Entries tagged with: Chad VanGaalen

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by Bill Pearis

Cousins

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, garage pop duo Cousins made a catchy racket on their 2012 album, The Palm at the End of the Mind. I caught them at M for Montreal that year and they were a lot of fun. The band have now signed with Ba Da Bing who will release their new album, The Halls of Wickwire, on May 13. You can stream the first track from the album, "Mess," right now, below.

Cousins will be in NYC this week, playing Glasslands on Wednesday (2/19) with Teen Men (member of Spinto Band), Cold Fronts and Spirit Plate. Tickets are on sale.

Then in May, Cousins will be on tour with fellow Canadian Chad VanGaalen, including the May 15 show at Brooklyn's Bell House. Tickets for that show are on still available.

All Cousins tour dates, plus streams of the new track and their 2012 album, below...

Continue reading "Cousins sign to Ba Da Bing, releasing new LP in May, playing NYC this week, touring w/ Chad VanGaalen (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Chad VanGaalen

Canadian songwriter Chad VanGaalen is finally set to follow 2011's solid Diaper Island with a new album, Shrink Dust, on April 29 via Sub Pop. The album's lead single, "Where Are You," is on Chad's quirkier and more eccentric side with tons of terrifically weird sounds going on in the background and not many signs of the folk and indie rock of the last record. Check it out, along with the tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.

Chad will also be touring this May, and that tour brings him to NYC on May 15 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/5) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the stream and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen releasing a new LP, touring (dates & stream)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

by Bill Pearis

Alvvays

Toronto group Alvvays is the project from Molly Rankin who is decended from Canadian folk royalty and made a record under her own name a couple years ago. Despite Rankin's family background, Alvvays make wistful, jangly, Brit-tinged indiepop. You can stream a couple tracks, and check out the video for terrific single "Adult Diversion," below. The band are currently finishing their debut album with producer Chad Vangaalen (John Agnello is doing the mix) and you can look for that via Royal Mountain Records (Hollerado, Pup) early next year.

Alvvays are currently on a Canadian tour but will dip into the States for two NYC shows this month: Mercury Lounge on 11/25 with Honey Wild, Hippy, and The Sanctuaries; and 11/26 at Glasslands with Jacksie and BOYTOY. Tickets to both Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with video and streams, below.

Continue reading "Toronto band Alvvays making debut LP w/ Chad VanGaalen, on tour, playing two shows in NYC (dates, streams)"

METZ at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
METZ

METZ are here to make you "Get Off." The new video from the Canadian noise-rock trio was directed by fellow countryman (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad VanGaalen who gives the video an odball animated treatment. Check out that video below.

In the meantime, METZ are readying an appearance at Sled Island and Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee (CVG will be there too) have announced more new tour dates. These guys just don't stop. Sadly most are across the pond in the EU and no new NYC shows. All updated shows are below.

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Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

Continue reading "Sandro Perri touring, featured on Arthur Russell tribute w/ Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Twin Shadow, Washed Out & more (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Jennifer Castle - "Neverride" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jennifer Castle - "Powers" (MP3)

Jennifer Castle

Canadian folk singer Jennifer Castle, who previously existed under the moniker Castlemusic, released her first album under her own name (though the album is titled Castlemusic) on April 26 in Canada via Chad Vangaalen's Flemish Eye label. Jennifer was accompanied by Dave Clarke and engineer Jeff McMurrich (Fucked Up, Owen Pallett), who recorded and mixed the album. She brought in friends to help out with piano, organ, flute, vibes, and pedal steel to accompany her voice and guitalele.

Jennifer's brand of folk exuberates with time-honored melodies and arrangements not unlike fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell. You can grab the songs "Neverride" and "Powers" off the album above, and purchase the album download or CD/LP from Flemish Eye. Also check out the videos (filmed by Mitch Fillion) of Jennifer's performance of "Powers" and "Poor as Him" on Southern Souls below.

Jennifer plays NXNE in Toronto on June 16 at WrongBar with Fucked Up, whose new album we recently mentioned Jennifer provides guest vocals on (she has also backed them on at least one older record). She'll play another NXNE show on June 18, the Flemish Eye/Weird Canada showcase, with her labelmates Chad Vangaalen and Braids, and Grimes and Duzheknew.

