September 23, 2014

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

Crowbar

NOLA sludge metal masters Crowbar are in the middle of a month-long run following the release of their 10th full-length, Symmetry In Black. The tour is with an all-around well-matched lineup of Revocation, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, and it stopped at NYC's Gramercy Theater on September 14. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.

Crowbar are also featured in a new Noisey documentary called NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou that takes a look at the origins of the New Orleans metal scene. Along with members of Crowbar, the film features members of DOWN, Pantera, Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, Acid Bath and more. The description reads, "From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, we'll discuss the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over."

The first episode of the documentary is out now. You can watch it, with more pictures from Crowbar's Gramercy show, below...

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Black Francis w/ Pixies in Boston 1/13/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Black Francis

Pixies have been touring pretty much nonstop this year in support of Indie Cindy and the last leg of that tour will wrap up next month in Madison, WI on 10/12. Wasting no time, frontman Charles Thompson has just lined up a few solo shows under his old Black Francis pseudonym that begin the very next day. While it doesn't include NYC proper, he'll play Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki on October 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Pixies and Black Francis tour dates are listed, along with Pixies' new(ish) video for "Ring the Bell," below...

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by Andrew Sacher

SALES
SALES

Orlando duo SALES has shared bills with both electronic art pop band Hundred Waters and lo-fi DIY songwriter Alex G, and though those are pretty different artists to play with, SALES' sound actually falls right in the middle of the two. Lauren Morgan's voice and the writing style are twee-ish indie pop but guitarist/programmer Jordan Shih's production gives it an electronic side that someone like say, Frankie Cosmos, doesn't have. Their self-titled EP is out now and includes a remix of one of the tracks by XXYYXX. You can stream it in full below.

SALES have two dates coming up at the moment, one in their hometown, and one in NYC on Thursday (9/24) at Baby's All Right with well-matched artists for the two sides of SALES' sound, the synthy Salt Cathedral and the DIY songwriter Mitski. Can You Not? is DJing. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Mitski's new album, bury me at makeout creek, comes out November 11 via Double Double Whammy and she recently put out the new single, "Townie," which is way more of a rocker than her last single. Salt Cathedral recently self-released their Oom Velt EP. Stream the track "Holy Soul" below.

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by Bill Pearis

The Rogers Sisters
RS

Versus are currently in the studio working on their next album though no word on when that is going to come out. You can however catch them live on November 9 at Rough Trade where they'll play with the Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Rogers Sisters, and Cynthia Nelson. The show is a benefit for Letha Rodman Melchior (wife of Dan Melchior and artist in her own right) who has been battling cancer for some time. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.

The Rogers Sisters, regulars in the early-'00s Brooklyn dancepunk scene, disbanded in 2007 but got back together back in January for a benefit for Melchior. (2002's Purely Evil holds up well, listen at Rdio.) Antietam, meanwhile, will also be opening for Yo La Tengo at Town Hall on December 3 (tickets).

Speaking of Thalia Zedek, she also sings on three songs on the upcoming debut album from Exit Verse the new band of Geoff Farina of now defunct '90s/'00s emo/indie rock vets Karate. Along with Geoff, the band includes drummer John Dugan (Chisel, Edsel) and bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms). Their album's self-titled, due November 17 via Ernest Jenning Record Co., and the first single "Seeds" is out now. Check it out below.

A Rogers Sisters video also below...

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Tweedy @ ACL TV taping this year (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy

Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae, is out this week and Jeff & Spencer and the rest of the band (including the ladies of Lucius) were on The Colbert Report last night for an interview and live performance. Colbert commented on the Tweedys' "monochromatic denimscape" and asked if Jeff ever had to threaten to pull the tour bus over if Spencer didn't behave. They also played "Low Key" from the album, and also did "World Away" as a web exclusive. You can also watch Tweedy perform "High as Hello" in a tunnel over at NPR.

The same version of Tweedy, complete with the Lucius ladies, will be at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House tonight (9/23) as part of the Nonesuch Records anniversary celebration. Jeff will do a solo set in addition to playing with Tweedy. There are still a few tickets left but if you're unable to attend the show yourself, BAM is also streaming it live tonight starting at 9 PM. When that goes live you can watch that below as well.

