Entries tagged with: Belle and Sebastian
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
photos by David Andrako
Belle & Sebastian & friends @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 7/15/2013
Belle & Sebastian just wrapped up their tour with Yo La Tengo, which hit NYC last Thursday (7/11) for a very enjoyable show at Prospect Park which was a fundraiser for Celebrate Brooklyn! We already ran one set of pictures and here's another -- including shots of the onstage dance-a-thon that happened during "The Boy with the Arab Strap" -- in this post.
While no word on a brand new B&S album, the Scottish group will be releasing an odds-and-ends compilation, titlted The Third Eye Centre on August 27. It collects b-sides, non-LP tracks and remixes from the last ten years. Think of it as a companion to essential 2005 comp Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. It's available as a gatefold double-LP or hardbound book CD. Check out the cover art, tracklist and a stream of the Miaow Miaow remix of "Your Cover's Blown," below.
Belle & Sebastian have a few more U.S. shows to go -- they play ACL Live in Austin tonight (7/16) and will wrap things up at this weekend's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. All upcoming tour dates and more pictures from their Prospect Park show below...
by Fred Pessaro
Belle & Sebastian @ Celebrate Brooklyn, 7/11/2013
A packed Prospect Park Bandshell marked the return of Belle & Sebastian, who were joined by tourmates Yo La Tengo as part of a sold-out ticketed benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn! last night (7/11). The long-running pop band ran through material from their close-to 20-year career at the cool & shady outdoor venue, stopping to make anecdotes about the incredible weather, Scottish skin in the New York sun, and everyone's favorite topic as of late, Citibikes.
Yo La Tengo (who have a new video) is a hell of a support act, and the band readied the crowd with their extensive and varied catalog, stopping to swap instruments and also remark on the excellent weather. So far no additional NYC dates for the NJ band, but maybe we'll see them in Hoboken soon?
Great night all around. Head below for more pictures from a gorgeous night at Prospect Park.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Yo La Tengo recently announced they'd be going on a co-headlining tour with Belle and Sebastian, which hits NYC on July 11 at Prospect Park for a Celebrate Brooklyn! show. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
YLT also just expanded their tour, and it now includes two more appearances in NYC. On April 9 and 10 at non-profit art space The Kitchen, they'll be performing their original score for Sam Green's "live documentary" The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. The film is a documentary on multi-disciplinary artist R. Buckminster Fuller, and "at every screening, Green narrates the film in person and cues images from a laptop while Yo La Tengo performs their original score." The screening will take place twice each day (7 PM and 9 PM). Online tickets are sold out, but there is always a wait list and usually a number of them released at the door.
An updated list of dates and the visual clip for "Ohm" off of their new album, Fade, below...
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Belle and Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Scottish indie pop vets Belle and Sebastian haven't gone on a full tour of North America in over two years, but once they were announced as a headliner for this year's Pitchfork Festival, we knew they'd finally be crossing the Atlantic again. And now, a full tour leading up to their slot at that festival has been announced. Many of the dates are with fellow indie legends Yo La Tengo (who just released an album and played NYC), including the NYC date, which is a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 11. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
Belle and Sebastian are also the subject of a new "Pitchfork Classic" documentary, which is an hour-long exploration of their 1996 album, If You're Feeling Sinister, directed by RJ Bentler. You can watch that documentary and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
Pitchfork fans, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork have announced their festival headliners by day for their annual summer shindig in Chicago's Union Park (July 19 - 21), with Bjork heading up the first evening, followed by Belle & Sebastian and R.Kelly in the following nights. Tickets are on sale for individual nights, as well as three day passes.
Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (more by David Andrako)
As you may have seen last night, HBO's Girls won big at the Golden Globes, grabbing both Best Comedy series and Best Actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. At the same time Dunham was giving her acceptance speech, Season 2 of Girls (now featuring Donald Glover as Hannah's new boyfriend) was making its debut on the pay cable channel.
