Entries tagged with: Ceremony
Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).Jonathan Toubin!!
This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.
Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Trash Talk @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
The BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day show took over two stages at Scoot Inn on 3/16, and one day of the multi-day Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at the venue. With a ticket price tag of free and a stacked lineup that included High On Fire, Trash Talk, Off!, Ceremony, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, Full of Hell, Dead In The Dirt, Code Orange Kids, Heartless, and Balaclava, its understandable that there was a line around the block for most of the amazing day.
We already posted one set of photos from the show at BV Austin, including shots of Heartless, Ceremony, Balaclava, Full of Hell, and Code Orange Kids. Here are some pictures & video of High on Fire, and Off!, and more of Balaclava, Trash Talk, and Ceremony. Photos of Dead In The Dirt, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, and others are on the way. More below...
Ceremony at LPR (more by Sarah Coulter)
After headlining a ferocious bill at LPR in February, Ceremony are already scheduled to return in late April. As discussed, the band will support Refused at Terminal 5 on April 23rd, but the band has ALSO added another show later that same night at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale at noon on tomorrow (3/7).
All tour dates, including the BV/POTR Austin show, are listed, along with a full album stream of Zoo and some live video from LPR including "Blue" which makes its debut here, below...
Dennis of Refused on stage with Invasionen at by:Larm (more by BBG)
Many thought that Refused would never reunite, so it seems appropriate that before hitting Coachella, the band would play their first show since 1998 on leap day (aka Feb 29th, yesterday). Check out videos and the setlist from the surprise gig at Scharinska in Umea, Sweden, below.
Refused are set to play Coachella as well as two sold-out nights at Terminal 5 in NYC. Ceremony, who recently started streaming their new LP, and are playing the BV/Power of The Riff show at SXSW, is on board for the second NYC date (no opener yet on the first).
All Refused tour dates with the setlist and videos below...
Cold Cave at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Cold Cave in NYC 27 AprilStay tuned for more info if and when it is ever announced...
The CCC has confirmed that the information listed on the Matador website is indeed true...
Cold Cave will be playing at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan on Friday 27 April 2012
No further information has been confirmed at this time. This information is not listed on Cold Cave's site, nor is it listed on The Guggenheim's calendar of events. Any updates will be posted promptly
In other Matador Records band news, Ceremony are now streaming their new album "Zoo" over at SPIN. The record is out March 6th which is also when the band will start playing some shows in California, eventually making their way to SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan/Power of the Riff party at Scoot Inn. All of their tour dates are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Adult" (MP3)
High on Fire at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
High on Fire have announced De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new album due on EOne Records on April 3rd. The LP, produced by Kurt Ballou, features 10 tracks and draws inspiration from "a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos." Head below for all tour dates and details on the release.
Don't forget that High on Fire will join Trash Talk and a mammoth cast of others for the BV/Power of The Riff show during the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at Scoot Inn on March 16th in Austin. All High on Fire dates are below.
Another band scheduled to play the day party, Ceremony, have posted a new track from their forthcoming Zoo. Check out "Adult", downloadable below as well as a a video for "World Blue" below. All Ceremony dates are below.
The Melvins have announced TWO new releases, including the The Bulls & The Bees EP due on March 13th via Scion A/V and the forthcoming LP Freak Puke due via Ipecac on June 5th. Those expecting a four-piece will be surprised to know that the Freak Puke LP will be from "Melvins Lite", aka Buzzo, Dale and bassist Trevor Dunn. Fans of the four piece shouldn't fret, Jared and Coady will be on the road with Unsane this April.
Arabrot, who were one of the most impressive bands at byLarm this past week in Oslo (pics/review coming) have released a video for their title track to Solaranus. Check that out below, along with a stream of another Norwegian band that I enjoyed, Dark Times.
More suggested NYC shows, streams, a new Rise & Fall video and a full live set by Bolt Thrower from 1989 is below.
High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
March 16th, March 16th, March 16th! If you're going to be in Austin, save the date on your calendar folks! On Friday March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St), BrooklynVegan, The Power of The Riff, and Southern Lord will combine forces for a MARATHON of events that kickoff at noon and end waaaaay after the sun goes down.
