it is still a faceless slip of a record that won't hold up in January 2011, let alone in 10 years.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:36 AM


illustrate? what do you want a fucking Venn Diagram? listen moron, if you need me to "illustrate" why wild nothing sounds more like the smith then new order, you need to quit listening and posting about music. like NOW.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 9:50 AM


Venn diagrams, flow charts, re-enactment renderings. We want the whole shebang.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:05 AM

9:50 I listened to the album again last night and this morning, specifically thinking of Smiths comparisons, and I heard NONE. Hell, it sounds more like Animal Collective than the Smiths.

Also, "illustrate" does not just mean drawing pictures, you cretin, so perhaps you could also use less time on BV and more time with the dictionary.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:19 PM

Smiths guy has to be taking the piss. No one with ears and a brain could hear Gemini and not recognize New Order influences there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:20 PM

only one taking the pish is your fucking ears if you cant tell the difference.

new order made electronic-driven and dance-oriented music. compositionally, new order songs are not classically structured as pop songs and has long instrumental passages.

the smith made classic rock/pop music with mostly organic instrumentation. compositionally they are also rock/pop traditionallists, with verse/chorus/verse/chorus structures.

tell me which of the above best describe wild nothing?

go clean your ears. then go fuck yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:40 PM

Wild Nothing doesn't sound like the Smiths. Your description doesn't support your claim. By your logic, all music with verse/chorus/verse/chorus structures sounds like the Smiths.

Unless my copy of Gemini has the wrong music pressed onto it, dude, you are just dead wrong.

No one is saying that Gemini is a dead ringer for Blue Monday or is ready to be blasted on a dance floor, but there is material on Gemini that sounds like lo-fi New Order demos.

I've been listening to the Smiths since '84 and there is just nothing on Gemini that even comes close to resembling them...oh, other than they both use verses and choruses.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:45 PM

"new order songs are not classically structured as pop songs"

Are you on crack?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:47 PM

wow, youve been listening to the smiths since 84? did they sound like krautrock to you back then?

its simple. you have 2 camps of song writing.

one is more avant garde and electronically driven.

one is more traditionally rock driven.

from what i hear of gemini, there is no desire from the band to be the former.

morrisey's vocals and sentimental lyrics would fit seemless into "live in dreams", "lonely angel" etc.

bernard sumner's cold and observational vocals and lyrics would NOT.

we can go on and on. ive at least attempted to make points supporting my arguement, while all you have to offer is that you listened the smiths for a long time and have heard a new order demo or two (lol). fucking try harder.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:03 PM

New Order is "avant-garde?" Dude, what PLANET are you on?

I didn't say they both studied under the same poetry instructor.

I've listened to New Order just as damn long as I've listened to Smiths, pissant.

Some of Gemini sounds like lo-fi New Order demos to me. None of Gemini sounds like the Smiths to me. Is that so damned hard to accept?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:28 PM

new order IS not avant garde. because the avant garde has caught up and surpassed them.

new order, at the time of their initial existence, WAS avant-garde. they blured the line between electronic and rock music. name one artist AT THE TIME that was more adventurous musically.

but thats ok, fucking jerkoffs like you who prolly picked up on New Order after the last "new wave" revival would have no such frame of reference. keep on listening to those demos and wish you were there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:52 PM

You guys are the nerdiest box of tools...ever.

Just shut the fuck up and put your indie dicks away. Your $500 headphones are getting lonely.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:53 PM

really? music nerd? $500 headphones?

funny how none of that is an insult to me.

yea, i give a fuck about music. what do you give a fuck about?

lemme guess, getting into the latest BS hipster trend?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:58 PM

yeah 2:58, but WHY do you give a fuck about music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 3:22 PM

I guess we at least share a passion for refreshing this page...

Look my lonely, judgemental brother - music nerd or not. No one gives a shit the ratio of Smiths to New Order within Wild Nothings.

No one. It's a waste of time and a fruitless discussion.

Now, back to the UK music forums from whence you came.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 3:36 PM

2:52 PM: Kraftwerk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 8:45 PM

I do hear some New Order in some of Wild Nothings songs.

Posted by Drake Hazelwood | August 28, 2010 5:31 PM

New Order fans feel more than anyone they know what it means to love.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2010 4:32 PM

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