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Erasure @ ACL Live -- 10/18/2014
Erasure & Superhumanoids @ ACL Live - 10/18/2014

Though openers still haven't been announced for Erasure's two big New Year's shows at Terminal 5 in NYC (tickets), a variety of artists will be alternating as support for the English synthpop duo for the rest of the year. A non-Hare Krishna group called Shelter, a group called Nights, Chad Valley and Superhumanoids are among those sharing the bill with Erasure over the nest two months. The latter are on tour with them now and opened the show last night at ACL Live in Austin. They'll do the same at the same place tonight (10/10). Pictures from night one are in this post, and continue below with all tour dates and a stream of the new Carter Tutti remix of their new single "Reason"....

Continue reading "Erasure on tour, released a remix, played ACL Live w/ Superhumanoids (pics, stream & dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Yumi

Cascine Records is home to a lot of effervescent, chilled synthpop. (Does that make them the champagne of labels?) Three of their artists -- UK act Chad Valley, Brooklyn's Lemonade (who just signed with the label after being on True Panther) and New Zealand's Yumi Zouma -- will be participating in a three-city July jaunt dubbed the "Cascine & Friends Tour," with shows in NYC, LA and Toronto. At each one they'll be paired with artists from different likeminded labels. NYC's show happens on July 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and will also feature Ghostly Intl. artists Lusine and Xeno & Oaklander. Tickets to MHOW go on AmEx presale today (5/14) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (5/16) at noon. Dates and lineups for the LA and Toronto shows are listed below.

Yumi Zouma's debut EP came out back in February on Cascine and, like a much of what's on the label, their airy pop is part '80s soft rock, part '80s synthpop. It's pretty good too -- and sounds very similar to Montreal's TOPS (who play the Toronto date of the tour). You can listen to a few songs below.

Lusine (aka LA resident Jeff McIlwain) released The Waiting Room on Ghostly last year and it's full of gently arpeggiated synths and bubbling electro percussion. It's also got a good cover of Electronic's "Get the Message" which you can stream below. Xeno & Oaklander's new album, Par Avion, will be out June 24 on Ghostly.

Most of the acts on the Cascine and Friends Tour are featured on a mix just for this occasion put together by Coyote Clean Up and you can stream that below too.

All dates of the tour are listed, along with streams, below...

Continue reading "Chad Valley, Lemonade, and Yumi Zouma going on 'Cascine & Friends Tour,' playing NYC, LA & Toronto (streams)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Chad Valley / Keep Shelly In Athens
Chad Valley
Keep Shelly in Athens

UK synth pop musician Chad Valley (aka Hugo Manuel of Jonquil) just wrapped up a tour with Keep Shelly in Athens, which ended in NY at Glasslands last night (10/29). Teletextile also opened the show, and Pamela Martinez of that band joined Hugo for Chad Valley to perform as a duo. Pictures of last night's show are in this post.

Though it was the final night for Chad Valley and Keep Shelly in Athens, KSIA have one more NYC show happening TONIGHT (10/30) at Mercury Lounge to make up for their cancelled date at that venue which would have happened earlier in the month. Alexander Howard opens tonights show and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, Chad Valley has also just announced that he'll be the support act for the kitschy Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on their 2014 tour. That tour hits NYC on March 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (10/30) at noon.

All Dale dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...

Continue reading "Chad Valley played Glasslands w/ Keep Shelly In Athens, touring w/ Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr (pics & dates)"

Keep Shelly in Athens in Chicago in 2011 (more by Ben Rodig)
KSIA

Still more Visa Issues, this time for Greek synthpop band Keep Shelly in Athens whose tour with Chad Valley was supposed to begin tonight (10/9)in Washington DC. But this time there's a new wrinkle: "Keep Shelly are being kept in Athens longer due to immigration/embassy problems and government shutdown!" That means they will not play Thursday's show (10/10) at Mercury Lounge, though Chad Valley and Ski Lodge will still play (tickets).

KSIA will, however, make it in time for their show later in the month at Glasslands on October 29 (tickets) and will play a make-up show at Mercury Lounge the day after (10/30) (tickets).