The FREE daytime portion, in conjunction with the four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match" event at the venue, is an all-ages shindig that will kick off at noon and feature a skateramp with skaters and bands all day long. Shortly after doors open, expect to see eleven bands across two stages including sets from the following:
March 16, 2012 @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (noon-6pm)That's right... High on Fire AND Off! AND Trash Talk (playing their FOURTH year of SXSW shows with us) AND Black Cobra AND Ceremony all in the same space, not to mention the awesome undercard of bands like Deafheaven (playing their second year of SXSW shows with BV), new favorites Full of Hell, Balaclava, Heartless and Dead in The Dirt. It is going to be insane, so bring a hard hat.
* High on Fire
* Trash Talk
* Black Cobra
* Full of Hell
* Dead in The Dirt
* DNF (members of Trash Talk, Touche Amore)
As the day show comes to a close, we'll get ready for our night show at the same venue... amounting to a total of FOURTEEN HOURS of destruction! Not to mention the food trucks, a full bar, and so much more to keep you fed and hydrated (or buzzed, depending on your poison) during the onslaught.
Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for details regarding the official night showcase (it has been announced), and for more about the day show (or our OTHER day show on Saturday at Lovejoys), including set times. In the meantime, head below for video of some of the bands playing our MEGA-show at Scoot Inn on March 16th!
photos by Sarah Coulter
Ceremony @ Le Poisson Rouge
As previously discussed, Ceremony headlined Le Poisson Rouge on 2/4 with a staggering lineup of support from Pissed Jeans, Rival Mob, Kim Phuc, Hoax, and Gods & Queens. Pictures and video from this show adorn this post.
Ceremony also swung by WNYU to play a live set as part of The New Afternoon Show. Stream that appearance in its entirety at WNYU.
Reminder: Hoax teams with Veins, Raw Nerve and Chain Wallet on April 8th.
Ceremony tour dates and more pictures and video from LPR, below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Hysteria" (MP3)
Ceremony at LPR (via)
In the wake of their sold-out mega show at LPR, Ceremony have announced a US tour in support of their forthcoming effort Zoo due on Matador. The dates do not include an NYC date so far, but will stop in Austin for SXSW at Red 7 on March 17th. More details are forthcoming, but tour dates are below.
As discussed, Ceremony played a packed out LPR with Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc (who also played a late show) and Gods & Queens. Pictures from the show are on the way but until then, check out video below.
In related news, the great Hoax will also join on another upcoming NYC bill, this time with the mighty Veins and Raw Nerve, as well as Chain Wallet at 538 Johnson on April 8th. More details are available at the Facebook event page. The band, who will release a new EP via Youth Attack this year, will prepare for an upcoming tour with SQRM in the coming days and will play Chaos in Tejas this year.
All tour dates and videos, below..
Pissed Jeans at House of Vans (more by Chris La Putt)
Pissed Jeans, who haven't been very busy lately due to having kids, scheduled some shows this month including one in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (1/22), joined by Protect-U and Pop.1280. The show was another one-off for the punk band, but one of a few dates for Pop.1280, who are welcoming their new LP The Horror (stream the LP in full at SPIN). Did you go last night? How was it? blogTo was at the Toronto show:
"Beyond the onstage antics, the band played an incredible set. The crowd's favourite seemed to be the official last song of the night, "False Jesii Part 2." As soon as the band started playing it the intensity in the room skyrocketed and the structural soundness of the floor was tested to the max as the crowd bounced to the high paced rhythm. As the last song came to an end, fans were left wanting for more.If you missed Pissed Jeans, here's some BIG news that should ease your mind. Pissed Jeans have been added to the now RIDICULOUS lineup of Ceremony/Rival Mob/Kim Phuc/Hoax/Gods & Queens at LPR on Feb 4th. Tickets are still available and only $5 in advance.
Pissed Jeans were happy to oblige, on one condition: "a rousing clap" was needed, at the request of Korvette. The crowd complied and the band played on. Ending their encore, the drummer, Sean McGuinness, leapt over his kit and into the crowd."
Kim Phuc will ALSO play an after-party with the new-look Night Birds & Nuclear Spring (ex-Nomos) later that night.
