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photo: Trail of Dead in Chicago, 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, who released a new album and toured their 'Source Codes & Tags LP in 2014, are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and have just announced a tour in celebration. The North American leg will be with their Austin neighbors Boyfrndz and Canada's Your Favorite Enemies.

It includes two NYC stops: May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 2 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to all dates of the tour are currently on Trail of Dead presale. Tickets for MHOW also have an AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/4) at noon and go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon; tickets to LPR go on sale Friday at 1 PM.

All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Klaus Kinski

Trail of Dead @ Bowery Ballroom 3/29/2014
Trail of Dead

On Saturday (3/29), I dragged my dead-bones out of the cozy confines of my apartment and sleazed my way over to the Bowery Ballroom to catch ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, where they were set to perform their seminal third album Source Tags & Codes. It was their second show doing so in NYC. (They played MHOW on Friday [3/28].) Support for the evening was provided by Midnight Masses and La Femme.

As one might expect, because of the insanely inclement weather and the fact that the show wasn't sold out, the room was quite empty when Midnight Masses took to the stage a little after 9pm. If you go to the Bowery Ballroom page for this show, readers are treated with some profoundly nauseatingly expressed praise for this band by 'critics' who laud their 'lush' sets and claim it's "As if the religiosity of down south collided with a full throttle rock band creating a haunting spiritually engrossing psychedelic rock experience" and other such platitudinal nonsense. Such accolades are dangerous as they create an expectation in one's mind that the reality of the band can rarely live up to. However, I did enjoy this band (two of whom are also in Trail of Dead). But come on people, let's not get too crazy with the praise. In no way did their sound wash over me like Spiritualized or the like. Nor was there anything profound about it. If anything, they seemed pretty danged blasé up there. Their music had moments of greatness, but they could never hold onto it and it was fairly inconsistent. Not the worst way to start the show, but they were in such stark contrast to Trail of Dead.

La Femme @ Bowery Ballroom 3/29/2014
La Femme

Next up was the French surf-rock-electronic-cassarole La Femme.  I fully understand why people (such as most of the BV staff) like this band; they are fun, uptempo, extremely quirky and entertaining, and French. An easy formula for easy popularity. But the whole experience came off as total schtick ["I Disagree" - Bill Pearis] and I cannot think of a less appropriate opener for Trail of Dead ["You have a point there' - Bill]. You have some members dressed up like 50's greasers, one guy dressed like a Vietnam-era pilot complete with green jumpsuit and beret, another guy with a hideous mustache and some weird American cowboy vibe, and a lady who reminded me of Dawn Weiner from Welcome to the Dollhouse. And they are playing proto-surf-dance-pop, in French. Ninety percent of tunes were the exact same tempo. Exact. No, not close; EXACT. Plainly, I am too old for this shit. [PS I am older than Klaus, but I like them a lot. Also, BV presented their Glasslands show, which was crazy and awesome. Chacun à son goût. - Bill] I can see how they'd be fun at parties and the folks at Bowery sure were shaking their booties, but let's not kid ourselves people; they are using an extremely old formula. People have been doing this crap for 40 years. And they won't be the last. I think I broke the world record for most eye-rolls in a 40-minute time span.

Two bands, three hours, and many many many beers later, it was finally time for Trail of Dead to hit the stage and destroy my earholes with Source Tags & Codes plus an encore of other heavy hits. By this point, the non-sold out room was packed, and as TOD tore through their set there was plenty of pushing and shoving happening all over the place. I've only seen TOD a few times, but on Saturday I was reminded that part-time front man, part-time drummer Jason Reece is the fucking man. When he was on drumming duty, he was absolutely destroying his kit. But when he'd pick up the guitar and take up the mantle of part-time time front man, boy, he sure brought the stank. An aggressive guitarist/vocalist, there were several times where he'd fall into the crowd, still strapped to his guitar. When Source Tags came out in 2002, I was the drummer for a ska-core-reggaeton band and touring with bands like Murphys Law, The Pietasters, and The Toasters, so this album didn't really hit my radar at the time, nor did it really impact me in any way. But all these years later I cannot get enough of it and thought they really did it justice and brought the album to life. It was a fun, sweaty, drunken, crushingly great time and one of the better shows I have seen in years. I am still vexed at the choice of openers, but whatever. My name is Klaus and I hate most everything.

More pics from Trail of Dead, La Femme, and Midnight Masses' show at Bowery Ballroom, below...

