Entries tagged with: Cass McCombs
by Bill Pearis
Cass McCombs is a prolific guy and even with two albums in a year and double LPs he's got other songs that appeared as limited edition singles, b-sides and other non-LP sources. Nineteen of those, including five that have never seen the light of day, have been compiled for a new collection titled A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc which will be out via Domino on December 11. You can stream the enjoyably poppy "Evangeline" from it, and check out album artwork and tracklist, below.
You've got a couple chances to catch Cass in NYC over the next few months. He'll open for My Morning Jacket at Beacon Theatre on November 27 (tickets), and he's just announced a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (11/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/11) at noon. Those are currently his only announced dates.
Speaking of Kid Millions, one of his other projects, the long-gestating NYC supergroup Soldiers of Fortune, release their new album Early Risers this Friday (11/6). The band also currently includes Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf), Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/producer/gadabout Mike Bones, and the album features guest appearances by Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchoir and more. You can stream both Malkmus' and McCombs contributions -- as well as a Soliders of Fortune themed edition of the psych rock DOODCAST podcast -- below.
Soldiers of Fortune will be celebrating Early Risers at NYC's Max Fish on Wednesday (11/4), playing sets at 8:30 PM and 10 PM. Those shows are FREE. Are any of the album's special guests in town? Flyer for the Max Fish shows below...
Soldiers of Fortune, the NYC indie rock supergroup featuring Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) and Kid Millions (Oneida, etc etc etc), have been sporadically active for over a decade. Originally conceived by Truax in 2004 as a "dirty dozen" type outfit who were "never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road," they did start to play and do most of those other things. Occasionally.
Lineups shifted, and now the group, which currently also features Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie, Oneida's Barry London and guitarist/studio wiz Mike Bones, are set to release their new album, titled Early Risers, which will be out November 6 via Mexican Summer. The LP also features contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Dan Melchior, Ethan Miller (Comets of Fire) and more. You can stream bluesy punk ripper "Nails," which opens the album, below.
You can catch Soldiers of Fortune live in NYC this weekend as they're opening for Moon Duo at both of their shows: Baby's All Right on September 12 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on September 13 (tickets).
My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.
Updated MMJ dates below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
the whole crew (via)
The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.
We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.
Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...
photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.
In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.
And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.
Mission Creek Festival lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Meat Puppets @ Rough Trade - 11/1/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs brought their co-headlining tour to NYC over the weekend for shows at Rough Trade on Halloween and November 1. Meat Puppets headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. I caught the Meat Puppets set on the second night, which had them sounding excellent. They played plenty of the seminal Meat Puppets II (which turned 30 this year) and tons of other crowd pleasers. As they tend to, they stretched a handful of songs out into their Crazy Horse-style jams, and really locked into them. We don't have the exact setlist for the second night, but you can check out the night 1 setlist and a video below. If you were there, did you pick up the bands' new split 7"?
The Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs tour continues, hitting Austin for a BrooklynVegan-presented FFF Nites show with Meat Puppets' old '80s SST pals Dinosaur Jr on Saturday (11/8) at ACL Live. Like all FFF Nites shows, it's free with a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband. Flyer below.
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show with Pallbearer, Eagle Glaw, Vattnet Viskar and Wrekmeister Harmonies that night at Elysium. Check out the full FFF and FFF Nites schedule here.
Updated Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs dates are listed, with the setlist and a video from Rough Trade, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
As mentioned, Cass McCombs is hitting the road with veteran cowpunks Meat Puppets for a co-headlining tour that includes two nights at Rough Trade around Halloween (October 31 & November 1) (tickets). For the occasion, Cass and the Meat Puppets are releasing a split single. Cass' side features two new originals, and the Meat Puppets cover The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" and Texas Tornados' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" on the flip. The latter's Kirk Kirkwood did the cover art (above) and you can stream a song from each side below.
Meat Puppets at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Here's a cool pairing. Alternative rock godfathers Meat Puppets will be teaming up with the newer and consistently impressive songwriter Cass McCombs for a co-headlining tour this fall. That tour includes a two-night stand in NYC at Rough Trade on Halloween and All Hallows Day (or Samhain, if you prefer). Meat Puppets headline on night 1 and they'll switch for night 2. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Meat Puppets' classic Meat Puppets II turned 30 earlier this year. Stream it, with a Cass McCombs video and a list of all dates, below...