A short video from a recent Pissed Jeans show in Philly, below...
Jensen Ward of Walls on stage with Iron Lung at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
Walls (mems Cold Sweat/Iron Lung) will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Aussies True Radical Miracle in the next week. The shows are celebration of both band's new releases due on Iron Lung Records (home of Total Control, Dead Language, Kim Phuc, Iron Lung, etc). Full tour schedule and flyer are below.
Both Walls and True Radical Miracle will welcome said releases, the new The Future is Wide Open LP and the Termites LP respectively, via their label on February 2nd or at the merch table on the previously discussed dates (EU fans, head to De Graan Republiek to get your copy). Stream the first four tracks from EACH LP below; fans of noisy, nihilistic hardcore will dig Walls while TRM contains strains of everything from post-hardcore, garage, noise, punk, and everything in between. Both are definitely recommended.
Total Control, who released Henge Beat via Iron Lung last year, was named one of our favorite LPs of 2011.
Stream that new Walls and True Radical Miracle material below, alongside more streams and all tour dates.
Ross of Ceremony is hungry at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
As discussed, Ceremony are playing a February an NYC show. Ends up its a whopper and taking place at Le Poisson Rouge on February 4th with the awesome lineup of The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods & Queens, and "special guests". Best of all, it'll cost you only $5 in advance (!). Tickets are on sale.
Ceremony recently announced their Matador debut Zoo as well as some additional 7"s.
LPR will be Gods & Queens' first NYC show since their horrifying ordeal in Eastern Europe.
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Hysteria" (MP3)
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Ceremony have announced Zoo, the band's Matador debut due on March 6th. The John Goodmanson-produced LP features the song "Hysteria" which is also the subject of a forthcoming 7" with a cover of Urinals' "I'm A Bug" on the flip. Download "Hysteria" now above.
The band will also release a 7" of another single, "Adult", with a non-album track "Start Over" on the B-Side. Preorder the Adult 7", Zoo, and a tee at Matador now.
So far no tour dates to speak of, but look out for "a special NYC event coming in early February". Hawt.
"Zoo" cover art below...
Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Tedzig @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Speaking of Ted Leo, who just announced some shows.....
After some wondering and hinting, it actually happened... Glenn Danzig, who didn't have enough time to play his full Misfits set Friday night, showed up during Ted Leo's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday! (sort of)
First Ted & the Pharmacists played their regular set, but it ended 10 minutes early and abruptly because Ted said he was cold (like Danzig was on Friday night). Ted quickly reappeared on stage though, but in a black wig complete with devil's lock, and full band including Andy Nelson (who was in town with both Ceremony and Paint it Black) on bass. Misfits (aka Misfits tribute band TV Casualty, 3/5th of them anyway) were in effect!
The tribute band played four Misfits tunes: "Where Eagles Dare," "Bullet," "Angelfuck", and "Skulls" which Tedzig preceded by saying he reads Facebook a lot and he knew some people at the fest really wanted to hear it. Check out the video of that one below.
TV Casualty, who have played live shows before, now also have a release (what perfect timing for all that to go down at the Austin Fest...)...
On October 31st, Matador [released] a charity 7" from Philadelphia's TV Casualty.Order your copy via Matador. Check out Ted's tour dates HERE. See more pictures and a video of the Misfits tribute, below...
This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!
As part of Matador's famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7" features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only LGBTQ Youth Center.
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by BBG
Ceremony @ House of Vans
Cults @ House of Vans
To be clear, the below video is NOT the latest from Integrity. Actually, it is the latest video from the much more serene Cults, who uses "Go Outside" from their debut LP to soundtrack clips of the Jim Jones cult and the surrounding compound. Sick shit guys... thats a compliment.
