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The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dream Police

Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.

In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

In other The Men-related news, former member Ben Greenberg has upcoming shows with his projects Music Blues and Uniform.

Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Dream Police (mems of The Men) releasing debut LP, playing Sacred Bones CMJ Party w/ Marissa Nadler & more"

by Bill Pearis

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Brazilian band Wannabe Jalva make self-described "uterus space-groove rock" and have been doing so since 2010. There's pop smarts and big hooks in that space groove uterus of theirs, as can be heard on their new EP, Collecture, which will be out October 15. We've got the premiere of "One Way Street" from it and you can stream that, along with a few other tracks, below.

Wannabe Jalva will be heading up to NYC in October for some shows, including dates during CMJ. While no shows during the fest have been announced yet, a couple immediately after are on their schedule: Trash Bar on 10/26 and Pianos on 10/28.

Continue reading "Brazilian band Wannabe Jalva releasing new EP (streams) and playing NYC/CMJ shows in October"

by Andrew Sacher

Xerxes
Xerxes
No Sleep

Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:

I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.
The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.

Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.

BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...

Continue reading "Xerxes releasing an LP (song stream), playing No Sleep CMJ w/ John Nolan, Rescuer, Run Forever, more (BV co-presents)"

The Wytches at Glasslands in July (more by PSquared)
Wytches

UK psych garage punks The Wytches are a week away from releasing their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, on Partisan Records (due 8/26). They've made the whole thing available to stream on NPR and also recently put out a video for its throat-shredding single, "Burn Out the Bruise." You can check that out below.

Wytches were recently on our side of the Atlantic (we caught them in NYC and Portland in July), and they'll be returning in the fall. First, they'll play CMJ (shows TBA), and then tour to California and back, hitting NYC for two more shows before they leave: Baby's All Right on November 22 and Mercury Lounge on November 24. Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (8/20) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "The Wytches streaming LP, made a video, touring, playing CMJ and two other NYC shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Prom Body

Tucson, AZ's Prom Body just recently (7/29) put out their new record, Naughty by Natural, on Topaz Records, and it's the same kind of snotty and very catchy garage punk as Wavves. You can stream the whole thing below, and we've got the premiere of the video for the song "Do What You Do" (dir. Patrick Foley). You can watch that below too.

The band is currently on tour of the west coast, though they're planning to come east in October, when they'll play CMJ in NYC. Stay tuned for more details on that. All currently announced dates are listed, with the new video and LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Prom Body streaming LP, made a video, touring, playing CMJ"

by Andrew Sacher

Mexican Slang

Toronto psych rockers Mexican Slang recently put out their new EP Inside the Velvet Castle on Buzz Records and they're now unveiling an unreleased track from its sessions, "Season In Hell," which we've got the premiere of in this post. It sounds like a mix of early distortion-covered Yeah Yeah Yeahs and droning psychedelia, and it's a mix that works well. Check it out below.

Mexican Slang did some touring last month and they're planning on hitting the road again this fall. While those dates haven't been announced yet, we do know they'll be in NYC for CMJ this October. Stay tuned for more details.

Song stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ethan Hansen
Aviator

Boston's Aviator are yet another fine example of modern bands keeping alive '90s/'00s screamo and melodic hardcore -- see also Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Frameworks, State Faults, etc etc etc. Their debut full length album, Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt, follows EPs, splits and a demo dating back to 2010 and comes out August 19 via No Sleep (pre-order). Its new single "There Was A Light (It Went Out)" (a Smiths reference?) greatly proves what they're capabale of. Vocalist TJ Copello sings a lot on the new album, but it's all screamed/shouted vocals on this single. The track opens with some big riffs, and once those vocals come in the band transition into post-rock atmospherics, then to pounding indie rock and finally to crushing post-hardcore. Here's what drummer Aviv Marotz had to say about it:

Between heavy riffing and some rock-god moments, this song is one of our favorites to play live. I'm really happy with the way [video director] Erik Rojas pulled out the emotion of this song, accurately displaying feelings of anxiety and stagnation. Amen.
The video premieres in this post. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Aviator also have many tour dates coming up, including a run with Taking Meds that hits NYC on August 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Au Revoir and For Everest (tickets). After that, they'll go on a fall run with two of their labelmates, the likeminded Rescuer and the recently reunited Felix Culpa. The tour hits NYC on October 21 for No Sleep's CMJ showcase. Stay tuned for venue and the rest of the lineup for that. Both Aviator and Rescuer also play The Fest.

