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J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Spacemillions

One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.

Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.

Continue reading "Spiritualized, Beach House & more feature on 'Space Project' RSD LP; J. Spaceman / Kid Millions live RSD LP too (streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Milkin' It

The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.

For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.

Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.

All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Greys, Odonis Odonis, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Beliefs, HSY & more on Nirvana 'In Utero' tribute LP (stream a track)"

by Bill Pearis

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The U.S. Open just finished a week or so ago, but if you still need a tennis fix, might I suggest Yuck's new video for "Middle Sea"? In it, fro'd drummer Jonny Rogoff (looking McEnroe-esque), faces off against someone more than twice his elder and the two clearly have a rocky history. Filial issues play out on the court: words are had, rackets are thrown (more McEnroe!), and sports drink is spilled. You can watch the video below.

Yuck's new album, Glow & Behold, is out October 1 and the band doesn't seem to have been slowed down much by frontman Daniel Blumberg's departure, as they're still cranking out the catchy '90s style indie rock in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, Versus and Sebadoh, with a little MBV-style glide guitar dappled across at least a couple tracks.

Yuck will be spending the early part of October on tour with Pixies in Europe but will be in NYC for CMJ. The only announced show so far is at Mercury Lounge on 10/18. The whole line-up is pretty good, featuring UK noisemakers Eagulls, soulful crooner Willis Earl Beal, and Montreal's krautrocky Absolutely Free. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon. If you have a CMJ badge you can get in with that too, based on capacity of course.

All Yuck tour dates are listed, along with the "Middle Sea" video, below.

Continue reading "Yuck serve up a new video, ready 'Glow & Behold' and playing CMJ w/ Willis Earl Beal, Eagulls & Absolutely Free (dates)"

still from "UFO" video
Absolutely Free

Absolutely Free, the band formed from 4/5ths of DD/MM/YYYY, released their debut EP last fall and have just released a video for one of its tracks, "UFO." It's powered by a very Can-like beat, and you can watch its video below. A stream of the entire EP is below as well.

The band, who were here for CMJ, have a few tour dates lined up this week, including a stop in NYC on Friday (2/8) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Alan Watts, Yvette, Breeding Program and DJ Porkchop. $7 at the door and more info is here. They'll be at SXSW too. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Absolutely Free made a new video, playing shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Greys (photo by Jesse Crowe)
Greys

Toronto noise punks Greys formed about two years ago when singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani teamed up with high school pal Cam Graham (guitar) and began playing the type of abrasive guitar-based rock they grew up on. They eventually brought in drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, and turned Greys into the four-piece touring force that they are. They surfaced with the Ultra Sorta EP in 2011, followed by the Easy Listening EP in 2012, and they're about to drop their heaviest release yet, the Drift EP, on February 12 via their new home, Kind of Like Records. It was recorded by Josh Korody (of Beliefs) at Toronto studio Candle Recording (Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and more). That EP is making its premiere in this post, and you can stream it in its entirety below.

An easy comparison to make for Greys is their Toronto neighbors METZ (who're touring), but like that band, Greys have reached back to the noise rock-meets-post hardcore of early '90s bands like Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Unsane... the list goes on. You'll also hear elements of My War-era Black Flag sludge, Seattle scene grunge, and straight-ahead fast punk. Plus, the band are working on a full length right now and according to Shehzaad, one of the songs they're working on "sounds like early Sloan, or Guided by Voices, or Pavement."

Greys might look to the past for influence, but not without a wink in their eye. "Hey, we're late to the party," they shout on "Drag," with the sort of post-modern notion that nothing's really original anyway. And they do this while playing with the kind of urgency where nothing in the world matters for two and a half minutes except playing the hell out of their songs. The guitars are thick, the drums pound away in fury, and Shehzaad shouts with a burning passion as he delivers lines like, "We have no marching song to overthrow our leadership/We have no teenage anthem to make ourselves feel like shit," on "Drag," which itself could end up making a pretty good case for being either of those things. "Drag" is the EP's second track, and it's sandwiched between the fast-paced opener "Carjack" and the notably longer closing track, "Pill," a song about medical issues which opens with a discordant swagger and ends with the band literally sounding like they're drowning and screaming out for help.

