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October 30, 2014
TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TV on the Radio's new album Seeds is coming out November 18 via Harvest, and their tour in support of it includes sold-out NYC shows at The Apollo on 11/18 and MHOW on 11/21 & 22. Now there's one more chance to see them though, and it's an intimate one. They'll play Rough Trade on November 19 which is free as long as you purchase their new album from the Rough Trade store and get a wristband, starting 11/17 at 11 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with streams of two tracks from the new album, below. You can also download a third track via Samsung.
by Andrew Sacher
New Gods were formed in 2013 by members of various Seattle bands and so far have a demo and the Sex & Destroy EP out. Their next release will be the What Did I Say? EP on Painter Man Records (pre-order), and we've got the premiere of the video for the title track in this post. Sounding something like Henry Rollins shouting over a Kurt Cobain riff, "What Did I Say?" is a ripper. Check it out for yourself below.
Bo Ningen @ BV CMJ 2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
CMJ 2014 is now just a fading handstamp on our inner wrist (and maybe a slight ring in our ears). We've posted photos from our various parties and other shows we caught but we thought, before we put the fest to bed entirely, we'd pick our favorite performers from the week. This year, it just ended up that many of the bands we were looking forward to (and often had play our shows for that reason) were the ones who wowed us the most. Here's our Top 11 bands from CMJ 2014 (in alphabetical order):
Amason: This supergroup of Swedes, featuring members of Dungen, Miike Snow, and Little Majorette, made their NYC debut as part of a "It's a School Night" party hosted by onetime KEXP DJ Chris Douridas. Bowery Hotel is way swanky and the whole thing felt very LA to me (though I haven't been on the West Coast in 10 years). Amason's sound is rooted in piano-driven '70s MOR and the whole thing could've gone the wrong way, but their skilled musicianship and songwriting won out. Even through bad sound and squalls of unintended feedback, they were terrific. Sometimes middle of the road is right where you wanna be. [Bill Pearis]
Beach Slang: Beach Slang are already my personal favorite new band of this year, and their set at our official showcase only confirmed that even more. More so than any band I saw at CMJ, they had a huge chunk of the crowd who knew every word -- even when James Snyder stepped away from the mic -- and their first EP came out six months ago. The band, whose lineup includes former members of Weston, NONA and Ex Friends, play huge guitar rock anthems that recall The Replacements, Jawbreaker, and yes, early Goo Goo Dolls, but once you dive into their lyrics, earworm melodies and thrilling live show you won't be thinking about comparisons. [Andrew Sacher]
Bo Ningen: I don't have the stamina or zeal that most CMJ show-goers do so I limited my 2014 CMJ experiences to about 8 hours of the BV day and night shows on Saturday at Baby's. I am not as much of a music buff as some BV staffers, so I go into these shows completely without prejudice or preference. The highlight of the entire day for me was Bo Ningen. Shrouded in a dense fog and backed by lighting that was either a dull glow or a seizure inducing, blinding strobe, Bo Ningen blasted through a set that was a cross between Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, early Dungen, and the Boredoms with a dash of anabolic steroids and bi-polar disorder. When silhouetted, Bo Ningen cast a surprisingly intimidating presence with their long hair, ankle length 'skirts,' and frenzied stage acrobatics. Their set was deafening and frenetic but, at the same time, completely cohesive and compelling. And loud. And at times frightening and, when accompanied by brutal strobe lighting, panic-inducing. Within their cacophony, there was definitely a musical structure but it merely held everything together by a thread and gave everything such a loose and frenetic tone. I found the Bo Ningen experience to exhilarating, scary, profound and absolutely unique. [Klaus Kinski]
Cayetana: I hadn't seen Cayetana since before their debut album had come out, and they were good then but this time they were better in every way. Part of it is that it's nice to see them now that I'm familiar with the songs and it was nice to be surrounded by a crowd who also was, but the band is also noticeably tighter and more confident. It can be cliche to say they "get better every time," but Cayetana definitely do and at this rate their future looks very bright. [AS]
