by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Gone Completely (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - Good Evening (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (Juuso Pikanen remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weird Wives - EP (mediafire Zip link)
There is a whole of good stuff going on this weekend, so let's get to it. Everyone really needs to go out and see Chicago's Disappears, who play tonight (1/19) at Union Pool and tomorrow (1/20) at Cake Shop. The band's new album, Guider, just came out yesterday and is their second in less than a year. It's 31 minutes of awesome, piledriving, motorik psych-punk. Check out "Superstition" above to get a taste, plus "Gone Completely" from their first album, Lux.
As great as their records are, Disappears really need to be experienced live. These guys lock into a groove and step on the gas and the audience hangs on for the ride. Their show last summer at Union Pool knocked me for a loop. And as previously mentioned, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley is filling in on drums which is an added bonus.
Opening the Union Pool show tonight is Prolix, which is Tunde of TV on the Radio and drummer Ryan Sawyer. The Cake Shop show has Soft and The Sundelles. I can't recommend seeing one of these two shows -- or both -- more highly.
As of right now, there's only about three Vaccines songs to be heard (videos for a couple of them at the bottom of this post) but the band has just announced details of their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, which is out March 21 in the UK. (U.S. date TBA.) If you like early '60s rock n' roll and the Pixies, the Vaccines might just be for you. Personally... I'm curious enough to go see them this week and hope that the live experience will make me see what folks I know at The Fly and NME are so excited about.
What else? Sweden's The Concretes play Bowery Ballroom this Saturday (1/22). The band's new album, WYWH ("Wish You Were Here"), is their second since Victoria Bergsman's departure, though 2007's Hey Trouble didn't get released in the U.S. The album finds the band toying with dance grooves, albiet in a very understated way. It's a nice little record and you can download two tracks and a remix at the top of this post.
Opening are fellow Friendly Fire recording artists Acrylics whose debut album, Lives and Treasure, is out March 1. The album is pretty mellow, which showcases the band's songwriting talents. I miss the more electrified line-up Acrylics sported two years ago but there is no denying the songs. Also playing are Hooray For Earth who are taking a break from recording their debut album to tour with The Concretes.
UPDATE: Weird Wives have cancelled their tour.
You may recognize these guys as most of them are in Surfer Blood. But don't go expecting super-catchy indie rock jams. Weird Wives are loud skronky shouty thrash. You can download an EPs' worth of songs at the top of this post.
That's the big stuff in TWII world. Here are few more worthy shows, day-by-day, of things not listed above.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death put on a pretty rockin' set last night at Glasslands opening for Smith Westerns. Tonight they open for Captain Shafts at Pianos. They're also going to play a free in-store at Co-Op 87 tomorrow (1/20) at 6PM.
Cloud Nothings and Toro Y Moi at Mercury Lounge.
The Drums, Guards and The Hairs (Kevin of Knight School's new band) at Studio at Webster Hall, the $25 ticket benefits former Hot Rod Circuit drummer Dan Duggins who is recovering from a stroke.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21
The '90s are back, did you hear? And so are power couple Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield who'll surely play all your favorites at Bell House tonight. Me, I just want a Blake Babies reunion.
That's it for this week. Flyers, videos and tour dates are below.
The Vaccines - Post-Breakup Sex
The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
The Vaccines - 2011 Tour Dates
20/01/11 New York City Bowery Ballroom United States
22/01/11 Brooklyn Glasslands United States
25/01/11 Los Angeles Spaceland United States
29/01/11 London King's College United Kingdom
03/02/11 Glasgow Glasgow Academy United Kingdom
04/02/11 Manchester Manchester Academy United Kingdom
05/02/11 Manchester Manchester Academy United Kingdom
07/02/11 Newcastle Newcastle Academy United Kingdom
08/02/11 Nottingham Rock City United Kingdom
09/02/11 Leeds Leeds Academy United Kingdom
11/02/11 Norwich UEA United Kingdom
12/02/11 Birmingham Birmingham Academy United Kingdom
13/02/11 Cardiff Cardiff University Great Hall United Kingdom
15/02/11 Bristol Bristol Academy United Kingdom
16/02/11 Bournemouth Bournemouth Academy United Kingdom
17/02/11 Brighton Brighton Dome United Kingdom
19/02/11 London Brixton Academy United Kingdom
03/03/11 Oslo Internasjonalen Norway
03/03/11 Cologne Studio 672 Germany
18/12/11 Paris Le Carmen France
The Concretes - All Day
The Concretes - 2011 Tour Dates
01/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
01/15 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
01/16 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
01/17 - Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
01/18 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
01/19 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
01/20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
01/22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
01/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
01/25 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
02/25 - San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Festival @ Rickshaw Stop
02/26 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
02/28 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/01 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
03/03 - Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
03/04 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
03/05 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Weird Wives - 2011 Tour Dates
January 19- Baltimore MD
January 20- Bruar Falls, Brooklyn
January 21-Death By Audio NYC
January 22-The Ox Philadelphia PA
January 24-Tampa TBA
January 25-Miami Warehouse Bash