All dates are listed, with the new video and LP info, below...

Continue reading "Aviator releasing debut LP, touring w/ Rescuer and The Felix Culpa (dates & new song/video)"

by Bill Pearis

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South London trio Happyness released Weird Little Birthday earlier this summer, a debut brimming with big hooks in small packages, owing a bit to '90s slacker indie without aping it directly (though they clearly own a couple Pavement albums). It's an impressive debut, and you can stream the whole thing below.

Keeping busy, Happyness are already set to release an EP, titled Anything I Do Is All Right. which will be out September 1. We've got the premiere of the chugging lead track "You Come to Kill Me?" and you can stream that below as well. And after that, the band will be making their first trip across the pond to play NYC's CMJ Festival in October. No firm dates have been announced for Happyness yet, so stay tuned. Leading up to CMJ, the band have a short UK tour on the books and all dates are listed, along with the new song and album streams, below...

Continue reading "UK trio Happyness released debut album, ready new EP and first US shows during CMJ (dates, streams)"

Ocean Blue

The Ocean Blue made a welcome return last year with new album, Ultramarine, their first new album since the '90s. This year the band are reissuing their hard-to-find 2004 EP, Waterworks, on vinyl, now expanded into LP length with the addition of three extra tracks. We've got the premiere of one of those, "Can't Let Go," which you can stream below.

The band will be touring this fall, including a visit to NYC during CMJ. They'll play Pianos on October 22 and Brooklyn Night Bazaar October 25. Rest of those lineups (and ticket info) are still TBA. All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "The Ocean Blue reissuing Waterworks EP with bonus tracks, touring this fall, playing CMJ (dates, new track stream) "

Meatbodies

LA band Meatbodies, who released a 7" on Ty Segall's God imprint and toured through NYC earlier this summer, have just announced their self-titled debut album, which will be out via In the Red on October 14. You can stream the very crunchy "Tremmors" from it in this post.

Meatbodies will be on tour this fall, doing stints with Purling Hiss and Hunters. In between those runs, they'll be in NYC for CMJ on October 23 & 24. No firm details yet, expect those to be revealed closer to the fest.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Meatbodies announce debut album, touring this fall, playing NYC during CMJ (dates, new song stream)"

by Bill Pearis

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Tom Vek released his third album, Luck, last month via Moshi Moshi. His style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he doesn't futz with the formula too much here. That's not a bad thing. You can stream the album via Rdio and check out a few tracks, remixes and videos from Luck below.

Tom will be in NYC in October, playing Baby's All Right on 10/20 and Mercury Lounge on 10/21. Tickets for Baby's and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale for Mercury Lounge starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.

Both of those shows happen the same week as this year's CMJ Fest (Oct. 21 - 25). The Baby's show is before CMJ starts and its unclear whether the Merc show is an official showcase. But expect more Tom Vek shows that week to be announced as we get closer to the fest.

Videos, streams and remixes below...

Continue reading "Tom Vek released 'Luck' (stream it), playing NYC during CMJ"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

photos by Vladislav Grach

Courtney Barnett & San Fermin @ Firefly Fest 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

Australia's charming and talented Courtney Barnett is currently in North America, touring around a string of festival dates. You may have caught her during Northside (or the Bowery Ballroom show right after), and she just played last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE with San Fermin and many more. Pictures from Courtney and San Fermin's Firefly sets are in this post.

