Entries tagged with: Cloud Nothings
shittychandelier with a pitchfork
If the many artists playing the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this weekend, only a few will be part of the webcast on Pitchfork's Youtube Channel. Check out the schedule (in Chicago time I assume), and the stream itself, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at 285 Kent - 7/12/12
Cloud Nothings came to NYC this past week for an opening slot on the four band bill at Summerstage last Saturday (7/7), which was part of CBGB festival. Their set at Summerstage was great, but it was early, plagued by an amp malfunction, and only 5 songs long. So lucky for NYC fans, the Cleveland band hung around and played 'Fallon' last night (video below) and a sold out show at 285 Kent with DIIV.
I'll admit, I wasn't fully sold on DIIV before last night so I wasn't totally sure what to expect, as I had somehow missed all 1253 of the band's shows from the last 12 months. From the sound of their debut LP, Oshin, I was thinking it'd be a pretty calm show, but shame on me for being so judgmental because it was actually kind of nuts. The band and crowd both looked like they were having a great time, DIIV thrashed around on stage a bunch and there were actually attempts at moshing and stage diving (even if they weren't the most successful ones). DIIV filmed their music video for "Doused" at the show during which the audience rushed the stage and half the band ended up in the crowd. Look out for that video to drop soon.
After DIIV, Cloud Nothings came on stage, kicking off their set with "Stay Useless," the same song they played on 'Fallon' last night. During the show I got punched in the face by a drunken man who either thought he was dancing or trying to share a brotherly love for the band, lost my voice and my hearing -- so you know it was a great time. The band were going all out, and you could tell they were way more in their element at 285 Kent than at the larger outdoor Central Park Summerstage. Moshing and stage diving were nonstop the whole show, as were raised fits and shoutalongs. The set included every song on 2012's venerable Attack on Memory, but no encore due to the fact that the venue had to clear out for the DJ party which started at midnight (which DIIV, Neon Indian, and others DJed at).
During "Wasted Days," frontman Dylan Baldi put his guitar on stage for the stretched out noise section, allowing rabid fans to slam on its strings as he turned knobs on his pedals and the rest of the band carried on. When the band brought things back to earth and vocals returned, Dylan was joined by a sweaty, fist pumping chorus of "I THOUGHT! I WOULD! BE MORE! THAN THIS!" where his piercing screams rival those of the post-hardcore greats that are often channelled on Attack on Memory. The whole show blurred together (in the best way possible) as the band powered through standout after standout. The interlude which they usually preface "Separation" with was replaced by a shorter, faster, and far more thunderous one. The only time that the packed 285 Kent had a chance to rest was the final track, Attack on Memory opener "No Future, No Past," but even then the whole room was joining in at the top of their lungs, eagerly anticipating the song's gradual build, until it exploded into the crashing and crude ending, and the band walked off stage.
Unfortunately we had no photographer at the show, but a couple more humble instagrams, the 'Fallon' video, and all remaining Cloud Nothings tour dates (including Pitchfork Festival) are below...
