Entries tagged with: Callers
As mentioned, Callers are about to start a March residency at Williamsburg venue Union Pool and we now know the rest bills for each show. The kickoff show on March 7 features Olga Bell and TEEN; the March 14th show is with Fang Island; and on March 21 it's Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple and still-to-be-revealed "special guests." Tickets for each show are $8 and and advance tix for the 3/7 show are on sale now.
Flyer for the residency is below.
Brooklyn/Providence crew Callers released their third album, Reviver, last year via Partisan. Originally a collaboration between Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton, Callers are now a four-piece band and if you haven't heard the new album, you can stream it below via Spotify.
The band are gearing up for a March residency at Union Pool where they'll play the first three Thursdays in the month (3/7, 3/14, 3/21). Callers are promising some exciting guests to share the bill with for these shows, including Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, and Fang Island. As full line-ups (which will include "secret guests") and schedules haven't been finalized, we don't know which dates they are playing (maybe on the same bill, maybe not) but we'll keep you informed. No advance tickets as of right now.
Album stream below....
Callers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* The Big Pink @ Le Baron
* Diane Birch @ City Winery
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Drew Gasparini @ Joe's Pub
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Dirty Fences, haters @ The Flat
* Ghostlimb, Old Wounds, Descender @ Lit
* Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Wale, DJ Clark Kent, Black Cobain @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hippy, Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, Haybaby @ Glasslands
* King Charles the Martyr, Raccoon Fighter @ Mercury Lounge
* Callers, Sam Micken's Ecstatic Showband Revue @ Mercury Lounge
* Alexander Hacke, Martin Bisi, Valerie Kuehne, Paul Wallfisch, Little Annie, Sally Norvell @ The Delancey
Callers were supposed to play their album release show for Reviver at Mercury Lounge with Sam Mickens back in November but that show was cancelled due to weather and will take place at the same venue with the same lineup tonight (1/7). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
It's one of the final Precious Metal Mondays at Lit Lounge tonight, with Ghostlimb, Old Wounds and Descender, plus BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) as the night's DJ.
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Reunited Brit-poppers Suede, who are working on a new album called Bloodsports (due out this March), just revealed the first song from that album, "Barriers." Stream it below or you can download at their website.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.
Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.
Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!
Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.
Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.
The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.
ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.
DOWNLOAD: Callers - "Heroes" (MP3)
Callers at MHOW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Callers, who just wrapped up a tour with Wye Oak which hit the NYC area twice last week, are heading out this October as a support act for Dirty Projectors on their European tour. Upon returning home, they'll play a local show with fellow Brooklynites Sam Mickens Ecstatic Showband & Revue at Mercury Lounge on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (9/26) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/28) at noon. All Callers dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Callers will release their new album, Reviver, on October 9 via their new label, Partisan Records. You can grab the track "Heroes" off of that album above, or stream it below.
Sam Mickens is working on a new album too. It's titled Kayfabe: Laamb of G.O.D., and it was successfully funded on kickstarter earlier this month. The video for his 2011 single, "One Final Round," is below.
A list of all dates, song stream and video below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Wye Oak @ MHOW 9/20/2012 / the bouquet (via @wyeoak)
"Tonight is a very special night," Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak told the crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. "Tonight is the night I got flowers from Papa Roach."
As you may have seen, earlier this week Wasner participated in The AV Club's ongoing 'Hatesong' feature where they get musicians and other famous types to talk at length about a song they can't stand. Jenn chose Papa Roach's 2005 hit, "Scars," and was actually kind of sweet about it in the piece:
So, you know, it's cool to not like things, but I guess now that I'm sitting here staring at this guy's lyrics, because it's so heartfelt and like you said, it was a life-saving song, for some reason I feel like I'm having a hard time picking it apart the way that I do when I'm just laughing at it when I hear it.As happens in this internet age, things get around quickly and the article found it's way to Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix who had a good sense of humor about it (and apparently really liked the interview) and decided to send flowers to Wye Oak's dressing room last night. Wasner tweeted, "Ok fess the FUCK up WHO DID THIS?? Is this for real??" with a picture of the bouquet. "Yes It's For Real," replied Papa Roach who then further tweeted, "those are some pretty flowers! Haha all good girl.... Take care and good luck in this crazy biz we call show! Jacoby."
