February 27, 2015
Kayo Dot @ Merc - 2/25/15 (photo by Chris Clarke)
Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (2/25) with Enablers, Insect Ark, and Center Divider. That's a pic from the show above. Did you go? How was it?
Toby's next announced NYC appearances (though it won't be a surprise if he plays here sooner) happen during his residency at The Stone from August 25-30. He's the curator and will also be performing with various groups each night.
His other long-running experimental metal band Maudlin of the Well plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on August 25, and then on August 26, Kayo Dot play their 2003 album Choirs of the Eye at the 8 PM set and their 2010 album Coyote at the 10 PM set.
On August 27, his duo with former Kayo Dot member Mia Matsumiya, Tarter Lamb, will be joined by Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) to perform their 2007 debut Sixty Metonymies at the 8 PM set. Then at the 10 PM set, Toby and friends play the score he wrote for the dance film Ichneumonidae, followed by Kayo Dot playing their 2011 EP, Stained Glass.
Toby plays solo ballads "for the haters" at 8 PM on August 28, followed by a 10 PM set by The Tanks, his trio with drummer Ches Smith and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Then on August 29, it's an 8 PM set by Stern, the Chuck Stern-fronted band that Toby plays guitar in, followed by another Kayo Dot set of current material at 10 PM. And finally on August 30, it's two more solo sets from Toby, the latter being new chamber works.
Browse the schedule for the residency, with full lineups for each night, below...
Chris Brokaw, who's played in Codeine, Come, Wrekmeister Harmonies and many other groups, will release his new album, The Periscope Twin, on March 17 via 12XU. The double LP consists of two solo pieces (one with electronics, one with guitar), each 40-45 minutes long and recorded in one take with no overdubs. You can stream a portion of the guitar half, titled "Skating Under Glass, Living Like A King," below.
Brokaw, who toured last year with Bob Mould, will be hitting the road next month, with three NYC appearances. He'll play Secret Project Robot on March 11 as a duo with Kid Millions and "special guests"; then Union Pool on March 12 with guests Norman Westberg (of Swans) and Matthew Mullane; and then Trans-Pecos on April 17, details TBA.
All dates are listed below...
photo by Annie Grapek
We profiled Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse last spring ahead of the release of their debut LP Tesseract that they dropped for free that summer on bandcamp. The band since signed to Bayonet (Dustin from Beach Fossils' new label) and plan to re-release Tesseract on the label on March 3. The bandcamp's stream been taken down, but you can listen to "Promethean Gaze" below.
Warehouse are currently on tour with Breathers, which hits NYC twice this weekend. The first is tonight (2/27) at new Bushwick venue Alphaville with True Blue on the bill too. Admission is $8 at doors. More info at the Facebook event. Then, they play Cameo on Saturday (2/28) with Caged Animals and Turnip King. Advance tickets for that one are on sale.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer below...
the whole crew (via)
The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.
We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.
Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Smiths' groundbreaking self-titled debut album turned 30 last week (2/20), and in honor of that Reimagine Music will be releasing a tribute album called Tease Torment Tantalize: A 30th Anniversary Tribute To The Smiths' Debut on March 24 (pre-order). The album features covers by Male Bonding, Kevin Devine, Soft Metals, Field Mouse, Seapony, Jaymay, Blackbird Blackbird, Mother Falcon, Young Statues, Heidemann and more. Full tracklist (including three bonus tracks) below.
We've got the premiere of British punks Male Bonding's take on "Still Ill" Vocally, Male Bonding do their best Morrissey for this and keep some of Johnny Marr's guitar lines, but they otherwise turn it into a driving lo-fi jam not unlike the stuff on their own albums. Listen below.
Male Bonding have also presumably/hopefully been teasing album #3 by dropping a couple recent singles to their Soundcloud. You can stream those below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: City of Ships at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)
City of Ships are releasing the followup to 2011's Minor World this year with Ultraluminal, due April 21 via Science of Silence Records. If you're unfamiliar with the band, consider that they've released a split and toured with Rosetta, and that they're on a Hum tribute album, and you've probably got a pretty good idea of their sound. Also, if you've ever heard Deftones cover Jawbox, they're a little like that too. Get a taste of the new album from the single "Alarm," below.
