Entries tagged with: Balam Acab
by Andrew Sacher
Balam Acab's 2011 debut album Wander/Wonder was one of the real gems of the unfortunately-named and short-lived witch house era. It seems like most of the world has moved on from that sound -- Tri Angle, the label that put out Wander/Wonder and other great stuff like it, doesn't really sign stuff like that anymore. Balam Acab's likeminded labelmates like Holy Other and oOoOO haven't gotten to a sophomore album, and tangentially related stuff like How to Dress Well sounds completely different now. But Balam Acab just finally put out a second album last night (a surprise release though he had been tweeting that new music was coming) and it's bringing me right back to 2011 in a very good way.
The album's called Child Death and it's only five songs, but they're pretty lengthy and the whole thing runs about as long as the eight-song Wander/Wonder. It's got a lot of what made that album great too: aquatic atmospheres, creaky lo-fi recording, the hushed vibe that feels like he was making this thing at 3 AM and trying not to disturb someone in the next room. It also seems to more prominently feature live guitar, and there's a few guest vocalists too. I didn't think this sound had much more to say, but Child Death is proving me wrong.
It's not streaming but you can pick up the whole thing for $5 at bandcamp. Tracklist and album credits (including Foxes In Fiction's Warren Hildebrand, who mastered it) below...
Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.
As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...
RJD2 at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Instrumental hip hop producer RJD2 has a few upcoming shows scheduled, one of which happens in NYC on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check livenation for updates.
The show comes two days after RJD2 plays a Philly show (12/29) with Balam Acab. No word on whether or not Balam Acab will play the Gramercy show but he's also got an upcoming show in NYC that same month, happening December 1 at Glasslands with Beacon and Rimar. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all RJD2 dates and a video below.
oOoOO at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
oOoOO (aka San Francisco producer Christopher Greenspan) released his impressive Our Loving Is Hurting Us EP earlier this year via Tri Angle and subsequently toured North America in support of it. Now he's set to go on a European tour, much of which is with Butterclock, who sings on his EP, but before that he'll play a hometown show in San Francisco at Public Works tonight (9/28) with Andy Stott and Demdike Stare (who will both be in NYC for a show together in October), and Balam Acab (who will be in NYC in December).
On oOoOO's way home from the European tour, he too will stop in NYC for a show on November 8 at Glasslands with Solar Year and Silent Drape Runners. Tickets for that show are on sale now. oOoOO just posted a song on his soundcloud called "StairwayToHeaven" (doesn't appear to have anything to do with the Led Zeppelin song) and you can stream that below.
Speaking of Andy Stott, he also just revealed a cut off of his upcoming album, Luxury Problems (due out 10/29 via Modern Love), called "Numb." A stream of that song, the oOoOO song, and a list of all upcoming oOoOO dates are below.
Balam Acab at Webster Hall in June (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ethereal producer Balam Acab has a few upcoming West Coast dates surrounding his performance at Seattle's Decibel Festival later this month, after which he'll head over to Europe for an October tour. He's got about a month off after that and then he'll come to NYC for a show on December 1 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all tour dates and a song stream are below.
