Entries tagged with: Ceremony
Photo: Thurston Moore @ Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)
Over the past month or so, we've been posting 'Best of 2014' lists from several artists, including Caribou, Converge, Yo La Tengo, A Place to Bury Strangers, Screaming Females, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Tom Scharpling, Vetiver, Moon Duo, Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Protomartyr, Klaus Johann Grobe, Kevin Morby, Hookworms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxing, Evan Weiss, Crocodiles, and others (you can browse our "Best of 2014" tag for more).
Here's a roundup of even more artist year-end lists, including lists from The Wytches, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, Plague Vendor, Andrew Jackson Jihad, S, PAWS, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, Tiny Moving Parts, Greys, Sarah Silverman, clipping., Low, Tacocat, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, Jason Narducy (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, Split Single), Ceremony, Thurston Moore and Iceage. Find out what made their lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Dark Blue, the new-ish Philly band of Clockcleaner's John Sharkey III, Paint It Black/Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Strand of Oaks' Mike Sneeringer, recently signed to Jade Tree, and they've now announced that they'll release their debut album, Pure Reality, on the label on October 7 (pre-order). The album was produced by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Nothing) and its first single, "Here On My Street," is out now. Like the previous material we've heard from the band, it's a punked-up take on late '70s/early '80s post-punk/goth, as catchy as it is mopey. For a modern comparison, Merchandise fans will probably dig this.
Stream the new song, with the album tracklist, below...
by Ian Chainey
California hardcore ragers Dangers -- who have one of the greatest Last.fm tags: "unreasonably pissed off" -- and cinema grinders Graf Orlock will be joined by Italian destroyers Holy for a tour of the East Coast this August. Dangers will actually get rolling out West with three dates that sub Holy and Graf Orlock for Ceremony. Then, the three will hook-up on and drop into cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Asbury Park. The three will hit Brooklyn's 538 Johnson on August 22 with Wet Witch and Vulture Shit. Tickets are $8 at the door. The next day, they'll play NYC's ABC No Rio (8/23) with Blackest and Ubasute for a 3 PM mid-day matinee. (They'll play Philly that night.) Tickets are $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Dangers released EP Five O'Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World back in January, continuing on in the spirit of their 2010 breakout Messy, Isn't It? Graf Orlock have been busy with their label Vitriol, but found time to get back in the studio. Preorders are now up for their 7" Trailer, with a full-length apparently on the way as well. Finally, the hefty Holy assembled the blistering Seclusion MMXIV EP this month which you can stream below as well..
All of the tour dates are listed, along with streams from the bands, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.
Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.
Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...
Ceremony at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
California punks Ceremony are finally getting ready to record the followup to 2012's Zoo, and though details on that are still sparse, the band did just announce a lengthy summer tour. The tour includes a run with Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung (which should actually be a pretty great pairing considering Ceremony's PV roots) which hits NYC on July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show, like all BKNB shows, is free.
All dates are listed, with some great live videos of both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
We talked about Dark Blue, the new Philly trio from John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black) and Mike Sneeringer (Purling Hiss) back in early January when they came to NYC for a Nothing Changes party. At that point, the band had still yet to release any music, but they've since announced that their debut 7" will soon come out on Katorga Works with "Subterranean Man" on the a-side backed by "Skinhead Wedding In Canberra." Sharkey has talked about the UK ''77 Punk influence on this project, which you can totally hear in the music -- those choppy power chords are pretty poppy for Katorga Works. But like a past Katorga Works band, Merchandise, the vocals embrace the gothy baritone of the '80s, and there's even a little Jim Morrison on that repeated line, "Death in the city/death in the city above." You can stream the a-side of the 7" below.
Dark Blue will play a release party for the new 7" in Philly this March, and they'll be back in NYC to open the previously discussed Saint Vitus show (3/20) on fellow Philly band Nothing's tour. Brooklyn post-black metal specialists Sannhet were added to that show as well. Tickets are on sale now.
Song stream below...
by Wyatt Marshall
John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner and Puerto Rico Flowers) has a new band with Ceremony's Andy Nelson and Purling Hiss' Mike Sneeringer called Dark Blue . Sharkey talked with the Village Voice about the new project:
Your new band is called Dark Blue. How did all this happen?Dark Blue's playing their third ever show tonight (1/8) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Interval, who haven't played a show in two years but earlier today released a sampler of a forthcoming demo (stream it below). No one is really sure what to expect from Dark Blue -- there aren't any Dark Blue recordings out there -- so, if you go, tell us about it. (How many bands get a Village Voice writeup without any recorded material and 13 Facebook likes?.) Silent Servant, who just headlined The Bunker's 11th anniversary at Output, will be DJing, as will Nikola Baytala.
