Entries tagged with: A Place to Bury Strangers
The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).
Other bands are:
Arctic Monkeys • Avenged SevenfoldThere will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"
The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
APTBS at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers are set to release the Onwards to the Wall EP on February 7 via Dead Oceans. The single, "So Far Away," can be downloaded HERE. They just made a video for that song, which you can watch below. The video was made my APTBS member Oliver Ackerman with the Hipstamatic iPhone app, using a collage of photos that he himself had taken.
A Place to Bury Strangers are heading out on a North American tour in March and early April supporting The Joy Formidable. That tour hits NYC on March 28 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (1/11) at noon and there is an option to donate $1 to a number of charities, which you can choose from. The tour has no scheduled stop the day before the T5 show, so hopefully A Place to Bury Strangers will use that time to grace their hometown of NYC with a smaller, headlining show (but if not, they're sure to do so soon anyway).
All dates and video below...
White Hills at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
White Hills will welcome their previously mentioned new LP Frying on this Rock on March 20th via Thrill Jockey. It was recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Boredoms). Album art and tracklist below...
The new effort will be the band's focus at an upcoming NYC date (their only US date as of this posting) on January 24th at Mercury Lounge with MOFO (ex-members of A Place To Bury Strangers who are also prepping a new release). Tickets are on sale.
By Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - New York is Mine for the Holiday (MP3)
Holiday themed singles flow like so much piping hot wassail this time of year. Here's a good one: Brooklyn upstarts The Immaculates' original tune "New York is Mine for the Holiday" lays down a soulful groove without going too heavily on the usual aural signifiers (but even they can not resist a sleigh bell). You can download the MP3 at the top of this post or stream it below. The video, which you can watch below, takes the theme literally by re-editing a familiar NYC-set film from the '90s.
The Immaculates (which feature members of French Miami, Boogie Boarder and Sisters) play the Death By Audio Holiday Party this Saturday (12/10) which, confusingly, is happening at the new Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose) which features headliners A Place to Bury Strangers as well as Evi Antonio.
Look for a second Immaculates EP early next year. Meanwhile, click through for the "New York is Mine for the Holidays" video, plus the DBA Holiday Party Flyer and a couple more streaming Immaculates tracks.
DOWNLOAD: Azita - "September" (MP3)
Azita (full name Azita Youssefi) released her new album, Disturbing the Air, on September 20 via Drag City. You can grab the piano-led ballad "September" at the top of this post and purchase the album at the Drag City webstore.
She's kicked off a short US tour in support of the album last night in Baltimore. She plays NYC TONIGHT (12/2) at Secret Project Robot (their new location) with two all-girl bands, Open Ocean and FLOWN, which includes Caroline Reid (ex-Frankie Rose & The Outs). The flier for this show is below. She also plays NYC Saturday night (12/3) at Cake Shop with Mighty Moon, Cruddy, and Mister Melt. All dates are listed below.
The Secret Project Robot schedule also includes a few other interesting shows like tomorrow's (12/3) last Pendu Disco of 2011 with Autre Ne Veut and Black Marble. It also includes the Death by Audio Christmas Party on December 10 with A Place to Bury Strangers, The Immaculates, Evi Antonio, and DJ Edan Wilber.
All Azita dates and show flier below...
DOWNLOAD: A Place to Bury Strangers - So Far Away (MP3)
As mentioned previously, A Place to Bury Strangers severed ties with Mute and have signed with Dead Oceans who will release a new EP, Onwards to the Wall, on February 7, 2012. You can download "So Far Away" from it at the top of this post. There's a '60s paisley pop structure to this, to which layers of doomy sonics and volume are added in typical APTBS style.
Having been around for eight years, A Place to Bury Strangers don't seem to be mellowing, or at least turning it down, as anyone who caught the bracing ear assault that was their set at our CMJ week day party at Public Assembly last month. Theirs is a sound you need to feel in your chest, even if you (wisely) wear earplugs. Here are some pictures from that CMJ set.
More of them with the cover art and tracklist to the Onwards to the Wall EP, below....
