Entries tagged with: Captured Tracks
Woods @ P4K Fest 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Woods' new album was released With Light And Love was released this week. Pitchfork's Ian Cohen writes:
Similar to the Men's Tomorrow's Hits and Future Islands' Singles, other 2014 albums by respected "lo-fi" bands recording in a "real studio", With Light and With Love is a reminder that while Woods' hard-touring, road-dog reputation has solidifed their fanbase, people show up in the first place because the band can write great songs.Stream the whole album via Spotify below, and pick one up in an actual record store this Saturday aka Record Store Day. In fact, maybe you want to pick it up at the Captured Tracks Shop where:
they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a leisurely noon for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.More NYC Record Store Day options and events in our NYC guide.
Once acquainted with the record, come help Woods celebrate on one of their upcoming tour dates or at their BrooklynVegan-presented record release show happening on Tuesday (4/22) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show we put together with Weyes Blood, Cassie Ramone and The Woolen Men also on the bill, not to mention recent addition DJ Bill Pearis. Tickets, first come first served at the door, are just $3 if you RSVP. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured below.
The Baby's flyer, album stream and all tour dates 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...
by Bill Pearis
When it comes to the '80s era of New Zealand indie label Flying Nun, one of the undisputed stone-cold classics is The Verlaines' "Death and the Maiden," a song that has become a touchstone for countless indie rock bands since it's release 30 years ago. Fueled by the heartfelt, literate, twistily-melodic songs of frontman Graeme Downes, The Verlaines band went on to release a series of classic albums -- and Downes still fronts the band today (Untimely Meditations came out last year).
As part of their partnership with Captured Tracks, Flying Nun will be reissuing two Verlaines classics next on December 3: the band's 1985 debut album, Hallelujah All the Way Home, and Juvenilia, which compiled some of the band's early singles and EPs (and contains "Death and the Maiden"). Both records have been remastered and include bonus art. Hallelujah all the Way Home has the original insert and a reproduction of a poster from the time; the Juvenilia LP has a 10-page booklet with flyers posters and liners. The CD and digital of Juvenilia has bonus tracks from early EP's/7''s that weren't included on the original album. If you buy both together you get a Verlaines tote bag.
Tracklists for both are listed, along with streams from both, below...
photo by Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan Instagram
Still underway as I type this, the two-day Captured Tracks Festival happening this Labor Day Weekend at The Well in Bushwick featured a very special set on Sunday by a label supergroup dubbed Shitfather, featuring Cole Smith (Diiv), Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing) and Mac DeMarco. That's them pictured above.
They did two songs by Cleaners from Venus ("Only a Shadow" and "Victoria Grey") whose records have been reissued on CT, brought out a couple of the Craft Spells guys for two of their songs, covered The Wake's "Pale Spectre" (with Cole dressed in drag as Charli from Blouse) and then did two Blank Dogs songs ("Setting Fire to Your House," "Tin Birds").
More about the whole fest later, but you can check out video of "Pale Spectre" and "Tin Birds" from Sunday, plus one of Mac DeMarco playing "Rock and Roll Nightclub" on Saturday at the Well (the first day of the fest), below...
Danny Brown at 2013 Afro Punk Fest (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Even though the season doesn't official end until September 21, Labor Day (9/2) is generally seen as the end of summer and the last chance for NYers to get out of town and relax. Mind you some people find a half-empty city just as relaxing as a beach, and for those who will be in town this weekend there are lots of live music options. Head below for our Top 10 Labor Day Weekend music picks...
by Bill Pearis
Last month, LA duo Soft Metals released Lenses, their second album for Captured Tracks. The record is loaded blue steel minimal synth grooves and breathy vocals, the perfect for you next trip to Mega-City One. You can stream single "Tell Me" and watch the video for the album's title track below.
Soft Metals (not to be confused with their labelmates The Soft Moon) will be in NYC next weekend for the Captured Tracks CT5 Fifth Anniversary festival that happens at The Well. They play the second night (September 1) which also features Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak and Blouse, and tickets are still available. The date is part of a late-summer tour for the duo and all dates are listed below.
Speaking of CT5, there is now a free kickoff party happening on Thursday, August 29 at Topsider Bar at South Street Seaport (right by Smorgasbar). The night starts with an Other Music-sponsored listening party for Blouse's new album, and will then feature DJ sets from Anthony Naples and Lemonade. That starts early (6:30 PM). Flyer for that party is below.
