Entries tagged with: Avi Buffalo
hello kitty, goodbye Avi
Even though it was basically just Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg anyway, Avi Buffalo are now broken up and he's retiring the name. (Avi Buffalo's long-time-coming second album was released last year.) News broke today via a post on Avi Buffalo's Facebook:
The Avi Buffalo band is over; done with my 2-record-contract with SubPop and available to be anyone's guitarist / songwriter / producer / engineer / whatever works, gonna keep makin' music left and right. I have very much appreciated touching good people with this music, having a cool avenue through the world to perform it, getting to meet you whether it was in the USA, Canada or Europe, and working with some awesome musicians. I started it when I was a wee-15 year-old and it went WAY farther than I thought it could. In fact, the Avi Buffalo project went too far, and I don't think this project was meant for even the minute exposure on a "professional" scale that it got, as it ended up causing a lot more pain and drained my creative energy. It makes me wake up sick, confused, depressed, out of touch with myself and irrelevant to current music's existence. I know ya'll wouldn't want me to stay like that! Other more exciting and meaningful creative endeavors are what I have sought after instead, and as I am a spritely, young 24 year old, I've gotta lot of work to do and no time to be devoted to a sluggish incarnation of my teenaged self.Avi goes on to say that "touring sucks and isn't worth it" even though he loves playing shows. Also in that post Avi talks about some other musical projects he's got going, including producing the debut album from Lintronix. You can read the whole statement below.
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
by Andrew Sacher
The Great Albatross is the current project of A. Wesley Chung, who previously led '00s-era indie folk collective Boris Smile (which counted Avi from Avi Buffalo as a member). As The Great Albatross, he released his debut 7", The Roots, earlier this year via Count Your Lucky Stars. As fans of his previous project may expect, it's aughts-style folky indie pop reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie, the Garden State soundtrack, The Wooden Birds and more. If you dig that stuff, it's worth checking this out too. We've got the premiere of the video for the title track, which you can watch below.
Avi Buffalo have shared a second song from their forthcoming second album, At Best Cuckold. "Memories of You" is effervescent AM pop, where Avi declares "I'm a cheeseball on fire!" You can stream it below. The new album is out September 9 (pre-order).
As mentioned, Avi Buffalo will be in NYC next month for a free afternoon in-store at Rough Trade on September 20. If you can't make it to that show, Avi Buffalo will be on tour this fall, which includes another NYC show at Mercury Lounge on November 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
As mentioned, Avi Buffalo are back after a four-year absence and will release their new album, At Best Cuckold, via Sub Pop on September 9. If you haven't checked out lead track "So What" you can stream it below. Right around the album's release, Avi Buffalo will be opening for Owen Pallett for a run of West Coast shows. Right after that, they'll head to NYC to play a record release show at Rough Trade on September 20. That's a free Saturday matinee (1:30 PM), no wristband or album purchase required.
No other East Coast shows have been announced yet, but right after the NYC show Avi Buffalo cross the Atlantic for some European dates. All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Avi Buffalo released their acclaimed debut album back in 2010, when the bandmembers were still in high school. They played a ton of shows... then sorta fell off the face of the earth. While in these short-attention-span days, you might think they were donesville, main creative force Avi-Zahner-Isenberg, now 23, is finally back with LP #2. Recorded mainly at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studios and completed in New York and Los Angeles, At Best Cuckold will be out via Sub Pop on September 9. (You may have heard some songs at SXSW.) That's the cover art above and you can stream first single "So What" below. The new song shows the four years haven't dampened Avi's melodic skills.
No word on US shows yet, but Avi Buffalo will be on tour in Europe this fall. Dates are listed, along with album tracklist and single stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" / Jungle
The music portion of SXSW officially kicked off yesterday (3/12) and while there weren't as many events going on as there will be tonight through Saturday, there was still plenty to see. BV photographer Amanda Hatfield ran around and caught Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey doing their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night at Hype Hotel, plus The Colourist who went on before them.
Then she headed to Central Presbyterian Church for the Bella Union showcase (where Jarvis and Steve also headed, but as audience members) and caught ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams' indie folk band Arc Iris and piano singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. After that, a few blocks away at Latitude 30 it was the enigmatic UK funk band Jungle, who are now in Austin after having played two NYC shows last week. The band, a five-piece live, are still choosing to remain on the mysterious side (despite revealing seven members in a recent promo pic), singing behind large pop filters that seem more like they're intended to block their [white] faces than block noise....
