Entries tagged with: A Sunny Day in Glasgow
by Bill Pearis
tributes outside of Bowie's SoHo apartment (via @natebui)
The world is still reeling from the news of David Bowie's death, just two days after his 69th birthday (and the release of his great new album, Blackstar). Here in NYC, where Bowie lived, fans have been leaving candles, flowers and other tributes outside his SoHo apartment building on Lafayette St, and there are also tributes being left outside of the East Village's New York Theatre Workshop where his musical, Lazarus, is in the middle of its sold-out run.
As mentioned, Michael Dorf's annual Carnegie Hall concert will be a tribute to Bowie and there are bound to be many more musical tributes in the weeks ahead. There's actually one tonight (1/11) at C'Mon Everybody in Brooklyn featuring Lena Hall, Stephen Trask, and Tim Mislock of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, as well as Akie Bermiss, Bridget Barkan and more. Advance tickets for this event, which has been in the planning for over a month, are sold out but there will be limited $10 tickets at the door tonight. Doors are at 7:30 PM. Flyer is below.
There is also going to be a David Bowie tribute at Manhattan Inn tonight homage to his work by Legs and SPK, also featuring Bowie celebrations by members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Strange Names, EMEFE, Pavo Pavo, Indigo Street, and other artists. That show is free and doors are at 8:30 PM.
Jason Lindner, who played on Blackstar, plays Nublu tonight (1/15) as part of his "Electronic Mondays" January residency. Performing with him tonight are Sasha Masakowski (vocals, electronics), Jesske Hume (bass, electronics), and Abe Seiferth (electro-beats). It's $10 at the door.
Also coming up is Disappears' performance of Bowie's 1977 album Low at Baby's All Right on February 20 which they originally performed as of part of last year's Bowie Changes exhibit at Chicago's MCA. They'll also perform a set of all-new songs and tickets are still available.
Other Bowie-related events: The "Feeling Gloomy" danceparty is hosting a special Bowie weekend: Friday (1/15) at Littlefield and Saturday and Sunday (1/16 & 1/17) at Grand Victory. There's also a Bowie edition of "12XU" at HiFi Bar on Saturday. At Bowery Electric on Sunday it's a Bowie edition of "Sally Can't Dance" with DJs Jonathan Toubin, MIss Guy, Alix Brown, plus a live performance by Bowie cover band Michael T. & the Vanities with loads of special guests (tickets)
If you need other Bowie things today to fill the void there is no shortage of stuff to watch. Bowie made a lot of television appearances in the 1970s, including more than a few visits to daytime talk shows. He chatted with Dick Cavett in 1974 (where he performed "Young Americans" and "1984"), and he and pal Iggy Pop talked punk rock with Dinah Shore in 1977. You can watch those, plus visits to Soul Train, a Cher special and more, below.
Bowie in 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'
There are also Criterion Collection editions of Bowie Films The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Neither are on Criterion's Hulu page at the time, but that might change. You can see free screenings of both of those films in NYC at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater on Friday (1/15) with Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence at 6:30 PM and The Man Who Fell to Earth at 9 PM.
Bowie was also great as Andy Warhol in Basquiat which is on Netflix. There's also the 1983 vampire flick The Hunger (which also stars Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve and has Bauhaus performing "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in the opening credits) and is available to rent. You can also watch D.A. Pennebaker's 1973 concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars below.
Videology in Williamsburg will be showing Bowie films all night tonight (1/11) in the front bar, starting with Christiane F, and that is free.
And who can forget Bowie as The Goblin King in Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy Labyrinth? It's available to rent or buy digitally. It's a little ways off but there's a 30th Anniversary tribute to Labyrinth happening at Shea Stadium on May 21. No word tickets or who will be performing but flyer for the show, and video of Bowie performing "Magic Dance" in the film, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
ASDIG @ Rough Trade 1/2/2016
With their members flung across the country these days, live shows for dreampop band A Sunny Day in Glasgow are rare. They did manage to converge for a short holiday tour (that also promoted their new-ish double-EP), which hit NYC on January 2 at Rough Trade. Opening the night were two local psych bands Dinowalrus and Space Merchants and pictures from the whole night continue below.
photo: Mercury Girls @ Pianos, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philadelphia's Mercury Girls won the battle over use of their name (Toronto's Mercury Girls are now called Pavilion). With that settled, look for a 7" out early next year on venerable indiepop label Slumberland. In the meantime Mercury Girls have some shows coming up, including two NYC shows this weekend with Expert Alterations: Friday (12/18) at Alphaville that's also with Gingerlys, Big Quiet, and DJ Kip Berman (Pains of Being Pure at Heart); and Saturday (12/19) at Cake Shop that's also with EZTV and DJ Drew Citron (Beverly). Advance tickets are available for the Cake Shop show. On Sunday (12/20), Mercury Girls and Expert Alterations will play live on WFMU starting at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Both Expert Alterations and EZTV are featured on a year-end mix put together by Mercury Girls' guitarist Kevin Attics that has all his favorite songs of 2015. You may remember he did one last year too. Says Kevin:
The sun is setting on 2015 and, again, we're left to pick up the pieces and make sense of the last twelve months. This year saw a break-out of bands inspired by jagged, dance-y post-punk (WALL, Shopping, SNEAKS), a wave of indiepop with something to say (Spook School, Makthaverskan, Flowers), burgeoning new talent building steam (Wildhoney, Expert Alterations, EZTV, Wallflower)... oh, also Hurry managed to put out a pretty good track.Stream it and check out the tracklist below...
