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Cymbals Eat Guitars 2011
"Two years have gone by since that early hype cycle began, and a lot has changed. Half of the musicians that played on Why There Are Mountains came and went before major touring began, replaced by Brian Hamilton on keys and Matthew Whipple on bass. Hamilton and Whipple joined singer/songwriter/guitarist Joseph D'Agostino and drummer Matt Miller to take the show on the road, finally solidifying the lineup"Ends up that October 27th Bowery Ballroom show is not only the final date of a month+ long tour, but it also happens over a month after Cymbals plays a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21th. Both NYC shows go on sale Friday at noon.
As previously mentioned, their new album Lenses Alien will be released Sept 13th On Barsuk Records (U.S.) and Sept 12th via Memphis Industries (U.K.), and was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Murder City Devils & Breeders).
All dates, with openers listed, below...
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Definite Darkness" live at BBC Radio 6 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Wavelengths" live at BBC Radio 6 (MP3)
CEG at Siren Fest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Cymbals Eat Guitars, who took off in 2009 with their self-released debut, and experimented with the small label Sister's Den Records, have signed with long time suppliers of quality indie pop Barsuk Records to release their sophomore LP, Lenses Alien. Like fellow '90s worshippers Kurt Vile and Male Bonding, CEG have gone with John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) to produce the album, which comes out September 14 on Barsuk. No recordings from the album have been released yet, but if you saw them at Glasslands on May 20, you would have seen them play the entire album. They also did live recordings of the tracks "Definite Darkness" and "Wavelengths" on BBC Radio 6 in September (some of these songs have been around for a while). Grab those recordings above and watch the video of "Definite Darkness" below.
At the moment, Cymbals Eat Guitars
do not have a full tour announced UPDATE: TOUR ANNOUNCED, but they do have two shows announced for this October. One of those shows is a headlining show at Bowery ballroom on October 27. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/24) at noon. No opener has been announced.
All dates, album art and tracklist, and the live video below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Días - Bunhill Fields (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Burn the Boats (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BNLX - Garbage Strike (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beige - Folds (MP3)
Amor de Dias
This weekend is dominated, for me at least, by NYC Popfest but as I've already written an exhaustive (exhausting) post about that, so go read it and we'll discuss other shows here. There's lots more to cover anyway.
One thing, and this is Popfest related really, is that Amor de Días are here this weekend, playing Knitting Factory on Sunday (5/22) opening for Damon & Naomi. We've got a pair of tickets to give away to this show. Just send an email with your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Amor de Dias" and we'll pick a winner at random.
As you may know, the duo (Amor de Días) are Alisdair Maclean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, a group who played the first ever NYC Popfest back in 2007. I actually thought it was going to be Amor de Días in the "TBA" slot at the Thursday night Cake Shop show that turned out to be Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For this show to be happening at the same -- but not part of -- the 'Fest seems a little criminal.
MacLean and Núñez-Fernández formed Amor de Días back in 2008 and wrote and recorded whenever they had time, with help from current tourmates Damon & Naomi, indiepop legend (and master arranger) Louis Phillipe and Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson. Their debut, The Street of the Love of Days, came out this week on Merge and is a lovely little album as you might imagine from the talent involved. Their styles and voices are a perfect match for one another and the arrangements are just perfect. Among the treats is a particularly nice version of The Clientele's "Harvest Time." You can download "Bunhill Fields" at the top of this post.
Damon & Naomi's new album, False Beats and True Hearts, is a really nice record too. And if it's still pouring out Sunday night, all the better. It's an evening of rainy day music.
A much louder duo, also in town this weekend, are Minneapolis' BNLX, who play Pianos on Friday (5/20) and The Rock Shop on Saturday (5/21). I've written about them a couple times this year already and I do really dig their mix of rockin' tunes and corporate humor. I'll quote myself again:
Volume isn't just for punishment, though in the wrong hands it most certainly is. But sometimes you just can't achieve that clarity of sound, that particular strain of feedback, that shriiiiiiinnnnng you get from flicking the strings above the headnut, that tone...without cranking the amp. Ed Ackerson, a 20-year veteran guitar slinger of such Minneapolis bands as 27 Various and Polara, knows what he's doing. BNLX didn't just blow eardrums, they kinda blew minds...You can download two tracks from EP#5 at the top of this post, and I have a good feeling they'll have EP#6 at the merch table for the NYC shows. Also playing The Rock Shop show is Black Onassis, which is not the ex-drummer of Urge Overkill but a new group from former member(s) of Kasabian and Daylight for the Birds. Don't know much about them.
