December 3, 2013
photo via Sebadoh's Facebook
Iconic '90s indie rock band Sebadoh got back together a few years ago for tours, but cemented their reunited status this year with Defend Yourself, their first new album in 13 years. The band was just through NYC on their November tour and have just announced two more NYC shows for February, both at smallish venues: Mercury Lounge on 2/24 and Rough Trade on 2/25. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning on Wednesday (12/4) at noon.
A full tour hasn't been announced, but Sebadoh do have a few other dates in February, mostly in the South. All are listed below...
Com Truise at Sasquatch in 2012 (more by Chris Graham & Rae Graham)
Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) is set to release a follow-up to last year's In Decay with a new EP titled Wave 1 on February 18 via Ghostly. His first single, "Declination," features a guest appearance by Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta), and it can be streamed below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
Com Truise plays a relatively small NYC show this Thursday (12/5) at The Paper Box with Aeon Rings and Kodacrome (tickets), and then heads out on a full US tour in 2014. That tour ends with a larger NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on March 15. Tickets to the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/4) at noon.
Speaking of Joel Ford, he plays a FREE Brooklyn show at this Sunday (12/8) at Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave) with DJ Matt Mondanile (Real Estate, Ducktails) and Ad Hoc Mob Residents.
All Com Truise dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin' have spent plenty of time on the road this year, and they'll continue to do so into 2014. They've just announced a March run which kicks off in NYC at Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7, which will be the band's first NYC shows since the release of their excellent Surfing Strange LP. The openers for the Rough Trade show are Marvin Berry and the New Sound and Certain Spiders (who previously opened for Waxahatchee In NYC), but no openers have been announced for the Cake Shop show yet. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. No advance tickets for Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.
Swearin' are currently on the road with Waxhatchee, and that tour doesn't hit NYC, but Waxahatchee will play a Pitchfork party with Mutual Benefit on 12/14 in Brooklyn, and their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs hits NYC in January. Swearin' also play New Year's Eve in Philly with Screaming Females.
All dates are listed, along with a video from Surfing Strange, below...
In 1974, former Byrd Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a critical and commercial failure that earned increasingly more recognition over time and was received much more warmly upon its reissue in the early 2000s. Now, just about 40 years later, an indie supergroup will be performing the album in full on a short tour of the Northeast US. The band features both core members of Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, with Victoria handling vocals along with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (and newly a solo artist), Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak/Flock of Dimes/Dungeonesse. They'll be backed by members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Mt. Royal, and others. The full lineup (with mention of who's playing what) is below.
The tour kicks off in Philly on January 22 and it ends in NYC just a few days later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 25. Brad Truax (Spiritualized, Interpol and others) will be DJing at all shows and a Gene Clark documentary will screen beforehand too. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the full supergroup lineup, a trailer for that Gene Clark documentary, and a full stream of No Other, below...
Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Xiu Xiu just released today NINA, an album of Nina Simone covers, via Graveface Records. You can stream the whole thing below. Jamie Stewart has a more proper Xiu Xiu album coming out in February on Polyvinyl, titled Angel Guts: Red Classroom, and you can stream the first single, "Stupid In The Dark," below.
Shortly thereafter, Xiu Xiu will be heading on a tour that includes an NYC on March 13 at Knitting Factory. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Xiu Xiu and cover songs, Shearwater recently released a cover of Xiu Xiu's, "I Luv The Valley Oh!" which if you haven't heard yet, you can stream below. Their tour hits NYC at The Bell House on March 22. Tickets to that show are still available.
All Xiu Xiu tour dates are listed, along with song/album streams and music videos, below...
Jason Isbell @ Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, whose album Southeastern (streaming below) made it on a couple year-end and lists already, is currently on a tour overseas, but he'll be returning to the U.S. for a full tour here soon. That tour makes a previously discussed stop in NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series at The Allen Room at Lincoln Center on January 30, which is now sold out, but you can still catch him in the area at the just-announced Space at Westbury show on January 31. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and a music video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Nashville trio Cheap Time just released their new album, Exit Smiles, last week (11/26) via In the Red. Produced by bandleader Jeffrey Novak, it's sneering, snarling punk not too far off early-'80s-era The Fall. (It's quite a bit like The Fall actually, a good thing if you ask me.) You can stream the whole album (via SPIN) below.
Cheap Time have just announced a Winter Tour that will hit NYC with two shows: February 22 at Union Pool and February 23 at Mercury Lounge. No sign of advance tickets for the UP show, but tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednedsay (12/4) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Run the Jewels at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
El-P and Killer Mike are each about to wrap up another great year, having both been active on their own and as their collaborative duo Run the Jewels. RTJ appeared in NYC a few times, including their big headlining Webster Hall show and a slot at Fool's Gold Day Off, but before 2013 comes to a close, they'll do another headlining gig in NYC at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on December 13 with White Mandingos (ft. Murs and a member of Bad Brains) and Phony PPL. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show which means it's free but do you need to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (12/4) at noon. Their only other US date scheduled for this year at the moment is New Year's Eve in Raleigh, NC.
In related news, Stereogum points to an instagram from El-P with a picture of a handwritten note of what you should not ask Run the Jewels in interviews. El-P specifies, "Do Not Ask: How we met, What we think about the state of hip hop, How we feel about other artists," then ends it with "Thank You + Good Luck!"
In more related news, El-P and Killer Mike are promising a second Run the Jewels album for 2014. In the meantime, check out their video for "Banana Clipper" (feat. Big Boi) from their self titled 2013 LP, below...
Who's in the mood for a melody? Call your dad. Billy Joel is about to start a very, very long residency at MSG,
"Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.The piano man also plays Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Billy's friend Elton John starts a 2-night run at MSG tonight.
Full Billy Joel MSG press release below...