today in NYC
* Batz @ Joe's Pub
* Furthur @ MCU Park
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Summer & Eve @ Joe's Pub
* Angelica Sanchez @ The Stone
* Paperhead, D. Watusi @ Cake Shop
* Ernesto Díaz, Yisela Sosa @ Barbes
* Warped Tour @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Morris Day & the Time @ B.B. King's
* Mike Doughty @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Andrew Dice Clay @ Starland Ballroom
* New York Philharmonic @ Central Park
* Cooper-Moore Organ Trio @ The Stone
* Revival Times, Baby Copperhead @ Zebulon
* The Band in Heaven @ Skipper's (Seaport)
* Grupo Fantasma, Debo Band @ The Bell House
* Def Leppard, Poison, Lita Ford @ Jones Beach
* Monsieur Adi, DJ G Brown @ Knitting Factory
* K.Flay, Colin Munroe, Tron & DVD @ Glasslands
* Kálmán Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio @ Joe's Pub
* Great Caesar, The Juliets, Illumntr @ Littlefield
* Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, Ritmo Machine @ Prospect Park
* Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Deathrow Tull @ Mercury Lounge
* Xenia Rubinos, Raya Brass Band, Talibam! @ Cameo Gallery
* Beacon, Gracie, Blonds, Night Panther, Yung Life @ Pianos
* Zula, Sean0Sean, Lean Hounds, Field Theory @ The Rock Shop
* Eleanor Friedberger, Ex Cops, Zambri @ South Street Seaport
* Alex Winston, Mr. Little Jeans, Lovelife @ Santos Party House
* Oberhofer, Honey, Life Size Maps, Makeup Monsters @ Big Mouth
* Widowspeak, Total Slacker, Husky, Parquet Courts @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Ugly Club, Socratic, Jeremy Benson, Charles Sztyk @ Maxwell's
* El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, Despot @ Irving Plaza
* Johnny Rabbits, Starlight Girls, Starina, Miracle Drivel @ XPO 929
* The Giraffes, Droids Attack, Cinema Cinema, Timo Ellis @ Saint Vitus
* JMarinelli, HUGEPUPILS, gasm, GOVT, mountainmover, TPW @ Hi-5
* Kinky, Los Auténticos Decadentes, 3Ball Mty @ Central Park Summerstage
* Wheez-ie, Heywhorehey, Anna Love, Krueger, Scallywag @ Public Assembly
* Woodyfest w/ Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, Joe Purdy @ City Winery
* Stifler's Mom ('90s tribute), White Wedding ('80s tribute) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rhyton, Chris Forsyth, P.G. Six, Pat Murano, Tom Carter @ Death By Audio
* A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Sainthood Reps, Young Statues @ Knitting Factory
* The So So Glos, Diarrhea Planet, Grass Giraffes, Hard Nips, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
* Glitter Freeze, Hounsds, Breakfast In Fur, afroDJmac, DJ Elliptic @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Summer Slam, Divine Rhyme, Dubbudz, Pop That Radio, Danzer, PitchBlak Brass Band, StarBred @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Bushwick Walkabout w/ Beast Make Bomb, Town Hall, Team Spirit, Slam Donahue, Viva Mayday, Shapes, Fast Years, Cavallo, Penrose @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East
* Cult of the Psychic Fetus, Cold Blue Rebels, Al & The Black Cats, Reckless Ones, Lower Town Trio, The Recently Deceased @ Public Assembly
Doveman at Le Possion Rouge tonight is also cancelled.
Billy Bragg and Steve Earle celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday tonight and tomorrow.
The 4Knots Music Festival is Saturday. Meanwhile catch Eleanor Friedberger, Ex-Cops and Zambri at the Seaport tonight. The Band in Heaven play Skipper's right behind the Seaport stage immediately after.
Widowspeak's free House of Vans show is coming up soon, but meanwhile they added an even sooner show, one happening tonight, right down the street at 285 Kent. Total Slacker and Parquet Courts and Husky from Mexico are also on the bill.
Don't forget that Blitzen Trapper and Ben Kweller play tomorrow afternoon (7/14, 3 - 6PM) on the Oval in Stuyvesant Town.
Cloud Nothings were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, knocking out "Stay Useless" and you can watch the video of that below.
We're still a week out from The Dark Knight Rises but you can check out this new trailer, dubbed by Pee Wee Herman, below.
You can also watch Kendrick Lamar and Bethany from Best Coast perform "No Make-Up" in Portland below as well.
Dirty Three made a video for their new song "Rising Below" and you can watch that below.
Amy Pohler stops by the first episode of Amy Miles' web show Meow Meow Music which you can watch below.
DIIV at Red 7 (more by Tim Griffin)
In addition to the free River Rocks show with Grimes on August 9, the dates with Best Coast that include Terminal 5 on July 17 (tickets), and the freshly announced 285 Kent show with Cloud Nothings (tickets), DIIV have added yet another NYC show this week.
DIIV play at The Hester (835 6th Ave in Manhattan) at 7PM this Thursday (7/12), just a few short hours before heading to 285 Kent to finish out the evening with Cloud Nothings. The Hester show is free and features free food/drink, but an email to RSVP@HESTERSTREETFAIR.com is required. The flyer for the event and all DIIV dates are below.
