Entries tagged with: Cursive
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
"What could have been a Texan spectacular for the last night of South By Southwest was a near-debacle instead. It was a double bill at the Auditorium Shores riverside amphitheater with Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, her digitally oriented producers from Dallas, and Explosions in the Sky, Austin's majestic instrumental rock band.We already posted the EITS portion of this set, as well as Jacob's pics from the Frodus show earlier that day (3/21), not to mention what he captured on Friday, Thursday and Wednesday.
Thousands of people showed up for the free concert. The Cannabinoids started without Ms. Badu, dispensing drumbeats, chords, samples and brief phrases from small digital keyboards. They announced that all the beats were live -- good -- and that what they were playing was unrehearsed. Not so good. And they went on and on, for about a half hour, cycling through variations on two downtempo chords and asking if the crowd was ready for Ms. Badu. The answer was increasingly obvious by the time the Cannabinoids tapered off and someone announced that Ms. Badu had had "travel incidents."
The Cannabinoids left the stage while the audience wondered what was going on, then returned, soon to be joined by Ms. Badu, in a gray T-shirt and a white top hat. Their vamp turned into "The Healer/Hip-Hop," and Ms. Badu sang it with her tangy, playful coo, followed by an older song, "Danger." Afterward she teased, "Let's go into hyperspace and blow up the sky," which did sound promising. But it meant she was ending her set to make way for Explosions in the Sky." [NY Times]
Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids also performed once or twice with Kanye West while in Austin. The rest of Jacob's Saturday pics, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
These Arms Are Snakes / Thao / Daniel Johnston & Hymns
Thirteen bands were scheduled to play the BrooklynVegan / Agency Group day party in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Twelve ended up playing - one of them twice. I think the story is that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who had a zillion other shows also scheduled during the SXSW week, got confused about what their set time was. For that reason (and traffic), they showed up too late to go on in their slot. Instead, The Wheel, who was our last-minute addition as opener on the inside stage, immediately went outside and played a second set on the larger outdoor stage in the late band's place. We got at least one "boo" when the "scheduling mixup" was announced, but what could we do? (sorry!) It was awesome of the Wheel to fill on a moment's notice. Hopefully the people outside enjoyed him after they got over the awkwardness. I didn't watch his second set, but he sounded amazing inside.
Due to overlap on the two stages, it was hard to see everyone that played the party. The most painful two decisions were Cursive or the Wrens, and These Arms or Snakes or Daniel Johnston. I think we originally had it worked out a little better in terms of that, but the main stage started to run late. I went back and forth and caught pieces of as much as I could (and all of Daniel).
Thanks to everyone who came!
Leia managed to catch 8 of the 12 bands (she missed The Wheel, Avett Brothers, New Villager and Au Revoir Simone). Her pictures are below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
DOWNLOAD: The Donkeys - Walk Through A Cloud (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Donkeys - Nice Train (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Wallpaper remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Honey I Sure Miss You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Your Grievances
DOWNLOAD: These Arms Are Snakes - Red Line Season (MP3)
This free BrooklynVegan show takes place on two stages at Radio Room in Austin, Texas this Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2009 from noon-6pm. Set times, more info, and answers to (hopefully) all FAQ's below...
Cursive @ Union Hall (more by Natasha Ryan)
On March 1st, Saddle Creek and Cursive began offering Cursive's new album Mama, I'm Swollen as a digital download for only $1 through the Saddle Creek website, launching a special promotion to allow fans to buy the album early at a lower cost. For eight days, the new album was available as a digital download at a pro-rated price that increased by $1 each day (i.e., the price is $2 on March 2nd, $3 on March 3rd, $4 on March 4th, etc.). When the record hits stores on March 10th, the digital album will then remain at the regular price of $9.The first of Cursive's eight pre-SXSW shows is the sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (3/9). The King Left and Peasant are opening. The second show, also sold out, is Tuesday at Bowery Ballroom where Bear Hands and Mañana are opening.
