March 5, 2014
As discussed, Walter Martin is one of the many Walkmen who are using the band's hiatus to dive into solo career territory, and his guest-filled debut LP, We're All Young Together, is coming out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. It's an album for children, but not "kids music." Since we last spoke, he released a live video of one of its tracks, "The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)," which features contributions from Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, Caveman singer Matt Iwanusa, and Nick Stumpf & Josh Wise (both of French Kicks) on the studio version. You can check that out below. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get an instant download of "Sing To Me," which features Karen O. Walter also revealed the album artwork (above), and full tracklist (below).
He's got two NYC appearances scheduled at the moment too, including a "special collaboration" with Wesley Stace (who has other dates) at Housing Works on March 28. That starts at 7 PM, and will also feature Walter discussing the album with author Sam Lipyste (The Fun Parts). He'll also play a full band release show at Joe's Pub on May 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Walter Martin LP tracklist and new video below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.
Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."
The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...
Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD have announced they'll release a new album, III, on May 6 via their new label home, Innovative Leisure (Bass Drum of Death, Classixx). You can get a taste of the new album with first single, "Can't Leave the Night," which is streaming below.
The trio first caught our ears partially because of their covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and more, in addition to collaborations with Odd Future. Those collaborations haven't stopped (they produced a track on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 album, Doris), and they'll be joined by Tyler, the Creator as a special guest when they play the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at Red 7 on Thursday, March 18. BBNG have other SXSW shows too, and their whole schedule is below. Stay tuned for BrooklynVegan's full SXSW day party lineups.
by Bill Pearis
Peter Hook is continuing to work his way through the New Order catalog, touring two albums at a time. This fall he and his band The Light will be performing 1985's Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood in full. They'll also be their own opener, doing a set of Joy Division songs to start the evening. Those dates include a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on November 7. Tickets to the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM with a Music Geeks presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM (password is "musicgeeks"). All dates are listed below.
As someone who thinks Low-Life is New Order's best album, I have to admit getting to hear deep cuts "Sunrise," "Sooner Than You Think" and "Face Up" (and Brotherhood songs "Weirdo" and "Way of Life"), which New Order haven't played in eons, is kinda appealing. Hook's plowing through his ex-band's discography is getting weird, though. When he toured Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies last year, those were early records where the through-line to Joy Division was still obvious. But these mid-'80s records, New Order had fully established their own identity and it's really hard to think of these songs without Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris.
To get a good look at New Order (who play the Tibet House benefit soon) in this mid-'80s creative peak, you can watch concert video Pumped Full of Drugs, filmed in Tokyo in 1985, which is pretty great. Stream it, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
You may be aware of the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, aka actress/singers Kate Micucci (Scrubs, Big Bang Theory) and Riki Lindhome (Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory), who are named after "two famous rock-and-roll second bananas." If you're not, but you watch IFC, you may start to see a lot more of them because G&O is the subject of a new scripted comedy directed and executive produced by Fred Savage:
The series chronicles the pair's humorous misadventures and how they rely on each other -- and a few clever songs -- to get them through their personal and professional stumbles. Production begins today in Los Angeles.Production for that begins this week so stay tuned.
A seasoned television director and actor, Savage will direct all eight half-hour episodes of the debut season. Previous directing credits include Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Party Down, among others. Garfunkel and Oates is set to premiere on IFC in late summer 2014.
"Fred is one of today's hottest comedy directors and he's a huge addition to Garfunkel and Oates as both series director and executive producer. We're thrilled to have him at the helm of this smart new comedy," said IFC President, Jennifer Caserta.
Meanwhile, the real Art Garfunkel is going on a tour this year which brings him to the NYC-area for shows on April 2 at Bergen Performing Arts Center and April 3 at State Theater in NJ and April 4 at The Space at Westbury on Long Island. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at 11 AM, 10 AM, and noon, respectively. There's also an ongoing AmEx presale for the Bergen PAC show and another presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. The tour also includes a high school show in Katonah, NY (sold out) and four Connecticut shows. All dates are listed below.
All Art Garfunkel dates are listed below...
By Doug Moore
You may recall that the influential British proto-thrash metal band Satan achieved a rare feat for bands of their sort last year: they released a comeback album, Life Sentence, that received nearly universal critical acclaim. This accomplishment is especially noteworthy because of the timespans involved. Satan formed way back in 1980, and Life Sentence was the band's first studio effort in 25 years.
The album has evidently done well enough to justify Satan's first-ever trip to North America. The band will play a run of eastern-NA dates during April, beginning with an NYC appearance at Brooklyn's Black Bear Bar (formerly the back room at Public Assembly) on 4/11. Locals Natur & Sacrificial Blood will provide support. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the rest of Satan's upcoming worldwide dates (which include a number of European summer festival appearances) below...
Vivian Girls just played their farewell shows over the weekend, and now Katy Goodman has announced details on the new La Sera album. It's titled Hour of the Dawn and will be out May 13 on Hardly Art. That's the cover art above. Says Goodman, "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag," and you can hear what that sounds like via first single "Losing to the Dark" which is streaming below.
Right before the LP comes out, La Sera will play release shows in NYC and LA, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 10. Openers are still to be announced but tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Cassie Ramone plays solo this week, opening for Swearin' at Cake Shop on Thursday (3/6) .
All La Sera dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Felice Brothers at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Upstate, NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers have announced that they've signed to Dualtone Records, who will release the followup to 2011's Celebration Florida (Fat Possum) this summer. More details on that are still TBA.
Felice Brothers will be down in Austin for SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the Willie Nelson Ranch, and after that they've got more tour dates planned. Those dates bring them to NYC on April 9 at Rough Trade NYC with Langhorne Slim and The Districts, which was postponed from December and now sold out. Then, about a month later they headline Mercury Lounge on May 8. Tickets for that show went on presale today (3/5), and the general on-sale starts Friday (3/7) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In related news, former Felice Brother (but still a Felice brother), Simone Felice also has a number of tour dates including a NYC show happening on May 22 at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of his dates are listed below too.
Nashville folk singer Stone Jack Jones released his third album, Ancestor (his first since 2006), this week (3/4). For the album, he got help from Patty Griffin and members of Lambchop to create a mix of dark country balladry and atmospheric psychedelia. If you haven't heard it yet, you can listen via RDIO.
He'll now be taking his show on the road for a tour that hits NYC for a show on May 22 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and they're on AmEx presale now.
All dates are listed, with a video from the new album, below...