With her debut album in the can and due out this fall, Courtney will be back to play more North American shows leading up to her appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. That includes a co-headlining run with San Fermin that hits NYC for a show at Webster Hall on October 22 with Mikhael Paskalev. All dates are listed below.

The NYC show happens during CMJ (Oct 21 - 25), though it's still unclear if it's part of that fest or not. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM. You can get tickets before that though with our BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (6/26) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

San Fermin meanwhile open for St. Vincent in Prospect Park in August, play some shows with the Head and the Heart, and more. Their dates are also listed below.

You may not recognize the female vocalist pictured here with San Fermin. Lucius sang on the album and Rae Cassidy was the singer at our SXSW show. According to Wikipedia, "Rae Cassidy has left the band in April 2014 in order to focus on her solo projects. She has been replaced by Charlene Kaye."

Dates and pictures, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett and San Fermin played Firefly (pics), touring together this fall, including Webster Hall (dates, BV presale)"

Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods

In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.

Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.

On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.

Dates and song below...

Continue reading "Woods expand tour, opening for War on Drugs in Brooklyn, releasing new non-LP single (listen) --- stream & dates"

Ejecta

Ejecta, the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford, put out their debut album, Dominae, last year and now one of its singles, "Eleanor Lye," has been given video treatment (by Allie Avital Tspyin of BANGS). As you may have realized by now, Leanne's character as Ejecta is almost always naked (like in press shots), and the new video is no different. See for yourself, below (unless you're at work).

Why always nude? Her press release notes:

Macomber describes Ejecta as a character, one that conceptually represents her various inner-struggles, and yet also as a way to "deflect" them. This alternate identity acts a conduit for Macomber's countless longings, and as such is always depicted completely nude.
Leanne also spoke to Polari Magazine about it:
In all the artwork, you were photographed nude to portray this character. The final results are stunning but were you apprehensive about baring all for the artwork?

Leanne: I grew up in the dark room around adults who, among other things, gave me the gift of bravery. I feel detached from myself when I'm this character, when I'm on stage. Art is a wonderful escape for the shy and awkward. Art is my armor.

Read more at Polari, at Hungarian site Recorder, and in the interview with Emmy the Great that Leanne, who is also in Fight Bite, did for Noisey.

That all said, Leanne was clothed at their live debut at CMJ 2013, and again when they played SXSW 2014. You can watch videos from both with the new NSFW video, below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber is (almost) always "completely naked" as Ejecta, including in a new video (NSFW) "

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Spires @ Baby's All Right 10/19/2013
Spires

Spires played a lot of shows during CMJ. Maybe not as many as Joanna Gruesome, but close. And when they weren't playing, they were out and about. It felt like wherever I went that week, there was usually at least one member of Spires there, just hanging out. One of those shows was opening our Saturday party at Baby's All Right where they brought a lot of energy to the tough noon slot. We already posted one set of pictures from their set, and we've now got a second in this post.

Spires released their debut single a couple weeks back and have just put forth the video for its very catchy A-side, "Candyflip," a pretty straightforward performance clip of the band superimposed with crashing waves. You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Spires play tonight (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom with Pure Bathing Culture and headliners Widowspeak. Tickets are still available. The band have a few other shows lined up too: opening for UK band Temples at Union Pool on November 26 (tickets); opening for the Allah-Las at Rough Trade NYC on December 6 (tickets); and playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 show with Au Revoir Simone, Splashh, and Grooms.

Dates are listed, plus the music video and more pics from their BV CMJ party performance, below...

Continue reading "Spires made a new video, opening for Widowspeak tonight & other shows ++ more pics from BV CMJ party"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Au Revoir Simone / Jacco Gardner @ Mission Sound 10/17/2013
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CMJ

On October 17, 2013, Insound and Just Managing hosted their annual CMJ Recording Lounge at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Eight bands were recorded in eight hours in whirlwind sessions helmed by Grammy winning engineer Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords) and Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork). It that short span of time, they got two tracks recorded each from Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, John Murry, Dream Shake and Ski Lodge. You can check out Au Revoir Simone's "Just Like a Tree" and Jacco Gardner's "Chameleon" and photos from those sessions in this post, and you can download all 16 songs for free over at Insound.