One of Cursive's SXSW performances will be at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Radio Room in Austin on March 19th (that Thao is also playing). More details TBA. Another one of their SXSW shows is the party The Van Pelt and Frodus are reuniting at. All Cursive dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Frodus - "Bull of Juarez" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frodus - "Invisible Time Lines" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Van Pelt - "The Speeding Train" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Edie Sedgwick - "Edie Sedgwick II" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Des Ark - "Jesus Loves You (But Yr Still Coming_Home With Me Tonight)" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Poison Arrows - "Casual Wave" (MP3)
2009 has seen the world economy crumble due to the unethical practices of businessmen and corporate oligarchy. The current administration with the assistance of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, has reached out to the Frodus Conglomerate International for aid. Calls were made, doors were closed and numbers adjusted. After weeks of vicious negotiation both parties agreed on a proper course of action.I couldn't resist... I had to rock that whole quote. That's right... Frodus is BACK and playing SXSW as part of Slip Productions and Lovitt Records day party at The Radio Room on March 21st with Cursive, Young Widows, The Van Pelt (who are reuniting), Des Ark, Milemarker, Pygmy Lush, and a boatload of others. Full details are below and MP3s of some of the participants are above.
The Frodus Conglomerate International will address the public for the first time in 10 years on Saturday March 21st, 2009 at 4:35 pm in Austin, Texas. Austin will be the first of several public forums to address current global conditions forewarned by the FCI in years past. The Conglomerate has employed Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan to supply bass guitar for this address while Nathan Burke organizes his North-West Contingency. We are the economic police.
Frodus recently reissued their 1998 album Conglomerate International on 2LP mastered at 45RPM. Limited to 600. Um, get on that.
Shelby Cinca of Frodus was recently interviewed on Dissonance Radio. Download that podcast here.
Videos and SXSW party details below...
There will be celebrations across the city and around the world today as people mark the Year of the Ox. Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year. The holiday, also known as the Chinese New Year, is traditionally a time for gift giving and celebration. Each year is named after one of 12 animals. Festivities in the city include the annual firecracker ceremony and culture festival in Chinatown.today in NYC
"For Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is always good because it's the start of a new beginning," said Better Chinatown Society President Nathan Conan. "Anything that's bad should be gone and we welcome the new beginning. So it's a good cultural festival to remind the Chinese who they are and where they came from."
"The lion dance basically is when the lion comes in," said Gregory Gong of the New York Freemason Athletic Club. "It's supposed to get rid of all the evil spirits and everything like that and it's supposed to bring good luck and good fortune to whoever it is."
The holiday is celebrated by more than a billion people around the world. [NY1]
* Yacht in Tribeca
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* A Hawk and a Hacksaw in a store
* Whiplash @ UCB (Leo Allen hosts)
* Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades & Plushgun @ Union Hall
* Andrew Bird & Christina Courtin @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lady Sovereign is not playing Pianos tonight.
Cursive's tour video series continues. The one they made in NYC below...
words & photos by Natasha Ryan
"We're going to do our sound check now, usually we have other people do this, but it's the recession," said a joking Tim Kasher as he took the stage nearly an hour after the scheduled 11:30pm slot. Sunday night's (1/18) sold out show at Union Hall in Brooklyn was Omaha based Cursive's third stop of their brief 2009 winter tour; the night before they played Cleveland and spent Sunday making the 470 mile drive to New York. On their previous tour the band concentrated on material from their upcoming album, and Sunday's show offered much of the same, with a healthy amount of older songs dating back to the 1996 release The Disruption.
They began with appropriate opener "Some Red-Handed Sleight of Hand" off The Ugly Organ, as Kasher bellowed, "And now we proudly present / Songs perverse and songs of lament," to the rabid crowd who matched the howls and cries with eerie precision, a display of dedicated fandom always prevalent during the live shows. Using the meticulous formula of playing beloved sing-a-longs while slyly slipping in foreign tracks, Cursive found the perfect pacing for the set, keeping the energy high and the audience engaged. The sound from the unreleased album Mama, I'm Swollen is not surprisingly different than 2006's Happy Hallow; it's moodier than the vivacious rhythmic arrangements of the acclaimed album and returns to slower, darker renditions more akin to earlier recordings.
In true fashion, Cursive's songs were broken up by humorous rants from Kasher and passive aggressive exchanges with the audience teetering on the brink of seriousness yet duly self-aware of the symbiotic relationship. "Who said fuck you? Come up on stage!" Kasher screamed, in response to a cliched taunt from one audience member. "You sir, are going to buy me a double shot of Jameson for knocking my drink over. During Thanksgiving, when you're sitting with your family eating dinner- I'm going to come in and shout fuck you too!" It might seem abrasive on paper, but the playful rowdiness often serves as a notable function of his stage persona. Surprisingly, during "Art is Hard" former member Gretta Cohn did not come out on stage to play cello, though her Brooklyn based band Twin Thousands opened the show.
