Entries tagged with: Crayon Fields
Guy Blackman runs the very cool Australian label Chapter Music which is home to such acts as Dick Diver, Crayon Fields, Twerps, Goon Sax, The Stevens and more. He also makes his own music -- he was in early-'90s twee pop band Sulk -- and maybe you heard his 2008 album Adult Baby that featured appearances from Jens Lekman and members of Total Control/Eddy Current, Dirty Three, Fabulous Diamonds, Crayon Fields and many others. You can stream that below.
Blackman has a new record coming out as part of Canadian label Kingfisher Bluez' "Buddy System" singles club that features a new 7" each month that's currated by a different indie label, including Slumberland, K, Flying Nun, Moshi Moshi and... Chapter Music. Kingfisher Bluez specifically requested two songs by Guy for the Chapter edition, which is the next to be released. One of those songs, an appealingly loungey (and louche) bit of synthpop titled "Camming 4 Each Other," features Crayon Fields' Geoffrey O'Connor on guitar and backing vocals and he mixed and mastered the record as well. That song makes its premiere in this post. You can listen below.
You can still order a subscription to the Buddy System: A Kingfisher Bluez Singles Club.
For those in Australia, Guy Blackman will play Melbourne's MPavilion on December 6. It's his first solo show in three years and is free. More info here.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Australia's Crayon Fields are back with a new album's worth of sparkling pop, the first they've released in five years. The LP, titled No One Deserves You, is a little more modern than 2010's All the Pleasures of the World, less beholden to overt '60s influences, but their songcraft and ear for smart arrangements has gone nowhere. The LP is out Friday via Chapter Music but you can stream the whole thing right now. Listen (via Konbini) below.
by Bill Pearis
Australia's Crayon Fields return with their new album No One Deserves You on September 25 via Chapter Music and you may have heard the lovely first single "She's My Hero" already. It's now got a video, directed by frontman Geoffrey O'Connor, that has pretty much everything you need from a promo clip: mansions, yachts, sharks, cherry red luxury Italian sports cars, and a little lip-synching. The video premieres in this post and you can watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
Melbourne, Australia's The Crayon Fields are back after a five-year absence, and they'll release a new album, No One Deserves You, on September 25 via Chapter Music. The first single from the album is "She's My Hero," which finds the band right back in the swooning, sparkling pop mode of 2010's excellent All the Pleasures of the World. For this one though, singer Geoffrey O'Connor (who has released a couple solo albums during CF's hiatus) displays a vocal confidence we haven't heard before. You can stream it below.
Let's hope The Crayon Fields tour the US soon as well. Meanwhile, welcome back.
As mentioned, Jens Lekman is going on a tour this fall that includes two MHOW shows (10/7 and 10/9). It's since been announced that Geoffrey O'Connor (of The Crayon Fields), who maybe you caught at Popfest earlier this year, will open that tour. Both of the NYC shows are sold out.
Geoffrey is set to release his new solo album Vanity is Forever on September 27 via Chapter Music. You can grab MP3s above of "Now and Then" and "Whatever Leads Me to You" and watch a video of the latter, which Geoffrey shot, directed, and edited himself, below.
All dates and the video below...
by Bill Pearis
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This week is the fifth-annual NYC Popfest which happens Thursday - Sunday (May 19 - 22) at a variety of NYC and Brooklyn venues, playing host to around 30 bands from around the world. Previous years have seen the likes of The Radio Dept, Pelle Carlberg, The Drums, Love is All, Allo Darlin' and more.
Festival passes are sold out at this point -- as are tickets to Thursday's show at Cake Shop with Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Gold-Bears -- but you can still get tickets to any of the other individual events.
We're also giving away pairs of tickets to the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows. Line-ups for each night are at the bottom of this post. We've got:
1 pair of tickets for Friday night at CameoTo enter, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "POPFEST" and the day you want tickets for, aka "POPFEST FRIDAY." We'll pick winners at random. Please note many of these shows are 21+.
3 pais of tickets for Saturday night at Santos
5 pairs of tickets for the all-day Sunday show at The Rock Shop.
This year's Popfest is a nice mix of new and old, jangly and loud. Every year at Popfest I've discovered at least two bands I'd never heard of before who've gone on to be favorites. I imagine this year will be no different. There are some MP3s above, plus a swell 24-song mix the Popfest folks made for your downloadable enjoyment. For this year's preview I'm just going to go through the events day-by-day. Keep reading below...
Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....
Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.
...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]
Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).
Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.
Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...
For those keeping count, BrooklynVegan will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night, Public Assembly on Friday day, and Sunday night at Union Pool. Add to that list (as previously mentioned): Saturday day at Public Assembly. And for this one we teamed up with Converse to bring you the following stellar 100% FREE SHOW....
The date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
STAGE 1That's sixteen kick ass (yes, Big Freedia is performing) artists (including the DJ) in six free hours (yes, Ted Leo plays at 1pm). But that's not all... We'll have free alcoholic beverages (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
12:00 Morning Teleportation
01:00 Ted Leo (solo)
01:45 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
02:30 Wild Nothing
03:15 Titus Andronicus
04:15 Big Freedia
05:00 Jamie Lidell
DJ sets by SUNCELEb
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video we posted in our Friday party announcement.