"The moral of the story is, if you talk shit, people will send you flowers." Wasner had the flowers on stage last night for Wye Oak's set, which came near the end of a summer-long tour that had them on the road with Dirty Projectors. The band play tonight (9/21) with current tourmates Callers in Hoboken at Maxwell's and tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from MHOW are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Callers at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
Brooklyn's Callers, who just played Union Pool last week (how was that?) recently signed to Partisan Records and will put out their new album, Reviver, on the label on October 9. The new single, "Howard 2 Hands," which you can stream below, sees them drifting even further from the folk-leaning sounds of their debut towards the pop direction they began toying with on 2010's Life of Love.
Callers have been added as an opener to fellow boy/girl duo Wye Oak's recently expanded tour, which was just expanded even further. After hitting NYC for the the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/20) show, the two bands will play another NYC area show at Maxwell's the next day (9/21). Tickets for both the MHOW show and the Maxwell's show are available.
A list of updated dates and that song stream are below.
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
Colin at SXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Avant-saxist Colin Stetson, who was just added to ATP NJ, has some other dates scheduled this summer. Those dates include a NYC show on August 12 at 92YTribeca with Callers. You can also catch Colin performing as part of Bon Iver's 9-piece band on Bon Iver's tour with The Rosebuds which includes sold out NYC shows at United Palace and Prospect Park in August. Colin also recorded on the recently released album which recently made No. 2 on Billboard.
The 92YTribeca show is after Callers finish up a tour with another weirdo-instrumentalist Nat Baldwin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but the Dirty Projectors member plays on July 29 at Union Pool with Nomo. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of weirdo-instrumentalists, Colin Stetson also tours with Emily Wells who "will crush any preconceived notions you ever had about classical music and hip hop". They don't play any dates together in NYC but Emily will play on July 12 at Tammany Hall, August 14 and 21 at Ace Hotel, and November 12 at St. Peter's Luterhan Church (at 9:30am and 4:45pm). Emily is also currently working on a new full length "Mama" and scoring a documentary film about the beat writer Richard Brautigan (author of cult classic Trout Fishing In America).
All tour dates for all artists mentioned here, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...
DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - "Civilian" (MP3)
Wye Oak @ Rock Shop on 1/27 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Wye Oak have announced more dates, and as predicted, they will return to NYC to headline Bowery Ballroom in April. The NYC date is April 14th, and with their tour-mates Callers. Look for tickets to go on sale this week.
Wye Oak are currently out on the road with Cold War Kids in Europe, and will kick off their next fun of North American dates a few days after they release Civilian on Merge Records (home of Grammy superstars Arcade Fire).
All tour dates are listed below...
Wye Oak @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
One day after they open for the Decemberists for three nights in a row at Beacon Theater, Wye Oak will play a private record release show at the intimate Rock Shop in Brooklyn. You can't buy tickets to the show, but I have four pairs that four lucky winners can win. Details on winning your way into the 1/27 show are below.
Wye Oak stay on the road with the Decemberists through February 4th (then Mountain Man take over as opener for Colin Meloy and gang). Wye Oak then get back on the road in March for four nights with Lower Dens whose only other announced show at the moment is February 25th gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg which goes on sale Friday at noon.
After playing with Lower Dens, Wye Oak will go out on tour with Callers who can also be found at Union Pool in Brooklyn on January 29th with Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors and Teen. Callers released an album called "Life of Love" via Western Vinyl in 2010.
Wye Oak's new album, Civilian, will be released by Merge Records on March 8th. You can pre-order it now. Lower Dens, who released their full length Twin-Hand Movement back in July, released a new single called "Batman" this week. You can listen to that song, with all tour dates for all bands and contest details below...
"To date, Luke Temple has been unconfined by genre. His full-length debut Hold a Match for a Gasoline World presented heartfelt folk tunes and expansive pop numbers filtered through a unique outsider perspective. Last year's follow-up Snowbeast was an avant statement full of interwoven light and dark imagery recorded entirely in his Brooklyn bedroom.The rebranded Luke Temple has a bunch of shows coming up including some with Department of Eagles which includes the sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on January 19th. There's also February 15th at Southpaw, March 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge, SXSW, and a whole bunch of non-NYC/Austin dates across the country, BUT FIRST the old-original-actual Luke Temple will be playing a solo show tonight, January 16th, at Le Poisson Rouge with Jonah Smith.
Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke's self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material. Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in." [says Luke's PR/bio]
Definitely check out the three tracks streaming at MySpace. All dates below...