October 2, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Carb on Carb
Carb On Carb is the New Zealand duo of guitarist/vocalist Nicole Gaffney and drummer/vocalist James Stuteley. They put out their self-titled album earlier this year, which is a solid record of '90s-style emo/punk and often has a strong a feminist bent, as song titles like "The War On Men" and "Phenomenal Ladies" make pretty clear. It's a good album, especially for anyone with an affinity for Polyvinyl Records. You can stream the whole thing below and download a copy (name your price) at bandcamp.
Carb On Carb are currently on their first-ever US tour, which hits CMJ, The Fest, and more. Their CMJ show is the New Zealand showcase at Baby's All Right on 10/13 with Marlon Williams, Anthonie Tonnon and Lontalius. That's free with RSVP.
Carb on Carb play two NYC shows right before CMJ too. The first is a matinee at ABC No Rio on October 10 with Torch Runner, Archie Alone and Control (more info); and the second is Palisades on October 11 with PUNT, Talking Dog, Terrible Terrible and Oh, Oh, Ecstasy (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Marlon Williams, who's also on the New Zealand showcase, he just signed to Dead Oceans (Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent), and will put out a new album on the label in early 2016. Ahead of that, he released the single "Strange Things" this week. Video for that, and his tour dates (including a bunch of other CMJ shows), below.
The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary tour just keeps getting longer. Since we last spoke, they added a second Chicago show, as well as Kansas City and Brooklyn dates too.
The Brooklyn show happens December 10 at The Bell House with Into It. Over It. and Rozwell Kid. That's right in between NYC's Irving Plaza (12/9) (tickets) and NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/12) (tickets) shows with the same openers. Tickets for the Bell House show go on sale Thursday (10/8) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with the full-set video of their recent Santa Ana show, below...
Brooklyn psych-garage trio Las Rosas are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, but will be taking a break for a fall tour that starts next week, including a few dates opening for Shannon & the Clams. In the middle of their tour, they'll be back in Brooklyn to play Alphaville on Halloween. Details on that spooky show have yet to emerge, stay tuned.
All tour dates -- including runs with Cool Ghouls and Fletcher C. Johnson -- are listed, along with a stream of last year's "Ms. America" single, below.
by Bill Pearis
J. Fernandez has shared the video for "Between the Channels" which is from this year's fine, underrated Many Levels of Laughter. Jerzy Rose directed the video which follows a few social situations in slow motion. There's a haircut, cereal being eaten, nudes painted, a lot of crying, and one particularly sad shot of a stuffed panda toy lying face down in a corner. It all fits the melancholy vibe of Fernandez's song quite well. Check it out below.
You can catch J. Fernandez on tour with Detroit's Turn to Crime starting next week, and he'll be in NYC for CMJ, including the Inland Empire showcase at Cake Shop on October 16 with Turn to Crime, as well as The Gotobeds, Eaters, Tweens and Spray Paint (tickets); and Union Pool on October 17 with Tuff Sunshine, Christian Lee Hutson, Shana Falana and Stolen Jars.
All dates are listed below.
photo: Killing Joke at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Goth/industrial legends Killing Joke will release their new album Pylon on October 23 via Spinefarm, the followup to 2012's MMXII. Now, as promised, they've announced a 2016 North American tour in support of that, with newer band The Soft Moon opening (a well-matched double bill).
The tour hits NYC on February 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets will be on sale soon.
So far the band released two songs from the album, "I Am the Virus" and "Euphoria." Listen to both, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
You may have heard about UK electronic artist Powell, who sampled Steve Albini from an old Big Black live recording and then politely emailed him to ask permission to use it. Albini replied saying that he "always detested mechanized dance music, its stupid simplicity, the clubs where it was played, the people who went to those clubs, the drugs they took, the shit they liked to talk about, the clothes they wore, the battles they fought amongst each other" but, without actually listening to the song, gave Powell permission, concluding with "Don't care. Enjoy yourself." Powell and his label, XL, then turned the full text of Albini's email into a 20ft billboard in London to promote the track, titled "Insomniac." That's a picture of it above.
