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A Classic Education singer Jonathan Clancy has turned his solo project, His Clancyness, into an actual band and their new album (recorded in Detroit), Vicious, will be released October 8 via FatCat. Where ACE are more on baroque side of things, His Clancyness fall into noisier indie rock territory, though Clancy's melodic ways are still front-and-center. You can check out the driving, boderline-manic "Zenith Diamond" and watch a teaser video for the LP in this post.

If you pre-order the album through Insound, you'll get a specially made fanzine that folds out into a poster and features contributions by Women, Okkervil River, Veronica Falls, The Fresh & Onlys, Sonny & The Sunsets, Tim Cohen, Cloud Nothings, and many others.

Videos and track stream below...

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Jonathan Clancy in Detroit...
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What started as solo home recordings from A Classic Education's Jonathan Clancy, His Clancyness has become a full band over the late couple years and have become as active as ACE. The band recently finished their new album in Detroit with producer Chris Koltay (Atlas Sound, Liars, Lotus Plaza) which should be out sometime in the near future.

His Clancyness are coming over from their Bologna, Italy home for SXSW and will be playing shows outside of Texas too. The only announced date so far is in NYC: March 10 at Glasslands. The rest of the lineup is still TBA but tickets are on sale now.

While we wait for the their new album, you can check out His Clancyness' cover of El Perro Del Mar's "I Can't Talk About It" which is streaming below...

Continue reading "His Clancyness covered El Perro Del Mar (stream), readies new album and playing NYC before SXSW"

photos by Joe McCabe

"Best band to worst crowd ratio of the year so far is def cloud nothings vs mercury lounge. Goddamn this band rules." - Nick Stern

Cloud Nothings @ Mercury Lounge - 3/27/2012
Cloud Nothings

Playing with almost rhythmically mechanical precision made the noise and distortion of their guitars seem that much more deliberate. This was especially true during the frantic improvised guitar jams of "Fall In" and "Wasted Days." When it seemed impossible for Cloud Nothings to play any louder or faster, they did again and again. Applause finally came during the final cool-down period of "Wasted Days," which easily could have been mistaken for the climax of the song only five minutes earlier. In an era in which people have access to almost all the music in the world for free, it's refreshing to know that young bands can still come around and make people realize what they've been missing. [The House List]
Cloud Nothings were last in NYC for a one-off at The Studio in January which sold out at the last minute. Due the success of their great new album, Attack on Memory, shows on their current tour have been selling out much quicker, including both of their NYC shows this week, the first of which happened last night (3/27) at Mercury Lounge with A Classic Education and The Denzels. More pictures from this show are below. How was it?

Cloud Nothings do it again tonight (3/28) at Glasslands with A Classic Education and Crinkles. Tonight's show is sold out as well but they'll return to the NYC area next month for SUNY Purchase Culture Shock (4/27-28) (technically only open to students and their guests), whose lineup also includes Grimes, Islands, Tycho, Big Freedia, Pissed Jeans, Idle Warship, The Felice Brothers, and more.

More pics from Mercury Lounge below...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings played Mercury Lounge w/ A Classic Education & The Denzels (pics)"

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today in NYC
* last night ever @ Southpaw
* Max Johnson Trio @ Barbes
* Nate Wooley, Ben Hall @ The Stone
* Viking Moses @ The Manhattan Inn
* Raft, Silver Interior @ Zebulon
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna @ BAM
* DJ Krush @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Drop the Lime, Star Eyes @ a rave in Brooklyn
* Red Molly, Hoots & Hellmouth @ City Winery
* Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress
* Aeroplane, Wolfram @ Le Bain at The Standard
* Bird Dog, Nightdogs, The Yes Way, Octant @ Glasslands
* LUSHES, Lantern, Cellular Chaos, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Soar Trio, Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Julian Osti @ Vaudeville Park
* Robin Bacior, Whale Belly, Olivia Mancini & The Mates @ Mercury Lounge
* Hush Arbors, Sunburned Hand of The Man, Byron Coley, Mike Bones Brigagde @ Union Pool
* Jonas Reinhardt, Pink Skull, Evi Antonio, Sam Bay, Midnight Magic DJ set @ Cameo Gallery

It's DJ Krush vs. J Dilla in Williamsburg tonight.

