Entries tagged with: Cloud Nothings
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder; words by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at The Main, Austin, 3/14/2012
Cloud Nothings spent the bulk of 2012 on the road in support of their great Attack on Memory album and we caught them in NYC a bunch of times throughout the year. And not that we'd ever turn down seeing them again, but when they announced that they're working on a new album, it made their set at the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party yesterday (3/14) even more anticipated. And they did preview some material from the new record at the show, and it's sounding really good. The new stuff is hard-hitting but not without the melodies that make Cloud Nothings so catchy. You can watch a video of them playing one of their new songs at their Mohawk show on Tuesday (3/12) below.
Of course, they also played a bunch off Attack on Memory and when they did those songs, they had maybe the wildest crowd at the BV day parties so far. Like they usually do, they changed up those songs a bit live, especially during the jammy parts, and worked in some instrumental interludes between songs too. They also changed the setlist around since the last few times I've seen them (I think it was the first time they didn't play "Separation" before "Wasted Days," and no "Stay Useless"!). The front half of the crowd (if not also the back) knew every word and they were grabbing each other to scream along, starting mini mosh pits, and rushing the stage. Over a year after the release of Attack on Memory, it's great to see random people still coming together and connecting with each other and those songs.
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As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
Japandroids at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Japandroids had a great year in 2012 and it doesn't look like they have any plans to stop celebrating rock in 2013. They've already been announced for some spring/summer festivals like NYC's Governors Ball, Quincy, WA's Sasquatch!, Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival, Manchester, TN's Bonnaroo, Indio, CA's Coachella, and Detroit's Metallica-headlined Orion Music + More; and now they've announced a full international tour surrounding those fests. The dates include a European run with The Gaslight Anthem and a west coast run with Cloud Nothings around the time of Coachella. Most likely because of Governors Ball, there are no other NYC dates to report at the moment.
The band were also recently nominated for the Juno Alternative Album of the Year Award (going up against Hannah Georgas, Metric, Said The Whale, and Stars), and they just stopped by Conan last night (2/25) to perform "The Nights of Wine and Roses." You can watch the video of that performance below.
photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout
James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)
Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.
Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.
Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:
A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...
by Andrew Sacher
Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at Terminal 5 in October (more by Tracy Allison)
One band we've been seeing on a ton of year-end lists this year is Cloud Nothings for their great album, Attack on Memory, which literally attacked everyone's memory of what the band was prior to this record (and is my personal favorite of the year). Today, we learn the exciting news from a Dylan Baldi interview with MTV Hive (via Consequence of Sound) that Cloud Nothings have not only "written most of" a followup album due out in 2013, but it's going to be "noisier and less straightforward." \m/
"The album is a little less melodic. It's noisier and less straightforward. I think people will be able to handle it." Baldi's looking back further on this LP, taking inspiration from early punk. "There's one track that sounds a lot like early Wire, that I really like. There's not really words yet, I write them super last minute when I'm in the studio."They'll start recording in April and hope to have it out in the fall."I want to do one thing each year or else I'll feel like I'm lazy," Baldi says.
Maybe it will turn out like that great middle section on "Wasted Days"? You can listen to that song below.
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out 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.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
by Klaus Kinski and Kurt Braunohler
This installment of Klaus Kinski Bugging Funny People He Adores For Their Top 10 Favorite Things of 2012 brings us face to face with the great comedic tornado that is Kurt Braunohler. Kurt entered a cherished spot in my heart chambers many many years ago when I first saw him performing with Kristen Schall somewhere. Since then I've seen him do stand-up and sketch type stuff alone or with Kristen no less than 70 million times and he has never, ever, never ever not brought his A-Game to the stage (a favorite bit, btw). His resume is extensive. Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV on Bob's Burgers (FOX), Chelsea Lately, Delocated (Adult Swim), John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life.
As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival (named a "Comic to Watch"), SXSW, Bonaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival ("Improv Ensemble of the Year" Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall, but only because his comedy partner (Schall) is pretty famous. And who can forget the awesome web series Penelope: Princess of Pets? Or the fact that he hosted Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal for 7 years? Do you like wunderkinds? Then you will LOVE KURT!
Kurt's list of favorite albums from this year, brought to life with my htmling and youtube embeddings, as well as a list of upcoming Kurt tour dates (no NYC), are yours to enjoy. BELOW.
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
photos by Tracy Allison
Silversun Pickups / Cloud Nothings @ T5 10/15/2012
Last week, Silversun Pickups brought their tour with Cloud Nothings through NYC for shows at Terminal 5 on October 14 and 15. Pictures, videos, and setlists from the first night are HERE, and we've got pics from the second night in this post. The setlist was pretty similar to the first night, but they did switch it up a few times. Cloud Nothings briefly mixed it up too, replacing "Our Plans" from the night earlier with "No Sentiment."
