Entries tagged with: Cass McCombs
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.
photos by Greg Cristman
Dirty Projectors / Real Estate @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 11/17/2012
Without the rhythm section, [Dirty Projectors'] meticulous vocal work was overwhelming. The songs seemed less tightly wound, voices filling up the tall room in a wash, punctuated only by the peculiar, skewed twang of Longstreth's guitar playing. The band skipped hits "Stillness Is the Move" and "Gun Has No Trigger." Instead, Swing Lo Magellan cuts like "See What She Seeing" and "Impregnable Question" stood out thanks to slower, more delicate interpretations. For the band's last song, Longstreth revived the title track from his 2007 Black Flag covers project, Rise Above. The song's opening lyrics evoked the spirit of the Occupy movement: "Jealous cowards try to control/ They distort what we say/ Try and stop what we do/ When they can't do it themselves." [Rolling Stone]Dirty Projectors (David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle), The Walkmen (Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer), Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, and Real Estate teamed up for a show of intimate acoustic sets at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/17). The show was a benefit for Occupy Sandy, where all proceeds were donated.
More pictures from the benefit are below.
Occupy Sandy is presenting a benefit show with acoustic performances by Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs, The Walkmen members Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, and Dirty Projectors members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle on Saturday (11/17) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity (157 Montague St.) in Brooklyn Heights. It's a day show which runs from noon to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale (suggested donation of $30 minimum) now and all proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy who has been doing great work around the city since Hurricane Sandy.
The flyer is below...
Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, would have been 70 years old today (8/1) and, as you might imagine, there are some celebrations happening all over the country. Probably the world.
Here in NYC, you can head to Beekman Beer Garden tonight (8/1) to catch 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard) and Dead satellite musician Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess & John Morgan Kimock, and Yarn. Tickets for that show are still available.
Perhaps more interesting to regular readers of this site is a concert happening on Friday (8/3) that will be broadcast on the internet from Bob Weir's TRI Studios. Dubbed "Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday," the tribute features Cass McCombs; Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady; Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend; former Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux; Jim Lauderdale; and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds , plus more usual suspects like Mike Gordon (Phish); Joe Russo (Furthur); Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals); Jeff Chimenti (Furthur); Jonathan Wilson; and Harper Sim. Amiable actor Luke Wilson will emcee the show and Bob Weir will be there too.
The tribute concert starts at 6:30 PM on Friday (8/3) and can be streamed via TRI Studios website or Yahoo Music. Bob Weir talks a little (very little) about the tribute in a video which you can watch below.
In other Dead news, on September 1 the band will release Spring 1990, an 18-CD box set featuring six complete shows from the tour of the set's title. If you don't want to plunk down $200 for that, Rhino will release a double-CD compilation culled from those recordings. You can watch a video of Bob Weir talking about that time period in the band's career below as well.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Doveman's Burgundy Stain Sessions at Le Poisson Rouge continue TONIGHT (4/13) with Aaron Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National, Julia Stone (of Angus and Julia Stone), Trixie Whitley, and more. Tickets for tonight's show, and for the next three, are still available.
In related news, Doveman collaborator and occasional Burgundy Stain Session player Dawn Landes also has a NYC show TONIGHT (4/13) at Mercury Lounge with Cheyenne Marie Mize and Donora. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. That same lineup also plays Cameo on Saturday (4/14). All Dawn Landes dates are listed below.
Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
In more Doveman-related news, collaborator Glen Hansard is NOT currently on tour with Eddie Vedder, seeing as Vedder had to postpone the tour due to injury. Glen does have a new video for the track "Philander" off his upcoming Doveman (Thomas Bartlett)-produced solo album, Rhythm and Repose, which is due out June 19 via ANTI-. Check out that video below.
Meanwhile, Glen Hansard's Swell Season bandmate Marketa Irglova, who also contributed to his new album,
will be WILL NOT BE the musical guest at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub on May 2.... UPDATE: Marketa has cancelled and the guest is Clare and the Reasons instead. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of members of The National, Aaron Dessner and both Devendorf brothers recently joined The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for a cover of Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" during a Bridge Sessions webcast. Meanwhile, Bryce Dessner joined Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly to perform a collaborative composition titled "Venus" with horn and string accompaniment at MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Videos of both of these performances are below.
All Dawn Landes dates and National-related videos below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Cass McCombs at MFNW (more by Autumn Andel)
Cass McCombs is always good for booking random NYC shows not attached to any tours. Such is the case, for now anyway, with a just-annunced January 25th show at Bowery Ballroom with Frank Fairfield. Tickets go on AMEX presale on 11/16 at noon and regular sale on Friday.
Meanwhile Cass will go on short tour of the West Coast with White Magic starting on 11/30. All tour dates are listed below.
