Entries tagged with: Archers of Loaf
by Andrew Sacher
Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann is retiring his Crooked Fingers moniker and now recording solo under his own name. His new self-titled album will be out on March 25 via Merge, and it features the new single "Mercy" which sounds like an anthemic '70s ballad, complete with a backing gospel choir. Check it out below.
Eric also announced a spring tour, including NYC on April 23 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. That tour follows his two release parties for the Crooked Fingers reissues this month, which includes NYC's HiFi Bar on January 28 (sold out).
All dates are listed below...
Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.
Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...
Archers of Loaf @ MHOW 7/10/2015
Friday night, Chapel Hill indie rock vets Archers of Loaf filled Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg with a ferocious sense of vibrant nostalgia, part of a three-city tour over the weekend. The very enthusiastic crowd was animated all night and shouting out lyrics to old favorites such as "Harnessed in Slums," "Wrong," and "Web in Front." Genial, gracious, and gifted, the band closed out with an encore that included "The Greatest of All Time," giving a nod to the sounds and styles that fueled a fabulous of evening laughing and reminiscing. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Opening the night were Athens, GA's Monsoon and pictures from their set, plus more from the 'Loaf, below...
photo: Archers of Loaf @ 2012 4Knots Fest (more by Chris La Putt)
North Carolina indie rockers Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011 and played, among other shows, two nights at local haunt Cat's Cradle. Those shows were filmed as part of a documentary, What Did You Expect?, which screened here in NYC at the 2012 CBGB Festival. Those two Cat's Cradle shows are forming a double-live LP titled Curse of the Loaf which comes with a DVD of the documentary and a replica of the concert poster from the shows. A presale for the limited-edition record will be available the first week of June. Meanwhile, you can check out artwork, tracklist and stream "Harnessed in Slums" from it below.
NYC last saw Archers of Loaf at the 2012 4Knots Festival, and they'll return this summer at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 10 as part of a quick run which also includes dates in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Our friends Washed Up Emo launched this site IsThisBandEmo.com where you can type in a band's name and get the "emo council"'s verdict on whether or not said band is emo. It's a fun/funny site with some indisputable ones (like American Football), some that will surely anger people (sorry Fall Out Boy fans), and of course some on-the-fencers (let the Jawbreaker arguments begin). Whether or not a band is emo is of course an Extremely Important Issue, and we wanted to have some fun with it and stir it up some more by putting together a list of 10 great songs by non-emo bands that are pretty damn emo. Credit where it's due: in coming up with the list, I googled a bit to see other opinions on how emo these bands are, and found that Popstache did a similar list in 2011, and it actually included two of the same bands as this one.
Emo isn't meant as a bad word here, just a genre. Check out our list, in no particular order, below...
Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.
Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.
Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.
After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).
Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.
I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."
Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.
More pictures from 4Knots are below...
As you know, Siren Fest replacement 4Knots goes down at South Street Seaport this Saturday. Here are the times:
Main StageMeanwhile Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops and Zambri play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday (6:30pm).
12:15 p.m.: The Smiling Lies
12:30 p.m.: The Fast Years
1:30 p.m.: Nick Waterhouse
2:30 p.m.: Bleached
3:30 p.m.: Hospitality
4:30 p.m.: Crocodiles
5:30 p.m.: The Drums
6:30 p.m.: Archers of Loaf
1:00 p.m.: Doldrums
2:00 p.m.: Devin
3:00 p.m.: Team Spirit
4:00 p.m.: Delicate Steve
Afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden (not free)
7:00 p.m.: doors
?:?? p.m.: DJ Jonathan Toubin
?:?? p.m.: Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds
?:?? p.m.: The Black Lips
Nick Waterhouse also has some other shows coming up.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's pummeling post-punks METZ have signed with Sub Pop who will release the band's self-tiled debut album on October 9. You can watch a short video preview for the album at the bottom of this post. The band play NXNE tonight in their hometown but will be playing some shows below the border later this summer, including West Coast dates with Archers of Loaf, and a few East Coast shows on their own, including two stops in NYC: August 31 at Pianos and September 1 at Death by Audio. All tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard the band's intense, precise racket yet, here's what I wrote back in April:
These guys make blazing, spazzy noise rock, reminiscent of Brainiac, the roster of Amphetamine Reptile, or McLusky. They're pretty excellent in their din, with enough form and hooks to grab hold of too. The band only have a few singles under their belt (all of which you can stream/download for free at their Bandcamp) but their debut album is in the can waiting for some lucky label to release it.METZ's blazing, spazzy noise rock will make a fine addition to the Sub Pop roster (and probably would have 20 years ago too). You can still get those early singles from their Bandcamp, one of which is streaming below.
Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Archers of Loaf, who were last here in April, are part of this year's 4Knots Festival in July which will be NYC's first chance to see the reunited '90s indie rockers for free since reuniting last year. Before that, the band will head to Canada for both NXNE in Toronto and Sled Island Fest in Calgary. They also just announced a bunch of new dates which are listed below.
In other news, now there's a new Archers of Loaf documentary titled What Did You Expect? that will screen at NXNE, Sled Island... and at the CBGB Festival. The NYC screening will be July 5 at 7:15PM at the Sunshine, followed by a Q&A. Here's the synopsis:
Indie rock icons the Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011, and during the course of their reunion tour played two legendary concerts at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. Combining in-your-face concert footage along with rare interviews of the band, this film by director Gorman Bechard documents those concerts, and captures the excitement and explosive energy of what its like to see this extraordinary band perform live.You can watch the trailer for What Did You Expect? below. In other Loaf news, after having the band's first two album reissued last year, Merge will reissue the rest of the band's catalog -- All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes -- on August 7. Both albums have been remastered by Bob Weston and feature re-imagined cover art, new liner notes and "copious bonus material." Both will be available as double-CD, colored vinyl or digital download.
The new album art and tracklistings for All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes are below, along with a list of all Archers of Loaf tour dates, What Did You Expect? screening dates and trailer.
Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Joe McCabe)
We finally posted those Archers of Loaf Bowery Ballroom pictures yesterday, and then today this happens:
The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is thrilled to announce the Archers Of Loaf added to this year's The 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17 on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM. Team Spirit, Doldrums and Devin will also join the bill, featuring The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached and Nick Waterhouse. More artists to be announced.Archers of Loaf and Doldrums both also play the Sled Island Festival this summer. Doldrums recently opened for Bear in Heaven.
The 4Knots Music Festival will expand this year to include Piers 16 and 17 with a second outdoor side stage confirmed. Expanding to Pier 16 will allow the 4Knots Music Festival to include more performers.
And speaking of Nick Waterhouse, he just played Mercury Lounge, but unlike as previously reported, will not be back to play Dekalb Market. 4Knots is his next NYC show.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
photos by Joe McCabe
Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom 4/26/12
Archers of Loaf teamed up with fellow reunited '90s Chapel Hill band/Merge labelmates Pipe for a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 4/26 with Hundred Visions. The show was one of two in NYC for Archers of Loaf, who also played MHOW on 4/29 with Titus Andronicus and Sun Ladders. Archers of Loaf played a solid mix of material off all four of their full lengths and reached into other parts of their back catalog as well. Here's what My Old Kentucky Blog had to say about the show:
A strong performance of "You and Me" built momentum into a one-two punch from 1996 release All the Nation's Airports, "Distance Comes in Droves" and "Scenic Pastures," which launched a sing-along that pretty much continued for the rest of the show. The vibe reached a fever pitch for "Audiowhore," which gave way to the happiest moshers I've seen. No rudeness, just a group of fans hyped up and grateful to bask in the raw, lively goodness the Archers are known for.More pictures, video and setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show below.
Their songs sounded just as fresh today as when they were released in the 1990s. Archers of Loaf are very much in good form, proving good rock doesn't have an expiration date.
Pipe is possibly the closest thing Chapel Hill's ever had to an SST band: Their raw, aggressive roar blended the hookiness of early punk with the hard-hewn fits of early American hardcore. There's a loose-limbed abandon to songs like "Sonic Scout" and "Hammer God" that recalls the Circle Jerks, while blasts like "Bowling for Fuckers" just crank up the Marshalls and charge like the Stooges. Their fearless leader and singer, Ron Liberti, is the ringmaster taking listeners down dark hallways and through the banal indignities of life. -[Pipe bio]Pipe called it quits in 1999, but reunited before (like at Merge XX). The band is on board for a few Archers of Loaf shows and will also play Hopscotch this year, joining an eclectic lineup of everything from Altar of Plagues to The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Check out some Pipe material and all tour dates below.
by Bill Pearis
Hope you all survived Record Store Day. I didn't find most of what I was looking for (most of which was UK only) but I did get that great Lee Hazlewood comp on Light in the Attic. Hope you found what you wanted the most. Lots of good stuff this week, so let's get into it.
