October 16, 2014
Sam Smith at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
It was only August of 2013 when it seemed totally normal for Sam Smith to do something like play Mercury Lounge right after appearing on stage with Disclosure in Central Park, and now his debut album has made him possibly bigger than Disclosure. He just announced a tour for 2015 which has him headlining NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday (10/20) at 10 AM.
Sam will actually appear at MSG sooner than that (but not as a headliner) for Z100's Jingle Ball on December 12 which also has Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Meghan Trainor, Kiesza, Charli XCX and more. That's sold out (rats!).
All of his dates are listed below...
As mentioned, the Fader Fort is back for CMJ 2014 at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with Kindness, Weyes Blood, ILoveMakonnen, Foxes in Fiction, TOPS, and more. Full lineup is listed below and RSVP is now open. Note it's 21+ only.
by Andrew Sacher
In 2012, WU LYF singer Ellery James Robert left the band after they had only released one album (2011's Go Tell Fire to the Mountain). The remaining members continued as Los Porcos and Ellery released a solo song last year. Now he's got a new group called LUH. which is him and Ebony Hoorn (it stands for "Lost Under Heaven"), and they've released their first song, "Unites." It sounds pretty similar to what Ellery was doing in WU LYF which is not a bad thing at all. Check out the video below.
by Bill Pearis
Dirty on Purpose
Over the years, Death by Audio has been spiritual home to bands to more than a few bands, whether they've worked for the venue, the pedal shop or have just been part of scene. (It was almost like they lived there.) Some of those bands who have since called it quits are getting back together to say goodbye to DbA on November 1. Headlining the show are '00s-era underappreciated poppy shoegazers Dirty on Purpose who played their last ever show on New Year's Eve 2008. I was a fan and a friend (the first show I saw at DbA was Dirty on Purpose during CMJ 2005 back when they just called it the Sugar Factory), and anxious to see them again. If you've never checked them out, you can stream 2006's Hallelujah Sirens (via Rdio) below.
Also on the bill are Sisters (aka DbA co-runner Matt Conboy and Aaron Pfannebecker who made calamitous pop); San Francisco transplants French Miami (frontman Jay Heiselman now plays in Grooms, Roya and is a busy recording engineer); and Darlings who I was unaware broke up, and and if they did it's been really recent and they didn't tell anybody (we premiered a new song back in July and they just played Knitting Factory two weeks ago). [UPDATE: They didn't break up, but are pals with all the bands.] What, no Coin Under Tongue? The lovefest is $10 at the door. Flyer below.
Speaking of French Miami, next time you're at DbA on the way in or out, there's a box of French Miami's self-titled 2009 album on vinyl. Help yourself to one (it's a good record and you can stream it below).
While on the subject of DbA house bands, A Place to Bury Strangers are surely the venue's official one, as frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the pedal shop out of DbA's backroom. APTBS will play DbA on October 27 with Olympia, WA's Broken Water, plus Gold Dime (ex Talk Normal), and White Suns. That show is $8 at the door, and is just two days after playing Rough Trade (10/25) as part of Austin Psych Fest's CMJ showcase with White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Bo Ningen and more (tickets).
In other DbA news, we mentioned that construction has already begun on the building's transformation into Vice's new megafacility, and DbA suffered a bit on Monday (10/13) when the construction crew sawed open an active water line directly above the main showspace, sending 50+ gallons of water down through the drop ceiling. It was cleaned up by the time of the show that night. But let's not destroy the place before they close (that goes for showgoers too), ok?
Streams and flyers below...
by Andrew Sacher
artwork by Daria Hlazatova
Roger Harvey & the Wild Life, who we recently profiled in our Fest preview, are still prepping their debut album, but in the meantime they've already put out an alternate version of one of its singles, "Lovers Can Be Monsters," and we've now got the premiere of alt versions of two more tracks, "Halloween" and "Three Wolf Moon." The previous single had Roger Harvey filtering Neutral Milk Hotel's instrumentation through The Antlers' delicacy, and "Halloween" is a bit more rocking but it still has that sense of folkiness to the songwriting. The vocals are the biggest draw here though -- he's got a sweet sounding voice, nice melodies, and highly quotable lyrics: "I started drinking like you do when you were 19, when you first move to the city with a fake ID." For "Three Wolf Moon," Roger's in introverted songwriter mode, not unlike something that could've been on Barsuk in the early 2000s, and those NMH-style arrangements reappear on this one.
The "Halloween" b/w "Three Wolf Moon" single will be available exclusively at his shows at The Fest and Pre-Fest. Stream it in full and check out the video for "Halloween" below.
