Entries tagged with: Adult Swim
photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin
Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.
On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.
In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.
Dan Deacon (right) and MC Schmidt takes notes in Adult Swim's latest "informercial"
Adult Swim has released another oddity into its 4 AM "Infomercial" slot that unleashed "Too Many Cooks" and "In Search of Miracle Man." Titled "Unedited Footage of a Bear," it starts off just as that but quickly transitions into commercial for fake allergy medication "Claridryl," the kind where the warnings go on longer than the selling of the product. We'll stop there, but writer/directors Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien pretty much echew any attempts at humor, happy just to be weird, unsettling and, actually, pretty scary. Dan Deacon, who has a new LP on the way and worked with the filmmakers on another Adult Swim short, did the music and cameos (along with Matmos' MC Schmidt) as a police detective. Watch it below.
For those watching it online, note that clicking the familiar "Skip Ad" button it takes you to a fake Claridryl website. If you're looking for something that's unsettling, weird and funny, you might want to try The Heart, She Holler.
by Bill Pearis
Meemaw visits 'Wake Up, White People' host David Cross on 'The Heart, She Holler' S3
John Lee and Vernon Chatman have been weirding out late night television viewers for 10 years as the primary creative forces behind PFFR: first with not-for-kids kids show Wonder Showzen, then with the hallucinogenic, hard-to-look-at Xavier: Renegade Angel and, most recently, on the Southern Gothic soap opera The Heart, She Holler. (They were also writers and producers on Jon Glazer's awesome Delocated.) The thread running through them all: Lee and Chatman's gleeful dismantling of American culture, labyrinthine and pun-filled dialogue, and a desire to see viewers' jaws drop.
Season three of The Heart She, Holler debuts on December 1 on Adult Swim, starring folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and other familiar comedy faces. You can watch the trailer below. There's a Season Three preview screening on Tuesday (11/18) at BAM at 7:30 with a Q&A with Q&A with Adsit (who just joined the cast) and John Lee. It's free and you can RSVP to attend, though entry is based on capacity. We're also giving away a pair of guaranteed passes as well, and details on that are below.
PFFR's John Lee
In addition to working on his own shows, John Lee has directed episodes of Broad City and a few music videos, and he used to be in a couple bands: jokey late-'90s indie rockers Muckafurgason, and a pre-TV PFFR who put out records in the early '00s. Full disclosure: I've known John for almost 20 years, and he took a few minutes away from scarring Middle America's eyeballs to talk about The Heart She Holler, food courts, unprecedented sexual positions, Morrissey, David Lynch and the difficulties of wrangling an ex-President for a cameo. PFFR are infamous for their non-interview interviews, but there's at least a little directness here.
BrooklynVegan: So what are you working on now? Season 3 of The Heart She Holler is in the can, right?
John Lee: Yeah, it's in the trash can as we say. The trash can of America. Any of your local mall food courts, that's what we call the trash can. We call the South "Food Court America" up here in the North.
BV: How much time have you and Vernon spent in the South?
JL: (Laughs) Together or separately? Well, together it was all in sin. It felt like forever but it was only six minutes. Um, separately? Through touring... it would add up to a handful of peanuts. A bag of boiled peanuts, that's how long I've spent in the South. But the thing is you don't even need to spend time in the South to understand American culture, like American hillbilly ideals. All you have to do is go 40 minutes outside of any city and you're there. America, it's all that. It's everywhere you go. The South is just the place everyone says "Oh, it's that." But it's not, it's everywhere.
Did you think you'd be doing a third season of The Heart, She Holler when you guys came up with the idea?
We, as in PFFR, all our shows that are self-created have never gotten past a second season. This is the first time we've broken the curse. Wonder Showzen was only two seasons, Xavier was only two seasons. Delocated made it longer, but that wasn't just our show. It was a thrill, but we were also scared because when you break a curse you never know what sort of demon's going to show up. The undead will rise? Your nightmares will become reality? We'll see.
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Last week, Adult Swin oddity (is that reduntant?) "Too Many Cooks" took the world by storm with its brilliantly strange (eventually disturbing) homage to TV opening credits sequences of the '70s / '80s / '90s. You may remember that Adult Swim initially aired it in a 4AM timeslot that just said "INFOMERCIAL" on cable box schedules. Last night Adult Swim aired a new "informercial" at 4 AM, this time bearing a little more resemblance to "paid programming." Starring UCB's Matt Besser and Rich Fulcher (Snuff Box, The Mighty Boosh), it's a parody of self-help programs with maybe a little Psychic Friends Network thrown in as well. Is that Steve Agee in the audience?
