September 18, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Godflesh at Irving Plaza in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Godflesh's first album since 2001, A World Lit Only By Fire, is coming October 7 via their Own Avalanche Recordings label, and after releasing the track "New Dark Ages," they've since returned with another LP cut, "Imperator." Like the previous single and their EP from earlier this year, "Imperator" sounds like classic Godflesh with its crushing riffs and that bulldozer of a drum machine. Listen below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Ty Segall @ Webster Hall 9/17/2014
Ty Segall played his first of two shows at Webster Hall last night (9/17) and, as predicted, it was a bit bananas. (Also sold out.) Within the first second of the first song (the title track from new album, Manipulator), the photo pit barricades started to tip in and security had to hold them in place. After four songs or so, they stopped the show, and Ty told everyone to scoot back as they were going to push the barricades all the way up and get rid of them. After that it was a free for all, with constant stage diving, and Ty himself leaping into the crowd a few times.
Ty and the band (Mikal Cronin still on bass) ripped through 20 songs, including much of Manipulator, older favorites and a cover of opening band Wand's "Fire on the Mountain." Amongst those in the audience: Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco (who opened for Ty at Webster last year), Weyes Blood and Marky Ramone. Setlist, pictures and video of them doing "Manipulator" are in this post.
As for Wand (whose new album was produced by Ty), they played a muscular set of psych rock themselves. At Death by Audio the previous night their set included a cover of Brian Eno's "Here Come the Warm Jets." The night started with Chicago's Axis:Sova who will play Death by Audio tonight (9/18). Pictures from their sets are in this post as well.
More pics from last night's Webster Hall show below...
GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Guided by Voices were on a short break from their tour, having recently played a few NY area shows with dates still to come. Those have been canceled, as apparently GBV have abruptly broken up! From their Facebook:
Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.Upcoming dates were to have included a run with Bobby Bare, Jr and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Remaining, now-canceled dates are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"'Actively Trying Not To Cry At The @SLOWCLUBHQ Concert: A Magan Carrigan Story'" - @FromMagan
"There was a group of five bro's ROCKING OUT to @SLOWCLUBHQ tonight. It was kind of adorable." - @FilmicMan
Slow Club @ Bowery Ballroom 9/17/2014
Slow Club are currently on tour supporting their new album, Complete Surrender, which came out earlier this summer. That tour hit NYC last night (9/17) at Bowery Ballroom. Now that they're no longer a duo, Rebecca Taylor only spends part of the set behind the drumkit, but plays the frontperson role well with lots of humor. (There was a fair amount of instrument-switching.) Pictures from the Bowery are in this post.
Opening the night were Margaret Glaspy and Nick Mulvey, the latter of whom is up for the 2014 Mercury Prize for his album, First Mind. (Stream it via Rdio.) Nick played solo but said he hopes to come back in 2015 with a full band.
More pictures below...
Swans at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swans just played Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape this past weekend, and they've since announced that they'll play one more New York show before the year ends, this one at NYC's Warsaw on December 12, the same Greenpoint venue they played as the final NYC stop of The Seer tour. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. All dates (the rest are in Europe) are listed below.
Swans are also reissuing a remastered version of their excellent and perfectly named debut album, Filth, on vinyl for the first time in decades on October 28. You can pre-order it now. Read what Michael Gira had to say about the album, with the list of dates, below...
GWAR played Riot Fest Chicago last weekend, with the return of Blothar (aka Mike Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty) as vocalist who is leading the intergalactic band on a tour/quest this fall to, as their ongoing mythology goes, find the lost leader Oderus (the late Dave Brockie). He's actually co-leader of the band now, with new female warrior Vulvatron also on vocals. Vultatron, who made her live debut at Riot Rest, is the first female member of GWAR since Slymenstra Hymen left in 2000. In real life Vulvatron is Kim Dylla who also plays in Kung Fu Dykes (who played GWAR-B-Q 2013) and Thismeansyou, is also a visual artist, and more. Kim Kelly had a bit to say about Vulvatron over at Wondering Sound:
Why is it so important that one of the biggest bands in metal has just added a female member to its ranks to replace one of metal's biggest personalities? How could it not be? It's no secret that metal's demographics still skew heavily towards straight white cis men, but this decade has marked a definite shift; audiences are diversifying. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there's a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she's just as gross and goofy as her male bandmates, whether she's slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with the aforementioned boob-blood (a move which, as a bit of trivia, references Slymenstra's past crotch-spewing exploits).Update: Despite initial reports that Vulvatron is a frontwoman, she is actually one of several vocalists, but not the lead.
