Entries tagged with: Cassie Ramone
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Calvin Love / Las Rosas @ Seaport Music Fest 7/18/2014
With spiky hair and a black jacket with flower-accented lapels, Calvin Love looks like a character out of Less Than Zero. His music fits that too, dusty desert rock, heavy on the ethereal synths. Which made for pretty good setting sun music at the Seaport Music Fest this past Friday (7/18). He played a few new songs, hopefully he'll announce a new record soon.
Opening the night was local band Las Rosas who I had somehow managed to never see before Friday, despite playing all the time. Glad to have finally caught them: as far as '60s-style groovy surf/psych, Las Rosas do it very well, and look the part too. They're maybe NYC's version of the Allah-Las. Pictures from the night are in this post.
Like we said, Las Rosas play a lot and there are a few chances to catch them in NYC: July 31 at Glasslands with Juan Wauters and Cassie Ramone (tickets); then August 19 at Union Pool with Spider Bags (tickets). They also play two NYC shows with Shannon & the Clams: September 9 at Union Pool and September 12 at Palisades (tickets).
All Las Rosas dates are listed, plus more pics of their and Calvin Love's Seaport Music Fest show, below...
Cassie Ramone @ Trans Pecos in May (more by Chris La Putt)
Cassie Ramone has announced her first solo record since Vivian Girls called it quits. The album is titled The Time Has Come and will be out via San Francico label Loglady on August 26. Ariel Pink plays bass on several tracks, and has also written an inner-flap style blurb:
"this is Cassie's first record. she used to sing and play guitar in the vivian girls. she recorded these songs by herself over the last year or so. she hopes you like the record. goodbye." - Ariel PinkMaybe you saw Cassie playing some of her solo stuff at our BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right with Woods, Weyes Blood and The Woolen Men in April, or at Trans Pecos in May. Check out a song from the new LP -- "Hangin On" is streamable below.
Cassie's other band, The Babies, seem to be on hiatus since Kevin Morby (who used to be in Woods) moved to the West Coast. Kevin is currently working on his second solo album and will be on tour with Steve Gunn this fall. They'll play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Kevin's also doing a stint with Real Estate as well as other dates. All are listed, along with the new Cassie Ramone song, below...
by Bill Pearis
It took a while but Cretin Stompers -- featuring members of Wavves/Reatards, Barbaras and Big Muff Radio -- are finally set to release their debut album, Looking Forward To Being Attacked, next week (5/13) via HoZac. Under the haze of lo-fi production lie a bunch of very catchy tunes, some on the punky side, some on the glammy powerpop side. You can stream five songs from the album below.
The band will celebrate its release this Friday (5/9) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The show, curated by the folks at 1.21 Gigawatts, also features Habibi, Heaven's Gate and Dances. The band will have the album at the merch table for early purchase. Like all BKNB shows, this is free. Flyer below.
On Saturday night (5/10) at The Flat, there is a show with Lodro, Honduras, Baby Acid and a "Secret Headliner" that's billed as "mems of Jay Reatard/Wavves." We don't know for sure who that is but...draw your own conclusions. The night also features DJ sets from Tamaryn and Cassie Ramone. More info here.
Flyers for both shows, plus Cretin Stompers song streams, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
AJ Davila / Cassie Ramone
Last night (5/4) at Trans Pecos, Todd P's new venue in the old Silent Barn space (915 Wyckoff Ave), there was a pretty great bill of mostly local music from the noisy Tonstartsbandht, the dark LODRO, a solo set from former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks and, from Puerto Rico, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila and his band Terror Amor. We caught the latter three, and pictures of those are in this post.
They continue below...
LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.
Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.
Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.
Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.
Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.
Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.
Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.
The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.
CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.
Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.
Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more
Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Pink Baby
Woods / Cassie Ramone / Weyes Blood / Woolen Men
It had been a while since I'd seen Woods, a few years probably. The last time, whenever that was, was when the band still had Kevin Morby and that guy who spent most of his time on all-fours messing with a cassette deck and yelling into an old pair of headphones repurposed as a mic. The Woods that played Baby's All Right last night (4/22) as part of our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series was a much different creature, a more "proper" band and all the better for it.
