Entries tagged with: Crocodiles
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
by Bill Pearis
Christines is the new band from Andrew Burr, who moved to NYC when his old band Woven Bones were sputtering out. Where that band was fuzzed-out 8mm garage, Christines are most definitely widescreen. Their new single "Almost Nil" sounds like a NASA launch, Burr and Matt Yu's guitars burning in slo-mo to the stratosphere. Fans of early '90s Creation Records (Swervedriver gets you in the right solar system) take note. We've got the premiere of "Almost Nil" in this post and you can stream or download it, and the chugging b-side "Maria Zoe Christo," below.
Christines have a few NYC shows coming up. They play Baby's All Right on Friday (6/27) with Honey and headliners Crystal Stilts. Tickets are still available. They also play Cake Shop on July 12 with TV Ghost and EZTV (featuring members of Widowspeak); then Glasslands on July 23 opening for The Fresh & Onlys (tickets); and Death by Audio on July 24 with Crocodiles and The New Lines.
by Andrew Sacher
Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.
Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...
Marnie Stern at The Wick earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)
As previously discussed, Cincinnati garage pop punks Tweens are going on a June tour which includes the Gothamist/Impose Northside Festival show at Rough Trade NYC on June 13 with Amanda X. Since we last spoke, that show has gotten even better: the queen of guitar heroics and sexual stage banter, Marnie Stern has been added to the bill. She's playing solo. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.
Tweens have also just announced an August tour with Crocodiles (whose members have been busy with side projects this year). That tour doesn't hit NYC, but the list of all places it does hit can be found below.
Crocodiles do play NYC without Tweens though, first on July 24 at Death by Audio and then again on August 31 at Baby's All Right during their brief run with Sandra Vu's (of Dum Dum Girls) band Sisu. (Brandon of Crocodiles is both married and in a band with Dee Dee of DDGs.) Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale today (5/30) at noon. No advance tickets for the DbA show.
In related Crocodiles news, Wartime (Chuck from Crocs' solo project) just made a video for single "(War)time Won't Let Me" and you can check that out below.
UPDATE: A previous version of the post listed the Baby's All Right show for July 25. There was a mix up and the date is in fact August 31.
All dates are listed, with the Perfect Pussy remix of Tweens, below...
by Bill Pearis
Oakland, CA duo Some Ember have been making shadowy synthpop for about two years. Both members sing and Nina Chase's frosty delivery works well with Dylan Travis' more emotive style. After a couple cassette-only releases, the band will drop their proper self-titled debut next week (5/27) via Dream Recordings. This will be the first non-cassette release for the label which is run by the guys in Crocodiles. Stream the entire album ahead of its release in this post.
Speaking of duos and Crocodiles and labels run by them, the debut by Haunted Hearts (aka husband-and-wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles) will release their debut album, Initiation, next week as well. That's out on Brandon/Dee Dee's label Zoo, though the cassette will be through Dream. You may have already heard "Johnny Jupiter" but you can stream the whole album now via Pitchfork.
Some Ember album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles are already partners in life, and run label Zoo Music together. It makes sense the two would collaborate musically, too, and now they are, as Haunted Hearts. The pair will release their debut album, Initiation, via Zoo Music on May 27. You can watch the video for first single "Johnny Jupiter" below. While the track doesn't sound exactly like either DDGs or Crocodiles, it's not like Dee Dee and Brandon take a wild leap into reggae or anything (though that might be interesting to hear).
