Entries tagged with: A Sunny Day in Glasgow
by Bill Pearis
Roman a Clef is Ryan Newmyer (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Jen Goma (ASDIG, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, People Get Ready) and Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir, TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild). Newmyer is the main songwriter here and shares with Feldman a love of mid-'80s New Pop; in this case Prefab Sprout seems to be the main influence. I have probably said other bands sound like Prefab Sprout before on this site, but Roman a Clef really really sound like Prefab Sprout. That is not a bad thing and they do it very well. Having released a couple demos online, Roman a Clef will release their debut album via Infinite Best (Ava Luna, Mr. Twin Sister) later this year. You can stream demos of "Lucky Toasts" and "PSBTV" below.
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow returned this year with Sea When Absent, arguably their most ambitious record to date, and perhaps their most acclaimed too. The band have just released a remix of album cut "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)" remixed by their pals Fang Island. He pulls the rhythm section to the fore here, burning off some of the original's haze in the process. (Not that there was anything wrong with that haze!) Stream it below.
As mentioned, Fang Island's Jason Bartell will be touring with ASDIG around the holidays. It turns out this will be in the form of a new duo called Wins which also features Cassandra Jenkins (of Eleanor Friedberger's band). You can stream a song from Wins below. ASDIG and Wins play NYC on December 27 at Rough Trade with Ava Luna on the bill as well. Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair. List of all dates and contest details below.
And finally, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have also given us their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which includes a few familiar faces but some left-field picks as well. Check out their list below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
Literature @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philadelphia's Literature just released the video for "New Jacket" which is off this year's Chorus, their first album for Slumberland. The hazy visuals, a mix of flowers and live footage fit the breathless rush of the song pretty well and you can watch that below. Last in NYC for CMJ, Literature have no shows on the horizon but they're about to go back into the studio for their next album.
Being the indiepop aficionado that he is, we asked Literature guitarist Kevin Attics to give us a list of his favorite songs from the last year which he did and also turned into a mix for us. Kevin says:
2014 is saying it's goodbyes at the party before it walks assuredly out the door. What did we just experience? The culmination of passion projects labored over for years (A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Gold-Bears), nascent talents throwing out the script (Girlpool, Dripping Wet, Spook School), future legends gathering steam (Flowers, Eternal Summers), and a flourishing musical community that is so tightly bound and dynamic (everyone on this mix). Also, Hurry put out a record I guess.You can stream Kevin from Literature's "Essential Songs from 2014" mix below...
ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow, just released a video for "Double Dutch" which is off this year's impressive Sea When Absent album. You can watch that below. The band, who are somewhat scattered geographically these days, will be convening for a short Northeast tour between Christmas and New Year's Eve, kicking off at Rough Trade NYC on December 27. That show, and most of the other dates, is with friend and collaborator Jason Bartell. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the "Double Dutch" video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
ASDIG @ Baby's All Right 7/26/2014
"This is the best night of our tour," exclaimed A Sunny Day in Glasgow guitarist Josh Meakim on stage Saturday night (7/26) at Baby's All Right. Maybe they said that to all their audiences, but it certainly felt true. The band were beaming at the sold-out-show and sounded genuinely terrific. Not an easy thing to do, given the complex, glitchy nature of the band's new album, Sea When Absent. Jen Goma joined the band back in 2010 (from an open-call) but her influence on the band seems especially strong now. In addition to her very strong vocal capabilities (which match great with ASDIG's other singer, Annie Fredrickson), Goma (who is also in People Get Ready and toured with Pains of Being Pure at Heart) has a genuine positive energy that seemed to flow out to all the other band members and the audience. (Touring the most celebrated album of their career doesn't hurt morale/energy either.) All smiles. Great show. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Earlier in the night were Ice Choir, the current main focus of Kurt Feldman (TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild) and recent remixer of ASDIG's "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," who are an almost clinical recreation of 1984 New Pop (Scritti Politti, Prefab Sprout) right down to the syn-drums. Opening the show was guitar-and-loop-pedal man Jason Bartell (of Fang Island who also remixed ASDIG). He began his set sitting on the edge of the stage playing a few solo songs before Cassandra Jenkins joined him for a few songs on guitar and vocals. Pics from both their sets, plus more of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, below.