Cass McCombs recently dropped his new LP Humor Risk along with a video from said record, "The Same Thing". Check that out, alongside a stream of 'Robin Egg Blue (Gun Drum Mix)' (the iTunes album bonus track), and all tour dates, below....
photos by Autumn Andel
Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.
Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]
Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.
"We are pleased to announce that the tireless Cass McCombs is to release his second album this year, Humor Risk, on 4th November 2011.Listen to one of the new songs with the full tracklist below...
Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit's End, and before that, CATACOMBS.
Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, "I would rather be ashes than dust!".
Musically, it is more rhythm-based, tempos swifter to nearly rocking, than the sparse Wit's End. Infectious melodies are outlined by a wry lyricism that expresses the stories of characters from McCombs' native land.
Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those that surround him, with more love than judgment: drugs, Scientology, Western America, and so on, in allegorical form." [Domino Records]
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cass McCombs @ MHOW
Cass McCombs and Lower Dens brought their tour to Maxwell's on Wednesday (7/20) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (7/21). Cass played a very even mix of material off his last four albums and some new unreleased ones too as you can hear in NYC Taper's recording of the NJ show. Our pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show, continue below...
Torche (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Slow Six @ The Stone
* Ellery Eskelin @ Barbes
* U2, Interpol @ the Meadowlands
* Tinariwen @ Highline Ballroom
* The Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Emily King, Aabaraki @ 92YTribeca
* Alexander Turnquist @ The Stone
* EMA, Helado Negro @ Mercury Lounge
* Cass Mccombs, Lower Dens @ Maxwell's
* Moonface, Flow Child @ Mercury Lounge
* They Might Be Giants @ Apple Store (Soho)
* EMA, Talk Normal, Ablehearts @ Glasslands
* Chris Thile, Michael Daves @ The Bell House
* Smoke & Flowers, Platinum Vision @ Zebulon
* Widowspeak & a movie @ McCarren Park
* The London Souls, Gonzo Jones @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Cinema Twin, Thought So @ Pete's Candy Store
* Willy Mason, Oli Brown Band @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Left Banke, The Ladybug Transistor @ Littlefield
* Motley Crue, Poison, New York Dolls @ Nassau Coliseum
* Ping Atter, Starina, Ivan & The Terribles @ Bruar Falls
* Sean Nelson, Beast Make Bomb, Sleepy Kitty @ Cake Shop
* Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Groundscore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Akoya Afrobeat @ Southpaw
* Harold Melvin Blue Notes, Rhythm Revue w/Felix Hernandez @ Queensbridge Park
* Harvest, Burnt By The Sun, Skycamefalling, Torchbearer @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Conversations with Enemies, Disasteradio, Cheers Elephant, Uncle Monsterface @ Death By Audio
* Robbers On High Street, The Poison Control Center, Kleenex Girl Wonder, North English @ Union Hall
* The Fine Art of Comics panel with Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware @ the Whitney Museum
Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger is playing Cake Shop tonight.
The Cass McCombs / Lower Dens tour hits Maxwell's tonight. Tomorrow it's at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We're giving away tickets for the Brooklyn show on Facebook. Check out Cass's new video for "Buried Alive", which features the light installation Cass uses on stage, below...
DOWNLOAD: Mister Heavenly - "Pineapple Girl" (MP3)
Descendents at FFFFest (more by Tim Griffin)
Much like last year, FYF Fest 2011 is poppin' off with some incredible bands, many of whom recently reunited. This year the LA fest will host a coveted Descendents appearance, a Death From Above 1979 show, Guided By Voices, another Kid Dynamite reunion, The Dead Milkmen, Explosions in the Sky, the return of The Weakerthans and many, many notable others. Full lineup is below. The show goes down at 1st and Main in downtown Los Angeles on September 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
For Kid Dynamite, which features members of Lifetime, Paint it Black and None More Black, the reunion is their first since re-emerging for This is Hardcore last year with Ink & Dagger. The band called it quits in 2000 and reunited in 2005 at CBGB and some other times too. I hope they schedule another NYC show, but it's just LA for now.
This is Hardcore THIS YEAR features an appearance from Ressurection, which also featured Dan Yemin on guitar. Tickets for This is Hardcore 2011, taking place in Philly's Starlight Ballroom, is mostly sold-out, with tickets for the Sunday show still available.
The Descendents appearance at FYFest is one of several dates scheduled for the reunited band, NYC's Roseland, Chicago Riot Fest, and Philly's Riot Fest included. Tickets are still available for the 9/23 Roseland show.
Mister Heavenly will hit the road for a string of dates on the West Coast leading up to FYF Fest. Check out their full tour schedule below, and look for their new LP Out of Love on 8/16 via Sub Pop. Check out "Pineapple Girl" from that record above.
The Death From Above 1979 appearance is one of several slated for the band in the coming months, including a 7/22 appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tickets are still available OR, you can try your hand by winning a pair at our Facebook. The full set of DFA1979 dates are below.