The was the record release show for Woods' new album, With Light and Love, which is a good example of how Woods operate these days: song-focused, poppy, tight, and when they do stretch things out, there is purpose and direction (and serious chops) to the jams. The whole band is accomplished, but singer/guitars Jeremy Earl and guitarist/producer Jarvis Taveniere's interplay in the instrumental portions was seriously impressive. The band also have enough records at this point where the set pretty full of "hits." If you had prviously decided that Woods were not your thing, maybe it's time to revisit.
Portland, OR's The Woolen Men flew in special for this show and I was pretty taken by their set too, though as a big fan of last year's debut which came out on Woodsist, I was expecting to. The trio make no-nonsense, semi-sludgy, hook-filled indie rock indebted to '80s Flying Nun (The Bats, The Clean), certain strains of UK postpunk (The Fall, Wire), and Pacific Northwest foreathers (Wipers, Beat Happening). All three members write and sing -- there was some instrument switching at the end -- which keeps things interesting. Good set!
Weyes Blood, the project of former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Natalie Mering, played a short but sweet 5-song set including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." She switched between acoustic guitar-led psychedelic folk songs and piano ballads (with the piano coming through her sampler as she just sang), and though her songs can be spacey and trippy, her voice is huge. She delivers like a trained, classic pop star and certainly captivates the crowd like someone who could be on a much bigger stage than Baby's All Right. She started her set with a warning that she was about to take it down a notch, but we'd say she did just the opposite.
A line at the door when we opened ensured that Cassie Ramone would play to a full room despite being first of four on the bill (congrats to the first 100 people there who got one of the black light ink posters). After an introduction by our host Shirley Braha (with instagram doglebrity Marnie the Dog in hand), Cassie walked on stage quietly (with just her guitar in hand). She asked the room to sit and like people did when she opened for Mac Demarco in the same venue recently, everyone standing in the floor area complied. Cassie, who also plays in The Babies, proceeded to play a solid and seated 20 minute solo set on the same Baby's All Right stage she recently played as a Vivian Girl for the last time. Her set of mostly originals included her cover of "Do You Wanna Dance." With minimal pauses, almost no stage banter, pedals to fill the silence with reverb and looping effects, and a super focused and monotone delivery, Cassie successfully put us in a lo-fi trance.
In between sets (or all night if you were in the outer portions of Baby's) BV editor Bill Pearis spun a set of psych pop. If you came we hope you had a good time. NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen almost every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Mr. Little Jeans, Avid Dancer and Breakfast show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in September.
Woods is about to head out on a tour with Quilt that brings them back to NYC for a show with Frankie Cosmos at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the Baby's show below...
We're pleased to announce the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series of shows happens April 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Headlining the show will be Woods whose new album, With Light And With Love, is out April 14 via the band's own Woodsist label (our show will double as their record release show). You can stream the title track below.
Entrance to the show will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for one of the black light-friendly posters you see pictured at the top of the post (you collect your poster on your way out).
Also playing the show are Portland, OR's The Woolen Men who released their self-titled debut album last year via Woodsist, and who will have released a new limited 7" vplit with Eyelids via Off Records one day before the show. To quote the label:
-Following the release of The Woolen Men's self-titled LP on Woodist Records and Eyelids "Seagulls Into Submission" 7" on Off Records these bands bring their loose and frenetic approach to the proceedings. The Woolen Men scrape Mark E. Smith over the head with their version of The Fall's "Psycho Mafia" while Eyelids lovingly churn the insides out of The Clean's classic "Anything Could Happen." Comes with very special packaging: a clear blue double sided flexi in a hand stamped and numbered box with particles of information, show fliers and a download card with 2 additional unreleased songs from the bands made exclusively for this release. Only 250 copies will be available. When these are gone, they are gone!The Woolen Men will be coming out to Brooklyn from Portland especially for this show.
The show also features Weyes Blood whose new album will be out later this year via Mexican Summer, and former Vivian Girl and current member of The Babies, Cassie Ramone who will be announcing some news of her own soon too. .
This will be the fourth BV-curated RBSS show; our previous installments were the Pig Destroyer/Dysrythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain, Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
Updated Woods tour dates, including their just-announced 2014 Woodsist Festival are listed below...
Vivian Girls just played their farewell shows over the weekend, and now Katy Goodman has announced details on the new La Sera album. It's titled Hour of the Dawn and will be out May 13 on Hardly Art. That's the cover art above. Says Goodman, "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag," and you can hear what that sounds like via first single "Losing to the Dark" which is streaming below.