STAGE 1 (front room)Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)
STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
05:15 Gauntlet Hair
In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
I'll just quote this little blurb the label sent me:
New York noise czars A Place to Bury Strangers are making moves. Never ones to stand still for very long (literally and figuratively), the band is announcing a new label and new music. Dead Oceans is proud to welcome APTBS to their roster. Label co-founder Phil Waldorf says, "I've been enamored with A Place to Bury Strangers since I first heard their debut album. Their live shows have rattled me time and time again. It is not often you get to work with a band that you've been closely following for years, and we are honored to be a part of their new chapter. Wait until you hear what comes next." The band will join artists such as Akron/Family, Gauntlet Hair, Phosphorescent, the Tallest Man on Earth and more.Congrats to APTBS on their new home.
Having put on numerous wild shows across the US and Europe -- their recent Rockoff Cruise included band members tossing plugged in amps overboard -- APTBS' ferocious live performances have won over a wide range of audiences. Their solid wall of sound is built meticulously, brick by brick, to form a cohesive all-encompassing experience: physical, intellectual, emotional. In the last year the band has grown to include bass player Dion Lunadon from The D4. Dion has joined Oliver Ackerman (guitar/vocals) and Jay Space (drums) in shaping the direction for APTBS, co-writing songs and sharing backup vocal duties. Of their Dead Oceans signing Ackerman says, "We are very excited to be signing with [the label]. I have been a fan of their taste in music since the label started and it's going to be cool to be a part of what they have built independently over the years."
The trio has been hard at work on a new set of 5 songs, which will be released on Dead Oceans as an EP in early 2012. More details on the new EP and tour dates will follow soon.
Dead Oceans and its sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are holding a CMJ showcase at Union Pool in Brooklyn on 10/19. It was previously announced with a secret headliner who can now be revealed. Guess who that is? Full lineup/flyer for the show, along with a full set of Gauntlet Hair tour dates (they're playing a lot during CMJ), below...
APTBS @ Terminal 5 in Aug (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
In less than four hours from this post, The Half Moon will set sail from E. 23rd St. & the FDR. Aboard will be the bands Grooms and A Place to Bury Strangers.... and you if you grab a ticket or win a pair from us right now. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Strangers). Include your first and last name. A few winners will be picked at random ASAP and contacted. Good luck!
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Kills, fresh from Lollapalooza, played two Terminal 5 shows with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and A Place to Bury Strangers. The first show was on Monday (8/8) and the second happened last night (8/9). The Kills focused on material off the recently released Blood Pressures, but also saved time for a few older cuts and a cover of Marilyn Monroe's "One Silver Dollar," which NY Times point out is from what singer Alison Mosshart declared Monroe's "worst movie."
Though not on the bill, BP Fallon, who played Escape to NY over the weekend, also made a surprise appearance at the Terminal 5 shows. According to Barbara S, he made "T5 a whole lot less shitty." Amber Kim says he did "I Believe in Elvis Presley" which is a Jack White-produced song.
We've got pictures from the first night. They continue below...
The Kills at Coachella 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Kills have added an August 9th show at Terminal 5 to go along with their previously announced August 8th show at Terminal 5. Both shows also now have openers. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and A Place to Bury Strangers both have long band names and will both open both shows. Tickets are still available for the August 8 show and go on sale for the August 9 show Friday (6/17) at noon.
The Kills, who also played Terminal 5 in April, have 3 new acoustic videos. Check them out along with all tour dates for all three bands below...
Surfer Blood (by Tim Griffin)
On the big stage Anamanaguchi kicked things off right at noon with a high energy, 8-bit pop rock set to a dedicated crowd who showed up early to catch them. Fresh off the Bruise Cruise, the garage rockin' Turbo Fruits kept the party going. By 1:30, with a buzz already kicking in thanks to the free Sailor Jerry and Sparks we were serving, a Place To Bury Strangers brought it with their intense, high volume noise, and then Darwin Deez followed, replacing armed-cross spectators with pockets of dancers and coordinated dance routines on stage. By the time Chiddy Bang (who arrived a bit late and therefore also had to play a shorter set) took the stage, the large room was filled in and people were ready to sing along to the rappers whose setup includes a mic and drumset, and backing tracks courtesy of bands like MGMT and Passion Pit (members of whom were in the audience). The Vaccines, all the way from the UK, kept the momentum going with their brit rock, though they also played a short set reportedly due to worries over the singer's voice.