The most TWII show of the week happens tonight (4/24) at Mercury Lounge: Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures. It's the start of the two bands' tour together that will wrap up on Sunday, May 20 for the last day of the NYC Popfest which is happening at Littlefield (w/ Ladybug Transistor, White Town and about six more that day). All Allo Darlin'/Wave Pictures tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, came out last week to pretty much across-the-board acclaim. It's a little more melancholy than the band's debut, with a lot less ukulele this time out. Maybe that seems like a good thing, but I must say I miss the exuberance of Allo Darlin's debut. The more subdued nature of the songs and production make it sound like a Camera Obscura album much of the time, a comparison I would've never made before. But Elizabeth Morris' songwriting and voice are still in fine form, it's all just a little more "mature."
You can stream Allo Darlin's Europe at the bottom of this post. I'm sure one thing that hasn't changed is Allo Darlin's ability to charm in the live setting.
The Wave Pictures
The same goes for The Wave Pictures who I will always go see live even if I'm not so crazy about the album they're touring to support. Not that they change so much from record to record. Their new album, Long Black Cars, is pretty good (listen at Spotify) I think but much like the rest: Dave Tattersall spins fascinating, funny stories with a singsong delivery. Most of their albums sound like they were recorded live, but it always comes off a million times more compelling when you actually see them play. Tattersall is also one of the funniest between-song banterers of our age. Also funny: the Darren Hayman-directed video for their song "Spaghetti" which you can watch below.
Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic will release their third album, A Different Ship, in a couple weeks (May 8 specifically) and soon head out on a short UK tour before covering most of North America with Hospitality. (All dates are below.) Before that, HWGM play this Friday (4/26) at Knitting Factory with Glass Ghost.
The new album has an interesting birth. Stuck playing a pre-noon set at Glastonbury 2010, the groggy band were playing to a groggy crowd, none of whom seemed to be having any fun. Except for two guys dancing right up front, who turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The band met Yorke and Godrich after their set and Godrich turned up at more European shows... and ended up producing Different Ships. This is the bands first album that didn't start with Luke Temple doing demos on his own, and with the band incorporated from the beginning (and working in Godrich's studio). While still boyant and dreamy, Different Ships feels a little bigger, a little more fully formed than the previous two. You can stream "Make Up Your Mind" at the bottom of this post as well stream new single "How Do I Know?" at Secretly Canadian's SoundCloud page.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
And finally, while Feelies shows have become less rare since the band actually made a new album, but any chance to see one of the most influential NYC-area bands of the last 30 years is one you shouldn't pass up. And you have that chance on Friday (4/27) at the Bell House. While bands from Luna (who had the Feelies' Stanley Demeski on drums at the beginnning) to The Strokes have taken from them, there's no substitute for that Bill Million/Glen Mercer guitar interplay that still sounds like magic.
You can listen to the Feelies' terrific album from last year, Here Before, as well as some of their classic ones, at Spotify. The Feelies also play Saturday (4/28) at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY if you're up that way and a few more scheduled dates throughout the summer which are further down this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above, are below.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Diehard are at Union Hall tonight with Everest, Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) and Resistor. Diehard just released a video for their theme songwhich you can watch below. It's from last year's The Times We Didn't Have Fun which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Diehard also play Saturday (4/28) at the Rock Bar in the west, West Village.
Colorado's Gauntlet Hair are in town at GLasslands tonight with dream poppers Field Mouse and Baby Alpaca.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
One of the coolest cats around, Nick Lowe is at at Town Hall with nearly 40 years worth of amazing songs in his arsenal. Last year's The Old Magic was another winner from the Basher and you can stream it at Spotify and watch the comedy star-studded video for "Sensitive Man" below.
Titus Andronicus @ Bar 96 for BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
No tickets necessary to see Charles Bradley at the World Financial Center in July.
Archers of Loaf @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
After a staggered string of shows was revealed in California and New York, as well as a spot in Spain's Primavera Sound Festival, Archers of Loaf have officially announced a larger tour in support of their upcoming series of album reissues.
In addition to their 4/26 Bowery Ballroom and 4/29 Music Hall of Williamsburg shows-- the latter venue hosting one of their last New York show this past June-- the band announced more East Coast dates in Massachusetts and North Carolina. They're all listed below.
Tickets went on pre-sale this afternoon (2/2) and will fully open to the public on Friday (2/3) at noon. Each date has its own unique presale code. The New York codes are "chinaloaf" for Bowery Ballroom and "veganloaf" for the Brooklyn show at Music Hall. Both of those shows are also on AmEx presale now (at the links).