Dilly Dally @ BV CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dilly Dally: Toronto's Dilly Dally were one of the bands we were excited to see, and even as early as noon on a Friday they exceeded expectations. Their sound is great, and not easily pigeonholed. Singer Katie Monks has a voice that can turn into a roar at any given moment, but they're not really a heavy band -- it's more mid-tempo indie rock. That said, they're no slackers on stage either. They're clearly a band who's locked in and look like they belong up there. Only a few Dilly Dally songs have come out so far, but if that set is anything to go by, they may have a pretty promising album on their hands. [AS]
Fat White Family: Fat White Family are the only band on this list I saw twice at CMJ this year -- and within 10 hours at the same venue no less -- and they killed it both times. The Fat Whites look like genuinely gross dudes and they like to remove layers of clothing during their sets (which is all part of the appeal), but they're also excellent, wild performers. Crowd involvement is a part of it up front, and frontman Lias Saoudi often ends up in the audience, but even from the back of the room they're a sight to see. As far as their sound goes, it's kinda like if the Brian Jonestown Massacre had a little more Stooges in them and were on even more drugs. It's great stuff. [AS]
Girlpool: I caught Girlpool twice last week, and they were one of the few bands I deliberately watched a full set of, versus cutting out partway through, which is what usually happens as a photographer at festivals like CMJ. Their lyrics ring true, and are particularly satisfying delivered in catchy harmonies and minimally backed with just guitar and bass. [Amanda Hatfield]
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizrd: Along with Girlpool, these Australians probably played the most shows during CMJ. It felt like everywhere I went, there was the 'Giz knocking people's socks off, sometimes through sheer momentum and frenetic energy. With with three guitarists, two drummers, two singers and the occasional flute (some of these duties overlapped), they were a psych-garage semi with no brakes down a steep incline. Was there more than one song or just one really long insane one? I can't remember but it's an awesome blur. [BP]
Protomartyr: Total bias alert: Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right will be my #1 Album of 2014 by a longshot. (Any band that sounds like Mark E Smith fronting a garage Chameleons...but from Detroit, is going to do it for me.) So it may not surprise you that I saw all four of their CMJ shows, all of which were great for different reasons: they played two new songs at Knitting Factory; tailored lyrics of "Tarpeian Rock" to be about BV comments section at our day party at Baby's; inspired a crazy pit at Death by Audio; and just basically blew the lid off Cake Shop where frontman Joe Casey admitted "First time I was at Cake Shop they served Sparks. I got really drunk and yelled at Sean Lennon." [BP]
Tweens: Garage pop trio Tweens aren't the most innovative songwriters, but what they lack in originality they make up for in pure energetic delivery. It's almost impossible to be bored at a Tweens show -- the trio speed through songs and both the band and the crowd are on a total rush. They're tight, they sound full, and they put a lot of power into those sugary songs. I loved them at SXSW earlier this year, but this one blew that away. [AS]
Ultimate Painting @ Rough Trade 10/25/2014 (via @soundbitesnyc)
Ultimate Painting: There's a reason bands have been aping The Velvet Underground's style for 40 years -- done right it always sounds great. Ultimate Painting do it very right. Jack Cooper (Mazes) and James Haore (Veronica Falls) embrace their full-sleeve influences (with dashes of early Creation and Flying Nun records) with songs that would've held up back in the day too. While their album is great, hearing and seeing that guitar interplay live is a total jolt of electricity. At their Cake Shop show on Thursday, they even dared to cover The Beatles ("If I needed Someone"), making it their own, too. [BP]
Who were your favorite CMJ bands this year?
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Brett Barto
'90s-era emo vets The Jazz June are less than two weeks away from the release of their Evan Weiss-produced After the Earthquake (due 11/11 via Topshelf), their first album of new material in 12 years. We've already posted three tracks from it, and now we've got the premiere of a fourth, "Short Changed." Unlike their labelmates and fellow '90s band Braid, who's new record mostly sounds like classic Braid, there are few signs on "Short Changed" and the other singles that this is the band who made The Medicine. That album basically perfected The Jazz June's brand of emo, and presumably feeling like they had no more to say in that style, its followup and (up until now) final album Better Off Without Air was a much more experimental record.
