December 15, 2014
Swans @ Warsaw - 12/12/14 (via Klaus Kinski)
Experimental rock giants Swans wrapped up a killer 2014 in their hometown of NYC with a sold-out show at Warsaw on Friday (12/12). Opening was another intense (but much younger) NYC band, Liturgy, and then came Swans, eardrum-shattering as always. Like they've been doing on this tour, they played a solid amount of new material as well as a couple off 2014's To Be Kind, including the half hour-plus "Bring the Sun." You can check out a clip of that one from Friday's show, along with the setlist, below.
Now that the Warsaw show is behind them, Swans have added a new NYC date to their 2015 tour schedule. They'll hit their hometown once again on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with support from Xylouris White (aka George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White), who put out the album Goats (produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto) earlier this year. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/17) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (12/17).
Updated dates are listed, with the video/setlist from Warsaw, below...
Caribou's most recent album, Our Love, has gotten much acclaim this year, showing up on a number of publications' Best of 2014 lists. If you're wondering what Caribou main man Dan Snaith's favorite albums and songs of the year are, you're in luck -- he was nice enough to give us his lists for both. The same artist tops both his LP and tracks list and you can find out who that is below.
As mentioned, Caribou's latest release is Carl Craig's "c2's Set U Free RMX" of "Your Love Will Set You Free" which is out now digitally and will be out on 12" vinyl soon. Caribou will be touring the West Coast in February.
Remix stream and Caribou's Top 10 LPs and tracks of 2014, below...
Wild Beasts, whose fourth album, Present Tense, came out back in February, have released two new songs which are available to download now. One is "Soft Future," the band's first-ever instrumental, and the second is "Blood Knowledge." Both tracks were specially written to accompany a online interactive GIF novel from Parisian illustrator Mattis Dovier:
Back in September, Wild Beasts got together with Mattis and set out to create something unique for The Jameson Works which responded to the simple brief of 'Storytelling'. The result is a sequence of GIF animations which visualise the stories of two unreleased Wild Beasts tracks, 'Soft Future' and 'Blood Knowledge'. The GIF-Novel tells two alternate stories, the story of a human experiencing a robot's world for Soft Future, and a robot exploring a human's world for Blood Knowledge.You can check out that here and you can stream both new songs below.
In other news, Wild Beasts just released a special digital edition of Present Tense which contains a CD's worth of remixes from the likes of The Field, Juan Atkins, Factory Floor, SOHN and Foals' take on "Palace" which you can stream below as well.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Metal festival Defenders of the Old Fest will take place in NYC on March 13 & 14 at The Bell House with Riot V, Machine of War, Exciter, Aggression, Brocas Helm, High Spirits, Natur and more. Tickets, including 2-day and single-day passes, are on sale now. Full lineup below.
In even more exciting news, the fest is presenting another NYC show the following day (3/15) at a TBA venue with Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos). Nifelheim are a legendary, utterly scuzzy and thrashy black metal crew who have been doing it since 1990, and Ares Kingdom are a veteran death/thrash outfit. While these two bands don't have locality or subgenre in common, they share a gnarled, old-school approach to ripping people's faces off. The show will feature a couple more bands who have not yet been announced, but given the headliners alone this should be huge. We'll keep you posted with further venue, ticket, and band info as that comes in.
Check out live videos of Nifelheim and Ares Kingdom, with the Bell House lineups, below...
Perfect Pussy at P4k 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Glasslands just announced their New Year's Eve show, and now another Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right, is announcing theirs. It's a stacked, multi-genre night with rapper Mykki Blanco, noise punks Perfect Pussy (who were supposed to play Baby's on NYE last year but dropped off), Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch (DJ), Mr. UNO (DJ), and a "Special Secret Guest" (who could it be?).
Doors open at 7 PM with two hours of open bar from 7-9 PM with Perfect Pussy singer (and solo artist) Meredith Graves DJing. Then EVR radio show Chances With Wolves will be DJing the front room all night after 9 PM.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (12/16), and there's an option for some extra dough to also get the "Baby's 2015 Watch" which gets you "free shows for ONE YEAR when you buy this limited edition watch including New Year's Eve (only 100 available!). Some restrictions may apply.
