July 29, 2015
photo: Yoko Ono @ Union Pool, 2014 (more by Anne Terada)
Yoko Ono is releasing a sequel to her collaborative 2007 album Yes I'm a Witch. The second volume, titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too, will be out January 22, 2016. It includes collaborations/remixes featuring Sparks, Sean Lennon, Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto, Peter Bjorn and John and more. Tracklisting is below.
Yoko will be at NYC's Ellis Island at 4 PM today (7/29) as a giant tapestry in honor of John Lennon will be unveiled. U2's Bono and The Edge will do the unveiling of the work which commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey as a thank you to Ono, for allowing artists to cover Lennon's songs to raise money for Amnesty International. The tapestry will be on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The event will also feature a performance by singer V Bozeman.
by Andrew Sacher
Sydney, Australia's Sleepy share a member with Yes I'm Leaving, but while that band make ripping punk, Sleepy favor more sugary sounds. It's still driving though -- Sleepy recall any number of the bands who brought the sounds of power pop into harder-edged alternative rock. If you dig anything from Teenage Fanclub to Weezer to Jimmy Eat World, you'll probably find something to like here. The band recently released "The Ride Up" off their upcoming debut EP, and we've got the premiere of a second track, "Hardest Part." Both are very catchy, as you can hear for yourself below.
photo by Drew Reynolds
Last year, Chicago's Pink Frost released the Traitors EP, which could appeal fans of the band's hometown heroes Smashing Pumpkins or '70s psych/proto-metal. Now they've made a video for the EP's title track, directed by Von Bilka, which premieres below.
Pink Frost are currently in the studio finishing up their third album with engineer Gregoire Yeche, who also worked on Traitors and 2013's Sundowning. Here's what guitarist/vocalist Adam Lukas says about the upcoming album:
Going back this time felt like going home. We knew what to expect and what worked previously and what we could improve upon. Think we found a great balance of being comfortable in the studio without compromising the spontaneity of the performances. And that was key this time around. Really focusing on capturing what we do live on tape. We brought an insane amount of gear. Paige and I were running a couple full stacks in the main live room. The sound in the room was so epically loud it was hard not to be inspired. There is still something magical about the sound of four dudes rocking out with everything on 10.Stay tuned to hear how exactly those dudes rocking out sound. Meanwhile, watch the new video below...
by Bill Pearis
After announcing their return two years ago, Martin Phillips' The Chills are officially back with Silver Bullets, the New Zealand band's first album since 1996's Sunburnt. The album will be out October 30 via Fire and you can stream "America Says Hello" right now. Phillips' voice and melodic style are pretty unmistakable. Listen below.
The current lineup of The Chills also includes James Dickson, Todd Knudson, Erica Stichbury, and Oli Wilson and they're promising a tour next year. Stay tuned. Album art, tracklist and new song stream (plus a stream of their classic 1990 album Submarine Bells) below...
photo: mewithoutYou at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
The Menzingers recently announced a short tour with mewithoutYou and a show at NYC's Webster Hall without mewithoutYou. Now the two bands have added many more tour dates together, and mwY were added to that NYC show.
The Webster Hall show happens November 27, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
mewithoutYou recently wrapped up a headlining tour, which we caught in NYC.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The Appleseed Cast @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/28/15
The Appleseed Cast are currently on tour playing their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, in full for its 15th anniversary, and that tour hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall last night (7/28). Appleseed Cast are one of those bands where it's hard to pick a favorite album -- each one has its merits and they are all different but never too drastically. Still, there was something extra great and cohesive about seeing this excellent album played front to back. Of course there's the nostalgic value of an entire set of songs you've known for years, and the given fact that these songs were *meant* to be played in this order, but it also felt like the band was more locked in than the last couple times I saw them.
The Appleseed Cast are the kind of band that mesmerizes, more than inspires dancing and singalongs, and mesmerize they did. The Mare Vitalis songs have their individual intricacies (like the tricky lead riff of "Fishing The Sky"), but mostly they build the kind of walls of sound that make you forget where you are. When they announced they had one song left last night I thought "it's over already?" They did of course give us an encore, which began with a cover of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" (you can watch a video of that cover from the Seattle stop of the tour, below).
Opening was Ohio's Annabel, who recently released their new album Having It All on Tiny Engines. They make the kind of '90s-style emo that The Appleseed Cast briefly dabbled in on their 1998 debut, and though Mare Vitalis isn't really up that same alley, it was still a good fit. Before them was Adjy, who make similar quirky multi-instrumental pop to Anathallo, Freelance Whales, and other oft-forgotten bands that came in the wake of Arcade Fire and Sufjan.