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by Andrew Sacher

Aphex Twin projected his logo on his arm too?!
AM Overcast

When I was introduced to A.M. Overcast (the project of Alexander Litinsky), I was told they sound a little like the now-defunct underrated Buffalo band Damiera. That's a pretty esoteric comparison, especially if you're trying to sell a relatively unknown artist, but it was enough to get me to listen and it's pretty damn spot on. It also reminds me of the first Rescue album, and if you like Rescue or Damiera you've probably already stopped reading this and clicked play. But if those bands are no more familiar to you than A.M. Overcast is, picture all the stop-start rhythms and wacky time signatures of math rock worked into hooky power pop that's entirely listenable even if you could care less that a song's in 7/8 vs 4/4. Their new EP, Lexicon Palace, is 7 tracks in about 10 minutes that really act as 7 miniature suites of one song, all flowing seamlessly into the next. The EP was recorded by Craig Boychuck (KEN mode, Fuck the Facts) and it's out today via Soft Speak Records. Before you pick up your copy though, you can check out a stream of the full thing which premieres in this post.

Listen below...

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Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Billy Idol

As previously discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 8-12, and since we last spoke there's been some updates to the festival. We knew Billy Idol would be participating this year, and we now know that he'll be the interviewee at the keynote interview and will also perform a short acoustic set. That takes place October 9 at CBGB Fest HQ Center548 (548 W 22nd St), two days after his autobiography comes out and a couple weeks before his new album comes out. Walking Papers (featuring GNR's Duff McKagan), The Skins and Ex-Cops will also perform. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

The majority of the festival's schedule has also been posted. It includes the Muffs / Miriam / Upset show at The Bell House, Macy Gray at City Winery, and a handful of other shows. Check out the full thing here.

Daniel Lanois, who has a new album and curated the ANTI-Thesis show, is showing clips and discussing past works as part of the film portion on October 8 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for that are on sale now.

CBGB Fest also confirmed early on that there would be an event in Times Square again this year. Last year that was where their biggest bands played for free with the lineup and location announced really last minute due to city regulations. This year, Devo, Jane's Addiction, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Surfer Blood are still without a confirmed venue with less than a month to go before the festival, so it makes sense that this year's Times Square concert will in fact be those bands. Plus Devo confirmed on Facebook that they're playing a free concert on October 12 for CBGB Fest ("exact location TBA") and MyFreeConcert is also listing those five bands as the Times Square lineup for that date.

We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood will also be touring together surrounding CBGB Fest. Those dates are all listed below...

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Tanya

Last night (9/22), the winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize was announced during the 4-hour gala (full video below), and the prize went to throat singer Tanya Tagaq for her album Animism. She beat out Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo, Tim Hecker, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Timber Timbre, Shad, Jessy Lanza, and Basia Bulat.

Watch the gala video below...

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Julian Casablancas at Shea Stadium last night (image via thetourist07)
Julian

Though details about what exactly will be happening at 8pm today (9/23) are limited, "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz spend a night at the [Diesel] pop-up for their record release party. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and the sounds of the new album, Tyranny." That's the album that came out today. Julian and band played a secret show at Shea Stadium last night with Dev Hynes to start the celebration that continues at the Diesel Pop-Up at 101 Bedford today from 8pm-11pm. "You must be 21 with valid ID to enter--no exceptions. Admission is first come, first serve." You also need to RSVP.

Pink Floyd

The new-old, Nick Mason/David Gilmour (with some Rick Wright, RIP) Pink Floyd album has been officially announced, and that announcement looks like this:

"The Endless River" To Be Released On November 10, 2014

Details about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed [Monday] as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten International cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The album will be released on Columbia Records on Monday, November 10, 2014 and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

David Gilmour said:

"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Nick Mason said:

"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

The Endless River is mainly a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", with new lyrics by Polly Samson.The concept for the powerful imagery of a man rowing on a "river" of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist. Ahmed's image was then re-created by Stylorouge, award-winning UK design agency. Pink Floyd's album artwork, mostly created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, is as legendary as the band's music. With Storm's passing in 2013, the task of finding an image that carried on Storm's legacy passed to Aubrey 'Po' Powell, Storm's original partner in Hipgnosis. Po said: "When we saw Ahmed's image it had an instant Floydian resonance. It's enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for The Endless River."

The Endless River's track listing runs across four sides, to invoke the album listening experience.

Track listing below...

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