Entries tagged with: Cymbals Eat Guitars
by Zack Baker
Alex G is currently on tour with Gardens and Villa, having played NYC earlier this week, and he's now been added as an opener to the December leg of the Cymbals Eat Guitars Northeast tour. That includes the NYC date happening at Knitting Factory on December 12. Tickets for that show are still available. All of his dates are listed below.
Alex G released his first "proper" album DSU on Orchid Tapes earlier this year, which followed several bandcamp releases. He recently took some time out of his day to talk to us about the album, his confidence, songwriting process and his affinity for animal imagery:
BV: DSU came out earlier this year, and obviously you've been making music for a long time but it felt like a landmark in your career. What has life for you been like since DSU was released?
Alex G: It was pretty similar until... I guess the big difference is that we started touring and this became more job, kinda. I haven't been working any more. We've been touring a lot since DSU came out.
What was your old job? What did you give up for touring?
AG: I was doing construction labor in a little town near Philadelphia.
review by Klaus Kinski
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom last week (more by PSquared)
Cymbals Eat Guitars just wrapped up three nights in NYC on their ongoing tour with Bob Mould, the final three of six total NYC shows in support of their great new album, LOSE. After the tour with Bob ends, they'll stay on the road, this time supporting Brand New on their southern US dates. Following their return home, they'll go a short headlining Northeast run in December, including another NYC gig on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
We already posted pictures of the first night of Cymbals Eat Guitars and Bob Mould's NYC run, and now Klaus Kinski's got a review of the third night, which happened at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Saturday (9/13). Take it away Klaus.
On Saturday September 13th, indie rock God Bob Mould played an absolutely crushing show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and, holy smokes, I'm still reeling. This show, as has been the case for most of his current tour, was kicked off by the great Cymbals Eat Guitars. I saw Cymbals a few years ago at MHOW opening for godknowswho. At that time, the tunes were a little less polished, but I liked them regardless. This time around, Joseph D'Agostino and his posse delivered an extremely tight and frenetic set. The highlight of their set for me had to be closer "Laramie" which blended melody, harmony, and crushing heaviness so well that I wanted to throw and/or punch something. Don't miss that headlining gig at Knitting Factory they've got coming up.
After a brief intermission, Bob and company hit the stage and unleashed a 23-song set that covered everything from Husker Du, to Sugar, to solo Bob. Backed by the great Jon "For Better Or For" Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Scharpling and Wurster) on drums and Jason "Father Guido" Narducy (Superchunk, Boston Spaceships, Split Single) on bass, you could not have asked for a louder and more technically solid set. As far as drummers go, you really can't get more consistent and reliable than Jon Wurster. He's not as technical as, say, Buddy Rich or Mike Portnoy, but he hits hard and he hits true and he never misses a beat. He's more like a, say, Kenny Aronoff type player. A flippin' machine. Narducy also delivers consistency to the mix as well. Besides being a fantastic bass player, he's also a killer back-up vocalist and is capable of bouncing and twirling around the stage without hitting a single clam-note (unlike, say, Greg Demos from GBV). And Bob Mould... forget it. Equipped with a Marshall half-stack, a Fender strat, and a shitload of volume at his disposal, the trio of players combined produced one of the most incendiary rocks sets I have seen in ages.
The show kicked off with the great Husker Du jam "Flip Your Wig" and proceeded through a ripper of a setlist featuring songs like "Hate Paper Doll," "Kid With Crooked Face," and "I Apologize" without ever losing one microspeck of energy. As a matter of fact, early into the set Bob asked the sound guy to turn everything up. The show closed with his cover of "Love is All Around" which is the theme song to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and that tied the show up with a neat little bow. I can't believe this was my first time seeing Bob live and regret the dozens of times I could have seen him in the past. From now on, I will see him wherever he plays within a 40 mile radius of wherever my dumb body happens to be.
In case you missed it, Bob appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. Check it out!
List of CEG dates below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.
Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.
Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.
Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.