More pictures from The Studio At Webster Hall below...
by Bill Pearis
Mystery man Richard Papiercuts was part of noisy NYC band The Chinese Restaurants, who were more whispered about than seen, and has collaborated with Mattin and other autre artists. His solo work blends post-punk, old school rock n' roll, soul and other influences held together with his distinctive melodramatic, on-if-not-over-the-edge vocal style. Outsider art? Maybe, but accessible. His new album, If, is coming out in September via Ever/Never and we've got the premiere of the album's intense opening cut, "How It Really Begins," which you can stream below.
Financial details were not disclosed. Asked to clarify the deal, Windish tells Billboard, "It's a partnership." As a proven success in artist development with a robust roster of acts active at festivals and hard ticket shows, Windish Agency has long been believed to be ripe for acquisition, but, "it really has nothing to do about money with me," Windish says. "I don't have big plans to go on vacation or something. It's more about who do I want to pair up with that can help my clients and the people that work at my company get to places they've never been before and they want to be."PREVIOUSLY: Paradigm bought Windish Agency
A force in the electronic and indie rock spaces, the Windish Agency was founded by Tom Windish, 42, in 2004, and boasts a roster of about 750 acts booked by about 30 agents, all of whom are expected to continue with Paradigm.
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rama at Fulton Stall Market, 7/4/2015 (photo by @LittleWaterRadio)
South Street Seaport's Fulton Stall Market began a few years ago as a more typical farmers market, with a few stands set up along South St at Fulton. (It was the location of my Sunday Sound Bites series, you may or may not remember.) Hurricane Sandy messed everything up for FSM (and most stuff at the Seaport) for a while, but it is now back in a permanent indoor location at 207 Front St. In addition to NY-area produce and products, it also has the Market Bar (beer/wine), a little record shop via the Record Grouch folks, and Little Water Radio, an internet station that broadcasts live noon - 6 PM Eastern every day.
Little Water Radio launched a couple months ago, started in part by Stephen Dima who was a DJ at East Village Radio for years and programs River Rocks, 4Knots, Seaport Music Fest, Modern Sky Festival and more. Little Water Radio includes shows from labels Northern Spy and Paper Garden and, full disclosure, I've got one on there as well ("Past Future Perfect," Saturdays 2 - 4 PM). The LWR side of Fulton Stall Market also has a stage -- it's where Prince Rama played at the Festival of Independence on the Fourth of July this year -- and they're going to have free live shows every Friday evening. This Friday (7/31) it's folk artist
Josephine Foster (who plays Trans-Pecos tonight) -- UPDATE: Josephine had to cancel her FSM appearance, Parlor Walls playing instead. August's schedule currently looks like this:
August 7: Color Collage Record Release PartySpeaking of Prince Rama, they are hosting a special evening called "SPAGHETTABOUTIT" at Fulton Stall Market on August 9. It's a Guns N' Roses themed meal and we'll just let them explain:
August 14: Christines, The Lemon Twigs
August 21: Cheerleader
August 28: Cold Front
Prince Rama's Nimai, in conjunction with her sister Taraka, Paper Garden Records and the Fulton Stall Market all come together with a fun and delicious singular purpose -- to unify food and music. Nimai will be cooking the food of course, while Taraka takes over DJ'ing duties. The theme of this particular Sunday dinner will draw inspiration from Guns N' Roses. We will celebrate "Spaghetti Incident" by DJing all of Guns N' Roses greatest hits and cooking all of the greatest food to go along with it! All local produce, generously supplied by Local Roots CSA. Will also include some Ennio Morricone bits and pieces.Knowing Prince Rama, this will probably be fun. Tickets for "SPAGHETTABOUTIT" go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon.
photo: Against Me! in McCarren Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! will be touring Europe this August, leading up to their appearances at Reading and Leeds, and not long after returning to North America, they'll head to Chicago and Toronto for the Riot Fests in those cities. We're excited to announce that right in between that, they'll squeeze in an Asbury Park, NJ show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. That's the day their live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, comes out.
The show is a BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you get there early.
Opening this one is queer NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa and punk trio Big Eyes. We last asked Big Eyes to play a Sound Select show with The Menzingers, and they've also played with Against Me! before too. Doors are 7 PM. BV editor Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets. RSVP now.
In related news, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace recently filmed a Rolling Stone session with Scottish indie pop band Spook School, who like Against Me!, are also fronted by a transgender singer. Check out that video below.