November 20, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Toys That Kill at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on 12/9 via Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now streaming. Joyce Manor's, "Tame," is the revved up version of "See How Tame I Can Be" from their underrated "studio project" album Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired that they've been playing live lately. Toys That Kill's "Times We Can't Let Go" is more of their garagey goodness. Listen to both below.
Joyce Manor's other cut, "Bride," is presumably JM giving the same type of treatment to "Bride of Usher" from that same album (they've been playing that one live too), and Toys That Kill's is "I Am Decided." A Guided by Voices cover?
Streams and list of tour dates below...
by Klaus Kinski
If I were to sit back and take stock in which comedians I hold in the highest regard, I would guess that about 90% of them are from overseas. Maybe it's the accents. Maybe it's the fact that their stateside appearances are rare and therefore more meaningful. Maybe it's because I am sick of the American perspective of everything. Either way, one face that'd be prominently chiseled onto my Mount Rushmore of great contemporary non-American comedians would be New Zealander Rhys Darby. Like most Yanks, Rhys fell onto my radar via his impeccable performances as Murray Hewitt on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. I have seen him many times over the past years, and although I initially thought his brand of sound-effect-based stand-up was a little corny at first, the guy just grew and grew on me. His show Short Poppies, a mockumentary series from 2014 where he plays a new character in each episode, was a superb showcase of this man's insane comedic agilities.
So on that note I am happy to report that Rhys has SIX NY-area shows coming up including two shows at the Bell House on Friday November 28 ( tickets for early and and late). The other four shows happen at Comix at Foxwoods between November 20 - November 22. These rare US appearances are not to be missed and you'd have to be a psychopath not to want to be marked "present" at at least one of them. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out "Short Poppies" on Netflix.
Videos starring Darby are below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ester Segarra
At the Gates returned a few weeks ago with At War With Reality, the followup to their game-changing melodic death metal classic, 1995's Slaughter of the Soul. Calling it a comeback would be an understatement; it sounds more like they never left. Now they've made a video for one of its tracks "Heroes And Tombs" (dir. Costin Chioreanu) that just premiered over at Noisey. Check it out below.
As discussed, At the Gates are going on the 2015 Decibel Mag tour with Converge and the AtG-related Vallenfyre. That killer triple bill hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. You can still grab tickets.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
New Hampshire screamo group Youth Funeral are putting out a new EP called See You When I See You on January 27 via Twelve Gauge Records, also home of Nervous, No Sir and others. We're premiering the EP's new single "When It Pours."
"When It Pours" is a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc/etc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism. The song moves from section to section seamlessly, starting with grind-y blasts of aggression and moving towards a subtler, more emotive coda. It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time. The EP was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth, whose work with Orchid, We Were Skeletons, My Fictions and others proves he knows how to make bands like this sound great in the studio. Here's looking forward to what the rest of the EP sounds like.
Stream "When It Pours" below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo by Ebru Yildiz)
Brooklyn's Grooms underwent a radical lineup change last year with singer/guitarist Travis Johnson remaining as the only original member. With new bassist Jay Heiselmann (who mixed most of their other records) and drummer Steve Levine, the new lineup of Grooms shifted directions, experimenting with synthesizers and krauty grooves. The dissonant guitars are still there, but the new rhythm section seems to have put a fire under them, creatively. The result is a radically different record, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, which will be out via Western Vinyl on February 17. A good first taste of the album, "Doctor M," makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.
Grooms don't have any live dates announced at the time, but they've practiced at Death by Audio since the days when they were known as Muggabears. Travis played a few Muggabears songs solo the night that Dirty on Purpose reunited, but it would seem strange for Grooms proper not to play DbA before it closes forever in three days.
Album art, tracklist and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics, coming out on January 27 via John's Swami Records. Get a taste of the album from the appropriately hazy and vintage-looking video for the single "Brown Room" below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
The band, dubbed Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, will also be hitting the road in support of the album in February, playing NYC on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Merc go on sale today (11/20) at noon, and a tickets for Vitus are on sale here. All dates are listed below.
The Blind Shake have a brand new album out and will be in Montreal for M for Montreal this weekend, before bringing their tour to NYC on November 25 at Cake Shop with Caddywhompus (tix at door) and November 26 at Baby's All Right with Wax Witches (tix here). They're also on board once again for SXSW.
Video, LP artwork, tracklist and list of dates for Swami John Reist & The Blind Shake below...
by Bill Pearis
Anybody that knows Thee Oh Sees, Williamsburg DIY space Death by Audio and their history together pretty much assumed that the band would be playing one of the two nights they had off between NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw -- which coincided with the last week of DbA. So it was no shock to see John Dwyer-related albums (Oh Sees, Coachwhips, Damaged Bug) at the merch table at last night's "Top Secret" show at DbA. "Well, it sucks Death by Audio is closing but that's the way the Vice cookie crumbles," Dwyer said matter-of-factly on stage, adding, "But we're happy to play again. We're here for two nights." Thee Oh Sees then launched into a basically nonstop set that had the front room going bonkers the whole time. No surprise there. For those who don't like to wait in lines (or just want maximum Dwyer), tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw on Friday (11/21) are still available.
The rest of the lineup (which DbA gave pretty easy clues for if you follow the kind of bands they book) included tourmates Dope Body (intense, they have a dope drummer) and Roomrunner (ex Double Dagger, grungy and hooky). The evening started with two performances on the floor: Junkyard, a somber voice-and-voilin project from Adam of the Dreebs; and a wild set from melted dance music makers Guerilla Toss who brought a trampoline with them which was equal parts awesome and scary.
DbA hasn't posted tonight's set of clues yet for the openers. Three nights left. A few more instagrams of last night's show below....
by Andrew Sacher
Ben Chasny's experimental project Six Organs of Admittance will release their next album, Hexadic, on February 17 via Drag City. The album's first single "Wax Chance" is an atonal dose of lo-fi heavy psych and it can be streamed below. Tracklist below too. Artwork above.
Six Organs will also be supporting the new LP with a North American tour in 2015 that hits NYC on April 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...
view of the open road from Interpol's bus
Finally just started making a move. 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today.-DK pic.twitter.com/2cpeu1lxQn— Interpol (@Interpol) November 20, 2014
But if it's not one thing it's another...
Snap. Road block.-DK pic.twitter.com/fJliiL9f1q— Interpol (@Interpol) November 20, 2014