Meanwhile, Dee Dee and the other Dum Dum Girls bring their tour to NYC this week for two sold-out shows with Portland's Blouse opening: tonight (3/25) at Bowery Ballroom and Wednesday (3/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Haunted Hearts album art and tracklist, plus the single stream and video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Last year a very close friend of mine committed suicide. GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) was written and recorded in the days that followed his gruesome exit. There is no concept or theme around this cassette only that I was touching upon the feelings that emerged; Sadness, adoration, remorse, and even disgust. For several agonizing weeks I lived in a hypersensitive haze. Several of these songs contain snippets or entire poems that were written specifically for a book Chachi, Brandon Welchez and I were in the middle of designing. It was going to be another triumphant installment in our DIY chapbook collection; perverted odes to love's lascivious nature. The book was to be titled "Funny Cunts." Personally, I feel like the sounds and ideas on GRAFFITI DOGS (KU KU) have taken seven years to come to fruition. This tape was written solely for the purpose of helping me cope with my close friend's death. His spirit lives on. I am certain.Charles Rowell, one half of Crocodiles, will release his solo debut via Art Fag on February 18 under the name Wartime. (Not to be confused with Henry Rollins' short-lived early-'90s hip hop side project.) Graffiti Dogs (Ku Ku) is out now digitally and will be out on cassette soon. Musically, it's doesn't stray too far from the reverby garage that Crocodiles are known for, but the title track is a little more in the soul/R&B vein. We've got the premiere of that song in this post and you can stream it below...
- Charles Rowell
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.
This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.
NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.
Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.
The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.
Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..
Grimes and her Ben and Jerry's
Grimes, a well-known fashion fan (she co-hosted the red carpet at the VMAs this year), is currently making headlines for saying that she is annoyed at vegans who are annoying and tell she is not vegan enough, because she is a vegan that thinks it's okay to not be vegan 100% of the time. She wrote a tumblr post that reads:
this is something i was anticipating and have been meaning to address for a long time:This post was spawned by a previous post that said she would put veganism on hold to try the new Ben and Jerry's flavor:
Part of the reason I posted the ben and jerry's thing is because I like to encourage people towards a type of veganism that is inviting and accepting. For the longest time I was vegan but I just wouldn't say I was because of the bad reputation of veganism. most of the vegans i know are dogmatic assholes, and it completely turns people off.
I believe more people would be drawn to having more ethical diets if they didn't feel bullied to do so, or if they felt they were entering a welcoming community.
My brand of veganism is one wherein if your grandparents have no idea what you are talking about then you eat their beef stew rather than upset or confuse them. or if you really want to have cake with an egg in it on the holidays then you have that rather than just not being a vegan because you don't want to give up occasionally having something that you love.
Ben and Jerrys is the only brand of ice cream i ever eat. their cows are treated ethically and beyond that they put a ton of money into researching green hydrocarbon freezers that would use alternative refrigerants which (unlike current freezer gases) do not contribute to global warming. they're also working on a bunch of other initiatives like using completely renewable materials in packaging.
this comment is why no one wants to be vegan. unlike this dude, i would like to fully encourage everyone to be vegan rather than scare them away. I love being vegan. my skin is better, i have more energy, i feel really healthy and i get sick way less than i used too and I'm not contributing to factory farming. that said, I also occasionally enjoy things i used to eat because it makes me feel good and i am less discouraged about not eating those things the rest of the time.
holy fuck there is a new flavour of ben and jerrysWe say, let her eat ice cream! But please rethink some of those wardrobe choices. And speaking of coats....
1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw
also excuse the expletive, i try to keep the blog all ages but this is a pretty big deal plus i dunno honestly i knew the f bomb by the time i was 5 i would be shocked if u didnt already know it and yet have the reading comprehension skills to digest the rest of this post
Rapper and man of many industries Jay Z has released a new Rick Owens-designed jacket (pictured above), which is obnoxiously made entirely of crocodile skin and which is being sold for $58,000 (though at least they're donating 100% of sales to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation). The jacket is part of Jay's new holiday collection on Barneys, which includes other (slightly) less expensive items too. Happy Holidays everyone!
Grimes, who we recently caught at ACL, plays Mexico this New Year's Eve. Jay Z will tour North America throughout most of December and January.
Father John Misty @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
It's the last day of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and there's so much good music going on everywhere, you should really go and and see something. Specifically, we'd love to see you at our our free party at Baby's All Right which goes from noon to 2 AM. (Yes, we went a little crazy.) Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. We've got tonight's highlights -- most but not all are CMJ shows -- here and more options listed further down.