Right before the LP comes out, La Sera will play release shows in NYC and LA, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 10. Openers are still to be announced but tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Cassie Ramone plays solo this week, opening for Swearin' at Cake Shop on Thursday (3/6) .
All La Sera dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Colleen Green's charming and catchy 2013 album Sock it to Me was overlooked by a lot of people and while it didn't make my best albums list, it was a definitely runner-up and I put the bouncy "Time in the World" on one of my year-end mixes. You can stream the album below, where you'll also find her Top 10 Things of 2013 list.
Green is currently on the East Coast playing a short run of shows this week, including Saturday (1/4) at Death by Audio. That's a pretty good show, with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls/Babies in solo mode, plus sets from Xray Eyeballs, Virginia Trance, and Juniper Rising.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream, flyer for the DbA show and Colleen's 2013 Top 10, below...
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Swearin' have spent plenty of time on the road this year, and they'll continue to do so into 2014. They've just announced a March run which kicks off in NYC at Cake Shop on 3/6 and Rough Trade on 3/7, which will be the band's first NYC shows since the release of their excellent Surfing Strange LP. The openers for the Rough Trade show are
Marvin Berry and the New Sound Even Hand and Certain Spiders (who previously opened for Waxahatchee In NYC), but no openers have been announced for the Cake Shop show yet. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon. No advance tickets for Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.
Swearin' are currently on the road with Waxhatchee, and that tour doesn't hit NYC, but Waxahatchee will play a Pitchfork party with Mutual Benefit on 12/14 in Brooklyn, and their tour with Cayetana and All Dogs hits NYC in January. Swearin' also play New Year's Eve in Philly with Screaming Females.
All dates are listed, along with a video from Surfing Strange, below...
photos by Matt Schiels
Real Estate @ Maxwell's - 7/29/13
Hoboken rock club Maxwell's is on its last day ever today (7/31) with a farewell block party and a show inside from The Bongos and more. One of the final shows was Monday's (7/29) late show with Real Estate (joined by The Feelies' Glenn Mercer), which we recently posted the setlist, a video and a recap from. Now, we've got a set of pictures from that show in this post.
Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) opened the show. Regarding her set, Speak Into My Goodeye writes:
Always a good songwriter, her new material showed that her songs have gotten even smarter, sharper with experience. Ramone also seems much more confident in her unconventional singing voice. She pointed out that, like the members of Real Estate, she'd been to many shows at Maxwell's while growing up in New Jersey and that she was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the send-off.More pictures of Cassie and Real Estate below...
Real Estate @ Maxwell's, 7/29/2013 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
New Jersey real estate may have something to do with Hoboken icon, Maxwell's, closing for good tomorrow, but Real Estate (from New Jersey) were welcomed with open arms last night (7/29) for the venue's third-to-last show ever. In reciprocation, the band told the crowd they have "nothing but love for the Tri state area." Singer Martin Courtney also told the crowd they came to see shows when they were in high school.
Real Estate also blessed the Maxwell's crowd with a whopping nine new songs, making up the bulk of their set and offering a preview to their new album which they've been working on in Chicago this summer. In addition to new songs (and a few favorites like "Beachcomber"), The Feelies' Glenn Mercer joined the band (a role reversal from Independence Day Weekend) for two Feelies songs, "Only Life" and "The High Road."
Only two nights at Maxwell's left. Tonight is Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, and tomorrow is the free closing block party with The Bongos and more. Real Estate setlist, plus a little video of "Only Life" with Glenn Mercer, below.
UPDATE: Cassie Ramone opened the show too. Check out a full set of pictures of her, Real Estate, and Glenn Mercer.
R. Stevie Moore at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prolific lo-fi wizard R. Stevie Moore is on his self-dubbed "Never Ending World Tour" (appropriate for a man with a never ending discography), and after having recently wrapped up a West Coast run, he's been taking a short break before he heads to Europe later this month. But right before he leaves, he'll squeeze a NYC show in at Glasslands on April 15 with past tourmates Tropical Ooze, along with Total Slacker and a DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Last month, R. Stevie's 61-track collaborative album with Ariel Pink, which came out digitally in 2012, was given a vinyl release in Japan, but they'll ship it to any country (it's also an abridged version because all 61 songs wouldn't fit on vinyl).
