Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on February 8, 2012

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work (MP3)
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Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls are back for what is, by far, their biggest NYC show to date: they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday. The band's debut was my #2 Album of 2011:

"Found Love in a Graveyard" made my Favorite Tracks of 2009 list and have been waiting a full-length ever since. The band does not disappoint. There's not a dud in Veronica Falls' 36 minute running time. New songs are equals to early singles which appear here in newly recorded versions that might actually improve on the originals. This is haunted pop, a brisk October breeze that calls for a nice cardigan.
Veronica Falls just released a new track, "My Heart Beats," to coincide with their North American tour and you can stream it at the bottom of this post. The song is sunnier than what they normally do but still fits within their sound. Sounds like a single to me. The band are touring with Slumberland labelmates Brilliant Colors (in from San Francisco) and local noisemakers Grooms are also on the bill.  Tickets are still available. Veronica Falls look timid in their press photos, but they whip up a storm live. Go see 'em.

Bleached at BV CMJ 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Bleached

After the MHoW show, Bleached will also be part of the Veronica Falls/Brilliant Colors tour. (Dates at the bottom of this post.) The band are currently on the road with The Black Belles, a tour that rolls into town onSaturday (2/11) at Knitting Factory that also has Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) and Habibi on the bill. I caught Bleached at the BrooklynVegan day party during CMJ last year and thought they were a lot of fun in a Runaways kind of way. Good snarly attitude and big hooks. Maybe you caught them last week opening for Smith Westerns at Webster Hall?

Habibi
Habibi

It's worth showing up early for Habibi, whose debut single (streamable below) is a cool, understated take on '60s girl group sounds. You can stream it below.

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Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon

As excited as I am to see Veronica Falls on Thursday (2/9) , I might be slightly more pumped to catch Cate Le Bon's early set at Mercury Lounge that same night. (She also plays Maxwell's on Friday [2/10] as part of her tour) I've been pretty enamoured with the Welsh singer's new album, Cyrk, that came out a few weeks ago. The spare, detached vibe is a little like the Velvet Underground or Electrelane or Stereolab, but there's a hint of pastoral psychedelia in there too. (Shades of Welsh indie royalty Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). The record is loaded with wonderful little touches that reveal themselves with repeated listens. It's a fantastic album.

You can download single "Puts Me to Work" at the top of this post and stream Cyrk at Spotify. Cate has played New York a few times, usually solo, but for this tour she's got her band with her which should be pretty special. Both shows are with local band Pigeons.

Ed Vallance - 'Volcano'
Ed Vallance

What else is going on? London born, Brooklyn-based singer Ed Vallance released his second album, Volcano, this week and plays a record release show tonight (2/8) at Pianos. The record is dramatic turn from the indie folk of his debut. I bet he still writes his songs on acoustic guitar, but the approach to the arrangements and production are definitely have definitely taken a pop approach this time. While this sort of stuff isn't in vogue so much these days (it's got a distinct early '00s post-Radiohead vibe) it's quite lovely nonetheless. You can download the single "Crystaline" at the top of this post and stream the album at Spotify.

In addition to tonight's show at Pianos, an early show with Pursesnatchersopening, Ed's doing a month-long residency at the Ace Hotel, playing every Sunday in February.

Jeremy Jay
Jeremy Jay

And finally, K Records artist Jeremy Jay is in town this week, playing Glasslands tonight (2/8) and Cake Shop tomorrow (2/9). Jeremy's most recent album is Dream Diary, which came out about a year ago. Like most of his work, it's minimal folk rock with a strong '80s influence. He's an engaging live performer, and tonight's Glasslands show is a stacked bill with Boston psych-folk band Quilt, quality locals Slowdance and Backwords. The Cake Shop show is with Sapphire Mansions and a couple TBDs. (Cake Shop's website isn't especially updated these days.) Jeremy lives in London these days, so go see him while he's here -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

That's the big stuff this week. Some more day by day picks, of things not already covered, are below.

Old Monk
Old Monk

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

The second week of Old Monk's Cake Shop residency is tonight. These guys are good! Tonight's with Haybaby, elctro-rockers Year of the Tiger and Code Name Viper.

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Snowmine
Snowmine

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

February is a popular month for residencies. Atomspheric and anthemic Brooklynites Snowmine are on Week Two of their Pianos residency. , With Sea of Bees, Via Audio, Beat Radio.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Cameo plays host to Zambri (sorta Siouxsie at her most tribal), plus Sunglasses, Bermuda Bonnie, and Rewards on DJ duty.

If you haven't seen Caged Animals yet (read more here), correct this at Shea Stadium tonight where they play with Night Manager, Island Twins, and Weird Rivers.

Ida
Ida

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Holy mid-'90s! At Littlefield it's Ida, Babe The Blue Ox, The Mommyheads, plus Beekeeper, and Sportsmans Paradise.

Flyers, tour dates, album streams and videos are below.