Greys don't have a tour booked at the moment, but they're expected to head to the US and stop in Manhattan and Brooklyn this March, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I just spoke to Shehzaad about the making of the EP, the Toronto scene that they come from, and a pretty crazy experience the band had the last time they played NYC. You can head below to read that interview and listen to a stream of the Drift EP.

Continue reading "check out Toronto punks Greys (stream their new EP)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Single Mothers
Now that their recent tour with Title Fight has drawn to a close (they played Bowery Ballroom in November), Canada's Single Mothers are scheduling dates in the new year as part of a campaign toward SXSW. So far dates are spotty, but look for the band to hit in NYC on March 2 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Saturday (12/15) at 9AM.

Another date of note in that recently announced set is part of Fucked Up's Long Winter series, monthly shows in Toronto that last until February. The band will join Fucked Up (who also play Warsaw next week) as well as Absolutely Free, The Highest Order, Dusted, Marine Dreams vs The Weather Station, Laura Barrett and Kristian Pedersen at The Great Hall on 12/14. This all-ages event will feature "immersive and interactive music, installations, visual art, readings, food and dance" and is "pay what you can."

Single Mothers released their self-titled EP late last year which you can stream below.

In related news, Fucked Up have a new video for "Inside a Frame" which you can watch below alongside the Single Mothers stream and a list of all dates.

Continue reading "Single Mothers touring in 2013, playing SXSW & NYC (dates); playing festival curated by Fucked Up (who have a new vid) "

photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Karoake chaos / Kirin J Callinan / Absolutely Free @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012
un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus, 2012

After a few days of utter CMJ madness, what better way to wash away your troubles than with Infinity Spaceship, the karaoke live band that specializes in punk/indie/hardcore and more. Perhaps due in part to the complimentary Raw Rev bars, Sailor Jerry's rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time) and a possible avoidance of hangover care of Mercy, the crowd at the BrooklynVegan un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus on 10/19 was more than ready to unwind by covering songs by Smashing Pumpkins, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits and many others while backed by the current and former members of On the Might of Princes, No Way, Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and more.

It wasn't all covers and amateur hour though. The Saint Vitus shindig, one night before our metal show in the same venue, also featured a pair of performances including mind-blowing, gothic guitarist Kirin J Callinan and Toronto's precise, rhythmically-adept Absolutely Free. Pictures of both bands and the karaoke crowd are below...

Continue reading "Kirin J Callinan, Absolutely Free & live karaoke band Infinity Spaceship played the BV 'un-CMJ' party at Saint Vitus (pics)"

Flyer 10/19

Lets face it, we're barely into CMJ 2012 and already in overload. So, we've decided to add a healthy alternative to the glut of Friday night showcases...Welcome The un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday (10/19)!

Sure we have some of the same things at our party that makes CMJ great- complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry and Mercy Drink while supplies last, as well as some buzzy bands, but The un-CMJ has something else to offer as well... a chance for YOU get in on the action! Infinity Spaceship, which features current & former members of Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ludlow Lions, On The Might of Princes, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and The Judas Knife, will headline the evening with one of their signature punk/hardcore/indie karaoke sets!

Sign-up to get in on the action - the Infinity Spaceship karaoke shows are always an amazing time. Check out some video of Infinity Spaceship in action below. What song are you going to sing?

Before the ripping and personal rock n' roll experience, you can get to Vitus to catch sets from Canadian psychedelic synth-y pop band Absolutely Free and Kirin J Callinan.

Absolutely Free is the new project from 80% of the band known as DD/MM/YYYY, and the band is preparing to release their debut 12" via One Big Silence, the label run by Mike of Fucked Up. Stream half of that release, the song "UFO", which recently got 'best new track' at Pitchfork, below.

As recently discussed, Aussie guitarist Kirin J. Callinan is in town for CMJ and we can't wait to check out his gothic soundscapes in one of a very few select appearances the show.

This event goes down TOMORROW NIGHT (10/19) and will cost you absolutely nothing (it's absolutely free) to get in! So head to Saint Vitus for the 7:30PM opening ad grab a free drink at the bar. Prepare by streaming some material from both bands and checking out Infinity Spaceship below.