Cass McCombs @ Bonnaroo 2014 (via American Songwriter)
(Like Yoko Ono,) Cass McCombs loves to play small, secret, private shows around town. You can't blame him. He needs to still be able to headline 600+ capacity venues like Music Hall of Williamsburg, but sometimes wants to practice in front of a smaller audience. That's what Cass did at the now defunct Bar 4 at least twice in the past, and what he did with bandmate Joe Russo a week ago at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook to get ready for Bonnaroo. Check out two Instagram videos from the secret Brooklyn show where I'm told he played to "about 20 people", below. You can watch a video from Cass's 5/22 Music Hall show, down there too.
American Songwriter was at the actual Bonnaroo performance and writes:
Cass McCombs has a secret weapon on tour with him, Joe Russo. If you know that name I could probably just quit writing right now and you'd get the picture. But for those not familiar with the former Benevento-Russo Duo drummer (who plays with everyone from Furthur to Morning Teleportation in his spare time), he is one of the most accomplished and entertaining drummers in music today. Russo has his hands in so many cookie jars, it's hard to say how many times he's played the farm, but he's certainly no stranger. He filled the tall shoes of John Bonham at last year's Bonnaroo with his Zeppelin cover band, Bustle In Your Hedgerow.Cass's full band is Joe Russo on drums, Dan Iead on guitar/pedal steel, Jon Shaw on bass, and Will Canzoneri on keys.
Which isn't to take anything away from McCombs. If any complaint can be made about Russo it's that he's... distracting. But it's hard to distract from the great material that made up Cass McCombs' set.
Embracing his jammier side, McCombs lead his band through several breezy, grooving tracks. But the band knew when to pick up the energy, and fan favorites like "County Line" were the highlight of this set.
Cass will not have a band with him at all when he becomes the DJ for the Starred show at Baby's All Right tonight (6/20).
California can catch Cass live when he opens for the War on Drugs at the Glass House (10/1) and Fonda Theatre (10/3).
Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cass McCombs has a number of dates coming up this year, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, and day 1 (5/23) of Boston Calling. The day before his slot at the Boston festival, he'll play a club show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/12) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, with a recently released video, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
photo by Chris La Putt
Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013
Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.
Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).
Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).
Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...
As mentioned, Cass McCombs has a new album, Big Wheel and Others, coming out in about a month (10/15) on Domino and you might have caught him over the weekend playing Basilica Sound Scape in Hudson, NY.
Cass will be doing some North American shows in December, and while the full tour has not been announced, it includes a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 12/12. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/18) at noon with the tickets to the general public going on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the stream of "There Can Be Only One" from his new LP, below...
In 2011, Cass McCombs released two albums -- WIT'S END and Humor Risk -- and is set to follow those up with a new one, Big Wheel and Others, on October 15 via Domino. For those hoping he'd keep up his prolific streak, well he has: this is a 21-track double LP. You can check out 5% of the album via the first released song, "There Can Be Only One," plus album art and track list, below.
Cass has a few Northeast dates next month, including Pitchfork's Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, NY. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
No Joy @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
We didn't figure No Joy would come down from Canada for Pitchfork's Basilica Sound Scape festival in September and not play at least a NYC show. It turns out, however, they've plotted a whole tour. That does indeed include an NYC show: Mercury Lounge on September 17. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
If you haven't checked out No Joy's latest album, Wait to Pleasure, yet it does a great job of blending the heavy and ethereal. You can stream it via Spotify.
Meanwhile, Basilica Festival (September 13-14) has announced it's full line-up which includes additions like Julianna Barwick, Teengirl Fantasy, Malang Djobateh, artist Genevieve White, and a reading from Peter Sotos. Tickets are still available and you can check out the full line-up below.
No Joy tour dates are listed, along with Basilica Sound Scape flyer and line-up, below...
Pig Destroyer at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
You may remember from last summer that Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY began hosting live music, like the Basilica Music Festival and a Grimes show, and the festival (co-presented by Pitchfork) is set to return this year, only now it's called BasilicaSoundScape.
This year's festival happens from September 13-15 with sets from PIg Destroyer (9/13), Cass McCombs, DIIV (9/14), and more TBA. Tickets for the fest go on sale today (6/28) at 5 PM. Head to the festival's site for more info.
Cass McCombs also just released a new song, "Morning Star," which you can watch the video for here.
Basilica Sound Scape flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.