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A Classic Education has a new video out for "Forever Boy". Watch below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - Forever Boy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - Baby It's Fine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - No Future/No Past (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless (MP3)

A Classic Education
A Classic Education

As predicted, following this week's Best New Music review of Attack on Memory, tonight's Cloud Nothings' show at Studio @ Webster Hall with Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel, is now sold out. But the band just announced two NYC-area shows on the other side of SXSW, part of their tour with A Classic Education: March 27 at Mercury Lounge (also with The Denzels and Last Year's Men) (tickets on-sale Friday, 2/3) and March 28 at Glasslands (also with Crinkles) (on sale now). All Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

This will be the first North American tour for A Classic Education since releasing their debut album, Call it Blazing, which was one of my favorites of 2011:

Heart on the sleeve tunes from Canadian Jonathan Clancy who formed this band in his current hometown of Bologna, Italy. Students of indiepop history, ACE take the best bits of the last 30 years and have created a sound all their own. Tuneful, continental and clever, with charm to spare.
Check out a couple tracks from the album at the top of this post, including single "Baby It's Fine" which has a stylish video you can watch below. Also below is live footage of Cloud Nothings performing "Wasted Days" at Glasslands back in November, as filmed for Pitchfork TV and the video for "No Future, No Past"...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings add two NYC shows in March with A Classic Education (updated dates & MP3s)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Past" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" (MP3)

Cloud Nothings at FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Cloud Nothings

As mentioned, Cloud Nothings are releasing their sophomore album, Attack On Memory, on January 24 via Carpark and playing a NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall two days later (1/26) before heading out on a full tour in support of the album. Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel open the Studio show and most of the rest of the tour includes dates with A Classic Education and Mr. Dream. Tickets for the Studio at Webster Hall show are still available.

Less than a minute into desolate album opener "No Future/No Past" (download above) it's clear that Cloud Nothings are miles beyond the Wavves-y pop punk of their self titled debut. And while I was not a huge fan of that debut, Attack On Memory is immediately winning me over. There's a real '90s Seattle/Sub Pop vibe with frontman Dylan Baldi embracing the lengthy moans of Sunny Day Real Estate's Jeremy Enigk and the pack-a-day grit of Kurt Cobain on In Utero (which, like this album, had Steve Albini behind the boards). Albini's overexposed production lets you lean in so closely to Dylan's screams that you can feel the pain his throat must have been going through while recording. But while his production is an essential part of this record's sound, Albini doesn't deserve all the credit. Cloud Nothings are truly a different band than they were a year ago. The second track, "Wasted Days," is bridged by a long instrumental passage until Dylan brings in the most blood-spitting screams on the album. The album does still have its poppier moments ("Fall In," "Cut You," "Stay Useless," the latter of which you can download above) but they're delivered with far more confidence and grit than anything the band have put out before. "Separation" is an entirely instrumental track, transitioning ferocious guitar-driven passages in a Sonic Youth type fashion, and even diving into some scrapey SY-type riffs. That track is followed with the album's last moment of pure dirtiness with "No Sentiment," which has enough Dave Grohl-like drum fills to pass as an In Utero b-side.

You can preorder the album from Insound and get a free exclusive poster (pictured below) while supplies last.

"No Future/No Past" and "Stay Useless" can be downloaded above and streamed below, along with all dates and poster...

Continue reading "Cloud Nothings readying 'Attack On Memory' (MP3s, dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Cloud Nothings @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Cloud Nothings

After a stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest (new pictures in this post), Cloud Nothings toured to Brooklyn to play a show at Glasslands last weekend (11/12). How was that show? If you missed it, the band will be back soon. Catch them on January 26th at The Studio at Webster Hall with Reading Rainbow and more TBA. Tickets go on sale at 10:20AM on 11/19.

That's a one-off show, but the band will head out on a big tour soon too. That tour runs from February through the first week of April and alternates between A Classic Education and Mr. Dream as support. There's no NYC date announced as part of that yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if at least one gets announced shortly after that 1/26 date (one at Mercury Lounge maybe even). All confirmed dates are listed below.

Cloud Nothings recently released a video teaser and a new track from their forthcoming LP Attack On Memory. Check out the slow burner "No Future/No Past" from the Albini-produced effort below, and look for the LP via Car Park on January 24th (two days before the next NYC show). Car Park is also the label that is releasing a free Cloud Nothings Christmas song in December.

The new song, all tour dates, and more Fun Fun Fun Fest pictures are below...

