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September 16, 2014
Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun)
Over the summer, we wrote about mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur, who had announced an EP coming out on Relapse. We got an advanced listen of the EP and loved what we heard. Pitchfork, Stereogum and others were also on board. We called it "one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far."
We also mentioned it was surprising how Myrkur seemed to appear essentially out of nowhere, but that we dug into it and came up with an idea of who it was. Here's what we said then:
Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a sort-of-leaked Myrkur promo video we found.What we didn't say is that we had a feeling it was Amalie Bruun of NYC indie pop duo Ex Cops (who have certainly been featured on BrooklynVegan). She was also in MINKS and is one of the many who has played in a band with Frankie Rose. Amalie is of Danish descent, and her bandmate Brian Harding outed her as a black metal lover in a 2013 interview for the Village Voice.
Now, a new interview on Bandcamp's blog by BV contributor Wyatt Marshall shows that Myrkur is indeed Amalie Bruun:
Myrkur is the work of Amalie Bruun, a Danish artist and longtime black metal fan. Bruun says she writes and records all of her music in Denmark, where the history of Scandinavia and Scandinavian nature--forest, mountains, cold, and Nordic magic--inspire her. She references second-wave Norwegian black metal bands like Darkthrone and Ulver as influences, as well as Edvard Grieg, the 19th-century Norwegian composer known for his romantic works and occupier of a special place in the Norwegian collective conscience. She's also in another band, the indie-pop duo Ex Cops, and she's a model who has been featured in fashion publications like Refinery 29 and an ad for Chanel, directed by Martin Scorsese.No live shows announced for Myrkur just yet, but you can catch Ex Cops when they tour with Dum Dum Girls. Just don't expect any blast beats.
The EP is out today (9/16) on Relapse and can be streamed in full below...
The Music Video Race is "a 48-hour race that pairs local filmmakers & musicians together to make an all new music video in one weekend. Last weekend marked the first ever Music Video Race Austin (MVR originated in San Francisco and expanded to include ATX and LA this year)."
One of those videos that came out of Austin was by a band called Young Tongue, and we enjoyed the song and video so much, that we were more than happy to accept an invitation to premiere it online. It's for their song "Cat Calls," which is a super catchy dose of guitar pop. Check it out below.
They play their hometown on September 25 at Mohawk with The Dig and Black Books.
Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
We recently mentioned that Taking Back Sunday will now have an annual holiday show which they're doing this year at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 27 with The Menzingers (tickets). That show is almost sold out, but they've added a second night happening at the same venue on December 28 with another great opener, Modern Baseball. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on presale via the Applauze app, and tickets go on AmEx presale Thursday (9/18) at 10 Am with the general on-sale beginning Friday (9/19) at 10 AM.
TBS' John Nolan will also appear at the No Sleep/BV CMJ show.
Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac DeMarco. At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter's instincts.Pennsylvania rock shapeshifters Dr. Dog are fresh off an epic show in their home state that they played this past Saturday (9/13) at Philly's Mann Center with a seemingly weird but impressive lineup of guitar pop goofball Mac DeMarco, lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, and Philly's own indie rock crew Hop Along. (Not to mention it was the second epic bill in a row at the Mann Center that weekend.) Anyone go? How was it?
As soon as the gates opened, many a hoodied 20-something rushed towards the front of the stage to get a good spot for the openers. Hop Along played for only 30 minutes but they made it count. The band played favorites from their last album, the amazing Get Disowned, the Shaking Through single "Sister Cities," and played two new songs that continue their trajectory to the greatest band I've heard since Throwing Muses blew my mind in the late-80's. No matter how many times I hear "Tibetan Pop Stars," it remains to me one of the most beautiful rock songs of the 2010's. [The Key]
Now that that's behind them, Dr. Dog have announced an EIGHT night run happening in NYC this January before they play My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday in Mexico. The shows happen January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon. That run and the MMJ show are their only announced dates at the moment.
Flyer for the NYC shows, with videos of all four artists from the Philly show, below...