All dates are listed, along with streams and flyer, below...
CT5 Prize Patrol: Mac Demarco & Dustin Payseur
As mentioned, the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary festival (CT5) is coming up in two week at Brooklyn's The Well on August 31 and September 1 featuring DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more. Tickets are still available in various permutations: either as single day (8/31 here; 9/1 here), two-day passes or the ultra-two-day pass that comes with a goodie bag of exclusive stuff. For more on the fest, the label has just released a promo video starring Mac DeMarco and Dustin from Beach Fossils in unbridled form. That's a still from it above, and you can watch it below.
Captured Tracks is also throwing a contest through a few different local record stores where you can win a pair of tickets to the show as well as some special prizes, like "donuts/coffee with Mac DeMarco." List of participating stores (and the prizes) are below.
And don't forget that shoegazers Medicine, whose new album came out this week on Captured Tracks, play their first NYC show in eons tonight (8/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Weekend and Leverage Models. Tickets are still available.
CT5 video and contest store locations below...
by Bill Pearis
The new Earwax
Rising rents in Williamsburg is shifting around the neighborhood's retail landscape. Sound Fix closed on Record Store Day and, a few weeks ago, Earwax left its longtime home of Bedford & N. 5th. (They were one of the first residents in the "mini-mall" there.) The store, which had been on Bedford Ave for 22 years (and at least 10 in the N. 5th space), moved to 167 North 9th St. which is just off Bedford and right next to Japanese market Midoriya. It's maybe a little smaller than the old Earwax, but the space is nice and it's mostly vinyl now (though they do still have some CDs.), plus they sell vintage turntables and receivers.
Meanwhile, another Williamsburg record store is on the move. in early September, Academy Records Annex will vacate its current N. 6th St. locale and be moving to Greenpoint: specificaly, 83 Oak St. (between Franklin and West St.). Academy owner Mike Davis told Greenpointers the new spot is about the same size as its current locations, with "20 foot ceilings and a ton of windows. It'll actually be a better space when the smoke clears and the dust settles."
Only a few blocks from the new Academy Annex will be, the Captured Tracks Store, which is due to open sometime soon at 195 Calyer. (Hopefully in time for C/T's 5th Anniversary fest.) Label head (and former Academy employee) Mike Sniper spoke with Billboard and what we can expect:
Well it's going to be a legit, good record store. I don't just want it to be Captured Tracks stuff, I want it to be all kinds of things -- tons of off label stuff from all genres and every other prominent indie label out there, plus tons of reissues. I've been going on buying trips and buying lots of collections from London and other places and they're piling and piling up. Having come from a record store background, it was pretty easy for me to do that anyway. I don't want to do in-stores, but there will definitely be artist appearances and signings and stuff like that. There will be some cool things that you can only get in the store and we'll have a good stock of trade publications as well.In addition to records, the Captured Tracks Store with have "art books and prints and equipment, like vintage pedals, synthesizers and amps." The opening of this does not mean the end of affiliated record store Co-Op 87 (87 Guernsey). It's staying open.
The wild card, of course, is Rough Trade NYC, which is still TBA.
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.
Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.
What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?
I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]
In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.
Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.
Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Mac DeMarco / Thieves Like Us @ MHOW, 10/24/2012
Mac DeMarco was one of this year's CMJ's more entertaining players, his shows a mix of solid musicianship, and gleefully anarchic humor. No place was this more on display than the Captured Tracks official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) where he made jokes about his anatomy, flung himself into the crowd and made out with a (random?) girl near the stage. And some great songs too (his Mac DeMarco II had come out that week), with a backing band that could actually, y'know, play.
Less of an impression was made with the two previous bands. Dance outfit Thieves Like Us had it together but mostly lacked that certain something to make it special, though "Drugs in My Body" sounded great and the've come a long way from when I saw them open for New Young Pony Club in 2006. Openers Dignan Porch, making their first trip from the UK, were fine but not the most engaging live act.
We missed headliners DIIV (we've seen them a few times this year already) but there are more pics from DeMarco, Thieves Like Us and Dignan Porch (who are in Austin tonight [10/24]) below.
DOWNLOAD: Naomi Punk - "Burned Body" (MP3)
Wild Nothing at Pier 84 in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Captured Tracks labelmates Wild Nothing and DIIV are currently wrapping up their tour together, which kicked off about a month after both bands supported Grimes (who plays Basilica tonight) at her River Rocks show. Upon returning home, as mentioned, DIIV will be headlining the Captured Tracks CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Mac DeMarco, Thieves Like Us, and Dignan Porch (tickets).