More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
New York indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will put out their third album, LOSE, next week (8/26) via Barsuk and it's currently available to stream on NPR. It's an excellent album, and singer Joseph D'Agostino has spoken in interviews saying most of it is about the death of a high school friend (who passed away in 2007), but also about loss in general. "I wanna wake up wanting to listening to records, but those old feelings elude me," he sings on "XR," recalling how important a great record can be to you in your youth. It echoes similar sentiments made two years ago in a Pitchfork interview by Titus Andronicus singer Patrick Stickles, whose album The Monitor D'Agostino calls the best album of the last five years. If you're looking for the kind of big, cathartic rock of The Monitor, you'll find it on a few tracks here ("Warning," "XR"), as well as a diverse palette of other sounds, like the 8-minute psychedelic pop opus, "Laramie."
As discussed, Cymbals Eat Guitars play a Brooklyn show at Baby's All Right (8/26) on album release day (tickets), and they've since added two more NYC shows happening surrounding that. First, they play an in-store Tuesday (8/19) at Apple Store SoHo which is free with RSVP, and then on August 27 they play a $5 show in their hometown of Staten Island at 5050 Skatepark with Bueno, Grooms and Aches.
After that, they go on a previously discussed tour supporting Bob Mould, which includes his NYC shows happening September 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/13 at MHOW (tickets). So that's six total chances to see Cymbals Eat Guitars in NYC over the course of the next month.
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Warning," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Cymbals Eat Guitars recently announced that they'd put out their third album, LOSE, on August 26 via Barsuk. After revealing two singles, "Jackson" and "Chambers," the band are now back with a third, "Warning," which is another example of CEG's ability to rock out in a big way. Check that out, with the other two tracks, below.
As discussed, the band have a record release show in NYC at Baby's All Right (8/26) on album release day with Grooms and "Bug Arms" (tickets), and they've now also just announced that they're opening Bob Mould's tour which hits NYC on September 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/13 at MHOW. It won't be the first time they've opened for him. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with the song streams, below...
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars are back and have released a new track into the world. It's called "Jackson" and it's well worth a listen, below. The song comes from LOSE, their latest full length album which will see the light of day via Barsuk Records on August 26. That's the cover art above.
The same day as the album's release, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be wrapping up a short Northeast tour with a show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right in Brooklyn . Tickets for that record release show are on sale. Other dates include Bar Night Club in New Haven, CT, a show in Kingston, NY, a show in Rockville Centre, NY, and a show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and album tracklist, below...
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...
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, before Atlanta band Mood Rings recently released their debut album, VPI Harmony, on Mexican Summer. I like it a lot and features one of my favorite songs of this summer, "The Line" (video is below). While the band were in NYC last month, main man William Fussell recorded a solo live version of the album's "Come Lay Down in Lined Arrangements" at Vert Gardens and you can watch the video of that below.
All dates are listed, along with the videos and tour flyer, below.
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
photos by Rebecca Reed; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
What's next for reunited post-hardcore heroes Quicksand? After finishing their second of two NYC dates at Webster Hall last night (1/31, the first was 1/30), which was the final date of a larger reunion tour, it's hard to know what this crew will do. I do know this, Walter & co still put on one hell of a live show on on Wednesday, plowing through favorite after favorite like a well-oiled machine at Webster Hall. Cymbals Eat Guitars had the unenviable task of direct support but held their own in clearly hostile territory.
If you missed Cymbals Eat Guitars at either date at Webster, you're in luck. Look for the band to hit Shea Stadium on March 2 with Grooms, Pretty & Nice and Maquina Supervium. Tickets are on sale. If you happen to be allergic to Bushwick, live vicariously through the pictures/setlists from Wednesday's Webster Hall show below.
Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Quicksand are going on a full reunion tour this month which culminates in the band's hometown of NYC on January 30 and 31 at Webster Hall. Quicksand have tapped some pretty great bands to support them on the tour. Single Mothers will open the first leg, followed Title FIght joining Quicksand for a number of dates, and Cymbals Eat Guitars will open the last four dates, including both NYC shows. The first NYC show is long sold out but tickets for the second night are still available.
