September 16, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
UK band Plaids are a week away from releasing their self-titled debut LP (September 22) on Barely Regal Records (UK), Art for Blind (UK) and Dingleberry (EU) (pre-order). It will be available through Robotic Empire in the US. Like we've said before, Plaids take on the sounds of the early days of emo when it was first evolving out of hardcore, the kind made in the late '80s by Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and other Dischord bands of that era. They do the sound well, as you can hear for yourself by checking out a full stream of the album which premieres in this post.
Listen, with a track-by-track breakdown of the album from the band, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Woozy (photo by Benjamin Garrett Davis)
New Orleans' Woozy are releasing a four-way split with Ex-Breathers, Ovlov and Gnarwhal on November 4 via Community Records (pre-order). Woozy contribute two songs, "The Other Half Lives" and "Magma Stoddard," the latter of which premieres in this post. The track combines the math rock noodling of Minus the Bear or Maps & Atlases with the fuzz pop of early Wavves or PAWS, and it's a good mix. You can check that one out below.
Woozy are kicking off a tour in Tallahassee this Thursday (9/18) and hitting NYC on October 3 at Palisades with The Great Void, Life Size Maps and Bluffing. No advance tickets at the moment, $5 admission. All dates are listed below.
Woozy member John St Cyr's other band Native America also have new music on the way. Their new album, Grown Up Wrong, will be out on November 18 via Inflated Records. Its single "Like A Dream," is a cool take on mid '60s rock, sounding something like if "Rain"-era Beatles covered "Needles and Pins." You can hear that one below too. Native America have a TBA tour, but we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ, so stay tuned for more details on that.
List of Woozy dates and both song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NJ trio Puddle Splasher (ex-Damaged Goods) are releasing their debut EP, Poor Planning, next week (9/23) via Black Numbers (pre-order), and a full stream of it premieres in this post. It was produced by I Am the Avalanche drummer Brett Romnes and mastered by Will Yip, and pulls from a batch of '90s rock influences. There's the driving "You Will" which sounds like a more polished Superchunk, and the other three are a little more atmospheric, coming off like Hum or "Everlong"-style Foo Fighters. Listen below.
Puddle Splasher also have a show coming up in their home state at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on October 16 with Florida's You Blew It!. That's a few days after YBI!'s tour with Citizen hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall (10/10) (tickets).
by Bill Pearis
Tape Deck Mountain
Two Brooklyn-based bands are heading out on a short East Coast tour together: Tape Deck Mountain and Slavve. The tour starts and ends with hometown shows: Cake Shop on September 27 with Writer, and wrapping up at Shea Stadium on October 3 with Gondoliers and headliners Weird Womb. All dates are listed below.
Slavve, the duo which features onetime Surfer Blood drummer Marcos Marchesani, released their self-titled EP this summer, full of hard-hitting lo-fi rock. Tape Deck Mountain, the shoegazy former San Diegans, released Sway last year. You can stream both of their releases in full below.
Dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Skygreen Leopards have been part of San Francisco's psych scene since the early '00s, with the core duo of Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn with various expanding and contracting bandmates over the years. The music has remained consistent, however, pastoral folk pop indebted to the city's mid-'60s flower-power scene. The band just released Family Crimes over the summer on Woodsist and you can watch the video for "Crying Green and Purple" below and check out the whole thing on Spotify.
The band are wrapping up a short tour on Thursday (9/18) at NYC's Baby's All Right. They play with Lower Plenty and Chicago's J Fernandez and tickets are on sale.
The Baby's show is the start of a tour for J Fernandez whose new EP, Memorize Now, will be out October 14 via Atelier Ciseaux. His brand of crystalline guitar pop is, at times, not to far removed from new wavers like The Monochrome Set. Check out the pleasantly foppy "Cosmic Was" below. J will be back in NYC next month for CMJ too so look out for him then. All confirmed dates are listed, along with videos and streams from Skygreen Leopards and J Ferandez, below...
The Drums on Novotel roof in July (more by Wei Shi)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Public Enemy, PE2.0, Kendo The Almost Famous @ Brooklyn Bowl
Chuck D, Flava Flav, Professor Griff and the rest of the PE crew are in full effect tonight. Bass! Bring the noise!
Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, Typhoon @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We may not be the biggest fans of the headliner, but it's worth hitting this show for the proggy indie rock of Portugal. The Man and the art/chamber pop of Typhoon.
Wand, Honey, Florida @ Death By Audio
A night off from their tour with Ty Segall (which hits NYC on Wednesday and Thursday), LA psych rock unit Wand play this much smaller, sure to be sweatier show, at one of Williamsburg's last DIY spaces. Local band Honey are definitely worth showing up early for. And despite it seeming like something that would happen, Ty is NOT playing the show bummer!).