The soundtrack to Girls just came out last week and one of the songs exclusive to it is Santigold's "Girls." We've got the premiere of its video right here in this post. Shot here in NYC the cool little clip features girls from all walks of life (and all ages) lip-synching to the track and you can watch it below. The Girls soundtrack also features Sleigh Bells, Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Belle & Sebastian and more.
Santigold played Bowery Ballroom back in December and her only upcoming live date is at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on February 9. Video and Girls OST artwork and tracklist below...
Eugene Robinson of Oxbow, September 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Unlike most of the year-end lists we've seen, which are of albums, songs, or memorable moments from live shows, Eugene Robinson, frontman of long-running noise rockers Oxbow, always caps his year off with something way weirder (and awesome). Last year it was his Top Revenge Themes for 2011 and this year he's listed his Top 10 Things in 2012 To Which I Will Say "Don't Get Me Started." The list is just as amazing as you'd hope, and you can read the entire thing below.
by Bill Pearis
Stevie Jackson at The Bell House, April 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson is a genuine charmer. Headlining the final night of Chickfactor 20: For the Love of Pop at The Bell House, he did much of the set solo (and with a scraggly beard and a bushy head of hair, Jackson looked a lot like Angel from The Rockford Files) and held the crowd's attention the whole time, performing a mix of Belle & Sebastian songs (not necesarilly his own), songs from his new solo album (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, and covers (including a surprisingly great take on Elton John's "Rocket Man"). He's also a master of between-song banter and an audience participation leader. It was a great end to the three-day festival that felt more like a party than a series of concerts.Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson was last here for the chickfactor 20 celebration back in April. He's back in the U.S. for more chickfactor shows, this time on the West Coast, and while here is fitting in another NYC show which happens TONIGHT (8/28) at The Living Room. Tickets are $10 and still available. Stevie's got a few other U.S. dates as well and those are all listed below.
While on the subject of chickfactor, in addition to the West Coast shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, they'll be doing one in London on November 16 - 18, with The Pastels, Would Be Goods, Amor de Dias and The Aislers Set, Tender Trap, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Real Tuesday Weld, Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Harvery Williams, and The Starfolk... plus a film screening and quiz night. More info is here.
And in more chickfactor news, this fall the pop zine will publish issue #17, its first new issue in a decade. That's exciting news.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson is a genuine charmer. Headlining the final night of Chickfactor 20: For the Love of Pop at The Bell House, he did much of the set solo (and with a scraggly beard and a bushy head of hair, Jackson looked a lot like Angel from The Rockford Files) and held the crowd's attention the whole time, performing a mix of Belle & Sebastian songs (not necesarilly his own), songs from his new solo album (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, and covers (including a surprisingly great take on Elton John's "Rocket Man"). He's also a master of between-song banter and an audience participation leader. It was a great end to the three-day festival that felt more like a party than a series of concerts.
For about a third of the set, Jackson was backed by Honey Bunch, fronted by Jeffrey Underhill who also spent time in Velvet Crush, whose brand of Byrdsian guitar pop has been going on and off since the late '80s. Like the night before, I didn't get there till late so I missed The Softies, The Pines, The Ladybug Transistor and unannounced openers Franklin Bruno and Fan Modine. But we have pictures from the whole night, along with videos of The Softies and The Pines courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn. Click through for that.
by Bill Pearis
chickfactor #1 with cover stars Small Factory
chickfactor will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with five blissful nights of sparkling indie pop on the Northeast Corridor of the USA (three in NY; two in DC) including the first shows in years by Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Pipas, The Aislers Set, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies, The Lois Plus, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Fan Modine and rare performances from such pop luminaries asStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Frankie Rose, Lilys, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Versus, Bridget St John and Honey Bunch.Those who followed indiepop in the '90s most certainly read (and probably still have their copies of) fabled 'zine chickfactor, which was written all in lower-case and was read sideways like a calendar. Stephin Merritt was among the regular contributors and it was fun, funny and turned a lot of folks on to cool new sounds like Black Tambourine, Lois Maffeo, Small Factory, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Tiger Trap and many more. Stevie Jackson wrote a song about it for the second Belle & Sebastian album, maybe you heard it.
chickfactor started in 1992 in D.C. and New York by pop-loving maniacs Pam Berry and Gail O'Hara, who used to travel up and down the East Coast seeing Small Factory, Honey Bunch, the Wedding Present and any other fine indie-pop bands of the era. We are spoiled silly and lucky as all get-out to be able to present this super-stellar line-up. Get your ticket fast, do not dilly-dally!
