October 23, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
Puddles Pity Party @ Joe's Pub 10/21/2014
Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with a golden voice, came to bring despair to NYC across two shows at Joe's Pub on Tuesday night (10/21). We caught the early show, where Puddles spent a lot of time getting up close and personal with the audience, which was hilarious to watch (if it wasn't happening to you). Among the covers performed was a moving rendition of Celine Dion's iceberg-sized 1997 hit "My Heart Will Go On," set against a photo montage of Waterworld star Kevin Costner. While not for those with acute coulrophobia, PPP was a good time for all concerned. Pictures from the show, including a few backstage portraits, are in this post and continue below...
Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
War on Drugs fan Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) is releasing another album this year, a Christmas album called Sings Christmas Carols, due out November 4 on his own Caldo Verde label. The album features his take on "Christmas Time Is Here," the Vince Guaraldi-penned song from A Charlie Brown Christmas. You can stream it over at Pitchfork, where they also point out it includes a reworking of the classic special's wry dialogue: "Mark, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem....of all the Mark Kozeleks in the world, you're the Mark Kozelek-iest."
Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 50 this year and its anniversary will be celebrated in NYC with live music from Rob Schwimmer and Mark Stewart, joined by the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children's Choir. The performances happen at The Met on December 20 & 21 with two each day, 11 AM and 1:30 PM on 12/20 and 2 PM and 4 PM on 12/21. "Following the screening of the film, a festive holiday sing-a-long will be led by Mark Stewart." Tickets for all four are on sale now.
Black Breath at Knitting Factory in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Seattle's Entombed-style death rippers Black Breath last toured this past spring, and they'll cap the year off with a one-off in NYC. This one happens at Saint Vitus on December 14 with support to be announced. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Black Breath's most recent album is 2012's Sentenced to Life. You can stream that in full below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Girlpool / Nai Harvest / September Girls / Ultimate Painting
The CMJ week day party action picked up on Wednesday (10/22) and Ludlow St is still a safe bet, as is the now-annual Kanine party at Pianos, which this year was co-sponsored by fellow indie label Slumberland and SESAC. A good portion of the BV staff was there -- we posted Flowers pictures already, and pics of the rest of the day are in this post.
Glasgow's Pinact started the day downstairs. Partially due to their two-piece set up and anthemic fuzz rock, it's been easy to compare them to Japandroids, but live they sounded a bit more like early Nirvana (his hair-covered face may have been part of this too). They were good, and definitely sounded full for a two-piece.
I missed SEOUL upstairs but caught the next act there: another two-piece rock band from across the Atlantic, the UK's Nai Harvest. Though he was going through two guitar amps and a bass amp, I noticed the lack of low end a little more with these guys, but they still put on a good show. Some of their songs (like "Hold Open My Head" and "Buttercups") have enough hooks to compete with the '90s indie rock bands they're obviously influenced by, so it'll be interesting to see where Nai Harvest go next. They played a couple new ones and said a new LP is coming next year.
After that, Literature and Girlpool played simultaneously upstairs and downstairs (respectively) and I caught a little of each. Literature's indie pop is clearly UK-inspired (down to the fake British accents) and though bands in this style can stereotypically be a little weak live, Literature were nothing of the sort. The drummer and both guitarists are super energetic on stage, and they clearly have a good time with it. At one point the singer ended up standing on one of Pianos' benches with his guitar out Chuck Berry style.
I ended up catching less of Girlpool than I wanted to (they only have a few songs out so far, it was a short set), but it seemed pretty clear that they do in fact have a lot of buzz behind them. The downstairs room was packed when I got in, but I caught their last three songs from the back of the room. They sounded good -- I wouldn't say they need a drummer but I'd be curious to hear what they sound like with one. They're definitely commanding vocalists though, and their songs are tight. You can catch them again at the free BV day party on Saturday.