ALSO, REMINDER: Saint Vitus will host the BV-BBG showcase the next night (10/20). Tickets are still available. And before both Saint Vitus shows, spend the day with us at Public Assembly.

Continue reading "BV Presents 'Un-CMJ' Friday night at Saint Vitus -- LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 2 awesome other bands, free drinks & admission"

King Tuff @ Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
King Tuff

We've known King Tuff were going to be at CMJ this year, as part of their tour with The Intelligence, but now we know the specifics. Kyle and the band will play three times next week: The Sub Pop showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/18 (11:20 PM) with Pissed Jeans, Metz, Daughn Gibson, Poor Moon and Debo Band, then the Inland Empire showcase at City Reliquary on 10/19 (7 PM, invite only) with Sinkane and more, and finally DIY space Cheap Storage on 10/20 (midnight) with Royal Baths, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker. The band have extended their tour as well, with newly-added West Coast dates. Updated tour schedule is below.

King Tuff also have a new single out, "Screaming Skull," that isn't pulled from this year's self-titled album on Sub Pop. You can stream it below and buy it from Sub Pop or the merch table on tour.

Meanwhile, we just revealed that The Intelligence will play our BV day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), headlining the back room at 5:15 PM. Check out the FULL SCHEDULE for Friday here.

Meanwhile, The Intelligence play Maxwell's on Wednesday (10/17, tickets) with Ba Babes, then the My Social List free day party at Public Assembly on October 18 (4:30 PM) with Roomrunner, Wild Yaks and Royal Baths, then later that night at Death by Audio as part of a killer bill with Montreal krautrockers Absolutely Free, locals Parquet Courts and Viva L'American Deathray Music. The DbA show is not affiliated with CMJ and $7 gets you in at the door.

King Tuff dates and song stream are below.

Continue reading "King Tuff released new 7", expands tour + CMJ week shows; The Intelligence playing Friday BV day party (dates, streams)"

Doldrums at MHOW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums

As mentioned, Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) and Moon King (the project of Airick's brother/collaborator Daniel), who were both just in NYC will return for CMJ. We already know that Doldrums will be playing the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 17 with Hundred Waters, Strange Talk, High Highs, Mozart's Sister, and more (tickets).

It's now been announced that Doldrums and Moon King will team up for the M for Montreal CMJ showcase on October 19 at Arlene's Grocery. Mozart's Sister (who also shares a bill with Doldrums at the Windish showcase) is on the bill, as is Braids side project Blue Hawaii. The rest of show includes ex-DD/MM/YYYY krautrockers Absolutely Free, Royal Canoe (who are going on tour with Savoir Adore), impressive live dance rock outfit Plaster, TOPS, and Ariane Moffatt. No advance tickets for this one at the moment. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.

M For Montreal set times along with a list of all Doldrums dates and a song stream are below.

Continue reading "Doldrums, Moon King, Blue Hawaii and more playing M for Montreal CMJ showcase (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Absolutely Free

Absolutely Free, the new group featuring most of Montreal's defunct DD/MM/YYY, make their U.S debut at Death by Audio Saturday night (2/25), playing with Cleveland's Mystery of Two and Athens, GA band Bambara.

I caught Absolutely Free's first-ever show at M for Montreal last year and wrote:

After two songs of sweating onstage, the drummer for Absolutely Free -- who made their live debut last night at Mile End venue La Salla Rossa -- peeled off his flannel shirt to reveal a Neu! t-shirt underneath. But by that point we already got it, though a Can shirt might have been more to the point.

Featuring four fifths of DD/MM/YYYY, as Absolutely Free they still make complex, time signature-shifting music, but this was less manic, less skronky with decidedly groovier rhythms. (For me, that's a definitely an "Oh Yeah.") With no recorded music to hear yet and a short 20-minute set, I don't think we've got a full picture of what these guys are capable of, but it was a very promising first show.

You can watch a couple live videos of Absolutely Free in action at the bottom of this post. The band are in the midst of recording their debut album which should be out later this year.

Continue reading "Absolutely Free (ex DD/MM/YYYY) make U.S. debut at Death By Audio in Brooklyn Saturday"

By Bill Pearis

Absolutely Free

After two songs of sweating onstage, the drummer for Absolutely Free -- who made their live debut last night at Mile End venue La Salla Rossa -- peeled off his flannel shirt to reveal a Neu! t-shirt underneath. But by that point we already got it, though a Can shirt might have been more to the point.