By the time Mister Heavenly took the stage, you were lucky to find a place to stand, due in part to the many wanting to check out Michael Cera's bass skills. Many were also multitasking, aka watching music and eating the massive amounts of free burritos that Taco Bell delivered through the back door and were handing out all over the place. As Andrew pointed out, "Mr. Heavenly perfored an appropriately lovely set, its two frontmen trading verses in their own styles." The two frontmen are of course Nick Diamonds from Islands and Honus Honus from Man Man. The group is rounded out by Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer.
And finally, as Bill pointed out, Surfer Blood "gave us an enjoyable hits-packed [headlining] set from their first album." That of course was going down on the bigger outside stage while Kylesa was completely destroying on the inside stage - I actually watched more of Kylesa than Surfer Blood, but BBG can tell you more about that...
Deafheaven (by Sam Marble)
Despite traffic issues that made The Roller open the inside stage on the late side, the Austin band's bulldozing doom thunder opened the BV festivities at SXSW with a roar. The Roller is one of my favorite heavy bands in Austin, so it was great to see this powerful foursome in action on a BV stage (until I can convince 'em to come up north!).
When the Deafheaven guys arrived, their tees were a dead giveaway. Sporting merch from Hate Forest, Hellfish (records), and Slowdive, it was obvious to see the band's influences, but their live show was definitely born of hardcore. Wide-eyed cocalist George Clarke was in the audience's face, or thrashing maniacally as the band tore through tracks like "Violet" from their forthcoming Roads To Judah and "Libertine Dissolves" from their demo.
The Secret followed Deafheaven, and their blistering blast-y down-tuned hardcore reminded me of breathren Trap Them, Rotten Sound, or Converge in the live setting. Furious blackened hardcore that was technical and powerful.
KEN Mode was next, delivering the hardcore-infused noise rock jams that shine on their new LP Venerable. KEN Mode would leave shortly after their set to headline Scoot Inn as part of a Thrasher show with Dark Castle, The Body and others.
Blackened electric swamp-blues from Dax Riggs kept energy levels on high before Trash Talk brought the crowd to a circle pitting/crowd-surfing frenzy. The band was short their usual bassist though, as Spencer was in the hospital after being stabbed by some "nazi motherfuckers" at a hardcore show in their native California. Despite the replacement, Trash Talk was undeterred and as incendiary as ever.
Kylesa closed the day out with faves like set-opener "Hollow Severer", "Tired Climb", "Running Red", and "Scapegoat", before calling it a day before a sold-out crowd. Excellent set from these Savannah greats, who seem to get better (and bigger) with each show.
All in all it was an amazing first day at SXSW that continued two hours later with six more hours of bands at Swan Dive.
Thanks to Feed the Beat, Orange (who provided the thunder behind Kylesa), Line 6 (the mics), Korg (keyboard), Vox (amps), Blackstar (and amps), Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, Raw Revolution, Sailor Jerry, SPARKS, everyone at Emo's, The Syndicate, Andy, Erik, Katie, Zach, Nevonah, The Roller, Anamanaguchi & Surfer Blood for being so amenable, as well as all of the bands for being incredible! Mostly, we'd like to thank anyone/everyone who made it out on a Wednesday afternoon... your support is appreciated.
Lots more pictures and videos from the whole day, below...
by Anderew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Feelies - Should Be Gone (MP3)
Real Estate @ Hudson River Rocks in 2010 (more by Natasha Ryan)
As we've mentioned, R. Stevie Moore is hosting and performing at this year's Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase. The full lineup for the festival has been announced and is being headlined on Friday (4/15) by Cam'ron and on Saturday (4/16) by The Feelies. Other performers include A Place To Bury Strangers, Twin Sister, Beach Fossils, Screaming Females, Real Estate, Woods, Talk Normal, O'Death, Bomb the Music Industry! (performing Weezer's Blue Album), and others. The event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.
Culture Shock is one of the few shows The Feelies are playing in support of their new album Here Before which drops April 12 via Bar/None. They also play The Bell House on May 13. Tickets are still on sale. Download the track "Should Be Gone" off the new album above.
Real Estate also has four other shows in the area coming up including April 23 at Colgate University, May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait, May 21 at Maxwell's with Big Troubles, and they will appear at B.O.M.B. Fest at Western Connecticut State University on May 28.
Full CS lineup and a video below...
