Entries tagged with: Cosmonauts
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
The Growlers / Gap Dream / Together Pangea @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013
The Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars rolled through NYC last weekend, stopping at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5) for a sold out show. While The Growlers were the official headliners, Burger Records itself seemed to be the star of the show and seem to be a lifestyle choice as much as a label or record store, promoting good time OC party vibes throughout the night. Apart from the headliners, most bands' sets were short and the sceney crowd seemed to be there for everybody.
The highlight of the evening for me was Gap Dream, aka Ohioan Gabe Fulvimar who moved to Burger HQ in Fullerton, CA to make his new album, Shine Your Light. (Like, literally. He moved into a storage room in Burger's warehouse.) The new album (which is great) is synth-and-drum-machine heavy and the live band, just guitar-bass-keys, reflected this. Normally no live drummer is an immediate strike against the band in my book, but Gabe's onstage charisma won me over almost immediately. Looking like he stepped straight out of WKRP in Cincinatti, Gabe is a confident charmer and the word "superstar" definitely popped into my head watching him work the crowd.
The rest of the show was a little more trad garage styles, ranging from party punk (White Fang and Together Pangea whose wild set security was maybe not expecting), '60s Phil Spector pop (Habibi, whose line-up has changed significantly since I last saw them), psych-pop (Cosmonauts), and Colleen Green's winning solo set that came early in the night. The Growlers' crunchy party rock finished off the night. My only real disappointments of the night were that A) Gap Dream didn't play just a little longer and B) they sold out of Burger Records t-shirts early in the night.
More pics from Burgerama at Bowery (minus openers Habibi, who our photographer missed) below...
Fullerton, CA record store/label/way-of-life Burger Records, who has somewhat cornered the market on low-fi, nasally, tongue-in-cheek powerpop/punk/garage, has been hosting Burgerama fests in California for a few years. But now they're taking the show on the road with the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars, featuring The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Pangea. That tour includes a stop in NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all dates are listed below.
If you live in the San Francisco area, Burger is throwing a two-day festival, Burger Boogaloo, this weekend (July 6 & 7) in Oakland's Mosswood Park, featuring appearances by Jonathan Richman, Oblivians, Redd Kross, The Seros, FUZZ, Trashwomen, Audacity, Traditional Fools, Mean Jeans, Shannon & The Clams, Guantanamo Baywatch, Pangea, Gravy's Drop, Mikal Cronin, Gap Dream, Peach Kelli Pop, Wet Spots, Stompin' Riff Raffs, DJ Jonathan Toubin NY Night Train, DJ Russell Quan, MC Oscar, and more. Tickets are still available.
Many of the groups named above are featured on the label's new cassette compilation, Taste of Burger Records, which has a whopping 57 tracks. You can stream the whole thing below.
Burger's next two releases both come out on July 23. One is Love is the Law, the new album from Portland's The Memories whose folky pop is not that far from The Beets. You can stream a track off that below. The other is The Life and Times of a Paperclip, from SoCal duo The Garden and their drum-and-bass setup will probably appeal to fans of The Intelligence. You can check out the video to "I'm A Woman" below.
Fliers for Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars and Burger Boogaloo, plus the list of tour dates and streams, below...
The Numerators' seven inch art
The Numerators have a new 7" of reverb-y psychedelia due via Suicide Squeeze next week. The release features two tracks, the decidedly calm and spacey "Dead" and the psyche-spazz freakout "Finally Sees," both of which are streaming below (the latter for the first time).
The Numerators kick off a string of US dates on Friday (4/26), starting at Paradise Lost in New Brunswick, NJ and ending with an appearance at Shea Stadium on May 11 with The Orwells, Cosmonauts and The Garden (tickets). The band will also play Secret Project Robot on May 17 which will be a record release party for the 7".
Yes, that is correct, The Orwells are on the road for a select set of dates outside of their previously discussed appareance at Lollapalooza. The shows are part of a mini-tour of the East Coast in early May, the dates of which are below along with all streams.
All Numerators and Orwells tour dates and that stream are below.
Autre Ne Veut at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year, including NYC from May 10 to 11 across various LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more.
In addition to the previously announced lineup of Black HIppy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Palma Violets, Teengirl Fantasy, and others; more acts have just been added. Those new acts include Andrewy Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Autre Ne Veut, Guards, Ryan Hemsworth, Port St. Willow, Kilo Kish, Ratking, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Vashtie, Fat Tony, d'Eon and Kingdom (playing with Kelela, who sang a song on the Teengirl Fantasy album last year and sings a song on the new Kingdom EP this year, which you can listen to below).
by Bill Pearis
Did you have any musical ambitions prior to this?Reykjavik's Dead Skeletons cast a gloomy (yet life-affirming) shadow on their brand of psych rock with singer Nonni Dead at times in the Jim Morrisson/Ian Astbury school of bellowing. Nonni formed Dead Skeletons in the late-'00s and their most recent release was the "Budda Christ" 12" that came out back in December. You can stream the title track below along with some other material from the band.
Noni Dead: When I was much younger living in Glasgow I was thinking it would be nice to start a band and make music, but I have never learned to play instruments. The first time in the studio was with Anton on the Golden Frost. I went into the studio and did a few words, and then when Brian Jonestown played at Glastonbury I went onstage with them.
How did that become 'Dead Mantra' and Dead Skeletons?
ND: With 'Dead Mantra', I was doing an installation in the art museum in Reykjavik in 2008, and I wanted to bring the Dead Concept further, to use other kinds of art like music.
I asked Henrik if he could do a Dead Mantra song with the slogan 'He who fears death cannot enjoy life'. For me it was a spiritual battle song, because I have been HIV positive for 20 years, and the Dead Concept has grown out of that experience, my fear of death. I thought it would be great to do a dead song.
When I put the song on it is like I am going to war, I am beating the virus. I had Hepatitis C and I beat it on my own. For me there is a whole war, a spiritual, nuclear battle inside me. It is the song I want to hear when I go to meet my maker. It tells me not to give up, and to cure myself. It's my meditation song, and I love rock & roll. - [Quietus]
Dead Skeletons are coming over for Austin Psych Fest and will play a few other American shows while here, including two in NYC: May 8 at Glasslands (tickets) with Night Beats and Cosmonauts, and May 9 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All tour dates are listed below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...