Who is Miracle Man and how can he help you? Well you're just going to have to watch. (It's no "Too Many Cooks," but it has its moments and fans of Besser and Fulcher will definitely want to watch.) It'll air on Adult Swim in the 4AM slot though November 14 and you can watch it via Adult Swim's website if you're a cable subscriber. Or you can watch a medium-definition rip of it over at Gawker.
Adult Swim has other "informercials" too.
you can never have Too Many Cooks...
Airing in a 4AM slot your DVR guide simply called "informercial," Adult Swim's glorious 12-minute parody of old TV show opening credits sequences is a genius trolling of stoned viewers. Watch until the end for maximum mind expansion. Video below...
Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...
by Ian Chainey
A lot has changed since Sleep split. California voted in "medical" marijuana ("medical" meaning, 'I asked and had $40 on me for a license') the same year they recorded what would become their swansong, Jerusalem/Dopesmoker. Two states have even legalized the green. Matt Pike has gone on to rule the riff with High on Fire. Al Cisneros has explored the inner workings of the mind with Om. Jason Roeder from Neurosis hopped aboard to fill Chris Hakius's vacated drum stool. All of this is to say that Sleep could've changed. But as new single "The Clarity" makes, uh, clear, Sleep are still Sleep.
"The Clarity" will be available for free download from Adult Swims' Singles series on July 21, but it premiered on NPR's Viking's Choice today. It has that familiar rhythmic rise and fall to it and it's as heavy/hypnotic as you'd expect, luxuriating in the verdant depth of Pike's and Cisneros's tone. Sleep also seem to be in good spirits, offering Lars Gotrich a tongue in cheek Q&A:
NPR: I couldn't help but notice the in this new song. Is "The Clarity" a lyrical follow-up to Dopesmoker?Sleep will be going on tour this August, including a stop at NYC's Stage 48 on August 25.
Sleep: "The Clarity" is a lyrical follow-up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment.
Check out "The Clarity" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in February (more by Ebru Yildiz)
The next single in the Adult Swim Singles series is a new one from Speedy Ortiz, "Bigger Party." It's a good one, with singer Sadie Dupuis' personal storytelling style intact on that chorus of "I'm sorry for the time that I made out with all your friends, I'm really a shithead." Check it out (via AV Club) below.
Speedy will be in NYC this weekend for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) at South Street Seaport with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco and more.
They also recently announced a tour with Ex Hex which hits NYC on November 1 at Glasslands with Aye Nako and November 2 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now, and tickets for the Merc show go on sale today (7/11) at noon.
Ex Hex recently released a new single from their upcoming Merge debut too. If you missed that, you can stream it, along with the new Speedy song, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Adult Swim is back with their Singles Series, now in its fifth year, with a new free song to download every Monday during the summer. This year's lineup features exclusive tracks from Destruction Unit, Speedy Ortiz, Sleep, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels, Mastodon, Machinedrum and more. Full lineup and schedule of the Adult Swim 2014 Singles Series is below.
First up: synth legend and master arpeggiator Giorgio Moroder who will offer up "Moroder's Theme" on Monday (6/9). He's not aiming to reinvent his sound for the EDM world here, this is as classic sounding as it gets, very much in the style of "Chase" from Midnight Express. (It also kinda reminds me of Propaganda's "Dr. Mabuse" which owed more than a little to Moroder.) You can stream it now, and check out an Adult Swim interview with Giorgio, below.
Destruction Unit at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Roaring psychedelic punks Destruction Unit just wrapped up a tour which included Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas' Weekend In Austin, and a run with Institute. That tour didn't hit NYC, but a few days after their upcoming hometown show with Deafheaven, they'll head our way for a Noisey-presented show on July 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with noise artist Alberich and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Destruction Unit and Deafheaven are also both releasing Adult Swim Singles this year, on June 23 and August 25, respectively.
All currently known D Unit dates are listed, with a few killer live videos, below...
Mastodon at Terminal 5 in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Georgia sludge masters Mastodon are still a few weeks away from releasing their new album, Once More 'Round the Sun (due 6/24 via Relapse). We've already heard one single, "High Road," and they've now given us the studio recording of the other song they've been playing live, 'Chimes at Midnight." It comes with a trippy visual clip, which you can watch/listen to below.
Mastodon are also releasing an Adult Swim Single with Butthole Surfers member Gibby Haynes on September 8.
