October 16, 2014
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- including Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures. Young Ejecta will release a mini LP titled The Planet via Ford's Driftless Recordings on January 27 and you can stream snippets of the record below.
You can catch Young Ejecta when they open for La Femme tonight (10/16) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Charly Bliss and Tiny Leg are also on the bill and tickets are still available. They'll also play during CMJ at Babycastles on October 24, a Driftless/GODMODE party with Shamir, Courtship Ritual, Fitness, Isn't Ours and a Joel Ford DJ set. There's also an upstairs "ambient" room with sets from CFCF, Megafortress and more.
Flyer for the CMJ show, and the Young Ejecta preview, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
by Andrew Sacher
Creepoid at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
Philly's Creepoid have had a very busy year so far. They put out a full length and an EP, both of which did justice to the shoegaze and slowcore bands of the '90s. They also did a ton of touring, and won us over at their NYC show with Dinosaur Jr. Now even more shows are on the horizon, as they're one of their many bands who will be in NYC for CMJ. Here's what their schedule looks like as of now:
10/22 - Brixton Agency Showcase at Grand Victory (5:45 PM) w/ Angel Dust, Ex-Breathers, Young Statues, UnWed, Palehound, Native America, Teen DeathThey've also got a Philly show in the middle of CMJ, and right after CMJ they play Union Pool on 10/26 with Drone Ranger ($8 at the door) and then open for Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion at Glasslands on 10/28 with Ricky Eat Acid and Black Clouds. Tickets for that show are still available. Full list of tour dates (including The Fest) below.
10/22 City Lights/INSRGNT-[Arts]/T3M Showcase at Acheron w/ Singshot Dakota, Koji, Off & On, Meghann Wright (tickets)
10/24 Inland Empire/Hardly Art Showcase at Death by Audio (10:45 PM) w/ Protomartyr, Love As Laughter, Eaters, special guests
10/25 Graveface Records/Noisey Ghost PR Showcase at Lit Lounge (11:30 PM) w/ Serengeti, Dott, White Lighters, The Marshmallow Ghosts, Cancers, Ugly Kids Club
There's other good bands to catch on all of those bills, like Protomartyr (who also play a BV party) and Slingshot Dakota. Another one that's not to miss that we haven't highlighted before is White Lighters, who plays with Creepoid at the Graveface/Noisey Ghost showcase. White Lighters is the solo project of Nothing's Brandon Setta, and while he keeps things acoustic for this project, the songwriting style and shoegazy tones that he uses in Nothing are prevalent here too. His newest album, As Far As You Can As Fast As You Can, came out earlier this year and can be streamed below.
Streams of Creepoid's album and EP, a video, and their list of dates, also below...
by Bill Pearis
One of the better up-and-coming acts at the 2014 Pop Montreal festival were duo The Muscadettes. Comprised of twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge (plus a drummer live), they make super-catchy, riffy rock with shouty choruses and hooks a'plenty. The band currently have a five-song EP out and will release their debut album next year. NYC can catch them next week when they play CMJ with four shows scheduled at present:
October 24 @ Lit Lounge (8:15 PM) | PaperCup showcaseFull lineups for their shows, show flyers and the EP stream, below...
October 24 @ Arlenes Grocery (2:45 AM [yikes]) | M for Montreal
October 25 @ The Shop (1 PM) | PaperCup CMJ day showcase
October 25 @ Fat Baby (12:30 AM)
by Andrew Sacher
Brazil's Rakta make ripping punk that incorporates the dark sounds of gothy post-punk and also some of the tripped-out atmospheres of psychedelic rock. They put out a self titled EP at the tail-end of 2013 which is well worth checking out. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. They've been in the US on a tour that hit NYC at Nothing Changes late last night (10/15) with Merchandise tourmates Ninos Du Brasil, and they'll be hanging around for another NYC show on Saturday (10/18) at Palisades with Toronto's S.H.I.T., plus Survival and Mommy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Their only other upcoming show that we're currently aware of is opening one of the LA stops on Iceage's tour. All of their dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
Couldn't make it in person to any of the PaleyFest events this week? You're in luck because they're all streaming live and archived online. The Wire cast reunion hits at 7:30pm EST tonight, and meanwhile you can already watch the ones with The Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, Law & Order SVU, Archer, Modern Family and others.
by Andrew Sacher
Noise trio Magik Markers put out a new record last year which was as much of a racket as you'd expect, and now member Elisa Ambrogio is taking almost the exact opposite approach for her debut solo album, The Immoralist, coming out next week (10/21) via Drag City. The new single "Superstitious" is a clean, soft-sounding song and Elisa proves she's very adept at both styles. Watch the video for that song below.
Elisa will be supporting the album on a tour with Emil Amos' (Grails, Om) Holy Sons project, who also put out a new album this year. That tour hits NYC on November 15 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video, below...
Cayetana in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
NPR is returning to Le Poisson Rouge on October 22 for their showcase during CMJ this, but this time it's an unofficial show (no badges). They've got an eclectic lineup headlined by R&B singer Elle Varner, and also featuring another R&B singer (and Black Hippy, Big K.R.I.T., Chance the Rapper collaborator) BJ the Chicago Kid, plus singer/songwriter Lia Ices and Philly indie rockers Cayetana. Admission is free with RSVP.
Sam Smith at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
It was only August of 2013 when it seemed totally normal for Sam Smith to do something like play Mercury Lounge right after appearing on stage with Disclosure in Central Park, and now his debut album has made him possibly bigger than Disclosure. He just announced a tour for 2015 which has him headlining NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday (10/20) at 10 AM.
Sam will actually appear at MSG sooner than that (but not as a headliner) for Z100's Jingle Ball on December 12 which also has Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Meghan Trainor, Kiesza, Charli XCX and more. That's sold out (rats!).
All of his dates are listed below...