Entries tagged with: Birthmark
by Andrew Sacher
Nate Kinsella, who used to be in Joan of Arc and is a current American Football member, also has the solo project Birthmark. Last month, Birthmark followed 2012's Antibodies with a new album, How You Look When You're Falling Down, on Polyvinyl. It's bright, rhythmic art pop, not much like the music he plays/played with his cousins Tim and Mike in their respective bands. It's got horn arrangements courtesy of Antibalas and TV on the Radio members, strings by Mivos Quartet, and harp by Brandee Younger. It's quite an interesting record, and you can stream the whole thing below.
Birthmark has an album release show in NYC coming up on December 13 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at noon. It's his only upcoming date at the moment.
In other news, American Football have a possible new album in the works.
photo: Yuck @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
CMJ is just barely behind us, and now it's time to start thinking about SXSW who have just announced their first round of showcasing artists. Acts include, Alex G, Crystal Castles, Yuck, Micachu & the Shapes, Barry Adamson, Anamanaguchi, PUP, The Spook School, Wildhoney, Sunflower Bean, Pure Bathing Culture and lots more. The music portion of SXSW 2016 happens March 15 - 20 in Austin, TX. The entire list of Round One artists is below...
Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya may be a familiar name to anyone who lives in Chicago or follows their music scene. He's a former member of My Dad, has ties to the Swerp Records collective, and also currently plays in The Para-Medics, Pisces at the Animal Fair, The Scooper Swag Project and Nervous Passenger, as well as leading his own solo project, Nnamdi's Sooper-Dooper Secret Side Project. That project's somewhere between avant-rap and art pop, but thanks to his ties to the indie rock scene, he's got contributions from Maps & Atlases' Dave Davison, Joan of Arc/Make Believe's Bobby Burg, Make Believe/Birthmark's Nate Kinsella, Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, members of Meat Wave, Johnny Foreigner and more. Those all appear on his 2013 album, Bootie Noir, which you can stream below.
That album also features Ratboys singer Julia Steiner, who appears once again on "Sit Tight" off his more recent album, Feckin Weirdo. You can stream that below too, and also check out the brand new video for "Sit Tight" which premieres in this post.
by Andrew Sacher
Their/They're/There in Chicago in July (more by Lindsey Best)
Their/They're/There is the newest project by a couple guys who already have a laundry list of projects: Mike Kinsella (previously of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls, Joan of Arc, etc, and currently Owen) and Evan Weiss (previously of The Progress, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, Damiera, etc, and currently Into It. Over It.). They've also tapped guitarist Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) to complete the lineup. If you're familiar with those other projects, you're probably already sold on T/T/T and know exactly what you're getting yourself into: technical patterns, but highly melodic, and the kind of super-specific lyrics that gets these guys tagged with "emo."
Earlier this year, T/T/T released their self-titled debut EP via Polyvinyl (the longtime label of most-things Kinsella), and a followup EP, Analog Weekend, will be out on December 10 via the label, and also co-released by Topshelf. You can stream the self-titled EP in its entirety, along with "New Blood" from the new EP, below. The album artwork and tracklist for the new EP are below too.
Their/They're/There will be heading out on a short tour with Mike's cousin Nate Kinsella aka Birthmark, and Louisville duo Mansions. The tour hits NYC on December 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with song streams and more, below...
Tim Kasher w/ Cursive at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Cursive frontman Tim Kasher will release his second solo album, Adult Film, on October 8 via Saddle Creek. The album features contributions from Nate Kinsella (Birthmark, Joan of Arc) and Laura Stevenson. You can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Tim will also be touring the US and Canada around the time of the album's release with collaborator Laura Stevenson (whose own new album, Wheel, came out earlier this year via Don Giovanni) supporting him at the shows. The tour rolls into Brooklyn on November 6 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album art and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Birthmark, the solo project of former Joan of Arc member Nate Kinsella, followed 2012's Antibodies LP with a new 7" earlier this year that featured the tracks "Drum Song 2" and "Big Heart." If you like your indie rock with slight modern classical embellishments, these tracks are for you. You can stream them below.
Birthmark is set to open the NYC stop on Japanese post/math-rockers Toe's first-ever North American tour, which happens on September 27 at Glasslands. Unfortunately, that show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets you can still see Birthmark in NYC when he plays his own show at Grand Victory on July 29 with Stephen Karl, David Milone, Universe, and Jeremy Yocum. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Those two shows are Birthmark's only announced dates at the moment.
In related news, Nate's cousin Tim, who still spends his time leading Joan of Arc, is bringing that band to NYC when their previously discussed tour hits NYC for two shows with Co La in August: 8/25 at Shea Stadium (tickets) and 8/26 at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
Birthmark song streams below...
Birthmark at The Stone in 2012
Birthmark, the solo project of Nate Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Make Believe), who released his debut album, Antibodies, last year, will continue to tour internationally this month and into March. That tour includes a leg supporting Tim Kasher of Cursive and hits the NYC area on March 14 at Knitting Factory (tickets) and March 15 at Maxwell's (tickets).
Before that, Birthmark will also play his own show in NYC, which happens on February 24 at the Bowery Electric with Phone Home and Gentleman Brawlers. No advance tickets for that one at the moment.
A list of all Birthmark dates and the video for Birthmark's "Big Man" are below...
The Queers are going on tour with fellow Ramones worshippers Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder which hits NYC on March 2 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
'90s alt-lite faves Sixpence None the Richer play Knitting Factory on February 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Toots & the Maytals are playing with Galactic and Nigel Hall Band at Terminal 5 on April 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Ticketmaster presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.
Hirsute Pursuit (mem of Thee Majesty) will team with the ever controversial Boyd Rice/NON as part of a show at Europa on January 24th. Support will come from Cult of Youth and House of Blondes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Celtic punks The Tossers are playing Mercury Lounge on March 8 with Continental. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.
All Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Nate Kinsella -- who has been a member of Joan of Arc with his cousins Tim and Mike Kinsella, Make Believe with Tim, and has assisted Mike with his Owen project, among other bands/projects -- records solo material under the moniker Birthmark. He recently released, Antibodies, his third album for the project and first for Polyvinyl Records (where most Kinsella projects tend to call home). Like other projects Nate has been involved in, Antibodies embraces playfully weird indie pop but is more relaxed than the math-based Joan of Arc or Make Believe. You can stream the entire album HERE and download two of its tracks, "Stuck" and "Shake Hands," above.
Birthmark played a record release show for Antibodies this past May at The Stone in NYC. Check out a video of Nate performing "Please Go Away" accompanied by string players, percussionists, and other instrumentalists at that show below. Nate is continuing to tour in support of the album, and he'll be back in NYC for two more shows which happen on August 17 at Pianos with Phone Home, Big Black Delta, Late Guest at the Party, Leaves of Green, and one more TBA, and August 18 at The Rock Shop. Tickets for the Pianos show and the Rock Shop show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and video below...