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October 17, 2014

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

7" that comes with new Sleater-Kinney box set (via @chadparks)
Sleater-Kinney

Ever since Wild Flag "ran its course," rumors/whispers of a Sleater-Kinney have been rampant. They just got louder. On Tuesday (10/21), a seven-LP Sleater Kinney box set, titled Start Together, is coming out via Sub Pop. Pre-orders shipped and started to arrive, and contained a mysterious bonus 7" with a plain white label only reading "1/20/15," as first pointed out by Twitter user Chad Parks. (January 20, 2015 is indeed a Tuesday aka typical release day for albums.) The song is reportedly called "Bury Our Friends," and you can listen to a snippet that another early box set receiver, Kevin Zidek, uploaded to YouTube (listen below).

Wondering Sound, meanwhile, wondered about it and put the song into Shazam which brought up an album cover-like image with the title No Cities Left To Love:

No Cities to Love

Is a new album on the way? Listen to that 10-second clip while you speculate, below.

UPDATE: The album is confirmed and a full 2015 tour is announced!

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney reforming? New vinyl box set contains surprise 7" with "1/20/2015" written on it (listen to a snippet)"

flyer by Kevin Showkat
CMJ

This year BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's All Right for our annual free day parties on Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th during CMJ, from noon-7pm each day. Bands will be announed next week (though we already revealed Protomartyr, King Gizzard and Bo Ningen). Meanwhile RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter.

Sailor Jerry returns as a sponsor and of course that also means free tattoos and complimentary beverages throughout the day. Stay tuned for exact details.

We're also happy to welcome Bell's Brewery as an official BrooklynVegan show sponsor. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase, and we'll have a free keg while it lasts at noon each day.

We're also at Baby's Saturday night (a show that is fully announced, not free, and has tickets on sale). Flyer for that and the other two official showcases we're sponsoring, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan CMJ 2014 free day parties: Save The Date"

by Andrew Sacher

#1s

Dublin's The #1s (aka The Number Ones) put out their self-titled debut LP over the summer via Deranged Records (once home to Fucked Up and White Lung). The band, who count Angel Olsen tourmate Cian Nugent as a member, write sharp late '70s-style power pop tunes but deliver with the rawness of '60s garage rock. If you're into either of those things, this record should hit right away. Check it out in full, below.

The #1s will be in NYC for two shows that are just around the corner. First, they play Cake Shop on Saturday (10/18) opening for The Paul Collins Beat (Paul's band The Nerves is likely an influence on The #1s), with Club for Growth and Now People on the bill too. That's $10 at the door to get in. After that, they play Grand Victory on Monday (10/20) as headliners with Miracle Sweepstakes, Henry Schiller and Garcia Peoples opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: They also stick around for CMJ and currently have two shows scheduled. The first is the YVYNYL showcase at Union Pool on Tuesday with Lydia Ainsworth, Heat and J Ferndandez (tickets); and the second is the Music of Ireland showcase at The Delancey on Friday (10/24) with September Girls, Dott, Ham Sandwich, Sisters and Le Galaxie.

The only other show we're currently aware of his a Halloween show in Dublin. All dates are listed, with the LP stream and a video, below...

Continue reading "The #1s released LP, playing NYC (1 show w/ Paul Collins) before CMJ"

gizzard

Australia's King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have a new album on the way, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz, next month via Castle Face and the band recently shared another song off the album. Check out the fairly gentle "Hot Water" (most of the album is in crazy psycho overdrive) along with the previously released "Cellophane," below.

As mentioned King Gizzard will be in NYC for a whole bunch of CMJ shows, including BrooklynVegan's free Friday (10/25) day party at Baby's All Right. Protomartyr are also playing that and the rest of the lineup will be announced very soon (we swear). Here's their entire CMJ schedule:

WED 10/22 @ Baby's All Right | CMJ Brooklyn Magazine Party
WED 10/22 @ Knitting Factory | Panache CMJ Showcase (tickets)
FRI 10/24 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | CMJ Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Pianos (FREE) | Bowery CMJ day Party
SAT 10/25 @ Rough Trade NYC | Austin Psych Fest CMJ Party (tickets)
SUN 10/26 @ Baby's All Right (FREE) | Panache CMJ Day Party & Hangover Brunch

After CMJ, King Gizzard will open, along with free spirit Connan Mockasin, for Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5 on November 4 (tickets). They've got lots more dates on their current tour, and all are listed, along with song streams, below...