by Bill Pearis
Every good band evolves of course, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow have progressed from being an airy shoegaze band whose songs sometime floated by without anyone taking notice to a pop band with shoegaze roots with songs that capture your attention. Previously the vocals mostly consisted of a lot of sighing, but that has been drastically changed. Singers Anne Fredrickson and Jen Goma with their strong, passionate vocals power the band and are its focal point.That review is from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Seattle stop on their current tour supporting terrific new album, Sea When Absent. That tour hits NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Baby's All Right with Ice Choir, and Jason Bartell also on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Crocodile's back bar was full for this early show on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. For the opening band Oh! Pears the garage door was up, keeping the place relatively cool. Unfortunately they pulled the door closed before the start of A Sunny Day In Glasgow causing the mercury to rise in the packed room (the pizza oven in the back didn't help either). No matter, the band incorporated tribal rhythms, washes of guitars, subdued electronics and earnest and soulful vocals to send breezy waves of pleasure out into the room nearly making forget the beads of sweat. - [Finest Kiss]
Ice Choir not only open for the band, they also remixed the new album's lead single "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," turning the song from glitchy shoegaze into more pure synthpop. In doing so, Jen Goma's powerful pipes are driven to the forefront. It's a dramatic transformation and you can stream it below. That track is from an EP that's being released in the UK titled No Death that features two unreleased songs and three remixes.
Remaining tour dates, the EP tracklist, cover art and Ice Choir remix stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
A Sunny Day in Glasgow will release their new album, Sea When Absent, on June 24 via Lefse. You can stream three tracks from the album below, including the dreamy "Crushin'" and the thick, shoegazy "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)."
The band will be on tour in July, including a show in NYC at Baby's All Right on July 26. Ice Choir and Jason Bartell are also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now.
Between duties with ASDIG, People Get Ready (who also have a new album and shows), and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jen Goma will be busy all year. All ASDIG dates are listed, along with the track streams, below...
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
People Get Ready at MHOW in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NYC pop collective People Get Ready, whose lineup includes current and former members of David Byrne's band, Yeasayer, A Sunny Day In Glasgow and others, and who just landed at #5 on Bob Boilen's Favorite Concerts of 2013 list for NPR (after making the #1 spot in 2012), have got a couple upcoming local shows in the near future. The first is a previously discussed Ecstatic Music Festival collaborative appearance with Lesley Flanigan at Merkin Concert Hall on February 19. Tickets for that show are still available.
Sooner than that, they'll play a more traditional show at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/10) with Shy Hunters. Tickets for that show are on sale now. At Jherek Bischoff's guest-filled show at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), where he was joined (among others) by People Get Ready's Jen Goma, he mentioned that he'd be sitting in with the band at the Baby's show on Friday.
Openers Shy Hunters can also be caught later in the month at The Rock Shop (1/30) with Brittany Campbell, Holy Ghost Machine Gun and unigen (tickets). They make art pop in the vein of Austra/Zola Jesus-via-Kate Bush, and you can stream a track of theirs below.
In related news, People Get Ready's Jen Goma is also a member of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, who mentioned in early 2013 that they were working on a Kickstarter-funded LP, and we've now gotten one step closer to that as the band have released a new song, "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)." Stream that, along with People Get Ready and Shy Hunters streams and lists of dates, below...
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are wrapping up work on their new album which was funded via Kickstarter. The band are also looking to road test the tunes on a few East Coast dates. After hitting Baltimore last night, they'll hit NYCF tonight (1/16) for a show at Pianos with Friend Roulette, Desert Stars, Relatives and Heidi Harris. Tickets are $8 at the door. Thursday (1/17) ASDIG will hit their Philadelphia hometown for a show at The International House.