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A Classic Education at BV-CMJ 2009 (by Bill Pearis)
A Classic Education

Bologna's A Classic Education will hop the pond to join the throngs at SXSW before hopping on tour with fellow Europeans British Sea Power who have expanded their previously announced trek to now include three NYC-area dates instead of just one.

The first date of the tour will no longer be 3/22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets), but instead 3/21 at Maxwells in Hoboken (no tickets yet), and the tour now ends 4/21 at Bowery Ballroom! Tickets for the new Manhattan show go on Amex Presale Wednesday at noon, and regular sale 48 hours later.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "A Classic Education touring w/ British Sea Power (who have added 2 more NYC-area shows) -- updated 2011 dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - I Lost Time (MP3)

A Classic Education

Bologna, Italy's A Classic Education will be here for CMJ, playing six shows:

WED Oct 20 7:00P The Delancey (Lefse & I Guess I'm Floating Showcase) NYC
THU Oct 21 8:30P - Hype Machine & dubFrequency Party @ Backstage (formerly The Annex)
THU Oct 21 10:00P Trash Bar, Brooklyn
FRI Oct 22 12:00P Pop Tarts Suck Toasted @ Cake Shop
FRI Oct 22 6:00P Pianos
FRI Oct 22 8:30P The Charleston, Brooklyn
Maybe you caught them last year when they played one of our CMJ day parties? The band's new EP, Hey There Stranger, came out about a month ago on Lefse Records (How to Dress Well, Dominant Legs) and straddles the line between swoony baroque pop and reverby indie, with plenty of "bah bahs" and "oh ohs." You can download "I Lost Time" from it at the top of this post, and watch the found footage video for it below

Note that one of the shows on their list is the Hype Machine & dubFrequency Party. You can RSVP and stream tracks of the artists playing at Hype's site, and check out full lineup and flyer, and more, below...

Continue reading "A Classic Education returning to NYC for CMJ, playing 6 shows including dF & Hype Machine's party (dates & lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - What My Life Could Have Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: His Clancyness - Mystify the Ocean (MP3)

A Classic Education @ Pianos - BV-CMJ 2009
A Classic Education

In that post about all the Scandinavian bands hitting town this weekend I mentioned that Italy's A Classic Education will be playing with Casiokids, Spleen United and Banjo or Freakout at Pianos on Saturday night. They'll also play Bruar Falls on Sunday (3/14) with onetime Lucksmith Darren Hanlon (who's opening for Magnetic Fields at Town Hall tonight [3/11]); and then on Monday (3/15) at Cameo Gallery with Irish shoegazers Butterfly Explosion, Florida's Million Young, Philadelphia's Golden Ages and Brooklyn band Starring.

They're stopping in NYC to play some shows before, you guessed it, heading to Austin for SXSW. Their official showcase is Thursday, March 18 at Friends with Surf City, the Kissaway Trail and others.

To my ears, ACE sound somewhere between Built to Spill and Fanfarlo -- orchestral but never too grandiose or precious. SPIN picked them as one of the "50 Must-Hear Bands at SXSW" and you may have seen them when they played one of the Brooklyn Vegan day parties during last year's CMJ. You can download the band's most recent single, "What My Life Could Have Been," at the top of this post.

When not fronting A Classic Education, Canadian-born singer Jonathan Clancy records under the name His Clancyness which is more in the hissy, cassette loving world of Woodsist/Underwater Peoples/Captured Tracks. For those heading to Austin, he'll be doing one solo show during SXSW on Friday (3/19) at the Shake Some Action! party at the Karibu Etheopian Restaurant. For more info on the three-day unofficial event, check out the details at Weekly Tape Deck. It's a pretty killer lineup all around.

Flyers and tour dates are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Megaphonic Thrift - Acid Blues (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Good The Bad - 004 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pirate Love - A Kiss Hello (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Choir of Young Believers - Action/Reaction (MP3)


By now you hopefully you know that Norway's awesome Casiokids are playing our Brooklyn Vegan Pre-SXSW party, alongside Let's Wrestle, The Wave Pictures, Banjo or Freakout and WhoMadeWho. There's now also free PBR for an hour or two (exact details on that soon). And I'll be DJing in between sets. It's all very exciting, isn't it? There are still some tickets available -- only $8.

In that previous post about Casiokids, we mentioned a compilation of the band's 2009 singles called Topp stemning på lokal bar that was, as of that writing, only coming out in Norway. The band have since announced that they've signed to Polyvinyl in the U.S. who will release the album, complete with bonus disc of remixes just like in Norway.

