Entries tagged with: Come
Chris Brokaw at LPR in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Brokaw, of Come, Codeine and more, kicked off a solo tour in Chapel Hill last night (3/2), and he'll be coming to NYC for FOUR shows here. First, he'll open Bob Mould's Workbook shows at City Winery on March 7 & 8. In Chris' words, "Bob and I have shared stages together for over 20 years now (!?!) and it's always a great pleasure." Those are both sold out.
After that, he's got two not-sold-out headlining shows, including Union Pool on March 13 and Death by Audio on March 14. The Union Pool show is with DJ Jonathan Toubin and "VERY SPECIAL GUESTS" who Union Pool's site bills as "Bill O'Reilly Orgasm." The DbA show meanwhile, is with long-running guitar experimenter Jeff Barsky, aka Insect Factory, who will be collaborating with Chris at the show. Also on that bill is Parts & Labor's Dan Friel, Wavepool and 10000 Idiots. And the day after the DbA show Chris will play a TBA show in Scarsdale, NY which isn't too far from here in case four NYC shows isn't enough for you.
All dates are listed, with streams from Chris Brokaw and Insect Factory, below...
The Marthas Vineyard Ferries, the indie rock "supergroup" made up of Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma), and Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, The New Year), released their first full length, Mass. Grave (following 2010's In The Pond EP), this past October via Kiam Records. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the whole thing below.
The band have a few upcoming Northeast dates this month, including one at the actual Martha's Vineyard on January 9 and one in Brooklyn on January 11 at Death by Audio with Mexican Knives and Empty Flowers. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
All dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...
Thalia Zedek reunited with her old band Come and released her first new solo album since 2008 earlier this year. Now, before the year ends, she'll be doing a few more Northeast dates including one in NYC on December 12 at Mercury Lounge with O13. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Thalia recently spoke about what it was like reuniting with Come in an interview with Color Is Its Own Reward:
It was really incredible to be able to do that; we were so lucky! I think the thing that really took me by surprise was how incredibly comfortable and confidant I felt playing with Sean, Arthur and Chris. I NEVER worried about having a bad show, it just felt like I was surfing or something, they were the wave and all I had to do was not fall off my board. It felt really, really great!All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Your live shows are incendiary and I am constantly amazed by the amount of passion that you muster, especially when you put so much physically into your performance. What do you enjoy about the live experience?
The live experience is really what it's all about for me. Music is a "performing art" and it's a tribal and communal activity in every culture the world over. I feel things when I'm performing that I never feel when I'm recording or rehearsing.
Jennifer O'Connor at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As mentioned, indie rock vets Come reissued their debut LP, Eleven: Eleven, earlier this month (5/7) and they're supporting that reissue with a tour. And since we last spoke, openers have been announced for that tour. The NYC show, which happens on June 28 at Bowery Ballroom, will be opened by Come's Matador labelmate Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets for that show are still available. It's Jennifer's only announced date at the moment.
Updated Come dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
As mentioned, indie rock vets Come, who are fronted by Thalia Zedek, share a member (Chris Brokaw) with Codeine, and are a favorite of J Mascis, Bob Mould, and Kurt Cobain, are reissuing their debut LP, Eleven : Eleven on May 7 via Matador. Now the band have also announced some live dates for this year including one happening in NYC on June 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/3) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, along with the video for "Submerge" from Eleven, below...
We just mentioned that Matador were reissuing Come's debut album, and that Come vocalist/guitarist Thalia Zedek has a new solo album due out on March 19 via Thrill Jockey. The album is called Via and you can check out the album art, tracklist, and a video of Thalia playing a solo acoustic version of its opening track, "Walk Away," below.
What we forgot to mention was that Thalia is keeping busy in other ways too. She has some shows coming up including a NYC date on March 26 at Union Pool with Brokeback before she heads out on a short run with Low (not including Low's NYC show). Admission for the Union Pool show is $10 at the door.
Meanwhile, Thalia's Thrill Jockey labelmate White Hills opens for Psychic Ills at their record release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (2/7). That bill also includes Prince Rupert's Drops and DJ Mike Newman. Tickets are still available.
A list of all Thalia Zedek dates, video, album art, and tracklist below...
Montreal's Majical Cloudz released their impressive Turns Turns Turns EP on Arbutus Records last year, and like their collaborator Grimes (who left her Arbutus home to sign to 4AD), Majical Cloudz have partnered with a Beggars Group-affiliated label Matador Records, who will release a new full length by the duo this year. They also just filmed a Yours Truly session for "Turns Turns Turns," which you can watch below. And as mentioned, they'll be touring with Autre Ne Veut this year and hitting NYC on February 27 at Santos (tickets).
In other Matador news, the label will be reissuing Eleven : Eleven, the debut album from Boston's Come, which originally came out in 1992 and has long been out of print. The band made fans out of J Mascis, Bob Mould, and Kurt Cobain, and they share a member (Chris Brokaw) with Codeine. The reissue will be released as a 2XCD/2XLP with the original album, Come's 10/10/92 performance at the Vermonstress Festival, and a bonus 7" reissue of the "Fast Piss Blues" b/w "I Got The Blues" single. The album will get the same reissue treatment in Europe via Glitterhouse.