Speaking of that Best Coast Terminal 5 show, also on the bill are Those Darlins. The Nashville-based band recently released a new 7" that includes a cover of Rockpile's "Pet You And Hold You" which you can stream below. Do you want a copy of that 7" and a pair of tickets to the T5 show? Head below for details on how to win them both in a prize pack, courtesy of the band!
Details on that contest, the new song stream, DIIV flyer and a list of all DIIV dates are below...
Cloud Nothings at Summerstage, 7/72012 (more by Chris La Putt)
If you went to see Cloud Nothings at Central Park Summerstage this past Saturday (7/7) and wished for more than five songs, you're in luck. The band are sticking around NYC this week, playing Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, July 12. Also that same night -- again, this Thursday -- Cloud Nothings will play 285 Kent with DIIV. Tickets are $12 and on sale now.
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
Guided by Voices/Cloud Nothings
One of the many shows that went down in NYC this past weekend as part of the CBGB Festival was the big, free day show at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (7/7) with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War On Drugs, and Cloud Nothings. Despite the heat wave that hit NYC over the weekend, many braved the high temperatures to catch this stacked show, which was pretty packed from start to finish. Presumably because it was a 4-band bill and was a day show, the openers got pretty short sets, but nonetheless all four bands were great and little time was wasted.
Cloud Nothings kicked off the day at 3 PM with a 5-song set that relied entirely on this year's Attack on Memory. Considering how short the set was, they did manage to keep things pretty varied. Between "Separation," the interlude they prefaced it with, and the extended jam of "Wasted Days," about half of their set was instrumental, and they balanced that with the album's two poppiest tracks, "Stay Useless" and "Fall In." A hot sunny day in central park isn't exactly the appropriate place for a mosh pit or anything, but there was a good amount of dancing and singing along, especially during the closing screams of "Wasted Days."
Then The War on Drugs cooled things off with their breezy folk rock, opening strong with Slave Ambient standout, "Baby Missiles." The band's floaty atmospheres can get pretty meandering (in a good way), but are always grounded by the band's relentlessly upbeat drummer. They work in nice touches of noise and ambience, most notably doing so when the bassist played a droning trumpet through an effect laden mic before going into the anthemic "Come to the City."
Up next were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who immediately woke up the lazy, sweat-dripping crowd with a super energetic set, kickstarted by the driving "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now." Frontman Kip Berman doesn't let up for the entire show, rocking out through every song while bearing a spot-on delivery. They played a pretty solid mix of material off both full lengths, all of which were bright pop blasts, delivered even clearer and bigger than the increased lo-to-mid-fi production on the newer album. The band, who on Saturday were augmented by Connor from The Drums on second guitar, didn't really hit any low points and played through tons of favorites like "Young Adult Friction," "Heart In Your Heartbreak," and more.
The show wrapped up with the much-anticipated headlining set by Guided by Voices which came after multiple crowd chants of "GBV, GBV, GBV!" The band, whose influential brand of lo-fi was responsible for helping to set the groundwork that all three of the opening bands heavily work into their sound, walked on stage, cigarettes in hand, and in extremely high spirits for the appreciative crowd. They focused their set mostly on material off of their two 2012 full lengths, Let's Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO, their first two albums since 2004. Because of GBV's notoriously short songs, they only took about ten minutes to bang out the same amount of songs that the opening bands played in their entire sets, and both the band and the crowd were really into it. Robert Pollard's playful stage banter was intact (he said something about how during his last Central Park show he got in trouble for throwing beer cans into the audience) and the band's on-stage demeanor was just as lively, complete with split kicks from guitarist Mitch Mitchell, and the head-nodding, singing-along bassist, Greg Demos.
More pictures from the Central Park show, including one of GBV's setlist, are below...