All presale codes and tour dates are listed below....
Archers of Loaf at Webster Hall (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Archers of Loaf, still reunited, have a handful of dates scheduled in 2012 so far. The seminal 90s band has a pair of West Coast dates: LA and San Francisco (as part of Noise Pop), and two East Coast dates: Bowery Ballroom on April 26th and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th
that same week ( date TBA shortly). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale at noon on 2/3. The last time that Archers of Loaf played NYC it was over two nights at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Archers will also be at Primavera fest in Spain in May. More dates will be announced soon, as Merge is getting ready to release more remasters...
On February 21, Merge will re-issue Archers of Loaf's sophomore release Vee Vee on dbl-CD, limited edition mossy-green LP and digital download..In related news, Eric Bachmann's other project Crooked Fingers will play LA a few days after the Archers of Loaf appearance, at the Hotel Cafe on Feb 29. The band was recently featured on NPR's World Cafe.
Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Magnet Magazine editor Eric Miller, Vee Vee will include sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan. Reissues of All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow later in 2012.
All known tour dates and a couple of videos below...
Crooked Fingers at Nokia Theatre in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann of Archers of Loaf's other project) are touring in support of their upcoming album, Breaks in the Armor, this fall. The tour includes the previously announced NYC-area shows happening on November 3 at Maxwell's (tickets) and November 4 at Mercury Lounge (tickets), and they've since added a third NYC-area show happening on November 5 at Cameo Gallery. Strand of Oaks, who opens the Mercury show, also opens the Cameo show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated tour dates below...
photos by Autumn Andel
Archers of Loaf @ MFNW
"We're going to reissue more stuff. I don't know if that's on the record or not, because I don't keep up with that, but we're definitely going to reissue stuff. As long as that's happening, we're going to keep playing shows. The pace of this year has pretty much put me in a mental institution. It's just been too crazy, it's been too much. And one of the reasons I got burnt out on the band in the first place was I didn't get to do other things I love, like [rock] climbing and stuff like that. And that's the way it's been this year, but our plan this year was to just go after it and do a lot because we were just getting back together. So knowing it was finite, that hadn't bothered me. And that's been the case for all four of us in that sense. So in the future, it's going to be more of a slow burn, and a slower pace. We won't tour as frantically, because we don't have to. We don't need the income, we're just doing it because we like it, and we love each other, and we love the songs. We're going to keep doing it. Our plan for next year is to do maybe 10 weekends spread out over the whole year, that kind of deal. And that should be good. That will open up some time, and it may give us more time to practice and write new songs."Aside from a December ATP appearance in the UK, Archers of Loaf are done playing all announced 2011 shows. Their 2nd to last US show was 9/8 at Crystal Ballroom in Portland with Sebadoh, part of MFNW (Day 2). Pictures from that show are in this post (pictures from MFNW Day 1 are HERE).
- Matt Gentling of Archers of Loaf
That all said, Matt Gentling might be taking a long break from the road, but Eric Bachmann (aka Crooked Fingers who also played a set at MFNW) heads right back out in October. Sebadoh also have fall dates scheduled.
More pictures from Portland below...
Archers of Loaf @ Webster Hall
Archers of Loaf were part of a very large and very complicated tapestry of stuff I was sort of half-listening to back in the early 90s when my musical tastes started to diverge from standard metal fare. My now-imprisoned-for-probably-ever friend Bob was sort of the king of compilation tapes and he'd hand stuff off to me containing tracks by PIL, The Sex Pistols, Peg Boy, Samhain, Big Drill Car, Descendents, Dead Kennedys... whatever happened to be floating his boat at that particular moment. Archers made an appearance on these comps from time to time, and I freaking loved them, but as Bob's hobbies in life became more violent and centered around drugs and self mutilation, our hang-time diminished and as a result the compilations tapes also stopped. A lot of the bands he introduced me to became part of my daily listening library and remain a large part of what I listen to today... yet, for some reason, Archers, like other bands at the time, never stuck. I'd listen to the tapes, make mental notes to get over to Newbury Comics and get their stuff, but because of a short attention span and laziness nothing ever materialized. All I have, and still have, regarding Archers are those damned compilation tapes.