After NXNE, Chad Vangaalen heads out on short US tour with Nat Baldwin including the previously mentioned Music Hall of Williamsburg show on June 21. Hospital Ships also open that show and tickets are still available. Updated dates below.

All tour dates (though none in the US for Jennifer yet), videos, and Castlemusic stuff below...

Continue reading "Jennifer Castle released Castlemusic on Flemish Eye, hangs w/ Chad VanGaalen, backs Fucked Up, playing NXNE w/ both"

Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"

DOWNLOAD Chad VanGaalen - free Soft Airplanes b-sides EP (ZIP)

charity EP info is below...

Chad VanGaalen (photo by Jared Sych)
Chad Van Gaalen

Chad VanGaalen, whose recent work includes making J Mascis's new video for "Not Enough," is welcoming a new LP, Diaper Island, on May 17th, via via Sub Pop. It's his first long-player since 2008's Soft Airplane which was followed up by a free Soft Airplane B-Sides EP (grab that above), and the very-recently released Your Tan Looks Supernatural EP. The latter, composed of outtakes from Diaper Island, was released in "response to the crisis in Japan and 100% of all proceeds from the EP will be forwarded to the Red Cross Aid Effort." You can pick it up at his Bandcamp page, and stream it in full below.

Though a full tour is still TBA, it has been announced that Chad will head to NYC to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 21st. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wed at noon (4/6) and regular sale on Friday.

A couple of other dates, the EP stream and the new LP cover and track list, below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen released an EP for Japan -- new LP coming soon, Brooklyn show announced"

photos by Chris La Putt

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalo

Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is (or was recently) 18 years old. That seems like a young age to be signed to Sub Pop and headlining South Street Seaport, but he did. It also seems like he's too young for people to be discussing Avi Buffalo line-up changes and/or his girlfriends in any serious way, but it seems necessary to point out that the-four piece band was without a regular member on Friday night. Rebecca Coleman, who I read is 19, and who may have been Avi's girlfriend, and most importantly whose voice can be heard on many songs, is apparently no longer in the band and wasn't there (like she was the two times I saw them earlier this year). Avi mentioned to an audience member that she has a different band (old band, new band? not sure).

Those who went to this show had to miss Spiritualized at Radio City, Seu Jorge at Terminal 5, Swell Season at Prospect Park, and a bunch of other shows that went on that night, but they got to catch Avi's Sub Pop Canadian elder, Chad VanGaalen who opened, and the show was free.

The next free show at South Street Seaport is Yacht & Black Devil Disco Club on August 6th, and then The Wedding Present on August 13th (openers TBA).

More pictures from the Chad and Avi show, below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen & Avi Buffalo (w/ 1 less person) @ South Street Seaport (pics) "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Avi Buffalo - What's In It For? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CFCF - Big Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Shadow (MP3)

Big Takeover

This weekend is The Big Takeover's 30th Anniversary celebration: two nights of shows at the Bell House put together by Jack Rabid who has been publishing the 'zine since 1980. Jack's one of the most passionate, informed music fans I've ever met and he's put together a pretty stellar line-up of artists, most of which will be familiar to regular BT readers.

Friday night (7/30) is headlined by San Francisco punk legends The Avengers, and Seattle's Visqueen, and the first performance in 16 years by Flower (Ed and James Balyut's pre-Versus band). Plus the L.A. punks Channel 3, the Libertines U.S. (from Cincinnati) playing their first-ever Big Apple show, and Jack Rabid's band Springhouse.

For Against
For Against

Saturday night (7/31) is even more action packed. Former Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess headlines, performing acoustic and with a full band; legendary Lincoln, NE post-punk shoegazers For Against, playing their first East Coast show in 15 years; and Springhouse performs again, this time doing their 1993 album Postcards from the Arctic in full. Also: Former Nerves/Beat singer Paul Collins, a rare U.S. appearance by ex-Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan, onetime Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewitt (first-ever U.S. show), and the Posies' Jon Auer. Also also: The Sharp Things, The Sleepover Disaster (first-ever East Coast shows) and The Curtain Society.