Meanwhile, Jen Goma's other band, People Get Ready, have two shows coming up: February 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for Local Natives (sold out); and then a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on February 8 with Man Forever and Color War (tickets available). PGR are also currently on the cover of The Deli magazine.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Oh My - Walking Into Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Suzan - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bettie Serveert - Deny All (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elk City - Jerks on Ice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Like Like Like Like Like Like Like (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Shake the Shackles (MP3)
The Suzan @ Brooklyn Bowl for the Fool's Gold party (more by Brook Bobbins)
Unlike last year, I managed to make it through CMJ week without getting sick. Normally I try and do a sonic detox and not see any music after CMJ for at least a week. But that's not gonna happen as there's some seriously good stuff rolling through town in the next five days. Early next week too (Clinic/Fresh & Onlys), but let's not get ahead of ourselves too much.
Hey, remember Oh No Oh My? No? Oh. Well, people were going apeshit about them a few years ago. I kinda forgot about them, to the point where when I saw they were playing this week I thought it was Danish band Oh No Ono (editor's note: SAME). Anyway, Oh No Oh My are back!... and will release a new album of pleasant acousticy pop, People Problems, in early 2011. And they're here in NYC for a couple shows: tonight at the Rock Shop, and tomorrow (10/28) at Pianos.
More interesting to me are the bands they are playing with. Tonight at the Rock Shop, it's with Japanese bandThe Suzan whose new album Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat was just released this week. It was produced by Bjorn Yttling of PB&J and you can definitely hear his touch on clever, catchy tracks like "Home" which you can download at the top of this post. Also playing are New Zealand's The Family Cactus.
The Pianos show has another New Zealand band,Street Chant, who were one of the funniest bands, stage-banter wise, I saw at CMJ. One memorable song intro: "We're the biggest rock band in New Zealand and this next song was Number One for nine months in a row!" Street Chant are pretty punk rock and definitely worth catching. Also playing the Pianos show: Boats (not Seattle's BOAT) and Estranged Estates.
The Intelligence @ Market Hotel in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence are visiting this weekend, playing Cake Shop on Saturday (10/30) and then the Todd P/Panache Halloween extravaganza on Sunday (10/31)at Ridgewood Masonic Temple . When it comes to surfy garage rock, The Intelligence are in the 99th percentile and if you haven't picked up the band's new album, Males, it's one of my favorites of the year. You can download a track from it above.
Further reading: Front dude Lars Finberg is keeping a tour diary for The Stranger and so far (one entry) it's a very entertaining read:
It's a 14-hour-plus drive to Fargo (basically 20 after my bathroom stops). We've learned to do this at the beginning of the tour as it can be so depressingly boring that all you can do is listen to Erik Satie and stare into the void. We finally stop around 2 am in Dickenson, North Dakota, and every hotel is booked for hunting season. I thought that the whole point of hunting was to drink the deer's blood and sleep under the stars in its carcass. It doesn't seem right to bag a deer and have a Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity breakfast and watch Becker in a warm bed at the Comfort Inn, so we drive on. Wait, there's a vacany sign--a true dump glowing like a beacon! "One room left," the clerk says. Highlights include two towels for five people (I am answered with a blank stare followed by a shrug when I ask if we can get more), a hornet in the room, and a shower curtain that emits such a powerful cigarette smell that I want to steal it to impress others.The Cake Shop show is with Philly's An Albatross, plus locals German Measles and McDonalds; the Todd P Halloween show has Cassie and Justin from The Babies performing as The White Stripes, plus The Beets, Das Racist, Janka Nabay, Pictureplane and more. All upcoming Intelligence tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Visa issues kept Dutch band Bettie Serveert from playing Maxwell's and Southpaw earlier this month, but the band are here now, in the middle their North American tour that hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/29), and Maxwell's a few days later. Their 1990 debut, Palomine, is one of my favorite Matador albums ever and they've consistently performed ever since. Pharmacy of Love is the band's ninth album and a little more rockin' than we've heard from the band over the last few LPs. Check out "Deny All" at the top of this post. Carol van Dyk's voice is still smoky cool, and catchy songs abound. And surely they'll play "Tomboy" and "Kid's Alright."
Opening are Elk City whose new album House of Tongues was kind of overlooked. Smart, well-arranged pop, with ex-Luna guitarist Sean Eden providing some shimmery flair. Download album track "Jerks on Ice" at the top of this post.