Wild Nothing isn't on that show, but they'll play their own NYC show just after CMJ ends at Bowery Ballroom on October 21. Like he's doing at DIIV's MHOW show, Captured Tracks glam star Mac DeMarco will open this show, as will killer Tampa post-punks Merchandise, who just played three NYC shows. The show was just announced at noon and tickets went right on sale. All Wild Nothing dates are listed below.
Speaking of Captured Tracks, the label just signed Olympia, WA trio Naomi Punk, who shared a bill with Nude Beach in NYC last month. The label will re-release their debut LP, The Feeling, digitally on October 16 and physically on November 20. You can download that album's single, "Burned Body," above or watch its video below.
That video and an updated list of Wild Nothing dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Cold Showers - Violent Cries (MP3)
Los Angeles' Cold Showers are currently on tour, playing Glasslands tonight (9/20) with The Soft Moon and ERAAS on their way to the Pop Montreal which started last night and runs through the weekend. Tickets are still available.
After Pop Montreal, Cold Showers will head back across the Canadian border, playing the Midwest before heading back to NYC to play WIERD night at Home Sweet Home on October 2. It will be a release party for Cold Showers' debut album, Love and Regret, which comes out 10/9 on Mexican Summer. Recalling late-'80s bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Sisters of Mercy, it's dark and brooding but with ample hooks and melody, perfect for the fall weather ahead. The group just released a new track from the album, "Violent Cries," which you can download above or stream below along with previously-released "BC."
Meanwhile, ERAAS' self-titled debut will be out October 2 and is on the shadowier side of the street, relying on heavy atmosphere, tribal rhythms and plaintive vocals to pull the listener into their world. You can stream a couple tracks from their album below. ERAAS will also open for San Francisco post punks Weekend at Cameo on Tuesday (9/25) (rescheduled from August) and tickets to that show are still available.
And headliners The Soft Moon release their second album, Zeros, on October 30. Like their debut, it owes more than a little to mid-'80s 4AD and WaxTrax! discographies and is maybe even more creepy/claustrophobic than their first, loaded with driving, watery basslines and deep-freeze synths. Check out recently-released track "Insides" from the album below. If you can't make it to the show tonight, The Soft Moon will be back to play Bowery Ballroom on October 30 with Pop. 1280 and Group Rhoda. Tickets are still available.
by Bill Pearis
DIIV at River Rocks, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
DIIV will headline the Captured Tracks CMJ showcase which is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Mac DeMarco, Thieves Like Us, and Dignan Porch rounding out the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
DIIV are currently on tour with their labelmates Wild Nothing, while Mac DeMarco's tour has him making his way across the South and Southwest. Mac Demarco's new album, Mac Demarco 2, will be out October 16 and you can stream a track from it below.
Meanwhile, this will be the first-ever tour for London's Dignan Porch whose second album, Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen, came out earlier this month. Melodic and jangly, the album should appeal to fans of early Go-Betweens and Flying Nun (as well as Jay Reatard's less vitriolic side). You can stream the whole album at Spotify. In addition to the Captured Tracks showcase, both Dignan Porch and Mac DeMarco will play the Panache CMJ showcase on October 19 at Public Assembly with Twerps, Turbofruits and more.
And not to be left out, multinational dance combo Thieves Like Us (yes, named after New Order's song which was named after a movie) will be playing a few North American dates in October beginning at Glasslands on 10/11 with Heavenly Beat and New Myths. (Tickets are on sale.) If you haven't checked out the group's album, Bleed Bleed Bleed, from earlier this year it blends aloof Italo cool with a little more of a beating heart than you might get with that scene. You can stream it at Spotify.
Chances are all four of these bands will add additional CMJ-week shows to their schedule so keep your eyes peeled as the fest gets closer. Tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Chris Cohen - "Caller No.99" (MP3)
Vermont-via-LA musician Chris Cohen, who has been a touring/contributing member of Deerhoof, Cryptacize, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti, Danielson, and White Magic, among others, is set to release his debut solo album, Overgrown Path, on September 25 via Captured Tracks. So far, Chris has revealed two cuts from the album, "Optimist High" and "Caller No.99," both addictive doses of psychedelic pop that should appeal to fans of the late '60s or any of the other more recent bands who channel that era. You can stream the both below and download "Caller No.99" above.