Veronica Falls - 2012 Tour Dates
02/08 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
02/09 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
02/10 - Voyeur Nightclub - Philadelphia, PA
02/11 - Radio - Somerville, MA
02/13 - Belmont - Montreal, Canada
02/14 - The Garrison - Toronto, Canada
02/16 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
02/17 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN*
02/20 - The Media Club - Vancouver, Canada*
02/21 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA*
02/22 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
02/25 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA*
02/27 - Casbah - San Diego, CA*
*with Bleached

Bleached - 2012 Tour Dates
01-20 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar (Las Vegas) ^
01-24 Grinnel, IA - Gardner Lounge at Grinnel
01-27 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe Tavern *#
01-28 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore *#
01-29 Boston, MA - Rock Club *#
01-31 New York, NY - Webster Hall *#
02-01 Washington, DC - Black Cat *#
02-03 Chicago, IL- Metro *#
02-04 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *#
02-05 Muncie, IN - The Center Stage $
02-06 Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's $
02-08 Atlanta, GA - Earl $
02-09 Durham, NC - The Pinhook $
02-10 Harrisonburg, VA - James Madison University $
02-11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory $
02-13 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom $
02-15 Chicago, IL- Empty bottle $
02-17 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry +
02-20 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club +
02-21 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern +
02-22 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge +
02-24 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop +
02-25 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre +
02-27 San Diego, CA - Casbah +
03-08 Denton, TX - Denton 35
^ with Max Pain
* with Smith Westerns
# with Porcelain Raft
$ with Black Belles
+ with Veronica Falls

Cate Le Bon - Fold the Cloth

Cate Le Bon - Fold The Cloth (directed by Ryan Owen) from Ryan Owen on Vimeo.

Cate Le Bon - 2012 Tour Dates
8th - TT THE BEAR'S PLACE, CAMBRIDGE, MA
9th - MERCURY LOUNGE, NEW YORK, NY
10th - MAXWELL'S, HOBOKEN ,NJ
11th - KUNGFU NECKTIE , PHILADELPHIA, PA
12th - DC9 , WASHINGTON, DC
14th - SCHUBAS, CHICAGO, IL
16th - THE FREQUENCY, MADISON, WI
17th - 7th STREET ENTRY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
22nd - THE CROCODILE, SEATTLE, WA
23rd - MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS, PORTLAND, OR
25th - NOISE POP FESTIVAL , SAN FRANCISCO, CA
26th - McCABE'S GUITAR SHOP, SANTA MONICA, CA
27th - BARDOT HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CA

Old Monk Flyer Feb 8

Snowmine Flyer

Snowmine Flyer

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Comments (30)

Habibi sucks

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 4:34 PM

What is the relationship, if any, between Simon Le Bon and Cate Le Bon?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 5:09 PM

Bleached rules.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 5:19 PM

Snowmine!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 5:53 PM

snowmine is so dope live. smoke a fatty before you go

Posted by jeff hackley | February 8, 2012 6:07 PM

@4:34 - They're doable but regarding the music, totally agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 6:07 PM

4:34 = totally wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 6:15 PM

Habibi!!! Kickin ass!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 6:59 PM

does habibi only have one lipstick to share between the 4 of them?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 7:00 PM

i dont know but id apply more than lipstick to that dark haired ones lips.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 7:13 PM

Enjoying that Habibi stream. I'll try to make it to the Bleached show early to catch them, but I'm not sure if I can get there that early. Anyone know set times?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 7:27 PM

habibi are awful

Posted by really? | February 8, 2012 7:46 PM

nice to see habibi on here, saw them in detroit, dug em.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 7:53 PM

I love Habibi

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 8:07 PM

OH MY GOD NO MORE 60S GIRL GROUP BALONEY

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 9:52 PM

I like this Habibi. They sound like anal sex underwater.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 10:08 PM

Jeremy Jay was the subject of the funniest comments threads of 2009:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/11/jeremy_jay_on_t.html

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 10:17 PM

http://www.ecretailer.com Apple mac books: $280- 520`Iphone 4S: $320

Posted by carychen | February 8, 2012 10:54 PM

^ hey baby suck on this here 8=====D~~~~~

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 11:16 PM

10:17 if you think that thread was funniest of 2009, you live a sheltered and boring life. That comment thread was OK, but not "best" of anything by any stretch. You talk like it even ranks up with a Lustmord thread - now THAT is comedic gold. Jeremy Jay? Not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 11:19 PM

11:19 is the kind of comment that makes me laugh the hardest around here. Logic and reasoning are not the strong suits of art fags.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 1:42 AM

How many are wearing wigs in Habibi?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 2:36 AM

They look like female clowns

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 7:51 AM

Pronounced do-me-me

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 8:58 AM

11:19 -- the Lustmord comments thread was from 2011. Welcome to Brooklyn Vegan you newbie doofus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 10:49 AM

Could 4 girls make more unattractive faces?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 11:39 AM

wow. it is embarrassing to think grown adults have nothing better to do than post anonymous petty comments based on a bands appearance and sex. i saw habibi play at union pool, and it was refreshing to see four talented women playing original tunes. anyone know set times for saturday?

Posted by mike sweeney | February 9, 2012 12:41 PM

The Cate LeBon song sounds good. Thanks for the tip BV!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 12:58 PM

damn those snowmine dudes are one of the best bands coming out of brooklyn in years. fan for life.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 2:10 PM

vernoica falls rules

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 3:19 PM

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