Entries tagged with: Cloud Nothings
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.
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...