This marks the third show/tour this week in NYC -- along with TOY and Alexander Von Mehren -- canceled due to visa/immigration problems. Updated Keep Shelly in Athens tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Keep Shelly in Athens cancel first part of tour w/ Chad Valley, including this week's NYC show; make-up date announced"

Keep Shelly in Athens in Chicago in 2011 (more by Ben Rodig)
KSiA

Greek futuristic pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens have been putting out EPs for years, and they're finally set to release their debut full length, At Home, on September 17 via Cascine. So far they've revealed two singles from that album, "Oostende" and "Recollection," both of which you can stream below.

KSiA will be supporting the new album with a North American tour in October that they'll be co-headlining with labelmate Chad Valley (whose band, Jonquil, toured with them last year). That tour hits NYC on October 10 at Mercury Lounge and October 29 at Glasslands. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM for the Glasslands show and noon for the Merc show.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Keep Shelly in Athens announce debut album & tour w/ Chad Valley (dates & streams)"

by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, Brooklyn synthpop act Selebrities have a new album, Lovely Things, out June 25 on the Cascine label. You may have already heard first single "Temporary Touch" and we've got the premiere of a remix of that track by their labelmates Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning). As you might expect from a bassist, Russ replaces the more driving line of the original with a fatter, funkier one, emphasizing groove over atmosphere. You can stream it below.

Both Selebrities and Rush Midnight will play tonight (6/13) at Cameo in NYC as part of the Cascine / Newtown Radio Northside Festival showcase. It's one of the more sonically cohesive nights of the fest, with every band mining some facet of early '80s electropop, including the romo-leaning Ice Choir, and the UK's Chad Valley. Tickets are still available or you can try to get in with your Northside Badge. Flyer for the show is below.

Also playing are Los Angeles duo Kisses, whose new album, Kids in L.A., was apparently based on Bret Easton Ellis' Regan-era classic, Less Than Zero, and is quite good. Carrying on with that vibe -- and pretty much nailing it -- is the video for their song "Huddle" that is only missing an Andrew McCarthy cameo. You can watch it below too.

If you can't make it tonight, Kisses will be back next month at Mercury Lounge. Stream, video and Northside showcase flyer below...

Continue reading "Rush Midnight remixed Selebrities (stream); both play Northside Festival tonight with Kisses (who have a new video)"

Vince Clarke

As songwriter in Depeche Mode, Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure, Vince Clarke's synthpop and dance music credentials are well established. Remixing too, as he recently gave Chad Valley's "Up & Down" the old VC touch and you can stream it below. One thing he's never done, in New York at least, is DJ. But that will change when he makes his Big Apple DJ debut at Le Poisson Rouge on August 3. Tickets for that show go on sale today (6/7) at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, his partner in Erasure (who are working on a new album), Andy Bell, is going on tour this summer playing Erasure songs solo. He's got two NYC-area shows coming up: August 20 at Irving Plaza, and August 21 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Both shows are with fellow '80s synth devotee Howard Jones and tickets are on sale now.

All Andy Bell tour dates are listed, along with Vince Clarke's Chad Valley remix and a video of his appearance on '80s show Rock School, below.

Continue reading "Vince Clarke doing his first-ever NYC DJ gig; Andy Bell touring with Howard Jones (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Selebrities
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Brooklyn quartet Selebrities will release their new album, Lovely Things, on June 25 via the Cascine label. You can stream the crystalline first single, "Temporary Touch," and check out album art and tracklist below.

The band have a couple local shows coming up. They'll play Glasslands on May 23 with oOoOO and Dark Sister (tickets); and then Cameo on June 13 for what is an extremely stacked bill if you like '80s style synthpop. Chad Valley headlines, and the line-up also includes fellow Cascine artists Kisses, Rush Midnight and (non-Cascine band) Ice Choir, plus DJ sets from Airbird and Chocolate Bobka (there's a name we haven't heard in a while). Tickets to that show, a Cascine & Newtown Radio showcase which is part of the 2013 Northside Festival, are on sale now or you can try and get in with your Northside badge if you have one of those.

Speaking of, Rush Midnight (aka onetime Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning) just released a new single, the laid back and sultry "Don't Give Me Your Love," while he finishes up his debut album. You can check out the video for the song and a remix by Lemonade, below. Rush Midnight plays Friday night (5/3) at Mercury Lounge with Candide and Rioux. Tickets to that show are still available.

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And more related news, Kisses (which is Jesse Kivel of Princeton and Zinzi Edmundson) will release their second album, Kids in LA, on May 14 which is also on Cascine. The album was produced by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs, and the two bands certainly share a love of classic pop and vintage synthesizers. This is superior modern synthpop with big hooks and fresh production and you can stream a couple tracks (including terrific single "The Hardest Part") below.