today in NYC
* Mallu @ MoMA
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Oren Bloedow @ Barbes
* Frank Ocean @ Terminal 5
* Kassa Overall @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dave Hill Explosion @ UCB
* The Universal Thump @ Barbes
* Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ Joe's Pub
* Bomba Estereo, Il Abanico @ Webster Hall
* Milagres, Indians, Zulu Pearls @ Glasslands
* Slowdance (DJ set) @ Ace Hotel New York
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story @ Brooklyn Brewery
* Eternal Summers, Ex Cops @ Mercury Lounge
* Pedrito Martinez Group @ MetroTech Commons
* Soul Asylum, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dust Rays, Smoota, SORNE @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Poolside (DJ Set), Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace
* Persephone's Bees, Bizi Gara, Psychic @ Zebulon
* Oberhofer, The Soft Pack, Royal Bangs @ Pier 84 CANCELLED
* Marshall Crenshaw, Bottle Rockets @ City Winery
* Milo Greene, Family Of The Year @ Mercury Lounge
* Skaters, Liquor Store, Neon Windbreaker @ Swat Bar
* Beach Day, Chalk & Numbers, Island Twins @ Cake Shop
* Prawn, Calculator, Caravela, Tawny Peaks @ Maxwell's
* Agalloch, Taurus, Musk Ox @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alien Whale, Ms. America, Dead Stars @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Rebecca Pronsky, Zachary Cale, Woodsy Pride @ Union Hall
* Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Geko Jones @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jeffrey Gaines, Jennings, E. Clayton West @ Highline Ballroom
* Trash Talk, DJ Leftbrain (OFWGKTA), "special guests" @ 285 Kent
* Murals, Indian Rebound, Treppenverter, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* Zomby, Rusty Lazer (DJ set), Lemonade (DJ set), LE1F @ The Hester
* King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen @ House of Vans
* Kings County Ramblers, Andi Rae Healy, Whale Belly @ The Rock Shop
Night Panther, Ghost Beach, Nicos Gun, N/A, Silya, The Blakes @ Pianos
* Uncle Monsterface, The Planes, Little, Big, Attack.wav @ The Grand Victory
* Jack Quartet, C. Spencer Yeh, Patrick Higgins, Jantar @ Secret Project Robot
* Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Asher Roth @ Best Buy Theater
* Little Howlin' Wolf, Wes Buckley and Allie Klein, Hurricanes of Love @ Union Pool
* Oscar DeLeon, Luis Enrique, N'Klabe @ Seaside Summer Concerts in Coney Island
* Law & Order, Porches, No One and The Somebodies, Frankie Cosmos, Cave Cricket @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Our Mountain, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, The Amp, Bones Howell, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ 929 XPO
* Le Rug, EULA, Rainbow Party, Michael Jordan & The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band @ Shea Stadium
Trash Talk, who are on Odd Future records, play a FREE BV-presented show at 285 Kent tonight with DJ Leftbrain (of Odd Future) and "special guests." Odd Future's Frank Ocean plays a sold out show at Terminal 5 tonight and OF's Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt play with Raekwon tonight at Best Buy Theater. The flier for tonight's Trash Talk show is below.
"Goldfinger" screens for free tonight in Tompkins Square Park.
"Clueless" screens for free tonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Speaking of free screenings, did you RSVP for our screening of "Celeste and Jesse Forever"?
Officially unelected Coney Island major Dick Zigun is giving his annual overview of the current state of Coney Island at the Coney Island Museum tonight.
Vol. 1 Brooklyn's 'The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories' is returning for a second installment tonight at Housing Works. Here's what they say about it and the full list of people who will be there:
For the first time ever, Vol. 1 is revisiting a Greatest 3-Minute story topic for a second time around. On July 26th we're presenting The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories 2.Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
Since we had such a fun time the first time around, we figured why not invited a bunch of people to get up on the Housing Works stage and tell stories that might or might not be about bad tattoos, bad hair dye jobs, bad tours, selling out, selling in, and/or having an emo phase in the mid to late 1990s. The event starts at 7 pm, is free and includes the following folks.
Ari Spool (Impose)
Michael Fusco (M+E Design)
Mishka Shubaly (Freshkills)
Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav/Frenchkiss Records/author of Who Farted Wrong?)
Maura Johnston (Village Voice)
Russ Marshalek (Silent Drape Runners/Flavorpill)
Alina Simone (Author, You Must Go and Win)
Evan Smith Rakoff (Poets & Writers)
Jeanne Fury (Writer)
Matt Elkin (The So So Glos)
Ami Greko (Book Camp: NYC)
Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork)
Molly Neuman (Bratmobile)
Maria Sherman (Writer, WNYU DJ)
Alexis Fleisig (Obits)
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Murals play their first of 4 NYC shows tonight.
Bat For Lashes have a video for "Laura," the single off of their upcoming album, which you can watch below.
Wilco was on Fallon last night (7/25) after playing their third of three NYC shows. They performed "Art of Almost" and then "Laminated Cat" as a web exclusive. Videos of both performances are below.