Towards the end of the set a giddy Kasher informed the crowd of his proposal to his girlfriend earlier that day, and then brought her up to briefly make out on stage. It was just the beginning of the strange antics that later ensued, with Kasher's frequent signature facial contortions and silly inebriated ramblings, at one point claiming he wanted to blow up a building. The loud set was rough and almost deafening at times due to the sound at Union Hall, but it never detracted from the experience. For the encore Kasher promised, "We're not pandering, we just want to play these songs," and dived off the stage during "Sierra", knocking beers over and dragging the microphone stand to belt out the anthem in the middle of the floor.
McCarthy Trenching also opened, and then Cursive played Mercury Lounge in Manhattan the next day. You can next catch Cursive in March when they play the suitably sized venues (3/09) Music Hall of Williamsburg and (3/10) Bowery Ballroom.
More pictures & Cursive's setlist below...
The Forms @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* Foodteam @ The Stone
* Gil Scott Heron @ SOB's
* Wetnurse, Graf Orlock, Lewd Acts & 26 Beers @ the Charleston
* The Forms, Frances, Ford & Fitzroy & Arms @ The Bell House
* Cursive, Twin Thousands & McCarthy Trenching @ Union Hall
* We Are The Seahorses, Real Life Time Machines & No One & The Somebodies @ Cake Shop
Jim O'Rourke was born today in 1969.
Mystery Palace played the Stone on Saturday, and they perform in NYC again on Monday. I noticed the hole in their schedule when I posted the dates, but it was only just now that I realized Mystery Palace member Ryan Olcott is performing as Foodteam at the Stone today.
Today is Winnie The Pooh Day.
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day which is one day before Obama's inauguration (in case you hadn't heard).
Be careful with peanut butter.
Cursive (at Union Hall tonight) is posting videos from their current tour. The first one is from Minneapolis. You can watch it below...
In the laundry list of genre labels thrown at Cursive, "folk" and "metal" are two that don't crop up very often.Cursive now officialy have four NYC shows coming up.
But for the second time in the band's career, those are the unusual sounds Tim Kasher and co. are trying to create while writing the band's sixth full-length record.
"We joked a lot on Happy Hollow about how we were trying to do a new brand of folk metal, but it didn't turn out," Kasher said. "It was brought up at practice the other day that maybe this is getting closer to folk metal. Like, I say that, and it's not going to sound anything like folk metal." [the Maneater]
All dates below...
Lots of tickets also went on sale yesterday.
Cursive are playing a bunch of shows in January including the previously announced ones at Union Hall and Mercury Lounge. They'll also now be back in NYC on March 9th to play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Thursday at noon. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Benjy Ferree - Fear (MP3)
Come Back To The Five And Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee, the second full-length album from Ferree, is a musical eulogy to the forgotten child star, Bobby Driscoll. After "portraying" Peter Pan in the 1953 Disney feature, Driscoll faced the reality of growing up in a world without Neverland and was fired from Disney after the making of Peter Pan for the unforgivable crime of hitting puberty and developing acne. No longer cute and profitable, he struggled to find work and fell into a life-long battle with drugs until ultimately dying homeless and broke in a Manhattan tenement in 1968 at the age of 31. With police unable to identify his body, the Academy Award winner ended up in an unmarked pauper's grave on New York's Hart Island.Benjy Ferree plays Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight/Thursday (12/4).The track above is from the new album, coming out February 3, 2009 on Domino.
Ferree's eventual discovery of Driscoll's sad fate led to this album - an allegorical ode not just to his childhood hero, but to anyone who's gotten the short end of the stick in life . Musically, Ferree lets his distinctive blend of rock and roll and Americana across new borders and genres. Drawing as much from the country meandering of Jimmie Rodgers and the passionate blues pounding of Son House as he does from the vocal hysterics of Freddie Mercury and the balladry of Nick Cave, Ferree crafts a sound that is difficult to fit into any one category, but upon listening is as gratifying as it is unique.
Tickets are on sale for Cursive's upcoming show at Union Hall (1/18). Tickets for their Mercury Lounge show (1/19) are now on Am Ex presale (regular sale starts Friday). Cursive also added a January 17th show at Grog Shop in Cleveland which is also on sale.
Benjy Ferree's new album tracklist and all (two) dates, below...
Cursive is going to play the small Mercury Lounge in NYC for the second time in less than a year. Last time was in June. Next time is on January 19th (on sale Friday) which is one day after they play the even smaller Union Hall in Brooklyn (on sale Thursday).