BrooklynVegan Week in Austin begins once again at Emo's where we'll kick off a six hour day party presented by Feed the Beat at noon on Wednesday, March 16th. The 100% free, two-stage lineup looks like this:
Outside / Main Stage @ Emo'sIt's another lineup I'm super excited about, and note: We purposely put Darwin Deez and Chiddy Bang back to back to encourage live collaboration, Mister Heavenly is the new Sub Pop-signed supergroup of sorts, and this is the only day party where you'll be able to catch a set by Kylesa!
12:00 PM Anamanaguchi
12:45 PM Turbo Fruits
1:30 PM A Place To Bury Strangers
2:15 PM Darwin Deez
3:00 PM Chiddy Bang
3:45 PM The Vaccines
4:30 PM Mister Heavenly
5:15 PM Surfer Blood
I'm also happy to point out again (like at our Friday party), though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.
- we'll also have FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions.
- we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea.
- you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars.
- FREE Sailor Jerry cocktails while supplies last.
- and there will be even more FREE FOOD and DRINKS (TBA)!
Feed the Beat artists (past and present) include Dr. Dog, White Rabbits, Wavves, Best Coast, Andrew W.K., Cults, Passion Pit, Phosphorescent, Suckers, Tokyo Police Club, The Sword, Anamanaguchi, Girl Talk, Delta Spirit, A Place to Bury Strangers, Lucero, Turbo Fruits, Municipal Waste, Chiddy Bang, The Bouncing Souls, The Gaslight Anthem, Those Darlins and many more.
Thanks also to Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude for creating the flyer you see below...
Australia's Architecture in Helsinki will head to the US to play some dates in June with Hooray for Earth, including Webster Hall on June 16th, Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday at noon (1/28). Though full details are forthcoming, the dates look to be part of a full US assault, and most likely in support of the band's upcoming LP Vision Revision which the band finished last year.
Hooray for Earth supported The Concretes at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (1/22) and the band will hit the road to head toward SXSW with A Place To Bury Strangers. Both APTBS and HFE have shows at Glasslands in the coming weeks. APTBS will play the previously-mentioned and now-sold-out show at the venue on Saturday 1/29 with Beach Fossils, Caveman, Guards, ARMS, and Dreamers of the Ghetto, and HFE will hit Glasslands on Mar 8th with Zambri, Rewards, and Lemonade on the 1's & 2's (tickets).
All known tour dates and some video is below.
Doveman (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Slow/Fast @ Barbes
* Trevor Dunn @ The Stone
* Slick Rick @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chilly Gonzales @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey Hormel's Round-Up @ Barbes
* MWE, Deli Kanli, Zikrayat @ Zebulon
* Led Zeppelin 2 @ Gramercy Theatre
* Steel Phantoms, Crum @ Cameo Gallery
* Rhett Miller, Bobby Bare Jr. @ City Winery
* Blitz The Ambassador @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Janka Nabay, SAADI, Brenmar @ Santos Party House
* Beacon, Food Stamps, Lost Boy?, Kosovo @ Glasslands
* Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Highline Ballroom
* Hoots & Hellmouth, The Ramblers @ Mercury Lounge
* Trap Them, Black Anvil, All Pigs Must Die @ Union Pool
* Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Plushgun @ Knitting Factory
* Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock Trio @ The Stone
* Lake of Blood, Seidr, Castavet, Falls of Rauros @ The Acheron
* Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, Mike Simonetti @ Webster Hall
* Anamanaguchi, Peelander-Z, Starscream @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Air Sex World Championships: East Coast Regionals @ Mercury Lounge
* Katie Gavin, Galia Arad, Driftwood, Sasha Dobson @ The Living Room
* Doveman, Sam Amidon, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Radical Dads, Old Monk, Emil & Friends, Ravens & Chimes @ Cake Shop
* Shark?, Bridges and Powerlines, Creeping Weeds, The Aye-Ayes, WOLFF @ Pianos
* Fergus & Geronimo, Easter Vomit, Widowspeak, Dry Feet @ Death By Audio
* Liturgy, Controlled Bleeding, Weasel Walters Cellular Chaos, PAK, Diablo @ SilentBarn
* the Snow, Lucinda Black Bear, Patrick Bower & the World Without Magic @ Rock Shop
* Matt & Kim (DJ), AraabMuzik, Nacey, Activaire DJs @ American Museum of Natural History
* Monogold, Grandchildren, Bronze, Tiny Victories, The Stationary Set, The Young Friends, We Are Hex, TRTL @ Public Assembly
Matt & Kim are DJIng One Step Beyond tonight.
