Entries tagged with: Crystal Stilts
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, 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 Bill Pearis
Crystal Stilts are busy working on their fourth album, but have just released a stopgap single, "Delirium Tremendous," which is out today digitally via Sacred Bones. Says guitarist JB Townsend:
The song is, in my mind, a real quintessential Stilts track. It also acts as a fulcrum from our last record, which is relatively delicate, to our next record that will be more rocking. It's representative of our style without sounding like a copy of previous songs. It really takes a deeper look into 1970's New York punk traditions, complete with actual garbage can percussion. The bridge is a near death taking you half way into heaven or hell, but then life takes you back to the city.With scratchy strumming that contributes more to the rhythm, and bass and keyboards driving the melody -- plus a middle section unlike anything they've ever done -- this is probably the band's best single since "Love is a Wave" back in 2009. Stream it below.
The new single is to also help promote Crystal Stilts tour this month which will wrap up here in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on June 27. Christines and Honey are also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new single stream, below...
Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
Zappa Plays Zappa (aka the band led by Frank Zappa's son Dweezil performing his father's music) are playing a Halloween eve show at Gramercy Theatre (10/30) and then on Halloween they play Beacon Theatre (10/31). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
As discussed, Crystal Stilts, who just opened for Deerhunter, are playing a Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the show will be opened by Excepter and Zachary Cale. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band that currently tours as The Misfits are celebrating in NYC the night before Halloween at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), then after Halloween (aka the Day of the Dead), they play NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) (tickets).
Meanwhile, original Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and his former bandmate Doyle are going on a tour together that hits NYC on October 18 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
World/Inferno Friendship Society play their annual Hallowmas show at Warsaw on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay is playing on Halloween at Bowery Electric with The Doughboys, St. Philips Escalator, The Connection and DJ Tony Lo-Fi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something dancier, Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum), and DJ Nick (CHERYL) will take over Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another similar option is catching DFA's Juan Maclean DJing Cameo on Halloween with Justin Strauss and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Cameo show starts at 10 and Juan Maclean is doing a 3 hour set, so you can probably get there after seeing his DFA labelmates Holy Ghost! play Terminal 5 with Midnight Magic. Tickets for that show are still available.
And what's Halloween without a few cover shows? On October 30 at 285 Kent, local indie bands will take on rock bands of the past with Butter the Children as Pixies, Dead Stars as Nirvana, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, and Honduras as Green Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Stone hosts a much different kind with Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns, and special surprise guests. That goes down on Halloween at 8 PM and again at 10.
Cake Shop also has a cover show on Halloween too
but the lineup is TBA. UPDATE: The lineup includes Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, and Palehound as Pavement.
Other Halloween options include the Masquerade Ball with a "world-renowned live DJ performance" at Highline Ballroom, the Bluegrass Halloween celebration at The Bell House on November 1 (tickets), and Dionne Werewolf (aka the werewolf ensemble that does Dionne Warwick covers) at Union Hall (10/31) (tickets).
Other previously discussed Halloween options include The Body at Saint Vitus and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Jenny Hval at Basilica Hudson.
* Silent Barn is also doing a cover show with Celestial Shore and Delicate Steve as Led Zeppelin, Whoarfrost as Nirvana, Cloud Becomes Your Hand doing Jock Jams, and You as Interpol. Twn Sister is DJing. Admission is $10 with a costume or $12 without.
Browse our show calendar for even more events happening on 10/31 (and every day)
by Bill Pearis
photo by Frank Deleon Jones
Crystal Stilts are relative vets on the Brooklyn at this point, having formed 10 years ago -- though they didn't really gain steam till 2007 or so. The band's signature combo of singer Brad Hargett's sleepy delivery and guitarist JB Townsend's reverby riffs is still evident on Nature Noir, the band's third LP which came out this week on Sacred Bones. But they have lightened the mood just a little this time out, letting a few rays of sunshine peak through the gloom. Nature Noir is a pretty apt title, actually. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.
Like they did last night, Crystal Stilts open for Deerhunter tonight (9/19) at Webster Hall which is sold out. If you didn't get tickets to one of these, Crystal Stilts will play on Halloween (10/31) at Bowery Ballroom. No other bands have been announced yet but tickets go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
That comes at the end of their October tour which starts just after their dates with Deerhunter. All are listed, along with the video for single "Star Crawl," below.