The band are also planning some reunion shows for this year, but none have been announced yet. Meanwhile, frontwoman Thalia Zedek (also of Live Skull) will release her fifth solo album on March 19 via Thrill Jockey.
The video for "Submerge" from Eleven and that Majical Cloudz video below...
DOWNLOAD: D. Charles Speer & The Helix - "Freddie's Lapels" (MP3)
Note: The below picture of D. Charles Speer's is not anatomically accurate.
D. Charles Speer kicked off a solo tour last night (March 22) at Bruar Falls that continues tonight in Philadelphia with a show at Kung Fu Necktie. The solo dates (below) are in celebration of Speer's new "traditional Greek" solo record Arghiledes out now on Thrill Jockey.
"'Arghiledes' is a brilliant homage to Greek Rebetiko music of the early 20th century by No Neck Blues Band's David Shuford aka D. Charles Speer. It's his 2nd solo LP under this moniker and a deeply researched, beautifully executed effort replete with in depth sleeve notes and paste-on cover. Coming from a Blues playing American of Greek descent, the project reflects the syncretic nature of Rebetiko music, itself made up of the many disparate elements which formed Greek urban folk music (European music, Greek Orthodox ecclestiastical chant, Byzantine music and the modal traditions of Ottoman art music and café music) of this era." [SKVOT Pop]Watch/listen to Speer playing "Markos's Cave" from the solo album below.
After playing those East Coast dates through the beginning of April, Speer will link back up with his band The Helix to prep for a pair of NYC shows: 4/16 supporting Come at The Bell House (tickets), and 4/21 with Endless Boogie at Glasslands (tickets).
Just four days before the Bell House show, D. Charles Speer & The Helix will welcome their new LP Leaving the Commonwealth via Thrill Jockey. You can download the lead track "Freddie's Lapels" above and check out a live video of the band performing "Razorbacked" below with all tour dates...
Come at TT Bear's in September 2010 (photo by lumpBoston)
Come eased into the gleaming gun-metal-colored chords of "Submerge,'' from the band's '92 bracing full-length debut, "Eleven: Eleven,'' and we were off.The above review comes from Come's 9/26 reunion appearance at TT the Bear's in Cambridge, MA, the first of two recent shows they played in 2010 (the other was at Matador 21). Now comes word that the band will expand their reach to NYC by playing The Bell House on April 16th with Eleventh Dream Day (who have a new album coming soon via Thrill Jockey). Tickets are on sale.
They played all of that album, in fact, starting with the dank, slide guitar-soaked "Off to One Side'' and ending with an IV-drip slow, charred cover of the Stones' "I Got the Blues'' for the encore. In between were scarred expositions ("Sad Eyes''), blistering burns ("Dead Molly''), and always, the intuitively interlocking interplay between Zedek and Brokaw. If there was any rust on bassist Sean O'Brien and drummer Arthur Johnson, it had been quickly scraped off by the gashes of guitar and the churning roil of a sound that, for one night at least, transcended decades and discographies. -[Boston]
Come's Chris Brokaw was one of the special guests scheduled to play with Jennifer O'Connor at the Rock Shop last night (1/11). If you braved the snow to see that, how was it?
Some video from Come's recent reunion appearances are below.
Martha's Vineyard Ferries
"Martha's Vineyard Ferries is a summer fun punk band, created by Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma), and Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, The New Year), when they got together for a few days in 2009. Their new EP, In The Pond, is a 4 song 12" with music on one side, and a sweet little etching by Rosemary Hoeft on the other. It is a very nice record.The MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES are on a very short tour promoting their release, and that includes the show happening at Death By Audio tonight (8/26) with Tre Orsi who are one of the Austin bands on 'Casual Victim Pile' --- "Matador's first city-specific compilation since 1991's 'New York Eye & Ear Control'".
Elisha describes their process thusly:
the band started as a fake joke band name bob and I were using with some vague intention of maybe playing some music. we asked Chris to be the drummer in the fake band. A while after that we decided to actually do it, sent demos back and forth and got together at bobs house in Chicago for a couple days of recording and eating hot dogs. Basically it's just 3 friends playing punk rock. all of us have larger musical commitments outside of the ferries but, for me at least, it was fun to just kind of come up with a silly idea see it turn into something really cool. I am certainly looking forward to playing some shows and future recording. It's fun to be in a band with no pressure, no expectations and no real time frame."
Sick Room Records is proud to be able to deliver this one of a kind, limited edition 12" for your listening pleasure" [Listen to a song at the band's Bandcamp page]
Speaking of Matador, their 21st anniversary festival is where Chris's band Come is reuniting to play, but not before they play a reunion show at TT the Bears in Cambridge, MA on September 26th with Wussy. Tickets are on sale.
Chris also has a European tour coming up with another one of his collaborators, Geoff Farina. Tour dates below...
"Tickets for "The Lost Weekend" aka Matador's 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here's the details you've been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don't think we don't appreciate it)...That message is from Matador Records, and is continued below...
"THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE TO ME" by chris and GEOFF FARINA (KARATE, GLORYTELLERS) was released on march 18 in the uk and europe on damnably records and comes out in the US later this spring on CAPITAN.They play together from 7-pm at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn today (4/22) for free. All dates and a video below...
the duo's cd features pre-WWII country blues songs including "stagger lee," "in the evening," and "make me a pallet on your floor." [Chris Brokaw]