More pics (including opener Atlas Genius) and the setlists from SSPU and Cloud Nothings are below.
photos by Luis Ruiz
"if you play a show and it's not mind-numbingly loud what is the point" - Cloud Nothings
Silversun Pickups/Cloud Nothings
Silversun Pickups took their tour with Cloud Nothings to NYC this week for shows at Terminal 5 on Sunday night (10/14) and Monday night (10/15). Silversun Pickups played mostly off of their new album, Neck of the Woods, though of course included their popular singles from the last decade like "Lazy Eye." Cloud Nothings weren't exactly the most fitting opener for the band, and we can't say they pleased all SSPU fans but they brought it nonetheless. As Matthew Levine for CMJ put it, they "[transformed] several audience members in the crowd into dancing rag dolls with limbs flailing all over." Tourmates Atlas Genius opened both shows as well.
Pictures, videos, and the setlist from night 1 are below. Pics of night 2 are coming soon.
Cloud Nothings at Central Park Summerstage in July (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Lee Bandits @ Barbes
* Harvester @ The Stone
* John Kelly @ Joe's Pub
* Nick Lowe @ Landmark
* Bad Reputation @ Barbes
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Dent May @ Asbury Lanes
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Manzarek-Rogers Band @ BB King's
* Lewis Black @ Richard Rogers Theatre
* Star Systems, John Goldberger @ Zebulon
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Fela Bowl w/ Zozo Afrobeat @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Diane Cluck, Jesse Sparhawk, Bad Braids @ Pianos
* Pony Bones, ZZZ's, The Electric Set @ Glasslands
* Janeane Garofalo, Tony Woods @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Gossip Culture, Roadkill Ghost Choir @ Cameo Gallery
* Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius @ Terminal 5
* Sam Mickens/Mike Pride Duo, Aurora, Glockabelle @ Death By Audio
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* BAIO, Plastic Plates, Rong Music @ Le Bain
* Into Another, Supertouch, The X Factor Live, Youth of Today @ Irving Plaza
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman, Hari Knodabolu, Kristen Schaal, Andy Ross, Jon Benjamin @ Union Hall
* The Waldos, The Blessed, Andy Shernoff, The Weapons, NY Junk, Krebs & the Maynard G's, Stihleto, The Brats, D Generation @ Bowery Electric
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Cloud Nothings, who open for Silversun Pickups tonight and tomorrow at Terminal 5, made a video for "Fall In." Check it out below. Tickets are available for both shows.
Cloud Nothings at Summerstage in July (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Silversun Pickups are going on tour with Cloud Nothings this fall and hitting NYC on October 14 at Terminal 5. That show is sold out, but they've just added a second show happening one day later (10/15) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with AmEx and WRXP presales starting Wednesday (9/12) at noon. Atlas Genius is also on both shows. An updated list of dates is below.
Speaking of Cloud Nothings, we just posted earlier today about their side project Chomp, who are releasing their debut LP, Buddah Jabba Momma, on September 18 via Exit Stencil and playing a record release show in NYC at Cameo on September 21 with Swearin' (tickets).
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings members Jayson Gerycz (drums) and Joe Boyer (guitar) already have the side project Total Babes, who released the album Swimming Through Sunlight last year, and now they have yet another side project called Chomp, and they've taken their Total Babes bandmate Chris Brown along for the ride. Unlike Total Babes, Chomp is primarily fronted by Joe Boyer, and if you've picked up on his backup vocals in Cloud Nothings, Chomp actually sounds pretty familiar.
They're set to release their debut LP, Buddah Jabba Momma, on September 18 via Exit Stencil and they'll celebrate the album with a release party a few days later in Brooklyn on September 21 at Cameo Gallery with Swearin'. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show falls in the middle of a short tour the band will be on this month, much of which is supporting Cloud Nothings. All dates are listed below.
You can download two album tracks, "Throw Out Your Wish List" and "Done Waiting," at the top of this post, or stream them below. Also below is the album's cover art, tracklist, and a list of all dates.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Silversun Pickups at Firefly Music Fest in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Silversun Pickups released their third album, Neck of the Woods, earlier this year and you can stream three of its tracks below. The band will be supporting the new album with a tour which begins this September. The first leg of that tour has already been announced, and the band just revealed some October dates as well including New Orleans festival Voodoo Music Experience and a NYC show which happens on October 14 at Terminal 5 with Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon.
Hopefully Cloud Nothings will add a small DIY show while they're here like they did the last time they came to NYC for a big show. The dates with Silversun PIckups come after Cloud Nothings wraps up their own North American tour in September. They recently pushed back the release of their Live at Grog Shop 12" which was supposed to come out this past July, to September 25. They also recently recorded a performance of "Fall In" for For No One TV, which you can watch below.
All lists of dates, video, and streams are below.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.