Chris will play a record release show for the album in NYC at Glasslands on September 27 with fellow psych pop band Blanche Blanche Blanche, Sara Magenheimer and DJ sets by Katie Garcia (Captured Tracks) and Dustin Paysuer (Beach Fossils). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
DIIV last month at Austin's Red 7 (more by Tim Griffin)
DIIV (formerly Dive, we'll stop saying it soon) dropped another new track from their upcoming debut Oshin, out June 26 on Captured Tracks. Like the rest of the album, "Doused" (that recently got "Best New Track" over at Pitchfork). was recorded with the full band (early singles were just Cole Smith) and definitely gives you a good idea of what they're like live these days -- dark, driving, ever-moving. You can stream it below.
DIIV, who are growing more popular by the second, aren't playing 17 shows a week anymore. The band wrapped up a tour with Frankie Rose recently at Mercury Lounge (and then snuck in a secret show at Glasslands much later the same night...3AM or so) but have otherwise left their summer mostly open. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Bowl on May 24 as part of a Hype Machine-presented night that also features The High Highs, Killer Mike and Beat Culture. It's free with RSVP.
Otherwise, DIIV have two other scheduled NYC shows at this point: the June 23 record release party at Glasslands and August 9 River Rocks show with Grimes and Wild Nothing. They also have a few dates scheduled with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who meanwhile play GoogaMooga this weekend. All tour dates are listed with the song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
DIIV, pre-name change, at Red 7 in Austin, April 14 (more Tim Griffin)
While currently busy out on the road supporting Frankie Rose, Dive have changed their name to DIIV. While Allmusic.com lists about 10 artists with the name Dive, Cole Smith tells Pitchfork that the spelling change comes specifically "out of respect" to the Dive that was the pseudonymn of German industrial musician Dirk Ivens. "A name is nothing," Smith told Pitchfork. "I don't really give a fuck what the band is called. I originated this project in a bedroom with no internet and didn't know it would ever leave." Whether the rest of his apartment or his phone had the internet and access to Google.com is undetermined at this time.
DIIV's tour with Frankie Rose, recently hit the Mohawk in Austin and wraps up this Saturday (5/5) with a sold-out at Mercury Lounge that also features Scotland's Spectrals and ex-Team Robespierre duo Black Marble. The band's debut album, Oshin, is out June 26 and you can stream a new song from it, "Doused," at the bottom of this post. DIIV (who played our Hotel Vegan parties during SXSW this year) will headline a record release show at Glasslands on June 23 and tickets are on sale now.
After the record release show, DIIV's only other scheduled show is opening for Grimes and Wild Nothing at Hudson River Rocks on August 9 (DIIV was just added to that bill). Click though for all DIIV tour dates and the stream of "Doused."..
by Bill Pearis
Oshin cover art
Local upstarts Dive have just announced details of their debut album, Oshin, which is out June 26 on Captured Tracks. You can download the album's first single "How Long Have You Known?" at the top of this post, which was crowned Best New Track by Pitchfork today. Dive are playing Le Poisson Rogue tonight (4/6), opening for legendary NYC post punk act Bush Tetras, and will soon be hitting the road with Frankie Rose. (NYC date is May 5.) All Dive tour dates are below.
In addition to the Best New Track nod, the Pitchfork-Dive love can also be seen with a new "Rising" Q&A with frontman Zachary Cole Smith who also spends time playing guitar in Beach Fossils:
Beach Fossils is a big influence on me just because [Beach Fossils leader] Dustin [Payseur] is one of my best friends, and I really respect him musically. But I have not written or played on any Beach Fossils material that people have heard. It's funny to think about the two projects being linked in that way, because to almost every single person who has listened to Beach Fossils, there's no actual connection.I don't know if I'd go that far -- Dive's first single "Sometimes" had Beach Fossils fingerprints all over it -- but anyone who's seen the band play recently (maybe at our day party in Austin last month) knows that Dive has really come into their own sound and are one of the most exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now (according to this writer). Unlike the early singles, which were Cole Smith on his own, Oshin was recorded with the whole band. Before that, Dive will release non-LP single, "Geist," on April 24. The A-side is downloadable at Pitchfork, and you can grab the b-side -- a cover of Kurt Cobain demo "Bambi Slaughter" -- above.
