Entries tagged with: Clinic
Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.
It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).
No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.
Clinic @ Glasslands in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Clinic were in North America not that long ago, having played Glasslands in Brooklyn in April before heading to Austin Psych Fest. With surgical precision, the UK band will hit the East Coast for a short volley of dates in September, including another trip to Glasslands on 9/16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
All Clinic dates are listed below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Goat / Deap Vally / Moving Sidewalks at Austin Psych Fest Day 3 - 4/28/13
Sunday was also about giving credence to the forbears of pysch-rock. Roky Erikson put on an energetic show to a loving and enthusiastic audience. The main attraction, and headliners for the fest, were the Moving Sidewalks featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Any time one can catch Gibbons, it's worth paying attention, but unfortunately it seemed like some members of his old band hadn't played since the 1960s. Gibbons's familiar growl and deft guitar work did make up for most of it.Austin Psych Fest wrapped up its 2013 festival at its new home of Carson Creek Ranch last Sunday (4/28). The third, and final, day of the fest included sets by Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band Moving Sidewalks, Swedish psych freakout group Goat, former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Black Angels collaborator/tourmate Rishi Dhir's project Elephant Stone, Clinic, King Khan & BBQ, White Fence, Deap Vally and more.
Sweden's Goat had the unfortunate slot coinciding with the second half of the Black Angels, but neither the crowd or the band seemed to notice. Dressed as gypsy druids, the band played a sort of jam-pysch rock with insane energy. The band wore masks, but the two female leads stole the show, euphorically jumping and singing throughout each song. [Austinist]
photos by PSquared Photography
Clinic @ Glasslands, 4/19/2013
Still wearing their signature surgical masks and scrubs, UK psych act Clinic brought their tour through town over the weekend, playing Glasslands on Friday (4/19) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (4/20). The band were touring in support of two companion albums: last year's Free Reign and Daniel Lopatin's excellent remix of the entire record, titled simply Free Reign II. In addition to material from the new album, the band dipped into their sinister, 15-year catalog. The band will hit Austin Psych Fest this weekend.
Support on Friday came from Philadelphia band The Cobbs. Pictures from their set, and more from Clinic (including one of the setlist), are below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's No Joy are set to return with their new album, Wait to Pleasure, which comes out April 23 via Mexican Summer. Working in a proper studio for the first time -- with Violens' Jorge Elbrecht at the helm -- the band are still in the hazy shoegaze world, but where previous records were focused on noise and volume, the new one aims for atmospheric, ethereal textures. So less Swervedriver, more Lush if that means anything to you. Stream the dreamy first single, "Lunar Phobia," below.
No Joy have dates coming up with Clinic and Metz, neither of which jaunts will hit NYC but hopefully they'll play here soon. All dates are listed below.
Masked Liverpudlians Clinic released their seventh album, Free Reign, at the tail of of last year. Daniel Lopatin (of Ford & Lopitan) has remixed the entire record, put the songs in reverse order and the results will be released digitally in March as Free Reign II. You can check out a video for its " Seamless Boogie Woogie BBC 10pm" below.
Clinic are heading to North American this spring for a tour surrounding the 2013 Austin Psych Fest, with two stops in NYC: April 19 at Glasslands and April 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets to both Glasslands and LPR go on sale Friday (1/25) at noon.
A list of all Clinic tour dates, the music video and a few song streams are below.
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys
It's an early installment of TWII this week. Most of the awesome shows (to me) seem to be tonight through Thursday.
First up we've got The Fresh & Onlys who are currently on tour with Clinic. They both play tonight at Bowery Ballroom with Girls at Dawn opening. I like Clinic just fine -- their new album Bubblegum is good -- but we're seeing the Fresh & Onlys still riding a wave of creativity/prolificasy that has been going strong for almost two years. The band's new album, Play it Strange, is maybe their best yet, definitely their most sonically advanced. And live, they always seem to be on. They were great at the Northside Fest back in May. I know I write about them a lot, but they really are tops. Go see them!
There was supposed to be a second Clinic/F&Os show Wednesday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg but that ended up getting canceled, so now The Fresh & Onlys will play Shea Stadium instead (11/3), sharing the bill with fellow San Franciscans The Royal Baths, plus X-Ray Eyeballs and Dutch Treat. The Fresh & Onlys and Royal Baths will also play Vassar on Thursday (11/4).