Balam Acab remixed N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" (yes!). You can stream/download that below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Mogwai @ Webster Hall -- 6/14/2012
"There was an amazing quote from Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy who said, "The best thing about never being cool is that you're never that uncool." No, I'd rather we go on with our music and people who like it, listen to it and the thought that people turn out because it's in some way relevant or trendy, is kind of depressin.' I'd rather people just, like, came and heard the music because they like it or because it kinda had some sort of emotional connection to them. I also think that when, say, like ten years ago or whenever it was, when lots of instrumental music was really trendy, people were sick of it! It got to the point where we'd bring our record and some people would be like "Oh, no. Not another one of these records!" It was like "Really?" But it's gotten to the comical point now where like I'll meet people in bands making completely different kinds of music and they'll be like "I used to be in a band that sounded like you." I'm like "Oh, god." [laughs]" [Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai]You already saw a set of pictures from the 6/15 show at Webster Hall, though without opener Balam Acab. Here's a set from the first of two Mogwai shows at the NYC venue, opener and Mogwai setlist included. They continue below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Mogwai at Webster Hall - 6/15/12
We're pleased to announce that we're in the middle of putting together a remix album, titled 'A Wrenched Virile Lore' it'll feature remixed versions of tracks from our 'Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will' so far we've got contributions from Tim Hecker, The Soft Moon, RM Hubbert, Robert Hampson, Zombi, Justin Broadrick, Xander Harris, Umberto and Cylob. The record will be available on CD, LP and Digital Download and we'll have more details on release dates soon.Mogwai are offering a free download of the Xander Harris version of "How To Be A Werewolf" from their forthcoming remix album. Download that for the price of an email address.
Judging from the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall, Mogwai did not enter into remix terrritory at their NYC shows, but stranger things have happened. The band played a two night stint at the venue (playing the first on June 14th) as part of a batch of North American dates that also saw them at Bonnaroo 2012. Pictures and the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall (unfortunately none of opener Balam Acab) are below.
Balam Acab at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Balam Acab, who just played the Mogwai-curated ATP in London last month, has been added as an opener to Mogwai's tour. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed shows on June 14 and 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets to both NYC shows are still available.
Balam Acab recently dropped his most in-your-face track yet and it's called "Ass Pop." Stream that below, along with a list of all dates...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"the most emotional show (@ Mercury Lounge for Active Child, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids and New Moods)" - Nicolette Elvie
Active Child at Mercury Lounge 5/11/12
Active Child brought his tour with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids to NYC earlier this month for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom (5/10) and a day later at Mercury Lounge (5/11) with New Moods. After the Mercury Lounge show, Active Child DJ'd the Mondrian with DJ Sean Glass and DJ VIkas.
Speaking of New Moods, they've got a Northside show coming up with a pretty stacked local bill of Zambri, Ice Choir (featuring TPOBPAH's Kurt Feldman), and Fast Years at Spike Hill on June 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.
More pictures from the Mercury Lounge show and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: SONG TEMPORARILY REMOVED AT ARTIST's REQUEST
New Moods @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You may remember Brooklyn's New Moods from such concerts as the 2012 BV Holiday Party with Anna Calvi and Eleanor Friedberger. We've got the premiere of a new New Moods track, "So Easy," which you can download at the top of this post. (You can stream it below.) With it's fat synth bass, it crushes like a steamroller, but with a lover's touch. Is that possible? Just listen. New Moods play Glasslands on 4/2 with tourmates Jonquil & Keep Shelly in Athens, and play Mercury Lounge on May 11 (sold out) with Active Child, Balam Acab & Superhumanoids.
Stream of the New Moods track below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Superhumanoids - "Geri" (MP3)
Active Child at MHOW in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Active Child has a ton of international tour dates on the way, including Australian and European dates in February and March and a North American tour to follow with support from some pretty impressive openers, Balam Acab and Superhumanoids. The tour hits NYC twice in May, with shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 10 and the much smaller Mercury Lounge on May 11. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (2/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (2/1) at noon.
Active Child recently released a video for "Hanging On," off 2011's You Are All I See. Check that out, along with a list of all the dates below.
Balam Acab kicks off a short European tour this week with labelmates oOoOO and Holy Other. Speaking of oOoOO (aka Christopher Dexter Greenspan), he just announced his new EP, Our Living is Killing Us, which is due out April 10 via Tri Angle. It features collaborations with Butterclock, who has performed live with oOoOO. The cover art and tracklist are below.
Speaking of Superhumanoids, they recently released the track, "Geri," which you can download above and stream below.
All dates, video, stream, and oOoOO EP info below...
by Andrew Sacher
Theophilus London in the studio w/ AraabMuzik (via AraabMuzik)
Theophilus London is touring the US and Canada in January and February after he plays the SnowGlove Festival in California at the end of this month. His tour will bring him to NYC on February 9 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Theophilus, who has been tweeting about being in the studio, was just pictured in studio with AraabMuzik, who posted the above picture to his facebook earlier today.