Dive at "Hotel Vegan" (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Click through for Oshin's tracklist, plus all upcoming Dive tour dates and a video for Bush Tetra's classic "Too Many Creeps".....
The Soft Moon at 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Soft Moon (aka the main project of Luis Vasquez) posted the following to his facebook last week: "New album nearing completion!!! I'll announce a release date soon!!!" The album will presumably be out on Captured Tracks, who released his self titled debut LP and the Total Decay EP.
Hopefully the album will see a release before The Soft Moon's just-announced Brooklyn show, which takes place on May 31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.
The only other North American date we're currently aware of is when The Soft Moon opens for Mogwai in Boston on 6/16 as part of Mogwai's upcoming tour.
UPDATE: Despite what the Live Nation show listing says, we found out The Soft Moon are not opening for Mogwai in Boston or anywhere.
That tour hits NYC right before the Boston show at Webster Hall on June 14 and 15 but no openers for those shows have been announced yet. Tickets for both are still available.
All dates and The Soft Moon's video for "Total Decay" below...
DOWNLOAD: Beach Fossils - "Shallow" (MP3)
Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco, who has an upcoming Brooklyn show opening for labelmates Beach Fossils at MHOW on 3/2, just scheduled his own show, which will happen one day later at Glasslands (3/3). Tickets for that show are on sale now, and UPDATE: Widowspeak and Quilt are now listed as playing the show too. You can stream a Mac DeMarco track below.
Speaking of Beach Fossils, they're set to release the "Shallow" 7" b/w "Lessons" on February 21 via Captured Tracks. You can stream that track below and download it above.
Songs and dates, including the lineup of the Captured Tracks SXSW showcase, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis
Blouse @ 285 Kent
Captured Tracks took over 285 Kent Tuesday night, featuring three bands from their roster, as well as one that they merely liked a whole lot. I'm not sure if it sold out, but it was a full house by the end of the evening and a pretty fun night all-around.
Last time Blouse were in town, the band were a five-piece with a lead guitarist who really had that early U2/Chameleons sound down, which took the band into more "rock" territory than what you hear on their synth-heavy debut. Last night, Blouse were a quartet with the keyboards back in the forefront. Charline Hilton is charismatic front person who is no slouch, on guitar and the whole band are pretty tight in general. Blouse are best when they break out of the dreamy midtempo sound that makes up so much of their album: the driving "Time Travel" is probably their best song, but it's the cinematic "They Always Fly Away," that really impresses. In 285's airplane hangar acoustics, the song goes widescreen.
Cosmetics probably were the most successful group of the night at least as far as marriage of sound to space. The Montreal duo's icy, desolate beat -- made by vintage synths and sequencers cranked really loud -- sounded great bouncing off the metal ceiling and concrete walls, and fit the overall bombed-out Berlin warehouse vibe of the place. (The duo, all popped collar leather jackets and model-pretty, looked the part too.) From the bathroom they sounded like a munitions factory...in a good way.
Not that successful were The New Lines, the one non-Captured Tracks band on the bill, who haven't quite figured it out live. Their album, one of my 2012 favorites, is chilly baroque pop densely layered with harpsichord and all manner of analogue synths. It would be hard to pull off even under the best of conditions, something 285 Kent doesn't exactly afford, but even harder when you're only three members strong and your very good drummer can't hear the backing tracks. While they don't necessarily need the sonic precision their studio recordings have, a live bassist laying down the record's grooves would help immeasurably towards filling things out sonically. They did, however, have really cool psychedelic projections.
I got to 285 just a hair late to catch opener Heavenly Beat, the solo project of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena whose second single "Faithless" is like a lost 7" from some early-00's Swedish indiepop band. I think both sides are terrific. From what I was told, Heavenly Beat live is currently just Pena onstage with a laptop/ipod backing and not doing a whole lot, so maybe I didn't miss much. He plays this Saturday (2/4) at Cake Shop with fellow C/T band DIVE, plus Caged Animals and Fabric which is a pretty good bill overall.
More pictures from all the bands, including a shot of Blouse's setlist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks is presenting a show at 285 Kent on January 31 with Blouse, Cosmetics, The New Lines, Beige, and Mosaics. More details on this show are below.
Blouse, who we said to check out when they made their NYC debut this past September, released their excellent self-titled debut LP this past November on Captured Tracks (you can buy it on eMusic). The 285 Kent show is Blouse's last North American show before heading out on a European tour in February. All dates are listed below.