Kisses and Chad Valley tour dates are listed, along with previously mentioned song streams, below.

Continue reading "Selebrities & Kisses ready new LPs, playing Northside together w/ Rush Midnight who plays NYC this week (dates, streams) "

Phosphorescent at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, the Northside Festival is returning to various Brooklyn venues from June 13 - 16, and like in past years, they'll be doing two free shows in McCarren Park as part of the festival. We already mentioned that The Walkmen are playing one on June 15, and that one just got even better because Phosphorescent (who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) were added! The rest of the bill includes Friend Roulette and Abadabad. The show is free, but tickets are required and still available.

Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

The second free McCarren Park show was also just announced. It will be headlined by Solange (who also just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry) and support comes from Petite Noir, Cable, and My Midnight Heart. Tickets for that one are on sale now too. If you have a Northside bade, you're guaranteed entry for both free shows.

Northside Festival have added other bands, like Braids, too. An updated list of artists playing (and still more TBA) and lists of all Solange and Phosphorescent dates below...

Continue reading "Solange and Phosphorescent playing free McCarren Park shows during Northside (updated lineup & dates)"

video by Jessica and Albert Amaya; photo by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

It's a busy day for Brooklyn's Ski Lodge. Their new single, "Just To Be Like You" was released today via Dovecote (music video is below) and tonight they'll open for Born Ruffians' sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with Moon King. They'll also be doing some West Coast shows with Chad Valley. Ski Lodge also play NYC Popfest as part of an all-day event at Littlefield on June 2 with Close Lobsters, French Films, Orange Peels and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Ski Lodge feature in the premiere episode a new video series we're calling the BV Studio Sessions where we have local bands performing live at Butler Recording in Bushwick. In it, they perform "Just To Be Like You," and new songs "Boy," and "Looking For A Change." This first episode turned out pretty great -- big thanks to Jessica and Albert Amaya as well as Chris La Putt -- and you can watch it below.

Stay tuned for for more BV Studio Sessions. Meanwhile, check out that video and the list of all Ski Lodge dates below.

Continue reading "watch Ski Lodge peform three new songs in premiere episode of BV Studio Sessions"

by Andrew Sacher

SZA

SZA surfaced last year with the impressive See SZA Run EP, a chilling mix of dream pop and trippy R&B, and she's set to follow that with a new EP, S, on April 8. The first single off that EP, "Ice Moon," is even more gorgeous than anything on See SZA Run, and makes the anticipation for S pretty high. You can stream "Ice Moon" and See SZA Run in its entirety below.

SZA doesn't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know that she'll be in NYC on April 12 at Glasslands to open the previously announced Chad Valley and Rush Midnight show happening at the venue that night. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song streams below...

Continue reading "SZA releasing 'S' (hear a song), playing live"

Ski Lodge chillin' at Sound Bites Series 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ski Lodge

While Ski Lodge are still putting final touches on their debut album, the Brooklyn band will release a new single, "Just to Be Like You," via Dovecote on April 16. Much like the band's 2011 EP, the new single owes more than a little to early-'80s janglers Orange Juice and The Smiths. It's pretty darn catchy and you can stream it below.

Meanwhile, Ski Lodge will play NYC on Friday (3/8) at Muchmore's with Literature, The Hairs, and The Teen Age. That's a pretty good show, especially if your tastes lean towards indiepop. Immediately after, Ski Lodge hit the road heading for Austin and those four letters that I'm really tired of typing. After that fest, the band will join up with Chad Valley for some dates on the West Coast and Southwest. But Ski Lodge will be back in time for NYC Popfest at the end of May. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ski Lodge releasing new single, heading to SXSW, touring with Chad Valley (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

chad valley

Jonquil member Hugo Manuel released his debut album as Chad Valley last November via Cascine. The album, which features guest appearances by Twin Shadow, El Perro del Mar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is glistening dancepop that takes '80s influences and brings them into the now. (His voice is, at times, eerily reminiscent of Tears for Fears' Roland Orzibal.) You can stream the whole thing below.

Chad Valley are going on tour this spring, including two shows in NYC; April 12 at Glasslands with Rush Midnight (tickets); and Mercury Lounge on April 13 with Selebrities (tickets). All Chad Valley dates are listed below.