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
Now we really know what's going on. The CBGB Festival is happening July 5 - 8 at some 30 venues across the city, with over 300 bands participating, including the previously mentioned free Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Cloud Nothings show at Summerstage (which now also includes The War on Drugs), the The Baseball Project and Craig Finn at City Winery, L.A. Guns at Highline, the Cro Mags, Sick of it All, Vision of Disorder, Absolution, and Sal Naim show at Webster Hall, and D Generation's Bowery Electric show. Newly added artists include Rocket from the Tombs, MEN, PS I Love You, Reggie Watts, Gary Lucas, Weekend, and more TBA. The full list of currently confirmed artists is below.
It's also a film festival with both new and classic rock films/docs, including the world premiere of The Rise and Fall of The Clash, plus American Hardcore, Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements, The Dead Boys - Live at CBGB/OMFUG 1977, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Kurt Cobain About a Son, The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 and more.
In addition, they've added a CMJ/SXSW-like music industry conference with panels/workshops concerning the music industry, independent artists, and a CBGB "Tales from the Club" panel each day. All conferences take place at the Sunshine Cinema and East Village Cinema. The festival also closes with the "distilled spirits fest" at Beekman Beer Garden on July 8.
There are variety of badges available too, from music and film showcase badges to one that get you into everything (or potentially at least...badges don't guarantee admission). The press release we got claims badges have been on sale since May 7 but this is the first we've heard about it. Regardless, early bird prices on music showcase badges is $69 and runs through May 31. It jumps to $79 if you buy before July 4 and walk-up badges once the fest starts are $89. Film fest badges are $99/$159/$219 for earlybird/regular/walk-up. You can also get a music conference badge which gains you entry to the showcases, workshops, and panels, and a music/film combo badge which gains you entry to all of that plus the film screenings. Full details on the vast array of CBGB Festival badge options are at their website. What this means to people who already bought tickets to individual shows already but want a badge too, we're not sure.
A list of all confirmed bands, films, conferences, and participating venues is below.
photos by Kellyann Petry
Idle Warship at Culture Shock 4/28/12
The 20th annual Culture Shock festival went down at SUNY Puchase from April 27-28. Day 1 (4/27) kicked off with the Stooges-meets-Jesus Lizard punk of Pissed Jeans, followed by California rapper Casey Veggies, who played SOBs a few days earlier. Day 1 of main stage wrapped up with an entrancing live-band IDM set from Tycho followed by Islands, both of whom played unexpected, crowd-demanded encores. Afterwards, Big Freedia packed Purchase's student center (The Stood) for an ass-shakin' afterparty, complete with nonstop dancing both on and off stage, and one of the biggest/craziest shows The Stood has seen in years.
Day 2 began with Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings, who played almost the entirety of their powerful January LP Attack on Memory. Up next were two completely opposite sides of the folk spectrum; the foot-stomping Felice Brothers and the melancholic, distortion-drenched EMA. Day 2 ended with a headlining set from Idle Warship, the project of Talib Kweli and Res in full rock band mode. Idle Warship drew the largest crowd of the entire fest, and delivered an unfaltering set of Idle Warship originals, Talib classics, and a few covers (including the Stooges' "Search and Destroy").
More pics from the fest (excluding Pissed Jeans and Casey Veggies) below...
Lou with Refused at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
The four-day festival is scheduled to begin on July 5 and will showcase about 300 rock bands. Concerts will take place at around 30 places, from large stages like Central Park Summerstage and Webster Hall to small clubs like the Trash Bar in Williamsburg and the Living Room on the Lower East Side...A few other confirmed shows as part of the festival have emerged too. Sick of It All will join Vision of Disorder, Cro-Mags, Absolution and Sai Nam for a show at Webster Hall on July 6th. Tickets are on sale.
The festival will also stage a free concert in Central Park with Guided by Voices, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings [on July 7]. A few veteran rockers have agreed to appear: David Johansen, a former member of the New York Dolls, has committed to do a show, as has the Baseball Project, the supergroup formed by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate. -[NY Times]
D Generation will headline Bowery Electric on July 7th with ROMANS, Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Bamboo Kids. Tickets are on sale.
Stay tuned for more (including the full lineup announcement).
