Entries tagged with: Chris Cohen
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall @ Bowery Ballroom 8/30/2013
Ty Segall is usually making a racket, stomping on the fuzz pedal and generally tearing shit up. But his latest album, Sleeper, delves into psych folk and is mostly acoustic. Likewise the tour for the album, which swept through NYC for two shows last week, took a similar approach, with Ty and his band sitting down and mostly "unplugged." They played Sleeper in full and then a set of "hits" from his other records. At Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (8/29) he also worked in a couple of covers, Black Flag's "I've Had It" and, during the encore, Love's "Live and Let Live." Acoustic guitars may have been the engine, but Ty was no less loud or into it -- and it didn't stop the packed crowd from moshing or stage diving. Great show.
While I went to MHOW, our photographer was at Bowery Ballroom the next night (8/30) where Arp, David Novick and Chis Cohen opened. Pictures from that whole show are in this post. Ty will be back in NYC in much rowdier form with his proto-metal band Fuzz next month to play at Mercury Lounge on October 12 (tickets).
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.
Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.
What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?
I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]
In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.
Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.
Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.
Chris Cohen at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Vermont psych collective Happy Jawbone Family Band were recently in NYC for all-Vermont lineup at 285 Kent with Blanche Blanche and others. Happy Jawbone will keep up their tradition of playing with fellow Vermont musicians when they return to NYC on May 15 at Shea Stadium for a show with Chris Cohen (whose debut, Overgrown Path, came out last year via Captured Tracks). NYC band Piano Movers are on the bill too, and you can also catch them sooner opening for Gun Outfit at Cake Shop (5/2). Tickets for the Shea Stadium show go on sale Monday (4/8) via Shea's site.
All Chris Cohen dates are listed, along with some song streams, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Of Montreal / Ducktails @ Savannah Stopover, 3/8/2013
Amazingly, Athens-based of Montreal's gig was their first ever in Savannah.As mentioned, the Savannah Stopover happened over the weekend in its namesake Georgia town with bands from all over the world playing on their way to SXSW. BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was there the whole weekend and here are pics from Friday (3/8), including shots of Of Montreal, Braids, Ducktails, Chris Cohen and more. Check them out below.
Of Montreal's show in the park was also the first time the sweeping backdrop of our so-called band shell was used to full effect. Surreal and colorful, the dancing images looked almost as wonderful from a distance as the ridiculous stage theatrics appeared up close.
That event might have been the signature event of the third annual indie music festival that lures many bands headed to Austin for SXSW, but there were plenty of other gems.
Thursday's opening night lineup was especially impressive.
To get the festival rolling, the rich sounds of The Last Bison filled up the glorious North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Museum. The music ended about six hours later, with Mac DeMarco finishing his set by crowd surfing at The Jinx.
In between, a couple of dozen acts played at a variety of downtown venues, including Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving in the beautifully renovated ballroom at the Knights of Columbus on Liberty Street. - [Savannah Now]
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio LODRO describe their sound as "neo-noir punk" and there's a definite grimey, bluesy sleaze running across the three songs they've posted on their Soundcloud. All three members -- Lesley Hann (formerly of Friends), Jeremy Cox, Jigmae Baer -- are also in Royal Baths. You can stream those tracks below.
LODRO's show count is still in the single digits, only having played their first show last month but they are gigging around a lot and there are two shows lined up soon. They're on the bill for Beach Fossils' sold-out show this Sunday (3/3) at 285 Kent with Chris Cohen and Divorce Money; they've recently been added to His Clancyness' show at Glasslands on March 10 (tickets) that also features Tweens and Basement Batman; and Shea Stadium on March 23 with Black Marble, Beliefs, and Night Visions.
photos by Jonathan Bernstein
Beach Fossils @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/23/2013
"Clash the Truth" came out only four days prior to the show, yet the lyrics were ingrained in the crowd's minds. In acknowledgment of the leak, Payseur jokingly remarked that he too heard the album before it came out.Beach Fossils played a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (2/23), a record release show for the band's second album, Clash the Truth, which support from The Sleepies and Mr. Dream. If you went, how does Beach Fossils line-up compare to the old one with Cole from DIIV?