If you're interested in seeing the openers for both of Chad Valley's NYC shows before April, Rush Midnight and Selebrities are playing together with Bowmont and fellow Cascine recording artist Wildarms on DJ duty at Glasslands on Thursday (2/28). Tickets are still available and the flyer for that show is below.

Continue reading "Chad Valley released debut album, touring (dates, streams); Selebrities and Rush Midnight playing NYC this week"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

Murals at Pianos, July 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)
Murals

Louisville's Murals are visiting NYC this week for CMJ and are certainly contenders for the Most Shows award, playing nine times between now and Saturday, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. Full line-up is still forthcoming but Murals play at 1 PM right before Deap Vally. If you haven't heard Murals's On a Passing Cloud LP, you can stream it below. The band were last here over the summer.

The band's run of shows begins tonight (10/15) with a Oh My Rockness Kickoff Party at Pianos, that also features Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps and Noxious Foxes. $8 at the door.

Other shows this week include Aquarium Drunkard's showcase at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (10/16, 8 PM) with Rafiq Bhatia, Tashaki Miyaki and more, and then Pianos upstairs shortly after (9:30 PM, free) that same night that also features Team Spirit, Slam Donahue and more.

On Thursday (10/18), Murals play two shows: Pianos (1:30 PM, free) for the I Guess I'm Floating day party with Chad Valley, Hundred Waters and more, then the Bird Dog/Golden Ratio party (6:45 PM, being relocated from Deliquency, venue TBD, free) with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe and more.

On Friday (10/19) in addition to our day party, they'll play Pianos/The Deli's official CMJ showcase (9:30) with Young Magic, Mac Demarco and more. Then two shows on Saturday (10/20): the Bowery Presents Day Party at Pianos (3:30, free) with Savages, the Orwells and more; and finally Cake Shop that night (10 PM) with Francisco the Man, Field Mouse and more.

All Murals CMJ week dates are listed below, along with their album stream and show flyers.

Continue reading "Murals are in NYC for CMJ, playing 9 shows including kickoff party at Pianos tonight & BV day party on Friday (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Savoir Adore
Savoir Adore

CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.

Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."

Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.

The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...

Continue reading "CMJ announces third round of artists, including Savoir Adore whose new LP is out soon and who are touring (dates)"

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Amanda Hatfield

Casiokids @ Public Assembly
Casiokids

Well, another CMJ week has come and gone. How did you fare?

Though Northside summoned a number of my favorite artists to town, the CMJ line-up was rather thin by comparison, so I made it my goal to catch as many new acts as possible this year. With help from BV's tightly scheduled day parties, I managed to squeeze in 46 bands. While it's all still fresh in my mind (ie, before I spend the next week hibernating), here's a recap of my week, complete with my favorite finds...

I kicked things off with trance-inducing, one-man knob twittler Sun Glitters. Figuring out how to bring life to headphone-friendly, sample-heavy music in a live audience setting can be a challenge, but the few I saw this week (Million Young, Chad Valley and Luxembourg's Sun Glitters included) were decent.

If last year was the age of the one-man laptop act, 2011 was rife with lo-fi, synth/guitar-heavy (mostly) male groups cloaked in reverb. Each band had its strengths: Sunglasses (great energy on stage), Gauntlet Hair, Guards (perfectly summed up the sound of the moment), 1,2,3, Balkans (nice balance of in-your-face guitars and sunnily-swaggering vox), Tiny Victories. But after a while, I confess they all started to blend together--especially since a good chunk of these bands came early in the week for me.

What did stand out for me in this category was San Diego's garage-psych outfit Tropical Popsicle. Instead of falling flat, the deadpan vocal delivery of Tim Hines pulled me in and kept my attention, making me forget about my plans to leave midset. Another pleasant surprise for me was Dive, the side project of Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith.

But after a rather slow start to the week when schedule issues and cancellations made me abandon my original plans, things definitely picked up midweek. I spent Wednesday evening shuffling around in the rain to some seven venues. From the synth-driven pop music of Norway's Casiokids (whom I managed to sneak in on my lunch hour) to the decent public radio-friendly folk-pop of The Lighthouse and The Whaler and Lissy Trullie's alluringly husky vocals, the day was full of pleasant surprises--not the least of which was John Maus, easily one of the highlights of my week.

