Entries tagged with: California X
by Zack Baker
Photo: California X at DbA in 2013 (more by Vadislav Grach)
Amherst, MA's noisy sludge-punks California X will release their sophomore LP, Nights In The Dark, January 13 on Don Giovanni Records. You may have already heard the album's title track, and they've now shared a second song, "Hadley, MA," which you can stream below.
Before the album drops, the band will head out on tour, kicking off in NYC with a release show on January 2 at Shea Stadium with the similarly sludgy Ovlov, stellar post-hardcore shredders Big Ups and the homespun riffs of LVL UP. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
California X closes out their current string of dates with an appearance at night 2 of the Don Giovanni showcases which happens at Knitting Factory on February 7. You can pick up tickets for that show (and all three nights) now. The band also contributed to DG's list of 2014 favorites highlighting LVL UP's album Hoodwink'd as well as the Ovlov / Krill/ LVL UP/ Radiator Hospital split.
All of California X's upcoming dates are listed, along with the"Hadley, MA" stream, below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
And a new Screaming Females song...
Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like every year, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records will be putting on a three-night showcase in Brooklyn in 2015. Unlike the last one, which have included two nights at MHOW and one night at the now-closed Death by Audio, all three nights this time will be at Knitting Factory. And also, to allow Screaming Females the chance to make their show a release show for Rose Mountain, the shows won't happen consecutively. But, as always, all of these lineups are great.
NIght 1 (February 6 includes Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine and Crow Bait, and Night 2 (February 7) includes California X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower and Alice. Both of those will be hosted by Chris Gethard (who's got a lot going on).
Then at the end of the month, Screaming Females play night 3/their record release show on February 28 with Priests, Tenement and Vacation.
Tickets, including 2-day passes for the first two nights, go on sale Thursday (12/4).
Screaming Females also just premiered another new track, "Empty Head," from their new LP over at The FADER. Stream that, with show flyers and a few more streams from the DG showcase bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females at Death by Audio on Sunday (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As discussed, Screaming Females are set to release their sixth album, Rose Mountain, and now more details have arisen. It comes out February 24 via longtime label home Don Giovanni, and in addition to previous single "Wishing Well" it includes the brand new song, "Ripe." After going with Steve Albini to record their beefiest sounding album yet, 2012's Ugly, they've now enlisted Mastodon/Isis/Minus the Bear/etc producer Matt Bayles, another guy who knows how to get a rock band sounding huge in the studio. Take a listen to the new song, with the artwork and tracklist, below (via Pitchfork).
Their Don Giovanni labelmates California X have also announced a new album, Nights In The Dark, which comes out January 13 and follows their impressive 2012 debut. Like that album, it was recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato, who's also done Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and others. The title track and first single is another dose of their heavy-guitars-meets-pop-melodies style that was all over their debut, but this one's less Dinosaur Jr and more a sludge-coated mix of late '70s rock. Underneath those murky guitars, there's Thin Lizzy-style twin leads, sharp '79 powerpop melodies, and the pomp of that era's hard rock/heavy metal. Check it out below.
2015 is already looking like a busy year for Don Giovanni, also with upcoming releases from new signees Downtown Boys, Pinkwash and Mal Blum.
California X at Death By Audio in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Poppy Amherst, MA sludge-punks California X are heading out on tour in a couple days. They'll play a NJ show in New Brunswick at Paradise Lost on August 31 with Brick Mower, Casual and Osaka. Then they'll play NYC at Death By Audio on September 6 with Slothrust and Mannequin Pussy. Tickets for both those shows are available at the door. No word yet on new music for the Don Giovanni-signed band, but hopefully some of that will be coming along as it feels like its been awhile since we got their excellent self-titled debut. All tour dates listed below.
Mannequin Pussy also have other dates, including their previously discussed show with Little Big League, Ovlov and Krill on September 3 at Shea Stadium. They also recently released another "new" song from the re-release of their debut album which is coming this September on Tiny Engines. You can stream that, with their list of dates and Cali X's dates, below...