"To tell the story of Cults' hauntingly beautiful track, "Go Outside", I was inspired to bring the band inside the world of Jim Jones' famous religious cult, Peoples Temple, and the eventual tragedy in Jonestown. Fortunately, when exploring the feasibility of this video I became acquainted with Fielding M. McGehee III, an expert on Peoples Temple history and the primary researcher for the Jonestown Archive. It is thanks to him and his encouragement that I was able to take on this project and through his support gained access to over two and half hours of home videos showing Peoples Temple in Jonestown." - [director Isaiah Seret]Cults played House of Vans on June 30th as part of a killer (not in a Jim Jones-way) lineup that included new-Matador-signees Ceremony, HEALTH, and No Age. The show was packed and bonkers from the beginning with a full-on mosh pit breaking out for opener Ceremony who were followed by Cults who in turn filled in the large warehouse with less-violently acting people. HEALTH and No Age followed. Pictures are in this post and many more of them are below.
House of Vans is basically this super large sweet warehouse that is sometimes used for skateboarding with a big stage for the bands. It sounded good and there was plenty of room for people to see, dance, mingle, and hang out in the courtyard outside which included a bar with FREE BEER, and portapotties. Food too (not sure if that was free).
OFF!, Superchunk, HEALTH and No Age all play the Pitchfork Fest in Chicago this weekend.
Off! also just released a new live video. The whole 37 seconds of it is also below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - Sick (MP3)
For several of us at Matador Records & Filmworks, 'Rohnert Park', the 3rd album from Northern California's CEREMONY wasn't merely one of our favorites of 2010, it also represented one of those moments where we sit around in a dark room and wonder aloud, "can you imagine what these guys will do next?"Ceremony are in NYC now, playing two shows, each of which has featured in BV post in the past day: tonight (6/30) is at House of Vans and Friday is at 538 Johnson (and NOT Death By Audio). All tour dates below...
Those moments usually don't last long. Often one of the cleaners will turn on the lights and we'll have to explain they've not walked in on some kind of corporate hazing ritual. In this instance, however, the moment seemed to extend for several months, finally culminating in the worst kept secret in our version of the rock biz this spring ; Ceremony's next full-length studio album will be a Matador release in 2012.
The announcement of Ceremony's signing to Matador also coincides with the band's swan song for Bridge 9, a 6-song 12? EP/CD/digital EP entitled 'Covers'. Songs by Urban Waste ("Public Opinion"), Pixies ("Nimrod's Son"), Crisis ("Holocaust"), Eddie and the Subtitles ("American Society"), Vile ("5 to 10?) and Wire ("Pink Flag") are reinterpreted by Ceremony on this collection of outtakes from the 'Rohnert Park' sessions. Bridge Nine are taking preorders starting today.
photos by Natasha Ryan
Cults @ NXNE
If you RSVP'd for the House of Vans show happening TONIGHT (6/30), you should have gotten this letter:
Hey All-Cults are also playing another show in the area this weekend. You can catch them in the Hamptons at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY on Saturday (7/2). They recently performed a set at the NXNE fesitval in Toronto. A few pictures from their set there are in this post. More of them and all tour dates below...
Just wanted to remind you that tonight is the first show in our series at the House Of Vans featuring No Age, Health, Cults and Ceremony. The address for House of Vans is 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Doors are at 7:00pm. This is a free all ages show and the will be no line ups prior to 5:00pm.
The reason that you are receiving this is that you rsvped for the event. Entry is first come first serve. RSVP does not guarantee you entry.
Basic rules for the event... No outside food or beverage. And please don't bring your skateboard or ask us to check in your skateboard.
No Age: 10:30pm
And Sean Agnew will be playing records inbetween bands.
There are two businesses next to the House of Vans that we care about and support on a regular basis. Pops Popular Clothing, which is next door and Cookie Road, a great café and bakery a block up.
They are both giving away a limited amount of passes (that guarantee you entry) with a purchase of $5 or more ending at 3:00pm. Every event we will be supporting two different local businesses.
Hope to see you tonight.
Richmond noise-rockers Hex Machine recently completed a round of tour dates that took them out west. Kicking off the return trip in Portland this weekend, Hex Machine will be back east to play Brooklyn's Union Pool on July 8th with Wizardry, Bad Dream, and a Kevin Hufnagel ukelele set. All tour dates are below.
Bad Dream also play Union Pool a month later with True Widow.