Abini's text has also now become the basis for the "Insomniac" video which is a strobed out twist on the lyric video. The song itself is a blast of squelchy noise that Albini might actually not hate if he listened to it, given that he listed Cabaret Voltaire, SPK and DAF as the kind of electronic music he liked. (Big Black used a drum machine, it should also be said.) Powell told The Quietus that this is not a feud. "What's being lost on people is that it's being positioned as Powell against Steve Albini but it was never like that, it was me and Steve against stuff - without him I wouldn't be making this kind of music." You can watch the "Insomniac" video -- and read Albini's email to Powell -- below.
Gutterdämmerun is Swedish director Bjorn Tagemose's upcoming silent film, described as a "loud and dark fairytale" and "part rock show part immersive cinema experience." That sounds interesting enough... oh yeah, and it also happens to feature Grace Jones, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Lemmy, Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, Tom Araya (Slayer), Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal), Justice and Volbeat, and more. That's all the info we have for now, but it sounds like enough to get excited. Watch an EPK video below.
Speaking of Iggy Pop, New Order's new album isn't the only album he's guesting on this year. He will also contribute to a cover of The Waitresses' Christmas classic "Christmas Wrapping" for Kylie Minogue's upcoming Christmas album. Other guests include a posthumous duet with Frank Sinatra on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," actor/comedian James Corden on Yazoo's "Only You" and Kylie's sister Dannii Minogue on a new song called "100 Degrees." The album's due out November 13. Tracklist below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars just released a new 7" titled "Calm Punk," another fine, hooky example of their '90s indie rock worship/mastery, very much in the loud/quiet/loud mode. The b-side, "Get Thru" is more of slow-build anthemic ballad that still allows for requisite pedal-stomping. That song makes its premiere in this post and you can check it out below.
Dead Stars have a couple local shows coming up: tonight (10/2) at Shea Stadium with Kissing Is A Crime, Other Colors, and Wild Pink; and then for CMJ they'll play October 16 at The Gutter with Sharkmuffin, The Battery Electric, No Ice, Dinowalrus, Dentist and Black Flamingo. Flyers for both of those shows are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Saintseneca's followup to last year's Dark Arc, Such Things, comes out next week (10/9) via ANTI- (the same label that today releases the breathtaking new Deafheaven album). Like on the last album, they very much go for the Neutral Milk Hotel/Arcade Fire style of indie, but they've got a refreshing take on it. Too many of the bands who ape this sound (and there are too many) go for the classical instrumentation or the whimsy or the whoa-ohs but leave out anything that makes it identifiable as "indie rock." Saintseneca are a band that came up playing venues like Death by Audio, and they keep those DIY roots intact. Not to mention they've got a member in punk band All Dogs and another in The Sidekicks (who at least used to be punk but now have a Shins/Band of Horses thing going on). Frontman Zac Little also has a unique, instantly-recognizable voice, and there's some new ground covered on Such Things too. Most notably -- at least to this writer -- the fairly prominent usage of sitar. You can stream the whole thing below (via NPR).
The band will be on an all-in-the-family tour soon, with support from The Sidekicks and Yowler (aka All Dogs/Saintseneca member Maryn Jones). That tour hits NYC on October 9 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Merc are still available.
After that tour, they'll head to Europe with Widowspeak. Updated dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Childbirth's 2014 song "I Only Fucked You As a Joke" (from their self-titled tape) was a hilariously mean shoutalong insta-classic. The band, made up of Julia Shapiro (Chastity Belt), Bree McKenna (Tacocat) and Stacy Peck (Pony Time), return with their second album, Women's Rights, which is out today via Suicide Squeeze. It delivers 13 razor-sharp jabs, lampooning everything from the state of online dating ("Siri, Open Tinder"), the plusses of dating the newly wealthy ("Tech Bro"), "cool moms" ("Cool Mom"), doing coke at a baby shower ("Baby Bump") and so on.
A friend of mine from Seattle calls it the funniest thing out of the city since the heyday of the Young Fresh Fellows and like them, Childbirth do it without coming off novelty. There are a couple cheap jabs ("Breast Coast" pokes fun at vapid lyrics of certain indie bands) but overall, Childbirth deliver pointed barbs but also some serious punky hooks. You can stream the whole thing via NPR or Rdio, below.