...for being just two of them and a laptop, they made quite a racket at the Rock Shop. Normally I'm one to complain about bands using canned backing instead of a real drummer, but vintage drum machine sounds -- right out of 1987, be it Jesus & Mary Chain or Age of Chance -- are kind of integral to what BNLX are doing. With a stroboscopic lightshow (what, no smoke machines?) you didn't really need anyone else.
More interesting is what's happening earlier that same evening at The Rock Shop: a tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets featuring a cavalcade of indie rock talent. Here's the press release:
When Brian Eno's first solo record, Here Come the Warm Jets, came out in 1974 it turned heads. It continues to baffle great minds due to the sneaky way it overlays whimsical pop with the beginnings of Eno's whole philosophy of creativity and experimentation.Musicians performing include Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Rob Christiansen (Eggs), Amy Klein (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street).
Indy music stalwart Rob Christinsen (Eggs, Grenadine, East Ghost West Ghost) and Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden team up to present this great curiosity of a recording LIVE with a melange of rockers and experimentalists.
"It sounds fantastic but one of the things that I tried to do with Warm Jets was to bring musicians together who would normally never play together and to play a music that they couldn't agree upon. The music would come from the chemistry. But of course, it was impossible to do. I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with it. They literally fought." - Brian Eno, 1974.
In that spirit, fifteen singers and ten instrumentalists from all musical worlds team up to perform this masterpiece.
The evening will be emceed by walking/talking Brian Eno encyclopedia, WNYC's John Schaefer.
Of course the big tribute this weekend is Sunday's Our Concert Could Be Your Life which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Michael Azzerad's chronicle of the American indie rock scene in the '80s. The talent assembled paying tribute to the bands covered in the book is pretty amazing, and it's changed/expanded a bit since first announced:
- Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
- Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
- Citay plays Mission of Burma
- Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
- Grooms plays Husker Du
- Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
- Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
- Callers plays Sonic Youth
- Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
- St. Vincent plays Big Black
- Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
- Buke and Gass plays Fugazi
- White Hills plays Mudhoney
- Yellow Ostrich plays Beat Happening
[note: both Tune-Yards and Buke and Gass play a sold out show at MHOW one day earlier. Dan Deacon also plays more shows this week. Delicate Steve has a headlining show coming up soon at Brooklyn Bowl.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars
And lastly, Cymbals Eat Guitars play their first show in a long time this Friday (5/20) at Glasslands. The band are finishing up their sophomore LP which is due out this fall
,so hopefully we'll get a preview of what's to come which they'll be playing in full at the show. The whole line-up is pretty good, with fellow '90s loving indie rockers Radical Dads (whose member Robbie just announced a new album for one of his other bands), Iranian transplants Yellow Dogs, and the psychedelic sounds of Mirror Mirror.
A few more picks, day by day, are below.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
Cymbals Eat Guitars have a show scheduled at Glasslands on May 20th with Yellow Dogs and Mirror Mirror. Tickets are on sale.
Tinariwen returns to NYC this summer. Tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 20th show at Highline Ballroom.
Glasvegas are touring in support of a new album. Tickets are on sale now for a May 23rd show at Bowery Ballroom. All tour dates are below.
The once extinguished but now active Versus is scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on February 19th, their lone East Coast date as part of a handful of US dates late next month. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. The band released their first LP in ten years, On the Ones and Threes, via Merge Records in 2010.
You can also catch Versus's Richard Baluyut when he appears during Jennifer O'Connor's residency at Rock Shop on February 8th. Tickets are still available, and he'll be joined by Charles Bissell of The Wrens and Kendall Meade of Mascott.
Speaking of Charles Bissell, he is also on the bill of a Project Matters Benefit at Maxwell's in Hoboken on January 23rd with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Escape Directors. Tickets are on sale.
Versus is also on board for Noise Pop 2011 in San Francisco, CA. To be exact, they play Cafe Du Nord with their touring labelmates Telekinesis & The Love Language on February 23rd. The whole festival will take place at multiple venues from February 22-27 and will also feature appearances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), Ted Leo (solo), The Concretes (who are touring), Waaves & Best Coast (who are touring together), How to Dress Well (who plays Brooklyn soon), No Age, Yo La Tengo, and many other favorites. The full slate of initially-announced bands is below, and you can get your badges now.
Full list of Noise Pop bands, some video and all Versus dates are below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Hey New York,You can grab tickets to tonight's Thermals, Twin Shadow, So Cow show at Irving Plaza for 2 for 1 at Live Nation (Password: FuckinA). You can also probably get tickets at the door, but the discount won't apply there.