Featuring four fifths of DD/MM/YYYY, as Absolutely Free they still make complex, time signature-shifting music, but this was less manic, less skronky with decidedly groovier rhythms. (For me, that's a definitely an "Oh Yeah.") With no recorded music to hear yet and a short 20-minute set, I don't think we've got a full picture of what these guys are capable of, but it was a very promising first show.

Cadence Weapon

La Salla Rossa, which nests on top of a Spanish restaurant with the same name, was host to the night's showcase co-presented by SXSW. We also got the first taste of Cadence Weapon's new album which is due out in January or February -- his first in about three years. With screwed-ish beats (and a little dub reggae), his set was pretty terrific. Dude is confident and funny and drops lines about Lite Brites and had a song that seemed to be entirely about SXSW day parties, not sure if it was made up for the occasion. Best set of the night.

Young Empires

Headliners of the night were Toronto's Young Empires who some cynical types might dub Friendly Foals* and it wouldn't be too off the mark. Big Hooks, anthemic choruses, extra percussion, all very digestible. Young Empires are also pretty slick (and a little bro-y) but they seem destined to become big, at least in a Naked and The Famous kind of way (whose career path they seem to be modeling). Especially once they get around to putting out their debut, due out in January. (I like them better on record than live.)

Daniel Isiah

Night Two opened with Daniel Isiah who is signed to Secret City (the home of Patrick Watson and Plants & Animals) and has an appealing desert twang to his sound (think Chris Isaak or Springsteen's "I'm on Fire") which you can check out on his most recent album, High Twilight. It was a nice start to the evening.

M for Montreal never lets attendees stand still for too long. In between bands at La Salla Rossa, we hopped across the street to affiliated restaurant/venue Case Del Popolo for two Icelandic bands (Iceland Airways co-presented). First were instrumental quartet For a Minor Reflection whose stirring music would be perfect for an Icelandic remake of Friday Night Lights. You've heard this kind of stuff before but they do it well and clearly love playing it.

Of Monsters and Men

The other Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, made more of an impression with their stirring folk rock that was augmented by horns and an especially fancy accordion. (It had LED switches on it.) While also similar to a lot of other sweeping ensembles (fill in your favorite here), the songs were memorable and I did wish their set had been a couple songs longer. So it goes with festivals.

Today I'll be seeing Colin Stetson, The Midway State, Hollerado, Parlovr, Thus: Owls (points for colon use), Doldrums, Bran Van 3000, Misteur Valaire and something called Tonstartsbandht, plus about 10 other groups. Hopefully organizers have budgeted time to eat. Look for reports on tonight and tomorrow's M festivities on Monday. Until then, click through for a few more picks from last night's action...

Continue reading "M for Montreal 2011 -- Night 2 in pics & review (Absolutely Free, Cadence Weapon, Young Empires, Daniel Isiah & more)"

by Bill Pearis

As I mentioned briefly yesterday, I'm heading out to the M for Montreal festival which happens tonight through Saturday (11/16 - 19). This is the 6th Edition of the fest, and the fourth that I've attended. Once a showcase for up-and-coming Montreal bands that the festival organizers deemed "export-ready" and that took place primarily at one club (the two-stage Juste Pour Rire), M4M has expanded to include other parts of Canada in the last few years.

Juste Pour Rire closed shortly after last year's festival, so this year has expanded to other venues while also widening in scope. They've partnered with other international festivals (Osheaga, CMJ, SXSW) and have more bands than ever (including a few not from Canada). Bands this year include M83, Karkwa, The Barr Brothers, Active Child, Bran Van 3000 (remember "Drinking in L.A."?), CLAASS, Misteur Valaire, Anoraak, Random Recipe and the debut of Absolutely Free, the new band from 4/5s of  DD/MM/YYYY. Full line-up is here.

In total there's nearly 60 bands playing, which might not seem like a crazy amount for a festival. But M for Montreal is designed with little to no overlap, so if you attend the whole thing you see all the bands. It's going to be a busy week.  Look for more coverage (including my lovely point-and-shoot photography) coming later this week.