AraabMuzik will be in NYC for New Year's Eve at the Ad Hoc party at 285 Kent with Balam Acab, Laurel Halo, Light Asylum, Run DMT, and a special guest. Tickets for that show are still available and there will be two open bars during the night.
Theophilus London's track, "I Stand Alone," was recently remixed by Skream (listen below) who it was just announced is opening for Skrillex at T5 (which sold right right out today). AraabMuzik also opens one of Skrillex's LA shows. Diplo opens one too. But even though Diplo's playing a Skrillex show and approving of the American kids loving it, he still feels that the "most exciting sound out of 2011" is the more atmospheric bass stuff like Balam Acab (who plays the NYE show in Brooklyn with AraabMuzik).
All Theophilus dates and the Skream remix below...
AraabMuzik at Moogfest in October (more by Diana Wong)
When Altered Zones announced last month that they would no longer be operating, editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander also announced a new project, AdHoc.fm, which will be "a 100% independent, daily music and visual culture publication" and is "coming in 2012."
Ad Hoc are throwing a New Year's Eve party at 285 Kent (12/31) with sets by AraabMuzik, Balam Acab, Light Asylum, Laurel Halo, Run DMT, a special guest, and Weird Magic DJs. Tickets for the show are on sale now. More details and dates are below.
Laurel Halo will also be DJing in NYC on New Year's Eve at Zebulon with DJ Hiro Kone and a band TBA. They'll be spinning "Italo Disco, House, Soul, Techno, Postpunk; whatever makes you move."
Another similar electronic-filled NYE option is the Nosaj Thing show at Glasslands (12/31). When we first discussed the show, no openers had been announced yet. We now know that the bill also includes El Topo (aka Dave Harrington of Nicolas Jaar's Darkside project), Archie Pelago, and DJIlirjana (Pop Manifesto/Typical Girls). Tickets are still available.
Speaking of AraabMuzik, he released the deluxe edition to his album Electronic Dream last week. The album features six new tracks, including the Deadmau5-sampling "I Remember," which you can stream below. We recently spoke to Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci who is in New Moods, and he said "I don't think I've heard a record like this before. It seems to break every production rule and yet sounds so sweet and pleasing to the ears."
That stream, NYE show details and more AraabMuzik dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
oOoOO at PS1 in August (more by Erez Avissar)
Tri Angle labelmates Balam Acab, oOoOO, and Holy Other are heading out on a European tour together this February. So far they haven't announced any US dates for the tour yet, but Balam Acab and oOoOO do have two California shows together this week.
Before the tour kicks off, oOoOO will play his own show in NYC at Glasslands on January 21 with Sibian & Faun. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Holy Other recently had two of the tracks off of his excellent With U EP remixed by The Haxan Cloak (aka Bobby Krlic) and Andy Stott, both of who put out their own great LPs this year. The Haxan Cloak applied his layers of ambience to "Feel Something" and Andy Stott offered his take on "Know Where" with a remix that more than doubles the track's original length. Both of these remixes are available to stream below.
And lastly, Balam Acab was added to ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK. He plays on Saturday (5/26), the day that Mogwai headlines and the reunited Codeine also play. He also recently posted his top albums of 2011 which includes Holy Other, Holy Other remixer Andy Stott, St. Vincent (who he loves so much he almost missed his LPR show in Nov.), and others. And in case you missed it, he's been on a roll with remixing female singers lately, like Charli XCX, Lana Del Rey, and Twin Sister, the latter of which plays the sold out BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (12/17).
All dates and song streams below...
Twin Sister @ MFNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Twin Sister will release a limited edition 12" remix album of material off of their debut LP In Heaven on January 30. You've already heard Balam Acab's remix of "Kimmi in a Rice Field". It will be backed by a Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix of "Bad Street," which you can stream below. The 12" is available for pre-order at the Domino webstore.
Twin Sister will have the 12" available on their 2012 tour with Ava Luna, which doesn't come to NYC, but both of those bands play the BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom (12/17) with Widowspeak. Tickets for that show are still on sale and only $8.