Vulvatron's costume is skimpy, but so are those of her bandmates; it's not a Gwar show unless everyone's arse is out. She occupies a powerful role. She's nobody's girlfriend, or groupie or background dancer; Vulvatron is in charge. She gets to be a monster instead of a princess, and that is immensely important for younger girls who are just starting to explore heavy metal.
While in Chicago for Riot Fest, GWAR stopped by the AV Club to perform a punishing version of The Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" for an upcoming episode of AVC's "Undercover" series, so keep an eye out for that. Soon, Vulvatron, Blothar and the rest of GWAR's scorge will hit NYC on their tour this fall.
The Empty Hearts are a new-ish supergroup featuring Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. With a lineup like that you may expect late '70s style power pop and that's exactly what you get on their self-titled debut LP that came out this past August. You can stream one of its tracks, "90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street," below.
The band is also going on a short international tour in October which includes a NYC show happening on October 18 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Blondie members, you may remember that Clem Burke also plays in another supergroup, The Split Squad. And former bassist Nigel Harrison (who played and wrote during the Parallel Lines - The Hunter era) and Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer are backing Irish sibling trio The Rua on their upcoming 2015 album Essence and live including when they make their US debut at NYC's Subculture on October 23, part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can watch the video for The Rua's single "Fight For What's Right," with the Empty Hearts song stream and list of dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Bridget Everett - 'Rock Bottom' at Joe's Pub 9/12/2014
Mr. Shaiman, who pounds away at the piano keys during the show, and Mr. Wittman, who directed it, and her other collaborators, Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray, have not attempted to impose a demure superego on the rampaging id that is Ms. Everett. On the contrary, "Rock Bottom" lets her run as loose and sing as loud as ever, celebrating the louche life and flaunting her flair for exhibitionism -- sexual, emotional and physical -- across 90 minutes of hair-raising, jaw-dropping and, yes, sometimes cringe-making performance. This unbridled performer makes the breast-baring, mouthy Bette Midler of the 1970s seem like Julie Andrews trilling and twirling on that mountaintop in "The Sound of Music."Bridget Everett seems to be everywhere in NYC lately, with the official debut of her new show at Joe's Pub, Rock Bottom (which has been in previews for a while). In addition to the New York Times review, she was also on the cover of the 9/10 issue of The Village Voice. The very bawdy show, which also features frequent collaborator and Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, plays select dates through October 16 at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale and all show dates are listed below. We caught Rock Bottom last Friday (9/12) and pictures from that are in this post.
Ms. Everett performs 10 songs in the show, at least three of which feature titles that are not fit for print. One of the funniest finds her making sport of her own ample dimensions while using a festively colored sex toy of considerable size as a prop to help detail her rapacious exploits around the globe. - [NY Times]
There's no Rock Bottom show tonight, but you can catch Bridget Everett tonight (9/18) at The Bell House as part of the kickoff event at the 2014 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Tonight's show is 'The Talent Show Presents: Gowanus Idol' and has a stacked lineup of talent, also featuring Amy Schumer, Dave Hill, Ira Glass, Bobby Tisdale, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Joseph Keckler, Eliot Glazer, Giulia Rozzi, THE ENGAGEMENTS and hosts Elna Baker and Kevin Townley. Tickets are still available.
Rock Bottom show dates, plus more pics from the show and the Voice cover, below...
The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced:
Bestsellers, trend-setters, celebrities, visual wizards, and story-tellers converge at BAM in three wide-ranging, one-night-only events in the winter of 2015. Filmmaker Miranda July discusses her debut novel with Lena Dunham; legendary cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry compare storyboard ideas; and authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler present a no-holds-barred evening of camaraderie.The exact schedule is listed below:
Tickets go on sale September 29 (September 22 for Friends of BAM). For ticket information call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or visit www.BAM.org.
Jason Isbell @ Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion Yavin)
Sturgill Simpson has not been shy when it comes to talking about Nashville not playing a part in his new-found success as a country singer, but Wednesday night Nashville recognized, as Simpson took home the award for best "Emerging Artist" at the 13th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards (he beat Hurray For The Riff Raff and Valerie June). The ceremony took place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and the night's big winner was ex-Drive-By-Trucker Jason Isbell who won best Album, best Artist, and best Song (Robert Ellis and Rosanne Cash were also nominated in all three categories). Check out the full list of winners, and listen to that best song, below. Catch Isbell on tour with Damien Jurado next year.