Spires, Pity Sex, Courtney Barnett, Yuck, King Dude, Nothing, Pallbearer, Mac McCaughan, Ex Hex, Drowners, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting @ Baby's All Right (FREE)
Our second of two FREE (no RSVP, no badges) parties at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway in Williamsburg) goes down today, and it's a day and night party. The later portion of the day features goth-country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST (TBA very soon) Pallbearer, grunge-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, and the NYC debut of Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) talented pretty boys Drowners, CMJ breakout stars Joanna Gruesome and hard to describe (but worth staying up for) Public Service Broadcasting. There's also free rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry and free tattoos too (till 6 PM). Did we say it was FREE? It is.
Arcade Fire @ 299 Meserole
Montreal's indie royalty have all but hijacked CMJ with these two shows in Bushwick. It's sure to be a spectacle. Did you go last night?
Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, TRAXMAN, The Range, Jahiliyya Fields, HUERCO S., Mas Ysa@ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the second of two shows Pitchfork is doing at 285 Kent this week, and this one leans on the electronic side. It's got sets from forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela, footwork wizard Traxman, rising indie pop guy Mas Ysa, rising IDM producer The Range, and more.
Hunters, Bleeding Rainbow, Lost Boy?, Dirty Fences, Las Rosas, Unstoppable Death Machines, Roomrunner, Ken South Rock, Baby Acid, Lazyeyes, Flashlights, Surprise Guest @ Fontana's
There's a lot of bands on this one, including some of the hotter ones this year like grungy punks Roomrunner, punky shoegazers Bleeding Rainbow, and lively rockers Hunters.
No Way Jose, Misun, Hockey, Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Josh Berwanger, Gemini Club, Marmalakes, Attic Ends @ Mercury Lounge
The artist we're most excited for on this bill is Josh Berwanger, former frontman of The Anniversary, who's now making some pretty solid solo music. It's his only CMJ show.
Father John Misty (solo), Kate Berlant @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Whether or not you like his songwriting, it's hard to deny that Father John Misty is quite the performer. His full band shows are a real spectacle, and tonight he strips it down for a solo set. Comedian Kate Berlant opens.
Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
This is the cruise portion of Fat Wreck Chords' annual CMJ showcase with TWO reunion bands: Good Riddance and Western Addiction. Plus, we recommend seeing Night Birds, whose surfy skate punk likely wouldn't exist without some of the key Fat bands of the past (and also Dead Kennedys, Descendents, etc).
Braid, The Jazz June, Enemies, Have Mercy @ Saint Vitus
Speaking of TWO reunion bands, emo vets Braid and The Jazz June both grace the official Topshelf showcase tonight, which should make for a very fun night of emo nostalgia.
Tigers Jaw, Hostage Calm, Pity Sex, Captain We're Sinking, Cloakroom, Modern Baseball, Young Statues, Petal, GDP @ Santos Party House
Tonight's other big emo showcase, the Run for Cover showcase, goes down at Santos Party House. Some of our favorite bands on the label are on this one, like the shoegazey Pity Sex and the sludgy Cloakroom, and it's being headlined by the recently Pitchfork-approved Tigers Jaw.
Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Ovlov, Porches, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Roomrunner, Palehound, Krill, Fat History Month @ Silent Barn
The Exploding In Sound showcase goes down at Silent Barn with just about every band on their label, plus a few of their friends, and really every single band here is recommended for any fans of real-deal indie rock.
King Dude (11pm), SISU (10pm), Weeknight (9pm), Zig Zags (8pm) @ Union Pool
This bill leans on the darker side, with sets from goth/noir country balladeer King Dude and Dum Dum Girls-related SISU.
Peaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tonight's show is to celebrate the NYC theatrical release of her performance documentary, Peaches Does Herself, which is currently playing at Village theater The Quad. Tonight's show is with JD Samson, Sandy Kane, and Chris E. Pants.
Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center
Though they don't have the radio hits they did in the '90s, Pearl Jam are still massively popular with legions of fans -- hence selling out two nights at Barclays Center (tonight's the second).
Half Moon Run, Haerts, MisterWives, Gospels, Flagship @ Bowery Ballroom
Montreal's Half Moon Run mingle '60s folk rock harmonies and modern dynamics and percussion.
Jonathan Toubin (Soul Clap & Dance-Off), Nick Waterhouse (guest selector) @ Brooklyn Bowl
In addition to Waterhouse's DJ set, tonight Dance Off judges are Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls)..