In other Captured Tracks news, they launched The Shoegaze Archives in late November, a new series where the label will reissue some of the more obscure releases of the '90s shoegaze era. So far, they've reissued releases by Should, deardarkhead, and Grabbel and The Final Cut. Reissues by Medicine and Half String are on the way. All of these releases are/will be available at the Captured Tracks webstore.
In more Captured Tracks news, last week, they announced their most recent signing; Mac DeMarco, who previously recorded under the moniker Makeout Videotapes. He'll release his debut EP under his own name for the label, Rock and Roll Night Club, on March 20. Mac's guitar has a real '60s garage rock feel to it but he sings with a seductive baritone that recalls '80s new romanticism as much as it does a '50s rockabilly croon. Grab the track, "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans," from the EP above, and stream two more tracks at bandcamp. You can also stream the track below.
All dates, 285 Kent show details and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - "Total Decay" (MP3)
At the tail end of 2010, San Francisco's Luis Vasquez released a self titled debut LP on Captured Tracks under the name The Soft Moon. The album embodies the gothy side of '80s post-punk and industrial, but with a greater interest in dark atmospheres than many of the poppier post-Interpol bands who cite early Factory Records and 4AD artists as influences. Luis Vasquez has since brought in bassist Justin Anastasi, drum machine/synth player Damon Way, and Ron Robinson on visuals to fill out The Soft Moon's lineup. You can grab two songs off the LP HERE.
The Soft Moon are following that album with an EP titled Total Decay, which they're aptly releasing on Halloween via Captured Tracks. The EP's title track, which you can download above, will send you into an even more unsettling trance than the full length. The atmospheres are just as heavy, but instead of the Joy Division-esque beats that filled out most of The Soft Moon, on "Total Decay" they sound like the occult practices of a tribal drum circle.
Speaking of Mogwai, they released the Earth Division EP this past Tuesday (9/13) on Sub Pop. The EP includes the track "Get To France," which you can stream below, along with the album art and tracklist. You can also order the album as a 12" EP or CD at the Sub Pop webstore.
All dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
Portland's dreamy trio Blouse are playing their first NYC show at Glasslands on September 15, opening for Unkown Mortal Orchestra. (Woven Bones and Man/Miracle also play.) It's their only NYC show too, though others may be added?
Blouse currently have singles out on Sub Pop and Captured Tracks. The latter will be putting out their debut album this fall and like a lot of C/T bands, Blouse channel the John Hughes '80s: icy synths, moody basslines, delay-pedal guitars and big catchy choruses. You can stream a few songs at the bottom of this post.
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - You Should Close the Door (MP3)
Beach Fossils at 285 Kent Ave (more by Jessica Amaya)
Beach Fossils have the new What a Pleasure EP due on March 8th via Captured Tracks (out on iTunes now), and the band is heading to SXSW in celebration. Shortly after that, they'll team up with their labelmates Craft Spells for a US tour that will kick off with two NY shows. The first is on April 7th at Stony Brook University. The next is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 8th. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday. All dates are below.
Seattle's Craft Spells' self-titled LP is due March 29th on Captured Tracks (update: grab an MP3 above), and the band can also be seen supporting Cloud Nothings at Glasslands on April 9th, one day after the Music Hall show (Beach Fossils take that night off). Tickets are on sale.
For Cloud Nothings, that Glasslands show is one date of a month+ tour that also includes SXSW, dates with Toro y Moi and a late show at Mercury Lounge on April 12th. Cloud Nothings' debut self-titled full length is out now on Carpark Records. Check out the video for "Should Have" below.
All tour dates and videos below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Yuck - Rubber (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yuck - Georgia (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darlings - Big Girl (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - Tiny Spiders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Soft Moon - Breath the Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Generationals - Trust (MP3s)
Darlings @ the Shank for CMJ 2010 (more by Andrew St Clair)
Dang it! Yuck are still having trouble getting into our country, cancelling tonight's show at Mercury Lounge. But tomorrow's show (1/26) at Glasslands is still on, and I'm gonna write this with fingers crossed. You can still get tickets to tomorrow's show.
Yuck's self-titled debut is due out February 15 and is full of the kind of warm and fuzzy indie rock that will remind certain 30-somethings of their college years listening to Sebadoh, Teenage Fanclub and Bettie Serveert. (They also remind me of underrated mid-aughts band The Comas.) You can check out two songs above. I am super-psyched to see them.
