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October 8, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Onetime Gorkys Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs will release his new solo album, Sweetheart, this week via his own National Elf Library label. To make the album, he took over his parents home in Pembrookshire, Wales and recorded live with an assembled band that included drummer Stuart Kidd (Teenage Fanclub/BMX Bandits). Childs says it was a quick one:
We started on Monday morning and finished on the Friday afternoon. Eleven songs recorded in five days. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't at times hard work, it was a lot of music to record in five days. But I think the fact that it was recorded so quickly gives the record a fresh and spontaneous feel.Like most of Childs' work, there's a verdant, pastoral feel. You can check out "Fruit and Veg" from the album below.
By Saturday morning everybody had packed up and left and all that was left to do was to tidy up the house ready for my parents return. Once everything was back in its place it was as if nothing had ever happened.
Childs is currently be on tour in the UK. All dates listed below...
The soundtrack to critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, will be released on October 30. It features both rare/live Winehouse tracks as well as Antonio Pinto's original score. You can check out the full tracklist, plus a couple songs from it, below.
The film will be out on DVD/Blu-ray and digital on December 1.
by Andrew Sacher
When I caught Long Island's Broadcaster at Death by Audio last year they mentioned on stage that they had new stuff on the way. That new stuff will finally come out next week (10/16) in the form of the Spin EP on Jump Start Records (pre-order). We've got the premiere of "All The Wrong Reasons" from that EP, which has them taking cues from Husker Du and The Replacements (or the popular '90s bands who came in their wake) and delivering catchy, jangly alt-rock. Listen below.
The band will head to Gainesville in a few weeks for The Fest, where they play The Wooly on 11/1 with Caytana, Chumped, Antarctigo Vespucci and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains) released the collaborative album Early Astral back in 2011, and next week (10/16) they'll release their second and first for Trouble In Mind, The Island (pre-order). Chris' solo material often has him making full songs out of the kind of spacey guitar soloing that The Grateful Dead were known for, while Koen's deals more with droning ambience. For this project, the two musicians bring those two sounds together and the results turned out really well. Jeff Zeigler, who's worked with Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs and more, recorded it. Listen to "Cosmic Richard" and watch the video for "Long Beach Idyll" (premiering here) below.
Chris & Koen don't have any shows together coming up at the moment, but Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band do. They're currently in the midst of an October residency at Ortlieb's in Philly, and after that they play two NYC shows. The first is opening for Futurebirds at Bowery Ballroom on November 12 (tickets) and the second is Trans-Pecos on December 12 (more info TBA). All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Mantles' new album, All Odds End, is out next week (10/16) on Slumberland. Produced by Papercuts' Jason Quever, it's still indie pop inspired by '60s paisley jangle and shambolic '80s-era groups like Television Personalities, but it's just a little more polished than usual. Not enough to buff away their scrappy charm, but definitely showered and shaved. It's also a strong batch of songs, some of their most memorable hooks and melodies yet. Definitely worth a spin and you can listen to the whole thing right now, below.
The band's only show at the moment is a record release show on October 17 at White Horse in Oakland, CA. Flyer for that show is below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Last month, Sharon Van Etten released her cover of "Teen Angel" from the upcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan. Rock the Cause Records releases the album next week (and proceeds go to Huntington's Hope) and now NPR's got the full stream of it. Most excitingly, that means we can now hear the covers from The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and The Flaming Lips.
It feels pretty safe to assume that The Flaming Lips' sound as we know it wouldn't exist without the influence of guys like Donovan, so it's pretty great to hear their take on his 1968 song "Atlantis." They deliver the spoken word portion with pitched-down vocals and once the singing comes in, they more or less make it sound like a Flaming Lips song. It's a cool take, and definitely not just a retread of the original. Hamilton, meanwhile, gives crooning pop bombast to Donvan's subdued "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting." Listen to those, and the rest of the compilation, below.
As you may know, The Flaming Lips will soon hit the road as Miley Cyrus' backing band.
by Bill Pearis
Australian trio Terrible Truths have been going for the most of this decade, with a danceble sound that eschews chords in favor of guitarist Rani Rose intertwining leads around Stacey Wilson's bass. (Joe Alexander helps keep things bouncy.) They trade vocals too and it makes for a familiar (there's some scratchy post-punk in there) but fresh sound. What really makes it, though, is they always sound like they're having fun, and that energy is highly infectious.
The band have dripped out singles and EPs over the last five years, including a 7" on Mexican summer in 2012, but will finally release their debut album this week on Bedroom Suck. You can check out the video for "See Straight" as well as "Uptight," which premieres in this post, below.
Eleanor Friedberger took time off from writing and recording her new album to appear in artist Sara Magenheimer's film False Alphabets, that was made through SoHo gallery Recess Art. In it she played the central role of a radio DJ. Eleanor took Magenheimer's script and used it as the basis for songs, the first of which -- "False Alphabet City" -- is out now and it's her first release for new label home, Frenchkiss. (She was on Merge before.) You can check it out via the video, made from footage in the film, below.
She'll be playing some small shows next month on both coasts. After shows in LA and San Francisco, she'll come to NYC to play Pianos on November 9 and Union Pool on November 10 with Icewater (who are sometimes her backing band). No word on Pianos yet, but tickets Union Pool show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
photos by Sachyn Mital, words by Andrew Sacher
The War On Drugs' current tour has them in NYC, and head of tonight's massive Radio City show with Natalie Prass they squeezed in a way smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg show last night (10/7) for Jukely members. There was no opener, and TWOD took the stage right around 8:30 (just after Adam brought out a cake and sang happy birthday to keyboardist Robbie Bennett) so things ended on the early side compared to most MHOW shows.
I hadn't seen The War On Drugs since they were touring Slave Ambient but they've clearly come a long way since then. Last year's extremely well-loved Lost in the Dream and their recent major label deal already proved this, but last night's show even further confirmed that they're ready for the big time. Main member Adam Granduciel is a more confident frontman than ever, and shreds way harder too. Those solos don't pop out on record quite like they did last night. We got plenty of highlights off the recent records -- "Baby Missiles," "Red Eyes," "Eyes to the Wind" and more -- and they dipped back into their pre-breakthrough period a few times too.
Pictures continue below...
Small Black already announced a show for November 20 at Baby's All Right, and they now added a second night for November 21. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale at 10 AM, and tickets for night 1 are still available.Painted Palms open both shows. Small Black's new album is also now streaming.
Co La celebrates his new album No No with a release show at Trans-Pecos on October 16 featuring Tallesen, Jeremy Hyman, Motion Graphics, Acemo, and Max D.Tickets are on sale now.
Elvis Depressedly and LVL UP are playing Shea Stadium on December 1. Tickets are on sale now.
Joseph Arthur has announced his 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery. Tickets are on presale for VinoFile members.
Win a pair of tickets to see Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday night, at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.