When they finally split in 1998 I was too busy finishing up college to really give it a lot of thought and attention, but I do remember having a flash of regret at never seeing them live or taking the time to amass their discography. (For the record, this isn't the only band I liked but neglected) (but this is a post about Archers of Loaf so that's who I am focusing on) (you dig?) (whatever) When I heard they were reuniting and that the reunited band would have all original members (unlike Helmet), I was beside myself. And when they announced their June 25th show at Music Hall of Williamburg, my beside self was beside itself. Everything about their MHOW show was perfection. And honestly 3 days later the show is still sticking with me. Besides sounding absolutely incredible, the crowd could not have been more active participants in the show. It was the kind of show where the place went nuts after the first 2 notes of a song and sang along to the entire thing. There wasn't a pit or anything, but the crowd was pogo-ing, fist pumping, shoving, and reveling. NYCTaper has a more fan-relatable analysis:
With a setlist that focused heavily on earlier material from the albums Icky Mettle, Vee Vee and various EPs (much of which material can be found on the compilation The Speed of Cattle) and ignored almost completely the later records All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes, the band offered plenty of red meat to their most hardcore fans. Even for a Saturday night crowd, this one was going absolutely insane for their hosts, leading chants of "Welcome back! Welcome back!" as they took the stage and singing, screaming and caterwauling through the entire set. The band were so impressed with the Brooklyn crowd that they came back for a second encore featuring the non-album track "Smokin' Pot in the Hot City" and closing with "Bacteria," which was interrupted twice by a hilarious fan dancing onstage. As the house lights went up, the members could still be found onstage, high-fiving and shaking hands with the fans down front, many of whom had sung every word by heart.For those of you who couldn't be there, NYCTaper was kind enough to record the event (with permission). The quality is pretty good and you can hear the crowd enthusiasm throughout. I hate to say it, but this event may have eclipsed GBV at McCarren; a show I prematurely regarded as the event to beat this summer.
One night before the Brooklyn show, Archers played Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. One night after Music Hall (where Guy Piccioto of Fugazi was spotted behind the merch table and Craig Finn of the Hold Steady was seen in the crowd), the band played another sold out show at Webster Hall. Both were with the great Mr. Dream (or Dr Dream as Archers bassist Matt Gentling accidentally called them).
The Fallon video, both NYC show setlists and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...
by Bill Pearis
Archers of Loaf @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
This weekend marks the return of '90s indie legends Archers of Loaf who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/25, sold out) and Webster Hall on Sunday (6.26, you can still get tickets). Opening both shows are Mr. Dream which is as perfect an opener as you could imagine.
I didn't care for their later records (or Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers) but Archers of Loaf's 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, is an indie rock classic that stands tall alongside No Pocky for Kitty, Slanted & Enchanted, There's Nothing Wrong with Love and Sebadoh III. 1995's Vee Vee is pretty awesome too, and both records are getting the expanded reissue treatment from Merge Records in August. You can download "What Did You Expect?" (a 1994 7"-only release) at the top of this post.
Speaking of Mr. Dream, despite the Voice saying that the lineup was final, they added Mr. Dream today to the upcoming 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport, and DJs and an indoor lounge too...
The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more.---
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April.
A Thousand Heys is full of catchy singalongs -- like their current single "Summer Hits" -- and well worth checking out. (Samples from the album are streaming at their label's website.) You can download a previously unreleased track, "Brunswick Stack," at the bottom of this post via a Soundcloud widget.
What else? Art Brut are on tour and played Maxwell's last night and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (6/23). The band's new album, Brilliant! Tragic!, finds Eddie Argos taking it down a notch and almost singing. Almost. It's really more of a whispery type thing -- not unlike Jarvis Cocker -- and for the most part I think it works pretty well. I especially like the single, "Lost Weekend," which you can download at the top of this post. More than anything, I think the music is the best Art Brut have come up with since their debut. And the band remain a lot of fun to see live. Argos is the real deal.
Sic Alps roll through town on Friday, playing Death By Audio with Spectre Folk and Weekends. As previously reported, founding member Matt Hartman -- who was half the band originally -- has left the group which is kind of weird Mike Donovan is carrying on with the name with Eric Baur and some kid named Ty Segall (who had briefly joined the band a couple years ago). Shouldn't they be called Sic Andes or something now?
Granted, Mike Donovan did most of the singing (and maybe wrote most of the songs) and I'm gonna bet this new version of the band is pretty awesome. Sic Alps most recent album, Napa Asylum, is another smoldering, thick stew of swamp garage. A lot of bands use the low-fi thing as a crutch, but Sic Alps have always used sludge like it's a member of the band. A new 7", perhaps the first fruits of this new line-up, is out in August.
