Entries tagged with: Cloud Nothings
Protomartyr's second album, Under Color of Official Right, is one of the year's most acclaimed albums, matching witty if bleak observations to snarling postpunk backing. The band spent most of the year on the road, out on tours with Spray Paint, Whatever Brains and Parquet Courts, making space for both SXSW, CMJ and one of DbA's final shows, too. Which leads to Protomartyr's Top 10 of 2014 list they sent us, which could have only been sent by them. Here's the setup:
As is often the case with touring, all you have is time and it must be killed. Going to see a movie, any movie, is our default band activity. We go to the theater and whatever is showing next is what we see. We'd like to think this is the reason why we saw so much shit, but honestly, seeing something awful became an addiction. Other than that, the only criteria was that the theater had to sell booze. That became an addiction as well.You won't find Boyhood or Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel on this list, but it's a funny read and works as a travelogue as well. Protomartyr's "Ten Movies We Saw This Year" are listed with commentary below.
In other news, Protomartyr are part of a Joyful Noise Recordings' new subscription record club, the 2015 Flexidisc Series where "some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format." Other artists contributing to the series include Cloud Nothings, Wye Oak, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Sonny & the Sunsets, and King Buzzo.
If you you're going to be in Detroit around Christmas, Protomartyr are playing on December 26 at Jumbos, a place they wrote a song about on their first album. Flyer for that is below as well...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
NYC goth duo Tempers previously released a few promising singles on Pendu Sound, and they recently teamed up with photographer Bela Borsodi to make an appropriately dark video for one of those songs, "Hell Hotline." Check out the video below, and if you haven't gotten it already, you can download the track for free below too.
Tempers have also given us a list of their top ten albums of 2014, which you can also check out below...
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad returned this year with their fifth album, Christmas Island, and they've now announced they'll continue supporting it with a 2015 tour. It's a pretty stacked tour, with support from their Australian SideOneDummy labelmates The Smith Street Band, their American labelmate Jeff Rosenstock, and Brooklyn DIY pop punks Chumped. The A.V. Club-presented tour hits NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show (and all other dates) go on sale Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.
As usual, you've got other chances to catch Chumped in their hometown before that. They celebrate their great debut record, Teenage Retirement, on Saturday (12/13) at Suburbia, also with Jeff Rosenstock, as well as Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude (tix at door). Then, they open for Plow United on 12/30 at Acheron (tickets). If you haven't checked out Teenage Retirement, you can change that by listening below.
Both Chumped and Andrew Jackson Jihad made Jeff Rosenstock's 2014 year-end list. Speaking of year-end lists, SideOneDummy, and Chumped, Chumped's SideOneDummy-signed recent tourmates PUP also gave us a list of their favorite albums of 2014. And (wait for it), it includes Cayetana, who play Chumped's release show (and whose release show Chumped played) and who toured with PUP when both bands opened for The Menzingers (who have dates coming up) who it also includes!
Check out their whole list/entertaining commentary, with the AJJ dates, below...
Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?
The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.
List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...
Former Cardigans singer Nina Persson released solo album Animal Heart earlier this year and you can watch the video for its title track below. Having already played NYC a couple times this year, Nina has a few shows lined up next month, starting with two more in the NYC area: Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 15, and the day before (10/14) at NJ's Mexicali Live. She'll then hit the West Coast for LA's Culture Collide Fest with Cloud Nothings and more, plus a couple other California shows.
All dates are listed, along with the "Animal Heart" video and a poster for the 2014 Culture Collide Festival, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Cloud Nothings at MHOW in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Post-hardcore-leaning indie rockers Cloud Nothings have been touring a lot this year in support of the great Here and Nowhere Else. They were last in NYC in April (and we just caught them in Portland), and now the band have added yet another leg of dates for the fall. The newly-scheduled run is with Detroit garage punks Tyvek and it hits NYC on October 7 at Irving Plaza, Cloud Nothings' largest headlining show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (7/10) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Meanwhile you can catch Tyvek in NYC sooner at the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on Saturday (7/12) with Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more (set times). Tickets for that show are still available.
Cloud Nothings also just put out a video for "Psychic Trauma" off the new album. Watch that, with the list of dates and a Tyvek video, below...
photos & videos by Autumn Andel
Cloud Nothings / METZ / The Wytches in Portland - 7/2/14
Cloud Nothings, who played NYC in April, are currently touring the west coast with METZ and The Wytches, making for some triple attacks of rawk. That tour hit Portland's Hawthorne Theatre last week (7/2) and pictures of that sweaty mess are in this post.
More, plus videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK pysch/garage/punk trio The Wytches are set to release their debut album via Partisan this summer. While we wait for that, the band have made a video for last year's "Robe for Juda" single. Shot on VHS, it's like a very twisted school play. You can watch it below.
