Entries tagged with: Bowerbirds
photos by Chris La Putt
Raleigh, NC's Bowerbirds wrapped up their current tour with Basia Bulat in Brooklyn on Saturday (6/23) at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg with openers Midtown Dickens. As mentioned before, Bowerbirds will spend the rest of the summer on tour in Europe with a quick trip back home in August for some U.S. festivals.
More pictures of Bowerbirds, Basia Bulat and Midtown Dickens' MHOW show are below, along with video of Basia joining Bowerbirds for show-closer "Overcome with Light."
by Bill Pearis
Saying goodbye is always tough, and when young love is involved, even more so. (I learned this watching The WB in the early '00s.) This theme is explored further in Bowerbirds' new video for "Sweet Moment" which can be found on their new album, The Clearing, which is out now via Dead Oceans. You can watch the video below.
Bowerbirds will wrap up their North American tour in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/23) with Basia Bulat and Midtown Dickens. Tickets for that show are still available. The band will spend the rest of the summer playing festivals and touring Europe. A list of all upcoming dates and the new video are below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/23/2012 (photo by kylewhodigs)
The Bowerbirds played a sold out, headlining show at Bowery Ballroom last week. If you missed it, NYC Taper has a recording, and tickets are on sale now for their next NYC show which is at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
And speaking of bands signed to Dead Oceans and NYC shows, tickets go on sale at 11am for the Tallest Man On Earth show happening at Town Hall on June 20th.
Bowerbirds at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Laura Leebove)
Bowerbirds are currently on a tour that brings them to NYC this week for a Bowery Ballroom show on Friday (3/23) with Dry The River and Mandolin Orange. That show is sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, you'll have another chance to catch them in NYC later this year when they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 23. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (3/23) at noon.
The MHOW show is currently a one-off happening two months after their current tour ends, and over a month before they hit Pickathon 2012 at Pendarvis Farm, OR. The three-day fest will also include sets by Neko Case, Dr. Dog, Heartless Bastards, Handsome Furs, AA Bondy and many more.
Bowerbirds released their new album, The Clearing, earlier this month. Spotify users can stream it here. The video for album single, "Tuck the Darkness In," is below.
Updated dates and video below...
DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - "Tuck The Darkness In" (MP3)
Bowerbirds will welcome The Clearing on March 6th, the band's third LP due via Dead Oceans, and much more...
The Clearing is more than a third record for the Bowerbirds. Between 2009's Upper Air and this one, Beth nearly died after a mysterious illness that put her in the hospital. They rescued and adopted a dog that ran beneath their tour van's tires. Beth and Phil even ended their long relationship but began it again after realizing that, despite their own shortcomings, they didn't want to be with anyone else. Mostly, though, they returned to their cabin in the woods of North Carolina to nest--to make soup and walk dogs, to make art and write songs, to realize that this was their life and find contentment in it. For the Bowerbirds, The Clearing represents the perfect realization of a fresh, timely outlook.Check out the lead single "Tuck The Darkness In", available for download above.
The band will embark on a US tour shortly after the release of the LP, kicking off with dates in their native North Carolina before heading north to Bowery Ballroom on March 23rd. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday at noon.
All tour dates, a stream of "Tuck The Darkness In", and the new album's cover art and tracklist, below...
I missed Des Ark (Aimee Argote), the first act last night at the Bowery Ballroom (10/12), but I did arrive in time to catch nearly all of Death Vessel's. I'm hard-pressed to think of an artist whose name is more misleading than Death Vessel. Far from being emo or hardcore, Joel Thibodeau (the man behind Death Vessel), is more likely to sweep you off your feet than to launch a vicious aural attack on your soul.
With his waist-length hair, earnest presentation, and warm demeanor, Thibodeau seemed a bit out of place last night in such a large room, but the Sub Pop artist made it work. His set-up was simple - so simple, in fact that he arrived to the city by Megabus. For his performance, Thibodeau required just an acoustic guitar... and his surprisingly high voice.
