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September 30, 2014

CMJ Flyer

As mentioned, Ultimate Painting (aka James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes) will release their debut album next month via Trouble in Mind. They've shared a second track from the album, "Winter in Your Heart," which you can stream along with the song "Ultimate Painting" and a mix they made with some of their influences, below.

Also as mentioned, UP will be in NYC for CMJ and they've got quite a few shows lined up already with maybe more still to be announced. Here's the lowdown:

Tue. Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ Pianos (Kanine CMJ day party FREE)
Tue. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (Panache CMJ Showcase)
Wed. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Trouble In Mind CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (Trouble In Mind CMJ day party FREE)
Fri. Oct. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Panache CMJ day party FREE)
Flyers for all of those shows, plus the full lineups, are below. Before the CMJ shows, Ultimate Paiting will also play nearby Bard College on October 21. That follows a few other North American dates, all of which are listed below.

Continue reading "Ultimate Painting share second song from debut LP, touring before playing lots of CMJ shows (dates, stream)"

photo by Steve Krandall
Iron Reagan

Richmond thrashers Iron Reagan (who feature members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour) released their new LP Tyranny of Failure earlier this month on Relapse and they've since added more tour dates to their schedule. They've got a West Coast run with Eyehategod (who they played NYC with in July) and Power Trip, but before that they'll hit NYC on October 19 at Saint Vitus opening for Only Crime (who feature members of Good Riddance, Converge, Black Flag, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Modern Life Is War and others). Also on that bill is promising Philly band Ma Jolie and tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new-ish video for "Miserable Failure" from the new Iron Reagan LP, below...

Continue reading "Iron Reagan touring, playing NYC w/ Only Crime & Ma Jolie"

by Andrew Sacher

Chumped at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

We recently mentioned that following their two EPs, Brooklyn's Chumped would be releasing their first full length later this year. It's now been announced that the album's called Teenage Retirement and it will be out on November 18 via Anchorless Records. Its first single, "Songs About Boats," recently premiered over at Noisey and from the sound of it, Chumped are continuing to make terrifically executed real-deal pop punk. If the term "pop punk" still puts a bad taste in your mouth, "Songs About Boats" is the kind of song that could remind you that you do in fact have a scratched-up copy of Dookie at your parents' house, and that there is a part of you that sometimes wants nothing more than palm-muted power chords done right. Chumped do it right, so take a listen for yourself, below.

Chumped also have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including two in their hometown. First, they open the NYC stop of the Cheap Girls / Beach Slang / Lee Corey Oswald / Signals Midwest tour happening October 14 at Saint Vitus (tickets), and then as discussed their tour with PUP hits Mercury Lounge on November 7 (tickets). Since we last spoke, Typefighter were added to that show too. Updated list of Chumped's dates below.

Speaking of Beach Slang, their excellent new EP is out today (9/30) via Tiny Engines, and that can be streamed in full below as well...

Continue reading "Chumped announce debut LP, share track, add tour dates; Beach Slang EP out now & streaming"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Vanishing Life

Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.

The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Vanshing Life (Walter Schreifels + mems of Trail of Dead, Rise Against) releasing 7" on Collect Records, making live debut"

Lace Curtains

Ex-Harlem singer Michael Coomers will release his second under the Lace Curtains name, titled A Signed Piece Of Paper, on October 28 via his own Female Fantasy Records. The album has some indie rock a la Harlem but there's a strong '70s singer-songwriter vibe to it as well. You can stream a few songs and videos in this post.

Lace Curtains will make its NYC debut during CMJ, with October 24 at Cake Shop being the only confirmed date during the fest right now (more details on that show TBA). After CMJ, Lace Curtains will also play November 1 at Union Pool with fellow ex-Harlem band Las Rosas.

Videos and song stream below...