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
photos by Joe McCabe
"Best band to worst crowd ratio of the year so far is def cloud nothings vs mercury lounge. Goddamn this band rules." - Nick Stern
Cloud Nothings @ Mercury Lounge - 3/27/2012
Playing with almost rhythmically mechanical precision made the noise and distortion of their guitars seem that much more deliberate. This was especially true during the frantic improvised guitar jams of "Fall In" and "Wasted Days." When it seemed impossible for Cloud Nothings to play any louder or faster, they did again and again. Applause finally came during the final cool-down period of "Wasted Days," which easily could have been mistaken for the climax of the song only five minutes earlier. In an era in which people have access to almost all the music in the world for free, it's refreshing to know that young bands can still come around and make people realize what they've been missing. [The House List]Cloud Nothings were last in NYC for a one-off at The Studio in January which sold out at the last minute. Due the success of their great new album, Attack on Memory, shows on their current tour have been selling out much quicker, including both of their NYC shows this week, the first of which happened last night (3/27) at Mercury Lounge with A Classic Education and The Denzels. More pictures from this show are below. How was it?
Cloud Nothings do it again tonight (3/28) at Glasslands with A Classic Education and Crinkles. Tonight's show is sold out as well but they'll return to the NYC area next month for SUNY Purchase Culture Shock (4/27-28) (technically only open to students and their guests), whose lineup also includes Grimes, Islands, Tycho, Big Freedia, Pissed Jeans, Idle Warship, The Felice Brothers, and more.
More pics from Mercury Lounge below...
The press release say:
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15! Seven years in, this independently run three-day event has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced and rewarding weekends of music around.The full Chicago festival lineup so far, including Willis Earl Beal who we recently hosted in the same city (where Willis happens to also live), is listed below...
A tremendously focused and thoughtfully curated event, the Pitchfork Music Festival has historically introduced emerging bands while also honoring a great number of already beloved and internationally renowned acts. This year continues with that high standard and welcomes Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal! But this is only the beginning! There are more than 30 acts to still be announced.
Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Pitchfork Music Festival will not be raising ticket prices in 2012! Our goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus, and do so in a way that is sustainable and exciting. So why raise ticket prices if you don't need to, right? Tickets for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 9 at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and a limited number of three-day passes for $110! Based on years past, three-day passes will sell out very quickly. Tickets will be available on the festival website.
In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities for its 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries to easily enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
In a word, the band sounded "essential" (and like Sunny Day Real Estate), as if [Cloud Nothings] had to prove themselves all over again with every song. They were raw, intense, physical, aggressive, and it showed even in the name of the songs they played in their tight 50-minute set: the already-anthemic "No Future/No Past," skuzzy show opener "Stay Useless," bursting "Cut You," and the Nirvana-like "No Sentiment." When a scratchy-voiced Baldi furiously proclaimed, "No nostalgia, no sentiment/We're over it now and we were over it then," he meant it. [The L]Band of the moment (thanks to a killer new album that you can stream on Spotify) Cloud Nothings played a sold out show at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (1/26). Here are some pictures
If you missed them, you'll have TWO chances to catch the band in NYC while they're out with A Classic Education in the coming months; March 27 at Mercury Lounge (tickets on AMEX presale on 2/1, regular on 2/3) and March 28 at Glasslands (tickets on sale).
More pictures from The Studio at Webster Hall (we missed openers Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into The Gospel) are below....
by Bill Pearis
A Classic Education
As predicted, following this week's Best New Music review of Attack on Memory, tonight's Cloud Nothings' show at Studio @ Webster Hall with Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel, is now sold out. But the band just announced two NYC-area shows on the other side of SXSW, part of their tour with A Classic Education: March 27 at Mercury Lounge (also with The Denzels and Last Year's Men) (tickets on-sale Friday, 2/3) and March 28 at Glasslands (also with Crinkles) (on sale now). All Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
This will be the first North American tour for A Classic Education since releasing their debut album, Call it Blazing, which was one of my favorites of 2011:
Heart on the sleeve tunes from Canadian Jonathan Clancy who formed this band in his current hometown of Bologna, Italy. Students of indiepop history, ACE take the best bits of the last 30 years and have created a sound all their own. Tuneful, continental and clever, with charm to spare.Check out a couple tracks from the album at the top of this post, including single "Baby It's Fine" which has a stylish video you can watch below. Also below is live footage of Cloud Nothings performing "Wasted Days" at Glasslands back in November, as filmed for Pitchfork TV and the video for "No Future, No Past"...