Though the audience was courteous for the most part, the chatter emanating from the back of the room became a bit distracting toward the end of the set. (Apparently, Thibodeau hadn't cast his spell back far enough.) Sensing that he had lost part of the audience, he quickly responded by picking up the pace of his next song. Of course, as he later joked, his range was fairly limited - it was only a matter of choosing between 'quiet and quieter' songs.
Of course, a quiet act is a pretty appropriate opener for Bowerbirds. Going into the show, I admit I was a bit worried we'd be in for a stripped down set. But despite the misleading picture on the Bowery Presents website (which depicted just Phil Moore and Beth Tacular), I was relieved to see five people walk on stage. The group has at least temporarily grown to include Rachel Rollins on violin and Dan "Yan" Westerlund on drums in addition to multi-instrumentalist Mark Paulsen (who has toured with Bowerbirds in the past).
The set got off to a bit of a rough start. There were some technical problems in the first two songs (or "little monsters" as guitarist/lead vocalist Phil Moore affectionately called them), but then the issues resolved. If anything, the early set backs rallied the audience to Bowerbirds' side. The band had to re-start their second song (La Denigracion), but numerous people called out encouragements from the floor.
Though the band has traditionally projected a rich, well-rounded sound, it was even more full-bodied last night with the additional musicians. The homemade marimba was a nice surprise, and the violin(s) sounded fantastic.
After a few songs, Rollins spoke out. "We love coming to New York and playing at this beautiful place that has our namesake." (Bowerbirds, Bowery Ballroom... someone had to say it).
All in all, it was a lovely evening - if a bit sleepy at times. In addition to playing songs from their first two albums, Bowerbirds also showcased a couple of new ones (one so new that it is still untitled). Rollins and Moore's vocals were spot-on as always, and the audience seemed engrossed in the music. Like their openers, Bowerbirds may have been more suited for a smaller, more intimate setting, but they embraced what they had (it was their namesake, after all). For much of their final song ("My Oldest Memory"), they even dared to forsake the mics, which seemed to make the size of the room shrink - if only for a few moments.
The 5-piece Bowerbirds have a few dates left on their tour. Their Bower-setlist with a few more pictures from the show, below...
a Bowerbird (f_letter)
"Bowerbirds have expanded their line-up to a full five members for this tour. Joining Phil and Beth, Bowerbirds' core, will be Dan "Yan" Westerlund, Mark Paulsen, and Rachel Rollins. You can expect added percussion including both a full kit and the old-style bass drum with rim clicks reminiscent of Bowerbirds' first record Hymns For A Dark Horse. On other songs there will be a string section with both Mark and Rachel playing violin. And the ever-clever and always handy Phil Moore actually built himself a marimba which will also be featured on some songs. This will all be in addition to the traditional mixture of accordion, guitar, bass synths, and organ. This is sure to be an interesting new take on the Bowerbirds sound we all know and love."This previously-mentioned Bowerbirds tour hits Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (10/12) with a supporting cast of Death Vessel and Aimee Argote (from Des Ark). Tickets are still available and I have a few pair to giveaway. Contest details and all dates below...
Bowerbirds @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
After a few quiet, hot summer months at home, we will return to the road this fall for select dates. Starting at Hopscotch [in Raleigh, NC], our hometown music festival, we will drive our ramshackle tour van around a bit in the balmier days of early fall....Then we are back to hammering the last nails into our cabin and chopping wood for our winter supply. [Bowerbirds]Bowerbirds have been spending summer 2010 much like summer '09, which they documented in a video for their song "Northern Lights," posted below. The film catches the group at Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, MN, where they skip stones, sit on their porch, look at the stars and generally commune with their idyllic surroundings.
As it says above, Bowerbirds be on tour this fall, with a schedule that includes an October 12th show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday at noon.
Two MP3s from their most recent record, 2009's Upper Air, are above.
All tour dates and a video are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Not sure about the recorded stuff, but, live, Here We Go Magic's sound made for an enjoyable listen. It was rocky, bouncy, and sometimes outright dancey--but with enough complex time changes thrown in to keep listeners off-guard and from getting too comfortable in one place...Dawes kicked off the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club Deville on the first night of SXSW 2010. They were followed by HWGM & The Middle East who played before a delayed (technical issues) Bowerbirds who managed to get a set in before Califone took the stage almost an hour after their posted set time. Of course that meant the night's closer Serena Maneesh also went on an hour late - 2am to be exact, and then were cut a bit short by the venue who wanted to go home. It was a long day that started at noon down the street at Emo's (on two stages). More pictures, reviews, and videos from the night below...