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
Can't make it? We'll be streaming select sets live on Converse Radio. Tune in.
Converse is doing a lot lately to help support music, and has especially hooked up Brooklyn. You might have heard about this:
"Converse announced details for an unprecedented initiative that directly supports artistic creativity and the music community in a unique way through the opening of a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY later this year. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio alongside a team of experienced local engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide a platform for new musicians and directly help them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career-affording studio time."Musicians should apply for free studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks site.
Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.
Thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, and to Underground Press (who have their own day party on Thursday) for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity including screenprinted versions of the above poster that we'll have available at the show.
Some videos below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - Make Peace with Love EP (via Bandcamp)
Melbourne, Australia's chamber pop-y Crayon Fields are coming back to America for a tour that will hit NYC during the CMJ Music Marathon. While more CMJ shows will surely be announced, Crayon Fields are at least playing the Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples showcase at Glasslands on October 21 with Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, La Big Vic, Fabulous Diamonds and Guy Blackman.
Crayon Fields have a new downloadable EP, Make Peace with Love, to coincide with the tour featuring a new song, a live version of "Graceless," a great remix of "All the Pleasures of the World" and a cover of Roxette's "It Must be Love." You can get it for the price of your email address via their Bandcamp page.
If you haven't heard last year's wonderful All the Pleasures of the World, one of my favorites of 2009, you should really rectify that. It's modern baroque pop, full of swoony strings, breathy vocals and memorable melodies. You can download the title track at the top of this post. They were terrific when I saw them at Bruar Falls back in March. Definitely try and catch them if you can.
All 2010 North American Crayon Fields dates, plus some videos, are after the jump...
tonight in NYC
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Sam Buck Rosen @ Bruar Falls
* JG Thirlwell's Manorexia @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Vanilla Riot, Pure Horsehair, Wilds @ Zebulon
* Neoangin, Ava Luna, Xenia Rubinos @ Glasslands
* White Hills, Gunslingers, La Otracina @ Cake Shop
* Bonobo, The Invisible @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Pharmacy, The Babies, Wetdog, Weekend @ Don Pedro
* Tearing the Veil of Maya w/ Eugene Mirman @ Union Hall
* Future Islands, Boogie Boarder, Guardian Alien @ Glasslands
* Golden Error, LAMPS, Pop. 1280, K Holes @ Monster Island Basement
* Pacha Massive, Anita Tijoux, Maluca, Rebel Diaz @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Infinite Body, Silk Flowers, Coconuts, Earn, Driphouse @ Death By Audio
* Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Highline Ballroom
* Smith Westerns, Male Bonding, So Cow, Gaming Commission @ Mercury Lounge
* Mutant Supremacy, Battlemaster, Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma @ The Charleston
* Hannibal Buress, Reggie Watts, Liam McEneaney, Baratunde Thurston, Derek Gaines, Chris Laker @ Knitting Factory
Justin Bond (Kiki) is currently in the midst of a residency at Joe's Pub. Tonight's special guest is Taylor Mac.
Castavet was scheduled to play the above-listed show at the Charletson too, but we just got word that they cancelled.
Video of Sleigh Bells performing at Carniville in Austin below....
Video of Major Lazer (who played last night at Terminal 5) from the same show, below...
Video of the Crayon Fields performing for KEXP below...
by Bill Pearis
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A Sunny Day in Glasgow @ BV/Anso 3/18 day party in Austin (by Tim Griffin)
I'm still somewhat recovering from SXSW, so while I am taking it easy, catching up on my DVR queue, hopefully you're all taking advantage of all the out-of-town bands who're blowing through New York after their visits to Austin -- there's no shortage of them this week.
Firstly, I've got a pair of tickets to give away to see A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Mahogany at the Bell House this Monday (3/29). Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "A Sunny Day in Glasgow" as the subject and we'll pick a winner at random. It's a double dose of neo-shoegaze goodness. ASDIG have been touring constantly since last fall and have a new-ish EP, Nitetime Rainbows, as well as last year's great Ashes Grammar. Mahogany, meanwhile, are finally getting around to following up 2006's masterful Connectivity!, promising a new EP, single and album all this year. Hopefully we'll get a taste of the new songs on Monday. Also on the bill: Brooklyn's Pacific Theater.
While on the subject of the Bell House, tonight's (3/25) the big Aussie BBQ with 12 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and other cities I can't name off the top of my head: The Crayon Fields, The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots,Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom.
The Crayon Fields are also playing Pianos on Friday (3/26). I saw them at Bruar Falls earlier in the week and thought they were fantastic, and can really pull off the lush, late '60s baroque pop sound of their new album, All the Pleasures of the World, in the live setting with an ace cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" thrown in for good measure. Go see them. They're also selling vinyl of the new album for only ten bucks. Video from the Bruar Falls show is at the bottom of this post.
Before I get into more SXSW stragglers, I do need to remind you (and myself) that Lawrence Kansas' awesome Rooftop Vigilantes are in town. They played Shea Stadium last night and are
at Cake Shop Friday (3/26) and are playing somewhere in the area on Saturday too, still seemingly TBA.