The last band I caught at Pianos was another from Glasgow, PAWS, playing the downstairs room. I saw PAWS a couple times when they were supporting their first record, but this was my first time seeing them on the new album tour, and it's clear that they're only getting better. They were easily the most seasoned-sounding band I saw yesterday and a hell of a good time. They also at one point brought out the singer of their tourmates Flashlights to sing backup vocals on a song, and then PAWS acted as his backing band for a Flashlights song. - Andrew
Bill here...Meanwhile, upstairs were Spring King, who make the same kind of shouty, wordy, excited indie pop as Martha and Spook School. They were good. Much more up my alley were Ultimate Painting, the band featuring Veronica Falls' James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, who basically feed off the Velvet Underground "What Goes On" mode and they do it very well and hearing that style of guitar live is always a thrill. I then ran downstairs to catch a bit of September Girls' set in the main performance space. I'd heard mixed reports of their SXSW sets, but they seemed to have sorted themselves out, as the couple songs I heard sounded great with their harmonies and barrage of guitars.
At that point I was on DJ duty in the downstairs bar and was unable to catch any of the other bands, including Beach Day, Happyness and headliners The Ocean Blue who mixed new songs with '80s college radio hits like "Between Something and Nothing."
Before hitting Pianos, Amanda stopped by Cake Shop to catch Italian dreampop band Be Forest. Pictures from their set, plus lots more from Cake Shop, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Beverly are playing BrooklynVegan's Saturday (10/25) Day Party at Baby's All Right, playing at 3:45 PM (between Bo Ningen and White Fence). (RSVP!) It's one of five CMJ shows Bev will playing during CMJ week:
FRI 10/24 / Knitting Factory - Culture Collide - 1:00 pm (FREE)Meanwhile, Beverly have just premiered (via GvsB) the video for "Yale's Life" from their debut album, Careers. The slow-mo performance, directed by Jim Larson, matches perfectly to the song's dreamy vibe and you can watch that below.
FRI 10/24 / Studio at Webster Hall - Bird Dog Promo - 6:40 pm
FRI 10/24 / Brooklyn Night Bazaar - Kanine Records - 9:00 pm
SAT 10/25 / Baby's All Right - Brooklyn Vegan Day Party - 3:45 pm (FREE)
SAT 10/25 / Pianos - Bird Dog Promo - 10:45 pm
The construction zone setting of the "Yale's Life" video was partially shot at new Bushwick venue Alphaville (140 Wilson off the Jefferson L stop), which is co-owned by Beverly bassist/producer Scott Rosenthal. (285 Kent's John Rambo is also involved) The venue (which will be a restaurant too) opens to the public tonight (10/23) :
We're not 100% done with this wondrous hunk of wood and brick and cement, but close enough.Beverly tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
This Thursday evening we are opening our doors to the clamoring, Yelping populace. Come soak in our benevolent incandescent glow and warm your rosy cheeks with some whiskey and beer.
Flowers photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fat White Family @ Glasslands very early this morning (photo via @sacha-lecca)
Flowers @ Kanine day party, Pianos 10/22/2014
It's just about time for our two free day parties which happen Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 during CMJ at Baby's All Right, from noon-7pm (actually a bit later) each day. RSVP HERE. 21+ to enter. We're excited to announce that we've added UK bands Fat White Family and Flowers to the Saturday lineup. Those were the two TBA's and the full schedule looks like this:
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drunks beginning at 1pm each day. Complimentary Bell's Brewery beer at noon each day while it lasts. On Friday we're giving away a keg of rare Bell's Sweet Potato Stout. Multiple varieties of the craft beer will be available for purchase too. Free tattoo raffle, courtesy of Sailor Jerry, begins at noon each day.
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)
Fat White Family headlined last night's NME showcase at Glasslands, playing a 2AM set where, from what we can tell, pants stayed on this time, but was a typically wild chaotic show otherwise. Be prepared for anything (and perhaps everything if you know what we mean.) Bo Ningen and Girlpool also played the NME showcase and are on our Saturday day party lineup as well. RSVP here. Our official CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang and more happens immediately after (tickets; limited CMJ badges being accepted too).