...The Middle East very much lived up to the hype it had earned at last weekend's NX35 conferette in Denton, where it went from a relative unknown to a much-buzzed-about-Denton act. This Austin crowd seemed relatively unfamiliar with the act as well--but also was eventually won over. Gorgeous stuff, indeed, if a little too mellow and unvaried." [Dallas Observer]
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Joanna Newsom in Michigan
"At Town Hall on Thursday night, in a sold-out 90-minute show mostly drawn from her new album, "Have One on Me," (Drag City) she played the harp with precision but always with a little swing and bounce in the picking and damping. (She generates her own bass lines, too.) Her backing quintet had a drummer, Neal Morgan, but almost for color alone; he had far less rhythmic work to do than what she'd assigned to herself. Ryan Francesconi, the electric guitarist/banjoist/player of the Bulgarian tambura and kaval -- and also the arranger of the new album's songs -- came in a distant second for most notes played, but he made them within the tightest parameters." [NY Times]Joanna Newsom's Thursday show at Town Hall was probably the one NYC show last week that I most wish didn't coincide with SXSW. Luckily NPR is streaming the similar one that happened five nights later (aka last night) in DC (her 2nd night in a row at the same venue). More dates HERE.
The pictures in this post are from the first date of the tour (3/12) at Calvin College in Michigan where Bowerbirds opened. More pictures from that show, videos from Town Hall and the DC setlist below...
Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom in December (more by Chris La Putt)
Duo-fronted, accordian-infused Bowerbirds don't have any NYC show coming up, but they will be at the BV SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 17th at Club DeVille, along with Here We Go Magic, The Middle East, Califone, Serena-Maneesh and the previously unmentioned, super-catchy Americana band Dawes (who are playing NYC this Friday).
The BrooklynVegan showcase is one of many, many shows happening in Austin from March 17-21st. Check out the full, official schedule at SXSW's site.
The two MP3s above are from the Bowerbirds album Upper Air, which came out last July on Dead Oceans. All tour dates are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Bowerbirds @ Bowery Ballroom
Bowerbirds played two sold out shows in NYC this weekend. Friday night it was opening for Elvis Perkins at Dearland at Bowery Ballroom (12/4). Dave Godowsky opened. The pictures here are from that show. Elvis Perkins went on to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (pictures and review coming soon), but without the Bowerbirds who instead played a packed Union Pool in the same neighborhood (with Sharon Van Etten).
Bowerbirds have a few more shows this year, and then a whole bunch in January and February. The two MP3s above are from their 2009 album Upper Air, released by Dead Oceans in July. All dates, a video of them playing a "Tiny Desk Concert" for NPR, and more pictures from Bowery Ballroom (with their setlist) below...
Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Fest this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* The Besties @ Asbury Lanes
* Ian McCulloch @ The Studio
* Crystal Antlers @ Cameo
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room
* Mew, Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall
* Quest For Fire, Naam & Weird Owl @ Pianos
* Espers, Azita, Doug Paisley @ Drom
* The Sights, The Figgs @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
* Sloan, Magneta Lane @ The Bell House
* Raphael Saadiq, Anjulie @ Terminal 5
* The Wrens, Palomar @ Maxwell's (early)
* The Wrens, Bob Fields @ Maxwell's (late)
* Sebastien Schuller, Hoferlanz @ Sycamore
* Alicia Hall Moran, Gordon Voidwell @ The Kitchen
* Brendan Benson, Cory Chisel @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Beets @ the Degenerate Craft Fair @ Silent Barn
* Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings @ Market Hotel
* Red Mass & Golden Triangle @ Live With Animals Gallery
* The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, Von Haze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bowerbirds, Dave Godowsky @ Bowery Ballroom
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Mike Yaniro benefit w/ Sightings, Pink Reason, York Factory Complaint (w/ Genesis P-orridge), White Suns @ Death By Audio
* Pissed Jeans, Yellow Tears, Old Men @ Columbia U's Lerner Party Space
Details on the Pissed Jeans show below...