Crystal Stilts (photo by The Impossible Project)
In addition to supporting slots at two Deerhunter shows, Crystal Stilts have also announced a FREE record release appearance at Other Music on 9/16 at 8PM. The show goes down the day before the release of Nature Noir via Sacred Bones. All other dates are listed, along with a stream of the new track "Future Folklore," below.
by Bill Pearis
(photo by The Impossible Project)
Crystal Stilts have been quiet the last couple years, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy. The Brooklyn band return September 17 with Nature Noir, their third album and second on Sacred Bones. The first track released from it is the string-laden "Star Crawl," and you can stream it below.
We already knew that Crystal Stilts were opening Deerhunter's two Webster Hall shows in September and tickets are still available for the second night (9/19). Aside from dates with Deerhunter, the band have their own tour in October, too, and all dates are listed below.
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter's recently expanded tour is bringing them back to NYC for a previously mentioned show on September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts. That show has since sold out, but Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts added another show happening at the same venue a day later (9/19), and Blues Control is on this one too. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/10) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing the title track from their new album, Monomania, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Deerhunter @ Governors Ball - 6/9/13
One of the bigger complaints about music festivals is that it's harder to really get into a band's set than when you see them in a dark venue with a light show, but if there's one band who truly overcame that and this past weekend's NYC festival Governors Ball, it would be Deerhunter. They're the one band I saw that really allowed you to zone out to their set despite everything else going on around them at the fest. Plus, Bradford Cox had some choice quotes between songs, like when he told the crowd that oil is made from our dead ancestors, hence, our dead ancestors were powering Deerhunter's set. And even if you're at all iffy on their new album, Monomania, it's really worth seeing them play those new songs live. Pictures of Deerhunter's set at Governors Ball are in this post.
Despite everything I just said about Deerhunter overcoming the festival atmosphere, they still usually have a killer light show that couldn't be present for their 3:45 PM set, and you'll get a chance to see them indoors in NYC soon, because they've just joined the many bands who played Governors Ball and then announced a NYC show. Theirs happens at Webster Hall on September 18, and this show is especially exciting because it's their first club date in NYC since the release of Monomania. Support at the show comes from Crystal Stilts, who, though they've been pretty under the radar lately, are still kicking, and apparently have a new album on the way.
Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with more pictures from Governors Ball, and a video of them playing "Monomania" at Austin Psych Fest, below...
The So So Glos, whose album Blowout came out not too long ago, are playing a free show at Studio @ Webster Hall tonight (5/22) which will be streamed live on MTV Hive. You can get free tickets through Ticketweb but walk-ups will be let in until capacity is reached. Doors are at 7 PM. Flyer for the show is below.
The band's next NYC show is a previously discussed show happening this Sunday (5/26) at Knitting Factory as part of a show put on by Hunter College radio station WHCS. Since we last spoke, Crystal Stilts have been added to that bill, which also includes Dinowalrus, Heavens Gate and Trabajo. Tickets are $12 ($8 if you use promo code "hookmeupwhcs") and still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details on how to enter are below.
Nude Beach at 285 Kent, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
It's been a bit since we last heard from Crystal Stilts. While there's no word of new recordings, the band will be playing their first NYC show in a long while on Friday (2/15) at Lulu's in Greenpoint (Franklin Ave & Greenpoint Ave). The show is with Nude Beach and FREE with the purchase of a drink. And as you may know, all drinks at Lulu's come with a free mini pizza. Score!
Nude Beach's appearance is in addition to their upcoming dates at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with The Men and Parquet Courts (tickets) and Union Pool on March 13 with Call of The Wild, Tweens & What Next? (tickets).
Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Peter Murphy, who recently announced a 2nd-annual "Miracula Halloween Special Event" that will take place "Halloween 2012 at a secret location in Los Angeles", just finished up a set of West Coast dates that included an LA show at the Roxy on 8/16. Check out the setlist from that gig below.
The former Bauhaus singer is heading towards Brooklyn where he'll play new Bushwick venue The Well on Sunday, August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts, Small Black and Air Waves. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details are below.
No other new shows at The Well have been announced, with the rescheduled Slaughterhouse show on September 8 (tix) and Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall on September 22 (tix) being the only other two shows remaining.
The flyer for the Peter Murphy show, his recent LA show setlist, and contest details are below...
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach Day are staying busy on the road this year, having already visited NYC a couple times, and are preparing for another East Coast tour, that will bring them here for two shows next month: September 14 at Pianos and September 16 at Cameo. Tickets to the Cameo show are on sale now.
