Entries tagged with: Camera Obscura
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Camera Obscura @ LPR, 7/15/2014
Glasgow's Camera Obscura have been making charming indiepop for nearly 20 years, most recently on 2013's Desire Lines. The band toured with She & Him last year but are back for a short headlining trek as we speak, including two NYC shows with Laura Cantrell opening. The first of those was last night (7/15) at Le Poisson and we've got pictures and setlist from that in this post.
We're lucky to have them here as bassist Gavin Dunbar has his hands very full with a five-month-old son, which he talked about with Impose. Tonight (7/16), Camera Obscura and Laura Cantrell play Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is sold out. More pics from the LPR show below...
Camera Obscura @ Summerstage 2013 (more by P Squared)
Camera Obscura took time off after last year's tour with She & Him as bandmembers Tracyanne Campbell and Gavin Dunbar both became new parents. The band will be back in action this summer for a short North American tour that includes two NYC shows: Le Poisson Rouge on July 15 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 16. Tickets to both LPR and MHOW go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Camera Obscura will have a Record Store Day release -- a four-track EP titled Session which features the 4AD session the recorded in their hometown of Glasgow last summer. You can watch video of that session's "Break it to You Gently" below...
TV Ghost @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)
TV Ghost morphed from discordant post-punk noise to something much more textured on their new album Disconnect (stream it via Spotify). Their live show remains pretty intense, though, and the band have made their way through NYC a couple times this year already, and will do so again this month as part of their tour with Sweden's Holograms. That's a good double-bill and it hits Brooklyn on December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
The band have given us their Top 10 LPs of 2013. In democratic fashion, each of the five members picked two records. Check out their list below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
In the course of a given week, we post a lot of new videos on BrooklynVegan. For example, this week we gave you ones from Krill, Love Inks, Big Dick, Restorations and more. But there are lots more we don't get around to and that's where this post comes in. You can check out Mac DeMarco hosting the new episode of Weird Vibes from the 2013 Pitchfork Fest, plus videos from Anika, Just Blaze & Baauer, Youth Lagoon, Starred, Camera Obscura, These New Puritans, and a full live performance from Iceage at a festival in France.
All those can be watched below...
photos by P Squared Photography
She & Him / Camera Obscura
She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and Glasgow indie pop vets Camera Obscura just brought their tour through NYC for two nights at Central Park Summerstage. The first of those happened on Saturday (pictures here), and the second took place this past Monday (7/8). While the first night was plagued with scorching heat, it was rain that ended up affecting the second, with a summer cloudburst right after Camera Obscura's set, which luckily cleared up right before Zooey and M. Ward took the stage. Whew! Pictures of night 2 are in this post.
They continue below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
She & Him / Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage, 7/6/2013
"Is anyone here from Ottawa?" Deschanel asked at one point in the show, a reference to where She & Him played on July 4, and the kind of of course non sequitur fans might expect from the "New Girl" star and empress of all things quirk. Yet despite Deschanel's de rigueur bangs, made(well)-to-order attire and an overall sense of twee emanating from the stage, She & Him put on a very solid, low-key show, one that the band's fans seemed to enjoy even while sweating out of pores they likely didn't realize existed. (It was such a hot night in New York on Saturday that even the late Sidney Lumet would have said, "Too much.") - [Huffington Post]Despite that 90+ heat -- made a little more bearable by Summerstage's wooded surroundings -- folks did indeed come out on Saturday (7/6) for the cool sounds of She & Him who were smartly paired with their Merge labelmates Camera Obscura for their first of two shows at Central Park Summerstage. Pictures from that early evening show are in this post.
More pictures from Saturday's Summerstage show below...
Camera Obscura @ Grand Ballroom, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Frankie Rose Beverly @ Brooklyn Museum
Frankie's third album, Herin Wild, is reportedly in the can and will be out this fall. Let's hope she plays some of the new material tonight. This show is free with museum admission. UPDATE: Due to a "bummer situation," Frankie Rose won't be playing a solo set at Brooklyn Museum Today. HOWEVER, she will be playing with her other group, Beverly, with whom she plays drums.
Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales features acrobats, martial arts, and an array of contortionists. It makes its NYC debut tonight. Tickets are still available.