I will be speeding off to Shea Stadium on Wednesday after seeing The Dears at Knitting Factory, the first their two-night stay previewing their new, yet-to-be-titled album which won't be out till next year. (Tickets are available for Wednesday and Thursday.) As an occasional Dears-obsessive (2004 - 2005 I wouldn't shut up about them) I'm pretty excited about these shows, especially now that guitarist and O-Face master Patrick Krief is back in the band, as well as former members Rob Benvie and Roberto Arquilla. Drummer George Donosso [now in the High Dials] is still missed - we'll see how new member Jeff Luciani does on the kit.
The Dears are masters of epic, anthemic songs and I'm psyched to get to hear a whole new album in this way for the first time. And if this sounds a little daunting, reviews of other shows in Montreal and Toronto where they've been doing the same thing have said they're encoring with a set of favorites. And when the band is on, they can make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. Here's hoping we get a little of that bristly excitement this time. You can check out live footage of new single "Omega Dog" at the bottom of this post.
The Duke Spirit
Also mid week: Bluesy London rock band The Duke Spirit are here playing a one-off show at the now-reopened Santos Party House on Wednesday (11/03) where five bucks gets you in the door. I was a big fan of The Duke Spirit's 2008 album, Neptune, which matched big pop hooks with the band's already proven muscle. The band have a new EP, Kusama, out in December -- you can download "Everybody's Under Your Spell" from their website if you give them your email address -- and a new album in February 2011.
The Duke Spirit are definitely worth seeing live. All eyes tend to be on powerhouse vocalist Leila Moss, who has an undeniable stage presence and can play mean harmonica too. And for five bucks it's kind of a no-brainer.
Erland and the Carnival
If you wish The Coral were still doing sea shantys, you might want to check out London's Erland and the Carnival who are in town playing two club shows this week with Ireland's Villagers: tonight (11/2) at Knitting Factory and Wednesday at Mercury Lounge. Then they'll play a headlining show on Friday at The Rock Shop and then open for Paul Weller on Saturday (at the Apollo) and Sunday (at the Nokia Theater).
There's a bit of that hurdy-gurdy folky seaside sound to the group -- they're recording their new record on a ship, apparently -- and their debut album is pretty good if you like Pentangle, Delta blues, Love and The Doors all mixed together in a bucket. Erland Cooper is a talented songwriter, and I'm told a captivating live performer, and managed to recruit guitarist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve, Blur and The Good, The Bad and The Queen) into his band. Will they be the next Mumford and Sons? I think they're a little too odd for that (probably a good thing), and there's no shortage of opportunities to see them. You can download an MP3 at the top of this post and there are a couple videos below.
A few more shows of note, day-by-day, not mentioned above:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Vocoder-loving Canadians Shout Out Out Out Out bring their many keyboards to Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday and Glasslands Wednesday (moved from Coco 66). Every time I write about this band -- who are pretty fun live -- I have to count the number of "outs" in their name. I can never remember. (Note to self: four "outs".)
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Fresh & Onlys - Waterfall (MP3)
The Fresh & Onlys have just released Play it Strange, their third album in a year and a half and first for In the Red. It's also the first they've made in an actual recording studio (two-inch analog tape, mind you.). Like on the Intelligence's Males, the leap to mid-fi suits The Fresh & Onlys well. The band got lumped in with the lo-fi scene due to friends (Oh Sees, Ty Segall) and labels (Trouble in Mind, Captured Tracks) but the band have always been more psychedelic pop than garage, which is pretty apparent when you listen to the new album. Not only is it their best yet, it's one of the year's best too (According to this guy.) You can download LP track "Waterfall" at the top of this post.
The band are hitting the road this week for a North American tour. The first half will be with drone-psych San Franciscans The Royal Baths, whose debut was just released on Woodsist. After that, they'll hook up with Clinic where they'll play Bowery Ballroom on November 2 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 3. Will they sneak in a show at a smaller venue while here? I wouldn't be surprised.
All upcoming Fresh & Onlys dates are below...