The Wrens' first set tonight will be Meadowlands in full; the second, all new songs.
Elvis Perkins is in town for two shows. Tonight at Bowery and then Saturday at Music Hall. His video for "Chains, Chains, Chains" below...
The Beets plays the Degenerate Craft Fair.
Bowerbirds open for Elvis tonight, but not tomorrow. Instead they're at Union Pool on Saturday with Sharon Van Etten.
Brendan Benson is at LPR tonight and Maxwell's on Saturday. His new video for "A Whole Lot Better" below.
Jack White recorded two new songs with the band Smoke Fairies.
Amazon's 25 days of free Christmas songs continues. They also have Diana Krall's Christmas album on sale for $2.99 and a compilation of 99 songs for $5.00, one of many albums they're selling for that price now.
Ornette Coleman tops Amazon's list of "100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time".
Richard Buckner plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday.
Black Sheep play Santos Party House on Saturday.
Rihanna got inappropriate with a mannequin last night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Video below...
Amanda Palmer does Tegan & Sara. Video below...
a new Lightspeed Champion video, below...
DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins - Slow Doomsday (MP3)
Tickets are on sale for the shows Elvis Perkins is playing at Bowery Ballroom (with Bowerbirds) and Music Hall of Williamsburg in December, and updated dates were just announced along with news of a new EP...
"We call this thing The Doomsday EP for obvious reasons, and its middle name to which it also answers is The EP of the Id. Being drawn to the many faces of the American strain it seems we have more or less subconsciously produced a collection speaking to/and or from several of them at once. It's a document of impulses sleeping egos and their superiors let pass to tape. I myself didn't know what these songs sounded like in the hands of EPID until they were processed and played back. You have a song that arrived like the rest of us by boat, a selection from the Sacred Harp, a rock 'n roll heralding the eternal advent of rock 'n roll, an ode to the soul of the undead and, finally (and firstly), two takes on a single song called Doomsday, one which comes from our March release and the other which leans in the direction of its original conception as something of a gospel number. And here they all are, risen from their cribs and graves, under one moonlight while their folks and undertakers look the other way." - Elvis PerkinsThe Doomsday EP will be released by XL Recordings on October 20th. A free MP3 from it, is available above.
The new tour dates include a September 2nd solo show at Housing Works Bookestore Cafe in NYC. Members of Ra Ra Riot will be DJing. The show is part of a series of events "to celebrate and promote Yellow Bird Project's new Indie Rock Coloring Book". "All proceeds will benefit Yellow Bird Project and its network of charities, and Housing Works, the nation's largest community-based AIDS services organization." Tickets are on sale.
All dates and the new EP tracklist, below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, P4K photos by Joseph Xu
DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo (MP3)
Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Festival 6/21 (more by Chris La Putt)
Drift: You're playing Bonaroo this year, and you did last year. Do you enjoy playing festivals?If you caught Elvis at Bonnaroo, you may have noticed Justin Vernon of Bon Iver joining the band on stage for the last two songs of their set. Elvis Perkins in Dearland returned the favor by adding horns to Bon Iver's "For Emma" and their cover of Yo La Tengo's "I Feel Like Going Home." See the videos below.
Elvis Perkins: Yeah. The festival atmosphere and scene is good fun. Especially when people are all sort of holed up in one place, have pilgrimaged their way to a certain spot, like what you get at Bonaroo or Sasquatch, that you don't necessarily get at Lollapalooza. That behind-the-scenes thing is fun, and just taking part in something like a modern day religious-less pilgrimage, a Mecca of sorts, if good. It lets everyone know that they're alive. The playing of the sets themselves can sometimes be challenging, but once you get thrown to the fire, you get used to the temperature. And if you can accept that it's going to be somewhat chaotic and that it's not going to sound very good, at least to you, on stage, then it can definitely be an enjoyable moment. The last time I was at Bonaroo, I certainly wasn't in the best spirits, or in the best shape rest-wise or nutrient-wise, so it was a bit of a struggle for me against the heat and the dust. But this time I'm prepared, and I know what awaits. This time I'm going to take Bonaroo before it takes me.