Speaking of the 12/17 Bowery show, we're happy to announce some DJ additions to the bill. As soon as doors open and until Ava Luna go on, music will be provided by a mysterious team known as Invisible Glowstix. After that, between bands and until the last person leaves the club, the tunes will be coming courtesy of the slightly more well known Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. who will put down their guitars and mics for the night in favor of laptops and turntables. The Detroit band are also playing (live) shows in Philly and Boston while they're in the area.
Twin Sister recently recorded a live session for The Alternate Side, which aired today (12/9). You can watch the archived session below. They also recently recorded a live in-studio version of "Stop" at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco for Yours Truly. The video of that performance is below too.
Speaking of Balam Acab remixes, he recently remixed Charli XCX's single "Nuclear Seasons," which came out in November. You can stream his remix and watch the video for the original below. The original is available for free download in exchange for your email address at Charli XCX's website and you can download the Balam Acab remix by liking her facebook page.
Video and streams below...
Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.
As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.
All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.
Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.
Balam Acab at LPR last week (via Balam Acab's tumblr)
Barnard College's radio station is presenting 'Winter Formal 2011 & Goth Prom 1986' on December 3 at Barnard College in the Diana Event Oval (3009 Broadway at 117th in Manhattan) with Balam Acab, Purling Hiss, Leather, and RL Grime. The show is free and open to all ages. The flyer is below.
Balam Acab recently finished up a run of dates including his LPR show with Trust and True Womanhood (11/17). Andrew Kuo from NY Times reported on the show in his usual chart format with lines like "When he isn't awkwardly grinding in place it's just as great as most of the album." His final take on the show's end is, "I'll let the guys apologizing to their girlfriends for the show do the talking for me." If you were at the show, what did you think of it? If you missed it, there's a couple videos of Balam Acab's set below. He performed with a female vocalist and did some vocals himself too.
Balam Acab recently remixed Twin Sister (who are playing a BV Holiday Party) and Lana Del Rey, both of which turned out sounding a good deal like Balam Acab's original material (in a good way). Stream both of those remixes HERE.
Balam Acab's debut LP Wander/Wonder placed at #20 on Rough Trade Shop's top 100 albums of 2011. You can view the entire list here.
All dates, videos and the Barnard show flier below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Twin Sister at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Jessica Amaya)
Four days after our BV Holiday Party with Anna Calvi at MHOW (12/13) (tickets) we'll be presenting a second Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom (12/17) with Twin Sister, Widowspeak, and Ava Luna. Tickets for the show are on sale now. And note that both BV Holiday shows are only $8! More details TBA.
The 12/17 show is currently the last show of 2011 for Twin Sister and Ava Luna before they kick off a tour together in January. All dates for this tour are listed below.
Balam Acab, who made his NYC debut at LPR last night (11/17), recently remixed Twin Sister's "Kimmi in a Rice Field," off their debut LP In Heaven. Balam does a great job of alienating Andrea Estella's vocals and creating ghostly atmospheres with his deep ambient beats. Balam also recently gave a similar treatment to Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," like Jamie Woon did just before him. You can stream both of these remixes below, along with the video for the original version of Twin Sister's "Kimmi in a Rice Field."
All dates, song streams and video below...
You may know Trust from either their recent Bulbform 12" or their Candy Walls 7" both released via Sacred Bones, or via the fact that a member of the band serves on the rhythm section for Austra (and played together at Mercury Lounge).
Regardless of any association, the pair of releases cast their own shadow of darkness with gothic synths and baritone vocals. Listen for yourself below and see them TONIGHT (11/17). The Canadian band are in town to support Balam Acab at Le Poisson Rouge with True Womanwood as part of a round of dates for BA. Tickets are still on sale for the LATE show.
In related news, Fucked Up bassist Sandy Miranda is a fan of Trust, and created an "unofficial video" for "FTF" (from the Bulbform 12") by Trust. Check out that video, a video for "Candy Walls", updated Balam Acab dates, and Trust/True Womanhood streams are below.
By Bill Pearis
I'm heading to the M for Montreal festival tomorrow which will keep me busy and entertained, but here's what I'll be missing this week while I'm there.
Like last night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are playing tonight (11/15) at the Beacon Theater and there are still (pricey) tickets available for the show. He'll then head to California for a few shows, and will be back in America in March (no NYC date yet). All Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
As someone who gave up on Oasis about two songs into Be Here Now, I was a bit surprised by how much I like Noel Gallagher's new album, which debuted at #1 on the UK album charts. While nothing strays very far from his wheelhouse, it sounds like he might have been saving up his best songs for himself. "Aka...What a Life!" is a dancefloor stomper that works surprisingly well, and the songs that revel in pomp and strings sound great loud. It's a good album. There are videos for "Aka...What a Life!" (featuring, um, Russell Brand) and "If I Had a Gun" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the whole album.