But at a Tuesday afternoon show at Spotify House, on an outdoor stage, Jungle didn't hide that they are about as Afro-British as the Average White Band was. In a truly post-racial world, perhaps their previous offerings would just be a random artifice. But in a truly post-racial world, naming a band Jungle and putting black faces on the packaging wouldn't leave such a queasy aftertaste. [NY Times]Amanda wrapped up her night at Buffalo Billiards for Avi Buffalo. Pictures of them, and all other bands mentioned, are in this post. They continue below...
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (photo by David A. Smith)
Alabama roots rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, who you may have caught on tour with Alabama Shakes, have announced that they've signed to Sub Pop. No word on their first release for the label yet, but you can stream a couple earlier tracks from the band below. They're also touring with Turf War soon and coming to NYC on February 1 at Shea Stadium. All dates are listed below.
As you've probably heard, Sub Pop is also releasing the new Dum Dum Girls album, Too True, on January 27. Since we last spoke, the DDGs have released another song from it, "Rimbaud Eyes," which you can stream below. Their previously announced tour hits NYC on 1/30 at Mercury Lounge (sold out) and 3/25 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/26 at MHOW with Blouse (tickets).
Lyla Foy (fka WALL) at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
In other Sub Pop news, London art pop singer Lyla Foy, who used to record as WALL, is now using her own name and has signed to Sub Pop, who will release her debut album, Mirrors the Sky, on March 18. She just released the album's single, "Feather Tongue," which you can stream along with her late 2013 single, "Easy," below.
Another recent Sub Pop signee is UK pop duo THUMPERS, who recently toured the UK with (and covered) CHVRCHES. They'll release their debut album, Galore, on February 11. It features the super catchy single, "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)," which you can stream, along with the LP artwork and tracklist below.
And lastly, a video of Sub Pop class of '89 stars Nirvana (who are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who are the subject of a new book by Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt) playing one of their last-ever shows just surfaced. It was filmed in LA in 1993 by Dave Markey, who directed 1991: The Year Punk Broke. Check it out below.
All streams and more below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.
DOWNLOAD: Mister Heavenly - "Pineapple Girl" (MP3)
Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is 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...
words and pics by BBG, additional Sonic Youth pics by Samantha Marble
Unlike Friday (and Sunday), people weren't throwing devil horns on Saturday. With the Saturday lineup dominated by indie acts, including many longstanding ones (Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Dave Pajo/Papa M, Shellac, The Breeders, etc etc) there were less shirts that repped the heaviest of the heavy, like Dystopia, Grief and Electric Wizard, and more "vintage look" Judas Priest and Dio with bowl cuts, and 80's style librarian glasses. In other words, there was a definite crowd shift from day one to day two at the 2010 edition of ATP New York.
While cruising through the lobby on my way to my first performance, Text of Light with Lee Renaldo, I paused to catch Helen Money (on tour with Shellac) at the "Lobby Stage". The 10+ minutes of Text of Light was a bust - squalls of guitar feedback with wailing sax made for a fascinating few minutes, but grew tiresome quickly. Helen Money's looped cello was already gone by the time I had returned from the second stage, but I wish I hadn't left. Later on I would catch Frankie Don at the lobby stage, who played hits of the 70s and 80s with Casio presets while the drunk, acid-drenched, and generally out-there spazzed on the dance floor. It was my own personal Tim & Eric Awesome Show episode.
Fuck Buttons were the first band I caught on the main stage, and the tribal drumming, rumbling saw wave bass tones, and pulsing electronic soundtrack were well-represented in the Stardust Room. The band's live show stuck to their recent recorded output and was quite the contrast with my next conquest, the out-there chamber-folk of Fursaxa on stage two, complete with cello and harp. I preferred the former.
After a bit of Tortoise's jazzy math post-rock rhythms, I scooted down to Sleepy Sun (playing Knitting Factory Monday night) on the second stage; the Cali psych-rock band impressed me so much in the exact same room last year. Their set was not as impressive this time around, but more so than The Breeders who played the larger stage later that night and were a touch messy/off-key as they stammered through hits like "Divine Hammer".