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by Bill Pearis


As you may know, groovy French band La Femme are playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Glasslands on March 23. Future Punx (who just opened for Marked Men at Saint Vitus) open the show with one more band TBA, plus yours truly on DJ duty all night. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a couple pairs away. Details below.

Right after that NYC show, La Femme will hook up with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead as part of their "Source Tags & Codes" tour, including the 3/29 date at Bowery Ballroom. (They do not open the MHOW show.) Tickets are available for that one too, and all La Femme dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, La Femme just made a video for "Si Un Jour" from last year's fantastic Psycho Tropical Berlin (my #3 of 2013) and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the whole album.

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Trail of Dead at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Austin indie rock vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead wrote on Facebook that they'll be announcing "some special shows" in select US cities this week, and though the full announcement hasn't come yet, we do know that they'll be playing their seminal album, Source Tags & Codes, in full in NYC on March 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and March 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows will be opened by Midnight Masses. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. Stay tuned for more dates.

UPDATE: All dates have been announced and are listed below.

Stream Source Tags & Codes in full below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival announces full 2013 schedule"

Trail of Dead at BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
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This summer, Austin indie rock vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will be heading out on a tour with Austin indie rock newcomers Ume surrounding Trail of Dead's appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival. That tour hits the NYC-area for a show on July 23 at Maxwell's. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/24) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the video for the title track of Trail of Dead's 2012 LP, Lost Songs, below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork Festival

The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.

Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.

Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...

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Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
Pitchfork Fest

After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.

More artists are still TBA and three-day passes and individual day tickets are still available.

Current lineup/schedule below...

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'Lost Songs' cover art
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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead have announced Lost Songs, the band's new 12-track long-player due October 22 via Richter Scale/Superball Music. Contrary to what the name may imply, Lost Songs is all new material and features the track "Up To Infinity" which is streaming now at Pitchfork. Check out the rest of the tracklisting along with more info below, and look for the release on vinyl, CD, and "Limited Edition 2-CD Mediabook." That's the album art, which makes its world debut in this post, above.

Trail of Dead is currently gearing up to tour the world in support of Lost Songs, including the previously discussed US dates that see them hit Irving Plaza on 11/16 (tickets). Full tour schedule is below. The band is also offering VIP packages for tickets which include a 20-minute meet and greet with the whole band, an exclusive t-shirt, a set of buttons, a a 12" x 12" lithograph of album cover signed & numbered by the band and a cloth bag featuring artwork from the album.

In related news, Jason Reece has also kept busy with his other band Spiritual Wives. Reece & co recently shared a bill with Ringo Deathstarr in Austin, where Jason joined in on the Ringo Deathstarr set too.

Lost Songs release details are below alongside some favorite AYWKUBTTOD tracks.

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'Lost Songs' cover art
Trail of Dead

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead have announced Lost Songs, the band's new 12-track long-player due October 22 via Richter Scale/Superball Music. Contrary to what the name may imply, Lost Songs is all new material and features the track "Up To Infinity" which is streaming now at Pitchfork. Check out the rest of the tracklisting along with more info below, and look for the release on vinyl, CD, and "Limited Edition 2-CD Mediabook." That's the album art, which makes its world debut in this post, above.

Trail of Dead is currently gearing up to tour the world in support of Lost Songs, including the previously discussed US dates that see them hit Irving Plaza on 11/16 (tickets). Full tour schedule is below. The band is also offering VIP packages for tickets which include a 20-minute meet and greet with the whole band, an exclusive t-shirt, a set of buttons, a a 12" x 12" lithograph of album cover signed & numbered by the band and a cloth bag featuring artwork from the album.

In related news, Jason Reece has also kept busy with his other band Spiritual Wives. Reece & co recently shared a bill with Ringo Deathstarr in Austin, where Jason joined in on the Ringo Deathstarr set too.

Lost Songs release details are below alongside some favorite AYWKUBTTOD tracks.

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Trail of Dead at BV-SXSW in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have some plans brewing for 2012. A recent Facebook post reads, "Come to think of it, it's been a while since we've debuted a new song...we should probably do that soon," and a slightly less recent one mentions an official tour announcement is coming soon. That announcement still hasn't come but many of the dates have popped up including a NYC show which happens on November 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/24) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Music Geeks presale beginning Thursday (8/23) at 10 AM.