People are having sex with air at Mercury Lounge.
A Place to Bury Strangers remixed Holy Fuck's "Red Lights" and it has a video which you can watch below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
photos by Chris Becker
The Faster Times: What songs are you having the most fun playing again live? Why?This time around was a short North American tour with Ulrich Schnauss that brought Chapterhouse to one of their favorite US cities (NYC) for two shows: one at The Bell House on 10/3 and a second at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/4 with A Place To Bury Strangers(who next play NYC at Death By Audio on 10/26 with Japandroids) and Soundpool. The pictures in this post are from the LPR show. More of them, with Chapterhouse's and APTBS's setlists, below...
Stephen Patman and Andy Sherriff of Chapterhouse: We've really enjoyed the opportunity to revisit some of the songs that we didn't think were produced well on record. Our later stuff [like 1993's "Blood Music"] got a bit overblown with technology and we decided to strip things back and approach the songs in a more straightforward 'band kicking some ass' kinda way. We've also had the ability to cherry pick our favorite songs and do them some justice. I think people will be surprised at the songs we've chosen as we always preferred our B-sides and less "radio-friendly" material. We aren't trying to sell anything. so we can play whatever the fuck we want. It's a great freedom.
What cities are you most looking forward to playing this time around?
It's hard to be specific since we're looking forward to each town for different reasons. I'm looking forward to NYC and Toronto as I have some great friends in those cities and I've spent a lot of time there. I'm looking forward to Chicago, Boston, LA and San Francisco for the precisely the opposite reason--in that I haven't been to those cities for a long time and want to check them out again.
APTBS at Webster Hall (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Earplugs are now close-to-officially required for the previously discussed Chapterhouse show at LPR on 10/4, as A Place to Bury Strangers have been added to the already impressive lineup that includes support from Ulrich Schnauss and Soundpool. Tickets, if you haven't bought them already, are still available.
The show isn't the lone NYC date for APTBS either. The band will also play their native Death By Audio on 10/26 with Japandroids, as well as a Billboard showcase at Gramercy Theatre on November 3rd (no tickets for that yet).
APTBS is still touring off of their 2009 LP Exploding Head, which has spawned a new video directed by Ben Crook (mem Sian Alice Group) for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart". Check that out below, and make sure and check out the band's five song digital EP which also features the song as well as a new track, and remixes by Secret Machines, Cereal Spiller, and Broken Spindles. Dig on the Secret Machines remix for "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart", as well as a cover of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" above.
Speaking of remixes, guitarist/vocalist Oliver Ackermann has been busy on the remix front as well, logging remixes for Maps' "Die Happy Die Smiling" and School Of Seven Bells' "Windstorm" in the recent past. Ackermann also has another remix due of Grinderman's "Worm Tamer" (out 11/22), in addition to a forthcoming remix for Holy Fuck.
The band is also hosting a contest for a video for "Deadbeat". Details on how to enter, tour dates and that "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart" video are all below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - End Times (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - All American (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Feel Sorry for Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Rather (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: No Joy - No Joy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - Someday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Games - Everything is Working (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Trees - Dream Talkin (MP3)
Weekend @ Cake Shop
I hope you all survived the insanity that was last week. Thankfully, this week is not quite as action packed but still a lot of cool stuff going on. Let's get to it.
Lovers of shoegazy noisepop will want to be at Silent Barn tonight (8/18) for a pretty killer quadruple bill at which earplugs are definitely recommended. San Francisco's Weekend and New Haven, CT's Procedure Club are both signed to Slumberland Records. Weekend are pretty clean-cut looking dudes who make a dark-edged squall that shows a direct through-line from Joy Division to Jesus and Mary Chain to Ride and beyond. I caught them last night at Cake Shop and despite a few microphone problems I thought they were pretty good. Loud. Really loud. The band have already released singles on Transparent and Mexican Summer -- download tracks from those at the top of this post -- and the Slumberland album, Sports (is the title perhaps a tip of a hit to fellow Bay Area musician Huey Lewis?), is out in November. Weekend also play Death by Audio tomorrow (8/19) tomorrow night with sonic compatriots A Place to Bury Strangers.