"Almighty @Outkast tearing it down at Terminal 5 tonight for the @adultswim #Upfronts2014. Legendary night" - @TheThoughtful1
Outkast @ Terminal 5 - 5/14/14 (via @ming_dot)
Outkast will be in NYC in a few weeks for Governors Ball, what we thought would be their NYC reunion debut, but ends up they were here last night (5/14) for a private show at Terminal 5. It was the annual Adult Swim "Upfront" show, where the TV network schmoozes potential advertisers while previewing their new shows (Kanye played last year). It was totally invite-only. Were you one of the lucky ones? How was it?
UPDATE: according to a press release, which doesn't say anything about the actual show, the following celebs were in the house: Derrick Beckles (Hot Package), Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Taco Bennett (Loiter Squad), Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad), Nick Cannon, Deon Cole (Black Box), Kelen Coleman (Men At Work), Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital), Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite), Jasper Dolphin (Loiter Squad), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Brett Gelman (Eagleheart), Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation), Spencer Grammer (Rick and Morty), Doc Hammer (The Venture Bros.), Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital), Christy Karacas (Superjail!), Shira Lazar (What's Trending), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Aaron McGruder (Black Jesus), James Murphy, Brad Neely (China, IL), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Craig Rowin (Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell), Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Earl Sweatshirt (Loiter Squad), Tyler the Creator (Loiter Squad), Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson Mysteries), Questlove (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories), Dave Willis (Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell), Henry Zebrowski (Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell)
Mike Tyson & friends @ Terminal 5 (photo via WireImage/Cartoon Network)
A few more pictures and a short video clip from last night, below...
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
Toronto punks Metz, who just made a video for "Get Off" off their self titled debut LP and are being featured in the 'Live at Death by Audio 2012' flexi blook, have now released a new song, "Can't Understand." The song is part of the Adult Swim Singles program, and you can check out, along with the schedule of remaining Adult Swim singles, below (via Consequence of Sound).
Song stream and a video of Metz performing the track below...
Kanye West @ Roseland Ballroom - 5/15/2013 (virgilabloh)
Kanye West @ Roseland Ballroom - 5/15/2013 (lacreated)
As mentioned, Kanye West played a private show for Adult Swim Wednesday night at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, ahead of his SNL appearance. New songs were played, in a Daft Punk-less tent pyramid thing. Watch a few videos below...
He may or may not be referring to the private "Upfront" show Kanye is playing for Adult Swim at Roseland. If it is the same show, then it is unclear why he used the term "Pop-Up". We'll find out soon!\
Kanye also plays SNL on Saturday and Governors Ball this summer.
still from "I Appear Missing" video
As mentioned, Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out June 4 via Matador. They already released the first single, "My God Is The Sun," and now they've given us another... well half of it at least. A 30-second teaser for QOTSA track "I Appear Missing" aired on Adult Swim last night (5/5), and now the band have released a three-minute video for the track, but the album version is reportedly a six-minute song. You can watch the three-minute video below.
Speaking of Adult Swim, they just released the free Garage Swim compilation, which features new music from Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff & Gap Dream, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Lips, Mikal Cronin, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, OBN IIIs, Weekend, Cheap Time, Bass Drum of Death, and more. You can download it for free HERE and stream the entire thing below.
QOTSA video and Garage Swim stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Jon Glaser's Adult Swim series Delocated, a fake reality show about a guy in the Witness Protection Program, was one of the strangest, funniest shows of the last 10 years. (I thought so at least.) Last week the show sailed off into the sunset with a one-off series finale, but Jon will take one more trip to the bone zone, live on stage in NYC. The "The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show" happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 29 and features castmembers Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Angie Pontani, Steve Cirbus and Janeane Garofalo will be be on hand, as will a surprise music guest. What exactly will go down is anyone's guess, but we can only hope there will be a potato skins bar.
Tickets for this extravaganza go on sale on Wednesday (3/13) at noon. Some choice Delocated clips below...
There were rumors this was going to happen, and then it was denied, but now it is official:
Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band's co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy's release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy's release, it is the band's intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.Adult Swim adds:
LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.
In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band's upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.Gojira was scheduled to open the NYC show at Roseland Ballroom on August 29.
The Hives at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Keith Marlowe)
The Hives are on tour and take on Terminal 5 tonight (6/22) (with Fidlar), and just in time the band has dropped a new live version of "Go Right Ahead". The track, culled from the new Adult Swim Singles series which is releasing 12 new tracks, 1 a week (UMO was first. Hives is second), can be heard below (for the very first time), and in its original form on the band's latest LP Lex Hives.