They'll celebrate the record with a release show in Brooklyn on April 5 at Saint Vitus, where they'll actually be the opener on the previously-mentioned Single Mothers / Dirty Nil show. Tickets are still available. After that show they'll head to Europe to tour there with Junius. All dates are listed below.
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.Well that is sad news for Trekkies, Trekkers, Federation members, Klingons, Romulans and just about everyone else. In addition to his role on Star Trek (which he reprised for JJ Abrams' reboot), Leonard Nimoy was also a castmember of Mission: Impossible, and was a memorable murderer on the 1973 Columbo episode, "A Stitch in Crime." He was also a director, having helmed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as well as 3 Men and a Baby. He also, like his pal William Shatner, made a few albums in the late '60s, like 1967's groovy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, which you can stream -- along with a few other songs and the "video" for his song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," below.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
His artistic pursuits -- poetry, photography and music in addition to acting -- ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: "Live long and prosper" (from the Vulcan "Dif-tor heh smusma"). [NY Times]
He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy, you will be missed. RIP.
After teasing us with a few videos, Super Furry Animals officially confirm they're back in action, announcing a few UK tour dates for May. Those are listed below and let's hope for North American dates sooner than later. They haven't played here in six years.
The other news on the SFA front is they're reissuing their long-out-of print fourth album, Mwng, via Domino on May 5. Originally released in 2000, it's the Furries' only full length sung entirely in Welsh -- the title translates to "Mane" -- and remains the biggest-selling Welsh album in UK chart history (and, therefore, probably the world). Despite the scarcity of vowels, there are no shortage of great, catchy songs and it's one of SFA's best albums (it's my second favorite, next to Radiator). The deluxe edition vinyl is on three discs, containing the Mwng Batch bonus disc that came with the original US edition of the CD, plus a previously unreleased Peel session from the time and full live set recorded at ATP. Pre-orders are available now, and you can stream a few songs from Mwng, and check out the deluxe vinyl/CD tracklists, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Providence's The Attending is the band led by Corey Stroffolino (who's currently the touring guitarist in La Dispute), and they're set to release their debut album, Deep Peace of the Singing Earth on March 17 via Full City Sour (pre-order). The Attending have covered The National, making them part of a growing group of post-hardcore bands taking influence from that band. But the band who sounds like the most direct comparison for The Attending is Cursive. Their knack for haunting dramatic rock and frequent dynamic shifts are all over this record. You can get a taste for yourself from new single "No Gospel," which premieres below.
The album was recorded by the band with help from Todd Mackey, who sang in With Honor and played guitar in Life In Your Way, the latter of which Corey from The Attending was briefly in too. Defeater guitarist Jay Maas mixed and mastered it. About the album, Corey said:
The record is about dealing with the loss of my best friend a few years ago. This song in particular is about when you feel like you have lost everything, it gives you an excuse to not treat other people in your life as you should. I guess you can lean into that, and reap the consequences or crawl out of it if possible. This one is more about leaning into it. For better or worse. Usually worse.The band's only upcoming date at the moment is opening the Boston stop of the La Dispute / Title Fight tour. Stream the new single, with the album tracklist, below...
Sydney trio Yes I'm Leaving put out Slow Release back in September, full of hackle-raised, tightly-wound, noisy punk. (Think METZ, Big Black, AmRep bands.) You can stream it and check out a video below.
Yes, the band is leaving Australia to play SXSW next month and will be touring the rest of the US as well. Their tour starts here in NYC with three shows: The Flat on Wednesday (3/4) with Crystal Voyager, The Children, and Reid Reiter: then The Gutter on Friday, March 6 with Law$uits, Mystery Channels, and Chamber of Discipline; and Cake Shop on March 7 with Willful Boys and Consolidated Plastics.
All tour dates are listed below...