photo: ASDIG @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fun fact: Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow is a huge wrestling fan. It's true. It's a subject she explores in the video for ASDIG's "Hey, You're Mine" which she directed and is off the band's new double-EP, Planning Weed Like Its Acid/Life is Loss. With help from filmmakers Ty Flowers and Jon Cooper, Jen visited the OTW Pro Wrestling Club in Williamstown, New Jersey for a verité style video that makes its premiere here. She told us:
I see wrestling as a kind of presentational theater that is a tradition but also a modern day vehicle for telling good stories. I wanted to make use of the metafictional techniques inherent in wrestling to tell a story about wrestling but also a broader story about people. For me, the key to a compelling story is the characters and wrestling characters are all about the people who play them.Jen also says the video crew and the wrestlers all ended up at the same NJ bar later that night, adding "We sent them a dessert and they sent over some shots, I guess they won that round." It's a genuinely sweet glimpse into OTW's world and fits well with the song's optimistic feel. You can watch it below.
A televised/live wresting show is not dissimilar from a series like The Office or Louie. Shooting this music video in a documentary-style allows us to do what wrestling does best-- present truth as fiction and vice versa. The audience gets to decide how important either of those elements are to a good story.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow's new double EP, Planning Weed Like Its Acid/Life is Loss, is out on Friday and the band are currently streaming the whole thing via Hype Machine and you can listen below.
The band members are somewhat far-flung these days, which makes touring harder, but they have just announced a few winter shows around the holidays. That includes a NYC show on January 2 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (11/11) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the double-EP stream, below...
photo: ASDIG at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are releasing a new double EP, titled Planning Weed Like Its Acid/Life is Loss. The nine new songs were written following last year's tour behind Sea Went Absent, and they'll be released on Mis Ojos Discos on November 13. The first song is called "Jet Black, Starlit," and you can stream it, and read a note from the band about it, below.
by Bill Pearis
Roman à Clef, the band featuring A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Ryan Newmyer & Jen Goma, and Kurt Feldman (Ice Choir, TPOBPAH, etc), will release their debut album, Abandonware, via Infinite Best on June 2. The band have made a video for single "PSBTV" and some of you may recognize it's location as Union Pool. Like their music, there's an air of '80s romanticism here (it reminds me a bit of the Bunnymen's "Seven Seas" video). The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, Roman à Clef will be playing NYC Popfest at Cake Shop on May 28 with Beverly, Young Romance, Wildhoney and Souvenir Stand (tickets). A few days later, they'll throw an Abandonware record release show at Union Pool on June 2 with Mrs. Adam Schatz and Cassandra Jenkins opening, plus DJ sets by Chris Georges (Fang Island) and Ben Daniels (ASDIG). Tickets are on sale now.
photos by David Andrako
Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal @ "The Hum," Manhattan Inn 4/6/2015
"The Hum" is a free series happening every Monday in April at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint, which is a "platform for unique first time collaborations between musicians working in various genres such as R&B, indie, beat-boxing, classical, punk and more with live projected video art." Last night (4/6) was the series' kickoff show and featured Deva Mahal & Shilpa Ray, plus Belle Mare & Teletextile, and Cantina's Renata Zeiguer & Cassandra Jenkins. Pictures from last night are in this post.
There are three more shows for "The Hum":
April 13: Elizabeth and the Catapult; Hannah Epperson, Shelley Burgon and Indigo Street (Shy Hunters); deli and Ashley Jackson; with projections by Sofy Yuditskaya
April 20: Teeny Liberson (TEEN), Zoe Brecher (Brainfreeze), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow); Sarah Pedinotti (Lip Talk), Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket), Kaila Mallady, and Jordyn Blakely (Invisible Familiars); Alyse Lamb (EULA) and Alex Nelson (Oracle Room); with projections by Carmen Osterlye
April 27: Xenia Rubinos and Indigo Street (Shy Hunters); Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis (Maitri); Cat Martino (Stranger Cat) and Erin Fein (Psychic Twin); with projections by Laura Bartczak
Again, "The Hum" shows are free at start at 10:30 PM. Manhattan Inn is very small, so be sure to get there early.
Speaking of Shilpa Ray, she'll be playing Rough Trade on May 23. It's a record release party for her new album, Last Year's Savage, and no wave icon James Chance will play as well. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/8) at noon.
Stream a track from Last Year's Savage, and check out more picks from "The Hum" below...
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)
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DOWNLOAD: Elk City - Jerks on Ice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Like Like Like Like Like Like Like (MP3)
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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)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)
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.