Entries tagged with: Chris Forsyth
by Andrew Sacher
Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains) released the collaborative album Early Astral back in 2011, and next week (10/16) they'll release their second and first for Trouble In Mind, The Island (pre-order). Chris' solo material often has him making full songs out of the kind of spacey guitar soloing that The Grateful Dead were known for, while Koen's deals more with droning ambience. For this project, the two musicians bring those two sounds together and the results turned out really well. Jeff Zeigler, who's worked with Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs and more, recorded it. Listen to "Cosmic Richard" and watch the video for "Long Beach Idyll" (premiering here) below.
Chris & Koen don't have any shows together coming up at the moment, but Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band do. They're currently in the midst of an October residency at Ortlieb's in Philly, and after that they play two NYC shows. The first is opening for Futurebirds at Bowery Ballroom on November 12 (tickets) and the second is Trans-Pecos on December 12 (more info TBA). All dates are listed below.
photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.
In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.
And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.
Mission Creek Festival lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Oneida at Glasslands in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Brooklyn experimental scene vets Oneida have been pretty active lately, and they'll play their first show of 2015 this Saturday (1/10) at Palisades. It's a good bill all around, with the jammy Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band (who put out the great Intensity Ghost LP in 2014) and psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler. Tickets are on sale now.
For Chris Forsyth, that show is part of an ongoing tour which wraps up the next night in Hudson, NY. In February, Chris will hit the road again with Baltimore weirdos Horse Lords and Chicago droner Mind Over Mirrors. That tour includes a NYC show happening on 2/5 at Union Pool. Tickets for that one are sale now. All dates are listed below.
Horse Lords recently put out the album Hidden Cities on NNA Tapes, which you can stream two tracks from below, and hear the full thing over at Tiny Mix Tapes. Mind Over Mirrors is set to release a new album, The Voice Calling, a collaboration with Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux, on January 27 via Immune Recordings. No music is available from that album yet, but you can listen to an earlier Mind Over Mirrors track, below.
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band put out their new 5-song LP, Intensity Ghost, this week via No Quarter records. Pulling equally from The Grateful Dead's jams and Television's guitar workouts on Marquee Moon, Chris and the band know how to get into a groove, but they're never just aimlessly jamming. Stream two tracks, including the 11-minute "The Ballad of Freer Hollow," below.
They'll be celebrating the new album with release shows in NYC and Philly followed by a tour. The NYC show happens Sunday (11/2) at Baby's All Right with support from Zachary Cale and VBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
by Wyatt Marshall
photo by by Eliza Sohn
Holy Sons, one of the projects of Emil Amos (Grails, Om, etc) are releasing their new album and first for Thrill Jockey, The Fact Facer, on September 23 (pre-order). We're now premiering its gorgeous new single called "All Too Free," a contemplative and occasionally haunting song with ample breathing space. The vocals are one of several highlights. Give it a listen below. The album comes with bonus tracks, including covers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot, which you can stream below.
Emil is debuting Holy Sons' brand new backing band on August 25 at Stage 48, opening for Sleep (whose singer/bassist Al Cisneros plays with Emil in Om). That show (which is now sold out) is one of a few live dates for Sleep, who recently released their first new song in 20 years. Holy Sons also play a record release show at Union Pool on 9/25 with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. Holy Suns are on at 11, and tickets are on sale.
Emil and Al's awesome stoner doom band Om will be on the road soon too, and will land in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/5 with Watter.
Song streams and lists of tour dates, below...
Lee Ranaldo at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust were supposed to play Union Pool this past February, but that show was cancelled day of. The band has now rescheduled the show to take place on April 24 at Union Pool, and support comes from Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Their other announced dates are all in Europe. Full tour schedule below...
Waxahatchee @ Permanent Records in Chicago (more by Zach Pollack)
Waxahatchee @ SXSW in Austin (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn resident Waxahatchee, who we recently caught in Austin and Chicago, has previously announced shows coming up in Brooklyn (TONIGHT, 4/3, at 285 Kent), Austin, and Chicago. Today we found out about a fourth concert on her/their schedule, and that's the WBAR Barnard College Radio's 20th Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q in NYC with Wax, Twin Sister, Roomrunner, Swearin', Speedy Ortiz, and more. Full lineup and dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.
You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.
Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.
Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.