All dates are listed, along with a stream of that album, below...
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.
Andrew WK at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We already told you that Andrew WK is hosting The Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ "Conflict of Interest" party at Rebel NYC on Monday (10/15, free with RSVP) but he'll also be making some other appearances next week, though none of them are him playing live.
He'll DJ between bands at the RockStar Motel Showcase at Santos on October 19 with performances from Enemy Planes, bloodnstuff and more TBA. Then on Saturday, October 20 he'll be one of the guest judges at New York Night Train's Soul Clap Dance-Off at Brooklyn Bowl. Other judges include Alexei Perry Cox (Handsome Furs), Daughn Gibson, Mac Demarco, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama), Ultramantis Black (Chikara Pro Wrestling), Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls). Soul Clap starts late (11:30 PM) and tickets are available.
And if you have a CMJ badge you can see Andrew WK speak on the "Turning The Spotlight: The Power Of Motivated Fans" panel which happens at the Kimmel Center (NYU, Room 905/907) on October 18 at 12:30 PM.
Did you go see Andrew WK play "1,000,000 volts of party music" through David Blaine's body?
Speaking of New York Night Train, Jonathan Toubin has some other NYC appearances coming up. He'll DJ with Kid Congo Powers at Home Sweet Home on October 19 for the "Shakin' All Over" party. Then on Saturday, October 27 he'll host "Haunted Hop" costume party at Brooklyn Bowl which in addition to playing cool spooky 45s will feature horror-themed Burt Bacharach cover band Dionne Werewolf (!) and more. Tickets are on sale now. All upcoming Jonathan Toubin appearances are listed below, along with party flyers.
The Babies have announced details on their second album, Our House On The Hill, which is due November 13 via Woodsist. The album was recorded back in February in Los Angeles with producer Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, The Fall, Cass McCombs). You can stream "Get Lost" from the album below, where you can also check out the cover art and tracklist.
The band will celebrate the album's release with a show at Knitting Factory the same day (11/13). No details on openers or advance tickets just yet, but the show will be the start of a fairly extensive North American tour that will have them on the road till the holidays. All dates are listed below.
Turn To Crime
As mentioned, Deep Time (formerly YellowFever), who teamed up with The Babies (featuring Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone) for a Union Pool show last night (8/15), will play 285 Kent tonight (8/16) with Cassie Ramone again, though this time Cassie will be playing with Julie from K-Holes. Turn To Crime, Weird Rivers and I'm Turning Into are also on the bill, as is a DJ set from Serpent (aka Devin from DIIV).
Turn To Crime is the solo project of Derek Stanton from Brooklyn psych rockers Awesome Color. He has a new album, Demonstration I, which you can stream or download for $8 at his bandcamp. It dives into psych rock, shoegaze, lo-fi and other subgenres that love reverb and distortion.
Turn To Crime and K-Holes also share a bill at Union Pool on Saturday (8/18) as part of the Summer Thunder Series with Viva L'American and Death Ray Music. It's a free outdoor day show with "free booze" and (not free) El Diablo tacos.
All K-Holes dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Dive - "Sometime" (MP3)
photos by Erez Avissar
Last Friday (10/7) at 285 Kent saw the busy-body Brooklyn band Dive support Friends with Night Manager, Heaven's Gate, Kevinz Gate and DJ Cassie Ramone. If you missed the show, check out a live audio stream of Friends and Dive below and check out the pictures from the show in this post.
Dive recently posted a new track from their debut 7", the flip of the previously released "Sometime". Stream "Corvalis" below.
Dive will join with member Cole Smith's other project, Beach Fossils, for a show at 285 Kent TONIGHT (10/14) when they team with MINKS and Heavenly Beat. $10 gets you into this all ages jam.
Tonight (10/14) will see Cassie Romone at Music Hall of Williamsburg as a member of The Babies. They open for Yuck and Porcelain Raft. Monday (10/17) The Babies play at Bruar Falls with White Fence and three more bands TBA. $8 gets you into this 21+ event.