Bonnaroo wasn't the only festival Perkins played this summer. We recently posted pics of him at Newport Folk Festival and at the Clearwater Festival. He'll also be at Seattle's Bumbershoot in September.
Perkins's winter '09 tour made two NYC stops - one at the Bell House and one in March at the Bowery Ballroom. At the latter, Perkins ended the night by leading the packed crowd through the soapy confines of the NYC subway system for an encore. Elvis Perkins in Dearland will return to that venue for a show on Friday, December 4th with Bowerbirds. Maybe this time they'll head over the Williamsburg Bridge. Which would leave them not far from their next show, December 5th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 12th at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.
Bowerbirds are not playing the Music Hall show - opener TBA on that one. Bowerbirds are currently still on tour with Megafaun who they played Bowery Ballroom with in July 2009 which was not that long before they played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago (more pictures from that show below). In July 2008, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver at Bowery Ballroom (it was part of a larger tour).
Videos of the above-mentioned Bonnaroo collaborations, P4k pictures, and all tour dates are below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Bowerbirds are supporting their new album Uppper Air (released 7/7) out on tour now. Joining them on all dates are Megafaun whose new album Gather, Form & Fly will be released by Hometapes on 7/21. A whole bunch of MP3's from both albums above. And for even more free music, check out Bowerbirds' new Daytrotter session.
Last night (7/8), the two bands played Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tonight (7/9), Megafaun "+ special guests" play at Monkeytown in Brooklyn. Bowerbirds (also?) played Monkeytown when they were here in April.
More pictures from the Bowery show, as well as video from "a Studio B session for their local NBC affiliate in Raleigh, NC", and video from "the beautiful Stadtpark in Vienna, Austria" where they "played a few selections from their new album", and all dates, below...
WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - Northern Lights (MP3)
Bowerbirds @ Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)
NORTHERN LIGHTS LYRICS:"Northern Lights" appears on that new album. Download it above.
I don't need, from you, a waterfall of careless praise, and I don't need a trophy for all the games I've played. All I want is your eyes, in the morning as we wake, for a short while. I don't need you to catch my wandering mind, and I don't expect a southern girl to know the northern lights. All I want is your eyes, in the morning as we wake, for a short while. And I do need the wind across my pale face. And I do need the ferns to unfurl in the spring. And I do need the grass to sway. Yes, I do need to know my place. But all I want is your eyes, in the morning as we wake, for a short while.
[New album] Upper Air will be released on July 7th (July 6th in the UK) and in support of their new long player, Bowerbirds will be touring far and wide across North America. Opening for Bowerbirds on all dates will be Megafaun.
The NYC show on the new tour will take place at Bowery Ballroom on July 8th. Tickets just went on AmEx presale. All dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons (MP3)
Bowerbirds @ Mercury Lounge
Not to get all TMZ, but according to Indy Week Blogs (who got all TMZ)...
Throughout the evening, a trickle of excited correspondence from members of both bands announced that a special guest had come to watch Bowerbirds' set [at Mercury Lounge]: Neutral Milk Hotel leader/ de facto hermit/ "Salinger of indie rock" Jeff Mangum. There's, of course, little to report about the appearance besides just that--no collaborations, no serious hangouts. Mangum just watched and, between songs, held his beer between his teeth to clap. Maybe he'll come down to Chapel Hill later this year?...which brings us to the carousel. Julian Koster and Jeff Mangum ("on behalf of Neutral Milk Hotel") are working to save the Paragon Carousel in Hull, MA. You can help. Details below.