As I walked through the door at 285 Kent, I immediately felt as if I had gone back in time. Thick music pumped from the DIY graffiti-covered space, through clouds of cigarette smoke. On stage, Maus shook with intensity as he addressed the mass of dancing, sweaty revelers. Beneath the shambling chaos of the quick synth riffs and simple drum lines is an unhinged but triumphant quality that is intoxicating. I had heard whispered stories of Maus shows before, but I never really understood the fervor until I saw it for myself.

Thursday was also packed with a number of good finds. I somehow found myself in the 7th floor of a swanky hotel for an "acoustic" (as in not electric; not unplugged) Dum Dum Girls set (though only 2/4 band members were present). Other highlights included the seriously talented and take-your-breath-away-beautiful dreamy folk-pop of Gem Club (who just released their debut album on Hardly Art), and Brooklyn's own, Headless Horseman who make fun, glitchy, hook-laden music with inventive beats (Their song "Wavlngth" was seriously one of my favorites all week.)

Friday, my band-count escalated rapidly, thanks to the BV day showcase at Public Assembly, which essentially had two bands playing each hour. I knocked out a few of the hyped bands in this fashion, including Chelsea Wolfe and Gauntlet Hair. (I also stepped over to Cameo briefly to catch a few adrenaline-packed songs from the Brooklyn duo Hunters.) With her beautifully haunting (but not annoying operatic) vocals Chelsea Wolfe was certainly one of the more memorable acts of the week. Would she be getting as much buzz if she didn't dress like "a medival [sic] reinactment [sic] person from Medival [sic] Times" (to quote an anonymous BV commenter)? Hard to say, but I have to give the woman credit--I couldn't take my eyes off her, and she was one of the few artists I caught twice. But my surprise favorite of the day show was Young Magic. Hip-hop and dark electro-pop may be unlikely bedfellows, but they sure make for quite an interesting pair. These guys are a force.

Other highlights of the day included the eye-catching electro-pop duo Purity Ring (love the name) and one of my favorite SXSW finds from earlier this year, Sea of Bees. At Webster Hall, Purity Ring's bass was so powerful at times that I almost forgot to breathe. Though the band relies on a lot of samples to craft their sound, they are far more interesting to watch due to their onstage chemistry and mysterious gold-piped instrument. Though nothing alike, my other favorite artist of the evening was Sea of Bees. Singer/songwriter Julie Baeziger's genuinely sweet demeanor and earnest acoustic performance are always a pleasant change of pace from the more aloof, laptop-driven artists that seem to sprout with the speed and frequency of mushrooms.

The week concluded not with a bang (I was turned away at the door of Brooklyn Bowl for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whom I had hoped to end on), but with more of a slow fade-out. Forced to change my schedule at the last minute, I caught a few acts nearby, including Delicate Steve (how those five people were working from the same set list was a mystery at times given the haphazard nature of their sound, but it was fun to watch them put it all together), Races (pleasant and charming), Bleached, and about four minutes of the Kopecky Family Band (fun!) before hopping on the L and calling it a week.

So how does this year's CMJ stack up? Most people I spoke with seemed unimpressed. No doubt, the growth of SXSW--especially over the past few years--seems to have sucked some of the life out of CMJ. (It's hard to compete with free tacos, 76-degree days, and the compact nature of downtown Austin.) But like a hipster chick desperately scouring the racks at Beacon's Closet, I like the challenge of the frenzied search. There's good stuff in there hiding among the dross. You just have to look a bit harder.

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Pictures in this post are from day parties at Pianos (We Listen for You) and Public Assembly (Under the Radar) on Wednesday. More of them below...

Continue reading "Rachel's CMJ recap +++ pics from 2 Wednesday day parties"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Into the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Hey Joe Kelly (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel Music - This Town Don't Have Enough Bars for Both of Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)

Still Corners
Still Corners

I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.

Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.

[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]

Anyway, day shows:

PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.

Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.

The Immaculates
The Immaculates

THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.

Gospel Music
Gospel Music

Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL,  he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.

The rest of the Terrorbird line-up: Cloud Nothings, Mux Mool, Widowspeak, Teen Daze and Cubik Zirconia. That's a quality free show too folks.

Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.

Radiation City
Radiation City

If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.

That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.

And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.

Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.

Continue reading "CMJ 2011 - Bill's Wednesday daytime picks (Still Corners, Gospel Music, The Immaculates, Radiation City & more)"

Fader Fort

Though most of the lineup has yet to be revealed - except for King Krule, Metronomy (who also play MHOW), Purity Ring, Fat Trel (pictured above) and Bleached (more on them in a sec), this year's CMJ Fader Fort RSVP is up and running for their 10/21 and 10/22 shows at 443 w 18th St in Manhattan. More details, including the lineup, TBA soon.