For chickfactor's 20th anniversary, founders Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry have put together a five-day, two-city festival that gathers many of the zine's most loved bands, many of whom haven't performed in 15 or more years. It happens April 6 and 7 at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia and then in NYC April 10 -12 at The Bell House (Maybe some of you went to the 10th anniversary show at Fez?).
The shows shows break down like this:
April 6 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Honey Bunch, The Dot Dash
April 7 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Black Tambourine, Lilys, Fan Modine, Lorelei
April 10 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Versus, The Lois Plus + Special Guests.
April 11 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): The Aislers Set, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group
April 12 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Stevie Jackson, Honey Bunch, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies
Black Tambourine (first East Coast shows in 20 years) and The Aislers Set (first in almost 10 years) are the big draws here, but this writer is especially excited about folk pop trio Small Factory who haven't played together in 15 years and Minneapolis' The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group whose 1995 album O Brother Where Art Thou? is a lost '90s classic (they're promising a new album this year too).
This comes a mere month before the sixth annual NYC Popfest (happening May 17 - 20) which means this spring is likely to be a very good year for indiepop fans. NYC Popfest hasn't divulged any of its line-up, but I hear it may be their most ambitious yet.
Click though for a detailed rundown of the chickfactor fest line-up, plus some vintage videos from the groups involved.
Legendary NYC baroque pop band The Left Banke reformed earlier this year, but only with original members Tom Finn and George Cameron. Unfortunately Michael Brown and Steve Martin (not that one) -- who did the songwriting and singing, aren't actually involved. Regardless, two shows happened at Joe's Pub in March. .
The show reunited original band members Tom Finn and George Cameron for the first time since 1970 and presented a powerhouse of "Baroque pop" to an audience palpably loving every nostalgic note and nuance of the songs that first came out of our transistor radios so many years ago.Check out some videos from the Joe's Pub shows below.
Joining forces with Tom, George and [lead singer] Mike [Fontale] were Paul Alves on lead guitar, Mickey Finn and Joe McGinty on keyboards / synths and on drums, Rick Reil who is the drummer for the Grip Weeds. Anyone who knows the work of The Left Banke knows that strings were a part of their studio sound and that was not forgotten at Joe's Pub. Susan Aquila on violin and Eleanor Norton on cello provided the subtle elegance of the Baroque pop sound and completed the formula for total aural pleasure!
The crowd was respectful, perfectly quiet at all times and riveted to the stage from beginning to end. Every song was musical perfection and the audience clearly recognized and appreciated that. At times, the performers actually seemed somewhat surprised that the audience's reaction was so warm. Maybe Tom and George never truly realized the legacy of The Left Banke but I think after that night, they might finally understand. [Rob Pollack]
The Left Banke, as described above, have two more shows scheduled this summer including one on July 20 at Littlefield with The Ladybug Transistor and another on August 20 at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Tickets are on sale for the Littlefield show and the Bearsville show.
Tom Finn recently spoke to Rock Edition about future plans for the band:
Will you continue to mainly play in New York, or do you think you'll make it out to other places?Sundazed reissued The Left Banke's first two LPs, Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina and The Left Banke Too, earlier this year. Order the reissues on CD/LP and stream the albums at Sundazed's website or pick them up at Other Music in NYC where they are currently on prominent display.
Well, I just contacted Andrew Sandoval, who produced our CD release 'There's Gonna Be A Storm' back in 1992. I asked him if he'd be interested in getting involved and he said, "Absolutely." I told him that we're looking for a great double-bill. Left Banke/Zombies or Left Banke/Hollies or something like that.
Or even a new group. What's the name of that great new group, Sebastian somebody?
Belle and Sebastian?
Yeah. They supposedly idolize The Left Banke, so maybe we can get on a show with them.