Procedure Club, meanwhile, are more on the bedroom pop side of things. Their album, Doomed Forever, came out in June and is a pretty low fi affair, but the songwriting begins to shine through the cacophony on repeated listens. Check out two tracks from the album above, and there's a video for "Rather" at the bottom of this post.
As for the rest of the Silent Barn bill, there's LA/Montreal duo No Joy who I've written about before (but still haven't seen) and are possibly the loudest band on a very loud night. The band's debut 7" is out now on Mexican Summer (grab the b-side above) and is recommended to those whose taste leans towards the sludgy side of things. No Joy are also playing the Death by Audio show with APTBS and Weekend tomorrow night, and will then head out on tour with Dungen, and those tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Rounding out the show are Fredericksburg, VA's Ceremony who crib more than a little from JAMC (and Medicine and The Radio Dept.), though their album, Rocket Fire, has some nice moments on it -- you can download an MP3 of "Someday" at the top of this post.
Dean and Britta
Dean Wareham kicks off his "Plays Galaxie 500" tour tonight at the Rock Shop, and he'll do it again tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom with Crystal Stilts opening. Both shows are sold out so I won't go on and on here, but I'm looking forward to this trip down Memory Lane. Hopefully he'll pull out some of my favorites ("Strange," "Parking Lot," "Oblivious"). Dean talked to the AV Club about the difficulties of rearranging the songs for his current band:
AVC: You play with four people now instead of three.Dean & Britta, meanwhile, have a new album, 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, which they'll be touring in the fall. (NYC's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on 10/22.) All Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 tour dates (including the Music Hall of Willimsburg one that was just added in December) , HERE, and video of the original band doing "Strange" is at the bottom of this post.
DW: We like four people, because I listen to the records, and there's generally two guitars, because there's an overdub on each track. Or sometimes Matt [Sumrow] plays keyboards; he switches back and forth. I think it sounds fuller with the live guitar. When I go back and look at the old Galaxie 500 live recordings, sometimes Kramer would get onstage with us and play a few songs. It sounded a little fuller. There are times when it works great as a three-piece, too.
AVC: Does touring the Galaxie songs as a four-piece involve some rearranging?
DW: It involves some rehearsing. The songs are more difficult to play than I remember. I listened to the live Galaxie 500 album from Copenhagen, and I realized that's at the end of a tour, after we had been touring for a couple of months and had gotten pretty good at it. In terms of chord structure, the songs are incredibly simple. For example, a song like "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste" is only one chord, but there's a whole lot going on in it.
AVC: Peter Buck talks about how hard it was late in R.E.M.'s career to relearn some of their early songs. Because they didn't know what they were doing at first, it's incredibly difficult to replicate.
DW: On "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste," when I was going over my guitar solo, I had no idea what I was doing and I was completely lost. Then I'm like, "How did I do that?"
AVC: It's hard to stumble into the same thing twice.
DW: Well, obviously I don't have to replicate it note-for-note. Mind you, I've got fans who get mad if I play "Snowstorm" and I do the solo with the fuzz pedal instead of the wah-wah. "What! How could he do that?"
And a few more picks, day-by-day of shows that weren't covered above.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18
Family Trees, who probably own a Galaxie 500 record or two, play their dreamy folk pop to Pianos tonight opening for Julian Lynch and Family Portrait. Check out Family Tree's lovely "Dream Talkin'" at the top of this post.
Air Waves, The Beets, Easter Vomit and Rifle Recoil play a benefit for Yellow Fever's Jennifer Moore at Death by Audio.
by Andrew Frisicano
Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)
"When you go out at night in a place like Saratoga Springs, people just want to hear 'Freebird' covers, Journey covers, at the bar all night," [Phantogram's Saratoga-born Josh] Carter said in a recent phone call during Phantogram's tour with the Antlers. "We had to set up the community ourselves by doing DIY shows."Phantogram are on tour now with the Antlers on the West Coast. They go down the coast of California again this June with the xx (after both play Sasquatch).
