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March 13, 2014
Having spent time in Autoclave, Helium and, most recently, Wild Flag, Mary Timony has an impeccable indie rock CV. But her new project, Ex Hex, goes straight for the groin with '70s-style glammy power pop. Ex Hex's tour hits SXSW this week (full list of dates below), including the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with their Merge labelmates Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, and more. In between gigs, the band made time to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
Black cat in DC. We all grew up going to see shows there. It's where we learned about rock music!
Led Zeppelin circa 1969
This summer, Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums--Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III--along with some previously unreleased material. It serves as the first installment of a larger reissue initiative spearheaded by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page. Page-remastered versions of I, II, and II are due to hit stores on June 3 as single discs, 2xCDs with unreleased material, single LPs 180-gram vinyl, deluxe vinyl, and digital downloads.
The deluxe-edition of Led Zeppelin is set to feature a live recording of their October 10th, 1969, gig at the Olympia in Paris. II includes alternate mixes of five LP tracks, the previously unreleased "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid." III's deluxe treatment boasts seven-studio outtakes of album tracks alongside three never-before-released instrumentals. According to Rolling Stone, they're also working on a limited-edition "Super Deluxe Boxed Set" of each album that includes all of the audio on CD, vinyl, as well as a high-definition audio download card, a hard-bound book, and a high-quality print of the album cover. The first 30,000-copies will be numbered, and the special edition also contain a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit.
Check out the tracklistings for the bonus material below...
Marnie Stern at Late Night (via her Instagram)
New Brooklyn venue The Wick is finally slated to open its doors later this month. The venue have now expanded their initial schedule to include a performance from Marnie Stern on May 8--tickets are on sale now. This adds to the one-two punch of Liars on May 9 (tickets) and The Men, Obits on May 10 (tickets). The Wick show is Marnie's only announced date at the moment.
Marnie has also recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers (a few times), where she sat in with his 8G House Band lead by pal Fred Armisen. 8G also features Seth Jabour and Syd Butler (both of Les Savy Fav), Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (of Beyoncé's band). Check out the complete episode (Marnie's intro comes in around 7-minutes) below...
Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, is out next month and finds the Baltimore duo switching things up, with singer Jenn Wasner switching from guitar to bass, giving things a fresh feel. The band's tour starts in April but they'll be in Austin this week for SXSW where they'll play a number of shows (schedule below), the last of which is the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Speedy Ortiz and more. Wasner was kind enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What would your metal band name be?
JW: Decapitated Fuck.
2) Be honest: how often do you change your clothes on tour?
Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available). Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 -- Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.
Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
SXSW is currently underway, and while we still have three day parties and a metal showcase ahead of us, we kicked off our BrooklynVegan events with our official showcase at Red 7 last night (3/12). Unfortunately, we did have to keep the capacity lower than usual after the previous night's over-sold Chance the Rapper show was shut down by the fire marshal. That kept a lot of people waiting on the line outside, but we hope everyone who did get in had as great of a time as we did.
The eccentric and funny Harvey Sid Fisher kicked off the show, which was otherwise an all punk lineup. He could have been hilariously out of place, but he didn't act like it at all and the portion of the crowd who was there seemed entertained (at least we were!), even if they were a little confused. And once Harvey's band joined him to perform his Astrology Songs, they kind of sounded like a band you could have once heard at CBGB. After Harvey, the show kicked into punk mode with sets from Placeholder, Frameworks, Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, Touche Amore and Against Me!.
Placeholder, who toured down to Austin from Philly, kept saying on stage how crazy it was to be playing a larger venue than the DIY spots they frequent (something they also talked about in our interview with them), but they didn't sound like a basement band at all. Sounding way more aggressive on stage than on record, they were crunchy, loud, and solid performers that we hope to see on bigger stages again in the future.
After them it was Gainesville screamo kids Frameworks, who are also relatively new (their debut album comes out soon), but we also thought sounded very tight. Their post-rock style build-ups, interludes between songs, and harshly screamed vocals made for a pretty intense set ahead of the two head bopping/singalong bands to come. The first of those, Cheap Girls (who also have a new album on the way), brought us right back to the '90s with their power pop bashers that wouldn't have felt out of place on KROQ. It wasn't lighthearted stuff though. Like Placeholder, they kicked the aggression up a notch with a punk kick and sneering nasally vocals.