James Chance & The Contortions, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), R. Stevie Moore, Endless Boogie @ Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge hosts a great diverse bill tonight with sets from no wave legend James Chance, Liquid Liquid member Sal P, lo-fi godfather R. Stevie Moore, and bluesy rockers Endless Boogie.
Uncle Bad Touch @ Cake Shop
While members of Uncle Bad Touch used to be in Priestess, don't expect over-the-top riff rock. It's still riffy, but these Canadians are a little more in the blues-garage mold. Also on the bill: Denver's Sauna (who've released records on Burger) and Don't.
She & Him, Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage
She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) released their third album this year via Merge, and tonight they bring their tour to NYC for their first of two Central Park Summerstage shows. Glasgow indie pop vets Camera Obscura open both shows.
Camera Obscura (DJ Set) @ Ace Hotel
After their Summerstage set, Camera Obscura will head over to DJ the Ace Hotel's lobby. 10 PM, Free.
Escort (DJs), Body Language (DJ set) @ Glasslands
Brooklyn's many-membered disco orchestra Escort play live hometown shows a lot (like their recently announced Bowery Ballroom show), but tonight they'll be taking to the boards to DJ a Lazerpop party at Glasslands with fellow locals Body Language and Friendly Greg.
vintage Flamin' Groovies
Flamin' Groovies @ Bowery Ballroom
This is the first tour for the powerpop legends to feature guitarist Chris Wilson since 1981. Shake some action and check em' out. Paul Collins Beat, a well-matched opener, makes for a great double bill. Tickets are still available.
The Feelies @ Maxwell's
It's the final night of Hoboken indie rock legends playing at the soon-to-close legendary Hoboken indie rock haven. Like the two previous night, it's sold-out.
The Martinez Brothers, Kim Ann Foxman (DJ Set), DJ QU, Anthony Naples @ MoMa PS1
Warm Up continues today (doors at noon, 3 PM start) in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 with a house-oriented, local-ish bill.
Arthur's Landing, The Martinez Brothers, Kim Ann Foxman & more @ Output
After Warm Up, head to Output to keep the party going with The Martinez Brothers and Kim Ann Foxman (of Hercules and Love Affair), who will have just wrapped up Warm Up sets, along with Arthur Russell tribute band Arthur's Landing, who are made up entirely of Arthur's past collaborators.
Hot Natured, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Infinity Ink @ Terminal 5
The Warm Up and Output shows are pretty forward thinking and lower key, but for a more in-your-face immediate night of house music, you can head to Terminal 5 where the "supergroup" Hot Natured, will be doing a set of their poppy take on the genre, along with opening sets by each member.
Rioux, Kuhrye-oo, Kuxxan Suum @ Glasslands
For even more dance music, Brooklyn producer Rioux makes psychedelic electronic music that may not as much as much of a hop in your step as the three previous shows, but will certainly get your mind moving. Stream two of his recent tracks below, and if you like what you hear, check him out at Glasslands tonight.
Theophilus London, Les Nubians, Abaraki @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
This summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn shows continue today with sets from pop rapper Theophilus London, afro-soul duo Les Nubians, and Abaraki.
Wolf Eyes, Hubble, Foreplay, Soren @ Saint Vitus Bar
If Saint Vitus doing some remodling? No that's Detroit noise crew Wolf Eyes making a din. Dig into the dirge: tickets are still available.
Gigawatts Fest @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn DIY zine One Point Twenty One Gigawatts continues its two-day one year anniversary celebration tonight, featuring 10 worthy local acts. Day 2 has Heaven's Gate, Dead Stars, Grand Resort and more. Fun starts at 5 PM.
The Rascals @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Somewhere between a rock concert and a Broadway show, "The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream" tells the story of the band through their music. The show was written, produced and directed by their #1 fan, "Little" Steven Van Zandt with visuals from acclaimed lighting designer Marshall Brickman. Tickets are still available.
10,000 Maniacs @ City Winery
As we said on Friday, these jangle pop vets have been without their original singer, Natalie Merchant, and guitarist (Robert Buck, who died in 2000) for years now. But they continue to play, and you can catch them tonight at City Winery, playing their second of two release shows for Music from the Motion Picture, their first new album in 14 years.
Cayucas @ The Surf Lodge
If you're celebrating your 4th of July weekend in the Hamptons, it might be worth stopping by The Surf Lodge to catch this free show by pop strivers Cayucas.