As mentioned, Kevin Hufnagel plays Death By Audio Wednesday (6/29) with Dysrhythmia. They'll join Guzzlemug, PAK, and Xaddax at the Brooklyn venue as part of a larger tour for Guzzlemug which hits Allston tonight (6/28). Stream two Guzzlemug LPs below, alongside all tour dates.
All tour dates and some video is below.
photos from a House of Vans show in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As promised, House of Vans, which is located at 25 Franklin St in Brooklyn, is hosting free shows this summer. Stepping in just at the right moment to possibly fill the gap left by the loss of the Pool Parties, there will be six free-with-RSVP Vans House Parties between June 30th and August 25th.
The lineups for the first two FYF-presented, all-ages shows have been revealed, as have all six dates to hold (all of which are weekdays). No Age, HEALTH, Cults, and Ceremony play the Greenpoint venue on Thursday, June 30. Superchunk, Off!, and Lemuria will play on Thursday, July 14. The other dates, with lineups still TBA, are July 29 (a Friday), August 4 (a Thursday), August 18 (a Thursday), and August 25 (a Thursday). RSVP links are at their site, and note:
"In order to gain access to the free shows at the House of Vans this summer, you must RSVP to reserve a place on the list. RSVP links are listed under each show on this site.Meanwhile Cults are on tour and in NYC now (and playing Summerstage this summer too), and Off! will be here soon with Dinosaur Jr., Henry Rollins and Fucked Up.
Due to capacity restraints each event will be first come, first serve. A line will form in front of the building at 5pm, no line ups are allowed prior to that. There will be food and drinks inside, no outside food and drinks will be allowed in."
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr
Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF FestThat's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.
The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.
Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.
Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."
There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.
If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).
By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.
Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.
Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - End Times (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weekend - All American (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Feel Sorry for Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Procedure Club - Rather (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: No Joy - No Joy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - Someday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Games - Everything is Working (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Family Trees - Dream Talkin (MP3)
Weekend @ Cake Shop
I hope you all survived the insanity that was last week. Thankfully, this week is not quite as action packed but still a lot of cool stuff going on. Let's get to it.
Lovers of shoegazy noisepop will want to be at Silent Barn tonight (8/18) for a pretty killer quadruple bill at which earplugs are definitely recommended. San Francisco's Weekend and New Haven, CT's Procedure Club are both signed to Slumberland Records. Weekend are pretty clean-cut looking dudes who make a dark-edged squall that shows a direct through-line from Joy Division to Jesus and Mary Chain to Ride and beyond. I caught them last night at Cake Shop and despite a few microphone problems I thought they were pretty good. Loud. Really loud. The band have already released singles on Transparent and Mexican Summer -- download tracks from those at the top of this post -- and the Slumberland album, Sports (is the title perhaps a tip of a hit to fellow Bay Area musician Huey Lewis?), is out in November. Weekend also play Death by Audio tomorrow (8/19) tomorrow night with sonic compatriots A Place to Bury Strangers.
Procedure Club, meanwhile, are more on the bedroom pop side of things. Their album, Doomed Forever, came out in June and is a pretty low fi affair, but the songwriting begins to shine through the cacophony on repeated listens. Check out two tracks from the album above, and there's a video for "Rather" at the bottom of this post.
As for the rest of the Silent Barn bill, there's LA/Montreal duo No Joy who I've written about before (but still haven't seen) and are possibly the loudest band on a very loud night. The band's debut 7" is out now on Mexican Summer (grab the b-side above) and is recommended to those whose taste leans towards the sludgy side of things. No Joy are also playing the Death by Audio show with APTBS and Weekend tomorrow night, and will then head out on tour with Dungen, and those tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Rounding out the show are Fredericksburg, VA's Ceremony who crib more than a little from JAMC (and Medicine and The Radio Dept.), though their album, Rocket Fire, has some nice moments on it -- you can download an MP3 of "Someday" at the top of this post.
Dean and Britta
Dean Wareham kicks off his "Plays Galaxie 500" tour tonight at the Rock Shop, and he'll do it again tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom with Crystal Stilts opening. Both shows are sold out so I won't go on and on here, but I'm looking forward to this trip down Memory Lane. Hopefully he'll pull out some of my favorites ("Strange," "Parking Lot," "Oblivious"). Dean talked to the AV Club about the difficulties of rearranging the songs for his current band:
AVC: You play with four people now instead of three.Dean & Britta, meanwhile, have a new album, 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, which they'll be touring in the fall. (NYC's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on 10/22.) All Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 tour dates (including the Music Hall of Willimsburg one that was just added in December) , HERE, and video of the original band doing "Strange" is at the bottom of this post.