Last year, Placeholder released the I Don't Need Forgiveness LP, followed by a split 7" with Such Gold. This coming week, they'll bring their ongoing tour to Austin for SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, we cornered the band and asked them 5 QUESTIONS:
4) What would your metal band name be?
"At the Don Giovanni records showcase rn. These are some damn good bands, and DG is exhibit A of what a punk label should be." - @Lowry_Phil
"The Screaming Females killed it tonight. The whole Don Giovanni showcase ruled." - Andrew Alvarez
"Don Giovanni Recs showcase night two highlight: watching Upset with Peter Stampfel while he contributed harmonies from the crowd" - Jenn Pelly
Cali X rockin' the Don Giovanni showcase (via @pinker)
New Jersey's Night Birds followed Vacation with their first performance together in three months. New dad Brian Gorsenger didn't look like he'd lost any of his usual energy and aggression during the hiatus. By this point, the mosh pit was going full-throttle. Beer and beer cans continued to fly overhead, and Gorsenger had fans screaming the choruses to "Born to Die in Suburbia" and "Maimed for the Masses" into the mic right along with him.NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records put on their annual Brooklyn showcases last week, kicking off at Death by Audio this past Thursday (2/6), and continuing with a two-night stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/7) and Saturday (2/8) with five bands each night. The above review is of the DbA show which included sets by Tenement, NIght Birds, Vacation and more, and the MHOW shows had sets by Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, California X, Nude Beach, Priests and still many more. If you went, how was it? A short video of Cali X's set is below.
Wisconsin's Tenement closed out the evening. In contrast to the abbreviated set the band played at Asbury Lanes back in September, last night they pulled out all the stops. The set ranged from classic-rock inflected punk to extended instrumental drones. Guitarist Amos Pitsch brought along a case filled with paraphernalia that included duct tape, a tambourine, and bells. He rolled the tambourine over to a fan in the front row. He duct-taped the strings of his guitar to the fingerboard, jingled bells in both hands, and even played guitar using a full can of beer as a slide. As the band unplugged their instruments at the end of the set, cries went up for one more song; and, after a few moments, the band obliged setting the pit roiling one, final time. [Speak Into My Goodeye]
California X have other upcoming shows, including another NYC show happening on March 14 at Shea Stadium with solid local support coming from Sleepies and LVL UP. That's a good option if you're staying in NYC during SXSW this year. Tickets go on sale today (2/10) at noon. All upcoming Cali X dates are listed below.
As discussed, Vacation's tour includes another NYC show TONIGHT (2/10) at Cake Shop with Nancy and Flykills.
Night Birds open for The Queers when they play Love Songs for the Retarded in full at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (2/15). The Scandals are on that show too, and tickets are still available. Before that, they'll play an instrumental set as Killer Waves at Grand Victory on Thursday (2/13) with garage rockers Shocked MInds and Foster Care.
Priests have multiple upcoming shows too.
All Cali X dates are listed, along with that clip, below...
Nude Beach at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, NJ punk label Don Giovanni Records is doing its annual Brooklyn showcases in February, and since we last spoke there's been a couple changes. Due to the questionable future of 285 Kent, the February 6 show that would've happened there has been moved to Death by Audio. Its lineup of Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists is still the same and anyone who bought tickets to the 285 Kent show will be admitted to the DbA one. If you didn't get tickets yet, they're still available.
The following two nights happen as planned at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 7 and 8. 2/7 has Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Worriers and since we last spoke, Nude Beach were revealed as the guest on the bill. And 2/8 has Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower, Priests and Black Wine. Tickets for both MHOW nights (including a 2-day pass) are still available.
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.
Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.
Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Tenement at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they do every year, NJ punk label Don GIovanni Records will put on a showcase in Brooklyn in early 2014, happening on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via Ticketfly for 285 Kent and Ticketmaster for MHOW (2-day pass option included) on Friday (11/22). Flyer below. Facebook event page here.