Clinic at Joe's Pub, 8/19
"At the Bell House Monday night, the substitution of their scrubs for dashikis, then paired with the trademark masks, might have suggest a wacky vibe, but the band revealed a mellower sound when providing a preview of their new album, Bubblegum, slated for release in October. While still worlds away from bland, the gentleness of first single "I'm Aware" is a departure from the fast-paced post punk mantras and quirky keyboard sounds that they have long made their stock-in-trade. The slightly psychedelic hues of songs such as "Milk & Honey" and "Baby" were hinted at previously with cuts like "The Witch (Made to Measure)" (from 2008's Do It!), but perhaps not the quiet dreaminess of "Linda," which vocalist Ade Blackburn performed solo with an acoustic guitar." [Agit Reader]Though Clinic just tripled up on NYC in the past two weeks (Bell House, Joe's Pub and Maxwell's), the surgical masked Liverpool band have already planned their return in support of the new record. They'll again visit the tri-state as part of a fall tour with with The Fresh & Onlys.
The Fresh & Onlys have a new piece too, the Play It Strange LP due one week after Bubblegum (10/12) via In The Red Records. The band also has the new Impending Doom 7" out now via Agitated Records.
All tour dates, videos from The Bell House and Joe's Pub, and Clinic's recent video for "I'm Aware", below...
by Bill Pearis
They're still wearing the surgical masks, but little else appears -- or sounds -- recognizable with Clinic, whose new album Bubblegum is out October 5. While the band haven't released any full tracks from it, they have offered up a "characteristically unique megamix" via Soundcloud where snippets of Bubblegum play underneath some spoken piece. Gone, for the most part, are the sinister organ drones and punky rave-ups. In their place, we get the sort of gental, pastoral sounds you're more likely to hear from Stereolab or High Llamas.
Not that there wasn't a connection between what those groups and Clinic did, but there seems to be more of one now. Still it's hard to really tell with that dude going on about how "his hastily scribbled-down phone number was received with a wry smile." The album's first single, "I'm Aware," is out September 21 and will feature a video directed by Pete Fowler (who you may know from his artwork for Super Furry Animals).
Check out the "megamix" medley after the jump.
Shearwater @ Florence Guild Hall, NYC - May 5, 2008 (tasrepus)
Shearwater performed their new album at Florence Guild Hall in NYC on Monday night, and though they are now on tour with Clinic, they won't be playing with Clinic tonight (May 8) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Violens and Cause Co-Motion will be opening for Clinic tonight instead, and Shearwater will play their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in June (with Frog Eyes and Evangelicals).
If you miss Clinic tonight, you can also catch them again on May 31st at Bowery Ballroom. Clinic's new album Do It is out on Domino now. All tour dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Rooks (new MP3)
Shearwater were supposed to be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg with Clinic (who they are touring with) in May, but instead they're playing Music Hall of Williamsburg with Frog Eyes & Evangelicals on June 19th. Tickets for that are now on sale. They're also playing Florence Gould Concert Hall at Manhattan's French Institute in NYC on May 5th. Their new album "Rook" is out on Matador on June 5th (and they'll actually be performing the album at the May show).
I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Florence Guild show. To win, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: shearwater). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted.
All dates below.....
Here's an update to the two other Shearwater tour date posts. Though they are touring with Clinic and they were originally scheduled to be there, Shearwater is no longer playing the May 8th Brooklyn show. Violens and caUSE co-MOTION! will play that show instead (thx Jonathan). So, Shearwater's only NYC show at the moment is the Florence Guild Concert Hall one.
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Rooks (new MP3)
After Matador's '07 reissue of the critically acclaimed 'Palo Santo', we've been waiting & wondering about the next Shearwater full-length. We're happy to report the resulting LP/CD 'Rook', not only lives up to the ridiculously high standards set by its predecessor, but should well stand as an early album of the year candidate. Produced by Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Denton's Echo Lab this past November and December, 'Rook' is an extraordinarily original work ; only on a handful of occasions have we heard an album this powerful and so rich in detail, both musically and lyrically. Shearwater's knack for the epic is already well documented, but with all due respect to their prior efforts, the broad sweep of 'Rook''s 10 songs is like nothing else you're likely to experience in 2008. -MatadorShearwater is playing the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club DeVille in Austin, Texas THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT (March 12). They're also playing a few more times during SXSW and then going on a tour with Clinic that