You can still buy two-day passes for $40 as well. (Individual tickets are $25.) If you've never read The Big Takeover, well you should really recitify that. Each phone book sized issue (twice yearly) is packed with in-depth interviews, reviews and essays, the bulk of which is still written by Jack. The magazine's slogan is "Music with Heart" and he means it, man. The 30th Anniversary issue (#66 if you're keeping track) is just out with Spoon on the cover. Like always, it's a great read.

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalon

Avi Buffalo play the Seaport Music Festival on Friday, their only New York appearance this go-around. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut is an impressive collection of shimmery, folky guitar pop that has stayed in constant rotation on my stereo since March. Live, Avi Buffalo put a little more muscle into the tunes. Front man Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is a Doug Martsch in the making. (You get a sense of it on the LP's seven-minute jam "Remember the Last Time.") Dude uses like 15 pedals and is a pretty serious shredder. I thought they were great at South by Southwest. Yes they are barely old enough to buy cigarettes (not that they should be smoking!) but that just means Avi Buffalo haven't even hit their stride -- which is exciting.

Opening is Canadian multi-hyphenate wunderkind (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad Van Gaalen who hasn't made a new record of his own in two years but has probably stayed busy being an illustrator, animator, and producer of Women. Unlike last Friday, weather looks to be idyllic Friday (sunny, high of 84) -- should be a lovely early evening on the pier.

CFCF
CFCF

Despite the preponderance of reverbed garage, twee indiepop and '90s era slackerdom in this column, I do listen to a fair amount of dance music though I'm not really a club-goer. One of my favorite albums of 2009 was Continent, the full-length debut from CFCF, aka Vancouver beat-maker Michael Silver. It's an ambitious disc of instrumental, yet highly melodic dance music without even a trace of chillwave. (Though there's definitely some Balearic in there.) It's ridiculously catchy, and you may find yourself singing overtop tracks, making up your own lyrics (Well I do anyway.) Annie, Roisin, Robyn, etc... may I present your new collaborator?

You can download CFCF's great cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" at the top of this post -- the only vocal track on Continent. Silver, who is also an in-demand remixer (on the new HEALTH album for instance), is in town this weekend for a bunch of DJ gigs. You can hear him spin Friday night (7/30) at Cameo Gallery with Jacques Renault and Lovefingers, and then the PS1 Warm Up on Saturday (8/31), where Animal Collective also DJ, plus live performances from Prince Rama and Blondes.

Grass Widow
Grass Widow

If you're going to Prospect Park for Sonic Youth on Saturday, do get there early and catch Grass Widow as it's their only NYC show for now. The San Francisco trio's new album, Past Time, is out August 24 on Kill Rock Stars. It could use a few more choruses but gets by on the band's very distinctive sound. You can download "Shadows" from the new album at the top of this post and watch its lovely animated video at the bottom of this post. Grass Widow are teriffic live -- it will be interesting to see them on such a big stage. If you can't make it, they'll be back in September for two shows (Sept. 27 -28, venues still TBD). All tour dates at the bottom of this post.

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THURSDAY, JULY 29

The Music Slut has been blogging away for five years and they're celebrating on a boat! Specifically, the Rocks Off Concert Cruise ship and they've put Javelin, Keepaway and I Love Monsters aboard it. Boat leaves at 7pm, don't be late. Happy birthday, guys.

Coco 66 has a night of bliss-out drone, noise, old synthesizers, psychedelic freakouts, and tribal chanting all in celebration of the release of Amen Dunes' new album, Murder Dull Mind, which is out on Sacred Bones. Also playing Gary War, recent Paw Tracks signees Prince Rama (who are at PS 1 Saturday), and Coconuts. Open vodka bar at 9PM till it runs out.

Over at Silent Barn, you can catch locals Sisters whose debut album, Ghost Fits, is out in September on Narnack Records. Also playing: Knight School, Nude Beach, Giant Peach.

Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's CYHSY offshoot Radical Dads, Rope and The New Colossus.

continued below....

Continue reading "The Big Takeover, Avi Buffalo, CFCF, Amen Dunes, Grass Widow, Ducktails & more in This Week in Indie "

Neon Indian @ MWTX in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian

Neon Indian will be playing with Avi Buffalo at their free South Street Seaport show, as part of the summer series there, on July 30th. The almost-full schedule of free Seaport Music shows will be announced soon, but it already also includes Best Coast, Thee Oh Sees, Bear in Heaven, YACHT, Zola Jesus and others.

