December 16, 2014
Boston punks Choke Up recently signed to Black Numbers, and will release their debut album called Black Coffee, Bad Habits on February 3 via the label. The first single, "Thicket And Vine," is premiering in this post and it's a similar kind of gruff punk to bands like Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike. You can check it out below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Suckers / DOM / Future Punx @ Glasslands 12/11/2014
As you may know, Williamsburg's Glasslands -- the last holdout of the Kent/S. 2nd block -- will be closing at the end of the year. Like Death by Audio did, Glasslands has seen a few mainstay bands get back together to say goodbye to the venue. Last Thursday (12/11) saw Brooklyn band Suckers come out of their cave after a year-plus hibernation. Main man Quinn Walker is a longtime member of the Glasslands family, so this was a real homecoming for the band. Also playing were DOM who seem to be back in action after frontman Dominic Cournoyer dabbled in dancepop as Kiss108 last year. Future Punx, who are very active, opened the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Other final Glasslands shows so far have included Waxahatchee, Yellow Ostrich, The Blow, and more. Still to come is How to Dress Well (tonight, 12/16), Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Cymbals Eat Guitars and more.
DOM were also supposed to play Mercury Lounge later this month but that show's been cancelled. More pictures of their Glasslands show with Suckers and Future Punx below...
Photo: Psychedelic Furs at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Alternative rock veterans The Psychedelic Furs will be going on a short east coast tour in January which includes two NYC shows. First they play January 11 at Highline Ballroom and then January 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Highline show is an APAP showcase, also featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Madeleine Peyroux and Sarah Slean, while the MHOW show is with Royston Langdon. Tickets for Highline are on sale now, and MHOW (same link) goes on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Thursday (12/18).
There's also a show not far from NYC in Tarrytown the day before MHOW. All dates are listed, with a video, below..
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...
by Andrew Sacher
Photo: Modern Baseball @ MHOW - 12/15/14
Modern Baseball wrapped up their tour with Foxing (who told us their favorite LPs of 2014), Somos, Crying and Knuckle Puck in NYC last night (12/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was their second show here after playing Gramercy Theatre on Friday (12/12). There was a good amount of collaborating from the bands on the bill throughout the night, with Foxing singer Conor Murphy joining Crying for a cover of Smashing Pumpkins side project Rage Against the Machine's "Testify," and Crying drummer Nick Corbo sitting in with Modern Baseball as MoBo drummer Sean Huber took the mic for his part in "Your Graduation."
"Testify" wasn't the only fun cover on this tour. Modern Baseball put their scrappy pop punk spin on a rendition of Smashing Pumpkins side project The Killers' "When You Were Young," with bassist Ian Farmer taking over on lead vocals. No videos yet of the MHOW show specifically, but you can check out a video of the Killers cover from another tour stop (with Brendan Lukens singing this time) and a short clip of the "Testify" cover, below.
Modern Baseball's next NYC-area show is opening the second of two Taking Back Sunday holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/28) (sold out). TBS' first night is with The Menzingers, who also play a holiday show with Tigers Jaw.
As mentioned, sci-fi/horror master and composer John Carpenter will be releasing Lost Themes via Sacred Bones on February 3. (Pre-order.) There will be a deluxe edition of the record available too, with remixes by Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass, Bill Kouligas, Silent Servant, Ohgr (Skinny Puppy), and J.G Thirlwell. None of the remixes have been shared yet, but you can listen to "Vortex" from the album below.
In conjunction with this, BAM will be presenting a monthlong retrospective featuring all of the director's work titled "John Carpenter: Master of Fear" from February 5 - 22. The series kicks off on February 5 at the BAM Howard Gillman Opera House with a conversation between Carpenter and NPR's Brooke Gladstone. Tickets for that event are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members, and go on sale to the general public on Thursday (12/18).
The film series includes Carpenter's best-known films (Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Starman) as well as lesser-known gems like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. The retrospective also features "Carpenter Selects," a sidebar showcasing three films with exceptional scores that the director has cited as influences on his work: William Friedkin's Sorcerer, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, and sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. Tickets for the screenings are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Full schedule of screenings, most of which are being shown in 35mm, below.
Helmet at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alt-metal boundary pushers Helmet recently announced a 2015 tour where they'll be playing their classic 1994 album, Betty, in full, including NYC shows on 2/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 2/22 at Saint Vitus. Those shows sold out pretty quickly, but the band have now added a third NYC show happening February 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (12/17).
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of Betty, below...
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their top tracks of 2014 and today they continue their year-end coverage with their 20 honorable mention albums, a list they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." They included Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and wrote, "Against Me! is a punk band making their most necessary album as they approach 20 years of existence. (The kids I knew in high school never would've predicted that.)"
There's also Frankie Cosmos' Zentropy, which P4k gave plenty of buzz this year, emo revival band The Hotelier's Home, Like Noplace Is there, iLoveMakonnen (who did really well in their tracks list), the US release on Run for Cover of Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan's 2013 album II, Pallbearer's Foundations of Burden (the only metal album to get best new music this year), Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right, rising and BCC Sound of 2015 longlisted Shamir's Northtown EP, Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit and more.
Find out who else made the list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.
That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...