And finally, Austin's YellowFever are in town this weekend for a string of shows. Hopefully Jennifer made it through Airport security ok this time. They play tonight (10/27) at the Showpaper 42nd St. Gallery with The Babies, Sewn Leather and more. Then they play The Mug at Vassar College tomorrow (10/28), Dead Herring on Friday with Coasting, Julianna Barwick and more; and Saturday (10/30) at 171 Lombardy forThe Pelly Twins Halloween Party with DOM, Smith Westerns, Total Slacker and Sweet Bulbs.
Also, just in time for halloween, the spooky video for Total Slacker's "Crystal Necklace" which you can watch below.
That's the big stuff. A few more shows, day-by-day, not covered above.
'90s electronic superstars Underworld play Roseland Ballroom tonight. Lager, lager lager!
photos by Tim Griffin
DOWNLOAD: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Drink drank drunk (MP3)
Philadelphia's A Sunny Day In Glasgow will release a new LP entitled Autumn Again on October 19th "as a FREE DOWNLOAD until Autumn ends and limited maroon 12? vinyl." Grab "Drink drank drunk" right now above. Cover art and full tracklist below.
Why are they giving it away for free? One reason might be because the songs were recorded back when they made their 2009 album Ashes Grammar. They didn't make it on that album or on to Nitetime Rainbows, the EP that came out earlier this year.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow are playing Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 26th (tickets on sale Saturday) and The Mercury Lounge on October 30 (tickets on sale now). Presumably there will be full tour announced soon.
In March the band played the free BrooklynVegan/Anso day party at Spider House in Austin. Pictures from that event, are also below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rooftop Vigilantes - Seth No Jump (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: You Say Party We Say Die - Laura Palmer's Prom (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Love Is All - Kungen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Come on Daniel (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
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A Sunny Day in Glasgow @ BV/Anso 3/18 day party in Austin (by Tim Griffin)
I'm still somewhat recovering from SXSW, so while I am taking it easy, catching up on my DVR queue, hopefully you're all taking advantage of all the out-of-town bands who're blowing through New York after their visits to Austin -- there's no shortage of them this week.
Firstly, I've got a pair of tickets to give away to see A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Mahogany at the Bell House this Monday (3/29). Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "A Sunny Day in Glasgow" as the subject and we'll pick a winner at random. It's a double dose of neo-shoegaze goodness. ASDIG have been touring constantly since last fall and have a new-ish EP, Nitetime Rainbows, as well as last year's great Ashes Grammar. Mahogany, meanwhile, are finally getting around to following up 2006's masterful Connectivity!, promising a new EP, single and album all this year. Hopefully we'll get a taste of the new songs on Monday. Also on the bill: Brooklyn's Pacific Theater.
While on the subject of the Bell House, tonight's (3/25) the big Aussie BBQ with 12 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and other cities I can't name off the top of my head: The Crayon Fields, The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots,Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom.
The Crayon Fields are also playing Pianos on Friday (3/26). I saw them at Bruar Falls earlier in the week and thought they were fantastic, and can really pull off the lush, late '60s baroque pop sound of their new album, All the Pleasures of the World, in the live setting with an ace cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" thrown in for good measure. Go see them. They're also selling vinyl of the new album for only ten bucks. Video from the Bruar Falls show is at the bottom of this post.
Before I get into more SXSW stragglers, I do need to remind you (and myself) that Lawrence Kansas' awesome Rooftop Vigilantes are in town. They played Shea Stadium last night and are
at Cake Shop Friday (3/26) and are playing somewhere in the area on Saturday too, still seemingly TBA.
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rooftop Vigilantes have headed back to Kansas. No NYC shows Friday or Saturday unfortunately.
We'll let you know when that's figured out. Here's what I wrote last month:
These guys are up there with BOAT in in the shambly, anthemic, super-catchy school of indie rock -- and if this sounds a little tighter, more pointed than anything on their debut, there's a reason. The band trekked to Baltimore, MD to record the album with Jawbox/Burning Airlines' J. Robbins behind the boards, which seems like a perfect match with Rooftop Vigilantes' sound which has been described in the past as "a very drunk Fugazi."To get a better idea of what Rooftop Vigilantes do, check out new track "Seth No Jump" from the J. Robbins sessions above. And they are seriously fun live. The Cake Shop show, brought to you by in-house labels Cape Shok and Daed Pizza, is with Philly's excellent duo Reading Rainbow, Mississippi's Flight and The Ansazis. This is a good show.