UPDATE: Though announced in a set of Avi Buffalo tour dates, I was informed that Neon Indian is NOT playing South Street Seaport (I guess he was supposed to... but probably took a different summer show... stay tuned for who is playing and where Neon Indian is playing instead. sorry.)

UPDATE 2:
Chad VanGaalen is playing with Avi Buffalo at the Seaport on July 30th.

Before then, Neon Indian opens one of Massive Attack's Terminal 5 shows, and has their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th. Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show (and for Terminal 5 too).

More tour dates for both are below...

Continue reading "Neon Indian NOT playing South Street Seaport (but Chad VanGaalen is) (plus other dates) "

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Holtsbaum

Basia Bulat on stage w/ Plants & Animals
Plants and Animals

"I'm not really sure what it is about this little folk festival in the city on the prairie, but they really have something special going on, and it's been going on for the past 40 years. It was my honour to host the very eclectic opening Friday night under cloudy but dry skies in downtown Regina."
[Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
The Regina Folk Festival took place August 7-9, 2009 in Canada. More pictures and reviews from the weekend below....

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Polaris

Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, today revealed the Short List of 10 Canadian albums eligible for the fourth annual $20,000 award.
The 10 nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Continue reading "2009 Polaris Prize nominees "

Frankie (Crystal Stilts) mans the drums @ Market Hotel (more by Tim Griffin)
Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts, one of the many high-profile "Crystal" bands to pop up in 2008 (see also: Crystal Antlers, Crystal Castles), has drawn comparisons to everyone from The Velvet Underground, Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain to less obvious '60s groups like The Seeds. But by exploring these depths and darkened corners of British Invasion psychedelia and brooding post-punk, the Brooklyn band's debut, Alight of Night, shakes up its predecessors enough to propel itself into newer territory. [NPR]
Currently on a tour of Europe, Crystal Stilts will team up with Women on March 14th to play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg followed by a short tour together to SXSW in Austin. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on Am Ex presale today at noon and then regular sale Friday.

Women are also heading to Europe this month, and then also have some North American dates lined up in March and April with their friend, collaborator and prodcuer Chad VanGaalen. All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Crystal Stilts & Women - 2009 Tour Dates , videos"

By Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Chad VanGaalen - "Willow Tree" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Women - Black Rice (MP3)

Chad VanGaalen
Chad VanGaalen

Pop songsmith Chad VanGaalen is playing Blender Theater at Gramercy in NYC this Sunday, Sept 21st, with Howe Gelb's Americana rock band Giant Sand. Chad later launches into a tour of his native Canada in October and visits Europe in November. It feels like forever since Chad was last in NYC, and this Sunday show also seemed to pop out of nowhere. Tickets are on sale.

Giant Sand, the headliner at Gramercy, is on a huge tour of their own in support of their new album proVISIONS, released earlier this month on Yep Roc. Their first album in almost four years features guest appearances by Neko Case, M. Ward and Isobell Campbell. "The incarnation of Giant Sand hitting the road in support of this release includes Howe along side Danish musicians Thøger T. Lund on bass, Peter Dombernowsky on drums and Anders Pedersen on slide guitar."

Giant Sand
Giant Sand

VanGaalen's latest record, Soft Airplane, was released earlier this month on SubPop. (See MP3 above.) Unlike Chad's previous releases, which pieced together material spanning several years, the tracks on this album were all sprung from the same creative burst. To give an idea of the aesthetic, SubPop says that most of Soft Airplane was recorded in Chad's basement on "an old tape machine and a JVC ghetto blaster."

WomenVanGaalen recently recorded Women's debut self-titled LP, out on Jagjaguwar Oct 7 (or out now in Canada on Flemish Eye). Women, in all their psych drone-rock glory, will be touring with VanGaalen this fall and visiting NYC on Sunday, Oct 19 for a performance at Cake Shop with The Pains of Being Pure of Heart and more ($7, 8pm doors, 21+).

See full tour dates and a video of "Molten Light," off VanGaalen's latest, below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen + Women + Giant Sand - new records, 2008 Tour Dates, NYC shows"

Okkervil RiverOkkervil River releases The Stand Ins this week, yet another lyrical masterpiece from Will Sheff and crew.