by Bill Pearis
The column comes early as it's a busy week and there are lots of shows to talk about. First up, venerable NYC trio Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is out today and the band play Bowery Ballroom this evening to celebrate. Tonight's show is sold out but Nada Surf will be streaming the show live via their YouTube channel starting at 10PM. The band then head out for a good two months of touring and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band's seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, is another fine record in Nada Surf's catalog of positive-vibe guitar pop, bolstered this time out by Doug Gillard who provides a lot of great lead work. This kind of music may not be in fashion right now, but it also never really goes out of style. And they do it really well You can stream or download the ebullient first single "Waiting for Something" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the album here.
Cloud Nothings - 'Attack on Memory'
Also out today: Cloud Nothings' Attack on Memory which, as Andrew noted a couple weeks ago, is much more sophisticated and agressive than the tuneful pop-punk the band have released in the past. They're still writing catchy songs -- check out "Stay Useless at the top of this post -- but the shift is fairly radical, so much so that main man Dylan Baldi briefly considered changing the name of the band. (It's not that radical.) It's a very good album, and you can listen to it on Spotify and watch the brand-new video for "No Future/No Past" at the bottom of this post.
The album, you may have seen, got Best New Music on the 'Fork yesterday, and despite this there are still tickets to be had for Cloud Nothings' show this Thursday (1/26) at The Studio @ Webster Hall though I imagine not for long. Knowing how good the band are live (what a drummer!) I'm really anxious to hear these songs live. It's a one-off show, but the band will tour starting mid-February including, need I say it, time in Austin for SXSW. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The Hundred in the Hands - Bowery Ballroom Feb. 2011 (more)
The Hundred in the Hands are playing their first show in a long time this Friday (1/27) at Glasslands, which will give us the first taste of the duo's second album which will be out on Warp at some point this year. While they haven't released any tracks from it yet, they are still updating the THITH Zine, the band's culture zine that most recently interview artist Zander Blom. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the archives that's worth checking out.
My Best Fiend
A lot of people will be at Glasslands on Friday just to check out THITH's Warp labelmates My Best Fiend whose album In Ghostlike Fading is out February 21. My Best Fiend are not your typical Warp act, closer to the space blues of Spiritualized or My Morning Jacket (or Neil Young) than the electronic music that fills most of the label's roster. The band have been plugging away in the Brooklyn scene for upwards of seven years and its good to see it pay off for them. You can download album-opener "Higher Palms" at the top of this post and you can stream "Cracking Eggs" (which features Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness) further down.
The Glasslands show also features duo Bikini who make unapologetic four-on-the-floor dancefloor fodder, and Bear in Heaven will be DJing between sets, hopefully not playing all the records at 400,000% slower than normal.
And finally we have Florida's Guy Harvey, which is a band and not a solo artist and should not to be confused with Elbow frontman Guy Garvey which I did for half a second. The band are on tour with Gainsville residents Averkiou and hit NYC this weekend for two shows: Friday (1/27) at Cake Shop and Saturday (1/28) at Death by Audio. All GH/Averkiou dates are at the bottom of this post.
You may recognize Guy Harvey frontman Adam Perry from his moonlighting gig as an auxiliary member of Surfer Blood. There's not a lot of Guy Harvey music out there to listen to, but both sides of a 2010 7" (streamable below) are ace, with a strong Flying Nun influence. If you liked the Twerps album from last year, give Guy Harvey a listen. Averkiou, meanwhile, make fuzzy, shoegazy pop not too far from early Teenage Fanclub. Check out a few streaming tracks at the bottom of this post.
