Entries tagged with: Brian Jonestown Massacre
Psychedelic beatmaker Al Lover makes dance music, but of a sort that owes more to The 13th Floor Elevators (or Neu!) than typical disco/house/etc influences. (You may remember the mix he made for Levitation Fest this year.) He released Cave Ritual back in January and has now reimagined, reinterpreted and handed some songs over for others to remix on Cave Ritual Redux which is out August 10 via Stolen Body Records.
There are a couple tracks you can check out right now. "Labratory Broadcast In Stereo" is a two-minute motorik groover and the song "Brian Jonestown Masochist" gets a "reinterpretation" by BJM main man Anton Newcombe. The latter comes with a very cosmic video that is very easy to get lost in. Check it out and stream the other song (and the whole Cave Ritual LP) below.
by Bill Pearis
Anton and Tess
Is your favorite Brian Jonestown Massacre song is "Anenome," the groovy Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request track that featured lead vocals by Mara Keagle? If so, you're likely gonna dig I Declare Nothing, a collaborative new album by Canadian singer Tess Parks and BJM domo Anton Newcombe. While Tess' voice leans a little more towards Courtney Love's rasp than Keagle's smoky coo, there's a very similar vibe going on here. The record includes "Cocaine Cat," which was released as a RSD15 10", and the whole thing's worth checking out. Check out the whole record via Rdio (and a soundcloud stream of "Cocaine Cat") below.
by Bill Pearis
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, who released the terrific Revelation and a subsequent EP last year, have announced they'll go new wave on their next album, out April 27. Mind you that's French New Wave cinema and not now sounding like Oingo Boingo. Titled Musique De Film Imaginé, the album was inspired by the works of Truffaut, Godard, Bazin and other La Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. Main man Anton Newcombe told NME:
The album that you are about to hear is a soundtrack, my own creation, a tribute to great directors and filmmakers to an era that now seems to be behind us. Leaving the smart person to care to imagine that this art could now be in the shadow of its former glory. The interesting thing about this project is that the film does not exist either. Even so, I imagined and I realised its soundtrack... Now it's your turn...The first track to be released from the album is "Philadelphie Story" which features lead vocals from French actress/singer Soko. I don't know what she's singing about (took three years of French, forget it all except the words to "La Cigale et la fourmi") but the song is all crescendos and high drama, in the best, Frenchiest possible way. Stream it below.
Newcombe also posted a few 30+ minute "work in progress" versions of Musique De Film Imaginé to his YouTube page last year and you can stream those, plus an Rdio stream of last year's Revelation, below as well.
In other news, Anton Newcombe collaborated with Tess Parks on a 10" EP that will be released for Record Store Day 2015. A Toronto native, Parks also worked with Newcombe on her new album which will be released later this year.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Bill Pearis
You may know Joel Gion as the mutton-chopped tambourine player in Brian Jonestown Massacre whose sense of humor and wry asides made him a scene-stealer in BMJ doc DiG!. (You may also know him from that one episode of Gilmore Girls.) Joel is still with the BJM but he's got a solo album, Apple Bonkers, out on August 19 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.
If you're a Jonestown follower, you might recognize some of the people who play on the album: Matt Hollywood, Daniel Allaire, Miranda Lee Richards, Pete Holstrom (to name a few). Says Joel of the album:
With all the BJM members now living so spread out across the world, I found myself increasingly missing the album making process. This feeling of disconnect is what kick started me into exploring my own song writing process and turned out to be a hugely important piece of self discovery. No more time for my beloved laziness. So I made my own music with a with bunch of friends in the studio coming and going and having a great time creating. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by this album.With the musicians involved, it's no surprise that sonically it's firmly in the BJM's psychedelic '60s wheelhouse, but this is pretty together stuff and Gion has more up his sleeve than a tambourine. (He's not a bad singer, either, if you were wondering.) Hear for yourself, we've got the premiere of the Apple Bonkers' "Dart" which you can listen to, along with another track from the album, in this post. If you pre-order the LP you get an instant download of those two tracks.
No North American tour plans at the moment, but Joel Gion (with members of the BJM) are currently in the UK and those dates listed below. (He has another band, The Primary Colours, but that's not who is on this tour.) Joel says the band plans to be on the road on our continent later this year, stay tuned.
While we're on the subject, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released their 14th album, Revelation, earlier this year and it's by far the best thing they've done in ages. Post-DiG!, it's been easy to forget that people liked the BJM for the music before the onstage bust-ups. Anton Newcombe seems to have it together these days and Revelation is full of memorable melodies and not too much of the lengthy jamming which the band's late-'00s LPs were full of. If you dug Take it from the Man and Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, you should definitely give this one a spin. It's streaming on Rdio. No North American BJM dates either.