The Glasslands show tomorrow is especially enticing. Darlings don't get enough attention, as they're one of the more tuneful bands we have in this town, and they're always good live. Above you can check out the A-side to their "Big Girl" 7" which was released late last year on Famous Class. They've got a new EP, Warmer, due out any minute. Fergus & Geronimo and Total Slacker too. Solid line-up.
Yuck, if they make it into the country, tour with Smith Westerns and then will back in March for SXSW. All Yuck dates are below. With the trouble they have, maybe they just shouldn't leave.
Also making their NYC debut this week are San Francisco's The Soft Moon who play the Wierd Party at Home Sweet Home tomorrow night (1/26) and at Monster Island on Friday (1/28) as part of an all-Captured Tracks line-up that includes Blank Dogs, Widowspeak and Further Reductions.
You can check out two tracks from The Soft Moon's debut LP which is pretty much in "classic goth" territory: relentless beats, watery bass, whispered vocals. It's all very Clan of Xymox which is a good thing if you ask me. As to what they're like live...we'll see. From footage I've seen on YouTube, they don't seem to have a drummer which is too bad, but otherwise seem to play most everything else live. I really dig the album, looking forward to this one.
Unless you don't have to get up at a normal hour on Thursday (bands don't play till 1am at Wierd), Monster Island is probably the way to go. Plus it's more klang for your buck. I caught Widowspeak last week and thought they were pretty good, not dissimilar to YellowFever (who have a show coming up with Wild Flag by the way). Blank Dogs have finally figured out a workable live line-up, and I'm curious about Further Reductions (side project of Led Er Est) whose 7" on Captured Tracks is superior minimal synth.
There is really too much going on this week. Did you manage to get tickets to one of the two Peter Bjorn & John shows? (Thursday 1/27 at Santos, Friday 1/28 at The Rock Shop) These should be fun.
I think the surprise success of "Young Folks" was a blessing and a curse for PB&J. Here's a group that made cute, very good guitar indiepop and who probably would still be playing small clubs if it wasn't for that mega-smash that sounded like nothing the band had done before? In their case, they made an all-instrumental album (2008's Seaside Rock) and then 2009's ambitious Living Thing that was pretty good, but sounded more like a demo reel for Bjorn Yttling's production resume than something they thought about how they were going to play live.
Working with an outside producer for the first time (Per Sunding who some of you may know from excellent '90s indiepop Swedes Eggstone), Gimmie Some is the return of Peter Bjorn & John sounding like themselves again. It also sounds like three guys playing live, which bodes well for these shows, and is their best collection of songs, hands down, since Writers Block. In addition to adrenalyzed first taste "Breaker Breaker" (video below), there are three or four more crazy-catchy potential singles on the record, including the cowbell-fueled "Second Chance," and funky-ish "Dig A Little Deeper." It's a really good album.
Look for a full-fledged tour around the album's release in March.
Wye Oak @ Beacon Theater - 1/24/2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Decemberists played their first of three NYC shows last night. If you're going to tonight or tomorrow's sold-out shows at the Beacon, do get there early to see openers Wye Oak, one of the best bands around these days. They are chill-inducingly good live. The duo's new album, Civilian, is due out March 8 on Merge and is a real stand-up-and-take-notice stunner. It is crazy good. I don't know what the first single is going to be but if I was picking it would be the soaring "Holy Holy" that they better damn well play this week. There's video of them performing it last week in Berlin at the bottom of this post.
In addition to those shows with The Decemberists, Wye Oak are also playing a private show at The Rock Shop on Thursday that we're giving away four pairs of tickets to. To win, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Wye Oak). Include your first and last name in the email. A winner will chosen at random and contacted with more details. Good luck!
Wye Oak head out on tour with Lower Dens then Callers -- none of those shows are in NYC unfortunately but hopefully they'll be back soon.
That's the big stuff this week. Here are a few more picks, day-by-day:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
Yuck aren't playing tonight, but Generationals and Country Mice (who seem to have dropped the "We Are" from their name) are still doing their early show (7pm) at Mercury Lounge tonight. Generationals' Trust EP from last year was really good, you can download its title track at the top of this post.
Suuns are at the Rock Shop tonight, the first of three shows this week. They also play Shea Stadium tomorrow (1/26) and Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/27). I've written about these Montrealers loads of times, they're great, go see 'em.