Speaking of nasally vocals, The Front Bottoms followed with what we thought was one of the most flat-out fun sets of the night. Maybe it wasn't crazy as a headlining Front Bottoms show, but they're still the kind of band to induce word-for-word shout-alongs from the crowd no matter where they are, and they did just that. It was a total blast in the crowd and the guys seemed like they were in great spirits on stage too.
And speaking of shout-alongs, they didn't stop at all for Touche Amore's set next which had mini mosh pits and the crowd yelling with Jeremy Bolm whenever he ditched his mic. Because of the reduced capacity in the venue, you could navigate the crowd more than at a regular Touche Amore show, but that didn't phase the band or any of the smiling faces in the front rows. Before they made it to Austin, we caught the band in NYC, and as always it was a treat to see them again.
The show wrapped up with a set from the reinvigorated Against Me!, who are back this year with a new lineup, a new album, and sounding great as ever. The new songs fit right in with the older ones, and I didn't realize until last night how many words I knew to the new record. Like with Touche Amore, there was a ton of energy from the crowd up in front, and everyone including the band looked like they were having a ton of fun. We know we were, and if you were there we hope you did too.
In sadder news, our show last night was only a few blocks from the tragedy that struck SXSW, a drunk driving suspect that killed two and injured 23 outside of The Mohawk. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we hope anyone who was out last night got home safely.
More pictures from our SXSW showcase below...
Minneapolis noisemakers The Blind Shake welcomed their newest effort, Key to a False Door, in September of 2013 via Thee Oh Sees head honcho John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. They've been touring hard in support of the LP--including a stacked fall '13 run with Thee Oh Sees and Austin's own OBN IIIs--and will be in Austin, TX this week to deliver some scorching performances at SXSW. One of their many shows this week (full schedule below) is the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with Parquet Courts, Beth Israel, La Femme, and many more. Meanwhile, we trapped The Blind Shake's Jim Blaha and asked him 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?
JB: The Empty Bottle in Chicago has always treated us great. Very good veggie burgers next door and the whole staff are super sweet people. Great sound every time too.
Following his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, Beck played The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (3/12). He was once again joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman, and performed the Morning Phase cuts "Waking Light" and "Say Goodbye."
Check out the footage below...
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo @ press conference
A drunk driving suspect was the person behind the wheel of last night's tragic events at SXSW. According to a press conference by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, when officers attempted to pull the driver over at a gas station around 12:30 AM early this morning (3/13), he evaded and barreled the wrong way down a one-way street (9th St) and then turned onto Red River, which was closed to vehicular traffic and full of people. The driven struck multiple pedestrians and, continuing down the street, hit two people on a moped, and then a taxi and finally crashed into a parked van. When the driver attempted to flee on foot, police caught him. The people on the moped were killed, and 23 other people were wounded, five critically. Acevedo said the man would face capital murder charges in the deaths of the two moped riders and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.
There is video of the press conference below. There is also some guerilla-style video reporting below. While, not graphic, it's still pretty shocking.
UPDATE: SXSW just released a short statement:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.As mentioned this happened just a few blocks from where BrooklynVegan hosted its official SXSW showcase last night. (We're okay and hope you are too.) Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims.
We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night's events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled. Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.
Chicago experimental wrecking crew Dead Rider, which is fronted by former US Maple guitarist Todd Rittmann, are gearing up for the release of their third album. It's called Chills on Glass and is slated to hit stores next week via Drag City, and the whole shebang is streaming ahead of its release date at the bottom of this post (via High Times). It's some fairly brain-melting stuff. Later this month, Dead Rider will be embarking on a spring US tour in support of the LP. That tour includes a stop at Cake Shop on March 29 with Greg Saunier's Les Bon Hommes and Skull Practitioners. $8 will get you inside.
All Dead Rider dates and a stream of Chills on Glass lie after the jump...