Joel Gion streams, LP art and tracklist, and tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Having spent time in a number of bands over the last few years, Chris Catalena is set to release his new solo album, Here Comes the Time in June via Pau Wau Records. The album was made in California with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Rob Campanella producing, and the record features members of Black Angels, Strange Boys, as well as Brian Wilson percussionist Nelson Bragg. Written while staying in Los Angeles and nearby Laurel Canyon, it's definitely got some of that history infused in its dusty, twilight-psychedelic songs. We've got the premiere of one of them, "Here Comes The Time," which you can listen to in this post.
Chris Catalena and his band The Native Americans don't have tour plans as of yet, but they will be playing this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, playing Sunday (5/4) afternoon on the Reverberation Stage. So if you're heading to APF, do check him out.
Song stream below...
While Tamaryn plots her third album, she has handed over her last one, Tender New Signs, to Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe to remix. His version of Tender New Signs should be out later this year, and you can stream a rough mix of "Afterlight" below.
Tamaryn also has some shows coming up this year, including a couple in NYC. She's performing, alongside The Drums (who just played New Music Seminar) for Prospect Park Alliance's benefit, Summer Soirée 2013 which happens July 24 at the Prospect Park Boathouse. This gala event, hosted by the Junion Committee, isn't cheap ($75 - $250) but it does go to the park. Tickets are on sale now.
Two days after that, Tamaryn will play less rarified digs, headlining 285 Kent on July 26. That show is with Mirror Mirror, Haribo, and Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.
All Tamryn dates (including those crazy Converse shows in San Francisco) are listed below...
"First-time director Elgin James has had a very unique journey to filmmaking - from spending time in the foster care system to forming the notorious FSU gang to serving a year in a maximum-security prison. Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston's hardcore punk scene, helping found a national street gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers. He has now put his violent past behind him with his striking directorial debut Little Birds.Back in 2010 we pointed out that FSU "street gang" founder Elgin James, pictured with all his muscles above, is now a filmmaker with a movie called Little Birds. It played at Sundance 2011 (as the synopsis above points out). It's now August 2012 and we can report that Little Birds is opening in NY and LA theaters on the 29th of this month, but you don't need to wait that long to see it... BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE screening of Little Birds at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Monday, August 20 (that's the flyer up above). The free screening starts at 8pm, and is first come, first served (we've rarely ever had to turn anyone away).
15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailer parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker shine in this mesmerizing coming-of-age story of finding escape and innocence lost. The film was one of the most buzzed about premieres at Sundance last year and features an all-star cast including Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth."
The soundtrack for the film is out digitally this Tuesday, August 14, via Lakeshore Records. It features four original tracks from the film's director Elgin James, as well as tracks by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Linée, and Big Star. Pick up your copy at iTunes, but first listen to Elgin James and the Suicide Gang's "I Will Die Young", one of the album's songs that is making its premiere in this post. You can stream it, along with the film's trailer, below...
As you know, LES music venue Cake Shop has been busy raising money to help keep their doors open. Good news! They've officially hit 100% of their goal, and today announced that "we can't tell you how grateful we are to everyone for their support. Now we can square up with our landlord and sign a new 10 year lease to keep the music going on the Lower East Side. Stay tuned..."
Upcoming shows at Cake Shop include Tiger Waves on August 10, Splash on August 11, and a Brian Jonewtown Massacre post-tour, post-Webster Hall-show party on August 25 with The Vacant Lots, Rosco (Sterling Roswell of Spacemen 3, The Darkside), Flavor Crystals, Chatham Rise, and DJ Frankie Teardrop of BJM ($10 or $5 with BJM Webster Hall ticket stub, 21+, 11pm-4am).
Magic Castles open for the Brian Jonestown Massacre at Webster Hall earlier that night. Tickets are still on sale.
Psych rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre have a slew of upcoming international dates this year including Austin Psych Fest next month. After heading overseas to Australia in May and Europe in June/July, they'll return to North America for an East Coast run in August which culminates in a NYC show at Webster Hall on August 25 with Magic Castles. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre are to set to release their thirteenth full length album, Aufheben, this year on May 1 via 'a' Records. The lineup for this album includes original members Anton Newcome and Matt Hollywood, along with Will Carruthers (Spiritualized), Constantine Karlis (Dimmer), Thibault Pesenti (Rockcandys), and Eliza Karmasalo providing additional vocals. Check out album track "I Wanna Hold Your Other Hand" below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.
In related '90s neo-psychedelic bands news, you can stream the new Spiritualized album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, on NPR.
AND, the Dandy Warhols announced a tour and album too.
All Brian Jonestown dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
ATP NY, happening over Labor Day weekend (Sept 3-5), continues to expand its lineup.