Last here for SXSW, The Wytches will tour North America properly this summer, including West Coast dates with Cloud Nothings and METZ. They're also playing some East Coast headlining shows, including two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on July 24 and Glasslands on July 25. Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new video and an NPR "Field Recording" with singer Kristian Bell from SXSW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 4/13/14
Cloud Nothings brought their tour with Ryley Walker in support of this year's fantastic Here and Nowhere Else to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (4/13) for their first of two sold-out NYC shows. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
Accompanied by an electric guitarist and a keyboardist, the highly skilled acoustic guitarist Ryley Walker kicked off the show. His complex fretwork and fingerpicking patterns are indebted to the psychedelic folk and raga rock of '60s/'70s artists like Mark Fry and John Renbourn, and his voice echoes that era too. His style also brings to mind acoustic virtuosos like Michael Hedges, but the songs themselves are strong enough that it didn't come off like a schtick. And despite playing the kind of psychedelia you could really zone out to, Ryley snapped you out of it after each song with his loud, very funny stage banter. Definitely a memorable opening set.
Cloud Nothings came on around 10 PM for an hour-plus set that included almost the entirety of their last two albums, Here and Nowhere Else and Attack on Memory. This was my first time seeing them with their new power trio setup, and though guitarist Joe Boyer was always a key element of their sound, to say they still pull it off as a three-piece would be an understatement. It's no secret that drummer Jayson Gerycz is the driving force behind the band (and just one of the best rock drummers out there right now), but with each musician needing to occupy a bit more space than in a four-piece lineup, really everyone shined. The new record is the closest they've come to straightforward punk, but Dylan Baldi rarely plays like a straightforward punk guitarist. He's instead playing like both a rhythm and lead guitarist at once. Bassist TJ Duke also filled much of that rhythm guitar void himself with driving, downpicked basslines that were about as classic as punk basslines get (and in a very good way).
The new and old material blended together really well -- the highlight for me was probably "Separation" from Attack on Memory, but I never felt myself wishing for a particular song or feeling like anything was out of place. The closest thing to a "Wasted Days"-style noise jam on the new album is "Pattern Walks" (both of which were played), but this time around those noise/dissonance parts are carefully worked into most of the songs in between verses and choruses. Sure, Cloud Nothings are a rowdy, anthemic band and they give the moshers up front plenty to yell along to, but their avant-leanings are becoming more and more pronounced. The ending of "Pattern Walks" or the dark middle section of "Just See Fear" were as integral moments to their set as the "I miss you 'cause I like damage" refrain of "Cut You." Great show all around, if I had to complain it'd be only be that I wished it was longer.
Cloud Nothings and Ryley Walker do it again at Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/14), which is also sold out. More pictures from MHOW below...
Protomartyr @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Detroit's Protomartyr will release their second album, Under Color of Official Light, next week (4/8) via Hardly Art. There are a lot of bands out there mining post punk territory these days, but few do it as well, such conviction and great song after great song, as Protomartyr do here. (When singer Joe Casey chants "nothing you can do" over and over in "Scum, Rise!" he means it.) It's one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far and you can listen to the whole thing now via NPR.
Protomartyr will be spending a lot of time on the road this year. Their tour with Austin's Spray Paint starts next week and hits NYC for two shows -- Death by Audio on April 12 and Cake Shop on April 14. After that, Protomartyr will join up with Whatever Brains, then a string of midwest shows with Cloud Nothings.
Then in June, they'll be out with Parquet Courts (who have a new album soon), including the show at Brooklyn's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 with Future Punx and Xerox. Tickets for that are still available.
They are definitely worth catching if they're playing near you, they were one of my favorites at SXSW this year. Updated Protomartyr tour dates are listed below...
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher
this dude goes hard on this song (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Nothings will follow 2012's excellent Attack on Memory with the punkier Here and Nowhere Else on April 1 via Carpark/Mom + Pop. Our first taste of it was the melodic closing track "I'm Not Part of Me," and now we get another track from it, "Psychic Trauma." What starts as a mid-tempo alt-rocker turns into punk fury with the monster behind the kit that is Jayson Gerycz going apeshit by the song's finale. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Post punk sounds and industrial towns seem to go hand in hand. Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's second album, Under Color of Official Right, will be out April 8 via Hardly Art and while it doesn't specifically sound like Joy Division or The Mekons or The Fall (ok maybe the Fall a little bit) or Pere Ubu, there is definitely a similar approach, attitude and intelligence. Two of the album's most immediate songs -- the angry, sneering ripper "Scum, Rise!" and the moodier, more atmospheric "Come & See" -- can be streamed below.
Last in NYC in November, Protomartyr will be on tour next month, starting in Austin for SXSW (they're playing a lot of shows there) and will hit the Midwest and East Coast afterwards. The tour includes two shows in NYC: April 12 at Death by Audio and April 13 at Cake Shop. Both those shows are with tourmates Spray Paint, and during other sections of the tour they'll do stints with Whatever Brains and Cloud Nothings.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...