Cursive @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - June 3, 2008 (bill shouldis)
today in NYC
* Live at the Trash Bar
* Thao Nguyen @ Mercury Lounge
* The Homosexuals @ Cake Shop
* Lucy Wainwright Roche @ The Living Room
* M83 & Berg Sans Nipple @ Bowery Ballroom
* Paid Dues Hip Hop Festival @ Nokia Theatre
* The Presets & Walter Meego @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Styrofoam, Broken Spindles (Joel Petersen of The Faint), Gringo Star @ KF
I heard that Cursive (and Midlake) also played a party at Pianos on Monday night.
There'a a comedy benefit at Southpaw TOMORROW.
by BrooklynVegan Mike
DOWNLOAD: Lightspeed Champion - Waiting Game (MP3)
When schizophrenic dance-punk outfit Test Icicles called it a day not long after the release of their debut album, it seemed like a one and done, flash in the pan output attached to the musical trend at the time. Fast forward a year and one of their members, Devonte Hynes, reappears with a new project called Lightspeed Champion, and one of the goofiest videos in recent memory. Musically, it was a complete turnaround from his old band in everything but one element. It was really good.
As it turned out, he had hooked up with the Saddle Creek crew and recorded an album featuring input from Tim Kasher, members of Tilly and the Wall, and Emmy the Great. With three videos already done, the debut album, Falling of the Lavender Bridge, due this month on Domino Records, is one of the most anticipated records in the UK, and will be stateside as well. And it is a Saddle Creek record in every sense of the word; lots of strings with flashes of country, folk, and emotive lyrics. We spoke with Dev about the demise of his old band, the Omaha mystique, and fanatical fans.
So, should this be titled Interview: Lightspeed Champion, or Interview: Dev from Lightspeed Champion?
Dev: That's been something on my mind lately. It's really silly. I don't think I'll ever refer to myself as Lightspeed Champion, but if other people do, that would be okay.
I read in a couple of places about how Test Icicles split because, quite frankly, you guys didn't like the music which, if true, is fascinating to me. Mainly because if three friends still like each other but don't like the music, they would change the music, not the group..
It's semi true. It was taken out of context somewhat. We had just grown up. We wrote those songs when we were seventeen. Three years is a long time when you are that age. You get in and out of things. During that time, a bunch of us had the attitude of "Hey, let's form a band, play a show, and break up." We did that for a year. Test Icicles was a band that just stuck together but it got out of hand really fast.
Our live set got weird near the end. We would play thirty minutes of noise. I would imagine the fans didn't want to hear. I mean, I didn't want to hear it, either.
The Noise Pop Festival returns in 2008 from February 26 to March 2. Over six nights, Noise Pop 16 will take over the best-loved venues in San Francisco, to host unforgettable performances by Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive and dozens of other important indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists, transforming the city into an almost week-long celebration of the finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer, nationally and locally.Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall, Capgun Coup, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu, Saviours, Man/Miracle and Blitzen Trapper are also confirmed.
Not confirmed at all is this letter Bob Lefsetz sent out from someone he purposely left anonymous....
Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on! Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!In related news, Led Zeppelin denies that they're going on tour with the Cult (thx Hiro).
Like Bonnaroo, the new Vineland Music Festival in NJ will offer 3 days of music and camping (but much closer to home - my home anyway). I hope Led Zeppelin plays that too.
Magnetic Fields are also playing four NYC shows and have a new album coming out soon. The Mountain Goats just played NYU and also have a new album coming out soon. Robert Plant has a new album out, and it's selling really well.
At the very least you should know Georgie James as the Saddle Creek band that features John Davis from the disbanded Q and Not U, and at the very least you should also know The Good Life as the Saddle Creek band that features Tim Kasher from Cursive.
Both of these poppy indie rock bands make songs that you can sing along to, and both have new albums. The Good Life's Help Wanted Nights is out today (Sept 11) (stream it here), and Georgie James' Places is out September 25th. Both of these bands are also going on tour - somethimes together, and sometimes not. Some of their shows will include Le Loup (who was great at Pianos the other night) and Luke Temple, and others will not.
Tickets are on sale for Luke Temple, Erie Choir and The Good Life at Bowery Ballroom on October 4th, and tickets are on sale for a show by Georgie James one day eariler at Europa in Brooklyn. CMJ dates TBA? All tour dates below...