An updated list of dates with openers below...
APTBS @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, 11/14 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
[A Place to Bury Strangers'] live show is all about sensory overload, and the smaller the room is, the harder it hits. They forwent traditional stage lights entirely, plunging the room into total darkness and illuminating themselves sparingly with splashed colors from projectors situated around the stage. Custom amplifier heads from frontman Oliver Ackermann's effects pedal company Death By Audio stood atop speaker cabinets that dwarfed everyone in the room, and every instrument on stage looked to have barely survived a war zone. Once the band plugged in and turned up, a sonic war zone was essentially what the audience was in for. -[Yardhawk]A Place to Bury Strangers and Bleeding Rainbow swung through Bowery Ballroom on November 18, part of a larger tour for the pair that included a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics), the M for Montreal festival, and Chicago (pics). A review from their 11/19 show in Boston at Middle East is above. Did you see them on this tour? How was it?
If you missed the show (as we did), you have another chance to see them this week, and support a good cause while doing so. APTBS play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit on Saturday (12/1) at 285 Kent with Liturgy, Total Slacker, Royal Baths and a DJ set from Weekend. All proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy Relief Program. Tickets ($12) are on sale.
While on the subject of Sandy relief benefits, you can still get tickets to see Hooray for Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri and Grooms at Pianos on Thursday (11/29). Directly after that show is another Sandy benefit, a late night (midnight - 4 AM) party with Kitty Pryde on DJ duty. This party is free, but donations are suggested and more info is here.
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have noticed in today's What's Going On (11/18), there's a few Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC today.
There's one going down in both rooms at Public Assembly, which started at 1:30 PM and is continuing into the evening. If you head down there now, you can still catch sets by Wojick, Zula, The Veda Rays, Their Planes, Backwords, Pessanger Peru, Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, and Slowdance. Admission is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to NY Cares. Those who bring three canned food items or one hygiene product will get one free Brooklyn Brewery Beer. The full schedule and more info is below.
Union Pool has one dubbed, "From Brooklyn with Love," starting at 5 PM with sets by Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson, Shenandoah and the Night, and The Monte Vista. Admission is a minimum of $20 and all proceeds goes to World Cares. "Big drink specials come to those who donate." The lineup is below.
There's also a Thanksgiving-themed benefit for Far Rockaway going down tonight at The Dalloway (525 Broome St) with DJ sets by Tanlines and Victor Vasquez (aka Kool AD of Das Racist). That party is hosted by Patricia Field, Erin O'Connor, Alana Zimmer, Jaquelyn Jablonski, Sara Blomqvist, Harry Brant, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Kost, and Va$htie. It begins at 7 PM. Show flyer below.
Later this month, there will be a Sandy benefit at Pianos on November 29 with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Grooms, and DJ sets by Will Shortz between sets. Tickets ($12 minimum) are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook.
Other upcoming Sandy relief benefits include Holly Herndon, Ducktails, and Oneohtrix Point Never at MoMA PS1, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and more at MSG, EDM for Sandy Relief at Gramercy, and more. The Bell House has a lot of benefits coming up too.
Show flyers, lineups and more, below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While working on new material for Album #3, Cymbals Eat Guitars are testing out new material (and playing known songs as well) at a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (11/14) with Zambri. You do need to RSVP. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. It's the only upcoming show for either band at the moment.
As mentioned earlier, Nite Jewel have a similar sort of gig coming up at Brooklyn Bowl too.
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Hawk Highway" (MP3)
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Staten Island rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be taking the ferry over to Manhattan next week to be the musical guests on Wrestling Team's live taping of their podcast, Beginnings, which happens on October 9 at UCBEast. The tapings happen on the second Tuesday of every month (AC Newman played the last one). Tuesday's show will also feature comedian Sara Schaefer. $5 tickets for the show are on sale now.
Sara Schaefer, who is currently living in NYC as well, will also do a show one day earlier (10/8) at Ace Hotel. This show begins at 9 PM, and happens the same night that Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) does her DJ residency in the Ace Hotel Lobby.
