Entries tagged with: Captured Tracks
by Bill Pearis
When in high school in New York, Ben Stiller and a couple of his friends formed a "ridiculously weird band" called Capital Punishment. Ben played drums and said on Howard Stern, "We were listening to a lot of Bowie and Eno...we recorded an album. It's not great but some songs were okay." That Capital Punishment album, 1982's Roadkill, was self-released but is being reissued by Captured Tracks this fall. Ben told Howard:
What happened was some outsider music label, which I didn't know those existed, but people who are just into weird music; I guess it's been found and they asked us if they could re-release it. They're called Captured Tracks. They're a real company.You can stream a few tracks below and the Bowie/Eno influence can definitely be heard. (It's actually pretty good.) Frontman Kriss Roebling ("the one with the talent" says Stiller) shared a little info on the album's creation:
Emboldened by an intensive audio engineering tutorial that I had recently taken, we submerged ourselves in all of this amazing analog studio gadgetry, and often wrote whole songs around the capabilities of a specific piece of gear. This endless world of sonic potential felt like it had opened up to us, and we used this experience to get our freak on in a big way. To hell with tuning the instruments, or singing in key, there are amazing soundscapes to make!!Meanwhile, you can see Ben Stiller onscreen with Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz in Noah Baumbach's new comedy While We're Young (with its James Murphy score) in theaters now. It's gotten mostly good reviews.
Anyway, after we finished the album, we named it Roadkill, pressed it and sold it on consignment to numerous mom and pop record stores around New York, which I suppose is how some copies found their way to listeners who enjoyed it so many years later.
Ben also talked a bit about Capital Punishment with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and you can watch that interview below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio EZTV making very hooky, jangly, powerpop, very much in the tradition of '80s artists like the dB's, Tommy Keene or Let's Active who were, in turn, inspired by The Rasberries and Big Star. The band have signed with Captured Tracks who will release a 7" single, the Jarvis Taveniere-recorded "Dust in the Sky," on April 28. You can stream that below.
EZTV play around their hometown a lot and have a number of shows coming up. They'll open for their Captured Tracks labelmates Mourn on Sunday (3/29) at Baby's All Right (tickets), then Friday, April 3 at Cake Shop with Connections and St. Lennox. They'll be back at Baby's All Right on April 11 to play with UK band Happyness (tickets).
EZTV will also perform live on WFMU's "Prove it All Right" this Saturday (3/28) which airs from 9 PM - midnight. They've got non-NYC dates coming up, too and all are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Who was the first artist that made you identify with punk rock?The above interview is with teenage Barcelona punks Mourn, who recently signed to Captured Tracks, who's giving their self-titled debut album a US release on February 17. That the band loves PJ Harvey makes sense. They don't exactly sound like her, but they have a similar knack for being punk and indie rock at the same time, aggressive without sacrificing melody, and having a commanding and unrestrained vocalist. Like many great punk bands before them, Mourn don't shield their anger in metaphor: lines like "Just go fuck yourself!" and song titles like "Boys Are Cunts" are all over this record. Take listen to the whole thing via Rdio, below.
Jazz Rodríguez Bueno and Carla Pérez Vas: [in unison] PJ Harvey.
JRB: When I was 14, my father was listening to her and he said, "You'd like this!" And I did.
[...] Do you think English is more effective than Spanish when it comes to writing in this style of music?
JRB: We started writing in English because we listened to a lot of music in English. Here, if you write in English, people will listen to you, but they won't understand what you're saying. People have the image that if you sing in English, it's more professional and cooler, but I don't think it's the only language you can express yourself in. [Pitchfork]
Mourn are on board for hometown festival Primavera (with another hero of theirs, Patti Smith), and they'll go on their first US tour this spring.
So far their only announced dates are in NYC and LA, but given the timing of their trip, it wouldn't be surprising if they play SXSW too. The NYC shows happen on March 29 at Baby's All Right and March 30 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, and tickets for Merc are on AmEx presale, with the general on-sale starting at noon on Friday (1/30).
UPDATE: The full tour has now been announced (no SXSW). A new video is out too, and you can watch that, with the list of dates and album stream, below...
Pale Blue's album art
Mike Simonetti, who founded both Troubleman Unlimited and Italians Do it Better, has started a new musical project, Pale Blue, which is a collaboration with Elizabeth Wight of Silver Hand. Their debut album, The Past We Leave Behind, will be out April 14 -- that's the cover art above -- and you can stream the Italo-y title track below.
The Pale Blue album will also be the first release on new label 2MR which is part of Captured Tracks' Omnian Music umbrella. That's "Two Mikes Records," the other one being C/T domo Mike Sniper.
While Pale Blue haven't broached the subject of live performances yet, Simonetti will be DJing on Thursday (12/11) at Output as part of the Input James Murphy Vs Tim Sweeney night. Tickets are still available.