Continue reading "King Gizzard share 2nd song from new LP, add more CMJ shows including BV free Friday day party (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

artwork for 'THE BEST OF THE BEST SHOW'
IMAGE

There's a lot of news in the world of Tom Scharpling. Firstly, he announced the return of much-loved, much missed The Best Show, which ran for 13 years on WFMU until going off the air in December 2013. (Dave Hill took over his time slot.) Where is still unknown but its return starts in November with comedy co-conspirator Jon Wurster and engineer AP Mike. Scharping did just announce that the show had a new email address: BestShow2014@yahoo.com. Could this be a clue as to where The Best Show will call home?

In other news, some of Scharpling & Wurster's best Best Show bits are being compiled on a massive, 16-CD box set, which is being released by the Numero Group (!) in March. Here are all the details:

75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive with all of the calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.
Also, pre-orders come with a piece of the phone Wurster used to make his first call to The Best Show ("Rock, Rot & Rule") and was smashed to bits by Wurster and Scharpling, as can be seen in a video below. When announced, demand was so high it crashed Numero Group's website!

There's a third "secret project" that Scharpling will announce soon. Meanwhile, check out the Scharpling & Wurster box set video, and a special mix Tom made for The Best Show's 14th anniversary (not for folks who don't want to hear a sampled Chris Hardwick repeatedly shout "POINTS!"), below...

Continue reading "'The Best Show' returning in November, 16-disc Scharpling & Wurster box set coming in March 2015"

James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
James Blake

As you may know, James Blake has been sharing new music during his BBC Radio 1 Residency. He did so again last night and FACT has a radio rip of the song, "Building It Still." Listen below.

James' tour with Airhead hits NYC for an intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 1. That went on sale today and not surprisingly sold out instantly.

Continue reading "James Blake reveals new song, "Building It Still" (listen)"

No Sleep

As we've mentioned, BrooklynVegan is presenting a few events during CMJ and one of those is the No Sleep Records showcase happening October 21 at The Paper Box which starts at 6 PM and is FREE. The set times have now been finalized and they look like this:

Maps For Travelers: 6:00 - 6:20
Foreign Tongues: 6:35 - 6:55
In Between: 7:10 - 7:30
Rescuer: 7:45 - 8:05
Run Forever: 8:20 - 8:40
Aviator: 8:55 - 9:15
The Felix Culpa: 9:30 - 9:50
Xerxes: 10:05 - 10:25
Chris Farren: 10:35 - 10:55
'68: 11:10 - 11:40
John Nolan: 11:50 - End
If you show up early, you can get a No Sleep vinyl sampler which are being given away and limited to 150 copies.

BV is also co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase on October 23 at Acheron with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets (tickets).

The official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday, October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).

BV will also have free day parties at Baby's All Right on Friday (10/24) and Saturday (10/25) with Protomartyr, Bo Ningen and more TBA.

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)
Mwy

Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.

I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the band nor the crowd have been as intense as the both were last night. It was clear that mewithoutYou are having a great time revisiting the album, with all of the members smiling and acting more lively on stage than they were even earlier this year. They sounded great playing those songs too. They were super tight, and those ten-year old songs sounded fresh (partially thanks to great newer bands like La Dispute keeping that sound alive). And the crowd was loving every second, yelling every word, and clapping surprisingly in time with a few of the more off-kilter drum beats. There was one moment when Aaron Weiss leapt into the crowd (something I've never seen him do) and the surrounding fans all mobbed the people who caught him.

mewithoutYou (via Kelsey Peters)
mwy

The band left the stage for only a minute or so after playing the album before returning for an 8-song encore that touched on all four of their other albums. Brother, Sister was really well represented, with five songs total including two of the "Spider" songs used as transitions. The other albums all got one each, and whether it was the dissonant post-hardcore of "Gentlemen" or the major key folk of "Goodbye, I!" the band stayed in great form and the crowd kept eating it up.

The Appleseed Cast (via Washed Up Emo)
Appleseed Cast

mewithoutYou weren't the only band to get excited about at this show though. The whole East Coast leg of the tour has had a great triple bill with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along. The Appleseed Cast are veterans themselves, and those guys actually do have emo roots -- their 1998 debut, The End of the Ring Wars, is an excellent SDRE-inspired album, though they'd never sound that way again and good luck hearing those songs live these days -- but like mewithoutYou, by the 2000s they were also operating in a realm that couldn't exactly be tied to one scene. It was still sorta emo, but more often it was gorgeous post rock, and that side of them was on display during last night's very solid set. They included a few tracks from their newest LP, 2013's Illumination Ritual, but otherwise picked major highlights from the early-mid 2000s years like the guitar noodling of "Fishing the Sky," the atmospheric pop of "Here We Are (Family in the Hallway)," and the truly beautiful post rock build of "On Reflection."