Sick Feeling, Turbogeist, Simon Doom @ Glasslands
Brooklyn's Sick Feeling including current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they make a kind of killer hardcore punk that you may expect from a band with a resume like theirs. They were great at our Red Bull Sound Select show this past Friday. Catch them again tonight.
The Drums, Beverly @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Drums new album, Encyclopedia, adds some welcome dissonance to their usual helium-fueled surf pop. Tonight and Saturday's shows are sold out but there's a Sunday matinee at Rough Trade you can still get into.
Whirr, Sannhet, Cloakroom, Sad Actor @ The Studio at Webster Hall
It's a good bill all around with the heavy shoegaze of Whirr, the sludgy slowcore of their tourmates Cloakroom, the post rock/post metal of locals Sannhet, and Whirr's grungy pals, Sad Actor.
Lorde, Majical Cloudz @ United Palace Theatre
Australian pop ingenue/sensation and emotional bare wire Majical Cloudz may seem like a strange match for touring partners, but here we are. United Palace is a lovely theatre, that's for sure.
Bear in Heaven, Young Magic, Wife @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn spacerockers Bear in Heaven wrap up their album Time is Over One Day Old with two NYC shows with Young Magic. This is the first.
Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production.
John Mayall @ City Winery
Having fostered the talents of such folks as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and others, John Mayall is British blues royalty.
Joell Ortiz & Friends @ S.O.B.'s
Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz is going solo this year with a new album, House Slippers, and tonight's the release party for that. Guests are promised, and with the album including Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9, B.o.B., Mally Stakz, Lee Carr, Sahlance, Maino and Kaydence, it doesn't seem out of the question that at least one of those will show up.
Seth Herzog's SWEET @ Slipper Room
Having just celebrated its 10th annersary last week, Seth Herzog's SWEET gets back to business as usual: being one of the most consistent comedy shows in the city.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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September 15, 2014
photos by P Squared Photography
"Darkside, final show, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. One of the best shows I've seen in a long while." - Alex Schaaf
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's collaborative Darkside project has come to an end ("for now"), but before the break they played their "last show" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (9/12) with their pal Valentin Stip opening. For a band who's headlined Terminal 5, the Masonic Temple was a more intimate location for them (and sold out), and a nice space for their sound. Plus, lots and lots of smoke.
More pictures and a couple videos from the show, below...
Basilica Sound Scape happened this weekend in Hudson, NY. Among the artists playing were Swans, Richard Reed Parry, Deafheaven (who also played MHOW the next night), Tim Hecker and White Lung (who also played the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Friday night).
I attended Saturday's (9/13) portion, which was presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy. I drove to the festival, but Basilica Hudson is also accessible from New York City via the Amtrak, whose Hudson stop is only a block away from the venue.
Basilica Hudson is a gorgeous setting for live music. The venue is a reclaimed 19th century factory with many of the door and window frames left open, creating a pleasant indoor-outdoor ambiance. Most of the food and beer vendors were also outside, allowing attendees to hang in the refreshing autumn weather and rest our ears under the starry Hudson skies. The whole event felt dreamlike and far enough removed from everyday life to really be something memorable.
The mixed media component of the festival further added to the surreal atmosphere. There were record sellers, book sellers, film clips projected in the alcoves of the building - and even a performance artist sleeping in a Buddha booth later in the night. I arrived around 8:45 to find Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) reading from an opening in the wall of the main room, fifteen feet above our heads. Later in the night, Greg Fox (of Liturgy/Guardian Alien) would perform a drum solo in the same space.
Meredith's reading, which has now been posted in full at The Talkhouse, is about Andrew WK, Lana Del Rey and the double standard applied to male and female performers regarding authenticity. Here's an excerpt:
It is twisted that people only seemed to love the idea of Andrew W.K. more after the truth came out. The truth is so interesting! He's fearless, talented, he has a dark theoretical and critical mind. He's on television with Glenn Beck talking about being afraid of abortion. But it was transformation into a party dude at the hands of the music industry that made people pay attention to him. Meanwhile he's up there with Ian Svenonius at the Guggenheim talking about how his early experiences exploring the interstices between "pure music" and "unwanted sound" have shaped his intentionality in the "Andrew W.K. presentation." The kids in Katowice were there to have fun and get wasted. It's Harmony Korine playing dumb for Letterman back in the '90s, over and over and over again. In a way, everybody loses. It's like nobody was listening when he himself told them at point-blank range that he isn't real.Read the whole very interesting thing at The Talkhouse.
But when a female musician is in any way fake, she's denied creative agency, written off as uninventive and talentless. Beyoncé is accused of lip-synching, even when she isn't. Music rags run articles exposing pop stars' real names, highlighting Lorde, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. But being that these are the most successful female artists in the world, one has to assume that their fakeness -- or, as we should be calling it, "reinvention" -- is necessary for women to succeed in the music industry. It's the basic principle of survival, period: adapt and evolve, or die. And of the women I listed above, look at what they've done that gets them called fake: taking on more seductive names and more assertive personas, getting breast and butt lifts and lip fillers and wearing makeup, wearing more elaborate, sexy, sometimes borderline-fetish costumes -- everything that men claim they want out of women! But no, that's not good enough -- those qualities have to be both present and completely natural in order for spectators to be satisfied.