Friday's Cake Shop show is with Byrdsy locals Slow Country whose new album is a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp and is quite nice. Saturday's show at Death by Audio also has underrated Brooklyn bands I'm Turning Into and Bright Lights. Either show is worth checking out. Or go to both!
That's the main stuff for this week. Below are a few more picks, day-by-day, of shows not covered otherwise.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
There's a TWII-approved line-up at East Village mainstay Lit Lounge -- that is now booking bands I've heard of again -- with The Hairs (new single out next month), Pigeons, and Gross Relations.
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Cloud Nothings are releasing their sophomore album, Attack On Memory, on January 24 via Carpark and playing a NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall two days later (1/26) before heading out on a full tour in support of the album. Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel open the Studio show and most of the rest of the tour includes dates with A Classic Education and Mr. Dream. Tickets for the Studio at Webster Hall show are still available.
Less than a minute into desolate album opener "No Future/No Past" (download above) it's clear that Cloud Nothings are miles beyond the Wavves-y pop punk of their self titled debut. And while I was not a huge fan of that debut, Attack On Memory is immediately winning me over. There's a real '90s Seattle/Sub Pop vibe with frontman Dylan Baldi embracing the lengthy moans of Sunny Day Real Estate's Jeremy Enigk and the pack-a-day grit of Kurt Cobain on In Utero (which, like this album, had Steve Albini behind the boards). Albini's overexposed production lets you lean in so closely to Dylan's screams that you can feel the pain his throat must have been going through while recording. But while his production is an essential part of this record's sound, Albini doesn't deserve all the credit. Cloud Nothings are truly a different band than they were a year ago. The second track, "Wasted Days," is bridged by a long instrumental passage until Dylan brings in the most blood-spitting screams on the album. The album does still have its poppier moments ("Fall In," "Cut You," "Stay Useless," the latter of which you can download above) but they're delivered with far more confidence and grit than anything the band have put out before. "Separation" is an entirely instrumental track, transitioning ferocious guitar-driven passages in a Sonic Youth type fashion, and even diving into some scrapey SY-type riffs. That track is followed with the album's last moment of pure dirtiness with "No Sentiment," which has enough Dave Grohl-like drum fills to pass as an In Utero b-side.
You can preorder the album from Insound and get a free exclusive poster (pictured below) while supplies last.
"No Future/No Past" and "Stay Useless" can be downloaded above and streamed below, along with all dates and poster...
photos by Tim Griffin
Cloud Nothings @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
After a stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest (new pictures in this post), Cloud Nothings toured to Brooklyn to play a show at Glasslands last weekend (11/12). How was that show? If you missed it, the band will be back soon. Catch them on January 26th at The Studio at Webster Hall with Reading Rainbow and more TBA. Tickets go on sale at 10:20AM on 11/19.
That's a one-off show, but the band will head out on a big tour soon too. That tour runs from February through the first week of April and alternates between A Classic Education and Mr. Dream as support. There's no NYC date announced as part of that yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if at least one gets announced shortly after that 1/26 date (one at Mercury Lounge maybe even). All confirmed dates are listed below.
Cloud Nothings recently released a video teaser and a new track from their forthcoming LP Attack On Memory. Check out the slow burner "No Future/No Past" from the Albini-produced effort below, and look for the LP via Car Park on January 24th (two days before the next NYC show). Car Park is also the label that is releasing a free Cloud Nothings Christmas song in December.
The new song, all tour dates, and more Fun Fun Fun Fest pictures are below...
Dan Deacon & fans @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Dan Deacon, now signed to Domino (!) for a record due in 2012 (more details TBA), has still got it. Earlier this month, as you can see in the pictures here, I witnessed him play to a giant crowd of rabid fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest. As usual he played from the ground instead of the stage, and luckily with the help of a security guard to shield his equipment from the wild, swaying mass. More pictures are below.