Night 2 is pretty diverse, headlined by singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, and also featuring eclectic duo Shellshag, new "supergroup" Upset (mems. Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Hole, etc), Lauren Measure's new project Worriers, and a guest.
And night 3 is another heavier one with the shredding Screaming Females, the sludgy California X, the punky/grungy Brick Mower, political punks and newest signees Priests, and power pop (the Replacements kind) trio Black Wine.
Along with the showcase announcement, Don Giovanni have also just put out their 2013 label sampler, which features a track from all of their 2013 releases, including songs by many of the bands playing the showcases. Stream that sampler in full below. They've also just began their holiday sale, where you can purchase 5 LPs for $50 or 5 CDs for $40 through November 29. Check that out here.
In related news, Bomb the Music Industry!, whose lineup once included Laura Stevenson, are officially calling it quits and they'll play their final show in Brooklyn on January 19 at Warsaw. Tickets (including a live recording) for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon. So far, they've announced that Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls will open, and there's more openers TBA. More info and a message from BTMI at the Facebook event.
Don Giovanni showcase flyer and 2013 sampler stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.
For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).
All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Blessed State @ O'Briens Pub - 4/14/13 (photo by Dave BrushBack)
We just mentioned that Northampton, MA punks Blessed State were working on the followup to their 2012 demo, and they've since revealed more details on the release. It'll be an 8-song LP (release date TBA), and its first single, "Head Space," is out now. Their demo was filled with Replacements-y flange-guitar arpeggios, and while the fretwork is still pretty busy here, they're taking a more aggressive, overtly hardcore punk approach that's closer to Paint It Black than it is to the 'Mats. It doesn't hurt that they've got beefier production courtesy of go-to Western Mass guy Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz) either. Check out the new song, along with a recent live video of another album track, "Best Case Scenario," below.
As discussed, Blessed State will be making their return to NYC for a completely stacked show on December 6 at Shea Stadium with fellow Western Mass band California X, Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn garage punks Flagland. Tickets for this show go on sale Monday (10/28) at noon.
Song stream and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy just returned to NYC for a couple CMJ shows, including the Pitchfork showcase at 285 Kent on Friday (10/18) and a show at The Flat two days earlier (10/16) with SISU, Total Slacker, Hunters, Tweens, and Lodro. At their show at The Flat, they played a new song, which you can watch a video of below.
Perfect Pussy must not mind the drive down here, because they've been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've already announced they'll return on December 6 at Shea Stadium. That show is an all around great lineup, also including Amherst sludge rockers California X, another solid bunch of Mass rockers Blessed State, who are working on the followup to their 2012 demo with producer Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz), and Brooklyn garage punks Flagland. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (10/28) at noon.
Radical Dads at South Street Seaport in August (more by Jeff Cate)
As usual, Williamsburg all ages DIY spot 285 Kent has a ton of good shows coming up, including some especially great ones this week that we haven't had a chance to mention yet.
Sludge rockers California X come over from Amherst, MA on Friday (10/4) to headline a show that also includes Long Island indie rock traditionalists Turnip King, Body Parts, and Total Slacker DJs. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, as discussed, another group of Massachusetts rockers Potty Mouth celebrate the release of their debut LP, Hell Bent, at the venue on Saturday (10/5) with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy. Since we last spoke, that lineup has been expanded to include Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO and Cincinnati garage pop trio Tweens. It's one of two NYC shows that Perfect Pussy and Tweens play together this week. Tickets are still available.
Some streams from those artists below...
Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females are heading out on a tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement in September, but right before that, they'll play a free outdoor day show in their hometown of New Brunswick in Boyd Park on September 7. The all-Don Giovanni Records lineup also includes sludgy shredders California X, punky indie rockers Black Wine, and pop punks Brick Mower. It's also being hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (who also hosts the BrooklynVegan tent at Lollapalooza). Show starts at 1 PM. Flyer below.
The Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement tour hits the NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and NJ on 9/28 at Asbury Lanes.