A list of all currently known dates and the video for "Summer Of All Dead Souls" from 2011's Tao of the Dead are below.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

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words & photos by Chris Gersbeck

!!! @ the BrooklynVegan/MFM Day Party Saturday

By the time Saturday rolled around in Austin, I was admittedly starting to tire of the massive crowd that had been occupying 6th Street since I arrived on Tuesday. That didn't stop me from hitting up as much live music as I could in that final day though. Thanks to an insane amount of free day parties, this was a relatively easy task, albeit an exhausting one.

To start things off, Jonny Corndawg (who has a Brooklyn Bowl residency coming up) was playing a Fiji Water-sponsored, artist-only brunch in the upstairs of Barbarella where the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal Day party was happpening downstairs (with !!!, Trail of Dead & more). Though I've seen Corndawg several times before, it goes without saying that he's an entertaining performer/songwriter, and his intimate set was well received by the early morning brunch-eating fans.

After that I jetted downstairs to the outside Barbarella stage to catch one of the weirder performances I'd seen all week. Misteur Valaire, a five piece Canadian dance-punk outfit energetically jumped around stage, switching instruments on nearly every song, and often breaking out into choreographed dance sequences. To say it was odd is an understatement, but nonetheless I had a smile on my face the entire time. It was also a great way to embrace us for the crazy dance party that ensued when !!! (chk-chk-chk) took the stage next.

Nic Offer, easily the greatest short-shorts wearing frontman in indie rock, made no hesitation in getting the increasingly packed outdoor crowd dancing for !!!'s set. Though he did express his dismay of there being a couch on the dance floor (yes, for some reason there was a couch in the middle of the dance floor), Offer used it as a prop to jump into the middle of the crowd several times. And their tribute to the late Nate Dogg, a cover of "Get Up", was a great way to conclude their set.

Up next on the Barbarella outdoor stage was Austin's own Trail of Dead, who initially suffered from sound/equipment problems, but eventually got it together to play a pulverizing set to the still packed outdoor stage. Though short in length, it was in no way short on enthusiasm, and Trail of Dead blasted through their set as they flung themselves around on stage. Bassist Autry Fulbright III even broke a bass string towards the end of their ecstatic concluding song, a feat I've rarely seen accomplished.

After an ill-fated trip to the free Mess With Texas party where I hoped to catch the Dead Milkmen and Odd Future (the location was so dusty and packed it was unbearable), I was able to make it into the official Red Ryder SXSW showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church on 8th Street in time to witness a jaw dropping performance from Sharon Van Etten.

Sharon Van Etten @ the Red Ryder SXSW showcase
Sharon Van Etten

Van Etten was one of the more talked about performers of the entire SXSW festival, and I couldn't have been happier to catch her set after missing her at the BrooklynVegan showcase earlier in the week. The church made for absolutely breathtaking acoustics. Members of Wye Oak and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone watched from the balcony. I cannot stress it enough, do not miss her upcoming show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 16th.

Portland, Oregon super-sized group Typhoon followed Sharon Van Etten, and though that may have been the problem, it was also a reminder that often less is more. Not to say they didn't put on a heartfelt performance, or that the massive church setting wasn't perfect for their big, full sound, but their enthusiasm at times came off as a bit much. Though if you're a fan of the Polyphonic Spree or We're From Barcelona, Typhoon is likely right up your alley.

After catching them at the Bowery Ballroom the week prior, I was definitely excited to see the Rural Alberta Advantage again. They didn't disappoint. Stating that they played the same venue at SXSW in 2009, keyboardist Amy Cole expressed a slight feeling of déjà vu, but said they were happy to be performing in such a space for a second time. What was apparently a repeat of that '09 performance, the band returned for an encore of a stripped down performance of their song "Good Night" surrounded by the crowd, completely un-mic'd and unplugged. It was an entrancing and honest moment from the Canadian band, and a perfect way to end a long, long week of live music where I also caught sets by The Kills and Atlas Sound.

Pictures from everything mentioned above, below...

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photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The walls of Littlefield were adorned with Conrad Keely's intricate pen/ink tributes to sci-fi, as his band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead celebrated the release of their new LP Tao Of The Dead with Takka Takka on Tuesday (2/8). Trail of Dead stripped down to a four piece for the show, sans keyboards, and though the band hadn't gotten their "sea legs" (per Jason Reece), they ripped through faves like "Richter Scale Madness", "Caterwaul", "Fake Fake Eyes", "A Perfect Teenhood", new tracks like "Pure Radio Cosplay" and "Ebb Away" before closing with "Relative Ways" as an encore. Takka Takka's set consisted of mostly new material that they were trying out for the Littlefield crowd. Their new album is due spring 2011.