Bowerbirds' second disc, Upper Air, comes out July 7th on Dead Oceans who said:
"Everyone struggles when they try to describe this music, including us, but we'll try: it has the spirit of Richard and Linda Thompson, the currency of Devendra Banhart, the addictively sweet melodicism of Iron & Wine, but it churns with an underlying energy closer to a Beirut or something farther out, more raw, more wild."Bowerbirds are currently on tour with La Strada. The Neutral Milk Hotel note, more pictures from Mercury Lounge (including one of the setlist), and all tour dates, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Bell and Bowerbirds are almost finished with their tour that brought them through NYC for three shows in two nights. On Monday (4/27) it was a show at Mercury Lounge. Last night (4/28) it was two shows in a row at the multimedia-friendly Monkeytown in Williamsburg. The video being projected behind Bowerbirds was shot in Antartica (icebergs, penguins, snow and stuff). Bell had more random images playing. Bowerbirds played some new songs, and completed the show with an a-capella style encore. Their new album, Upper Air, will be released by Dead Oceans in July.
Ryan went to the late show. More pictures from it below...
Bowerbirds @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Chevy Chase @ UCB
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Sarah Siskind & Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Russian Circles, Sweet Cobra, Lichens @ Maxwell's
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bowerbirds, Bell, La Strada, Lost in Trees @ Mercury Lounge
* Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Anthony Jeselnik & other comedy @ Pianos (free)
* Apollo Heights, DJ JG Thirlwell & more - a benefit @ Santos Party House
The Decemberists are on the Colbert Report tonight (again).
Box Elders played 2 (or 3? Did they ever show up at Silent Barn?) shows in NYC over the weekend. Video from the Bruar Falls show below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Bell @ Pianos (more by Ryan Muir)
Bell is in Austin for SXSW and plays official BV show tonight (3/18), and the I Guess I'm Floating & twosyllable Records day party on Thursday.
She's also playing a series of April dates with Bowerbirds, two in NYC: April 27th at Mercury Lounge (tickets on sale now) with La Strada and Lost In The Trees, and April 28th at Williamsburg's Monkey Town.
Dead Oceans, who released Bowerbirds' 2008 Hymns For A Dark Horse, is also home to Phosphorescent (playing the entirety of To Willie at the BV official showcase, again, tonight) and The Donkeys (playing BV Thursday day party).
All Bell & Bowerbirds tour dates, and stop-motion video for Bowerbirds' "In Our Talons" below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Following a long and tormenting day of travel including delayed flights, uncomfortable seats, and no sleep, Dead Oceans owner Phil Waldorf arrived at his destination completely fried, wholly frazzled. One of his label partners, Chris Swanson, picked him up at the airport, and as they pulled away from the arrivals curb, Chris turned up the stereo and said, "Listen to this new JOHN VANDERSLICE tune."As previously mentioned, John is going on tour with John (Darnielle). Tickets are still on sale for a NYC show at the Society for Ethical Culture.
Thirty seconds into the song, Phil was in a different place altogether. This was unlike any Vanderslice recording he had heard before. This song was, as far as he could tell, the best tune Vanderslice had ever written, and it needed a home. Gone were thoughts of a terrible flight. Rather than mumbling banal and boring missives about how badly travel sucks, he and his partner were lucky to have one of those great conversations about how they had to be involved with this new thing, this new discovery: John Vanderslice's new album.
Dead Oceans reached out to JV immediately, heard (and was floored by!) more of the material, and is now extremely proud to add him to the label roster. The first fruit of this partnership is JV's new album Romanian Names, scheduled for release May 19. More details will be available very soon.
Vanderslice recently performed some of the new material in his hometown of San Francisco. In honor of the 10th anniversary of JV's famed Tiny Telephone Recording Studio there was a truly special performance at Great American Music Hall, featuring Vanderslice alongside the 30-piece Magik*Magik Orchestra. A portion of the show is available for view at the brand new johnvanderslice.com!
John Vanderslice is now on Dead Oceans, so that means he is label-mates with Akron/Family, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, These are Powers, and Bowerbirds. Bowerbirds have a previously-mentioned show coming up at Monkeytown in Brooklyn on April 28th. Now it has been revealed that they are also playing Mercury Lounge one day earlier. Tickets for the Manhattan show go on sale Friday at noon.
JV was last in NYC back in October to play 92Y Tribeca - right before CMJ. We took pictures, but they got lost in the shuffle until now. More of them, and a live video with the choir, below...