You Say Party We Say Die @ SXSW 2010 (More by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Vancouver's You Say Party! We Say Die! are in town for two shows, playing Knitting Factory tomorrow (3/26) and Pianos on Monday (3/29). Their latest album, XXXX, just came out in the States and is a pretty catchy slab of new wave synth rock, high on melodrama and chunky hooks. Check out "Laura Palmer's Prom" at the top of this post and the video for "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)" further down. I caught them last November at M for Montreal and was pretty impressed. Dominick also just caught them at SXSW.
Love is All
Love is All are are back with a swell new album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, that finds the band stretching their creative wings a bit, going out of their manic pop safety zone for their most varied record yet. There's still plenty of the shouty "bah bah bah" choruses you've come to expect. (The albumjust scored an 8.0 on Pitchfork.) Anyone that's seen them know that Love is All are one of the best times you're gonna have at a live show this side of Think About Life. Which you can see for yourself, as Love is All play Maxwell's on Saturday (3/27 with Crystal Stilts and Beachniks) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (3/28 with Beach Fossils and The Beets).
And just wondering, did anyone go see Love is All's saxophonist James Ausfahrt play Bruar Falls last night? Totally forgot it was happening.
The Wave Pictures @ Knitting Factory pre-SXSW (more by Chris La Putt)
Sunday night (3/28) The Wave Pictures are playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). Maybe you saw them last week at our pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory (or at our Friday day party at Club DeVille)? If so you know how great they are. I wrote of that performance:
Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.Definitely go see them if you haven't yet, and look out for their double-pack CD of their last two UK albums, which will be their first-ever U.S. release, out April 27. There's video from one of their SXSW shows at the bottom of this post.
Oh No Ono recording a Daytrotter Session (On No Ono)
A few more SXSW stragglers of note. Oh No Ono, who played Mercury Lounge last night, open for VV Brown and Little Dragon tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That's a pretty solid bill of foreign buzz bands. Sold out, but if you're going do get their early for Oh No Ono -- you've never seen anything quite like Oh No Ono. Unless you've seen them before, of course.
New Zealand's Surf City channel the ghosts of Flying Nun past, play Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/26) (and Maxwell's tonight - 3/25). I wasn't exactly blown away by their live show when they played during CMJ, but I really like their records. Maybe they've spent the last six month practicing.
That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
Wild Beasts @ Union Pool in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Of all the things going on this week -- and there is no shortage of options as usual -- my number one pick would be for you to see Wild Beasts, who are on tour and play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/26, sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (2/28) Tickets still available for the Brooklyn show and we have a pair to giveaway. Details at the bottom of this post.
Their second album, Two Dancers, was my favorite album of 2009 and I still hear some new and amazing little detail every time I listen to it. I went to all three of their New York shows last September, all of which were great. The fluid interplay between the band is something to behold -- a real case of four people working as one mesmerizing whole. And those who still haven't gotten used to their vocal style, I say go see them live and everything makes more sense. Wild Beasts are one of a kind, at the top of their game, and you're dumb to miss them.
The other undeniable show this weekend is Saturday (2/27) at Market Hotel with a line-up that almost dares you not to go: Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Beach Fossils, Grooms and Morning Benders. All bands I've written about in this weekly column more than once. Now most of these bands -- including out-of-towners Surfer Blood and Turbo Fruits -- play here enough that most people have seen them already. Except Morning Benders, recent transplants from San Francisco who have kind of blown up over the last two weeks thanks in part to a great new album, Big Echo (out March 9 on Rough Trade), as well as a killer live performance video (shot for Yours Truly) of the LP's lead track, "Excuses," that's been making the rounds. The version on the album is already pretty lovely, but here, done Phil Spector style with the Big Echo Orchestra (John Vanderslice and Christopher Owens of Girls among them) is pretty special. You can watch it at the bottom of this post, and download the MP3 of "Excuses" from The Morning Benders website for the mere price of your email address. The MP3 for "Promises" is above. Anyway, see them now before the album comes out and they no longer play places like Market Hotel.