Earlier this month (just around the time they opened for Bob Mould actually), Cymbals Eat Guitars put out the song, "Hawk Highway," for the video series Masters From Their Day. You can download that song above or stream it below. You can also read the song's lyrics HERE.
photos by Sachyn Mital; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park 9/7/2012
"Copper Blue was 20 years ago And most of those songs were actually written right over there on Richardson," former neighborhood resident Bob Mould told the Williamsburg Park crowd last night, pointing East. "You've really done a lot with the place."
As Mould said, his '90s band Sugar's debut album is indeed 20 years old (almost to the day) but he and his ace band (Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums, Telekenisis' Jason Narducy on bass) ripped through its ten songs like George Bush Sr. was still in office. The crowd -- mostly folk who remembered the songs the first time -- ate it up. For having such a raw vocal style, Bob's pipe's were in fine form, really belting out "Hoover Dam" and "Helpless."
After Copper Blue, he played the choice cuts from his very Sugar-esque new solo album Silver Age as well as a health dose of Hüsker Dü classics like "Hardly Getting Over It," "Could You Be the One?" and "Makes No Sense at All" -- all of which you could see Wurster singing along unmiked behind the kit, clearing loving it. Bob pulled Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn to the stage to help sing on Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today" and Finn was as amped for it as you'd expect.
Openers were Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars who probably own a couple Mould albums and put on a nice opening set. Bob Mould's Copper Blue/Silver Age tour rolls on throughout September and he'll also play FFF Fest in Austin in November.
More pictures and setlist from the Williamsburg Park show, plus remaining tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As we've mentioned before, Bob Mould is playing a free show tonight (9/7) at Williamsburg Park where he'll be perfoming Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue, in its entirety front-to-back, as well as a set that spans his career from Husker Du to his terrific new solo album, The Silver Age. What hasn't been publicized so much is that Staten Island indie rock lovers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be opening the show (and not Howler as originally advertised). Doors are at 5:30 PM, CEG are on at 6:30 PM with Bob on around 7:45 PM.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will also open for Bob on upcoming dates in Boston (9/10) and Philadelphia (9/11). If you haven't checked out their most recent album, Lenses Alien, it's quite good and you can stream it via Spotify and watch their video of "Definite Darkness" below.
In other Williamsburg Park news, Saturday is Riot Fest Brooklyn with Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry & His Flask all performing. Doors are at 3 PM and music goes all day and tickets are still available.
Also coming up is a free Jayhawks show at Williamsburg Park on Saturday, September 15 with openers Nicole Atkins and Chris Lee. Doors are 5:30 PM for that one.
Cymbals Eat Guitars video is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Saturday can take the rest of the day off ..A Place to Bury Strangers levelled the playing field last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg" - Douglas Fraser
APTBS at MHOW - 7/27/12
Brooklyn wall-of-noise makers A Place to Bury Strangers are supporting their new record, Worship (out now via Dead Oceans), on a tour which they brought to Brooklyn for a hometown show this past Friday (7/27) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support came from fellow NYC bands Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hunters.
Hunters also play the free opening reception for the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit at 92YTribeca with Screaming Females and Heliotropes on August 16.
More pictures from the show and a video of APTBS' "end of set chaos" (as the youtuber who uploaded it describes it) below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Staten Island rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, who finished up a tour with Cursive last month, will be taking a break from the road for a bit, but you'll be able to catch them at a local NYC-area show on August 10 at Maxwell's with Mitchell Grey and Justin & Alina. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment. Some videos from 2011's Lenses Alien below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Cursive @ Bowery Ballroom
Cursive is on tour now with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits in support of their new album I Am Gemini (out now on Saddle Creek). That tour brought them a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom last night (4/3) for their first of two shows at the NYC venue. Their 19-song set only consisted of about half of the new album, and otherwise mixed in an even amount of material dating back to 2000's Domestica. Cursive, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Conduits will return to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/4) for another sold out show (which we just gave out 2 tickets to on Facebook). More pictures, videos, and setlist from last night's show are below.
the flyer (with most of the bands playing on it)
BrooklynVegan is proud to team up with M for Montreal again for a FREE Day Party in Austin on Thursday, March 15th from noon-7pm at Hotel Vegan (one of BrooklynVegan's FOUR DAYS in the venue located at 1500 E. 6th St.).
