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August 28, 2014
Like Madness and the Jam, the Boomtown Rats generally matched considerable Anglo-European success with near-total American commercial obscurity. Despite a string of intelligent, irresistible pop singles and intricate, skillful, unpredictable albums filled with assorted musical styles and sounds, the only US hit the Rats ever had was the morbid ballad "I Don't Like Mondays." While their albums are not uniformly excellent, the band's commitment to quality and growth, plus singer/songwriter Bob Geldof's magnetic personality, help elevate even lesser efforts to listenability, and much of their work is downright brilliant. - [Trouser Press]The Boomtown Rats reformed in 2013 to play the Isle of Wight Festival, their first live performance since 1986, and have kept playing shows. They'll be in the Northeast this fall to play New York's Terminal 5 on September 26 and Boston's Royale on September 28. Tickets to the T5 and Boston shows are on sale now.
Both those US shows are part of the "Smithwick's Presents The Big Session" featuring fellow Irish bands The Stunning, and Mundy. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Falls of Rauros @ Union Pool - 8/27/14
Two excellent New England black metal bands joined forces in NYC last night (8/27), as Maine's Falls of Rauros and Masachusetts' Obsidian Tongue played an Invisible Oranges-presented show along with NY-based experimental metal composer Oneirogen at Union Pool. The two bands were well-paired, as both deal in the rustic-sounding atmospheric black metal that is associated with the pacific northwest, and both do it very well. Falls have a new album on the way and treated the crowd to some of that, as well as old stuff too.
More pictures from the show, below...
photos by PSquared
Lansing-Dreiden / Weyes Blood at Mexican Summer Five, 2013
Mexican Summer threw the two-day Mexican Summer Five fest in Red Hook last year to celebrate their half decade of existence. This year, they'll be doing it again, albeit on a slightly smaller scale with two back-to-back shows at Williamsburg venues. On October 15 at Glasslands its Jorge Elbrecht's Lansing-Dreiden, who have only played a handful of live shows ever. (Jorge is also in other bands like Violens and the new Coral Cross.) Also notable is the first US show by Chilean psych rock outfit La Hell Gang, whose new album Thru Me Again just came out on the label. (Stream a few tracks below.) Arp and new Mexican Summer signee Jefre Cantu-Ledesma round out the bill.
Then on October 16 at Baby's All Right, Connan Mockasin headlines a line-up that also includes Boston's Quilt and Weyes Blood (whose new album will be out the week after this show). The Baby's show is also a benefit for the Shoe4Africa charity which "facilitates health, social and educational programming within East African communities."
Tickets for both shows are on sale now. Flyers for both nights, plus (very) belated sets of pics of Lansing-Dreiden and Weyes Blood from Mexican Summer Five and La Hell Gang streams, below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.
The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.
Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).
Let There Be GWAR trailer below...
Field Report at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Field Report, the recording project of Justin Vernon associate Chris Porterfield (and an anagram of his name), is releasing his sophomore album, Marigolden, on October 7 via Partisan. You can stream two synth-coated folk rockers from the LP, "Home" and Wings," below. Field Report will also go on a tour in support of the album which kicks off on September 30 at Bowery Electric for a Communion night with Quiet Life, SWIMM, Sherman Ewing, Jilette Johnson and The Bones of JR Jones. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
French electronic musician College (aka David Grellier), who, among other things, contributed the song "A Real Hero" with Electric Youth to the Drive soundtrack, will be returning to North America for a tour here this fall. The tour kicks off in DC and hits NYC the next night on November 28 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/29) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Daniel and Jad
Prolific cult artist Jad Fair released a collaborative album with Danielson, titled Solid Gold Heart, and you can stream the whole thing below. You can hear it live too, as Jad and Danielson will be touring together next month, including a show in NYC at Glasslands on September 12. Also playing that show is Don Fleming (who, among other things, spent time in Fair's old band Half Japanese), plus Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel. (Peter also plays NYC tonight [8/28].) Tickets are on sale now. Making this tour, and the Glasslands show in particular, all the more a family affair, longtime Jad Fair collaborator Kramer (whose label Shimmydisc released a lot of Fair's records) will be part of the ensemble.
This is one of four collaborative albums Fair is releasing this year as part of Joyful Noise Recordings' "Artist in Residence" series. The other three are with R. Stevie Moore, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, and Strobe Talbot.
Half Japanese are also a week away from releasing their first album in 13 years, Overjoyed (due 9/2 via Joyful Noise), and you can stream that in full via Pitchfork.
Dates are listed, along with the Solid Gold Heart album stream, below...
Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.
Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.
Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:
The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.Tracklists below.
The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.
Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").
All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...
After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this, a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.
In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.
US Open Sessions video below...