Posted in music | tour dates on April 8, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Crazy Rulers of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Ready to Go (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bare Wires - Seeking Love (MP3)

Craft Spells
Craft Spells

First up is Craft Spells who make their NYC debut tonight (4/8) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for fellow Captured Tracks band Beach Fossils, plus Crinkles and an "Unannounced Special Guest" that might drum up some excitement if anyone could figure out who that might actually be. Craft Spells also play Saturday (4/9) at Glasslands with Cloud Nothings and the Sundelles, which is also a pretty solid lineup.

On record at least, Craft Spells is basically Justin Paul Vallesteros who made his debut album Idle Labor in his home. Vallesteros is making a go of it, having recently moved from Stockton, California to Seattle where he's turned Craft Spells into a quartet. Idle Labor is very much a bedroom pop album (and a very good one), clearly created by one guy who loves a lot of '80s music (OMD, Pale Fountains come to mind, as does New Order though mainly through the album art).

You can download two tracks from Idle Labor at the top of this post. But the Craft Spells live experience eschews the keyboards for a straight-up guitar pop sound that I'm told is a little more akin to Orange Juice. Which sounds pretty good too. We shall see.

Sebadoh
Sebadoh

As you're reading this column, you're probably well aware that the '90s are totally back. Which means bands from that era are totally back too. Bands like Sebadoh whose classic albums Sebadoh III, Bubble and Scrape and Bakesale helped define the sound of "indie rock." (I tried in vein to find a clip of Lou [wearing a Joy Division t-shirt] talking at length about breakups on MTV's Sex in the '90s. Somebody get on this please.] And they're totally back -- in NYC -- this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. It looks like the Sunday show still has tickets at the moment.

To be fair, Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Eric Gaffney started playing together again in 2007 but it seems a lot more interesting now, what with Yuck slyly cribbing their moves and all. Oupa -- Yuck singer Daniel Bloomberg's side project -- are supposed to open for Sebadoh Saturday, though it's not listed on the Bowery website now. For sure you'll get Richard Buckner, who's opening both nights.

BOAT
BOAT

Keeping with the '90s indie rock vibe, don't forget Seattle's BOAT are playing Mercury Lounge tomorrow (4/9). It's a relatively early show -- BOAT are on at 9PM -- so you can go do something else after. They are super fun live, even when massive equipment failure threatens to derail them. BOAT persevere with good humor.

Surf City
Surf City

One of the things you could do after BOAT is just stay at Mercury Lounge for the late show, featuring post-rockers Bardo Pond and New Zealand's Surf City. While they've never really broken up, Bardo Pond are best known for their late-'90s canon on Matador, full of lengthy spaced-out jams full of crashing waves of guitar noise and throbbing bass. The band's hazy groove sounds intact on last year's self-titled new album.

Surf City, meanwhile, are indebted to the classic Flying Nun sound, meaning a whole lot of the Clean, a good dose of The Jean Paul Sartre Experience, and maybe a little Bats for good measure. Their new-ish album is called Kudos and is loaded with catchy, noisy guitar pop, like "Crazy Rulers of the World," downloadable above. Coincidentally, Crazy Rulers of the World is also the title of my forthcoming coffee table book about novelty measuring sticks. Go figure.

Surf City also play Glasslands on Tuesday (4/12) with Darlings, Lingering Doubt, and Little Racer.

That's it for this week's This Week in Indie. A few more daily picks follow.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

Boston power pop band Pretty & Nice play Spike Hill. These guys are solid.

The name is kind of horrible and I'm personally not crazy about the music but I'm told Gobble Gobble's live show is unforgettable which might be reason enough to go check them out at Glasslands tonight. With Headless Horsemen.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Dinowalrus, She Keeps Bees, Total Slacker, Gunfight, Quiet Loudly, Pet Ghost Project, Mussels, Data Dog, El Jezel, Nature Boy, Shark? and more play the Brain-Cave Festival at Shea Stadium. Starts at 2PM, $10.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

Garagey power pop band Bare Wires are at Cake Shop on Sunday with Fergus and Geronimo. Bare Wires are great, go out and see 'em!

OK, that's it! Tour dates, video, and flyers are below.