Telepopmusik, Dream Koala, Betty Black @ Cameo Gallery
It's been a long time since this French dance duo played NYC and this is an especially tiny place for them to be playing. Betty Black (who opens too) will join them as wil Angela McCluskey who sang vocals on the band's biggest hit, "Breathe."
Hookworms @ BVCMJ (photo by Chris La Putt)
Hookworms, Kirin J Callinan, Ex-Cult, Joanna Gruesome, Spires @ Death By Audio
Here are some of CMJ Week's buzziest bands -- JG, Hookworms, Kirin (and the awesome Ex Cult) -- all playing at one show together. Not an official CMJ show.
Hospitality, Pattern is Movement, The Building @ Glasslands
It's been nearly two years since Hospitality released their debut album. Expect a lot of new songs at tonight's show.
William Basinski, Aki Onda, Raha Raissnia @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with acclaimed The Disintegration Loops composer William Basinski. This one's sold out.
Flashlights, Islands, Kid Karate, Obits, The History of Apple Pie @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Few bands do snarly, garagey, pedal-to-the-metal rock as well as Obits. The rest of the bill is good too, and Islands were just announced as tonight's surprise performers.
Crocodiles, Dream Boys, Bleeding Rainbow, Punks On Mars @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar gives itself over to Zoo Music, the label run by Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles). In addition to Crocodiles and Bleeding Rainbow (reason enough to go), don't miss LA's uberjangly Dream Boys and extremely underrated glammy garage rockers Punks on Mars. This show is FREE.
Ghost Wave, The Shackeltons, Weird Womb, The Suzan, Oscar Key Sung, Dream Shake, Eternal Summers @ Pianos
Ghost Wave sounds like a name created by Chunklet to make fun of hipster bands, but they're worth a listen, especially if you like post-VU motorik style strumming. This is a fun show all around.
Waltz, TV Ghost, The Deer Tracks, Ice Choir, Lia Mice @ Pianos
Meanwhile this is happening upstairs at Pianos with more than a few good acts too. If you like '80s stuff like Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout, the Ice Choir (feature Kurt from Depreciation Guild and TPOBPAH) expertly recreate the sonics of that era.
The English Beat @ The Bell House
If you don't take issue with Dave Wakeling being the only originally member of The Beat in this line-up -- and that the set will also contain more than a few General Public songs -- there's no denying the many good tunes from their catalog.
Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Joanna Gruesome, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild, Three Thousand Crowns @ The Rock Shop (FREE)If you live over near Park Slope and don't feel like coming into the city (or over to Williamsburg) for CMJ, here's a chance to see some good indie-pop-ish bands, including CMJ winners Joanna Gruesome and the underappreciated North Carolina orch-pop band Fan Modine.
More notable Saturday options are listed below, but for all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Austin's Mohawk, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin )
One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are mostly free and give you a chance to see live music in a slightly less competitive time. Start your weekend early, call in sick! To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Friday's) daytime picks today (Thursday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...
The Head and the Heart, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Speedy Ortiz, Kirin J Callinan, Eagulls, Hookworms, Special Guest @ Baby's All Right
There's a number of good day shows today, though of course we'd love for you to stop by our FREE day party (no RSVP, no badges) which runs from noon to 6. We've got sets (in this order) from Sub Pop-signed folk band The Head and the Heart (acoustic), energetic performer Kirin J Callinan, Leeds post-punks Eagulls, their pals and fellow Leeds rockers Hookworms, theatrical indie-metal-prog-pop band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and we're giving out free tattoos from Three Kings Tattoos set up in the venue. These are the designs to choose from:
Ghost Wave, The Dismemberment Plan, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), Haerts @ Judson Memorial Church
KEXP's live broadcasts from CMJ HQ continue today, which most notably features a far more intimate performance from reunited indie rock/post-hardcore vets The Dismemberment Plan than their Terminal 5 show.
Courtney Barnett, Ginger & the Ghost, Elizabeth Rose, Poor Young Things, We Cut Corners, Jay Arner, Kid Karate @ Pianos
Our artist of choice here is Courtney Barnett, who combines late '60s psychedelic stylings with lyrical wit.