I'll let this full three-stage lineup speak for itself...
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)That's all Austin bands on the BV Austin stage. It's going to a very great day
12:00 Of Monsters & Men
12:45 Glen Hansard (of Swell Season & the Frames)
1:30 We Are Serenades (formerly Serenades, mem. Shout Out Louds)
3:00 Korallreven (mem. of the Radio Dept)
4:30 The Drums
5:15 The Wedding Present
6:15 This Will Destroy You
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Half Moon Run
1:30 Cold Specks
2:15 Cymbals Eat Guitars
3:00 The Velvet Teen
3:45 Yellow Ostrich
4:30 The Jealous Sound
Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Austin stage)
12:15 Love Inks
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, NadaMoo!, Sailor Jerry and M for Montreal! And special thanks to GBH Design for making our awesome flyer!
This is the first full day at Hotel Vegan announced. 2/3 of the Wednesday lineup is HERE. Friday and Saturday coming shortly.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Keep Me Waiting" (Hooray for Earth Remix) (MP3)
Cursive at BV-SXSW in 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Cursive will release their seventh full length album, I Am Gemini, on February 21 via Saddle Creek. The album was recorded with Matt Bayles, and according to a press release, tells the story of "Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head." The press release also notes that it's the first album frontman Tim Kasher wrote with the complete story in mind, with the lyrics having been written in order from song 1 through song 13. The album artwork and tracklist is below.
Rolling Stone premiered an exclusive download for album track, "The Sun and Moon," yesterday (1/2). You can download it at RS's site and stream it below. Like the material on 2009's Mama, I'm Swollen, the song hearkens back to the riff heavy work of Cursive's earlier stuff, before they began experimenting with dynamic string and horn arrangements.
Cursive is going on tour in support of the new album in the upcoming months. They've already announced a run in February and March with Ume, Mount Moriah, and Virgin Islands. Now they've revealed a second run with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Conduits that includes NYC shows on April 3 and 4 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/4) at noon.
Speaking of Cymbals Eat Guitars, their song, "Keep Me Waiting," was just remixed by Hooray For Earth. Download that remix at the top of this post and stream it below.
All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
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Welcome to the first day of Autumn! The air is crisp, it's a pleasure to be outside...which is where you'll be on your way to the many good show options this week. Where to start...
I guess I should mention R.E.M.'s decision to "call it a day." It's the right thing to do... but I sorta wish it'd happened 13 years ago. The post-Bill Berry records had their good songs, but it was never really R.E.M. to me. But their first decade, few bands were as important and influential. Hopefully they continue to make music on their own (Peter Buck's got like four other bands anyway), and cross our fingers that doesn't mean a Micheal Stipe solo album of "standards."
This leads nicely into this week's first real item: Big Troubles' record release party tomorrow night (9/22) at Glasslands. Mitch Easter, who produced R.E.M.'s first two albums, was behind the boards for their new album, Romatic Comedy, which is out next week on Slumberland.
Those familiar with Big Troubles' sludgy, shoegazy debut album, Worry, might wonder if it's the same band this time. Working with Let's Active's Mitch Easter (who twiddled knobs on R.E.M.'s first two albums [and Pavement's Brighten the Corners), the band have cleaned up into a sparkling pop band. It's a dramatic transformation, not unlike the one Easter helped make happen with '90s shoegaze band Moose on their debut album, ...XYZ. With crazy catchy song after crazy catchy song, Romantic Comedy is a terrific album. You can download "Misery" at the top of this post.
The rest of the country will get to see them soon, as they're heading out on tour with their Slumberland labelmates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who headlined Bowery Ballroom this week) and then later with Real Estate who they play Bowery Ballroom with in November. All 2011 Big Troubles tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with the video for their single "Sad Girls."
