December 17, 2014
Experimental German composer/musician Hauschka released his latest album, a collection of works for prepared pianos called Abandoned City, earlier this year via Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang (read more about that here). Now he's announced another North American tour in support of it. It's a short run of dates, kicking off in Chicago in April 9 and ending in NYC on April 15 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for LPR are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Craco" (by "Weird Fishes" director Tobias Stretch) from Abandoned City, below...
You may not even realize metal legends Anthrax released a new album this year. That's because they didn't (they're planning for one next year though), but that didn't stop them from being nominated for a Grammy for a cover of "Neon Knights" they recorded for a Dio tribute album. It's actually their sixth Grammy nomination, and their third since 2011 which is the last time they put out a new LP. Being the 12th best metal band to ever walk this earth, not to mention placement in the 'Big Four', has its benefits (sorry Pallbearer!).
What better way for the members of Anthrax to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, "Indians."Cry, Cry, Cry for the Indians...
Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition "small batch" whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax's "Indians," a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said the band's Frank Bello "and 'Indians' was perfect."
Anthrax's "Indians" bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company - http://acbottlecompany.com/ . "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
The glacially paced, attention-span taxing music that's come to be dubbed slowcore would seem an unlikely export for sunny, spontaneous Southern California, but Spain goes a long way toward proving you can't always judge a book by...well, its place of publication. Led by bassist/vocalist Josh Haden (a former member of the Minutemen-damaged agit-punk combo Treacherous Jaywalkers, the son of venerable free-jazz bassist Charlie Haden and brother of that dog's Haden sisters), the quartet ambles deliberately through soundscapes that evoke the windswept romance suggested by its name. - [Trouser Press]Slowcore pioneers Spain (aka Josh Haden for all intents and purposes) released Sargant Place, their fifth album, last month via Dine Alone Records. The record features Josh's father and jazz legend Charlie Haden's last-recorded performance, on the song "You and I," and his sister Petra (that dog., The Decemberists, etc) is on it too. You can stream the album (via The Key) below.
Spain will be touring Europe early next year and will stop in NYC on the way there, playing a free show on January 29 at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, and then February 3 at Rough Trade. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
Protomartyr's second album, Under Color of Official Right, is one of the year's most acclaimed albums, matching witty if bleak observations to snarling postpunk backing. The band spent most of the year on the road, out on tours with Spray Paint, Whatever Brains and Parquet Courts, making space for both SXSW, CMJ and one of DbA's final shows, too. Which leads to Protomartyr's Top 10 of 2014 list they sent us, which could have only been sent by them. Here's the setup:
As is often the case with touring, all you have is time and it must be killed. Going to see a movie, any movie, is our default band activity. We go to the theater and whatever is showing next is what we see. We'd like to think this is the reason why we saw so much shit, but honestly, seeing something awful became an addiction. Other than that, the only criteria was that the theater had to sell booze. That became an addiction as well.You won't find Boyhood or Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel on this list, but it's a funny read and works as a travelogue as well. Protomartyr's "Ten Movies We Saw This Year" are listed with commentary below.
In other news, Protomartyr are part of a Joyful Noise Recordings' new subscription record club, the 2015 Flexidisc Series where "some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format." Other artists contributing to the series include Cloud Nothings, Wye Oak, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Sonny & the Sunsets, and King Buzzo.
If you you're going to be in Detroit around Christmas, Protomartyr are playing on December 26 at Jumbos, a place they wrote a song about on their first album. Flyer for that is below as well...
As discussed, Jose Gonzalez is going on a 2015 tour, and since we last spoke it's been announced that Icelandic folk singer Ólöf Arnalds will be opening on both European and North American dates. That includes the NYC show happening April 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Full list of tour dates below.
Olof's newest album, Palme, was recorded with longtime collaborator Skúli Sverrisson and múm's Gunnar Örn Tynes, and it came out earlier this fall via One Little Indian. You can stream that in full below, via The Line of Best Fit, and also head to that link to read Olof's own track-by-track thoughts on the record.
Jose Gonzalez's new album, Vestiges & Claws, will be out next year. It's his first solo album since 2007, but he did contribute music under his own name and with his band Junip to last year's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack (which also features Arcade Fire and other bands). You can stream "Step Out" from that soundtrack, with the Olof LP stream and list of dates, below.
Kuroma, the MGMT-related band who opened MGMT's Barclays Center show, are releasing a new album called Kuromarama later in 2015 on Votiv Music. Ahead of that, they've got a beach-y new single out called "20+Centuries," and we've got the premiere of the song's new video in this post. You can check that out below, and if you like what you hear, the single is available digitally via Amazon and iTunes.
Kuroma just played NYC last week opening for of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes at Baby's All Right on 12/11. Anyone catch that?
Tickets to see Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Ronald Paris a "special secret guest" and more at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve are on sale now, including the $99 "Baby's 2015 Watch" option that gets you into a year's worth of shows at the venue.
Alvvays tickets go on BV presale today too.
July Talk are playing Mercury Lounge on February 28. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (12/19).
SOB's is hosting 'BLACK LIVES MATTER: A Fundraising Event for Eric Garner's Family' on December 23. Tickets are on sale.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.