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July 21, 2014
Though Fruit Bats are no more, main member Eric D. Johnson is now pursuing a solo career, which should hopefully fill that Fruit Bats void in our lives. He's releasing his self-titled debut album as EDJ on August 5 via Easy Sound. Here's a bit of what Eric said about the album's collaborators:
I had a bunch of my favorite people come and join me on this. Sam Cohen, Brian Kantor, and Josh Kaufman (all of Yellowbirds and a million other bands) made up the backbone of the band in the early part of the tracking. And then there were appearances by people from all the different chapters of my musical life - Andy Cabic from Vetiver and Tim Rutili from Califone dropped by to add stuff. James Mercer from The Shins sang some gorgeous high harmonies, and Nathan Larson of Shudder to Think (also my sometime film score collaborator) laid down some drone-y guitar vibes. And of course Thom Monahan, my usual studio co-conspirator, was there to make everything come together.Stream two tracks from the album, along with a teaser video, below. You can also check out a recent Aquarium Drunkard session EDJ did where he covered Joe Jackson and Richard & Linda Thompson here.
EDJ is going on a tour with Delta Spirit soon, and though he's not opening their NYC shows, he'll play his own show here right after the tour ends on September 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the streams and video, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014
Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.
Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.
Dysrythmia @ Glasslands
In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....
The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss and more TBA. All of The Men's dates are listed below.
Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.
by Andrew Sacher
Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.
Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.
Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.
In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are set to release their anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, next week (7/29) via Sub Pop, but they've made the whole thing available to stream a week early. Head over to NPR to listen in full.
In related news, Shabazz Palaces member Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly)'s former Digable Planets bandmate Doodlebug is putting out an album with his group, Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra, which will be his first full length with live instrumentation since Digable Planets. The album's called To Life, Love & Loot and comes out on August 12. Watch the video for its single "Bandits," below...
Midlake at Town Hall in April (more by PSquared)
Denton, TX proggy folk rockers Midlake are currently on a tour with Band of Horses which hits the NYC-area this Thursday (7/24) at the Capitol Theatre (tickets), and not long after that they'll stop in NYC proper for their own show here. Midlake will hit Joe's Pub on Saturday (7/26), and like the rest of the tour, they'll be playing acoustic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Ian Chainey
Ah, the weird, weird world of Blowfly. Clarence Reid has had varied career, writing and producing for Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Betty Wright. He's also released singles under his own name since 1963. But he's probably best known to the planet as Blowlfy, "the first dirty rapper" and a bizarro superhero that loves sex. Starting in 1971 with Weird World of Blowfly, the man has been on a quest to nastify any and all songs that cross his path. He's done disco (Blowfly's Disco Party), hip hop ("Rapp Dirty"), and punk (Blowfly's Punk Rock Party). He's been featured in a documentary. He parties. Hard. And hilariously, as long as your sense of humor is sufficiently skewed and lowest common denominator parodies are in your wheelhouse. In the man's own laugh, "He he he heheheheah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah."
So it's 2014, and Blowfly, as his last album made clear, is Black in the Sack. He's playing a load of upcoming parties around North America, including a free show in Philadelphia on August 9 and two dates in Canada with 2 Live Crew. He hits Brooklyn's the Grand Victory on August 8 along with Runny and Citizen Blast Kane. Tickets are available now. The full list of shows are below.
All of the dates along with Blowfly's "Rapp Dirty" appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Despite forming 40 years ago and having been cited by Bad Brains as an influence, Philadelphians and "The World's First Original All Black Punk-Rock Band" (or at least one of them) Pure Hell still fly under the radar. Of course, a lot of that is due to bad luck. Their 1978-recorded debut Noise Addiction sat on the shelves for 28 years. Their follow-up The Black Box, which purportedly features back-up vocals from Lemmy of Motörhead, is still sitting there. And that's a shame, since burners like "Future" show that they probably could've carved out quite a legacy if their timing was a little better.
However, like Death, Pure Hell are in the process of rewriting history. They've been gigging steadily this decade, last playing their hometown in April. And on August 9, they'll be heading to NYC to play the Grand Victory with Dead Tricks, Done With You, Sharp Lads, the Afterbirth, and the Quiggs. Tickets will be $12 at the door. Bill mates Done With You and the Sharp Lads both have new records out and the Quiggs have an EP on the way. You can check out songs off of those below.
Stream Pure Hell's Noise Addiction, with the other aforementioned tracks, below...
Eternal Summers at Cake Shop in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Eternal Summers, Seoul, Little Racer, Wand @ Baby's All Right
Eternal Summers delivered more of their promising indie pop on this year's Doug Gillard-produced album, The Drop Beneath. Joining them tonight is Montreal's Seoul who make breathy pop not unlike '80s bands like The Dream Academy and Prefab Sprout, and Brooklyn's Little Racer who make UK-inspired guitar pop. Openers Wand are the new band from Samuel Shea who used to be in Spires and also make psych-guitar-pop.
Bass Drum of Death, Beechwood, Skully @ Matchless
Mississippi garage rockers BDoD are in NYC and playing this FREE show at Matchless tonight. Is a new album on the way? Get there early to catch Scully, the new band from Caroline of Habibi/Splinters.
Common @ Gramercy Theatre
Veteran rapper Common's tenth album, Nobody's Smiling, is out this week and tonight he celebrates with a free release show. To get in, you need a wristband which were given away this past Friday and will be given away again today at 10 AM at the Gramercy Theatre.
Caveman, Icewater, Future of What @ Bowery Electric
NYC indie rockers Caveman have been playing much bigger venues lately, but tonight they'll bless their hometown with the smallest show they've played in a while by far. Doors are at 7:30 at admission is $10 at the door. First come, first served.
Silver Snakes, Vattnet Viskar, No Way, Twin Strike @ Acheron
Silver Snakes bring together '90s-style post-hardcore and alt-rock, while Vattnet Viskar favor atmospheric black metal, which makes for a diverse but excellent double bill.
Amanda Palmer, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Mike + Ruthy @ Central Park Summerstage (Pete Seeger Tribute)
As part of this year's free Summerstage shows in Central Park, a handful of impressive musicians will come together to pay tribute to the late great Pete Seeger.
Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ Starland Ballroom
The always-wild gypsy punks Gogol Bordello don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for three area shows, this being the third. The eccentric Man Man will be a good fit too.
Night Train w/ guest hosts Dapwell & Josh Gondelman @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac is sitting this one out but his weekly Night Train comedy show still goes on with ex-Das Racist member Dapwell and Josh Gondelman guest hosting. Joining them will be Kevin Avery, Gina Brillon, Erin Judge, Josh Rabinowitz, Jake Weisman, and KC Arora.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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July 20, 2014
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic
Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...
Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP
After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP
Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM
Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP
Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP
Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM
St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP
Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.
Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...