The Knitting Factory show is actually one of three that Casiokids will be playing in NYC before they head to Austin for SXSW. They will also play Pianos this Saturday (3/13) along with Banjo or Freakout, Denmark's synth-rock quintet Spleen United and our Italian friends A Classic Education. Casiokids also play Littlefield on Sunday (3/14) afternoon for an all-Scandinavian party that again features Spleen United, plus Denmark's only surf/flamenco band, The Good The Bad, and The Megaphonic Thrift.

Megaphonic Thrift

The Megaphonic Thrift are made up of members of Casiokids and The Low Frequency in Stereo and are definitely of the '90s indie rock variety (in this case think GBV or Dinosaur Jr.) that seems to be coming back into style lately. You can download their single "Acid Blues" at the top of this post. Their debut, Decay Destroy, just came out in Norway and is available here through your favorite digital store. I haven't seen them play yet, but BV caught them at by:Larm and said they were pretty good. Pictures from their February 18th show at Oslo club Sub Scene are below.

In addition to the Littlefield show, Megaphonic Thrift are playing Sunday night (3/14) at Bowery Electric and then on Monday night at Santos Party House for a Oya Fest / Oh My Rockness party with fellow Norwegians Pirate Love (High energy, Hives-ish garage) and Hanne Hukkelberg (orchestrated pop), plus The Depreciation Guild. Mind you this is the same night as our Knitting Factory show, so Megaphonic Thrift will play Santos then certain members will race across the Williamsburg Bridge to join their Casiokids bandmates in time for that set. It's all going to work out fine.

Pirate Love will be back after SXSW for a couple shows with UK garage act Thee Vicars. Catch them at Cameo Gallery on March 26 and Lit Lounge on March 27.

Spleen United @ CMJ 2009
Spleen United

The aforementioned Spleen United are also playing this Wednesday (3/10) at Union Hall with fellow Danes Choir of Young Believers. I caught Spleen United at CMJ back in October and they reminded me of the kind of band that 20 years ago would've been on Wax! Trax! or Play it Again Sam records -- the poppier side of goth/industrial. They've had #1 albums in Denmark I've since learned. With multiple percussionists, they put on a pretty good live show too.

Choir of Young Believers were also here at CMJ. Their debut, This is for the White in Your Eyes, is elegiac folk that gets the band compared to Fleet Foxes quite a bit but CoYB are a bit more instrumentally varied and grandiose than Robin Pecknold and co.  It really is a lovely record. The Union Hall show also features The Loom (who played that BV loft show during CMJ 2009) and Spain's The Right Ons. Choir of Young Believers also play Pianos on Thursday (3/11) with Brooklyn's ARMS who are worth checking out in their own right.

Choir of Young Believers
Choir of Young Believers

That's more than enough for one post. Below are videos, flyers and tour dates for some of the bands mentioned here...

Continue reading "Megaphonic Thrift, Casiokids, Choir of Young Believers & other Scandinavian bands playing SXSW, NYC, other dates"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Banjo or Freakout - Left it Alone (MP3)

Banjo or Freakout

In addition to Casiokids, Let's Wrestle and The Wave Pictures, we've added a fourth band to our Pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory on March 15: Banjo of Freakout. I'm excited to have them on an already great bill. Tickets are only $8 and on sale now.

Italian native, now London resident Alessio Natalizia has been recording under the BoF name for over three years. You could make comparisons to the current crop of chillwavers, but I think Banjo or Freakout are more direct descendents of Spacemen 3, crafting layered Sunday Morning dreampop that glides on the breeze. You can check out his most recent single, "Left it Alone," at the top of this post. And if you want to hear more, check out blogs from both Banjo or Freakout and their UK label, Half Machine. Lots more to download there, including some interesting cover versions.

This won't be Natalizia's first time in New York, as he spent three weeks of early 2010 recording his debut album at Rare Book Room Studio in Greenpoint.  And Banjo or Freakout, who're currently touring with The Soft Pack in the UK, will play a few shows in NYC in addition to ours before heading to SXSW and Todd P's MtyMx festival, including a March 11 stop at Market Hotel with Miho Hatori, and then March 13 at Pianos with Casiokids again, and Italy's A Classic Education (who played one of our CMJ day parties last year).

All tour dates and the lovely videos for "Left it Alone" and "Upside Down" are below.