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show is coming back as an online live podcast. It will return in its familiar timeslot (Tuesdays from 9PM - Midnight, EST) and this Tuesday (12/16) will be the first show. You can tune in via TheBestShow.net.
You may have heard The Best Show do a trial run on Saturday afternoon (12/13) where Tom and engineer Mike played some tunes, took some calls and generally worked out some kinks. Scharpling kept saying "we'll see you April" but obviously that was a joke. The Best of The Best Show box set, featuring the funniest bits from their WFMU years, will be out in March via the Numero Group.
In other news, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show moved from The Best Show's old Tuesday slot to Mondays from 9PM - midnight on WFMU, so no conflict on which to listen to is now.
Welcome back, Tom!
by Andrew Sacher
I thought we'd never do it again. We were pretty definitive that the last show that we played would be the last show that we played, and I think I've learned my lesson. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties, which sounds really fucking weird to me, I know that no doors really ever close. I mean, you could make examples of doors that are definitely closed, or should be closed, forever, but I don't think that things like this are one of them. You never know how you're going to feel five or ten years later. [Vinnie Caruana to Noisey]Long Island's melodic punks The Movielife briefly regrouped in 2010-2011, and now they're planning to do it again in 2015. The band got their start in the late '90s with a sound pretty indebted to their influences (Lifetime, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) that really started to turn into their own on 2000's This Time Next Year (released on GB home Revelation), and even more so on its Drive Thru-released followup, Forty Hour Train Back to Penn. Though at that time their Long Island neighbors like Taking Back Sunday (formed by ex-Movielife member Eddie Reyes) and Brand New (whose members used to be in The Rookie Lot with Movielife guitarist Brandon Reilly) were moving into slower, more alternative rock-inspired territory, The Movielife kept their hardcore influences intact even through their final record. Revisit some highlights below.
A full reunion tour isn't announced yet (but the Noisey interview quoted above points out that many more dates are TBA), though they've revealed a NYC show happening February 7 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19).
Before that, frontman Vinnie Caruana has three more appearances in and around NYC. His other band I Am the Avalanche play Bowery Ballroom on 12/26 with Iron Chic and The Scandals (tickets), he plays solo with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan at The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/29 (tickets), and solo again with Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion's Geoff Rickly in Atlantic CIty on 1/3 (tickets).
Song streams and videos below...
Join the Glasslands family for our venue's final night of music on planet Earth - we're bringing back four very special SECRET guests (TRUST US) from our past to send things off in ass-kicking name-taking style!Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.
Come early for the hour-long vodka open bar and midnight champagne toast, and stick around until the very end. Come share your Kent Ave stories, let's laugh, let's cry, and let's rock.
Thank you to all the artists that made our venue a special place for so many years, and to Brooklyn for making Glasslands your go-to home for good feels. Welcome to 2015, a brave new future!
See you at the finish line!
Who do you think the four special secret guests will be? Yeasayer? Bear in Heaven? Das Racist reunion? Neil Diamond? Pearl Jam? Two Live Crew? We shall see.
Alden (left) w/ The Unicorns in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Earlier this year, The Unicorns reunited, and earlier than that, member Alden Penner released his debut solo album. Now he's planning on putting another solo release, the JUNE 04 EP, on December 16. The EP features three early demos, and the full stream premieres in this post.
TWIABP at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die released their spoken word/post-rock EP Between Bodies earlier this year and they've now made a video for the songs "Shoppers Beef" / "$100 Tip," with help from animator Geoff Hoskinson (who's worked with Sufjan Stevens, Sebadoh and Kishi Bashi). That video premieres in this post and can be watched below.
As discussed, TWIABP has a NYC show coming up before the end of the year at Bowery Ballroom on December 27 with a great lineup of The Hotelier, Saintseneca and Brightside. Tickets for that show are still available.