And while two veterans on one bill is a great time, you don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia so it was very welcome that the much newer and also great indie/emo/whatever band Hop Along opened. Hop Along basically always win us over and last night was no exception. Frances Quinlan is always on fire as a singer, but especially last night with her voice turning into a roar even more than usual. Like other recent sets, they included some new material (really, when are we getting that new album?) and we got live staples like "Kids on the Boardwalk" and "Tibetan Pop Stars" from Get Disowned and their great 2013 single, "Sister Cities."

mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast's setlists below...

Continue reading "mewithoutYou celebrated the 'Catch For Us The Foxes' 10 year anniversary w/ Appleseed Cast & Hop Along (review, setlist)"

Connan

Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right continued their one year birthday celebrations last night with a packed night of shows starting with a triple Mexican Summer-signed bill (part of a two-day celebration for the label that started Wednesday at Glasslands) that began with sets by Weyes Blood (whose new album The Innocents comes out Tuesday, and is streaming below) and Quilt who were one of the first (non-CMJ) bands to play Baby's when it opened last year (they were terrific as usual). The show tripled as a benefit for Shoe4Africa, a charity that promotes health, physical fitness and education in Africa.

The venue was decked out with party store birthday party decorations including balloons, streamers, and piles of glittery confetti. There was also someone dressed up like a baby who was giving out shots. Before Connan Mockasin's set the venue space went dark and stuff was loaded on to the stage. Something was up.

A little after 11 PM, the lights came back on and there was a giant (cardboard) cake on stage. Connan came on stage, as did Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves who was holding an actual cake that she baked, which was a replica of the giant one. The real cake had a lit "1" candle on it. Connan and Meredith then led a crowd sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday", and then a shirtless Mac DeMarco (who has also played Baby's, but whose next show is at Terminal 5 with Connan) popped out of the giant cake, cigarette dangling off his lip, mic in hand to finish up the song and blow out the candle. Mac and the giant cake were then flung into the audience.

Connan

Headlining the "early show" (the "late" Ryn Weaver show started after 1am) was the free-spirited, wavy blond haired Connan Mockasin (not to be confused with Ariel Pink who also recently played an after-midnight show at Baby's). Connan warned the crowd that they hadn't played in two months and the set might be rough, but it was a typical loose, wild set from the New Zealander and his talented band (which included Ariel Pink guitarist Tim Koh for much of it), with as much between-song banter as there was music with friends -- not to mention the Big Baby coming and going, joining the band here and there.

At one point Connan said their last NYC show, which was at MHOW, had  30% of the crowd get naked and asked what we thought of that. At least a few folks, including two girls in front of us, thought that was their cue to whip off their shirts. (They then put them back on, at least for the moment.) Connan also sang happy birthday to Baby's again at midnight before closing with an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love." (The song is 10 minutes as it is.) For the encore, Connan brought his whole band back on stage, plus good friend Liam Finn and most of his band, plus Mac DeMarco and Kiki of course. Things quickly turned even more interesting as a shirtless Connan, still stuck on besting the 30% naked average, kept encouraging everyone to take their clothes off. All the male members of Connan's band obliged, as did many men in the crowd, and many women as well. Those near the front who weren't sure at first, were urged along by Conanan's keyboardist Sofia Karchi, who jumped into the crowd to help shirts over people's heads. After an improvised cover of "Tutti Fruity," it was back to banter mode. He encouraged the now at least 10% topless room to sit down, where Connan told the still-shirted members of the audience he didn't hold it against them, sheepishly admitting that if he was at a show where the singer was asking folks to get naked, he wouldn't do it. The night ended around 1 AM with a loose take on "Megumi the Milkyway Above." What was supposed to be a 30-minute set hit an hour-and-a-half.

We didn't stick around, but as mentioned, wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver (whose next show is at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ) played her 2nd ever show even later (her first show was at Baby's two nights earlier).

More pictures, videos, songs and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Who got naked for Connan Mockasin at Baby's All Right's 1st birthday party?"

by Bill Pearis

moritat

Chicago trio Moritat have been around since 2008, having released their debut album in 2012. With an emphasis on woozy/warped keyboard sounds and syncopated krauty rhythms, it's off-kilter pop that owes a little to their hometown's post-rock heritage. The band are set to release the High Plus Tight EP early next year, and that record has an interesting backstory. The band's shared space was burglarized early in their career, with thieves making off with all their gear and recording equipment, including all traces of what was to be their first record. Then last year, they found a CD-R under a carpet with those seemingly-lost recordings on it. The band polished them up and here we are. We've got the premiere of "Visits" from the EP and you can stream it below.

While Moritat don't have any tour plans announced yet, they do have a couple Chicago shows coming up. Those dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Chicago trio Moritat releasing new EP (stream a track)"