... or the Housing Works Bookstore where they'll play tonight (2/25) with the garagey Shark? and twinkly folkies Cuddle Magic. Max Silvestri hosts. Presented by the Hype Machine, it's also a CD swap where you can take all those CDs you've ripped and trade them for others you don't have yet. Admission is $5 and at least one CD. Do bring something someone people would want to listen to, and not that CD of your cousin's ska band, OK?
The Morning Benders also play Mercury Lounge on April 22 (tickets still on sale). All tour dates for the band are at the bottom of this post.
Some more show picks shows by day:
Toro Y Moi is playing Cameo Gallery but surprise surprise: Best New Music + 75 person capacity = sold out show. There will be some tickets ($5) available when doors open at 8PM. Twin Sister are also on the bill so if you already have tickets for this, show up early and see them -- they're great. If you don't make it in, Toro Y Moi rolls back through town on March 26 where he'll play Brooklyn Bowl with New Zealand's Ruby Suns. He'll be at SXSW too. All tour dates for him are at the bottom of this post.
Patrick Bower and The World Without Magic are likely to play tunes from their new EP, The Dark Lord (of Love), at Bruar Falls. You can download the Scott Walker-esque title track at the top of this post. It's pretty different than the more beardy folk of his solo work. I dig it. The show's free and also features country-ish Beau Jennings & The Holy Tulsa Thunder and the delicate orch-folk of Balene.
North Highlands, Dream Diary and Knight School are at Death by Audio. Now is the time to catch North Highlands, who were excellent at Bruar Falls last week and I think will be taking things to the "next level" (whatever that means) soon. Dream Diary are getting really good too, especially if you like Pastels-style indiepop, and Knight School are NYC's nerdiest, funniest, catchiest, tinniest band.
And at the Bell House there's laptop shoegaze maestro Ulrich Schnauss who made one of my favorite records of the '00s, A Strangely Isolated Place, and apparently had a hand in recently coaxing Chapterhouse out of retirement. It's actually a pretty cool night if you're into dreamy soundscapes. Also on the bill is Mark Van Hoen who was a founding member of awesome '90s band Seefeel (seek out 1993's Quique) and who's made music under the name Locust since the mid-'90s. Local dreamweavers Luxa open the night.
If you weren't able to squeeze into Cameo on Thursday, Twin Sister play the equally tiny Matchless. As I said recently, they're probably the best new band I've seen in some time. I will say I'm predisposed to like their mix of Stereolab and Sade, but I was wowed when I saw them at Bruar Falls.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back in NYC, playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). They've got a new EP, Nitetime Rainbows, coming out next week that shows off their more experimental, soundscape-y side. Which side will we get Friday? This is the start of a lengthy tour which of course includes SXSW. Acrylics, who I love, are also playing the Mercury Lounge show.
Another chance to see Knight School, this time early on at Bruar Falls with awesomely loud (yet poppy) duo Sisters, sonic manipulator Noveller and the psych punk assault of Lame Drivers. After this show, Sisters hit the road with another Brooklyn duo, Coasting, for the tour heading to SXSW and then join up with Irish band So Cow after the fest. Tour dates are below.
Hospitality haven't played live in at least six months, due mainly to their bass player's duties in White Rabbits. He won't be at Bruar Falls on Saturday so we'll be seeing a slightly different line-up of the band but I'm glad to have them back. Singer Amber Papini is quite the charming singer. They're opening for Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums -- who are also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Friday.
Another local band that hasn't played in ages: The Hundred in the Hands, whose song "Dressed in Dresden" I listened to a lot last summer. It's the only song on their Myspace, apart from about 10 different remixes. It's a good track, but I'm curious to see how many other songs they have. With Glasslands doors at 11 and two other bands on the bill (Ra Ra Rasputin, Esque) it'll be a late night.
Go see Wild Beasts. Seriously.
That's it for this week. Videos, Wild Beasts contest, and tour dates are after the jump.
by Klaus Kinski
A few months ago I was wilting my life away at work listening to my M83 Pandora channel when a song the site randomly selected yanked me from my zombified, mouth-breathing state. It sounded like a bizarre mixture of Vangelis, Kitarro, Spandau Ballet, and Mogwai. Turns out, the artist was Ulrich Schnauss and the song was Goodbye. I didn't know what he was singing about, but it was definitely dark, sad and, well, beautiful. I was an immediate addict and before long I had almost every one of his songs in my collection.