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Craft Spells - Scandinavian Crush live in Seattle

Craft Spells - 2011 Tour Dates
Apr 08 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Apr 09 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Apr 14 DC9 Washington, DC
Apr 16 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
Apr 22 Zanzabar Louisville, KY
May 02 Soda Bar San Diego, CA

Surf City - 2011 Tour Dates
04.08 Danger Danger w/ Bardo Pond and Snowblink (Philadelphia, PA)
04.09 Mercury Lounge w/ Bardo Pond and Snowblink (New York, NY)
04.10 Black Cat w/ Bardo Pond and Guests (Washington, D.C.)
04.12 Glasslands Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)
04.13 Cafe Nine (New Haven, CT)
04.14 Casa del Popolo (Montreal, QC)
04.15 Call the Office (London, ON)
04.16 Parts and Labour (Toronto, ON)
04.18 Lager House (Detroit, MI)
04.19 Schubas Tavern (Chicago, IL)
04.20 The Bishop (Bloomington, IN)
04.21 MOTR Pub (Cincinnati, OH)
04.22 The Bug Jar (Rochester, NY)
04.24 O'Brien's (Allston, MA)

Bare Wires - 2011 Tour Dates
4/7 - Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
4/8 - Firehouse 13 - Providence, RI
4/9 - WHRB Festival @ Democracy Center - Cambridge, MA
4/10 - Cake Shop - New York, NY
4/12 - Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
4/13 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
4/14 - Babylon - Ottawa, ON
4/15 - Parts and Labour - Toronto, ON
4/16 - Lager House - Detroit, MI
4/17 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
4/19 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
4/20 - Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
4/21 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
4/22 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
4/23 - The Railyard - Billings, MT
4/24 - BSMT - Missoula, MT
4/27 - Funhouse - Seattle, WA
4/28 - White House - Vancouver, BC
4/29 - Northern - Olympia, WA
4/30 - East End - Portland, OR

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Comments (22)

Pretty certain it's Bob D'Amico on this tour and not Eric Gaffney as it was in '07 or whatever.

No Gaffney, no care.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 1:17 PM

holy shit brain cave!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 1:43 PM

if you don't go to sebadoh this weekend, why do you EXIST?!?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 1:44 PM

III, Bubble & Scrape > Bakesale, Harmacy

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 1:51 PM

Why 1:44, cuz we already did sebadoh 20 years ago and aren';t interested in nostalgia. Except, of course, those Peter Frampton comeback shows.

Posted by nygrump | April 8, 2011 1:52 PM

that Gobble Gobble band cancelled their Philly show because their cat ran away from their tour van.

do with that information what you will.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 2:02 PM

I think you all have AIDS

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 2:10 PM

Gaffney didn't play on "Bakesale" and "Harmacy".... so why would he be on this tour?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 2:15 PM

^ cat ran away from their tour van? couple questions - where is the litter box in the van? there is prob piss and shit everywhere so how do they get laid?

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 8, 2011 2:40 PM

Bakesale is definitely the strongest batch of songs in the Sebadoh song book.

Careful
Magnet's Coil
Dreams
Not Too Amused
Got It
Rebound
License To Confuse

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 2:46 PM

It's Jason and Bob D'Amico (also bass and drums in Fiery Furnaces) w/ Loobie.

Posted by donn | April 8, 2011 2:46 PM

That's exactly what I am saying, 2:15. Gaffney is not on this tour for the inferior later material.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 3:28 PM

Beach Fossils are the harbingers of "new emo" ©

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 3:35 PM

I saw the Vera Project show you posted a video from, it was pretty cool! I blogged about it and included a few (crappy) videos here: http://virtualsoundnw.blogspot.com/2011/04/craft-spells-soft-moon-and-witch.html

Posted by VirtualSoundNW | April 8, 2011 4:08 PM

Bardo Pond always worth seeing. Being high helps.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 4:35 PM

When the fuck is Bush getting back together already?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 4:35 PM

I agree the material with gaffney is better but when they played it 07 eith him it was boring as fuck.

Posted by Rob | April 8, 2011 4:37 PM

Surf City is gonna be awesome.

I enjoyed the Gaffney show even though it was at Webster, but that's just me.

CRY SIS! Cry sister! CRY SIS!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2011 4:45 PM

So much good music, yay

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2011 12:37 PM

"I tried in vein to find a clip of Lou [wearing a Joy Division t-shirt] talking at length about breakups on MTV's Sex in the '90s. Somebody get on this please"


Is this legit? If so that's hysterical. I still remember watching that when it originally aired in the 90's. I was in the 6th grade or so I wouldn't become familiar with Lou Barlow's music unti yrs after the fact. And yet I still remember the melodramatic guy in the JD shirt comparing breakups with getting a beating heart torn from his chest, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2011 1:12 PM

@anon 1:12,

Yeah that was really Lou Barlow.

Posted by bill p | April 9, 2011 1:53 PM

he's married to kathleen billus or whatever her name is...so, i guess it worked.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2011 6:32 PM

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