"And Niggas Got The AdultSwim Shit Nigguh What's Good???!" - Tyler the Creator
Syd the Kyd @ Highline Ballroom (more by Brook Bobbins)
Long rumored, but now finally realized:
Adult Swim announced it has picked up the live-action series Loiter Squad, a 15 minute live-action show that features sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and music from Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The cast, featuring the Los Angeles collective of rappers, artists, and skateboarders, channel their multi-faceted creative talents in this Jackass-style showcaseOr to quote Tyler, "Its Not OFWGKTA That Has The Show, Its Myself, @JasperDolphin @oddfuckingtaco And @TheMustacheMan Thats Has It, That Happens To Be From It."
As previously mentioned, PS1's 'Warm Up' series of parties was extended until today (9/10) due to Hurricane Irene. Tanlines, Teengirl Fantasy and Physical Therapy were supposed to play during the hurricane, but get to play today instead. MoMA have also added Brooklyn's Kenny Dope and Odd Future's Syd the Kid to the bill. Syd the Kid was supposed to DJ the series in July but cancelled last minute, so today is her makeup show too. Whether she'll bring the rest of the crew remains to seen, but Tyler has been tweeting from NYC. 'Warm Up' runs from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.
photos by Brook Bobbins, words by BBG
Company Flow @ Santos
Brooklyn MC El-P has released a new "censored mix" of a new song, "Drones Over Brooklyn" for Adult Swim. No word on if the track, currently downloadable below or via the Adult Swim site, will appear on El-P's new LP Cancer for Cure due on Fat Possum next year. El-P is now labelmates with Mellowhype, Yuck, The Smith Westerns, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, AA Bondy and many more.
El-P (and collaborator Trent Reznor) also recently provided the soundtrack to a gang of methheads in Jessie Pinkman's apartment on AMC's Breaking Bad, as the sound of smoking blue rocks were drowned out by "Flyentology" from I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.
El-P was supposed to play Terminal 5 with the Streets tonight (8/12), but it was cancelled. However, he and his former crew, Company Flow, reunited at Santos Party House on July 16th with fellow unsung NYC crew The Juggaknots. The sold-out show featured full sets from both, as well as a collaboration between Breezy Brewin of Juggaknots and Company Flow to perform the classic Indelible MC's track "The Fire In Which You Burn". Belated pictures from Santos and "Drones over Brooklyn" below.
Shit Robot at Terminal 5 (more by Andrew St Clair)
Shit Robot has a few DJ and performance dates in the near future as part of a tour that kicks off in Chicago on Friday night at The Mid where James Murphy will also DJ. The NYC date is a DJ set at Le Bain on August 14th (no James). Full tour dates and a new mixtape and a remix by Shit Robot are below.
In other DFA Records news, The Rapture will play a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/20 which is followed by a bunch of European touring (updated dates below). The band recently released a new remix via an Adult Swim series. You can download the original for the price of your email at DFA. Adult Swim has since released the new Clams Casino track, "Wizard".
Juan MacLean has a few upcoming dates as well, including the previously discussed date on 8/20 at PS1 with Pictureplane (who just played a hot 285 Kent), Blood Orange, Solange Knowles and more. Full tour schedule is below.
Rewards aka Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift has signed to DFA and is releasing a 12" called Equal Dreams which is a track featuring vocals by Solange Knowles. Blood Orange aka Devonté Hynes contributes to the flip, "Asleep with the Lights On". Stream both songs below.
LCD Soundsystem guitarist Phil Mossman and Will Bates are Fall On Your Sword, and the duo are preparing to release the DFA debut too. The new single features extended versions of tracks from the soundtrack of Another Earth. Stream both songs, with a video for one too, below.
And last but not least, Holy Ghost hit the road as part of the Identity Festival in middle August, tagging PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/14 and Jones Beach Ampitheater on 8/21. Tickets are still available for both dates (they are no longer $20 though).
All tour dates and those Shit Robot mixes are below.
The Rapture at FYFest (more by Rachel Carr)
The Rapture have released an Emperor Machine Remix Edit of "How Deep Is Your Love?" via the Adult Swim Singles Program (which recently released songs by Best Coast, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mastodon, How To Dress Well, Ford & Lopatin, and Active Child). Listen to the song below now. Download it Wednesday (7/20) along with all the other tracks released so far. Look for upcoming songs from Clams Casino, JJ feat. Ne-Yo, El-P, and Cerebral Ballzy in the coming weeks.
The Rapture play Music Hall Of Williamsburg on 8/20 before they head across the pond to the EU. The show is sold-out. All dates are also listed below.
by Bill Pearis
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Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19