So imagine my unbridled glee when I noticed that he scheduled a single US gig, and that it's happening at the Bell House on February 25, 2010 (Tickets are on sale). Mark Van Hoen and Luxa round out what will no doubt be an epic bill.
"While the name Mark Van Hoen may not immediately garner as much recognition as Schnauss, his reach and influence is arguably as authoritative. As an original member of Seefeel, the BBC noted, "In a brief listen one can hear the influence on Boards of Canada's damaged melodies and dense claustrophobia, more so than even the usual suspects like Aphex Twin." After tours with Massive Attack, Orbital, and opening for Slowdive, Van Hoen formed Scala with three members of Seefeel, releasing three albums. Van Hoen has also released four albums as Locust, including the electronic masterpieces Morning Light and Playing with Time...Ulrich Schnauss also has a new album coming out, but not of new material. He is instead releasing an album's worth of remixes he did for other bands including Halo, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Mahogany, Mojave 3, and Howling Bells. That album is called Missing Deadlines and is out March 15th. Full tracklist below...
...Van Hoen will be releasing a new album, Where Is the Truth, in late February, his first in over five years. The Bell House performance will also be Van Hoen's first in several years to feature backing musicians, including members of Edison Woods and Anthony and the Johnsons, accompanying his heavily visual and electronic performance.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths (MP3)
For more weekend picks from me (Fiery Furnaces, Yellow Fever), check out This Week in Indie Pt 1.
I think my top pick for Saturday has to be That Petrol Emotion at the Bell House, their first NYC show in 15 years. (You can get a ticket here.) One of the '80s more underrated bands, TPE were the band formed when Feargal Sharkey left the Undertones and most of the rest of the band carried on together with new singer Steve Mack. 1986's Manic Pop Thrill (the title's an apt description of the music, too) is one of the best albums of that year, and 1987's more ambitious, politically-minded Babble spawned what is probably the band's best-known song, "Big Decision."
Sean O'Neil left after 1988's End of the Millennium Psychosis Blues and the band became a little more straightforward alt-pop and laid off the politics lyrically, but still delivered some great hooky singles. As I said previously, I caught them at SXSW earlier this year and they're still an amazingly energetic live band, especially Steve Mack who is as wiry and manic as he was back in the day. Fans should expect a set heavy on the last two albums (1990's Chemicrazy and 1993's Fireproof) but as Bell House booker Skippy is a huge Babble fan, I'm hoping he has coerced them into adding a few of that album's more amazing tracks ("Creeping to the Cross" and "Swamp") to the mix.
Opening for TPE will be The Mad Scene (Clean drummer Hamish Kilgour's long-running NYC band) and the debut of The Forgery Series which is a solo project from Obits guitarist (and big That Petrol Emotion fan, and old friend of mine) Sohrab Habibion. Some of you may remember Sohrab's '90s band, Edsel, who were one of my favorites from the '90s DC scene. (Factoid: Edsel started the Desoto label that ended up being run by Kim Colleta and other members of Jawbox.) The Forgery Series are new songs from him that don't exactly fit the Obits mold, and he's gathered an all-star band to help him out: old DC pal Michael Hampton, who was in S.O.A., One Last Wish and Manifesto; Radio 4 bassist Anthony Roman (Radio 4); and Joe Newton who drummed for Gas Huffer. Who knows when or if they'll play again (pretty sure they're just doing this for the fun of it) but should be interesting.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Also this weekend, Philadelphia's A Sunny Day in Glasgow are in town playing Saturday at Union Hall and Sunday at Le Poisson Rougue. Their new album, Ashes Grammar, is one of the year's more overlooked albums (it got an 8.3 on P4K but not Best New Music), it's a 22-track ethereal wonder, with songs flowing into interstitial soundscapes and back again. (It reminds me a lot of Slowdive's 1995 album Pygmalion.) Maybe not the best record for picking a song for a mix CD, but as a cohesive listening experience, it's gorgeous. Since making the album, the band went through a state of flux when they decided to tour, losing both singers Robin and Lauren Daniels, resulting in a worldwide search to fill their void. They settled on Jen Goma who, along with Annie Fredrickson, are now fronting the group. Will be curious to see them attempt to recreate the album's sonic miasma in a live setting.