On the other hand, Shellac (who also played in 2009) and Papa M killed it though in much different ways. Shellac's treble-y stomping punk rock was a triumph, and their Kutsher's set ("We are Shellac, and we only play ATP shows") included recent faves like "The End of Radio" and "Steady As She Goes". The band nixed their now famous Q&A session during their show due to their shortened set time, so their usual dry-sarcastic humor didn't play out as much this go around. Hopefully they have no curfew Tuesday at the Bell House. Papa M delivered ambient-y guitarscapes on the second stage, impressing immensely.
If you live in NYC, you've probably had your share of live Sonic Youth experiences. I've seen them at least six times. But whether it was the atmosphere, perfectly balanced soundsystem, or the band having a particularly ripping night, SY delivered probably my favorite Saturday set, focusing primarily on earlier material (Daydream Nation was a focal point it seemed). The sound in the Stardust Room was (still) flawless, and they closed out the night with a bang (set list below).
I also saw bits of Avi Buffalo, The Books and Hallogallo on Saturday. I completely missed BEAK> (stay tuned for our coverage from their Bowery Ballroom show though), Sian Alice Group, and Apse (catch them Monday and Wednesday night in NYC). I also missed Explosions in the Sky, but Sam caught them (her pics coming soon).
Read about Friday HERE. Sunday coverage is coming. Saturday (with more pics also coming later), continues below...
Avi Buffalo @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
Tickets are still on sale for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Yuck, Young Man, and a special guest, are all on the bill.
Avi Buffalo are playing The Mercury Lounge on October 13. Tickets are on sale now.
VV Brown is playing The Bowery Ballroom on October 24. Tickets are on sale now.
Mike Krum is playing The Mercury Lounge on September 23. Tickets are on sale now.
Cypress Hill is playing Nokia Theatre on August 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Bonobo is playing Webster Hall on November 8. Tickets are on sale now.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band are playing Terminal 5 on November 13. Tickets are on sale now.
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang played Eagle Street on August 21st. Video from that show below...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
photos by Chris La Putt
Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is (or was recently) 18 years old. That seems like a young age to be signed to Sub Pop and headlining South Street Seaport, but he did. It also seems like he's too young for people to be discussing Avi Buffalo line-up changes and/or his girlfriends in any serious way, but it seems necessary to point out that the-four piece band was without a regular member on Friday night. Rebecca Coleman, who I read is 19, and who may have been Avi's girlfriend, and most importantly whose voice can be heard on many songs, is apparently no longer in the band and wasn't there (like she was the two times I saw them earlier this year). Avi mentioned to an audience member that she has a different band (old band, new band? not sure).
Those who went to this show had to miss Spiritualized at Radio City, Seu Jorge at Terminal 5, Swell Season at Prospect Park, and a bunch of other shows that went on that night, but they got to catch Avi's Sub Pop Canadian elder, Chad VanGaalen who opened, and the show was free.
The next free show at South Street Seaport is Yacht & Black Devil Disco Club on August 6th, and then The Wedding Present on August 13th (openers TBA).
More pictures from the Chad and Avi show, below...
by Bill Pearis
This weekend is The Big Takeover's 30th Anniversary celebration: two nights of shows at the Bell House put together by Jack Rabid who has been publishing the 'zine since 1980. Jack's one of the most passionate, informed music fans I've ever met and he's put together a pretty stellar line-up of artists, most of which will be familiar to regular BT readers.
Friday night (7/30) is headlined by San Francisco punk legends The Avengers, and Seattle's Visqueen, and the first performance in 16 years by Flower (Ed and James Balyut's pre-Versus band). Plus the L.A. punks Channel 3, the Libertines U.S. (from Cincinnati) playing their first-ever Big Apple show, and Jack Rabid's band Springhouse.
Saturday night (7/31) is even more action packed. Former Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess headlines, performing acoustic and with a full band; legendary Lincoln, NE post-punk shoegazers For Against, playing their first East Coast show in 15 years; and Springhouse performs again, this time doing their 1993 album Postcards from the Arctic in full. Also: Former Nerves/Beat singer Paul Collins, a rare U.S. appearance by ex-Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan, onetime Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewitt (first-ever U.S. show), and the Posies' Jon Auer. Also also: The Sharp Things, The Sleepover Disaster (first-ever East Coast shows) and The Curtain Society.