====| FRIDAY 11/18 @ RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |====Dan will be back in NYC again in March to play a fancy show with the NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet as part of the recently-announced Ecstatic Music Festival. He also has lots of other dates scheduled which are listed below.
|| JM RAMBO presents
|| WHAM CITY COMEDY TOUR
|| Adam Endres
|| A Funny Clown
|| Alan Resnick
|| April Camlin
|| Ben O'Brien
|| Connor Kizer
|| Dan Deacon
|| Ellie Beziat
|| Erin Gleeson
|| Mason Ross
|| Peter O'Connell
|| Robby Rackleff
| RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $8 | all ages
Last but not least, Dan is one of a few artists who have contributed tracks to a free holiday album that Carpark is releasing on 12/6. The full tracklist and more details on that are also below...
photos by Tim Griffin
It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.
Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Into the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Hey Joe Kelly (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel Music - This Town Don't Have Enough Bars for Both of Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)
I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.
Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.
[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]
Anyway, day shows:
PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.
Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.
THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.
Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL, he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.
Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.
If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.
And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.
Archy Marshall, who previously operated under the Zoo Kid moniker, now records as King Krule. He'll release a self titled EP under the name on November 8 via True Panther. That's the album art above. You can check out the EP's last track, "The Noose of Jah City," along with the tracklist below.
King Krule has a few international dates coming up including some CMJ shows, which will also act as his US debut. He's scheduled to play the True Panther showcase at Glasslands on October 19 with Tanlines, Trash Talk, Lemonade, Teengirl Fantasy, and Little Red. He'll also play a Fader Fort CMJ Party on October 21 and a secret True Panther warehouse party on October 22. Stay tuned for more details on those.
Trash Talk also have other CMJ shows including a late one at Cake Shop on Thursday, October 20:
LIFE or DEATH PR CMJ SHOWCASELife or Death PR also rep Odd Future and GZA, so that 3am special guest should be interesting. Trash talk ALSO play Santos on Saturday, October 22 with Kylesa and others (details TBA soon).
THE CAKE SHOP
Doors at 7PM - 4AM., $12.00
FREE BEER FROM LONG TRAIL. DASSS WASSUP
DJ sets from NNA TAPES & Todd Pendu / ElectricLady
9PM Chelsea Wolfe
10PM Psychic Ills
11:15PM Chrome Sparks
12AM Wise Blood
1AM Main Attrakionz
2 AM Trash Talk
3 AM SPECIAL GUESTS
Trash Talk have a new video for "Burn Alive" off their upcoming Awake EP, which comes out next week (10/11) via True Panther. Check out that video and one for the EP's title track below.
All dates, videos, song stream, and other stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Anthem Facility - "Left to Defend" (MP3)
Young Magic at Mercury Lounge earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Young Magic, who recently opened for Youth Lagoon at Mercury Lounge, will release the "Night in the Ocean" single b/w "Slip Time" on October 11 via Carpark. You can stream "Night in the Ocean" and check out the album artwork for the single below. The 7" vinyl is available for preorder.
Young Magic play Mercury Lounge again on October 5 with Love Connection. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll be active during CMJ when they'll play the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase at Public Assembly on October 18 with Class Actress, Dent May, Cloud Nothings, Adventure, and Jimmy Whispers (of Light Pollution).
Melati Malay, who is a member of Young Magic and New Moods, is also the vocalist in Anthem Facility. Anthem Facility just released the Trace EP, which you can stream below and purchase at bandcamp. You can also watch the video for the EP's title track below, and download an MP3 of "Left to Defend" above.
All dates, video and streams below...
CMJ takes over NYC venues from October 18-22, and they just announced another round of bands that are playing. They are:
J Mascis, Shonen Knife, Gang Gang Dance, Boy & Bear, Cloud Nothings, Free Energy, T. Mills, Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Casiokids, Oberhofer, Smif-N-Wessun, Pujol, Zomby, Joker, Painted Palms, Flatliners, Robbers on High Street, Bag Raiders, Young Buffalo, Skeletonwitch, Gary Clark, Jr. and 1, 2, 3.if you click the links above, you'll see where some of those shows are happening. The previous CMJ announcement is HERE, though collectively that's still not a lot of bands announced by CMJ yet (many more have been announced by venues). Badge info here, but remember if all you want to do is go to shows, you can also just buy tickets to those shows.