Fulton Stall Market in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
And finally, a little shameless plugging. Sunday afternoon, June 26th, is the first of my four Sound Bites Series shows which take place at the Fullton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport. You can get your vegetables and jingle jangle indiepop all in one place. This Sunday the latter is provided by scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride. The fun (which includes me DJing before the band) starts at 2PM, and it's all free. Do come down and say hi.
This is the full Sunday show lineup:
JUNE 26: MY TEENAGE STRIDEJuly 10th is also the first of six free shows at Beekman Beer Garden which is at South Street Seaport too. The free Friday Seaport shows begin this Friday, but more about that below.
JULY 3: THE HAIRS
JULY 10: pow wow!
JULY 17: HOSPITALITY
Some additional daily picks follow:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Black Dice's Eric Copeland, McDonalds and Regal Degal play Secret Project Robot. It's a record release party for both Copeland and McDonalds, so do check out the merch table. The Copeland record, Waco Taco Combo, is only a 500 copy pressing.
Dinosaur Jr. are at Terminal 5 performing their classic 1988 album Bug (that's the one with "Freak Scene") in its entirety. And probably some other songs as well. Many people will be going just to see Fucked Up, not to mention Off!.
Beach Fossils and Javelin play Santos Party House. It's a free show if you RSVP.
photos by Andrew Youssef
DOWNLOAD Archers of Loaf - "What Did You Expect" (MP3)
Archers of Loaf @ the Troubadour
The Archers of Loaf reunion continues and keeps getting bigger. Not long after they played Sasquatch, it was announced that the Eric Bachmann-led band will appear at MusicFestNW in September. Since then even more dates were announced in Seattle, Atlanta, and North Carolina, AND you can catch them on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on June 24. Updated dates are listed below.
Archers just played two nights at the Troubadour in LA over the weekend with The Globes (who also played Sasquatch). We've got pictures from the June 4th show in this post. Christopher Gordon went on 6/3...
"they opened with 'step into the light', and it kind of went from there. the bass player was having more fun than anyone, it was great. i was surprised how tight they were. they sounded fucking perfect. 'harnessed in slums' was a highlight for me. i really liked 'dead red eyes' where bachman played the keyboard. we were definitely the youngest two people in the crowd. it was strange. everyone was 35 - 40 years old and still cooler than me. they all had i-phones and such it was strange. a lot of them looked like they raided rivers cuomo's closet. i would have liked everyone to be 17 - 22 years old crowd surfing and such, but what can you do. they played two encores it was the coolest. an hour and a half set. it'll be hard for another show to beat that for me. definitely the best thing i've seen all year."More of the 6/4 pictures below. A KEXP in-studio session can be listened to HERE.
The band will hit Austin, TX this weekend and then make it over to NYC for the previously announced Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/25) and Webster Hall (6/26) shows. The MHOW show is sold out but tickets are still on sale for the one at Webster Hall. Mr. Dream open both NYC shows.
Eric's solo project Crooked Fingers also recently announced a few new shows, including Maxwell's on June 30 (four days after the Webster Hall show) with Laura Stevenson and The Cans. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Crooked Fingers' new album, Breaks in the Armor, will be released in October. Merge will start re-issuing Archers of Loaf albums even sooner...
"Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album Icky Mettle on August 2.Download "What Did You Expect" from an out-of-print Merge 7-inch included on the Icky Mettle reissue, above.
Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle will come with bonus material including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and b-sides from the Icky Mettle era. It will be available in stores beginning August 2 on CD, limited-edition blue vinyl and digital download. Reissues of Vee Vee, All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow next year"
Laura Stevenson and the Cans also open for Nick 13 of Tiger Army at Bowery Ballroom on June 24 Tickets are on sale.
More LA pictures and all tour dates below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
photos by Josh Darr
"In many ways, Archers of Loaf are a lot like their Sasquatch billmates Guided By Voices: a canonical indie band long out of commission, whose hooky guitar rock has only grown more beloved in the years they've been away. Lead man Eric Bachmann has kept busy since the Archers hung it up in 1998, releasing records under his own name and as Crooked Fingers. But for fans who thought they'd never hear "Web In Front" live again, the band's current string of reunion dates is a welcome surprise." [listen at NPR]Archers of Loaf played Sasquatch on Sunday. Pictures are in this post. NPR has the stream. Their upcoming dates include LA shows on June 3rd & 4th with the Globes (who played Sasquatch Saturday), and NYC shows on June 25th & 26th with Mr. Dream. The Music Hall of Williamsburg show is sold out, but tickets are still on sale for Webster Hall. An updated set of tour dates, and more pics from Washington, below...