Screamales singer Marissa Paternoster is also touring sooner with her solo project, Noun. That tour hits NYC on 8/9 at Death by Audio with Modern Hut, Shellshag, Worriers, and Mal Blum.
Updated Screaming Females dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
Speedy Ortiz @ DbA - 7/5/13
Like the album, which at its best is clever and cutting, the show picked up in the second half, when [Sadie] Dupuis began to slash through the heaviness of the room, and also climb above the rest of the band -- Matt Robidoux on guitar, Darl Ferm on bass, Mike Falcone on drums -- with a voice that could be savage, on "MKVI," or deceptively sweet, on "No Below," or tart, as on "Gary," which is the album's emotional highlight. That song includes some of Ms Dupuis's sharpest lyrics, aimed at someone who left her for someone far less interesting. [New York Times]Speedy Ortiz release their debut album, Major Arcana, this week (7/9) via Carpark, and over the weekend they played release shows in NYC and Boston. The NYC show was a very sweaty one at Death by Audio on Friday (7/5), where they played the new album front to back, which singer Sadie Dupuis told the crowd they've never practiced or done before, as the NY Times (!!!) review quoted above points out.
The NYC release show had support from a totally stacked lineup, which also included grungy Baltimoreans Roomrunner, sludge rockers California X, no wave revivalists Sediment Club, and No One & the Somebodies. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More pictures from DbA below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz' Matt Robidoux at the "Tiger Tank" video shoot (photo by Matthew Caron)
Northampton, MA indie rockers Speedy Ortiz are set to release their debut LP, Major Arcana, next week (7/9) via Carpark; and after revealing the songs "Tiger Tank," "No Below," and "Plough" from that LP, they've finally made the entire album available to listen to on NPR.
Major Arcana bests all of the already-great material Speedy Ortiz has put out so far, bringing together powerful rock riffage and raw honest lyrics into 10 tracks of concise songwriting that clock in just over a half hour. It's one of the best debuts I've heard this year, and recommended to anyone who likes traditionalist indie rock with a new spin.
Speedy Ortiz are about to kick off a full tour in support of the album that begins with a record release show in NYC on Friday (7/5) at Death by Audio with Baltimore grunge revivers Roomrunner, Amherst sludge rock trio California X, Brooklyn no wave revivalists Sediment Club (whose Austin Julian is the son of Bush Tetras' Cynthia Sley and Voidoids' Ivan Julian), and No One & the Somebodies. Admission for that show is $8 at the door.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams of three Major Arcana tracks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on July 9 via Carpark Records. Most of the material they've revealed up until this point has showed how much Speedy Ortiz rocks, but on "No Below," their new single and highlight of the new record, they show a different side of their sound. It opens soft and lyrical, not unlike much of what we've heard from Waxahatchee recently, with singer Sadie Dupuis confessing, "I didn't know you when I broke my knee/spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased/except for this one friend, I almost forgot," before she's cut off by one of the nicest hum-along guitar riffs in indie rock in recent memory. Then the song gets even more satisfying when it dissolves into an instantly hooky chorus, and even more satisfying when it culminates in rock crescendo. You can download it for free, along with the last single, "Tiger Tank," above, or stream them both below. Highly recommended.
Speedy will be swinging through NYC this weekend for the Northside Festival at the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow on Saturday (6/15) which also includes Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches and more.
Then in July, they'll kick off a full tour to support the album which begins with a record release show in NYC on July 5 at Death by Audio with likeminded '90s rock lovers California X and Roomrunner. That's a great lineup. Hopefully Roomrunner don't drop off this time!
Roomrunner also open for Mikal Cronin soon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
I just caught California X down in Austin for SXSW, and their set was one of the most memorable shows I saw -- much more intense than the already-good record. So it's exciting to know that they'll be back on the Northeast live circuit this spring. They have a few April shows scheduled, including one in NYC which happens on April 26 at Death by Audio. Cali X play third in a lineup of four, which is headlined by DOM and includes openers Moss of Aura (aka Gerrit Welmers of Future Islands) and Spires. Admission is $8 at the door.