Carter, a guitarist, and keyboardist Barthel have been friends since junior high. When Barthel finished college in Vermont and Carter quit the band he played with in New York City to work on his solo material, both wandered back to Saratoga Springs and rekindled their friendship over trips around town scanning the dollar bins for records. They shared a mutual love for Motown classics, drony indie-rock, and '60s French pop, like Serge Gainsbourg. [Seattle Weekly]
Then there's more touring on top of those, including shows with Light Pollution (who recently played Mercury Lounge). Both bands play Maxwell's on Tuesday, May 18th (tickets still on sale) and Bowery Ballroom on May 19th (tickets still on sale), the second of which has the lush, female-fronted Railbird, also from Saratoga Springs, on it too.
Light Pollution will be also back on June 8th and 9th as part of a tour with This Will Destroy You. Ticket info for those and all tour dates are below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
"Last night we saw the "loudest band in NYC"-A Place To Bury Strangers. One of my favorites" - Chris Buzelli
"A Place to Bury Strangers and The Big Pink made a perfectly complimentary pair last night at Webster Hall. Both bands draw from the same influences, '80s post-punk/noise pop such as New Order and the Jesus and Mary Chain, but their distillation produces opposite results." [NY Press]The tour also hit Maxwell's in Hoboken two days earlier. More pictures from the Manhattan show, below...
Still Life Still @ Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
tonight in NYC
* Surfer Blood @ Other Music
* Robyn Hitchcock @ City Winery
* Teeth Mountain, Living Days @ Death By Audio
* Jonathan Kane's February @ Issue Project Room
* Ha Ha Tonka, Daniel Wayne, Josh Mease @ Pianos
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Bizi Gara, Asa Ransom @ The Cameo
* Wild Beasts, Violens, Still Life Still @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, We Are Country Mice, Radical Sons @ Mercury Lounge
* Kidz in the Hall, 88 Keys, Izza Kizza, Donnis, DJ K-Salaam @ Highline Ballroom
* Shooting Spires, Pterodactyl, Summer Recreation Camp, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Union Pool
* Brooklyn Psych Fest w/ Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Traveling Circle, The Runaway Suns, Heavy Hands, La Otracina, Naam, Asteroid #4, Sounds of Kaleidoscope @ Glasslands
Surfer Blood is playing a free-instore @ Other Music today (6:30pm) before their sold out show at Mercury Lounge. They played to a packed house at Market Hotel last night.
A poster for the BK psych Fest, at Glasslands today, is below.
Today is also the Brooklyn Record Riot at Warsaw.
Bad Lieutenant's video for "Sink or Swim" below...
The Hidden Cameras' video for "Underage", below...
Mumford & Sons' video for "The Cave", below...
A Place To Bury Strangers' video for "Keep Slipping Away", below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"We missed the [Big Pink]'s New York debut last June but made sure to be front and center for the first of the two New York stops on their current North American tour at Bowery Ballroom last Thursday night. California's Crystal Antlers added an extra psychedelic garage twist to the night, with their supporting set at 10PM.That review comes from Thursday's Bowery Ballroom show. The tour ended at Music Hall of Williamsburg one night later. The pictures in this post are from that last one (though we missed Von Haze who opened both nights). How were the shows?
Shortly after Crystal Antlers left the stage, preparations were made with stage hands carrying fog juice, strobe lights and spraying aerosol cans before the lights dimmed at 11PM. The 9-song set kicked off amid a foggy strobe-light attack with Too Young to Love and hit it's high notes mid-set with Velvet and Crystal Visions before closing with an epic drum smashing sing-a-long for Dominos.
Unlike what was going on in the audience, The Big Pink's live set was a refreshing and straight-forward performance with very little banter. We left Bowery Ballroom very pleased with the live translation and stage presence from the duo and their supporting band members. The set could have been a bit longer with possibly a few covers but maybe next time!" [Tastes Like Caramel]
Crystal Antlers are still on the road, and it was just announced that the Big Pink will be back to tour North America again in March with support from A Place to Bury Strangers. That new tour hits Webster Hall on March 30th (tickets on sale soon) and the smaller Maxwell's in Hoboken two days before that (on March 28th) (tickets on sale Friday). All dates and more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...
The Maze @ Death By Audio opens tonight (9/10) with a show by Skeletons Big Band, Knyfe Hyts 81, Pterodactyl, Gowns, Dan Friel, Social Junk, and Mincemeat. Performances continue in the venue-turned-art-installation until October 2nd. The latest addition to the schedule: A Place to Bury Strangers. They play with The Sian Alice Group, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Experimental Dental School, and Reading Rainbow on Friday night (9/11).