Sheppard, The Preatures, Blind Boys of Alabama, TOPS, Hermitude, Tigertown, Wildlife @ Pianos
The Preatures, Hermitude and TOPS have been making the rounds this week a lot but -- double take -- yes that is Blind Boys of Alabama playing this day party too in Pianos tiny performance space. Their next show: Terminal 5.
Tweens, The BOTS, The Long Winters, Dream Boys, John Murry, Mandolin Orange @ Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel continues it's day series which is presented by the the MyMusicRX folks, part of the Children's Cancer Association. Lotta good b ands on this one, including The Long Winters whose only other show is at Bowery on Friday night.
Morning Parade, Ski Lodge, Jacco Gardner, Bombay Show Pig, The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter continues its Culture Collide day parties with Dutch psych lover Jacco Gardner and Brooklyn's very catchy Ski Lodge.
Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, The Denzels, Casual Sex @ Arlene's Grocery
Ski Lodge also play this Arlene's Grocery day party, also featuring a set from fuzz-loving Crocodiles.
Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, The Noise FM @ Spike Hill
Local chamber pop collective Friend Roulette play a lot of NYC shows during not-CMJ too, but if you're looking for some Sufjan-esque stuff, they're always a good band to catch.
Set times and flyers for some of the shows are below. For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
by Bill Pearis
The Fresh & Onlys are back with a new EP titled Soothsayer, which is out September 24 via Mexican Summer. (That's the cover art above.) The EP is the band's most full-bodied production yet, but still full of the odd twists and turns the band is known for. You can stream the EP's title track over at Stereogum. As mentioned, F&Os are playing the Woodsist Fest in Pioneertown, CA next month and the band will be touring with Woods on the West Coast leading up to that. All tour dates are below.
Meahwhile, Fresh & Onlys guitarist Wymond Miles has a new solo album, Cut Yourself Free, that will be out October 17 via Sacred Bones. Before that, he'll release a new 7" single, "Passion Plays," on September 17. Wymond's distinctive post-punk-influenced guitar style is one of the things that makes F&Os so distinctive and his solo work -- like last year's debut -- definitely leans more towards that. You can stream "Passion Plays" and check out a video trailer for the album below.
Crocodiles @ MHOW in June (more by Dylan Johnson)
Crocodiles' new album, Crimes of Passion, is out later this month (8/20) and it's maybe their strongest batch of songs yet. The record was made with Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner who seems to have helped expand the band's sound well beyond the early JAMC comparisons. (The new album is very poppy.) The band recently released a video for the album's first single, "Cockroach," and you can watch that below.
Crocodiles, who played a couple NYC shows around Governors Ball in June, will hit the road this fall for a tour that ends in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/7) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the "Cockroach" video, below.
photos by Dylan Johnson
Japandroids @ MHOW - 6/7/13
The day before Japandroids' set at Governors Ball on the big main stage, they played a much smaller, sweatier and packed NYC show at their Govs Ball after party at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Crocodiles (whose new album is out in August). Japandroids powered through material from Celebration Rock like "Adrenaline Nightshift," "Younger Us," and "The House that Heaven Built." Pictures of the craziness are in this post. They continue below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Crocodiles - Cockroach (MP3)
Though Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell of Crocodiles are now separated by the Atlantic Ocean (NYC and London, respectively), the distance hasn't slowed down their output. The duo will release their new album, Crimes of Passion, on August 20 via Frenchkiss which comes right at a year after 2012's Endless Flowers. That's the cover art above.
For this one, they enlisted Raveonettes main man (and frequent Dum Dum Girls collaborator) Sune Rose Wagner to produce. This probably isn't how it went down, but I imagine Crocodiles playing him their demos and, after a long pause, Wagner says, "More organ." It's woven throughout first single "Cockroach" (downloadable above and streamable below) and it's front and center on the album's title track. You can check out the video for the latter, which makes its premiere below.
As mentioned, Crocodiles have two shows in Brooklyn this weekend. On Friday (6/7) they play Music Hall of Williamsburg with Japandroids which is one of the Governors Ball afterparties and sold out. Then on Saturday (6/8) they play Union Pool with drag review Chez Deep. Tickets for that are still available.