Pale Blue song stream below...
Bayonet Records logo
Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur and his wife (and former Captured Tracks label manager) Katie Garcia have just launched a new label, Bayonet Records. The Fader talked to Garcia and Payseur about Bayonet:
Since he was young, Payseur's dreamed about running a label. "I found these cassettes from when I was a kid, where I was recording me screaming 'Fuck' into the mic over a drum machine, and I'd put like fake record label names and logos on them," he said. Garcia feels similarly: "I always knew growing up I wanted to work in music," she told FADER. "Once Dustin started talking to me about how he wanted to seriously pursue [the label], it became the natural progression for me to help him manage it, since that's something I already knew how to do."Beach Fossils will be a part of Bayonet roster, as will Payseur's other band, Laced. The label will also reissue Warehouse's debut, Tesseract, on March 3, the same day as cassettes/digital releases by Red Sea and Flouride. The first vinyl LP to be released by Bayonet will be Jerry Paper's Carousel on March 31.
The rest of the label's lineup includes Frankie Cosmos, Divorce Money and Freelove Fenner. You may have seen Warehouse and Laced play together in NYC back in July.
Beach Fossils, Laced and Jerry Paper are playing one of the final Glasslands shows on 12/17 with PC Worship.
Watch an "Introducing Bayonet Records video and stream a track off Warehouse's Tesseract, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Widowspeak / Homeshake / Dinner / Mega Bog
Captured Tracks threw a CMJ week day party at Baby's All Right on Thursday (10/23) with some of their newer signings, plus the only show this week from Widowspeak. The day featured LA band Girl Tears, Seattle's scrappy pop band Mega Bog, Mac DeMarco cohorts Homeshake, the part-guided-meditation-part-dance-party that is Dinner. Pictures from those sets are in this post -- we missed opener Juan Wauters (sorry, Juan).
Meanwhile, in the front room, Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco were spinning tunes. A couple shots of them, and lots more pics of the bands are below...
Three bands from Captured Tracks' roster -- Beach Fossils, Heavenly Beat and Axxa/Abraxas -- will be hitting the road together this fall. The tour kicks off with two nights at NYC's Baby's All Right on September 26 & 27. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Axxa/Abraxas (aka Atlanta musician Ben Asbury) released his debut this year, and both Beach Fossils and Heavenly Beat (which is former BF bassist John Peña) are working on new records currently.
Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur's other band Laced (which also includes Nude Beach drummer Ryan Naideau) play Baby's on Wednesday (7/16) with Warehouse and Bueno. Tickets for that show are still available.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
The multifarious Ian North (singer, guitarist, synthesist, producer and songwriter) was the leader of Long Island's finest contribution to wimp rock, Milk 'n' Cookies, who were playing dingy New York bars in their cute baseball uniforms when a visiting tycoon took them to England in hopes of making them a hit machine in the Anglo-pop sweepstakes. The band's sole LP -- recorded in 1975 but released two years later -- is full of catchy melodies, twee lyrics and energetic fizz-pop guitar hooks. Awfully early for the power pop revival, it never was very popular; however, fans of bands like Shoes and Sparks might appreciate its preciously naïve charms. - [Trouser Press]Not to be confused with Chicago's "ice devouring sex tornados" of the same name, shortlived mid-'70s Long Island band Milk 'n' Cookies are having a bit of a resurgence. The band's nasally powerpop sound can be seen as a blueprint for the kind of music that is Burger Records' bread and butter, and Captured Tracks repressed Milk n' Cookies' single "Not Enough Girls in the World" this year for Record Store Day. There are more reissues on the way, as C/T has a full-length release planned for November (perhaps a reissue of the band's sole album, which is on C/T's store page but currently just links to the LP's Discogs page). You can listen to a few Milk 'n' Cookies songs below.
Milk 'n' Cookies are also back in action. They play the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA over Independence Day Weekend. Right before that, they'll play a warm-up gig in NYC at Baby's All Right on July 3 with Spires and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
Streams and NYC show flyer below...
Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.
Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.
On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.
Dates and song below...
Craft Spells will soon be back with their second album Nausea, which is their first new music in two years. While still making moody, atmospheric pop, main man Justin Paul Vallesteros goes for a grander sound this time, with songs layered with strings, wind instruments, mellotron and other keyboards. It's a nice record. Check out the pastoral "Komorebi" and the more typically Craft Spells-ian "Breaking The Angle Against The Tide" below.
Just after the new album's release Craft Spells will play NYC as part of the Captured Tracks Northside Showcase at Warsaw on June 13 with Beach Fossils, Juan Wauters, Axxa/Abraxas and Donovan Blanc. Tickets are still available. That's the start of a short East Coast / Midwest tour for the band. All dates are listed, along with the new songs streams, below...
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...