We regrettably have to cancel our performance at Irving Plaza tonight. Obviously this is a huge disappointment, but we've had a family medical emergency and family comes first. The Thermals show goes on as planned with Twin Shadow filling in for us. Thanks for understanding.
Cymbals Eat Guitars have been on tour with The Thermals this entire month, and they will continue on tour with them Thurday in Boston. Hopefully all is well with them, or maybe they just needed a night off while the tour was visiting their hometown.
DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - I Don't Believe You (MP3)
The Thermals @ Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Andrew Frisicano)
The Thermals will release a new album entitled "Personal Life" on September 7th via Kill Rock Stars...
"For their upcoming album Personal Life, The Thermals re-teamed with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie). Walla and The Thermals have a long history together - Chris mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced their second LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). Walla brought his signature brand of crisp, shiny pop production to Personal Life, as he has done for records by Tegan and Sara and Telekinesis, to name just a few. Personal Life was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape, with no computers involved.Download that track for free above.
Sonically, Personal Life continues the Thermals tradition of high-energy punk/power/pop while also exploring darker, more introspective territory. Lyrically, Personal Life obsesses over love and lies with the same passion The Thermals have reserved for politics and death in the past.
The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released as a 7" and digitally by Kill Rock Stars on August 10th, 2010."
September is also when the Portland band will start playing shows again including a pre-tour performance at the Bumbershoot Festival, and a during-tour show at Irving Plaza in NYC on October 13th. That show, like many on the tour, is with Cymbals Eat Guitars who just played Siren Fest and Irving Plaza before that (weird for an "indie" band to play there even once these days). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Monday at noon.
All dates below....
Stillwell Stage photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"To close out the night, fans had the option of checking out Matt and Kim at the main stage or Holy Fuck at the alternate stage. The choice was clear, I went with the latter, and they easily turned out to be my favorite performance of the night. Their weird, intellectualized sound came to the forefront for the masses to witness firsthand and it's quite the process. With film reels rolling and making glorious sounds, lead singer Brian Borcherdt sporadically took the mic, shoved it between his teeth, and danced just as hard as any of the onlookers. It was clearly the most-lively show of the night. Holy Fuck as a satisfying headliner for the bill was a question on many people's minds, so the band had some expectations to live up to, but they totally thrived on those exact expectations and exceeded them tenfold. Even though the event was fully sponsored/curated, Holy Fuck performed in all aspects with the heart of any DIY performer." [Neon Musical Insight]Our first set of Siren Festival pictures had a bit from both stages. Then came the main stage with some bonus shots of Matt & Kim in the ocean. We conclude with all the bands from the Stillwell Stage, with some more of Ted Leo from the main stage, and one more bonus shot of Matt & friends in the ocean, below...
The schedule (above). The pre-party flyer... (below)
the Night Marchers @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 (more)
The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the addition of THE NIGHT MARCHERS, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, EARL GREYHOUND, SCREAMING FEMALES and WYE OAK to the line-up for the 10th Annual SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Coney Island, NYC on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. These artists join scheduled performers MATT AND KIM, TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, SURFER BLOOD and HARLEM with more to be announced.So that was the July show Wye Oak were talking about.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in historic Coney Island, SIREN has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans each year. With over 120 bands making their mark at SIREN over the last decade, this year will recognize SIREN's roots with the first ever return of past performers. MATT AND KIM and TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS will be heading back to the SIREN stage to celebrate. This free, all ages, all day festival is not to be missed.
Midway through "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed", Los Campesinos! lead-singer Gareth speaks the line, "I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love/ is to like the other slightly less than you get in return" which seems like sound advice until the next line, "I feel like I'm being undercut!"
And so it is with the Welsh band who filled their show with those mantras and credos at Irving Plaza on Monday (4/26). It was the their first show in NYC since releasing Romance Is Boring, their second official full length. It was also their first show here with new member, Gareth's sister, Kim following the departure of Aleks last year. And though I missed seeing Aleks on stage, Kim more than held her own.
The band finally made it to New York having rescheduled the show from last Thursday due to the volcano in Iceland that disrupted many European bands with touring plans in the States. During a break, a few people in the crowd started chanting, "Fuck volcanoes! Fuck volcanoes!" And there were still some peripheral signs that all was not totally up to speed with their tour when Gareth mentioned they only had shirts to sell at the merch table. "We don't have any records for you. They're in Canada. And Canada won't let us have them."