Videos and tour dates after the jump.
DOWNLOAD: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths (MP3)
So many people have been in ASDiG since the project started in 2006 - touring members especially have come and gone. But I am happy and excited to let you know that we now have what could really be called a stable line-up now. The sad news is that Robin & Lauren are no longer singing with ASDiG. For various reasons (out of state grad school; boyfriend's broken limbs, work) neither were readily available while we were recording Ashes Grammar. These were dark times! But then all of this great stuff started to happen where Josh and I just said fuck it and kept working on the album. And then longtime fan and west philly neighbor Ryan Newmeyer wrote out of nowhere to ask what kind of fuzz pedal I use (<3<3<3 love you so much zvex fuzz factory <3<3<3) and I asked if he knew any singers. And he did! And her name was (is) Annie Fredrickson. Josh, Annie, and I would spend many many many late nights in Lambertville and West Philly and South Philly and anywhere we could make noise starting from scratch, ultimately finishing the album, and generally coming together as friends and as a band. Good times!A Sunny Day in Glasgow's new lineup will hit the road on November 12th and stay on it for a month until they eventually hit NYC for two shows: 12/12 @ Union Hall (tickets) & 12/13 @ Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). All dates below...
And then, when Ashes Grammar was done and we all got really drunk and got some normal sleep and listened to songs that weren't our songs etc... and the three of us decided we really liked the album and wanted to go on tour for as long as we possibly could to support it. But no one else wanted to go, so it was kind of dark times again. But then it turns out that Ryan plays bass! And then Josh's friend Adam Herndon joined to play drums (Josh now plays guitar/synths/whatever and sings)! And then we had this singer search where so many incredibly talented singers from all over the world sent us demos and tried out and it was crazy, we had no idea there were so many people who would want to join our little band. It was a really hard decision but in the end we are very happy to introduce you to Jen Goma when we go out on tour next week.
Anyway, things feel really good now. Everyone in this band really wants to be in this band and they are all talented people. It feels like we actually are a band and can give alot of ASDiG songs the live treatment (I think) they deserve.
Also, we've already recorded another album's worth of new songs and we are going to be touring so so so much next year in addition to this fall. Hope to see you out there! - A Sunny Day in Glasgow
DOWNLOAD: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths (MP3)
Hi Everyone,Details on how to contact/join the band are below.
As you may know we [had] a new album come out this month. We are planning to go on tour for a short while later this Autumn and then for a LONG while next year, all over the world. But before we do, we need another singer to fill things out and make us sound awesome. Specifically, we are looking for a female soprano who is up for an adventure (if you are not sure what a soprano is, just listen to our songs-- these are predominantly within a soprano range). -A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Their new album, Ashes Grammar, just came out on September 15th on Mis Ojos Discos. Two tracks (combined into one) are posted above.
Limited tour dates (the short tour alluded to above) are posted below (no NYC yet). The album art, tracklist and the rest of their note are also below...
Times New Viking @ Cafe Bourbon St., 3/22/08 (Joel.Oliphint)
Four free shows in June at the Whitney in NYC....
DOWNLOAD: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Best Summer Ever (MP3)
"Philadelphia/Montreal's (who knows) A Sunny Day In Glasgow play lush, dreamy music similar to NYC's Asobi Seksu, coupled with the eclectic sonic clatter of bands like Grizzly Bear and (of course) My Bloody Valentine." [Oh My Rockness]
"This summer Philly's A Sunny Day in Glasgow and New York's My Teenage Stride are set to embark on both bands' first ever cross country tour-- together! ASDIG is on the road in support of their critically praised debut full length "Scribble Mural Comic Journal" (Notenuf) and MTS will be touring to support their highly lauded third full-length release, "Ears Like Golden Bats" (Becalmed).They play Union Hall tonight (June 14), a Brooklyn Loft party tomorrow, Sound Fix records tomorrow, and Cake Shop on July 6th. All tour dates below....