The Cameo show is with Blonds, who, as mentioned, will play the Rock Shop even sooner on August 28. That show, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, is the "Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff" with Telepathe, So-So Glos and Teen Commandments all of whom will play the Brooklyn, Sweden Festival in Stockholm and Malmö over Labor Day Weekend (8/31 - 9/1). Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Cults, Crystal Stilts, Phosphorescent, Au Revoir Simone, Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Twin Sister, Widowspeak, Maluca, Prince Rama, Caveman, and DJs Finger on the Pulse will also be there, so if you're wondering why Williamsburg seems empty that weekend, that's why.
Tickets to the send-off party at The Rock Shop are on sale now: it's $15 bucks but includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
A flyer for the Brooklyn, Sweden Sendoff party, plus Beach Day and Blonds tour dates, are below.
Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Former Bauhaus frontman and gothfather Peter Murphy has just announced an August tour that wraps up in NYC for a show at new (and yet-to-open) Bushwick venue The Well on August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the latest addition to The Well's growing schedule, which includes Cam'ron on July 14 Os Mutantes on July 28, and Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall on September 22.
Peter Murphy's most recent solo album, Ninth, was released last year and you can check out the video for "Seesaw Sway" below, along with a list of all tour dates.
Merchandise at Musetrap in Chicago (more by Jimmy Forabi)
Tampa's Merchandise released the stellar Children of Desire LP this year and will embark on a US tour this fall, hitting NYC on September 12th at Home Sweet Home (for the WIERD party). Details on the band's US tour are forthcoming.
Vår (mem Iceage) made their US debut last night at WIERD, and the band will play June 17 at Glasslands as part of the Northside Festival with Crystal Stilts, Amen Dunes, Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), and Warthog. Tickets are still available or you can get in with your Northside badge.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Wymond Miles - "Pale Moon" (MP3)
this is VÅR...
we mentioned that Crystal Stilts played 285 Kent with Woods over the weekend, it was their only announced non-festival date. I guess technically that's still true, but not really, because they're now set to play the Sacred Bones party at the Northside Festival on Glasslands on June 17. The lineup also includes Amen Dunes, Iceage side-project War who are now called VÅR, Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), and Warthog. Tickets are on sale now.
It's probably a good idea that War changed their name, and according to the band, VÅR (which translates to "spring") is not just a change in name, but also a change in direction. They've released their first new video as VÅR (pictured above), for the track, "In Your Arms," which you can watch below. Their debut LP is set to come out next year on Sacred Bones. The Northside party will be the US live debut for VÅR.
Amen Dunes in Chicago in February (more by Grant MacAllister)
For Wymond Miles, the Northside show is part of a June tour he'll be going on, most of which is with labelmates Psychic Ills (who plays Death by Audio on 5/25 with Ex Cops and PC Worship). That tour will be in support of Under the Pale Moon, his debut full length and followup to the Earth Has Doors EP, which came out earlier this year. Under the Pale Moon will be released on June 12 via Sacred Bones. Download the track, "Pale Moon," above or stream it below.
Lastly, Warthog (formerly Chain Wallet) is a new Brooklyn "supergroup" which includes Chris Hansell (who left The Men in 2011 to be replaced by Ben Greenberg aka Hubble) and members of Nomos, Nude Beach, Creem, and Dawn of Humans. They played their first show at 538 Johnson on April 8 with Hoax, Veins, and Raw Nerve. Check out footage of most of that show below.
All dates, videos, and streams below...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods kicked off a tour with Mmoss last month surrounding Austin Psych Fest which included a NYC-area show at Maxwell's on 4/20 (how was that?). The tour is wrapping up this weekend with a Philly show last night (5/4), a NYC show tonight (5/5) at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts, and a show at Storm King Art Center on Sunday with Widowspeak (who kick off a tour with 2:54 in June).
For Crystal Stilts, tonight's show is their only non-festival date, though they've been playing more and more lately. As far as festivals, they're on the lineup of this year's Capitol Hill Block Party.
All dates and a video of Woods at Austin Psych Fest below...
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
Crystal Stilts, who recently reappeared on a bill with Sonic Boom are going on a four-show tour starting with a show at SUNY Stony Brook on Thursday (4/12). From they they hook up with Widowspeak for three shows beginning at Maxwell's on Friday (4/13). All dates are listed below...
Crystal Stilts @ 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Crystal Stilts haven't posted anything to their Facebook page since 2008 (a picture with their ex-drummer Frankie Rose in it), but the band still exists in the real world and will prove it by opening at Sonic Boom's one-off Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory TONIGHT (3/30). Tickets are still available.
Sonic Boom's only other upcoming dates are in France and listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - "Dark Eyes" (MP3)
Speaking of Sacred Bones, the label has posted a new Crystal Stilts track from the band's forthcoming Radiant Door EP (out via Sacred Bones on 11/15). "Dark Eyes" is the album opener, and you can download it above or stream it below where you can also see the cover art.