Flowers (one of our 20 out-of-town bands to see at CMJ), meanwhile played three shows yesterday, including the Kanine/Slumberland/SEASAC day party yesterday at Pianos. Singer/bassist Rachel Kenedy has a voice that will make the hair on your neck stand up (a bit like Young Marble Giants' Alison Statton) and the band definitely have something live that doesn't quite translate to their excellent debut album. You should catch Flowers somewhere this week, and our party is their final CMJ show. They'll be touring the UK with The Wedding Present next year month, too. Pictures from their Pianos set are in this post and more from the rest of Kanine's day party are coming soon.
More pics from Flower's set at the Kanine day party below...
Gruff Rhys @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will release his new solo album, American Interior, in North America on November 4 and will be touring in support of it, including an NYC show at Baby's All Right on November 8 (tickets). He's just added a second NYC show, the next day (11/9) at Rough Trade. It's a noon matinee and is free with purchase of American Interior at Rough Trade between 11/4 and day of show.
in other news: as you may know, American Interior is also a film (as well as a book and mobile app), all based around Gruff retracing the steps of his distant relative John Evans as he traveled through North America in the 1790s. The film, co-directed by Dylan Goch, will make its NYC premiere at a free BrooklynVegan-presented screening on November 8 at Videology in Williamsburg. It's at 5 PM SHARP screening (Videology is just a few blocks from Baby's), and Gruff will be there to introduce the film. RSVP here; entrance based on capacity. Please arrive early. Hope to see you there!
In other SFA news, bassist Guto Pryce's other band, GULP, makes their NYC debut tonight (10/23, 6:45 PM) at Drom as part of CMJ. It's their only show this week.
Trailer for American Interior (and stream of the album), plus an updated list tour dates, below...
photo by Elliott Landy
As discussed, Bob Dylan is completing the Basement Tapes series on November 4 with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 via Columbia/Legacy (full tracklist below). That includes a previously unreleased take of "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" which is making its premiere in this post. It's a more shambolic take than the one that appeared on the 1975 release of The Basement Tapes, and it goes without saying that this is cool stuff to hear. Here's commentary on the track from Sid Griffin's liner notes:
Another bizarre tale filled with absurdist lyrics. Unlike "...Quinn" and "This Wheel's on Fire," "Yea! Heavy..." never gained much traction as a publishing demo. Perhaps most recording artists were wary of singing the line, "Slap that drummer with a pie that smells."Listen below, and hear other tracks from the collection debuting today at Stereogum, Death & Taxes, and SPIN.
by Bill Pearis
Noel Gallagher will soon back with his second High Flying Birds album, titled Chasing Yesterday, which will be out March 2, 2015 via Sour Mash Records. (Looking back in anger is a no no; chasing yesterday may be something he finds good, bad or unavoidable, we'll have wait and see.) This is the first he's both written and produced himself, and Johnny Marr plays on closing track "Ballad of the Mighty." The first single is already out and called "In the Heat of the Moment" which is not an Asia cover. It's in the disco-rock direction much of his first solo album was, with a nagging "nah nah nah" chorus. Noel can still write a hook. The video just premiered and you can watch that below....
by Andrew Sacher
Long Beach, CA's Bella Novela say they love both Iron Maiden and Abba "with equal levels of intensity," and it sounds like they probably love Heart and maybe Thin Lizzy too. (The artwork above also may give that away.) Not unlike The Darkness, Ghost, or High Spirits, Bella Novela take the sounds of '70s/'80s stadium rock and make them sound modern without really changing them much at all. They also sound a bit like a "less indie" version of that new Ex Hex album. Their newest album, Telemetry, is due out in the near future and we've got the premiere of its title track which pairs twin leads with glammy hooks. It's a super fun song, and you can check it out below.