In addition to their upcoming Kidrockers show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 17 (tickets), Au Revoir Simone are also playing a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 7 with Spires, Grooms and UK band Splashh who will be performing as a duo for this show. Splashh also play the Bazaar the night before (12/6) with TEEN, Forest Fire and Valleys. They're flying over just for these shows which are being presented by Kanine Records. All BK Night Bazaar shows are free.

Check out Jacco Gardner and Au Revoir Simone streams, and more pics from their sessions, below...

Continue reading "Au Revoir Simone, Jacco Gardner & more recorded sessions for free comp (pics, stream & download); ARS add Brooklyn show"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
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CMJ
CMJ

After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.

Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.

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Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.

After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.

Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.

Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.

We already posted some videos from the show, and pictures of Nothing, as well as Ex Hex and Mac. Pictures and recap from the first half of this show are HERE. The rest is below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 2) -- Joanna Gruesome, Pallbearer, Hop Along, Torres, Jacco Gardner, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
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CMJ
CMJ

Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.

We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.

Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.

After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.

Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).

More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...

Continue reading "PICS & video: BV Saturday @ Baby's All Right (part 1) -- Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, King Dude, Spires & more"

photos by Wei Shi; words by Bill Pearis

Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013
Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013

Sondre Lerche, who's been somewhat quiet of late, broke the silence for a show at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ, headlining The Talkhouse showcase on October 15 that also featured Luke Temple and others. Where most NYC shows tend to just be Sondre solo, for this one he had a rhythm section in tow -- a nice treat, though he's certainly capable of captivating a crowd all by his lonesome. Pictures from his and Temples' sets are in this post.

While Lerche finishes up his new album, fans can look forward to a new 12" which is one of the many 2013 Record Store Day Black Friday releases. It's the first in a series of releases under the title Public Hi-Fi Sessions where bands record at Jim Eno's studio. This one features Sondre doing "Like Lazenby" and "Screen Door."

And speaking of the Talkhouse, Sondre reviewed the new Prefab Sprout album, Crimson / Red which was the first all-new Prefab Sprout album in 16 years. If you are familiar with Prefab Sprout, the band's influence on Lerche's music is pretty evident, and "I Cannot Let You Go" from his 2009 album Heartbeat Radio is an unabashed PS homage. In his review, he writes:

While I raked autumn leaves in my stepfather's garden, my vanity scanned the record for anything that might remind me of my own music. What I found resembled not so much how I sounded but how I felt. Barely 19 and still living with my mom while chasing my debut album across the world on infinite promotional tours, it was an incredibly confusing and eventful time. And Prefab Sprout turned out to be my absurd and emphatic compass through most of it. Their songs made room for everything I was dealing with: adolescent arrogance, sexual frustrations, conflicted resentment, helpless romanticism, long overdue generational confrontations.
The review is mostly positive and nicely considered, and you can read the whole thing here. And if you haven't heard Crimson / Red yet, Paddy Mcaloon is in fine form -- both vocally and songwriting-ly. If the production is missing some of the granduer of 1990's Jordan the Comeback, the album is a welcome return, and album-opener "The Best Jewel Thief in the World" stands among Mcaloon's finest. You can stream that, and check out more pictures from Sondre Lerche's CMJ set, below...

Continue reading "Sondre Lerche played CMJ (pics), releasing RSD 12", reviewed the new Prefab Sprout album, 'Crimson / Red' (stream a track)"

words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Ex Hex casting a spell on the @brooklynvegan party " - Amanda Contrada

Mac & Ex Hex @ BV CMJ @ Baby's All Right - 10/19/2013
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CMJ

After our Friday CMJ day party on opening day of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right, we returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday party that went from noon til just after 2 AM, and with even more complimentary Sailor Jerry flowing.