To complete the line-up for [Saturday, Sept. 4, the fest's second day] our new additions are headed up by HALLOGALLO, a very special new project headed by Michael Rother and featuring Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) and Ben Curtis (Secret Machines, School of Seven Bells, and whose brother is now a touring member of Interpol). Hallogallo will perform the music of Rother's 1970s Krautrock legends Neu! - their recent debut show in Barcelona was rapturously received. Also confirmed are cult heros SHELLAC who appear as ATP's House Band, FURSAXA, SIAN ALICE GROUP and TEXT OF LIGHT (featuring Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo). Steve Albini of Shellac is also confirmed to host his Card Games Room over the weekend.Tickets to all days are on sale.
Both of Neu!'s founding members, Rother and now-deceased Klaus Dinger, were also members of Kraftwerk. "Hallogallo" is the name of track #1 on Neu!'s debut Neu...
"The legendary German group NEU! released only 3 albums between 1972 and 1975, but these albums had an influence wildly disproportionate to their modest commercial success; praised by and influential to David Bowie, Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Autechre, Radiohead, U2, Wilco, Primal Scream, and beyond. In May 2010 Gronland Records [released] a box including these three LP's and an incredible batch of bonus material. Also this year will be the first live presentation of this music in more than 35 years as 'Hallogallo 2010.'"Hallogallo 2010 is also playing a free show at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday, August 6th. They play International House of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA on August 8th.
The new Saturday additions join Friday's Don't Look Back lineup (Friday will also feature a Comedy Stage, details TBA) of Iggy & The Stooges, Sleep, Mudhoney and The Scientists (doing their first US show), Saturday's Sonic Youth, Explosions In The Sky, The Breeders and Tortoise, and Sunday's Jim Jarmusch-curated lineup (which just added the Greenhornes, but dropped Brian Jonestown Massacre who were previously announced for the festival but canceled).
The current lineup for all three dates is posted below...
The Brian Jonestown Massacre have added a June 5th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg to their schedule that already included a June 6th show at Webster Hall and a September 5th appearance at ATP NY. Both NYC shows are with The Young Sinclairs who I assume also open other dates on the tour. Tickets for the new show go on sale Thursday at noon, and you can still get tickets for the Webster show too.
The band's new album Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? is out now.
Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...
All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for the third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday 3rd September - Sunday 5th September. We are very excited to announce that legendary film-maker Jim Jarmusch, well known for his fantastic collaborations and documentaries with musicians will be the guest curator on Sunday 5th.Jim as curator is not completely surprising since he took part in the 2009 fest as well. Bigger posters, more info on the 2010 fest, and the updated lineup is below!...
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is back and set to release their tenth studio album, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? on February 23rd. The 13-track album was recorded throughout 2009 in Iceland and Berlin and features Spaceman 3 legend Will Carruthers on bass, vocalist Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir and a variety of international musicians contributing textures not previously heard on a BJM album. It is to be released on bandleader Anton Newcombe's own label, "a recordings LTD", distributed though Red Eye.With this album, BJM's revolving door lineup now includes guitarist/vocalist and "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth" songwriter Matt Hollywood, who previously left the group (other ex-member & Dig! scene-stealer, master tambourinist Joel Gion, has been back for a few years). The band's current lineup is posted below.
Brian Jonestown Massacre plays shows in Australia and New Zealand this February/March, Europe in April and May, and then a North American tour in late May and June. They'll play a show at NYC's Webster Hall on Sunday, June 6th. Tickets are now on AmEx presale. General sale starts Friday, January 22nd at noon.
Songs from the new album are featured below in videos put out by the band. In one, a stop-motion Lego zombie invasion is soundtracked by new song "Let's Go Fucking Mental." In another, public doman animation from China follows the band's "Dekta! Dekta! Dekta!" Both are well worth a look. Those, more album info, and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Lovetones - Journeyman (MP3)
Brian Jonestown Massacare are back again. Their current tour, which included west coast dates with Primal Scream, hits Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (April 1) with The Asteroid #4. Tickets are stil available.
I had to keep reminding myself that last night's show wasn't a comeback tour. Neither Scotland's Primal Scream (who've been around since the '80s) nor our own Californians Brian Jonestown Massacre (who came along a decade later) ever really went away. But it sure seemed like it. They both fell under the radar for a long time, releasing forgettable albums (or, in the case of BJM, cracking up) so that all but the most passionate fans flat out forgot about them. Last night, however, the musicians' persistence was rewarded when the groups sold out the Fillmore and delivered a spectacle for the eyes and ears--with surprisingly none of the tantrum shenanigans from BJM's moody frontman Anton Newcombe (he even dedicated the band's final song to "All you people who lost your jobs." Awww.).Primal Scream came through NYC and played shows at Webster Hall and MHOW last week.