You can still buy two-day passes for $40 as well. (Individual tickets are $25.) If you've never read The Big Takeover, well you should really recitify that. Each phone book sized issue (twice yearly) is packed with in-depth interviews, reviews and essays, the bulk of which is still written by Jack. The magazine's slogan is "Music with Heart" and he means it, man. The 30th Anniversary issue (#66 if you're keeping track) is just out with Spoon on the cover. Like always, it's a great read.
Avi Buffalo play the Seaport Music Festival on Friday, their only New York appearance this go-around. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut is an impressive collection of shimmery, folky guitar pop that has stayed in constant rotation on my stereo since March. Live, Avi Buffalo put a little more muscle into the tunes. Front man Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is a Doug Martsch in the making. (You get a sense of it on the LP's seven-minute jam "Remember the Last Time.") Dude uses like 15 pedals and is a pretty serious shredder. I thought they were great at South by Southwest. Yes they are barely old enough to buy cigarettes (not that they should be smoking!) but that just means Avi Buffalo haven't even hit their stride -- which is exciting.
Opening is Canadian multi-hyphenate wunderkind (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad Van Gaalen who hasn't made a new record of his own in two years but has probably stayed busy being an illustrator, animator, and producer of Women. Unlike last Friday, weather looks to be idyllic Friday (sunny, high of 84) -- should be a lovely early evening on the pier.
Despite the preponderance of reverbed garage, twee indiepop and '90s era slackerdom in this column, I do listen to a fair amount of dance music though I'm not really a club-goer. One of my favorite albums of 2009 was Continent, the full-length debut from CFCF, aka Vancouver beat-maker Michael Silver. It's an ambitious disc of instrumental, yet highly melodic dance music without even a trace of chillwave. (Though there's definitely some Balearic in there.) It's ridiculously catchy, and you may find yourself singing overtop tracks, making up your own lyrics (Well I do anyway.) Annie, Roisin, Robyn, etc... may I present your new collaborator?
You can download CFCF's great cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" at the top of this post -- the only vocal track on Continent. Silver, who is also an in-demand remixer (on the new HEALTH album for instance), is in town this weekend for a bunch of DJ gigs. You can hear him spin Friday night (7/30) at Cameo Gallery with Jacques Renault and Lovefingers, and then the PS1 Warm Up on Saturday (8/31), where Animal Collective also DJ, plus live performances from Prince Rama and Blondes.
If you're going to Prospect Park for Sonic Youth on Saturday, do get there early and catch Grass Widow as it's their only NYC show for now. The San Francisco trio's new album, Past Time, is out August 24 on Kill Rock Stars. It could use a few more choruses but gets by on the band's very distinctive sound. You can download "Shadows" from the new album at the top of this post and watch its lovely animated video at the bottom of this post. Grass Widow are teriffic live -- it will be interesting to see them on such a big stage. If you can't make it, they'll be back in September for two shows (Sept. 27 -28, venues still TBD). All tour dates at the bottom of this post.
And some daily picks of things not otherwise covered above:
THURSDAY, JULY 29
The Music Slut has been blogging away for five years and they're celebrating on a boat! Specifically, the Rocks Off Concert Cruise ship and they've put Javelin, Keepaway and I Love Monsters aboard it. Boat leaves at 7pm, don't be late. Happy birthday, guys.
Coco 66 has a night of bliss-out drone, noise, old synthesizers, psychedelic freakouts, and tribal chanting all in celebration of the release of Amen Dunes' new album, Murder Dull Mind, which is out on Sacred Bones. Also playing Gary War, recent Paw Tracks signees Prince Rama (who are at PS 1 Saturday), and Coconuts. Open vodka bar at 9PM till it runs out.
As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).
My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.
Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.
You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.
The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...
Neon Indian @ MWTX in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
will be playing with Avi Buffalo at their free South Street Seaport show, as part of the summer series there, on July 30th. The almost-full schedule of free Seaport Music shows will be announced soon, but it already also includes Best Coast, Thee Oh Sees, Bear in Heaven, YACHT, Zola Jesus and others.
UPDATE: Though announced in a set of Avi Buffalo tour dates, I was informed that Neon Indian is NOT playing South Street Seaport (I guess he was supposed to... but probably took a different summer show... stay tuned for who is playing and where Neon Indian is playing instead. sorry.)
UPDATE 2: Chad VanGaalen is playing with Avi Buffalo at the Seaport on July 30th.
Before then, Neon Indian opens one of Massive Attack's Terminal 5 shows, and has their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th. Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show (and for Terminal 5 too).