Eight hours in, Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan played a rare solo set that reminded me of a past BV-CMJ party when Ted Leo did a similar thing -- scrappy and powerful like he is with his main band, but still stripped down and intimate. His setlist, which you can see below, included Superchunk and Portastatic songs, and a Mary Lou Lord cover (video of that one below).

Then Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), whose guitar Mac was borrowing, made the NYC debut of her new band Ex Hex. Betsy Wright of The Fire Tapes plays bass, Laura Harris of Aquarium is on drums, and it was a killer first set from the trio. It was immediately appealing to fans of Mary's previous bands while also the most riffy rock n' roll thing she's ever done. Their set consisted of basically every song they have so far, including "Hot and Cold" (listen on NPR). Everyone had a blast. A couple of videos are below.

More about the other artists on the show in a minute. Here's pictures from Mac and Mary's set. More of them with videos and Mac's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Ex Hex made their NYC debut after a Mac McCaughan solo set @ BVCMJ (pics, video, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

GEMS / Wilsen / John Murry @ Mercury Lounge, 10/17/2013
CMJ - Windish - Mercury Lounge
CMJ - Windish - Mercury Lounge
CMJ - Windish - Mercury Lounge

As one of the biggest "indie" booking agencies, The Windish Agency had a lot of bands at CMJ this year, like usual. Their official showcase at Mercury Lounge on Thursday, 10/17 presented some of their newer talent: the atmospheric, downcast songs of MOJO-approved San Franciscan John Murry; ethereal duo Wilsen (who covered Grimes' "Oblivion"), and DC duo GEMS who were one of the more talked-about bands of the fest. We also caught Dan Croll and Bad Suns, and pictures from their sets are in this post.

You can catch GEMS in NYC again when they open for Anna Calvi on November 11 at Music Hall of WilliamsburgTickets are still available.

Stream some GEMS tracks, along with more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...

Continue reading "GEMS played Mercury Lounge during CMJ w/ John Murry, Wilsen & more (pics), opening for Anna Calvi at MHOW"

videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt

Pallbearer

(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...

Continue reading "watch live sets from Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing & Pallbearer @ Baby's All Right (BV CMJ Video)"

photos by Wei Shi

Savages @ Terminal 5, 10/16/2013
Savages @ Terminal 5

Now, I get that writers--especially those who caught Savages' 2012 sets--could be a little bit blasé about double dipping for this year's coverage. But isn't that sort of crazy? Doesn't it stand to reason that a band is going to be much more accomplished after a solid two years of touring than they were in their first nervous NYC moments? This is compounded because we are still talking about a very young band, just starting their career. Their debut record, Silence Yourself, came out this May! They are the same age as any number of young bands we're treating as more exciting new commodities this week, but they are untold magnitudes better as performers. I enjoyed Joanna Gruesome quite a bit Tuesday night, but there's no comparison as to who is the more powerful live act right now. It's different universes! It's possible when listening to Savages' songs on record, or especially reading their myriad online manifestoes, to write them off as actually tame or pretentious post-punk acolytes. As Siouxsie without the novelty, to be basic. Live though? Holy fuck.

No duh they "won" CMJ last year, if we're being honest they won this one too. They might be "winning" rock music. Period. - [The L Magazine]

2012 CMJ "winners" Savages came back for a victory lap at this year's fest, moving to Terminal 5 on October 16. Pictures from their set (we missed opener Duke Garwood) are in this post.

The band are back in Europe for a tour that just started and they'll head to Australia and NZ in the new year. Those dates are listed, along with more pics from T5, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Omar Souleyman - playing BVCMJ, walking around NYC
Baby's All Right CMJ BV
Omar

Syria's Omar Souleyman, now in Europe for more shows, has been keeping busy around the world and in NYC. Most recently he visited the Big Apple for CMJ and to promote his new Kieran Hebden-produced album (out today), and also recently to film parts of his first-ever video, which you can watch along with another set of pictures from the BrooklynVegan CMJ show he played, below...

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