Continue reading "Banjo or Freakout added to our pre-SXSW party, playing SXSW, MtyMx, other NYC shows & more - 2010 dates, MP3"

sorry it took me so long to get a post up on this...


12:00 Moonbabies
12:45 A Classic Education
01:30 TBA Sky Larkin
02:15 Surfer Blood
03:00 Lovvers
03:45 Duchess Says
04:30 JEFF the Brotherhood

01:00 Freelance Whales
01:45 Rebecca Schiffman
02:30 Peggy Sue
03:15 Chris Denny
04:00 Holly Miranda
04:45 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
05:30 Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY)

14 bands. 100% FREE. At Pianos on the Lower East Side (158 Ludlow Street, New York City). Free Miller beer so get there early. Free Vitamin Water so get there early too. No badges or money necessary. See you there, and then see you in the same exact place with lots more free bands with the same free drinks on Saturday.

And in between those two, see you at Fontana's on Friday.

Moonbabies, on at noon, are making a rare appearance from their home in Sweden. This day party is in addition to their other two previously-announced CMJ shows.

You can also catch Duchess Says today (10/21) at the M For Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery.

More later. If I type any more this post will be even more late. Duchess Says and Rebecca Shiffman video below...

Continue reading "free BrooklynVegan day show - Thursday @ Pianos -------------------- 14 bands, free drinks, good times"

DOWNLOAD: The Purrs - Stay With Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pete & the Pirates - Jennifer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Let's Wrestle - Tanks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Records of a Flagpole Skater (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Kudos (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - We Can Always Run to Hawaii (MP3)

A Classic Education
A Classic Education


Again today (10/21) I suggest you just stay on the Lower East Side for your free day party action. At Cake Shop is the Terrorbird Digital party with the mod-ish Black Hollies, dark and dreamy Zaza, Nashville's fun Turbofruits, LA all-girl trio Warpaint, Montreal's Silver Starling and San Francisco's Tempo No Tempo. Plus: free cupcakes while they last.

Up the street at Pianos is the Force Field PR party which has Real Estate, Kentucky's These United States, CMJ overachievers Surfer Blood (who were good yesterday at Cake Shop), San Francisco's good time party pals Still Flyin', noisy locals Grooms (who were also good at Cake Shop yesterday), Sub Pop band Holopaw, UK act Stricken City and L.A.'s Seven Saturdays.

And you might even wander down to Santos Party House for the Hype Machine/Babelgum party that has a nice lineup of dance acts: Australia's Midnight Juggernauts, retrofuturist VEGA, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells, smooth and soulful sounds of Theophilus London, and Norway's Alan Wilkis who puts his own spin on early '80s new wave funk. This one starts a bit later than the other day parties, at a civilized 3PM.

If you're in Williamsburg this afternoon (maybe to pick up your Vice Late Nights info at American Apparel) you might want to swing by Bruar Falls where they'll be a low key day show featuring Bologna, Italy's A Classic Education (who will also be playing the Brooklyn Vegan day party tomorrow [10/21] at Pianos). They were one of my favorites from SXSW. Also on the Bruar bill are three Brooklyn bands: My Teenage Stride, Knight School and Palomar. 2 - 6PM. Free!


Personally, this is my most conflicted night with at least three shows in completely different places that I feel I could stay at the whole night. If you're downtown at the day parties, you might want to head over to the M for Montreal showcase which starts with a 5PM performance from Parlovr. I was talking to a friend yesterday who was raving about their recent Pop Montreal performance and said they might be the next MTL band to break out. The rest of the M4M bill is solid, including Think About Life who were just fantastic last night at the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also dont' miss BEASTand Duchess Says, the latter of whom will also play our free day party Thursday at Pianos.

Then there's also the great show at The Bell House with personal faves Pete & the Pirates and excellent New Zealanders Surf City -- both of whom are also playing the free BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents day party on Saturday at Pianos. Also on the bill are Pete & the Pirates' Stolen Recordings labelmates Let's Wrestle, as well as North Carolina's The Love Language, the latter of whom will be playing our Friday night loft party. The Bell House show is $14 without a CMJ badge.

There's also a great lineup of bands at Santos tonight on two floors, including Cymbals Eat Guitars and DEASTRO (who both play our Saturday party), Free Energy, Real Estate, and Beach Fossils, plus a couple awesome bands from Norway: Ungdomskullen and I Was a King. It's $15 if you don't have a badge.