Continue reading "Lace Curtains (ex-Harlem) releasing new album, making NYC live debut during CMJ (dates, streams)"

Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Kim Gordon's duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head are on board for Boston's Hassle Fest IV this November (with Jason Lescalleet, No Joy, Quilt, Downtown Boys and more), and directly before that they'll play two nights at Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 6 & 7. Both shows are with Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and his band Regression Nightmare. Night 1 will also be opened by Bill Nace's past collaborator Steven Baczkowski, and night 2 also by Vanessa Rossetto. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale (9/30) at 2 PM.

Kim also has an art show opening in NYC in 2015. All Body/Head dates are listed below.

In related news, Kim's ex-Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (who played Union Pool a few days ago and has an upcoming duo set with Noveller) has an art show of his own opening in NYC. The show's called Lost Highways and it opens on October 4 at One Mile Gallery (475 Abeel St) with the reception going from 6-8 PM. The show runs through October 25.

List of Body/Head dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Body/Head playing 2 NYC shows w/ Wolf Eyes' Nate Young before Boston's Hassle Fest; Lee Ranaldo art show opening"


Iceage already released three songs from their upcoming Plowing Into the Field of Love LP, which hinted that they're going for more of a Bad Seeds/Gun Club vibe this time around compared to what we're used to from Iceage. Now they've released a stream of the full thing a week ahead of its release date (10/7 via Matador) which you can listen to below. They'll also be on tour soon with Helm.

Continue reading "Iceage streaming new album 'Plowing Into the Field of Love'"

by Andrew Sacher

Single Mothers

Canadian punks Single Mothers are a week away from releasing their debut album, Negative Qualities (due 10/7 via XL imprint Hot Charity), and they've now made the whole thing available to stream. Following a couple strong EPs from 2010 and 2011 and a ripping live show, this debut's been a long time coming and it delivers on the promises they've been making. It's sneering, angry, sarcastic DGAF punk rock that's bound to make you feel something. There's some familiar stuff in there -- Craig Finn's wordy delivery, The Bronx's punk n roll riffs -- but the attitude and the urgency in these songs make it refreshing as hell. Listen to the whole thing for yourself, over at Pitchfork.

Single Mothers have a handful of tour dates coming up. Nothing in NYC announced yet but they're in the Northeast with a gap around CMJ so stay tuned. All dates are listed, with a stream of "Marbles" from the new record, below...

Continue reading "Single Mothers streaming debut LP 'Negative Qualities' (listen)"

The Blind Shake @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
Blind Shake

The Blind Shake are back with a new album, Breakfast of Failures, which will be out October 28 via Goner. It's more of the animal beat leadfoot protopunk you've come to love and we've got the premiere of the ripping "Parachute." You can stream that below.

We last caught The Blind Shake during Northside and are excited to hear the Minnesotans will be on the road later this fall. The tour includes two shows in NYC the week of Thanksgiving: November 25 at Cake Shop and November 26 at Baby's All Right. The rest of those lineups are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the "Parachute" stream and another from the new LP, below...

Continue reading "The Blind Shake releasing 'Breakfast of Failures,' touring (dates, streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Be Forest

Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band (who share a member with Brothers in Law) released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year via We Were Never Boring and you can stream the whole thing below. If you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you definitely should. The band also just released a cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer" which makes its premiere in this post. There are no shortage of covers of this song, but Be Forest really make it their own. Listen below.

Be Forest will be making their first trip to North America next month for a coast-to-coast tour. That starts in NYC for CMJ where they currently have two shows lined up: A day show at Cake Shop on October 22 (lineup TBA) and then a show at DROM later that night. More CMJ shows might be announced, stay tuned.

West Coast dates of their tour are with Los Angeles band Tennis System whose new album, Technicolor Blind, is out October 21. You can stream a track from that below. The band will also be here for CMJ, playing October 24 at Lit Lounge and other shows TBA.

All Be Forest and Tennis System tour dates are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "Italy's Be Forest released new LP, covered Beat Happening, touring w/ Tennis System after CMJ (dates, streams)"