Audio streams from the show, the song stream of "Corvalis" and more pictures from 285 Kent are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Razika - Eg Vetsje (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Razika - Nytt Pa Nytt (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Hoop of Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - Where We Trip the Light (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nurses - "Fever Dreams" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (MP3)
I guess this is the pre-CMJ edition of This Week In Indie which is a slightly less busy week than normal, though not by much. (And CMJ this year isn't the most exciting line-up I've seen for that matter, but we'll get to that next week.) In fact there's some pretty cool musical things you should be considering, so let's get into it.
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Norway's Razika are playing Friday (10/14) at Cameo, their first-ever U.S. show, and only one for now. You may not think you need a Norwegian all-girl ska band in your life, and maybe you don't, but Razika do it really well. I wasn't expecting to like it. And really, what they do is more ska-tinged pop than actual ska. Which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. There's definitely a Lilliput/Kleenex vibe (or even Electrelane for a more modern comparison) to what they do. And the songs are crazy catchy. You can get half-price tickets ($5) if you use this link.
It's a good show all around at Cameo, with Ski Lodge whose EP I like a lot. As I've said before, it's like early Smiths meets Beach Fossils. The other band on the bill is Lips which is New Zealander Stephanie Brown who now lives in Brooklyn. I like the songs on her Bandcamp page, which are kind of laptop soul, not entirely unlike Little Dragon or, you. There's a really cute video for her song "One Not Two" at the bottom of this post.
San Francisco's Dominant Legs and tourmates Nurses are in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/14) and Glasslands on Saturday (10/14). Dominant Legs released their debut LP, Invitation, last month on Lefse Records and it's an appealing take on effervescent '80s pop, completely with lightly funky guitars, glistening keyboards and big choruses. You can download a couple songs from Invitation at the top of this post.
As for Nurses, the Portland trio get called "psych-pop" a lot which I guess is code for "vaguely MGMT-ish" but it's the funkier side of that band and not really so much psych to my ears. There's a lot of echo on it, I guess that's psychedelic. That said, their new album Dracula is pretty catchy and danceable and is more directly comparable to fellow Portlandians Unknown Mortal Orchestra than anyone else. You can download a track at the top of this post.
And lastly, Tycho is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (10/16). (Tickets are still available.) The Bay Area electronic artist released his new album, Drive, last week on Ghostly and I've been listening to it a lot. No doubt it owes a giant debt to Boards of Canada, more in the dreamlike synth sounds than in execution. Tracks like "Hours" (downloadable above) more blatantly danceable than BoC but it's still the kind of record you could sleep to as well. And though I no longer have a car, this would be good music behind the wheel, and not just because of the album title.
While listening to Drive, you might think that a live show might just be just a guy and a laptop, Scott Hansen has a full Tycho band that looks to be pretty good from the YouTube clips I've watched. Canada's Teen Daze are also on the bill, and blissed-out Swedes Korallreven are the DJs for the evening.
That's the major stuff for this week...though don't forget Lotion plays their first show in ten years on Monday (10/17) at Knitting Factory! More day-by-day picks are below.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Early show tonight at Mercury Lounge: Canadian fourpiece The Arkells whose 2008 debut was one of that year's undiscovered gems, full of hook-filled, strident heartland rock that would've done gangbusters in the '80s. (You may remember me writing about them from M for Montreal.) Their new album, Michigan Left, is out next week in Canada.
I'm ashamed to admit I haven't given The Rosebuds' new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, enough attention but I definitely like what I have heard. You can download "Woods" at the top of this post. One of the nicest bands around, The Rosebuds are always good live and if you've never seen them before, they play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Want to go for free? We have a couple of pairs of tickets you can win if you email email@example.com (subject: Rosebuds) right now. Include your first and last name in the email and we'll get back to the winners with instructions.
Xeno & Oaklander @ Home Sweet Home.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.
Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.
This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]
Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)
Sunday October 31st @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEI suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.
:: PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: DAS RACIST
:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.
Updated Intelligence dates below...
photos by Samantha Marble
Vivian Girls @ ATP NY
"Andrew Edlin Gallery is pleased to present Henry Darger, its third solo exhibition of the renowned self-taught artist's work. The show, comprised of approximately two dozen works taken from the gallery's inventory and borrowed from private collections, encompasses some of Darger's very earliest experiments in collage, as well as an ample selection of his large-scale, late-career masterpieces. Among them, are several works that are being exhibited for the first time, including a panoramic composition that showcases creatures never before encountered in Darger's Realms of the Unreal: green-skinned plant/human hybrids with vines and blossoming flowers growing from their girlish bodies...As you may know, the band "Vivian Girls" is named after Darger characters.