DW: We like four people, because I listen to the records, and there's generally two guitars, because there's an overdub on each track. Or sometimes Matt [Sumrow] plays keyboards; he switches back and forth. I think it sounds fuller with the live guitar. When I go back and look at the old Galaxie 500 live recordings, sometimes Kramer would get onstage with us and play a few songs. It sounded a little fuller. There are times when it works great as a three-piece, too.
AVC: Does touring the Galaxie songs as a four-piece involve some rearranging?
DW: It involves some rehearsing. The songs are more difficult to play than I remember. I listened to the live Galaxie 500 album from Copenhagen, and I realized that's at the end of a tour, after we had been touring for a couple of months and had gotten pretty good at it. In terms of chord structure, the songs are incredibly simple. For example, a song like "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste" is only one chord, but there's a whole lot going on in it.
AVC: Peter Buck talks about how hard it was late in R.E.M.'s career to relearn some of their early songs. Because they didn't know what they were doing at first, it's incredibly difficult to replicate.
DW: On "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste," when I was going over my guitar solo, I had no idea what I was doing and I was completely lost. Then I'm like, "How did I do that?"
AVC: It's hard to stumble into the same thing twice.
DW: Well, obviously I don't have to replicate it note-for-note. Mind you, I've got fans who get mad if I play "Snowstorm" and I do the solo with the fuzz pedal instead of the wah-wah. "What! How could he do that?"
And a few more picks, day-by-day of shows that weren't covered above.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18
Family Trees, who probably own a Galaxie 500 record or two, play their dreamy folk pop to Pianos tonight opening for Julian Lynch and Family Portrait. Check out Family Tree's lovely "Dream Talkin'" at the top of this post.
Air Waves, The Beets, Easter Vomit and Rifle Recoil play a benefit for Yellow Fever's Jennifer Moore at Death by Audio.
words by Lindsay Maharry, photos by Lionel Bergeron
Ceremony at ABC No Rio
Ceremony and Black Kites played Death by Audio on August 8th. Ceremony also played ABC No Rio one night earlier. The shows were in support of their new LP Rohnert Park, out now on Bridge Nine Records. Punch was scheduled to head out with Ceremony, but were forced to drop off the tour due to the singer breaking her ankle.
Black Kites played their set at DbA in front of the stage, level with the crowd. It was technically their record release show for the new 12", Songs Written While Things Were Changing, released by Protagonist Music. The LP follows the New Jersey three-piece's first release, Advancement to Ruin's from RTF Records (and a split with Brooklyn's Swallowed Up on Hydrogen Man Records).
Singer Jeff Guerriero's desperate vocals command attention and balance with guitarist Tom Schlatter's style (The Assistant, You and I). They tore through a great set- check BlacK kites out again on August 28th at ABC No Rio, where they will kick off a partial US tour with Germany's Zann. And if you want to really be entertained, check out Jeff Guerriero's alter ego as professional wrestler, "Jeff Cannonball," at one of his flamboyant matches as part of National Wrestling Superstars. Seriously, I went to one in February. It was really fun.
Bay Area hardcore band Ceremony made the room explode. Ross Farrar is a great front man, diminishing the distinction between stage and crowd. Drummer Val Saucedo (Punch, Loma Prieta) filled in, speeding up songs that were incredibly fast to begin with. Guitarist Anthony Anzaldo danced and spun around in lace fingerless gloves up to his elbows. The result was a room full of energy; people were on the stage and Farrar off-stage about half the time, as he screamed with a mic cord around his face and shirt over his head. Ceremony is hard, and totally original.
Ceremony will remain touring on the East Coast, playing the Philadelphia fest This Is Hardcore on August 13th. They launch a European tour in October. It might be a while until they're back around here again.
Pics from the ABC No Rio show continue below...