Now they've reinvented themselves once again. "Short Changed," like previous singles "Over Underground" and "Ain't It Strange," is fuzzy indie rock that sounds more like it would have been on Merge in '92 than Initial Records in 2000. And since that early '90s indie rock style is fully back thanks to countless younger bands pulling from it, the new Jazz June stuff sounds totally modern. If you're already a fan of the band you probably don't need any convincing to listen to this, but if you're unfamiliar it's a fine starting point. Check it out below.
The Jazz June just headlined our CMJ showcase and they have a FFF Nites show coming up in Austin with Mineral, Knapsack and Into It. Over It. As discussed, this winter they'll tour with Field Mouse and return to NYC on December 27 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.
New song stream and list of dates below...
T-Pain's fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn't the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument -- he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well -- but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing. He was celebrated as an innovator, and he happily took his talents where he was invited, which was everywhere.How did it turn out? Watch below...
But somewhere along the way, somebody got it twisted. "People felt like I was using it to sound good," says T-Pain, in an interview that will air on All Things Considered. "But I was just using it to sound different."
He just turned 30, but T-Pain has already done enough to drop a greatest hits album next week. We asked him if he'd grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what's really made his career: his voice, and those songs.
Nils Frahm released Spaces almost a year ago, a record of sonically adventurous pieces that meld the classical and electronic-music worlds. If you haven't checked it out you can stream it via YouTube below. He's been busy working on new material as well and performs two new songs on a 'Resident Advisor Sessions' video you can watch below.
That video also gives a sense of what it's like to see Frahm in concert, which you can do in real life as he's touring this fall with the similarly minded Dawn of Midi. That includes NYC at St. Paul & St. Andrew Church on November 21 which is presented by Wordless Music. Tickets are on sale now.
Nils was last through in the spring. All dates are listed, along with the Resident Advisor Sessions video and album stream, below...
Hop Along at Wicker Park Fest 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Hop Along have been playing new songs live for a while now, and they've finally announced that they've signed to Saddle Creek for the followup to their great 2012 album Get Disowned. Congrats guys! That makes them labelmates with Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Thermals and more. The album's due out in spring of 2015 and they're entering the studio this week with producer John Agnello, who's work with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars and others makes him a great fit for Hop Along.
Revisit Get Disowned below...
While there hasn't been a formal announcement, it looks like Wanda Jackson's fall tour -- which was to have hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom on November 16 -- has been canceled. Bowery's site says:
Due to a medical issue we regretfully are forced to cancel Wanda's upcoming performances in October. Wanda will be fine and she looks forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible! Thank you for the all of the well wishes and prayers.That note clearly also applies to November as she's got no tour dates on her schedule currently. Wanda, glad to hear you're ok. Get well and see you soon.
Rock n' roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis just turned 79 but is still going strong, having just released a new album, Rock & Roll Time, this week (10/27). The record features a bevy of guest stars, including Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Shelby Lynne, and songs include covers of Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight") and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.
There's also a new biography on Killer, titled Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, out this week as well. He's in NYC as we speak, celebrating the release of both tonight (10/29) at BB King Blues Club. Tickets are still available. You may have seen Jerry sitting in with Paul Schaffer on Letterman this past Monday (10/27).
Jerry Lee Lewis has a couple other select dates on his calendar. All are listed, along with the new album stream, below...
Fool's Gold Records, the hip hop/electronic label run by A-Trak (who played Baby's All Right on Tuesday) and Nick Catchdubs, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in NYC on November 6 at Webster Hall. The late-night celebration (10 PM start) doubles as one of Just Blaze's weekly House Parties and includes veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P, as well as Rowdy Rebel, Just Blaze, Brenmar, Fame School, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Electric Punanny, Jasmine Solano and Melo-X in the Grand ballroom + Balcony. The Marlin Room will have Va$htie, Oscar, Huggy Bear and Deemehlow. And the party in the Studio will be hosted by Dirty South with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer above.
If you want to spend the full night at Webster Hall, the 8 PM show in the Studio is Dean Blunt, Gobby, and Loren Connors (tickets), which will also be a good one ...or you could see Shaggy in the Grand Ballroom.
In related news, A-Trak is releasing the Full EP next week (11/4) digitally and on November 25 physically via Fool's Gold. Stream the single "Push," featuring Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, via Spotify below...