Trail of Dead will be back around when they tour with Surfer Blood in May.

More pictures and the setlist (which leaves out "Relative Ways", the encore) from the Brooklyn show, are below...

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Trail of Dead at Mohawk (more by BBG)
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Who says you have to wait until April or May? Tickets for NYC dates of the previously discussed ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead/Surfer Blood tour at Bowery Ballroom on 4/29 (here) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/13 (here) are still available, but the band has added another much smaller and much sooner show.

Tickets are on sale for a Baeblemusic & Superball Music-presented Trail of Dead show at Littlefield on February 8, where the band will play in celebration of their new LP Tao of The Dead, as well as showcase some of Conrad Keeley's art ("Not only will Keely be displaying original art from the new album, he'll also be debuting two large scale paintings.").

Updated tour dates and some videos below...

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Trail of Dead at APW 2009 (more by Chris La Putt & Tim Griffin)
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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will team up with Surfer Blood for a North American tour in late April/early May. That tour will hit NYC twice: April 29th @ Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale soon) and May 13th @ Brooklyn Bowl (ditto).

Trail of Dead recently posted "Summer of Dead Souls" from their forthcoming LP Tao Of The Dead at Spin Magazine, and are prepping to release said LP via their own Richter Scale Records on February 8th. In that same piece, Conrad Keeley said:

The LP is split into two parts, Part I and II, each recorded in a different tuning (Part I is in D, while II is in F). Part I is divided into 11 tracks or chapters, which play together play one long song, while Part II is an epic, 16-minute-long track with six movements, that's produced by Coady. This format is an homage to frontman Conrad Keely's childhood influences.

"It's the way I listened to albums when I was a kid, seeing as some of my favorite records were Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Yes' Relayer and Close to the Edge, and Rush's Hemispheres," the 38-year-old rocker says. "I always liked listening to records that were just a continuous piece, like an orchestra or a symphony."

Full tracklisting and album art, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Trail of Dead releasing new LP, touring w/ Surfer Blood(dates)"

by BBG

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Midnight Masses with Conrad and Jason of Trail of Dead
Midnight Masses with Conrad Keeley and Jason Reece

If it's February 2010 and a Wednesday, then odds are even that Midnight Masses are at Union Pool. The band began a weekly residency at the venue on February 3rd which continues this week (on Feb 10) with Mon Khmer and Light Asylum. Feb 17th includes Living Days (+TBA). Finally, they go out with a bang on Feb 24th, as the band will be joined by "the original lineup" of And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (Conrad & Jason playing as a duo?).

Midnight Masses recently dropped "Red Ribbon Song (For Those Who've Gone)" for a name-your-price download. All proceeds will benefit the National AIDS Fund and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

All Midnight Masses dates, and a whole bunch of videos, below...

Continue reading "Midnight Masses currently in residency at Union Pool - final show is w/ Trail of Dead ('original lineup')"

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As the Jewish faithful begin the Rosh Hashanah holy days or Jewish New Year Friday at sunset, they will be saying special prayers and lighting special candles.

Beginning Saturday or Sunday, depending on the congregation, the sounding of the shofar - a trumpet made from a ram's horn - will begin. The ritual is symbolic of what the High Holy Days are about: a call for introspection, forgiveness and changing one's course in life, said Rabbi Charles A. Klein of the Merrick Jewish Centre.

It "asks us to wake up, to take a serious look at our lives," he said, "and not just to sleep away our lives." [Newsday]

Usher in the Jewish year 5770 this weekend with Trail of Dead and the Secret Machines. The two bands are on tour together and will play post-sundown shows tonight (9/18) at Webster Hall with Midnight Masses, and Saturday (9/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Freshkills and Sleigh Bells. Neither is sold out at the moment.

Saturday night there is an afterparty at Beauty Bar in Brooklyn.

Actual Roch Hashanah event listed in This Week In Indie.

photos by Chris La Putt & Tim Griffin

mud, Tool & Ice T
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During his Friday night set at the All Points West festival in Jersey City, Jay-Z took a moment to salute trail-blazing gangsta-rapper Ice-T, who, Jay-Z said, was "in the house." And Saturday afternoon, Ice-T took the stage to perform as a backing rapper during Kool Keith's second-stage performance.