Veteran country artist Lucinda Williams will release her 11th studio album, a double whammy titled Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, on September 30 via her own Highway 20 label. That's the cover art above and you can stream single "Protection," below. She'll be doing some touring this fall as well, including n NYC show at Beacon Theatre on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at 9 AM with Chase cardmember and fanclub presales beginning Wednesday (9/17) at 9 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Damien Jurado at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Damien Jurado's newest record Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son came out earlier this year, and now he's posted an alternate version of "Silver Katherine," off the deluxe version, which has some lush harmonies and can be streamed below. Damien's also announced that he'll support Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell (whose most recent solo album came out last year) on a tour in early 2015 which hits NYC on February 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 11 AM with AmEx, Chase and local presales starting Thursday (9/18) at 11 AM.
Right before that tour, Jason also plays a New Year's Eve show with Shovels & Rope in Louisville. All dates are listed, with the Damien Jurado song stream, below...
ELO at Hyde Park last weekend
ELO, apart from reluctant frontman Lynne, were never about the individual faces. Instead, they were represented by that neon flying saucer logo (based on the rainbow arc of a Wurlitzer jukebox). And, as it turns out, this incarnation does feature pianist Richard Tandy from the classic 70s line-ups, and the BBC Concert Orchestra do an extraordinary job of nailing the majesty of the original recordings. This is, in so many senses, as good as it's going to get, and it's good enough for me.Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra played their first proper gig in 28 years on Sunday (9/14) in London's Hyde Park, part of BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day. Backed by a real orchestra, Lynne trotted out ELO hit after hit, like "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line," "Mr. Blue Sky," plus The Travelling Wilbury's "Handle with Care" and more. Setlist is and video of the entire telecast is below.
By showtime, There Ain't A Cloud In Sight has triumphed over It's Raining All Over The World, and even the landgrabs by the territorial picnickers, stalking their little squares of turf with checked blankets, can't kill the buzz. When Jeff Lynne - who couldn't look more like Jeff Lynne if he tried - steps out and strikes up 'All Over The World' (the only pop song ever to mention the Birmingham district of Shard End) and that logo appears, I completely lose my shit, and almost start crying. Suddenly, I am that kid who bought the blue vinyl 10 inch from Kelly's in Cardiff indoor market, all the troublesome, tricky, awkward, angsty stuff that music and life threw at me subsequently is erased, and I'm basking in the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. - [The Quietus]
The performance also doubled as a tease for a possible 2015 world tour. BBC2 presenter Chris Evans told the crowd if the show went well, "this will no longer be the headlining moment of our festival in a day, but the beginning of a world tour" and Lynne himself said later in the concert, "We'll do this again."
ELO Hyde Park video and setlist below...
SBTRKT's already revealed a good deal of tracks from his upcoming album, Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and he's since hit us with another one, "Look Away," featuring Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek. You can check that out in an interactive video, below.
SBTRKT's previously announced tour has also been expanded. It already included one NYC date happening October 26 at Terminal 5, and though tickets for that show are still available, he's also announced he'll return to T5 the next night (10/27) as well. Tickets for the newly-added show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with the interactive video, below
Jenny Lewis at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Jenny Lewis recently announced that she'd be going on a tour in support of this year's solo LP The Voyager, which hits NYC on November 5 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, and she's now expanded her tour to include more dates including another chance to see the Rilo Kiley singer somewhere a little smaller and a little outside of NYC a day later (11/6) at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for this newly-added Long Island show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
The Antlers at Rough Trade in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Producer/musician Daniel Lanois (known for work with Brian Eno, U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and others) has teamed up with ANTI- Records to curate a concert called ANTI-Thesis happening as a one-off in NYC on November 10 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Lanois himself will be performing, as will fellow ANTI- artists The Antlers (who have a great new album out this year) and Tinariwen (ditto). Joining them as a special guest will be cult artist Lonnie Holley. Lanois says, "It's a dream come true to welcome artists from different walks of life to share one stage. Let this be the beginning of something that should never stop, music is the universal language." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19).
Daniel Lanois is also releasing a new album, Flesh And Machine, on October 28 via ANTI-. He's got a video for that album's single "Opera" out now, and also has other November tour dates with Lonnie Holley. The Antlers and Tinariwen have other dates as well. All are listed, with the "Opera" video, below...