All dates are listed, along with a video of Cali X at SXSW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung / Nu Sensae @ Holy Mountain, 3/13/2013
The Enabler/Don Giovanni/Suicide Squeeze/Sacred Bones SXSW showcase went down at Holy Mountain last night (3/13) in Austin with a bunch of great bands like White Lung, Waxahatchee, Nu Sensae, California X, and more.
I'm a fan of California X's self-titled album, which came out recently on Don Giovanni, but much like Torres did earlier that day, these guys really blew me away live on a level I didn't get from the record. They tend to get grouped into the "bands that sound like Dinosaur Jr." category, but after seeing them for my first time last night, I really think they come off as force of their own. They rock out, swing their long hair around, and deliver a solid mix of riffage, punchy tunes, and sludge-drenched heaviness, that only sounds hinted-at on their album. Someone get these guys in the studio with Steve Albini.
Easily one of the most anticipated artists at this year's SXSW is Waxahatchee, whose new album, Cerulean Salt, just hit shelves and is driving a lot of people wild. And her live show lives up too. She played full band and stuck to the more rock-oriented songs and rock versions of softer tunes, and at least in the front of the room, the crowd was completely zoned in. "I loved Waxahatchee!" I excitedly said to someone at the show. "Yeah, everyone does," was her response. It's true.
The show ended with two Vancouver punk bands (who also happen to be good friends), Nu Sensae and White Lung. Nu Sensae played a pretty short set on the backyard stage and their great mix of noise rock, punk, and no wave was spot on last night. Then White Lung took the stage indoors and really tore things up. Singer Mish Way is a powerhouse on stage and her band are no slackers either (watching that guitarist shred is about as intense as Mish's shouts). The crowd was super into them too, starting mini moshpits and fist-raised shoutalongs, especially during tracks like "Thick Lip" and "Glue."
You can catch White Lung at our free SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16) at 3:45 PM on The Jr. stage.
by Bill Pearis
San Francisco's Permanent Collection released their debut album, Newly Wed Nearly Dead, last August on Loglady Records. Frontman Jason Hendardy, who runs the label with Lauren loPrete, used to be in Young Prisms and there's more than a little shoegaze in PC's sound but is definitely poppier than Hendardy's old band. You can stream the whole thing below.
Permanent Collection are visiting NYC at the moment, playing Shea Stadium tonight (3/8) with Darlings, Field Mouse, and Honeydrum (info here, that's a good show!); and the previously-mentioned Cake Shop show on Saturday (3/9) with Italy's His Clancyness, Spires and former Get Him Eat Him frontman Matt LeMay.
Meanwhile, Cake Shop and Loglady will be in Austin next week for SXSW, co-presenting a showcase that happens Friday (3/15) at Trailerspace Records. Permanent Collection are playing, as are Part Time, California X, TV Ghost, Grandma's Boyfriend, Waxahatchee, and Dead Angle (ex-Tartans). It's a free show, all ages. More info here, and all Permanent Collection dates are listed, along with the Loglady/Cake Shop flyer, below.
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
California X at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned Amherst, MA rockers California X are releasing their impressive self-titled debut next week (1/15) via Don Giovanni. The album takes cues from hometown legends Dinosaur Jr. and packs an endlessly great punch of sludge guitars and earworm pop punk melodies. If you haven't got a chance to hear it yet, you can stream the entire thing over at SPIN, and two album tracks, "Pond Rot" and "Spider X," are below.
As mentioned, Cali X are playing a NYC show this Friday (1/11) which was previously at a TBA venue but we now know it will be at Acheron (57 Waterbury St) with No Sir I Wont, Bortgang, Nuclear Spring, and Yjajali. Tickets for Friday's show are on sale now.
Cali X will also be back in the NYC area for night 1 of the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, which takes place at Death by Audio on February 7 with Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for that one is $8 at the door. That showcase will be followed by two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, Lemuria, Stormshadow, and more (tickets for night 1, night 2, or both).
An updated list of dates and song streams below...