I caught the full performances by White Lung, Deafheaven and Swans, who all delivered thunderously rapturous sets. I've come to expect nothing but excellence from these three acts, but it was refreshing to see them in a completely new context - and one that each managed to fit effortlessly among. I caught up with White Lung's Mish Way shortly after her set and restrained myself from telling her how obsessed I've been with "Wrong Star" ever since her Noisey Acoustic Sessions with Katie Crutchfield was released. I did, however, manage to discuss the unfortunate incident from Friday night's show when she was forced to confront an audience member who was harassing and even attempting to punch her during her performance.
"It's been awhile since I've had to do something like that," she said, "but I'm glad it happened. And I'm glad to end our tour here. It feels good. It feels special. And... (smiling) I'm really glad my reading went well."
I'm looking forward to more unique experiences at next year's festival, to which I will certainly be returning.
A few more pictures (by Molly Moltzen) and a few videos below...
The Daptone label is throwing a three-day holiday party called the Super Soul Revue at NYC's The Apollo on December 4,5 & 6 with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley playing all three nights. The lineups otherwise vary a bit but are as follows:
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8p.m. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Antibalas, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & StarrThe shows are being recorded by Daptone's in-house engineers for a live album to be titled the Daptone Soul Revue, Live at the Apollo. Tickets for these special night go on sale Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM with a Daptone presale (password: DAPTONEFIRST) starting Tuesday (9/16) at 10 AM.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, The Como Mamas
Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8p.m.: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, The Sugarman 3, Saun & Starr
Charles Bradley, meanwhile, plays Beacon Theatre on October 4 opening for Afghan Whigs (tickets). Sharon Jones in currently in Australia on tour. All tour dates for Jones and Bradley are listed below.
White Lung / Power Trip / Sick Feeling
Vancouver's White Lung wrapped up their tour at Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), but not before playing a last-minute late set at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades on Friday (well really Saturday morning) with co-headliners Power Trip and openers Sick Feeling.
After the earlier Shannon & the Clams show emptied out of the venue, doors opened for the late show around 12:30 AM and Sick Feeling went on some time after 1. The new-ish Brooklyn band features current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they were a great primer for the two bands to come. All they've got out at the moment are a few tracks on Soundcloud, but they've got a full length coming this fall on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records and Ethan Silverman & Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and assuming they played a lot of that, it's a record to look forward to. It was frenetic hardcore with a fittingly wild frontman, but they stayed melodic too.
Power Trip followed with their killer take on crossover and early thrash, and while their sounds are rooted in two or three-decade old bands, they're no nostalgia trip. Their crowds go apeshit crazy pretty much every time, and the Palisades show was no exception. The whole front half of the room was a circle pit the entire set and at one point a fan jumped off the 10-ish foot high PA speaker. It was a mess (in the best way). Power Trip did it again late the next night at an even more last minute show at Acheron. Anyone catch that?
this is the dude speaker jumping
Finally White Lung came on around 2:50 AM to a crowd that seemed a bit smaller than Power Trip's, but still packed in pretty well considering the sun would be up in about three hours. They were on fire as always, with Mish Way failing to be anything less than a powerhouse, Kenny William's dizzying fretwork and their relentless rhythm section. Earlier that day, bassist Hether Fortune (who fronts Wax Idols) had tweeted it'd be her "last NYC appearance with White Lung for who knows how long". We hope it won't be too long, but they've left us for now on a high note.
Though their set was great, it unfortunately wasn't all high notes. There was a guy in the audience who Mish said was flipping her the bird and calling her a cunt. She responded by pulling him over and they ended up grabbing at each other while she was still on stage. She eventually pushed him off and yelled "Get the fuck out!" during the song and a few seconds later she went in the crowd, singled him out, and started throwing punches. When the song ended, Hether and another crowd member rushed him toward the back of the room where he quickly exited the venue as Mish yelled into the mic, "Get the fuck out of here! Don't you dare lay a finger on me, motherfucker! Get out of here, motherfucker! Oh man, you know what? As a woman, I have fucked enough shitty dudes, I have put my way, FUCK OFF! FUCK YOU!"
You can watch the whole upsetting thing go down in the full set video below. Full set videos of Power Trip and Sick Feeling and more pictures of all three bands are below as well.
Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Palisades, Alice, Ric, poster designer Jay Morris, and everyone who came out.
White Lung also just premiered a new live video filmed in LA for Urban Outfitters' 'UO Live' series today. The black and white footage is of them playing "I Believe You" off the new album. You can check that out below as well.