That would be a great fit. It makes a lot of sense.
There's another guy who really loves us from Oasis. Noel, I think. He's come out and said that he thinks The Left Banke is the greatest band ever, and that he would like to do some of our songs. So, we'll see. Maybe we can do something with them.
The Littlefield show happens three days after The Ladybug Transistor finish their tour which hit Knitting Factory earlier this month. The band will go on a West Coast tour in September which includes MusicfestNW.
All tour dates and videos below...
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today in NYC
* Chola @ Barbes
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Knyfe Hyts @ Secret Project Robot
* Joseph Arthur @ The Living Room
* Drive-By Truckers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Freestyle Love Supreme @ Ars Nova
* Tony Scherr Trio @ The Living Room
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Kinch, Reckless Sons @ The Bowery Electric
* k.d. lang, The Belle Brigade @ Beacon Theatre
* Alberta Cross, Blackbells, Ambassadors @ Maxwell's
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Waking Lights, Whale Belly, Backwords @ The Rock Shop
* Foster The People, Gardens and Villa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Total Babes, Matrimonials, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Death By Audio
* Scanners, Rob Roy, Ali Love, AutoErotique, Peace Treaty @ Tammany Hall
* Yacht (DJ Set), The Miracles Club (DJ Set), Midnight Magic (DJ Set) @ Cameo
* Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Austin Peralta, Teebs, Strangeloop @ Bowery Ballroom
Everyone who played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, is DJing at Cameo tonight.
The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presents "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in Bryant Park tonight.
Belle & Sebastian made a video for their new single "I Didn't See It Coming" (Richard X Mix). Check it out below.
Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
today in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* Brooklyn Pride
* Jean Rohe @ Barbes
* Pezzettino @ Sycamore
* Hall & Oates @ Jones Beach
* Figment Festival @ Governors Island
* The B-52s @ Irving Plaza
* Earl Howard @ The Stone
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* Anthony Davis @ The Stone
* Brian Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Taj Weekes & Adowa @ 92YTribeca
* Renegade Craft Fair @ McCarren Park
* Unsane, Sweet Diesel, Pigs @ Union Pool
* Kieltolaki, Brain Killer, Nomad @ The Acheron
* The LLoyd Cole Small Ensemble @ City Winery
* The Howling Hex, Ben Kronenberg @ Cake Shop
* Doldrums, Von Haze, Flow Child @ Cameo Gallery
* Those Darlins, Natural Child, Stuyvesant @ Maxwell's
* Les Paul Birthday Week featuring the Gary Hoey Band
* The Music of Philip Glass and Franz Schubert @ the Met
* Two Dark Birds, Little Gold, Nina Violet @ Bowery Electric
* The Denzels, Gunfight!, Dead Stars, Huntronik @ Bruar Falls
* Hallelujah, The Hounds Below, Cowboy & Indian @ Union Hall
* Drive-By Truckers, Alejandro Escovedo @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Small Black, Chris Keating of Yeasayer (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
* Canblaster, John Talabot, Hard Mix, DJ True Panther @ Glasslands
* Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Dub Is A Weapon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DJ Dog Dick, Greg Fox, C. Spencer Yeh, The Dreebs @ Shea Stadium
* Kurt Vile & the Violators, Purling Hiss, Meg Baird @ Bowery Ballroom
* Yourself & The Air, Ume, The Foxx, Man Your Horse @ The Rock Shop
* Larry Austin at Eighty: A Fifty-Year Retrospectiv @ Issue Project Room
* Grandfather, Your Skull My Closet, Descender, Bones Howell @ Saint Vitus
* Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Lucius, The Glorious Veins @ Mercury Lounge
* Michael Chapman, D. Charles Speer, Hot Molasses, Pigeons @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Dale Watson, Guitar Shorty, Bambi Kino (Big Apple BBQ) @ Madison Square Park
* Ahleuchatistas, Stats, Multitudes, Winter's Womb, Den Svarta Fanan @ Coco 66
* Pygmy Shrews, Pop. 1280, White Suns, Pampers, Family Curse @ Death By Audio
* Man Forever (with Brian Chase and Ryan Sawyer), Pika, Hard Nips @ The Gutter