Roger Harvey has three Fest shows on his schedule, including a Pre-Fest show on 10/30 at Crow Bar with Screaming Females, Cheap Girls and more; a Fest show on 10/31 at Boca Fiesta/Palomino with Delay, Gold-Bears, Mannequin Pussy and more; and a solo set at The Midnight on 11/1.
Also, he's featured on Everyone Knows I Play Favorites and Like 10's, the Fest compilation by Bouncing Souls' label Chunksaah Records which also features Ian Graham of Cheap Girls, Tom May of The Menzingers, Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime), Brian McGee of Plow United, Tim Barry and more. That will be available exclusively at The Fest too.
New video and a stream of his previous single, below...
New wave/punk veteran Wreckless Eric just played a WFMU show in NJ over the weekend (10/11), and he'll be heading out on a full tour of the US and Europe which kicks off later this month and continues into December. The tour begins in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) at Death by Audio which is a small and very cool place to see him, especially with the venue's impending closure. That show is with quality Brooklyn-via-Australia indie poppers Scott & Charlene's Wedding and $10 gets you in. All of Eric's dates are listed below.
Wreckless Eric is also continuing his reissue series with a new reissue of 1996's The Hitsville Houseband '12 o'clock Stereo' coming December 2 via Fire Records. You can stream a track from that, with the list of dates, below...
We had wondered before why Parquet Courts were billing themselves on some upcoming shows at Parkay Quarts and now we may have the answer: frontmen Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are releasing an album under that name, titled Content Nausea, which will be out digitally on November 11 and physically on December 2. Brown and Savage made the record mostly by themselves, with help from Jackie-O Motherf*cker's Jef Brown on saxophone and Eaters' Bob Jones on violin. It's also got a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking." You can stream closing track "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth" below.
Meanwhile, the various forms of the band have shows coming up, including NYC shows as PCPC (their collaboration with PC Worship) with The Thurston Moore Band (both NYC dates are sold out), and their year-end spectacular at Webster Hall on December 11 with Blues Control and PC Worship (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with Parkay Quarts song stream and album tracklist, below...
As discussed, No Age/Pissed Jeans spinoff Rat Fist will return to NYC this week and are playing Death by Audio tonight (10/16) with Teenanger, The Abandos and Foster Care ($8 at the door). They'll be sticking around after that to open for Dope Body at Palisades on Friday (10/17) which also includes Bambara and bottoms. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Palisades show is one of two NYC stops on Dope Body's tour which also hits The Studio at Webster Hall tonight (10/16) with Big Ups and Slonk Donkerson. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Dope Body's new record is also streaming on Pitchfork.
Stream a Rat Fist song with updated lists of dates below...
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Hollie Cook @ Glasslands
Hollie Cook is currently on her first US tour which kicked off on Monday (10/13) at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery. With an easy smile and angelic voice, Cook charmed from the second she hit the stage, though the crowd (which included members of Steele Pulse and reggae percussion vet Larry McDonald) was clearly ready to be taken away. Opening with "Ari Up," she and her able band played pretty much everything you'd want to hear from her two albums, as well as her cover of The Whispers' disco hit "And the Beat Goes On." She also made a nod to her roots -- her parents are Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and onetime Culture Club backup singer Jeni -- by covering The Slits' "Newtown" (she was a member of the last incarnation before Ari died). One qualm: the harmonies are so intrinsic to her sound, backup singers would've really taken the show over the top but Hollie Cook's charisma carried the night.
The Glasslands show also featured dance act Rioux -- clearly very talented musicians but in need of hooks/song structure -- and the traditional reggae sounds of Brittany Campbell. Pictures from their sets, as well as more of Hollie's, below...
David Byrne at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Keep A Child Alive's 11th annual Black Ball benefit will go down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30 this year. Hosted once again by Keep A Child Alive co-founder Alicia Keys, the event will feature performances from Talking Head David Byrne, rapper Angel Haze, Keys herself and more TBA. About the event, David Byrne told Billboard:
Many many years ago my friend Leigh Blake, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, approached me about being part of a charity record called Red Hot & Blue. It was a great experience, and it had the side effect of opening my ears to the music of Cole Porter! So, when she approached me about participating in this year's Black Ball, Keep a Child Alive's annual fundraiser hosted by Alicia Keys, I immediately said yes. I'm flattered and excited.Tickets for the benefit are on sale now.
Keep A Child Alive "support[s] innovative, community-led responses that increase access to life-saving HIV treatment and care, nutritious food, and loving support for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India."