...The opening reception on Saturday, September 11th, from 4 to 7 pm, features two special events: At 5 pm, the acclaimed author Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances, 2009), accompanied by Karen Russell, will lead a discussion on Darger centered around John Ashbery's poem Girls on the Run. At 6 pm, the indie rock band The Vivian Girls will give a musical performance.
That's on Saturday (today). On Sunday, Cassie plays a ten minute set at Todd P's annual Unamplified event. For a full set from Cassie, who has gone solo, you'll have to wait until September 19th when she plays Glasslands. La Sera, aka Kickball Katy, plays NYC during CMJ, and October 2nd at Funhouse in Seattle.
And as we pointed out already, the Vivian Girls played a set at ATP NY last weekend. A second set of pictures from that show, and a video of Cassie playing solo at Cinders Gallery in August, below...
"The new location is a pristine secluded beach area called Raptor Point, at the North end of the main (decommissioned) runway of the abandoned airport, right on Jamaica Bay. Gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin, and of the distant Manhattan skyline; and a pretty phenomenal sunset spot." - Todd P
Cassie Ramone (the Babies) @ Death By Audio on 8/13 (more by Eric Rex)
"My solo stuff is hard to describe, I haven't been too active about it because I'm really shy, and it's hard for me open up. With Vivian Girls Katy is not shy, she's really good at saying, "listen to my band, come and see my show!" Which I think is awesome, and is one of the reason we were able to do so well because she's so enthusiastic about everything she does, but I'm not like that, I'm more introverted with my artistic endeavors. My stuff that's not Vivian girls is more folksy I would say. I have some keyboard organ songs, it's all over the place really, but I think I'm going to try to record an album over the summer, if I can get it together enough." [CASSIE RAMONE]Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls keeps herself busy. In addition to her side-project called the Babies, Cassie is, like A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys (and her VG bandmate Kickball Katy), working on a solo album. Maybe she'll play some of those songs at her solo show happening at Don Perdo in Brooklyn tonight (8/19). The Impose-presented gig will also feature a headlining set by White Mystery and more. Flyer below.
White Mystery was last here from Chicago in April, and have no more NYC shows scheduled after tonight, but are on tour. All dates and videos from their Cake Shop show (which I posted one other time coincidentally in a post that was topped by a picture of Cassie Ramone) below.
The Babies played Death By Audio with Ty Segall and Royal Baths over the weekend. Their next scheduled show is September 24th at Cake Shop where they'll share a bill with Garotas Suecas, Sundelles and Holger.
Vivian Girls have upcoming shows too - soon even. You can catch them in their college town of New Brunswick, NJ on Saturday night at a place called Fuck Mountain. It's a basement show. Big Troubles and Coasting are also on the bill which is convenient for Coasting drummer Fiona who is in both bands. Vivian Girls are also playing ATP NY. All dates below..
"I'm smelly, but saw the Vivian Girls and conquered the PATH" - Samantha Onorato
Titus Andronicus w/ Cassie from Vivian Girls @ SUNY - 4/14 (OpenEye)
That's Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls on stage with Titus Andronicus at the SUNY Purchase student center on 4/14. Her other band The Babies also played that show.
Vivian Girls played with the Grates and Reading Rainbow at Maxwell's in Hoboken last night (4/23). The show was to celebrate 5 years of MusicSnobbery. Titus Andronicus's tour continues with a show at the same venue tonight (4/24). The sold out gig also has Harlem and Spider Bags on the bill, BUT FIRST: Los Campesinos! will play Maxwell's after all. After rescheduling and then cancelling the show completely, Los Campesinos! have re-rescheduled their show at the NJ venue for 3PM TODAY ("NOTE: if you bought tix @ Ticketweb for 4/17 or 4/21 you will need to re-buy. We regret the inconvenience.").
Los Campesinos! kick off the rest of their tour Sunday in Boston. The new date for the NYC show at Irving Plaza is Monday, April 26th.
Harlem played a show last night at Monster Island Basement (originally scheduled for Market Hotel), and at Mercury Lounge the night before that.