After their stint with Japandroids, Crocodiles head to Europe. Updated dates are listed, along with the new video and Union Pool show flyer, below.
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles will spend the bulk of next month on tour with Japandroids and that will include their sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 7, which is one of the Governors Ball afterparties. If you'd like to catch them somewhere smaller, Crocodiles will headline their own show at Union Pool the next night (6/8). Opening is drag show Chez Deep and tickets are on sale now.
Crocodiles most recent album is 2012's Endless Flowers and you can watch the video for the title track below. All Japandroids tour dates are listed below as well.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Boys - Love Hits (MP3)
After a 7" in 2011 and a couple tracks released online last year, Brooklyn's Young Boys are set to release their debut album, New York Sun, next week (2/26). The quartet make gloomy, martial-beat post-punk with equal helpings of dissonance and melody. If you like Cold Cave or Merchandise (or '80s stuff like Lords of the New Church and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry) they are worth checking out. You can stream the entire album for the first time below and its mopey/catcy track "Love Hits" is downloadable above.
Young Boys have a couple local shows coming up. They play Saturday (2/23) at Death by Audio with You, Ritual Howls and Faten Kanaan; then their official album release party happens at Glasslands on March 3 with Xray Eyeballs and DJ sets by Brandon of Crocodiles and Punks on Mars. Advance tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Album stream below...
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 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.
Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
The Dum Dum Girls have had a busy year, releasing a great new EP and spending much time on the road, mostly recently in NYC a month ago for CMJ, and will wrap up 2012 with a few West Coast shows next week. However, Dee Dee will be playing a solo acoustic show in NYC at Glasslands on December 21 with her hubbie Brandon of Crocodiles doing a set as well. Maybe they'll sing together too, perhaps a yuletide classic? Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls are in the early stages of Album #3 and Dee Dee recently posted a pic with titles of potential new songs.
Tour dates are listed below, along with the video for current single "Lord Knows."
Malia James and Jules in New Orleans (via @malia-james)
"Dum Dum Boys" @ One Eyed Jacks, 10/30/2012 (via @julesdumdum)
Dum Dum Girls are currently touring across the South and Southwest, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX this weekend. Last night (10/30), the band played a Devil's Night show at One Eyed Jacks and dressed as nuns. Dum Dum Boys with Brandon Welchez playing the part of his wife, Dee Dee, came out for the encore, playing "Jail La La." Tourmates Devin, meanwhile, dressed as ZZ Top:
Dum Dum Girls have the night off for Halloween but play Austin for FFF Fest on Friday (10/2). A few more Instagrams are below along with a list of remaining tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Crocodiles at 4 Knotts 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Crocodiles' tour rolls through NYC tonight (Friday, 9/28) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got two pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post along with a list of all dates.
The band are supporting their most recent album, Endless Flowers, which finds them widening their scope while still holding on to those Spacemen 3/JAMC roots. It's a good record. You can stream the whole thing at Spotify and check out the video for its title track below. Openers for this show are Punks on Mars and Alexis & Icewater.
Brandon of Crocodiles' wife, Dee Dee, will be playing with the rest of Dum Dum Girls at Europa on Sunday (9/30) with Chez Deep and Starred, and tickets to that show are still available. It's a record release show for their terrific new End of Daze EP. DDGs will be back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18 (tickets).
Meanwhile, DDG drummer Sandy's band, SISU, play Glasslands before that on October 10 with Grooms, Royal Baths, and Punks on Mars (tickets). Bleeding Rainbow were on that bill originally, but seem to have dropped off. (They do have other shows in NYC though.)
Crocodiles at 4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Noise pop duo-turned-5 piece Crocodiles released their new album, Endless Flowers, last month (6/5) via Frenchkiss and recently wrapped up a tour in support of it which included Maxwell's and 4Knots Festival. The band have begun revealing dates for a fall tour, which
hasn't been announced in full (UPDATE: tour announced, all dates listed below), but we know will bring them to NYC on September 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
Earlier this month, the band delivered the video for their new album's title track. That video and a list of all dates are below.
Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.
Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.
Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.
After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).
Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.
I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."
Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.
More pictures from 4Knots are below...