I pre-ordered copies of Kimya Dawson's long-awaited children's album, Alphabutt for all my young nieces, nephews and children of friends and encourage you to do the same. It's a work of genius for the kids from one of my favorite singer-songwriters who definitely understands what children want.

Metallica releases its latest album, Death Magnetic, in a variety of formats this week, including 2-disc and 5-disc vinyl sets.

Two notable releases this week are the Lovely Sparrows' Bury the Cynics and Horse Feathers' House With No Home, incredible albums that will very possibly end up on my year-end list of favorites.

Beyond these discs there is a multitude of good music available tomorrow. From what I have already heard, I can recommend Angela Desveaux's The Mighty Ship, Calexico's Carried to Dust, Damien Jurado's Caught in the Trees, Don Chambers' Zebulon, Fujiya and Miyagi's Lightbulbs, Jesu's Why Are We Not Perfect EP, Mogwai's Batcat EP, Parenthetical Girls' Entanglements, and Portastatic's Some Small History (a b-side and rarities compilation).

Three Daniel Johnston discs are reissued this week: 1990, Artistic Vice, and Rejected Unknown.

What new music releases can you recommend this week?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree (MP3)

Chad VanGaalen

Recorded primarily on an old tape machine and a JVC ghetto blaster in Chad's Calgary basement, Soft Airplane retains the handmade charm and singular character of his previous records, while incorporating new layers of sophistication and weight.
I haden't listened to Chad VanGaalen for a while before hearing this new track that instantly reminded me why I became a fan in the first place. "Soft Airplane" is out on Sub Pop on September 9th. "Willow Tree" is the first track. Full track list below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen - new album & MP3"

DOWNLOAD: Chad VanGaalen - Willow Tree (MP3)

Chad VanGaalen

Recorded primarily on an old tape machine and a JVC ghetto blaster in Chad's Calgary basement, Soft Airplane retains the handmade charm and singular character of his previous records, while incorporating new layers of sophistication and weight.
I haden't listened to Chad VanGaalen for a while before hearing this new track that instantly reminded me why I became a fan in the first place. "Soft Airplane" is out on Sub Pop on September 9th. "Willow Tree" is the first track. Full track list below...

Continue reading "Chad VanGaalen - new album & MP3"

DOWNLOAD: Women - Black Rice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Women - Group Transport Hall (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Parenthetical Girls - A Song For Ellie Green (MP3)

Women @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
Women

"Recorded by label-mate Chad VanGaalen and the band members, the 10 song (2 of them above), self-titled album by Women is an explosion out of the gates for this young band. Sometimes light and spacious, at other times eerie and dense with an ominous weight, this debut flirts with the noisy beauty of the Velvet Underground and effortlessly toys with the intricacy and playfulness of Deerhoof as crude percussion beats out a pulsing tattoo of clatter."
* WomEn recently played Sled Island
* WomAn play Death By Audio tonight (July 17)
* Parenthetical Girls release Entanglements Sept 9 (MP3 above)
* Girls play Market Hotel tonight
* Girls play Glasslands w/ Crystal Stilts Saturday
* Vivian Girls are playing AAS w/ Sex Vid Friday
* Vivian Girls are going on tour w/ Crystal Stilts
* Crystal Stilts recently played Southpaw
* Crystal Antlers just played a bunch of NYC shows
* Crystal Skulls are now (some of) Fleet Foxes
* Crystal Castles recently played Studio B and Glastonbury

DOWNLOAD: Women - Black Rice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Women - Group Transport Hall (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Parenthetical Girls - A Song For Ellie Green (MP3)

Women @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
Women

"Recorded by label-mate Chad VanGaalen and the band members, the 10 song (2 of them above), self-titled album by Women is an explosion out of the gates for this young band. Sometimes light and spacious, at other times eerie and dense with an ominous weight, this debut flirts with the noisy beauty of the Velvet Underground and effortlessly toys with the intricacy and playfulness of Deerhoof as crude percussion beats out a pulsing tattoo of clatter."
* WomEn recently played Sled Island
* WomAn play Death By Audio tonight (July 17)
* Parenthetical Girls release Entanglements Sept 9 (MP3 above)
* Girls play Market Hotel tonight
* Girls play Glasslands w/ Crystal Stilts Saturday
* Vivian Girls are playing AAS w/ Sex Vid Friday
* Vivian Girls are going on tour w/ Crystal Stilts
* Crystal Stilts recently played Southpaw
* Crystal Antlers just played a bunch of NYC shows
* Crystal Skulls are now (some of) Fleet Foxes
* Crystal Castles recently played Studio B and Glastonbury

photos by Rae Holtsabum

DOWNLOAD: Elliott Brood - Second Son (MP3)