Naam, Blackout, Kayo Dot @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
There was a time when you could hold your breath in between Naam performances. Those times are long gone now with the band taking to Europe heavily, but the US is still in their thoughts. Naam kicks off their North American tour tonight, joined by Blackout and Kayo Dot. Catch them now or in August, but Don't miss both... they might not be back for a while. You've been warned.
BV writer Bill Pearis will be DJing at South Street Seaport before a free outdoor screening of classic 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. Bill will spin tunes from 4 PM and the movie starts at 8 PM.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Camera Obscura @ Grand Ballroom, 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
We regret to announce that we have to cancel this initial run of dates due to family illness. Obviously this is very disappointing for us and we are sorry to those that were anticipating seeing us.The band's summer tour with She & Him (which hits NYC at Central Park Summerstage on July 6) is still on. Updated dates are below.
We haven't had a new Camera Obscura record since 2009's My Maudlin Career but that drought will end soon. The Glaswegians will release Desire Lines on June 4 via 4AD. The record was mostly made in Portland, OR last year with producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket). Says singer Tracyanne Campbell:
Of all our records this was pretty much the most challenging to write, partly because of the situation we found ourselves in with having to take such a long and uncertain amount of time out, but also because it would be record number five and we were getting harder and harder to please. Working in the US with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn't there before. We were also delighted to have Neko Case and Jim James sing on the record too. What a treat.Camera Obscura will be previewing some of Desire Lines' tracks at SXSW this year and, as mentioned, the band will stop in NYC on the way back for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 19 (sold out). The band will then be back this summer for the already-announced tour with She & Him that will hit our area for a show at Central Park Summerstage on July 6 and tickets to that are still available.
All 2013 Camera Obscura tour dates are below...
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's collaborative She & Him project will be releasing their new album, Volume 3, on May 7 via Merge. The album features 14 tracks (three of which are covers) and guest musicianship from Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, Pierre de Reeder (Rilo Kiley), Tom Hagerman (Devotchka), and Joey Spampinato (NRBQ). That's the cover art above and you can check out the tracklist below.
She & Him will support the album on a tour with Camera Obscura which comes to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage on July 6. Tickets for that show go on presale Wednesday (1/30) at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (2/1) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
You can also catch Camera Obscura in NYC much sooner at their own, smaller show when they play the previously discussed show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 19. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, album tracklist, and a video of She & Him playing "You Really Got a Hold On Me" below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Camera Obscura at Grand Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Camera Obscura have been keeping pretty quiet lately. The Glasgow indie poppers haven't released an album since 2009's My Maudlin Career and haven't toured since 2010. They haven't announced any formal plans for 2013 yet but perhaps something is stirring over at the Camera Obscura camp because just yesterday (1/10) they were revealed as one of the bands playing SXSW, and they've now just announced a post-SXSW happening in NYC on March 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (1/14) at 10 AM.
We're not aware of any other dates at the moment. The video for "French Navy" from My Maudlin Career is below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
photos by Jessica Amaya
One day after they played the Brooklyn Flea, Camera Obscura headlined Grand Ballroom (with the addition of a string section) as part of their current tour with The Love Language. More pictures and the headliner's setlist from last night's show (6/7), below...
the Brooklyn Flea @ 1 Hanson Place - 6/6/2010 (Dean Keim)
"Camera Obscura may not be Brooklyn natives, but many of the borough's residents braved the heated Vault inside the Brooklyn Flea to see the Scottish pop band play a free pop-up show on Sunday. The show was the first of many shows the weekly flea market plans to host this summer.Sunday's show was the first of two that Camera Obscura will play in NYC while they're here. The next is tonight (6/7) at Grand Ballroom with The Love Language. Videos from the Flea, below...
"There's more people [here] than we anticipated, so that's nice," frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell told the crowd as the band got ready to play their set.
In addition to the 30-minute show, local ice cream shop Blue Marble gave away free scoops of "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song 'The Sweetest Thing.' Camera Obscura got into the flea market spirit by setting up their own shop and selling limited edition t-shirts and tote bags designed especially for the day's event along with typical band merch." [Spinner]
Camera Obscura @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
Camera Obscura will pay a visit to Brooklyn Flea on Sunday, June 6th to play a set at the market one day before their June 7th gig at NYC's Grand Ballroom (for which tickets are still on sale). Their 2pm performance will be the first live music at the Flea's Downstairs in the Vault location (located at One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank, near BAM/Atlantic Center) (the same place the recent National BAM after-party was held).