Those dates are the same as the two free BrooklynVegan parties happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (no RSVP required), though Fader Fort runs 2-9pm, and the BV parties are from noon-6pm.

Vice's Noisey party with Twin Shadow happens at Santos Party House on the night of 10/19, and as previously mentioned, Twin Shadow are also playing another show which is now announced and is also free and also requires RSVP. The newly-announced show also happens at night, but on Saturday, 10/22, at Le Bain. It's the "Making Time" party and Seekae is also on the bill.

Making Time is FIXED's Philly sister, and FIXED have a CMJ party of their own as well. Their showcase will take place at Public Assembly on 10/19 with Teengirl Fantasy, Still Corners, Lemonade, Chad Valley, Radio People, Warm Ghost, CFCF (DJ Set), and Resident DJs JDH & Dave P (who also DJs Making Time). Tycho was originally scheduled to play this showcase but has since cancelled all of his CMJ shows in favor of a single pre-CMJ show happening at MHOW this Sunday. Tickets for the FIXED show are on sale.

DOWNLOAD: Active Child - 'Playing House' w/ HTDW (Chad Valley remix) (MP3)

Active Child @ Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Active Child

As recently mentioned, the harp playing electro-dream popper Active Child is now out on a tour that hits Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Saturday (9/10). Tickets are still on sale. Com Truise and the UK's Young Athletes League open the NYC show and other dates on the tour.

As also previously mentioned, Jonquil member Chad Valley joins the tour on 9/12 in Boston and stays on through the end. New Yorkers don't get Chad on the bill, but Chad does hit NYC for CMJ at LPR on 10/20 and then again on 10/26 at Terminal 5 with Friendly Fires and Theophilus London. All dates are listed below.

Chad Valley just finished a remix of of Active Child's song "Playing House", one of the best on the new album "You Are All I see" (out now on Vagrant). It's the song that features the complimentary R&B stylings of How to Dress Well. That remix makes its debut here. Grab it above!

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Wise Blood on the Glasslands balcony (more by Ryan Muir)
Wise Blood

Those wanting to catch both Picturepane and Wise Blood can do so for free on Saturday courtesy of Jelly & The Morgan. Those wanting to catch them both even sooner have a decision to make tonight (9/1). You can head to Cameo to catch Pictureplane along with Autre Ne Veut, or instead choose Glasslands where Wise Blood plays with Cities Aviv, and D'eon.

Regardless of which you choose, you can spend the later portion of your night at Glasslands with Chicago's Supreme Cuts who will be handling the "late night show" and promise they have some "very special things lined up". In honor of their visit to Brooklyn they made us an exclusive mixtape which you can listen to below (it's the "Trouble: Club Paradise Mix). While you're down there you'll also find a mix they did for Fader who wrote "Chicago newcomers Supreme Cuts call their sound Future RnB, a surprisingly apt title for their seamless mash of sultry vocals and gritty post-dub beats."

Wise Blood return to the NYC stage on October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge for a Windish CMJ showcase with Art vs. Science, Penguin Prison, Mr. Little Jeans, Chad Valley, Data Romance and Geographer. All tour dates and mixes below...

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DOWNLOAD: Chad Valley - "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" (Courtship Remix) (MP3)

Active Child at Le Poisson Rouge in May (more by David Andrako)
Active Child

Pat Grossi aka Active Child will follow up last year's Curtis Lane EP with the full length album You Are All I See on August 23 via Vagrant Records. The album was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Cass McCombs, Glasser) and features a collaboration with How to Dress Well. The Adult Swim Singles Program has a download for the album track "Hanging On." Stream the How to Dress Well collaboration called "Playing House" below.

Active Child will go on his first headlining tour with a full band in support of the album this August and September. The tour begins with a month-long residency at The Echo in LA followed by a month of North American dates with support from Com Truise and Chad Valley on select dates. The tour hits NYC on September 10 at Bowery Ballroom with Com Truise. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Chad Valley, who isn't on the NYC bill, will be touring in support of his recently released EP Equatorial Ultravox. Grab the Courtship remix of "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" above and watch the video below.

All tour dates, videos, tracklist and stream below...

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