Sled Island

Unlike Wednesday night's Grizzly Bear show, very few people left their seats during the changeover. Okkervil River took the stage to deafening applause and immediately played "The President's Dead" and "A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene," a pair of rockers that got the crowd going.

Decked out in a black and white suit and glasses, singer/guitarist Will Sheff paused briefly after the third tune to address the audience.

"I didn't know we were playing in a church and I thought this might go against my Catholic upbringing," he joked. "But then I saw the flat screen TV and thought this might turn out alright." [Chart Attack]

Okkervil River are touring in the fall. Tickets are already on sale for a NYC show at Webster Hall.

Some of the other artists that played Sled Island on Thursday night (June 26, 2008) were Jonathan Richman, Extra Golden, Blitzen Trapper (again), Crookers, Chad VanGaalen, Langhorne Slim and Elliott Brood. Rae caught the last two downstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 after the Okkervil show.

Langhorne Slim has a concert streaming at NPR. Elliott Brood is the name of a three piece band from Toronto. The rest of the pictures are below....

Continue reading "Sled Island 2008 day two (Okkervil River, Langhorne Slim & Elliott Brood), Calgary, Alberta, Canada - pics"

by BrooklynVegan Mike

The 2007 Canadian Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced on September 24, 2007. Canadian resident BrooklynVegan Mike discusses the nominees, and who he thinks might walk away with the monetary prize. Note: He wrote this a few weeks ago - it's all still perfectly relevant, but worth keeping in mind......

PolarisThe Polaris Music Prize is nigh. In its second year the judges have the task of not only picking a winner from a competitive field but also continuing the quality streak they started last year by selecting Final Fantasy's album He Poos Clouds. This year's nominees are a good mix of established acts (Arcade Fire, Feist), Canadian indie-rock lifers (The Dears, Julie Doiron), and some fresh faces (Miracle Fortress, The Besnard Lakes).

This is one humble writer's opinion on the likelihood of each band winning the prize, in descending order from less likely to most likely. Canadians take their national pride more seriously than I think the average American realizes, so when an award meant to represent the best of Canadian music is being awarded, nationalism does play a part. Of course, if prizes like this were based purely upon the music, then the winner and the nominees would look very different. What, no love for Handsome Furs, or Frog Eyes? Anyway, let's begin.

Arcade Fire

Polaris nomineeLet's dispense with the 700 pound elephant in the room. I don't think they are going to win, for a number of reasons. Mainly, as Cadence Weapon said in reference to Broken Social Scene's non-chances of winning at last years Polaris; "They win at everything....in life." The band is so huge in North America, let alone Canada, that I think voters will shy away from it. The second reason is tied to the first, and that is the fact that the prize money ($20,000 Canadian, which is as good as 20K American now because the exchange rate is awful) would be a great windfall for many of the bands nominated, and I am sure those judging will put that into account (no pun intended).

The final reason is the album itself. It is a very good album, but not a great album. Funeral was a cultural touchstone, and will be one of those albums that people will point to when thinking fondly of the first decade of the 21st century. It was the success, in part, of Funeral that led to the creation of the Polaris in the first place. Anything that isn't Funeral 2 will be dismissed by some people, no matter how good it is. I do think, however, they will get their fair share of first place votes, and therefore should be higher on this list, but not enough to win.

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Getting to see Chad VanGaalen again was one of my Plug Award Ceremony highlights. The show was at Webster Hall in NYC last night. (Feb 2, 2006). He, like the other performers in the show, played about a 25 minute set.

Chad VanGaalen @ The Plug Awards

Chad plays NYC again tonight (Feb 3) - at Mercury Lounge with Marissa Nadler and Cheyenne.

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