I'd been listening to a lot of UK '77 Punk stuff, the first kind of music that I got really obsessed with in my early teens. I decided that it might be time for me to finally pay homage to the stuff that I grew up with musically. It never occurred to me that I'd start this band: I had a pile of songs I didn't know what else to do with them than fucking record them. I'm at the point in my life where I can devote a little more time to music. My kids are a little bit older now, and my wife and I are settled in Philadelphia. It gives me a little more time to work on this stuff. Andy and Mike used to play in Puerto Rico Flowers and we started playing around with stuff, almost as a fluke. I didn't really expect much of it to be quite honest with you, but it's the project I'm most happy with.
The updated Nothing Changes schedule for January, which includes Statiqbloom, Nearest, Outmode and Croaw is below. As a reminder, Statiqbloom is the solo ebm/industrial project of Batillus's Fade Kainer -- he's playing a Statiqbloom show with Hot Guts tonight in Philly. Stream Statiqbloom's EP below.
Updated schedule, flier, and streams are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?
Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.
Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.
They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.
Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue 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 Andrew Sacher
White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.
White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.
White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.
For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).
All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...
photos by Shaun Regan
Ceremony @ Asbury Lanes, 8/15/2013
As discussed, Ceremony are touring around last weekend's This is Hardcore Festival, and played a show in NJ last night at Asbury Lanes(8/14) with Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Pictures of Ceremony (none of ESMB) from the show are in this post.
Both Ceremony and Ed Schrader's Music Beat will team with GIVE and Sick Feeling to play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/17). Tickets are still available.
More pics from Asbury Lanes are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.
Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.
You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.
Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed)
We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:
Converse Represent series in San FranciscoThe only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.
Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's
JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest
JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies
JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch
JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
This is Hardcore have announced their initial 2013 lineup which, for the most part, doesn't have many uber-shocking additions unless you count a headlining set by Gwar (?). It includes names like Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Panic, Trapped Under Ice and more. Full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival pass and the weekend pass go on sale at noon.
The one interesting addition is the reemergence of Modern Life is War, who called it quits in 2008. Though some are viewing the band's reunion as part of an April Fool's joke, the reunion is in fact real according to a valued source. The band issued the following statement regarding their return:
"Modern Life Is War is an active band again. In September of last year, we wrote an album in John's basement in Marshalltown, which will be recorded at God City in May and released on Deathwish in September. The original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich will be in place. For what it's worth, we are not approaching this as a 'reunion' but rather as a band with a new record that will be working to contribute something worthwhile. Extensive touring is not in the cards for us at this point. Our first show back will be at This Is Hardcore Fest in August, followed by a record release show in Iowa. We will announce an official release date as well as specific show dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed."Keep your fingers crossed for more dates.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pennsylvania's Paint it Black have returned with a new 7" due on No Idea Records, Invisible, which is available for preorder now. It marks the melodic hardcore band's first effort in four years, and they've has offered a pair of tracks for streaming in anticipation of its mid-April release. Check out "Greetings, Fellow Insomniacs" and "Headfirst", the latter of which makes its debut here today.
In celebration of PiB's righteous return to the studio, we cornered frontman Dan Yemin (also Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, etc) and bassist Andy Nelson (also Ceremony, etc) about the new release, being an elder statesman in punk and what the future holds. The results of that conversation, those song streams are below.
Night Birds at House of Vans, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Night Birds join Lemuria & Parquet Courts in supporting Fucked Up at Warsaw on Friday (12/21, tickets), and as such we cornered Brian Gorsegner to ask about his 2012. The Night Birds frontman's journey through music in 2012 in handy list format is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.
But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Andrew Sacher
"Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall tonight aka what all rock & roll should be" - Alison McCarthy
"Ceremony. Most aggro pit I've ever seen. Lots of punching. @ Webster Hall" - Dave Surgan
Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall, 12/2/2012
Titus Andronicus wrapped up their tour with Ceremony in NYC last night at Webster Hall (12/2) after playing Maxwell's in Hoboken the night earlier. But before either band took the stage, Buffalo's Lemuria treated the crowd to a set of their raw Thermals-y pop punk. The place couldn't have been more than half full for their set but Lemuria still looked like they were having the time of their lives and delivered as such. You can catch them in NYC again opening for Fucked Up at Warsaw on December 21 with Night Birds and Parquet Courts. TIckets for that show are still available.