The Weakerthans have a few other dates slated for Europe and Canada in the coming months. Hopefully they add more US dates too. All dates for now are listed below.
A few bands on the FYFest lineup (namely, Cults, Off!, and No Age) will also appear in NYC at the House of Vans this summer, and for FREE. The FYF-presented House of Vans series of shows starts this Thursday (6/30). You just have to RSVP to get in (and maybe get there early).
All Weakerthans, DFA1979, and Mister Heavenly dates, some video, and the full FYF Fest lineup is below.
Cass McCombs played Bowery Ballroom earlier this month in support of his new album Wit's End. He finishes up a tour in Europe tonight (6/2), but returns to the road in July. Kicking off July 7th in Arizona, Cass will tour North America for the rest of that month. Most dates are with Lower Dens, including the one they' play at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 21. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon.
Lower Dens meanwhile are down in Texas where they'll play Chaos in Tejas this weekend. Their other upcoming dates include a free show at South Street Seaport.
Cass also plays MusicfestNW in September, not long after he gets back from another trip to Europe. All tour dates and the new video for "County Line", below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Deradoorian @ Union Pool - 5/10/11
Deradoorian aka Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors played a show with Hiro Kone at Union Pool in Brooklyn Tuesday night (5/10)...
"Deradoorian has just one five-song EP to her credit thus far, 2009's entrancing Mind Raft, plus a split single from earlier this year and some stray tracks (apparently the Dirty Projectors have been busy?). But her sound has evolved, and she has a sharp trio that's headed to the Animal Collective-curated ATP in England in a few days. They took the stage and played "Moon," the circular, hypnotic song that closes Mind Raft, and this completely fucked me up. At the end of that EP, "Moon" somehow bears witness to the four songs that precede it, focusing their most affecting traits into one six-minute spell. It is an end song. What's it doing at the beginning of the set? But when the full band blew in at a dramatic moment halfway through the song, all complaints were forgotten." [Village Voice]Deradoorian's Brooklyn setlist is below. Deradoorian play the AC ATP in Minehead on Sunday which is the same day Tony Conrad plays the UK shindig. For a second I thought that was a lot of last minute traveling for Tony, but then I remembered he's not actually playing the Table of the Elements Fest in NYC this weekend - they're just showing a video of a show he played in 1996.
Hiro Kone next plays a show at Cake Shop on June 4th, with (her old band) Effi Briest and Pillars and Tongues.
In barely related news, Dirty Projectors' & Animal Collective's Domino label-mate Cass McCombs is currently on the road and plays a tour-ending show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/12) with Jana Hunter. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Union Pool, below...
Cass McCombs will welcome his "fifth and a half" LP Wit's End via Domino on April 26th. That's the cover art above. Listen to new track "County Line" below.
This month Cass heads to SXSW where he'll play the official Domino showcase at Emo's on 3/17 (with The Kills, Owen Pallett, Austra, and King Creosote, but not Anna Calvi), and other shows. In May McCombs will hit the road for a larger tour that includes Bowery Ballroom on May 12. Tickets for that one go on AMEX presale today (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are below with the LP track list, the new song and a video....
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Villagers - Becoming A Jackal (MP3)
Villagers (by Simon Houston)
Contact Music: You've recently signed to Domino, who boast one of the most exceptional rosters in music with the likes of Pavement, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys among their ranks. How did that come about?Irish band Villagers release their debut album, Becoming A Jackal, in the US on June 8th. Shortly after that, the band comes to the US for shows. They include a gig at Union Hall on June 17th (tickets) and one at Joe's Pub on June 23rd (tickets). Frontman Conor J. O'Brien's songs are literate, broadly melodic and fleshed out by a full band, reminiscent of groups like Okkervil River, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, et al. Download the album's title track above.
New Domino band Villagers: Funnily enough we're supporting Pavement next week. Am I excited? You bet I am! The link with Domino came about mainly through my manager, although I hadn't actually agreed for him to be my manager at that stage! We were supporting Cass McCombs - Villagers second ever show - and he managed to persuade one of the Domino guys who works in Ireland to come down, and he just caught the end of the set. He then told Laurence Bell, who runs the label, about us and he came to a few of our shows and after we played a particular one in London he offered us a deal.
CM: I guess one major positive about signing for a label like Domino is the creative freedom you're given.
Villagers: Totally. We actually recorded the album in our guitarist Tommy McLaughlin's parents attic in Donegal, and when it was finished we delivered the record to the label and they never batted an eyelid about how we'd recorded it or where! I think after hearing the demos they just believed in what we were doing, and the only input they really had in making the record was choosing someone to put together the final mix.
Cass McCombs's latest, Catacombs, came out on Domino in July '09. Cass, who last played in NYC, by our records, in August, has a show lined up at Bowery Ballroom on Friday, July 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. He also plays Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and a few other shows.
Videos and all current tour dates for both are below...