But their set was killer. Going for just over an hour, it ended with half of the band (Gareth, Kim, Neil and touring member, Rob) in the crowd for the encore, "Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats" and its own one-liner, "I'm taking far too many chances on these less than idealistic romances." It was those cathartic and anthemic moments that the crowd devoured, shouting along with Gareth, "We need more post-coital and less post-rock!" on "Straight in at 101" or "Can we all please just calm the fuck down!" n "There is a Flag. There is no wind."
The danciest number was always going to be "You! Me! Dancing!" and the build up was fantastic with Gareth up on the riser for Ollie's drum kit banging away at his cymbals. They followed that with the title track from "We Are Beautiful" and then into the slow, devastating burn of "The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future." "She said one day to leave her /sand up to her shoulders / Waiting for the tide / To drag her to the ocean, to another sea's shore / This thing hurts like hell," Gareth sang alternating between a primal scream and painful calmness only for the crowd to join him in another cathartic line "But what did you expect?" before the song exploded with Harriet's violin and Rob's synths pulling the song's chorus along.
Cymbals Eat Guitars opened the show and is on tour with the European band now. More pictures and the setlist from Irving Plaza below...
"RIP Devon Clifford. We have never met a more awesome dude than you. <3" - Los Campesinos!
The following event has been cancelled:Oh well, they tried. The cancelled date was a new date after they had to cancel Saturday. They've also so far had to cancel Culture Shock, Vermont and Toronto.
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UPDATE: Irving Plaza is rescheduled. And there are other changes.
Tonight's Toronto show, and tomorrow's show at Maxwell's, New Jersey are CANCELLED :(All dates below.
Thursday's New York show rescheduled for Monday 26 April.
Saturday's Boston show will happen one day later than orginally planned on Sunday 25 April.
Above is a re-post of a recent remix LC! did for You Say Party We Say Die whose drummer Devon Clifford passed away over the weekend. According to the Canadian Press, it was a "massive brain hemorrhage that was the result of undetected congenital defects".
"Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character," the band's publicist, Darryl Weeks, said in the statement.Los Campesinos! tweeted the above pic in remembrance. The bands have toured together. Video from one of their shows together, with those rescheduled dates, below...
"He loved his family, loved his band, loved travelling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him.
He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with."
In the statement, Clifford's family reminded young people "to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did."
"Maxwell's, come on! Don't let me down, LCs!" - Anonymous
"As ash continues to belch into the atmosphere from Iceland's now world-famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, stranding thousands of travelers around the globe, two main questions are: How long will the eruption last, and could it eventually affect the world's climate?The other problem with volcanic eruptions is that they totally mess with bands' ability to travel the world freely. After already being forced to cancel their Friday night Culture Shock show, Los Campesinos! have announced they also won't make it in time for Saturday's show with Cymbals Eat Guitars at Maxwell's either.
Unfortunately, scientists appear uniform in their uncertainty.
"We don't know how long this eruption will go on," says Stefan Wastegard, a geologist who studies ancient ash falls from Icelandic volcanoes at Stockholm University in Sweden. "That's the problem with volcanic eruptions, you really don't know how they're going to go.""
Luckily they have some free time in their schedule though (LC! are scheduled to play Toronto on April 20th and Irving Plaza in NYC on April 22nd), because they're going to make up the NJ show on Wednesday, April 21st. All tickets from Saturday will be honored, and I assume there will be refunds and new tickets opening up as well.
Their tour is with NYC's Cymbals Eat Guitars who are still scheduled to appear, earlier in the day, at Generation Records this Saturday (unlike Walter Schreifels who was forced to cancel because of the volcano). (thx Adam & Chris & Chris)
Stay tuned for more Volcano updates as we hear about them.
Generation Records (210 Thompson St. in NYC) has one of the busier Record Store Days this Saturday (4/17), with live sets from Cymbals Eat Guitars, Black Wine (ex-The Ergs/Hunchback who play April 25th at Mercury Lounge), Walter Schreifels (ex-Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand) and The Budos Band and DJing from Andrew WK, at 2pm.
UPDATE: Walter had to cancel due to volcano.
Space in the store is limited (to say the least), so getting there early is recommended. Though stores generally can't guarantee which Record Store Day records that'll have in stock, one of the released singles is going to be a Budos Band/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings split with a cover of "Day Tripper" and from Sharon's new record, "Money." Both Sharon and Budos have some other NYC shows coming up too.
Cymbals Eat Guitars go on to open for Los Campesinos on their upcoming tour. Both bands play a sold-out Maxwell's show later on April 17th. And they have an April 22nd show at Irving Plaza, which you can still get tickets for. All dates below.
