October 20, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
'Monuments To An Elegy' Artwork
Billy Corgan's set to release a new Smashing Pumpkins album (with Tommy Lee on drums) called Monuments To An Elegy on December 9, and its first single "Being Beige" is out now via Rolling Stone. While we're probably never getting another Siamese Dream, this definitely doesn't sound bad. It's a nice mid-tempo rocker that would fit next to some of the stuff he did in Zwan.
Sad news from the reggae world: singer John Holt died yesterday (10/19) at age 69. Best known for writing "The Tide is High" while in the band The Paragons which was later made a woldwide hit by Blondie, he's the voice behind a number of reggae classics including "Ali Babba," "See Your Face," "Tonight," "Wear You to the Ball," "Police in Helicopter" and "Stick by Me."
Rest in peace, John. Stream some of his best-known songs below...
London Grammar @ Lolla (more by James Richards IV)
"Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, it is with great regret that we have had to postpone our tour dates in November. We apologize to all of our fans for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing you in January and February 2015 for what we hope will be a very special tour." - Dan, Dot and Hannah / London GrammarThat's the announcement. Their NYC show at Terminal 5, originally scheduled for November 11 will now happen on January 27 and tickets are on sale now. (Refunds are available at point of purchase.) The new dates are listed below....
Due to scheduling conflicts, London Grammar have postponed their November tour and will now be returning to North America in January. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
photos by Mimi Hong
You Blew It! / Spraynard
You Blew It! wrapped up a tour with Citizen last week which hit NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall. That Webster show was one day before the recently reactivated Spraynard came to NJ to open for Lifetime. Then, both You Blew It! and Spraynard teamed up for a show together in NJ at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on Thursday (10/16). Quality likeminded support at the show came from NJ locals Puddle Splasher. Pictures of all three are in this post.
Spraynard return to NJ to play one of the Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparties in December. They play the one on Saturday, December 27 at Asbury Lanes with fellow Philly band Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase this week). That show starts at 11 PM, and is $8 at the door or $5 with a Souls ticket.
More pictures from the Hoboken show (you also may notice a few shots of Brian Sella of YBI!'s past tourmates The Front Bottoms in there) below...
by Bill Pearis
Fat White Family @ Bowery Ballroom 10/18/2014 (photo via @alexandra_rossi)
Debaucherous UK band Fat White Family were in NYC over the weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (10/18). Lias Saoudi, the band's frontman, has a reputation for shedding clothing at shows and spent most of the Bowery set fully exposed. (Seen and called, Connan.) Did you go? How was the show, apart from being in-the-raw and in-your-face? The band were supposed to do an ultra-late-night set at Baby's All Right but it ended up not happening.
Fat White Family will be back in NYC this week for CMJ, having been added to the NME showcase at Glasslands on Wednesday (10/22) with Public Access TV, Bo Ningen, Twin Peaks, Happyness, The Wytches, and Girlpool. That's a pretty great show and tickets are still available. You can get in with a CMJ badge too (based on capacity).
Meanwhile, Fat White Family, whose sound owes more than a little to The Fall, have a new single that tips their hat to that band's famous frontman. You can stream "I Am Mark E Smith," and check out a few more in flagrante (NSFW) instagrams from FWF's Bowery show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
John Galm was doing the Cap'n Jazz-y "emo revival" thing in Street Smart Cyclist and Snowing way before the revival broke on a more mainstream level, and by the time it did he'd ditched the genre completely for his garage punk band Slow Warm Death. SWD is still sorta active, as is his even heavier garage punk band The Beds, and now John's set to release a solo album, Sky of No Stars, this week (10/21) via Broken World Media (Derrick from TWIABP's label). For this one, he's taking on folky '90s slowcore/sadcore, and it turns out he's as good at getting quiet and he is at rocking out.
Lyrically, this is heavy stuff. Most of the songs deal with death, and God and ghosts are both recurring characters. For this album, the narrator's "been counting the days since you've been lost," recalling when "you fell asleep on the drive home and you didn't see the turn," and wondering "how many drinks until I'm killed?" But elsewhere on the album he reasons, "That is fine. I will be there when you die, because death is just another part of life." It's a great record, and you can hear it for yourself now. The full stream is premiering in this post.
In related news, Topshelf recently put out Street Smart Cyclist's Discography 12", a collection of everything they've recorded to date, "which is a 7 inches, a tour CDR and two unreleased tracks."
Listen to that and the John Galm LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto sludge punks HSY put out the "Cyber Bully" b/w "Phantasm Blast" single earlier this year, and they've recently finished their debut LP which will come out at some point via Buzz Records. Ahead of that, they've filmed a high quality live video of one of the new songs, "Acid Peel" (dir. Chris Chami), a terrifically dark track with driving Psychocandy-style drums, murky distorted guitars, and vocals that go from a goth baritone to deathly screams. The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.
As discussed, they'll be touring with fellow Toronto band/Buzz labelmates The Beverleys, and that tour hits NYC for the Buzz CMJ showcase on Thursday (10/23) at Shea Stadium with Weaves, Vulture Shit, Mexican Slang and Muuy Biien ($5 at the door).
Speaking of, Weaves recently dropped a new track too. Stream that, with the new HSY video and list of tour dates, below...
Greek band My Drunken Haze are based out of Athens and make '60s style garage rock with dreampop flourishes. They're set to release their self-titled debut (pre-oder) on November 3 and we've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Yellow Balloon." The song's got a jaunty, Kinksy vibe to it and you can listen below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus @ Webster Hall - 10/19/14
Zola Jesus wrapped up the US leg of her tour in support of her new album Taiga in NYC last night (10/19) at Webster Hall. Backed by a horn section, a light-up mountainous prop, a keyboardist and a powerhouse drummer, Zola played the new album in full and returned for an encore of two of her biggest older songs, "Vessel" and "Night." The old songs got the biggest cheers, but the new stuff sounded great and Zola was on fire performing them. She ran all over Webster's stage and broke out into berserk dance moves during the album's more frenzied parts (like the Yeezus-esque beats of "Hunger"), several hair whips included.
More pictures of the show, including shots of openers Lee Bannon and Martin Rev (of Suicide), and a couple videos, below...
Sleater-Kinney put out a surprise new song over the weekend and now a full international tour for 2015 has been announced! The tour, which will be their first shows since 2006 (not counting their brief on-stage reunion with Pearl Jam last year), hits NYC on February 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for all US dates go on presale Tuesday (10/21) at 9 AM. The T5 show goes on sale to the general public Friday (10/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.
They've also confirmed that they will in fact release a new album called No Cities To Love on January 20 via Sub Pop. The album was produced by John Goodmanson. The new single, "Bury Our Friends" (featuring Miranda July), is streaming below with the LP tracklist. Pre-orders are available now.
Sleater-Kinney's new career-spanning boxset, Start Together, is out this week.
On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show for years, and said that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this mean we stop?
List of tour dates and song stream below...