December 11, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Kirin J. Callinan @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
There's an interesting, last-minute addition to Baby's All Right's schedule tonight (12/11). There's an early show featuring a collaborative performance from Kirin J. Callinan (who wrapped up dates with Cut Copy last month), Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase and Splashh singer Sasha Carlson. The night also features DJ sets from Cara Stricker, Petra Collins and Sandy Kim. No advance tickets, 8:30 PM door. This is all before the late show (11 PM doors) with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck.
Speaking of Splashh, the UK band (not to be confused with Brooklyn's Splash [one "h"]) were just here for stripped-down shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, as part of Kanine Records' curated weekend (12/6 & 12/7). UK band Splashh released their debut album, Comfort, this year which mixed strong hooks with blown-out production and nasally attitude. If you missed it, you can stream it via Rdio.
Carlson is sticking around NYC for a few more solo shows. He plays Pianos on Friday (12/13) with Bleeding Rainbow, Salt Cathedral, Truest, and Brendan Rivera. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flyer for it is below. He also plays the Kanine Records holiday party at Glasslands on December 22 with Eternal Summers and Little Big League. Tickets for that show are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Murder City Devils are heading out on the road again in 2014, but before that, they've gifted us with a stream of their 1998 Christmas single via their website. If you don't already have the 7" buried in your collection, you can stream the a-side in all of its raw-throated, holiday-spirited balladry, below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Christmas song stream, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Zombi at Saint Vitus - 12/9/13
The night after Zombi's tour with prog legends Goblin hit NYC, the duo headed to Saint Vitus (12/9) to headline a show which doubled as the release party for EBM duo Gatekeeper. The show was opened by Vissacoor and Dariius, and pictures of all four acts are in this post.
by Andrew Sacher
EMA at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Erika M. Anderson's official debut album as EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints, came out back in 2011 (one of our favorites of that year), and she's now set to release its followup, The Future's Void, this spring on her new label homes of Matador and City Slang. She just revealed the first single from the album, "Satellites," which starts out sounding like a typical EMA song, but soon brings in much wilder electronics and and a bigger, more epic sound than anything on her last album. It's more than enough reason to get excited for the new album, and you can check it out for yourself below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Kristie Shanley)
Heart, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies have cancelled performances at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & Barbecue February music series (hope seafood's not on the menu) in the wake of multiple airings of the documentary Blackfish on CNN and popular backlash to the conditions of orca captivity portrayed in the film. Blackfish chronicles the 39-year history of killer whales in captivity up until the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum in 2010, a whale that was tied to two previous human deaths. The documentary has sparked outrage over the conditions of orca captivity, and both Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies were spurred to make their decisions to not perform based on Change.org petitions. According to the AP, Joan Jett has also asked that the park no longer use her song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as the "walk-in music" for the "Shamu Rocks" show at the park. The song has since been pulled.
Update: Cheap Trick cancelled too.
Via Bloomberg, SeaWorld's response:
"While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands' decisions," Nick Gollattscheck, a spokesman for SeaWorld Orlando, said in an e-mailed statement.This isn't the first time Joan Jett's stood up for animal rights. She got herself kicked off of the South Dakota Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float for being a vegetarian, a lifestyle choice that didn't sit well with the rancher friendly state, and recently Jett lent her likeness to a PETA postage stamp along with Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons, and Morrissey (who is NOT signing copies of his book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble this week, and most likely wouldn't perform at SeaWorld).
Would Grimes perform at SeaWorld?
Watch the trailer for Blackfish below...
by Bill Pearis
Who Made Who's Jeppe Kjellberg, in the morning
We mentioned a while back that Danish band WhoMadeWho will release their new album, Dreams, next year, which now has a release date of March 4. The band's first single, "The Morning," came out at the end of November and they asked fans to tag photos and videos of themselves on Instagram with the hashtag #wmwthemorning, which were then fed into a live-generated music video on WMW's website. From that, they pulled pics and videos for an official video which makes its premiere in in this post.