Next up was Ceremony, who, like their Matador labelmates Fucked Up, have been bringing real-deal punk rock to the indie kids, so when they were tapped to open on tour for Titus it sounded like it made a lot of sense. And I can't judge the other 40 something dates on the tour, but at Webster Hall they hardly came off like an opener. In fact, I'd be curious to know how many people bought tickets just to see Ceremony and left after their set. The second Ceremony's drummer, who was donning a Titus Andronicus 'Local Business' shirt, began the drum intro to their opening set, a massive pit broke out and the kids only got more intense throughout the set. Bassist Andy Nelson actually addressed the pit later on in the show: "I know it's really hard to be a white male in America and you have to let out a lot of aggression, but when you punch people you don't know in the face, you look fucking ridiculous." And he actually got a lot of cheers for saying that. On the band's newest record (and their Matador debut), Zoo, they again evolved their ever-changing sound, in favor of Stooges-y garage punk, and cuts off that album like "Hysteria" and "Citizen" fit right into the band's ruthless live show. But before leaving the stage, they played a few songs their early powerviolence days "for the punk kids."
Finally, a few minutes after 10:30, Titus Andronicus took the stage, with frontman Patrick Stickles returning the favor of their tourmates, decked out in a Ceremony tee. With no more than the quick floor tom roll that kicks off Local Business, Titus went into that album's opener, "Ecce Homo," and as they do on tour and on record, seamlessly transitioned into "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter." Local Business has received some (unfair) criticism, much of which is due to living in the shadows of the epic The Monitor, but the fans still love it. There were just as many fist-raised singalongs during the Local Business tracks as there were during "No Future Part Three, "Titus Andronicus," "A More Perfect Union," and the number of other older favorites they played. Titus didn't inspire too much moshing like Ceremony before them, but the masses of fans jumping around had Webster's floor shaking and the stage diving never ceased on the fans' end, and Patrick leapt into the crowd once himself.
One of the things Local Business has become known for is the fact that it's the first record Titus recorded with the same lineup they tour with, and that really came across at the show. It was no longer the Titus Andronicus led by Patrick Stickles, who produced a Civil War epic, putting together a band to take on the road with him. And the results were pretty humbling. Patrick has always felt very much like the frontman at TItus shows -- and he is and deserves to appear that way -- but on this tour he comes off as a member of a band, and for people who embrace DIY aesthetics and local business as much as they do, those communal elements are a big deal. The band have learned a few other new tricks for this tour too, like Patrick ending "(I Am the) Electric Man" with "I am the electric man. Now you know. But there's still something I gotta know..." and then whipping out The Contours' "Do You Love Me." They also learned a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" for this tour, which after repeated cheers from the crowd they came out to play as an encore. Patrick prefaced the encore with, "We don't usually do this, but if you insist..." and from the looks of past setlists, it's true.
At the show, Patrick mentioned he and the guys are headed to catch Neil Young at the Barclays Center tonight (12/3), and while they didn't play any of Neil's songs last night, they did play "Down by the River" in Neil's hometown of Ontario at their Lee's Palace show (11/27), and you can watch a video of that cover below. He also mentioned on stage that they'll be the surprise guests at the now sold out Tom Scharpling-presented Sandy benefit at The Bell House on Friday (12/7) with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and Andrew W.K..
The "Down by the River" video and two videos from the Webster Hall show are below, along with video of Ceremony on Last Call with Carson Daly.
by Andrew Sacher
Titus @ House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus are gearing up to release their new record, Local Business, on October 23 via XL. It's a bit of a back-to-basics record, at least in comparison to 2010's epic The Monitor, but as Tom Breihan points out in his premature evaluation on the album for Stereogum, living in the shadows of The Monitor is the only potential downside Local Business faces -- it's otherwise an incredible record. Patrick Stickles and Co.'s knack for heartland punk songwriting is in tact as strong as ever before, there's some un-tread territory for the band here too, like the Stonesy swagger of "(I Am The) Electric Man" and they recall the Misfits' "We Are 138" on "Titus Andronicus vs. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)." We've still got to wait another couple weeks for the record to hit shelves, but the band just revealed another standout cut, "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter," which you can stream below.
A list of all dates and that song stream below.
TItus Andronicus at House of Vans, Aug 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Titus Andronicus and Ceremony will team up for a US tour in October and November, kicking off in Philadelphia and looping the country, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The tour comes to a close in December with a pair of NYC area shows: 12/1 at Maxwell's and 12/2 at Webster Hall. Maxwell's ticketing info is on the way, as is Webster Hall.
The massive tour is intended to welcome Local Business, the band's new LP due via XL Recordings. Look for Titus's new baby to rear its head the day before tour kick-off (10/22), and check out the first song to slip out of the gates, "In a Big City," with all dates, below.