"Sometimes it's just cool to stand on the side of the stage and be a hype man," said Ice-T.

He did, though, perform parts of his own raps, "Hardcore" and "God Forgive Me," a cappella.

With his confident, casually commanding flow, he made a strong impression in his few brief moments in the spotlight.

In addition to Jay-Z and Kool Keith, hip-hop acts like Q-Tip, the Knux and the Cool Kids have performed at All Points West. Hip-hop, though, will not figure prominently in the third and final day of the festival, Sunday. [NJ.com]

Though it didn't rain on Saturday (8/1), it was still super muddy. There were dry spots, but you literally could not walk from one place to another without going through some mud. Other highlights of the second day of All Points West included comedy by Tim & Eric in the tent (aka the third stage), back-to-back sets by St. Vincent and Neko Case on the 2nd stage, and the Arctic Monkeys and Gogol Bordello on the main stage. But nothing topped the end of the day. Now fully dark out and perfect weather, My Bloody Valentine, with the Statue of Liberty to their right and the Manhattan skyline straight ahead of them, delivered the power. The hour they played was, for me, the perfect festival experience.

My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine

It helped that My Bloody Valentine, as they are known for being, were LOUD. Maybe they didn't seem as loud as they did inside a club, but they were loud enough that even those in the bleachers were putting on their earplugs if they had them. After their set I ran all the way back to the dance tent (pretty much the farthest distance you would have to ever go at this festival) to catch Crystal Castles. The tent was packed with the largest concentration of youth I'd seen in Liberty State Park up until that point. Everyone was dancing and cheering. Before CC were finished I ran back to the main stage to watch Tool.

During My Bloody Valentine I thought, "well, there are plenty of people here, but I guess they could fit a lot more". Ends up, all of those people that could fit, they showed up for Tool! Did they all just get there? Were they hiding in other areas? Either way, it totally hit me by surprise when I got back to the stage. I was also surprised, but happy, that Tool hadn't gone on yet. They don't play a super long set, so maybe they delayed to make the show go until curfew.

Once they did start, the amount of fist pumping (much bro fist pumping included) going on almost matched the amount of people in the park. I wouldn't consider myself a Tool fan, but there was no denying the awesomeness of their show.

"On a bill loaded with indie rock, Tool seemed initially distinguished by their popularity. They were the only band on Saturday's bill to have a platinum record, and the only performers to have won Grammys, and the only ones with enough starpower to sell out arenas on their own. And yet despite their high profile, Tool hardly behave like a mainstream band. Saturday's set was an exercise in atmosphere -- a dark, riveting performance that minimized the members of band while foregrounding their stranger sensibilities.

Visually, the show was stunning. Tool perform to a series of bleak films mostly created by the artist Adam Jones, and beamed out giant-size across Liberty State Park they seemed more imposing and unnerving than ever. Opening with the sinister, twisting "Jambi," the group slowly worked its way through a set that spanned its small catalog. Part of what makes Tool concerts such visceral experiences is the band's peerless sense of control and release. Songs start with icicle drip guitars and rolling, tribal percussion, steadily building to perfectly timed explosions of sound. When paired with Jones' frightening films, it became more like a theater experience than a concert. At times it was remarkably easy to forget there was a band onstage at all." [Rolling Stone]

I took the light rail to the park, but then the ferry home. Props to APW for making the ferry experience a much, much better one this year (no line at all, huge boats, very quick trip home, and I didn't even leave until Tool was finished).

Pictures from APW day one HERE. More from day two below...

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day 2 in Pictures (Tool, mud & Ice T)"

the Waterfront - emptied out due to lightning - July 26, 2009 (by Kurt Christensen)
Williamsburg Waterfront

Trail of Dead never got a chance to play the Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday. Grupo Fantasma, HEALTH, and Black Lips did get to perform before they called it for lightning though. More pictures soon. In the meantime, I posted seven other sets of photos on Sunday (still not caught up either), and then there's the pretty pics from the sunny South Street Seaport show on Friday, and Thursday's Ted Leo show where bands were also cut due to the weather.

If you were looking forward to Trail of Dead, don't worry, they play the NYC-area three more times between now and September 19th (though not for free). The first chance to see them again is this very Saturday at All Points West. They go on at 1:50 PM.