The show continued in the same vein, equal parts mosh pit and pleasant crowd work. When the encore came, the band played its most low-key song to date, "Sleep Apnea," during which drummer Tommy Lucas surprised the audience by stepping away from the drums and pulling out an alto saxophone for a solo. It was an incredible ten minutes that pulled the audience into a dreamlike trance that sobered them after 45 minutes of pulsating indie rock.
The band quickly fell back into its energetic swing, finishing the concert with "Daydream." Payseur instructed the crowd to freak out, and the audience zealously obliged, ending a thoroughly entertaining night. - [NYU News]
If you missed the Bowery show, Beach Fossils next NYC show is at 285 Kent on Sunday (3/3) with Chris Cohen, Divorce Money and LODRO. It's being billed as the Brooklyn record release show and tickets are still available. More photos from Bowery are below.
Onetime Deerhoof guitarist and Curtains frontman (among other projects), Chris Cohen released Overgrown Path, his solo debut, last year on Captured Tracks which made a few Best of 2012 lists (like Hospitality's) and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.
In related news, one of Chris' old projects, Deerhoof side project Natural Dreamers (with John Dieterich and Jay Pellicci), have released their first new 7" in 10 years via Joyful Noise and it can be ordered here.
Chris lives a farm in Vermont these days but gets out to play shows too and will be on tour most of next month, including a requisite stop in Austin for SXSW. On the way back from Texas, he'll stop in NYC for a show at Silent Barn on March 29. All tour dates are listed below.
SXSW is no doubt a great way to see a lot of bands in a short amount of time and can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a little much for some. If you'd like to see many of the same bands but in a more genteel setting, you might be interested in The Savannah Stopover which happens the weekend before SXSW (March 7 - 9) in at various clubs in Savannah, Georgia. Over 100 bands will play, including Of Montreal, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Chelsea Light Moving, Hunters, Braids, Delicate Steve, Turbo Fruits, Ducktails and loads more.
by Bill Pearis
Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, 8/31/2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
While I haven't revealed by Favorite Albums of 2012 list yet, I'll let it slip that Hospitality's eponymous debut album is pretty high up there. If you've yet to hear it's many guitar pop pleasures, you can stream it below. Wondering what the band have listened to the most in 2012? They've offered up their Top 10 of 2012 which you can peruse below. It's actually nine new albums and then the last slot goes to Led Zeppelin which singer Amber Papini admits she's been gorging on ever since Hurricane Sandy.
Sandy caused the band's headlining show at Bowery Ballroom to be postponed and the make-up date is right around the corner on January 10 with TEEN and Household. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
Meanwhile, Hospitality next show after that will be as part of the Kidrockers series at Brooklyn Bowl, happening Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM. Tickets are $8 and on sale now -- kids 2 and under get in free. It's all ages on Sundays at Brooklyn Bowl till 6PM when it becomes 21+ like the rest of the week.
Kidrockers have announced a few other 2013 shows as well: Caveman (who just announced a big tour, including Webster Hall on 4/10) play on January 27 (tix); and Hooray for Earth play on February 3 (tix, they also play Knitting Factory next month). There is also the previously-announced DIIV show on January 13 (they play an "adult" show at BB that same night).
Hospitality's list of Top 10 LPs of 2012 is below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Chris Cohen - "Caller No.99" (MP3)
Vermont-via-LA musician Chris Cohen, who has been a touring/contributing member of Deerhoof, Cryptacize, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti, Danielson, and White Magic, among others, is set to release his debut solo album, Overgrown Path, on September 25 via Captured Tracks. So far, Chris has revealed two cuts from the album, "Optimist High" and "Caller No.99," both addictive doses of psychedelic pop that should appeal to fans of the late '60s or any of the other more recent bands who channel that era. You can stream the both below and download "Caller No.99" above.
Chris will play a record release show for the album in NYC at Glasslands on September 27 with fellow psych pop band Blanche Blanche Blanche, Sara Magenheimer and DJ sets by Katie Garcia (Captured Tracks) and Dustin Paysuer (Beach Fossils). Tickets for that show are on sale now.