The live-generated version is still going, if you feel like taking a picture of yourself with bedhead. You can also have "The Morning" be your alarm clock with a new iPhone app. Mind you, it goes off at 7AM local time which is probably too early for some.
"The Morning" video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Portland's Anne like to throw curveballs. Their first "collection LP" Dream Punx came out on hardcore label A389 (Iron Reagan, Full of Hell) and it sounded pretty much like the title implied, "dream punk" (or, shoegaze). This year they returned with a new EP Jerusalem on punk/emo label Run for Cover (Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw) and went in the synth-goth direction of Cold Cave or Light Asylum. The video for "Blonde Men" from that EP is now making its premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.
Anne have also announced that their official debut full length, Pulling Chain, will be released on March 4 via Run for Cover. The artwork was designed by Touche Amore's Nick Steinhardt (who also did Deafheaven's Sunbather and his own band's Is Survived By), and that's it above. You can check out the tracklist (which includes "Blonde Men"), along with that new video, below...
Cibo Matto at Littlefield in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cibo Matto began playing shows again in 2011 and also around that time mentioned a new album was in the works. They finally previewed songs from that album this past May, and now it's officially been announced that their followup to 1999's Stereo Type A will be titled Hotel Valentine and is appropriately coming out on Valentine's Day (2/14). The album is coming out on Chimera Music, the label Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda co-runs with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They also just released the first single from the album, "MFN," which features Reggie Watts (who plays Irving Plaza tonight, 12/11) and lots of requisite food references, and you can watch the video for that below. In addition to Reggie Watts, other album guests include Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace), and more. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
Cibo Matto will also be touring around the time of the album's drop, and that tour includes a NYC record release show happening on February 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Cibo Matto member Miho Hatori in NYC this month at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on December 20 (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space) with Zs and DJ Bubbles. If you haven't yet, you can read more about the future of Trans Pecos.
All dates are listed, along with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the newish band of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, did a Union Pool residency not too long ago, and they'll be playing another show in their hometown of NYC this Sunday (12/15) at Baby's All RIght with Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, as discussed, member Dave Sitek is producing the new Kelis album, Food. That album was originally supposed to come out on Sitek's Federal Prism label this year, but it was just announced that she's instead releasing it on April 28 via her new label, Ninja Tune (!), a label mostly known for forward-thinking electronic music from Bonobo, Machinedrum, The Bug, and others. It's the first album that will not be on a major label for Kelis, who has had at least one major pop breakthrough. Kelis says of the signing:
I'm really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record. This is the album I've wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I'm also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.And the people at Ninja Tune note:
Entirely produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), 'Food' is a soul record that's as raw and alternative as it is classic. In choosing Ninja as her new home, Kelis is another example of a world-class talent turning to the independent music world in order to work outside the constraints often put in place by major labels.In other Ninja Tune news, we just posted a live Machinedrum video and an upcoming Floating Points show.
Flyer for HIggins Waterproof Black Magic Band show below...
by Doug Moore
Cult Leader are basically the great nouveau-metalcore band Gaza sans vocalist Jon Parkin. Gaza broke up earlier this year in the aftermath of some highly public rape allegations leveled against Parkin. Though the allegations never led to a criminal case and were eventually kinda-sorta retracted, the surrounding drama seemed to have played a role in their decision to disband.
Fortunately, Cult Leader have picked up pretty much exactly where Gaza left off -- bassist Anthony Lucero has moved over to vocals, but the jarring rhythms, endless skronk chords, and titanic low end all remain intact. The band have signed a deal with Deathwish Inc. (who are coming off a year of Deafheaven-fueled success) and released a new tune, "Skin Crawler," from their debut EP, Nothing For Us Here, which will be out in April.
I'll miss Parkin's imposing physical presence at Cult Leader's live shows, but I'm mostly just happy that this incredibly talented group has elected to carry on in the same vein. Stream "Skin Crawler" below.