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rooftop Vigilantes have headed back to Kansas. No NYC shows Friday or Saturday unfortunately.
We'll let you know when that's figured out. Here's what I wrote last month:
These guys are up there with BOAT in in the shambly, anthemic, super-catchy school of indie rock -- and if this sounds a little tighter, more pointed than anything on their debut, there's a reason. The band trekked to Baltimore, MD to record the album with Jawbox/Burning Airlines' J. Robbins behind the boards, which seems like a perfect match with Rooftop Vigilantes' sound which has been described in the past as "a very drunk Fugazi."To get a better idea of what Rooftop Vigilantes do, check out new track "Seth No Jump" from the J. Robbins sessions above. And they are seriously fun live. The Cake Shop show, brought to you by in-house labels Cape Shok and Daed Pizza, is with Philly's excellent duo Reading Rainbow, Mississippi's Flight and The Ansazis. This is a good show.
You Say Party We Say Die @ SXSW 2010 (More by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Vancouver's You Say Party! We Say Die! are in town for two shows, playing Knitting Factory tomorrow (3/26) and Pianos on Monday (3/29). Their latest album, XXXX, just came out in the States and is a pretty catchy slab of new wave synth rock, high on melodrama and chunky hooks. Check out "Laura Palmer's Prom" at the top of this post and the video for "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)" further down. I caught them last November at M for Montreal and was pretty impressed. Dominick also just caught them at SXSW.
Love is All
Love is All are are back with a swell new album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, that finds the band stretching their creative wings a bit, going out of their manic pop safety zone for their most varied record yet. There's still plenty of the shouty "bah bah bah" choruses you've come to expect. (The albumjust scored an 8.0 on Pitchfork.) Anyone that's seen them know that Love is All are one of the best times you're gonna have at a live show this side of Think About Life. Which you can see for yourself, as Love is All play Maxwell's on Saturday (3/27 with Crystal Stilts and Beachniks) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (3/28 with Beach Fossils and The Beets).
And just wondering, did anyone go see Love is All's saxophonist James Ausfahrt play Bruar Falls last night? Totally forgot it was happening.
The Wave Pictures @ Knitting Factory pre-SXSW (more by Chris La Putt)
Sunday night (3/28) The Wave Pictures are playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). Maybe you saw them last week at our pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory (or at our Friday day party at Club DeVille)? If so you know how great they are. I wrote of that performance:
Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.Definitely go see them if you haven't yet, and look out for their double-pack CD of their last two UK albums, which will be their first-ever U.S. release, out April 27. There's video from one of their SXSW shows at the bottom of this post.
Oh No Ono recording a Daytrotter Session (On No Ono)
A few more SXSW stragglers of note. Oh No Ono, who played Mercury Lounge last night, open for VV Brown and Little Dragon tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That's a pretty solid bill of foreign buzz bands. Sold out, but if you're going do get their early for Oh No Ono -- you've never seen anything quite like Oh No Ono. Unless you've seen them before, of course.
New Zealand's Surf City channel the ghosts of Flying Nun past, play Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/26) (and Maxwell's tonight - 3/25). I wasn't exactly blown away by their live show when they played during CMJ, but I really like their records. Maybe they've spent the last six month practicing.
That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
One of my favorite albums of 2009 was the baroque pop gem All the Pleasures of the World from Melbourne, Australia's Crayon Fields. It's ten swoony epics in miniature, recalling The Zombies and The Left Banke without ever directly ripping them off. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post. The band are making their first trip to the U.S. to play SXSW but then are heading to New York for four shows: Bruar Falls on March 23, The Sycamore on March 24, The Bell House on March 25, and Pianos on March 26.
The Bruar Falls show is especially noteworthy and pretty unmissable in my opinion. Also playing is singer Kath Bloom who is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.
Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork. She doesn't play very many shows and I'd imagine her alone would be enough to get people out to the show.
But there's more. Also on the Bruar Falls bill is Australian indie legend Richard Davies, who in the early '90s fronted The Moles (get their essential, out-of-print debut, Untune the Sky, any way you can) and then went on to form chamber pop group Cardinal with Eric Matthews (their 1994 debut is equally amazing ), and then a three album solo career that ended when he gave up rock for a law degree in 2000. But Davies has become active in music again as of last year. First came Cosmos, a collaboration with uber-prolific Robert Pollard, that is worth picking up. This year will see a new Davies solo record and the long-rumored second Cardinal album, both of which will be released by Chapter Music.
Fouth performer on the Bruar Falls line-up is Guy Blackman, who writes "sensitive piano ballads that aim to make straight white men feel slightly uncomfortable by confronting them with my renegade sexuality" and who has also run Chapter Music since starting the label in 1992. Chapter Music releases a lot of great stuff: Pikelett, The Twerps and Tenniscoats among them.
The Bell House show The Crayon Fields are playing is the second-annual Aussie BBQ that features 12 (!) bands from down under: The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots, Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom. As the name implies, there will also be Australian BBQ and beer. Sounds like fun. Maybe you went last year?
All Crayon Fields tour dates, plus three of their music videos are below.