* Coheed & Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Tigers Jaw @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Rosetta, Tidal Arms, Drummers, East of the Wall, Don't Give a Fuck @ The Charleston
Krays, Olde York, Razorblade Handgrenade, Suspect Device (Truents), Sped @ Europa
* Extra Life, Stern, Seaven Teares, Sam Hillmer, Sculptress (Last Things Records showcase) @ Zebulon
* Dinosaur Feathers, Shark?, Gross Relations, Parquet Courts, Moonmen On The Moon, Man @ Silent Barn
* Deathface, The Captain, Prince Terrence, Mexicans with Guns, Murdertronics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Medeski Martin & Wood, Josh Roseman & The King Froopy Allstars, Jim Black's AlasNoAxis @ Central Park Summerstage
* Trouble Andrew, 2AM Club, The Last Royals, The Front Bottoms, Life Between Sleep, The Kickdrums (TheCheapPop's Benefit for Japan) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* My Summer, Finding Fiction, Old Monk, Mike Visser, Miracles of Modern Science, Life Size Maps, Zak Smith, The L Train, Crooks & Perverts, Jamie Bendell @ Spike Hill
* Memoryhouse, High Highs, Foxes In Fiction, Eastern Conference Champions, Suns @ Pianos
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Tonight's Figurines show at Knitting Factory has been moved to August 17. All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Brooke Fraser @ Webster Hall is cancelled.
Bonnaroo is going on in Tennesee and is streaming online.
New Best Coast video for "Gone Again", below...
New Belle & Sebastian too. Video below...
"Belle & Sebastian have good luck with weather, actually," remarked Stuart Murdoch three song's into his band's set on the Williamsburg Waterfront. "We've got God on our side." Murdoch was being cheeky but we were all praying -- or crossing our fingers -- that Tropical Storm Nicole would hold off long enough to let Belle & Sebastian make it through their show. The heavens never opened up, making for sticky but a highly enjoyable evening with one of the most genuinely charming bands on the planet.
This is a far different band than the one that shyly made their shambolic American debut at the Angel Orensanz Center at CMJ 1997. Belle and Sebastian know how to do big outdoor shows right, and Murdoch has turned into the kind of funny, charismatic frontman who has the crowd eating out of his hand the entire time. He joked about the percentage of dudes in the audience ("if it gets above 60% I quit"), and threw out autographed footballs to kids in the audience. "That last pass was from something we call 'rugby' which is superior to your American football."
Murdoch also invited some audience members onstage to clap for "There's Too Much Love" and "The Boy with the Arab Strap," including one dude who took the opportunity to unleash his inner Jarvis/Morrissey, clearly loving the spotlight. I think the Secret Service woulda flagged the guy as a threat; here Murdoch just laughed and let him dance and shake the tambourine. He also gave them all medals. "It's like the Indie Olympics!"
The 20-song set was a nice mix of old favorites with only four from the band's forthcoming Write About Love. There was a string section, which had me hoping we might get "Waking Up to Us" which didn't happen, but we did get the Tigermilk gem "We Rule the School," b-side "The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner," "The Boy with the Arab Strap" and four songs from If You're Feeling Sinister.
There was also "Step Into My Office Baby" (which I think the whole crowd thought was going to be "White Collar Boy" at first), the Thin Lizzy-esque "I'm a Cuckoo" and "Piazza, New York Catcher" from Dear Catastrophe Waitress and "Another Sunny Day" and "Sukie in the Graveyard" from The Life Pursuit. (I still haven't heard them do "The Blues are Still Blue.") Stevie Jackson's sole number of the night was Write About Love's "I'm Not Living in the Real World" which he enlisted the crowd's help for the "o0h ooh" chorus.
With the threat of rain, some bands might be antsy but the band never seemed to pay it any mind. By midset, I don't think the audience did either. It was a bad night for hair, but a great one for memorable shows. If you'd told me in January that two of my favorite concerts would be big outdoor productions I'd have scoffed. But between Pavement last week and Belle & Sebastian last night, I find it hard to believe anything will top them.