More tour dates for both are below...
South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport, NYC (part of the River to River Festival)
July 02 - TBA
July 09 - Bear in Heaven &
TBA Zola Jesus
July 16 - Thee Oh Sees & Golden Triangle
July 23 - Free Energy & Best Coast & Loose Limbs
July 30 - Avi Buffalo &
TBA Chad VanGaalen
Aug 06 - YACHT & TBA
Also, "The annual Children's Day at the Seaport culminates with the spectacular Target Fireworks, featuring a special performance by The Apples in Stereo accompanied by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. During the day, families can enjoy performances by Gordon from Sesame Street, Angelina Ballerina, and more, while meeting their favorite storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, and Madeline. (June 26) "
And, there will be a July 4th show with the Old 97's.
Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
After the opening act, Avi Buffalo, Owen Pallett regains the spotlight as soon as he begins banging away at his violin, recreating the effects of a full orchestra with all the necessary colors and trills. Despite their density, songs from "Heartland," such as "Keep the Dog Quiet" or "Midnight Directives," never lose their immediacy when performed live; they are bombastic and bursting at the seams. Just when you think the loops are getting too muddled, squished together unceremoniously, Pallett the puppeteer pulls the strings taut with a resounding stomp of the foot at his pedal board.Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) and Avi Buffalo (signed to Sub Pop) played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (1/12). It was a record release show for Owen's great new "Heartland" album, out now on Domino.
Older songs such as "This is the Dream of Win and Regine" take a few minutes to materialize entirely, but when the main riff finally kicks in, the soulful plucks and warped background clicks are thrilling. In all the spacious Sturm und Drang, Pallett blows out his bass amp. No sedated violin affair here. The atmosphere is loose, any stuffiness punctured by moments of Pallett sucking on his finger.
"I've got to have a really moist finger for this one," he says, realizing the innuendo too late and trying to laugh it off bashfully. [NYU News]
Owen wasn't allowing pictures Tuesday night, but some of Avi (who played his first-ever NYC show at Pianos on Saturday) and more merch and stuff, below...
DOWNLOAD: Avi Buffalo - What's In It For? (MP3)
Avi Buffalo is the adopted name of Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Long Beach, CA. Avi Buffalo is also the name of the band he formed with friends and like-minded collaborators Sheridan Riley (drums), Arin Fazio (bass) and Rebecca Coleman (keyboards and vocals). Though Avi started recording songs 3 years ago, during his sophomore year in high school, amidst the dissolution of his previous band Monogram, it wasn't until Bill Cutts of Outsider Folk asked Avi to play a show in 2007 that Avi Buffalo the band came to be. This first show was an acoustic set at the Zephyr Café in Long Beach. Through the following summer and a local music festival that fall, the band became an altogether more electric thing. And soon they were asked to play shows in Los Angeles. They did and then kept on doing it. A year later Avi and Aaron Embry (who has played with folks like Elliott Smith, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Beth Orton, and a whole slew of others) began recording the songs that will become the band's first record. At the prompting of early fan and Sub Pop A&R Head Tony Kiewel, the band toured up to Seattle, played a show, met folks at the label, and began what we all hope will be a very long and happy relationship. [Sub Pop]Not to be confused with Zee Avi, Avi Kazman, or Avi Lapidus, California band Avi Buffalo will be releasing their first Sub Pop full-length in Spring of 2010. The track "What's In It For?" (the free download above) appears on that album, and on a Sub Pop 7" that came out in December.
In March Avi Buffalo can be found at SXSW in Austin. Between now and then there are three chances to catch them in NYC. The first is tonight/Saturday (1/16) at Pianos. It's an Aquarium Drunkard-presented show that also includes sets by Aquarium Drunkard recording artist Roadside Graves and The Loom (flyer below). On Monday (1/18), Avi opens for Owen Pallett at Bowery Ballroom. On Thursday (1/21), Avi opens for Vetiver at The Bell House. All dates and some videos below...
"Alasdair, Mark, James & Mel will be stateside in February to support their new album, Bonfires on the Heath." The Clientele kick off a tour with Vetiver at Maxwell's in Hoboken on February 21st. Tickets are on sale now.
Vetiver leaves that tour after a March 1st show in Austin, but The Clientele keep going until March 23rd when they end things back in NYC on \at Bowery Ballroom (ticket info & openers TBA).
The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.
Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...