[Camera Obscura] will also set up their very own table and will sell their wares, including some items created especially for this event. Since you can't have an "ice cream social" without ice cream, our friends at Blue Marble Ice Cream will be joining in the fun and have created a special flavor in the band's honor - "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song "The Sweetest Thing" - available with or without honey - in honor of the band's song "Honey In The Sun"!Camera Obscura will be on a short tour the US following their Sasquatch Festival appearance on May 31st. The Love Language are opening the Grand Ballroom show and others on the tour (plus their own headlining NYC show on July 15th - tickets are on sale).
Camera Obscura also has a new 7" out.
Released on May 17, 2010, 'The Nights Are Cold' b/w 'The Sweetest Thing' is a release they've put together in honour of Richard Hawley, as he has been one of their favourite artists for years. The A-Side features them covering his 'The Nights Are Cold' while the AA is Richard's own remix of their 'The Sweetest Thing' (taken from their My Maudlin Career album of last year).The cover art, videos of the band, and tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Love Language - Heart to Tell (MP3)
The Love Language @ BV Loft during CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
North Carolina' s The Love Language are gearing up for the release of their Merge debut, Libraries, due July 13th. A song from that is above. Around that release date the band will play a few small east coast headlining shows. Those include Mercury Lounge in NYC on July 15th with Arms, Pepper Rabbit and Tim Poovey. Tickets are now on sale.
Before then, the group will hit the road for another short string of dates, but this time as opener for their not-labelmates Camera Obscura (they used to be on Merge, but are now on 4AD). That includes the show at Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center on June 7th. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below.
On June 20th they're playing the Taste Of Randolph Street Festival in Chicago with Superchunk who also have two NYC shows and other tour dates coming up.
All Love Language tour dates, the new album cover and tracklist, and a video of frontman Stuart McLamb and producer B.J. Burton snowed in at the studio are below...
photos by Rachel Carr
"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...
The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.
Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...
Camera Obscura @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Camera Obscura will visit North America in April for a tour that hits Coachella and Sasquatch and keeps them on the road into June. The NYC show is currently the final show of the tour and happens at Grand Ballroom on June 7th. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday, April 2nd at noon. All dates below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
A small group huddled around Kenny McKeeve and Gavin Dunbar not long after Camera Obscura's sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (11/22). One globe-trotting fan from Toronto had recently seen and met the band in Barcelona and Glasgow on their recent tour across Europe prompting McKeeve to quip, "You've clocked a lot of miles, haven't you?"
Yet, the same could be said for Camera Obscura. It's hard to think of 2009 as a breakthrough year for a band that's been around in some form since 1996 with several critically-hailed records under its belt. But that's precisely what it was. They produced one of the finest records in 2009 - My Maudlin Career (4AD) - crossing the globe almost non-stop in support. They sold out four shows in New York City in venues of various sizes, made their US late-night television debut (video below), turned out three smartly done videos and still have more touring lined up at the start of next year.
The band showed no effects of their exhaustive schedule on Sunday. And there were several stretches where leadsinger Tracyanne Campbell could have not sung at all such was the crowd's voice on several of the songs, most notably, "French Navy". "Good singing," said Campbell after the song.
The crowd, which spanned from scenesters to indie pop kids and beyond, shook off pretensions and danced to all the upbeat numbers like "Honey In The Sun" and "Let's Get Out of This Country" while couples swayed and held onto each other during slower songs like "James" and "Pen and Notebook." It was timeless pop executed in winning fashion by a band performing at the top of their game.
On December 8th...
...they will be releasing a holiday single [via 4AD]! 'The Blizzard' will be available as a 7" & digital single with the album track 'Swans' as the b-side. 'The Blizzard' is a pretty dour song as far as "holiday" tunes are concerned. It was written by country artist Jim Reeves and is about a gentleman trying to get home to a gal named Mary Anne. He's riding a lame pony in a blizzard, and, well - it doesn't have a happy ending. He ends up just 100 yards short - ie: freezing to death before he gets there.That's the cover art there to the right. Listen to "The Blizzard" in a YouTube below.
Papercuts is on tour with the band until December 3rd and opened this Brooklyn show. More pictures, the CO setlist, and all dates, below...