[San Francisco Weekly, March 17, 2009]
Australian singer-songwriter Matthew J. Tow toured as a member of, and wrote a couple of songs for, Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2003. Formerly of Australian band Drop City, he currently fronts The Lovetones whose new album Dimensions is out now (grab a track from it above).
The perpetually underrated LOVETONES return in style with their fourth album Dimensions. Bandleader *MATTHEW J. TOW*'s masterful mix of *DAVID BOWIE*esque balladry and 60s psychedelia leans hard on the latter half of the equation this time around - possibly a consequence of Tow's moonlighting tenure in THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE. That's hardly a bad thing if done properly, and the Australian band's sparkling acid rain makes Tow's irrepressibly tuneful songs shine like diamonds caught in sunlight. [The Big Takeover]The Lovetones are touring the United States in May. NYC shows are May 1st at Pianos and May 2nd at Cameo in Brooklyn. All tour dates below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Terminal 5 (more by Lori Baily)
Led by enigmatic provocateur and sonic visionary Anton Newcomb, the Brian Jonestown Massacre are a controversial, independent and musically brilliant outfit who have attracted a legion of fans through their wildly futuristic psychedelic rock.As previously mentioned, Primal Scream will be visiting the US in March. That means shows in NYC, Philly, Toronto, Austin, and California (tickets). The West Coast dates are March 16th (LA) and March 17th (San Francisco), and both include The Brian Jonetown Massacre playing as opener. The opener for the March 28th Webster Hall show hasn't been announced, but I doubt it will also be Brian Jonestown. Instead, Anton Newcombe and gang will headline their own, even bigger show at Terminal 5 on April 1st. It's the same NYC venue they played over the summer. Since then they also played ATP NY and a smaller show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday. All dates for both bands below...
To coincide with the release of their 13th and latest album, My Bloody Underground, cult favourites The Brian Jonestown Massacre embarked on an August 2008 Australian tour. Highlighting this tour, is a LIMITED edition live CD from the 30th August show at The Hi-Fi in Melbourne, Australia. [The Hi-Fi Live]
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
After a great (and late) Saturday-night, morning (3pm) bloomed with Robin Guthrie (co-founder of Cocteau Twins) and his shimmering ambient soundscapes in the main room. Backlit by projections of fractals and waves, it was the perfect way to ease into Sunday. Le Volume Courbe and Wounded Knees (both opening for MBV tonight at Roseland) had already played on stage two, but sadly, I missed them.
While Guthrie shined on, I scooted on over to stage deux and caught a few minutes of sunny pop by The Lilys (opener for MBV in NYC night two).
Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Terminal 5 (more by Lori Baily)
Brian Jonestown Massacre announced a September 19th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That's two days before they play ATP in Monticello and that's in a much smaller venue than the NYC show they just played. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. All tour dates below...
photos by Lori Baily
Months ago, when tickets went on sale for the Brian Jonestown Massacre's only U.S. show this summer (at New York's Terminal 5), I said to someone I was trying to persuade to go, "This could be a complete disaster, or it could be transcendent." Those are the poles they swing between: the train wreck or the sublime. And of course, with the news from London last week that Anton Newcombe had been arrested for allegedly knifing guitarist Frankie "Teardrop" Emerson, the odds seemed to tilt toward disaster. Five minutes into the opening song, "Whoever You Are," we had the answer to what was in store for us: The Brian Jonestown Massacre were transcendent. [Tulip Frenzy]Brian Jonestown's next area show will be upstate at the ATP Festival. More pics from the NYC show below...
Patton Oswalt @ the Sub Pop Festival (more by Shawn Brackbill)
We are pleased to announce further artists for the ATP New York event. The final batch of tickets and accommodation is now available through www.atpfestival.comContinued below...
The latest acts to be confirmed are...
Patton Oswalt who will be both performing and curating an evening of other comedians on Friday September 19th.
Curated by My Bloody Valentine - Brian Jonestown Massacre and Robin Guthrie plus more acts to be announced.
Curated by ATP - Lightning Bolt
We are also pleased to announce that the Criterion Collection will be working in conjunction with ATP to host the cinema at the event.
(Also, look out for the games room where you'll find Steve Albini at the card table...)
Brian Jonestown Massacre in Spain - July 19, 2008 (maccosta)
This new SnagFilms website allows you to watch Dig!, the documentary about the Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre, for free at their website, and for free on this website (see below). Watch the movie and then live it tonight (July 25) at Terminal 5 in NYC where hopefully Brian Jonestown will play some songs (tickets). Then live it part two in September when The Dandy Warhols take the stage in the very same venue (tickets).