Maybe the band will perform the song at some of their forthcoming shows, including the one in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on 12/9 with Happy Refugees and McDonalds. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Coachella may be happening on the other coast but it's a lovely day here in NYC and I don't feel like I'm missing anything this weekend staying here. For one thing it's Record Store Day which also falls the same weekend and Tax Day which may be good or bad depending how you did this year. And there's lots of other stuff worth seeing too, so let's get into it.
McDonalds are one of these local groups whose name I'd seen around for a while and given the bands they often played with -- German Measles, Home Blitz, Tyvek -- I had it in my mind they sounded one way when, in fact, they don't. Well, that's not exactly true. They are kind of shambly indie. But their great new single "Good Parts" is like some lost obscure 7" from 1990 Manchester, that era when C-86 melted into the baggy scene. You can check it out -- in video form -- at the bottom of this post in a fun green-screened clip starring a lot of people you might recognize if you hang out at Bruars Falls or Cake Shop with any regularity.
McDonalds have three shows coming up in the next week: tonight (4/14) at Union Pool with Lyonnais and Helado Negro, then Saturday (4/16) as part of Cake Shop's Record Store Day extravaganza (more on that in a minute), and then next Wednesday (4/20) with former Swell Maps/Television Personalities dude Jowe Head & The Extremities.
As mentioned above, also playing the Union Pool show tonight are Atlanta four-piece Lyonnais whose dark, ethereal sound will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Their debut album is still being shopped around, but you can stream "Transitive Properties of Youth" at the bottom of this post, and a few more at their MySpace.
In addition to tonight's show, Lyonnais play tomorrow (4/15) at Glasslands and I imagine playing under the venue's stormcloud installation will be pretty apropos. I hope they are really loud too.
That Glasslands bill also features Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who have a new EP titled Prisoner out on Kanine/Forrest Family next week. The title track -- downloadable above -- is one of my favorite Eternal Summers songs yet and the whole EP is pretty excellent overall. The band, at least the last time I saw them, have expanded to a trio for live shows which fills out their sound nicely.
The Glasslands show, in addition to Eternal Summers and Lyonnais, features Toronto's Golden Dogs and locals Dream Diary who don't play together so much anymore now that guitarist Madison moved to Memphis. Brad Oberhofer will DJ in-between bands. That's a good night of music.
Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers. Eternal Summers head out on tour next month with the Beets and all those tour dates are at the bottom of the post.
Also, for the real record nerds, Cake Shop is running a fun little contest. They've made 77 versions of the Record Store Day flyer, each with different backgrounds taken from album covers. Take a look, name the artist and album of as many as you can and email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry with the most correct answers (or first entry in case of a tie) wins either a $77 bar tab at Cake Shop or $77 credit for the Cape Shok record mart during that day. Winner's choice. I got about 55 for sure, with another 15 I could figure out with a little time.
And finally, Spectrum (aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember who also co-fronted Spacemen 3) are in town this weekend playing two shows with Crystal Stilts: Saturday (4/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and Sunday (4/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kember is one of the forefathers of drone pop and in the past few years has become known for his work behind the boards, having produced MGMT's underrated/misunderstood Congratulations album, and he mixed the new Panda Bear. There's a new Spectrum album duo sometime soon too. Kember's influence seems more relevant than ever. Glad to see he's staying busy.
Crystal Stilts owe more than a little to Kember's many records. The band just released their second LP, In Love with Oblivion and I think it's pretty great, pretty easily besting their 2008 debut (which was one of my favorite albums of that year.) The production's better, the songs are better, and the artwork's really nice as well. It's hard to listen to the new album without thinking of Frankie Rose whose relentless drumming style, I feel, probably had a lot to do with the way standout songs like "Sycamore Tree" and "Death is What We Live For" were formed. Both of those Kraut-heavy tracks made their debut in late 2008. As much as I like Rose's solo work, I miss her being in this band.
But the new new songs show that it's still guitarist JB Townsend and singer Brad Hargett writing great songs. The biggest improvement over the first album is probably the influence of keyboardist Kyle Forrester, whose parts add a bright color to Crystal Stilts' sound, especially on "Silver Sun" and single "Shake the Shackles." The record got a deserved 7.9 in Pitchfork today. You can download "Through the Floor" at the top of this post and watch the video below. Crystal Stilts are on tour starting next week and all dates are below.
That's it for this edition. Some daily picks and more after the jump.