Cuffs is the new band from former Pants Yell! frontman Andrew Churchman (one of Big Troubles is also in the band). They are at the same time more pure pop than PY! were and also more rockin'. They're good live.
The Ice Choir is the new project from Kurt Feldman who plays drums for Pains of Being Pure at Heart and used to front The Depreciation Guild. It's funky synthpop that sounds an awful lot like...Scritti Politti?! It's true. Listen to the songs on Bandcamp and compare with this. I'm very curious to see what The Ice Choir will be like live. Will Kurt wear a while suit with giant shoulder pads? I hope so.
Wild Beasts are back, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24) with BOBBY opening both shows. The band's third album, Smother, has been a real grower for me and find myself going back to it a lot. It's definitely a subtler album than Two Dancers that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post and there's a new video for "Bed of Nails" below.
Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold, transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is back again playing keyboards with the band on this go-round which is an added bonus for some of us. I haven't seen them tour this album yet, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend's shows. All Wild Beasts tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
So Girls' new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost debuted at #37 on the Billboard which is pretty impressive -- and also means they'll be playing much bigger places next time they roll through town. Their Bowery Ballroom shows this weekend are sold out, natch, but you can try and squeeze into Other Music tonight (9/21) for their free in-store.
What else? '90s-rocking locals Diehard are set to release their debut album, The Times We Didn't Have Fun, next week and it's a ripper, full of big riffs, bigger choruses, oohs and ahhs, and hooks o' plenty. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. You can listen to the whole shebang at their Bandcamp page.
The band are throwing a record release party this Friday (9/23) at Bruar Falls with likeminded pals Radical Dads, Shark? and Thunderclap also playing.
Cave @ Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cave are here this weekend, playing Saturday, September 24 at soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals (with Amen Dunes, K-Holes & PC Worship), and then Sunday, September 25 at Cake Shop. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
As I wrote earlier this week, the band's new album Neverendless finds finds them locking onto a groove and staying with it in the Neu!/Spacemen 3 tradition. You can download the "Adam Roberts" (the album's spaciest cut) at the top of this post and watch the video for the album's chugging, motoroik single, "WUJ," below.
Dive @ Shea Stadium
And finally, two bands I wrote about last week -- Dive and Heaven's Gate (MP3s for both above) -- play again together tomorrow night (9/22) at 285 Kent, with Dustin Wong and Prussia. At the time, I hadn't seen either play live but remedied that last Friday at Shea Stadium. Both bands were very good, but different than I was expecting.
Heaven's Gate are much less shoegazy than their old band Sweetbulbs, with more of a blues-punk vibe (think Cramps or maybe JSBE or early YYYs). But their best songs still have some of that melodic swirl to them.
As for Dive, their recordings are very Beach Fossils-y (frontman Cole Smith is in the band). But live, Dive are a motorik dynamo, very Krautrock at times. There's a lot of flying hair, the band are whirling dervishes on stage. I was impressed. Dive are also playing Pianos earlier Thursday night (9PM) if you want to catch them there.
Here are some more picks, by day, not mentioned above:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Cymbals Eat Guitars play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their new album, Lenses Alien, is more '90s style indie rock guitar heroics, maybe a little more pop than their first. Hooray for Earth and Beige open.
Though if you're a '90s indie rock fan, you might instead be seeing Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes at Le Poisson Rouge. OTC's Dusk at Cubist Castle remains a '90s classic. if you can't make it, NPR will be streaming it online.
Or if the '80s is more your thing, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are at Irving Plaza.
There's also the Hipster Puppies Cassette Release Party at Public Assembly. Music critic and frequent Twitter fighter Chris Weingarten is putting out a mix tape companion to his book which is based on his tumblr. Zs, Dinowalrus, Mountains and Burning Star Core all play sets. More info here.
photos by David Andrako
Mates of State
Mates of State (who head out on a big tour in September), Cymbals Eat Guitars (ditto), and Yellow Ostrich (October & November) played a private Barsuk Records showcase at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (8/24). Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below...