I missed most of opener Teenage Fanclub's set -- got there in time to hear "Sparky's Dream" and "The Concept" -- but I'd seen play a killer set earlier in the week at Bowery Ballroom. It didn't seem like the Sound Gods were doing them any favors, their signature harmonies muffled in the wind and humidity.
Setlists for Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, plus lots more pictures below...
After an opening set by Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian played a rain-free, two hour set at the outdoor venue known as Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn last night (9/30). A full review with pictures is coming soon, but in the meantime check out some Big Ass Lens video of the two-song encore, and a blurry picture of the setlist, below...
"Not to be dramatic but Chavez is kind of blowing me away. Also, brodeo up in Parkside." - gillianmae
"look, if you were not at the chavez show at parkside lounge last night, you were somewhere not good enough. and that's final. #chavez" - coolingpie
"Holy Cobra is Chavez really playing at Parkside Lounge right now?
Anybody there?" - Oksana Baiul
"Chavez show ruled. So glad I paid hundreds to fly to Vegas instead of $7 at Parkside Lounge #oppositeofthat" -uhhAnnie
Chavez @ Parkside Lounge, 9/29/2010 (photo by Jen Barzyk)
Thank you to the helpful people who pointed out that Chavez were playing a secret show at Parkside Lounge in NYC last night (9/29). It was a warm up for the (much more expensive) Matador 21 Festival happening in Las Vegas this weekend.
If you missed it, and you can't make it to Vegas, don't fret. The Vegas sets by Chavez, along with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair and others will be streamed live (and on repeat) courtesy of MySpace Music at myspace.com/matador21.
The full stream schedule, Chavez's NYC setlist, and a few more pictures (thanks Jen and Quilty) including one of the setlist (which replaces parts of song names with "Marsh"), below...
by Bill Pearis
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If the $50 price tag of this Thursday's (9/30) Belle and Sebastian show with Teenage Fanclub at the Williamsburg Waterfront has been scaring you off, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.
We're also giving away THREE pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's (9/28) Teenage Fanclub/The Clean show at Bowery Ballroom. Details below.
Wait there's more. We're also giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see The Vaselines on October 6 at Webster Hall. Details below.
The waterfront show on Thursday is the kickoff to Belle and Sebastian's tour. Fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub are opening. Tickets are still available. Let's hope the current rainy forceast changes by then. The band also performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (9/29) night. After the Waterfront show, the band head's to Las Vegas for this weekend's Matador 21 extravaganza, make a short detour into Mexico, and will then backtrack east across North America.
The band's eighth album, Write About Love, will be out October 12 and is Belle & Sebastian's first in nearly five years. A decade and a half into their career, you pretty much know what to expect from Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson and the rest of the band, but since 2001's Dear Catastrophe Waitress the group's quality control has been pretty high. (2006's The Life Pursuit was especially good I thought.) Write About Love is another lovely record in the band's cannon. The vinyl comes with a bonus 7" containing two songs not on the album.
There are a couple of surprising guest vocalists. Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, sings on the album's title track (which you can download for free via a widget at the bottom of this post), and Norah Jones features on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John."
The band have taken some interesting routes promoting the new album. Earlier this year they encouraged fans to take pictures with the album's title incorporated into the shot, creating a Flickr pool for the project. Murdoch included his favorites in an entertaining half-hour "television" program (not sure if it aired anywhere but online) that is a mix of live performance, audience Q&A, and a discussion of the current state of the music industry. In a cute, charming way, of course. You can watch it below.
It is also worth noting that Belle and Sebastian have some really impressive openers along the way, including The Vaselines (Mexico dates), Versus in Washington D.C., Dean & Britta doing the Galaxie 500 thing in Boston, and Trashcan Sinatras in Seattle. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Teenage Fanclub, who open the Waterfront show, have two headlining shows of their own -- tonight (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) -- at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for both (click the links). Tomorrow's show is the more desirable of the two, with New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean as co-headliners. Merge labelmates The Radar Brother open both shows other dates on the tour.