Richard Davies

Richard Davies

And I'd like to highlight a couple artists who play their only CMJ shows tonight, at the same timeslot (9pm) in different Bleeker Street venues. (I know.) At Kenny's Castaways is Richard Davies who fronted the great Australian band The Moles in the late '80s/early '90s, and then moved to the U.S. where he formed chamber pop duo Cardinal with Eric Matthews, and their sole 1994 album remains one of the best things Sub Pop has ever released. After Cardinal, he put out three very good solo albums (1998's Telegraph is pretty great, actually), and then in 2000 or so, he decided to go to law school and has had his own practice since. But he's started playing again recently and, according to this interview, he and Matthews have restarted Cardinal, which is kind of exciting. But tonight here he'll play as a trio with a new band. Glad to have him back.

The Purrs
The Purrs

And down the street at Wicked Willy's are The Purrs who hail from Seattle and have just released their very good second album Amused, Confused and More Bad News. Mix a little '80s Paisley Underground with '90s Britpop and you're in the ballpark of their sound. You can download their song "Stay Here With Me" at the top of this post. 9PM at Wicked Willy's (149 Bleeker).

What else is good today? Hip Hop recommendations HERE. Flyers and day party set times, and all Classic Education dates, below.

Continue reading "CMJ 2009 - Bill's Wednesday picks & stuff (day, night parties, A Classic Education, Richard Davies, The Purrs, more)"

by Bill Pearis

I saw upwards of 50 bands during the four days of SXSW. These were the most memorable. I think.


1. Pete and the Pirates (Emo's Annex, 3.20.2009)

Pete and Pirates

Easily the best band I saw at SxSW this year. Of course, as their album Little Death made my Best of 2008, I already had a predilection to like them but Pete and the Pirates so nailed their great songs live -- the harmonies, the guitar interplay, everything -- that I just had a big grin on my face the whole time. My only regret: not seeing them more than once.

Continue reading "Bill's Top 10 SXSW 2009 highlights (with pics, videos)"

DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - Toi (Gilbert Bécaud cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - Stay Son (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - We Can Always Run to Hawaii (MP3)

Classic Education

Wanted to reach out to all of you to give you some news and details about our NYC and SXSW shows...but most of all to give out the following gift.

We recorded a cover a few days ago and wanted to "hand" it out! We've been wanting to do this tune for a long time, ever since I saw it on tv a few years back. It's a cover of french singer Gilbert Bécaud and it's called "Toi". The important thing is that he sings the song in a special italian version in an amazing scene in the 1965 movie "Io la conoscevo bene" by Antonio Pietrangeli. We did an english version. Check out the famous scene from the movie [in the video below] - [A Classic Education]

That message comes from the Italian band A Classic Education who play their first of three NYC shows tonight (3/13) at Death By Audio. The Brooklyn show is presented by Less Artists More Condos and also has Pink Reason, Sisters, Strange Shapes, and Ava Luna on the bill.

Our previous post only had two NYC shows at first, so in case you missed it, they are also playing Cake Shop Saturday, AND Fontana's on Monday with UK band Screaming Tea Party (who you can read more about HERE and HERE).

"Last but not least as previously announced we will have our new Best Regards 7" on the road. You can preview the song on our myspace or you can wait for more info and official release from the lovely Bailiwick Records." -A Classic Education
They also play three shows at SXSW. All dates and the above-mentioned video below...

Continue reading "A Classic Education - 3 NYC shows (1 tonight) & another MP3"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - We Can Always Run to Hawaii (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - Stay Son (MP3)

Classic Education

Italy is known for a lot of things: food, wine, shoes, sports cars, cinema. Indie rock? Not so much, but A Classic Education are hoping change that perception. Hailing from Bologna (home of tagliatelle, ragu bolognese, Lamborghini and Maserati), have been together for about two years and have played with the likes of the Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Fanfarlo, Lightspeed Champion, Jeremy Warmsley, and Los Campesinos! They're about to make their first trip to America, with two three stops in New York (Death by Audio on 3/13 and Cake Shop on 3/14 and Fontana's on 3/15) before heading to SXSW.

While their debut EP from last year owes a lot to '90s American indie (singer Jonathan Clancy, originally from Canada, sounds a little like Built to Spill's Doug Martsch), they've expanded from a trio to a six-piece (including strings and keyboards) that ups the sweeping romanticism factor quite a bit. There are no shortage of YouTube clips of the band, most of which make them look to be a band worth going to see.

Some of those videos, and all tour dates below...

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