This coming Sunday's Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront is the one with Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, and No Age (playing in the round). It's unfortunate that it conflicts with All Points West.

The current weather report lists isolated and scattered thunderstorms on Friday (30% chance of rain) and Sunday (40% chance of rain). Saturday is partly cloudy (20% chance of rain). The chances of no-rain are thankfully much higher.

What did you do this weekend?

Nardwuar posted a video interview with Little Boots. Below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Jason of Trail of Dead: Voted Best SXSW Crowd Yodeler (more here)
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...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead has scheduled a pair of NYC shows for September 18th and 19th at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg respectively, and both with Secret Machines in tow. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon, with general sale starting on 6/26 at noon (WH here, MHOW here).

These new NYC shows are in addition to ToD's recently-added appearance at the All Points West Festival on August 1st... which is a little weird since you don't often see bands announcing shows when they're playing a local festival. We definitely will have to wait a while before APW headliner Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce another NYC show. Then again St. Vincent and Arctic Monkeys are doing it.

What's more weird though, is that we also have word that Trail of Dead are supposed to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 26th with HEALTH and Grupo Fantasma. What's weirdest of all is that we can't confirm that because not even one of the shows happening there this summer have been officially announced yet! (some bands have announced, but JellyNYC still hasn't released anything.)

Trail of Dead recently played NYC in February, logging a pair of shows between MHOW and Bowery Ballroom. Video from the MHOW show, as well as all AYWKUBTTOD tour dates are below...

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Trail of Dead @ SXSW 2009 (more by Black Bubblegum)
Trail of Dead

Although no formal announcement has been made, careful scientific analysis of the originally announced 2009 All Points West lineup, vs what is being advertised now, reveals some changes. First of all, Yelle, who not even one person guessed would be appearing at this year's festival anyway, is now actually not appearing at the festival. Five new artists are though. And they are:

  • ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (Saturday)
  • La Roux (Sunday)
  • Rye Rye (Friday)
  • The Honey Brothers (Saturday)
  • Xavier Rudd (Friday)
Everyone else (like Beastie Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Tool, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc) is still the same. Tickets are still on sale. The festival takes place July 31-Aug 2, 2009 in Jersey City, NJ.

Related videos and tour dates below...

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Trail of Dead Generation Records (more by Tim Griffin)
Trail of Dead

RCRD LBL: So tell me about how you wrote [the song] "Bells Of Creation".

TOD's Conrad Keeley: Well, I wrote it after I saw a band, a friends band. We're friends with the guys from Secret Machines, we've toured with them before, and Ben from Secret Machines left to start his own band called School Of Seven Bells. And the show that I went to see them for the first time was really inspiring and [I was] really into what they were doing.

Where was the show?

I don't think that venue is around anymore, it closed. It was on Ludlow, just off Delancey on the Lower East Side. It was one of those clubs that just closed in the last year, you know a bunch of clubs were bought out by rent. So, I had that kind of sound in my head and I was inspired by that. The association of "Bells" being there, I named the song I was writing, inspired by that show, after a hymn, called "Bells Of Creation" that we used to sing when I was in school back in England. Every morning the school would have assembly, and all the kids would gather in the assembly hall and we'd all sing hymns. And that was one of my favorite hymns, "Bell Of Creation." It was just singular, "The bell of creation."

Trail of Dead have added even more tour dates since last time we spoke, and tickets are finally on sale for both Bowery Ballroom AND Music Hall of Williamsburg.

School of Seven Bells also have a bunch of shows coming up of their own.

On December 17th, Trail of Dead visited WNYC's Soundcheck. You can listen to that HERE. RCRD LBL has "Bells of Creation" for free download. All dates below...

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photos by Eric M. Townsend

NY Cares

Major label expatriates and rogue rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announce a national US tour in support of their highly anticipated full-length - The Century of Self - out February 17th, 2009 on the band's Richter Scale Records imprint on Justice Records....produced and mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear) at his DNA Studio in NYC's East Village - The album was recorded Spring 2008 in Austin, TX with Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin) at The Mob House and Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Sixteen Deluxe, Smog, Jet) at The Bubble. Featuring vocal contributions from Yeasayer and Dragons of Zynth, Trail of Dead's sixth full-length is a return to their indie roots while showing the progression the band has made since its inception in 1994.
TOD frontman Conrad Keely performed a solo set at the NY Cares event at Knitting Factory on December 8th. More pictures from that and all tour dates below...

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