If you somehow got this far into this post without reading it, we're giving away tickets to the show tomorrow with the Clean. See details below.
Teenage Fanclub's new album on Merge, Shadows, is the band's seventh. Like what I said about Belle and Sebastian above, you know what you're getting with a new TFC album at this point (midtempo, harmony-laden guitar pop indebted to Big Star and The Byrds) but the band has remained amazingly consistent during their 20-year history. It doesn't hurt that they have three very good songwriters in the band. (Though we can all agree Gerry Love is the best, right? No? Your mileage may vary.) You can stream the whole thing over at Merge's website. And they have always been good live, funny too.
Teenage Fanclub's North American tour with The Radar Brothers takes them across the continent, ending in Vancouver on October 16. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
One of the TFC dates is opening for The Vaselines in DC on Saturday (10/2). That's where the Vaselines are launching their own North American tour. Will there be any musicians over the age of 37 actually in Glasgow next week? The Vaselines tour hits NYC next week when they play Webster Hall on Wednesday, October 6 with openers Jeffrey Lewis and Crystal Stilts. If you haven't heard The Vaselines' new album Sex with an Ex, it picks right up where the band left off 20 years ago: smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. And still genuinely great live.
All tour dates for Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines are below, along with videos, contest details, widgets and whatnot.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan will be in the US this October, to play shows behind their new album, Hawk, due August 16th on V2/Cooperative Music. As previously mentioned, the album's guests include ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and songwriter Willy Mason.
The full tour dates haven't been released yet, but the pair will be playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, October 16th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, October 17th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon and then general sale Friday, July 30th at noon.
Two days later, Mark's friend Greg Dulli plays Bowery Ballroom as part of his own solo tour that was just announced.
Mark and Isobel tour in the UK and Europe this September. That's the same month Isobel's old bandmates Belle & Sebastian play in NYC. The two groups are apparently on good terms, as Isobell & Mark are scheduled for the B&S-curated Bowlie 2 ATP Fest in the UK this December.
Tour dates and more are below...
by Bill Pearis
Euguene Kelley and Frances McKee are set to release the first Vaselines album in 20 years and they'll be touring to support it too. They'll be at Webster Hall in NYC on October 6 and tickets go on sale at noon. The new LP, Sex With An X, is out September 14 on Sub Pop. Here's the company line:
Recorded outside Manchester at the Analogue Catalogue studio in Mossley with Julie McLarnon engineering and produced by Jamie Watson who produced that first album Dum Dum, Sex With An X was recorded the old-fashioned way: twelve songs in thirteen days (plus two b-sides). The Vaselines ca. 2010 is Eugene and Frances with guest musicians Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea from Belle & Sebastian on guitar and bass, and Michael McGaughrin from the 1990s on drums. It may have taken The Vaselines 20 years to get round to making this baby, but it was worth the wait--bringing their solo careers to a climax. The irony has not been lost. Who says indie music can't be fun? No hand-wringing on these tracks--just good clean smut with a twist of bitter.Having heard the whole thing, I can say that it not only doesn't suck but is right up their with their original output -- smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. Surprise of the year. Download "I Hate the '80s" at the top of this post.
And with Jackson, Kildea and McGaughrin in their band, they are probably better live performers than they were back then. Their Music Hall of Williamsburg show last May, one night after they played Bowery Ballroom, was one of my favorites of 2009. It's worth going to see them for the in-between song banter alone -- McKee swears like a sailor.
No support has been announced yet for the Webster Hall show, but Dum Dum Girls, who have upcoming NYC shows of their own, will open elsewhere on their tour. Conversely, The Vaselines will open for Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub at select (non-NYC) dates as well. All Vaselines tour dates and the new album cover are below...
Minus the Bear @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
Kiss play Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center in August. Tickets are currently on a bunch of presales.
We are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on July 14th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th after Siren. Tickets are on sale for both shows.
Dragonette play Bowery Ballroom on August 13th. Tickets are on sale.
Queensryche are playing Nokia Theatre on August 20th. Tickets are on AmEx presale.
No ticket info yet for Spiritualized at Radio City Music Hall.