Unlike Beady Eye, Noel has no problem playing Oasis songs (he did write them after all) so you're probably gonna get "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Wonderwall" (and probably some deep cuts) along with the entirety of his new album. Actually, you can look at last night's setlist, and pictures too, HERE.
Los Campesinos! release their new album Hello Sadness today and are here for two shows: tomorrow (11/16) at Bowery Ballroom and then Thursday (11/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Their first album made since (amicably) losing vocalist/keyboardist Aleksandra, Hello Sadness finds LC! "maturing" a bit: code for being less manic and shouty than previous albums. Which is fine, you can't do that forever, and it suits the tone of lyrics. (It's a massive breakup album.) There's a fair amount of wallowing going on, but you also get some terrific singles too, like "By Your Hand" which has a giant, stick-in-your-head chorus and is downloadable at the top of this post.
Chicago's Heavy Times and Brain Idea are here this week, playing Shea Stadium on 11/17 and Party Expo on 11/18. Both are worth checking out. Heavy Times just released Jacker on Hozac Records and you can check out "Future City" at the top of this post. As I said previously, it's one big snarl of an album and if you dig Obits and "I Wanna Live" era Ramones (or the HoZac label in general), this is right up your bowling alley.
Brain Idea, meanwhile, make the kind of jangly guitar pop that was inescapable on college radio in the '80s. (Flying Nun and the paisley underground scene come to mind.) An MP3 for "Oh I'm Free" from this year's Mexican Summer-released Cosmos Factory EP is at the top of this post.
Cover to new Total Control/Oh Sees split 12"
The band I'm most bummed about missing this week is Australia's Total Control, whose album Henge Beat is one of my favorites of the year. They're here for three shows: tomorrow night (11/16) at St Vitus, and then opening for tourmates Thee Oh Sees on Thursday (11/ 17) at 285 Kent and Friday (11/ 18) at Le Poisson Rouge. All Oh Sees/Total Control dates are at the bottom of this post.
I'm just gonna quote myself here:
Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang.You can stream one of the album tracks at the bottom of this post. If you go to one of the shows, be sure to pick up the split Total Control/Oh Sees tour 12" too.
The Strange Boys
And finally, Austin's Strange Boys are here this weekend, playing Friday (11/18) at Mercury Lounge, Saturday (11/19) at Glasslands and then a free in-store at Generation Records on Sunday afternoon (11/20, 4PM).
The band's first album for Rough Trade, Live Music, came out last month and knocks a lot of the dust off the band's grubby, in-the-red twangy R&B but I don't think it's necessarily to their detriment. There is grub to spare, and if you like dive bar rock n' roll and can't get enough of things that sound vaguely like early-'70s Rolling Stones you'll probably dig. Check out an MP3 of "Me and You" at the top of this post. None of their records have really captured what they're like live, anyway, which is the best way to experience them for sure. So go check out a show this weekend.
That'll do it for this week. Some day-by-day picks follow for shows not mentioned above.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Hopefully you got tickets to Youth Lagoon's sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Or did you go last night?
Not sold out and actually free is múm's Kría Brekkan who performs tonight at Church of the Advent Hope along with Julianna Barwick and Aaron Roche, with artwork by EyeBodega.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Balam Acab - "Oh, Why" (MP3)
It might seem easy to write off Balam Acab as just another witch house guy (though that shouldn't even be a genre anyway), but one listen to his excellent debut LP, Wander/Wonder, would prove that doing so would be way off. With 8 tracks that clock in just under 40 minutes, Balam Acab creates Burial-esque bass and clicks and underwater atmospheres, only coming up for a breath of air and a glimpse of sunlight on "Oh, Why," before re-emerging into the album's two swampiest tracks. You can grab "Oh, Why" above and stream two tracks below. The album is also available for purchase as a CD/LP on Amazon and as MP3 on iTunes. The artwork and tracklist are also below.
Balam Acab will be in NYC for a show on November 17 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. He doesn't appear to have any other shows scheduled at the moment.
Album art, tracklist, and song streams below...
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