CEG just wrapped their tour with Bear in Heaven with an April 9th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their encore from that show, all dates and past Generation Records in-stores are below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Generator First Floor (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Generator Second Floor (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Ghosting (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Starring (live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Freelance Whales - Kilojoules (live) (MP3)
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall on December 18th (by Fresh Bread)
Freelance Whales spent some time on the road with Fanfarlo at the end of 2009. That culminated in a December 18th show at Webster Hall (pictured above).
More recently, Freelance Whales played Mercury Lounge on January 20th with Animal Tropical and Still Life Still (as part of their residency at the venue).
Freelance Whales will again be opening up for some great bands at bigger venues. On Thursday, February 18th they open for UK's Mumford & Sons at Bowery Ballroom (that show is sold out). Then on March 1st they open for Shout Out Louds at MHOW on March 1st (also sold out).
Shout Out Louds (whose new album Work comes out February 23rd) have added to that date with a North American tour this May. They play May 5th at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates and the video for the new album's first single are below.
Freelance Whales have been added to the Cymbals Eat Guitars/Bear in Heaven tour happening this March and April, though Freelance Whales do NOT appear to be playing the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, April 9th (tickets are on sale).
The re-release (or "official" release) of Freelance Whales' Weathervanes on Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records comes March 16th. The band was recently a guest on online radio show Snacky Tunes (which is hosted by Finger on the Pulse). Their live session is posted above.
All tour and more are below...
by Bill Pearis
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Sound Fix Records (more by Leia Jospe)
Musically speaking, 2009 was probably the biggest year for Staten Island since the heyday of the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to The Antlers, we also got Cymbals Eat Guitars' Why There Are Mountains which got them a lot of comparisons to Built to Spill and Modest Mouse. It also garnered them Best New Music on Pitchfork back in March. Not bad for a self-released album. Look for CEG on tour next spring with Bear in Heaven -- tour dates are also below.
Front man Joseph D'Agostino answered our year-end questionnaire...
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
Cymbals Eat Guitars' next scheduled shows are part of a tour with Bear in Heaven that brings both bands to Music Hall of Williamsburg in April (tickets are on sale). Well, that's unless you count the free one they're playing at the Wired Store with Black Gold (and free booze) on Wednesday....
Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall on Friday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bear in Heaven opened for Mew at Webster Hall on Friday (12/4). In March, they'll head out on a five-week tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars. The NYC show will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, April 9th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, December 9th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
CEG, who played a ton of CMJ shows this year, are currently in Europe.
All tour dates and video of Bear in Heaven from a pre-CMJ show at Union Pool are below...
Trend You Wish Would Go Away
- 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
- Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
- Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
- Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
- Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
- Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
- Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
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- Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
photos by Leia Jospe
Hopefully Cymbals Eat Guitars can rest after this weekend and before they leave for Europe (they kick off an overseas tour by opening or Wilco in Hamburg on November 7th). Frontman Joseph D'Agostino has been sick since CMJ, and the band canceled one in-store appearance at Sound Fix Records because of it. Last night (10/29) they made up that show in the store's new North 11th Street location, but Joseph was still really sick. Pictures above and below.
Oh Halloween, the band is playing a Halloween party on Steuben Street in Brooklyn (actually they may have canceled). More Sound Fix pictures and all dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
photos by Leia Jospe
Though the Saturday night Pitchfork-curated Showpaper-benefit show at Market Hotel promised two special guest headliners, the addition of Cold Cave, who played before Cymbals Eat Guitars, was the only lineup change come Saturday (10/24).
The lineup, which also featured Delorean, Real Estate, the Smith Westerns, Javelin, Small Black, Bear in Heaven, Surfer Blood and Highlife, highlighted some of CMJ's busiest, most talked-about acts - especially nice since, unlike much of CMJ, Market Hotel is an all-ages venue. Aside from sound problems causing bands to cut out, it seems like it was a great night.
DJ's on the bill for the early-morning party afterwards included Lemonade, Neon Indian/Alan Palomo, Jaime from the xx and 20 Jazz Funk Greats (and Pitchfork also lists Deerhunter's Moses Archuleta as one of the people who spun).
I personally didn't make it over to the Brooklyn show, though I caught The Smith Westerns and a face-melting set by an under-the-weather-frontman-fronted Cymbals Eat Guitars earlier the same day at the BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents show at Pianos. I also stuck around Pianos that night and saw an awesome danceable set by Spain's Delorean at the True Panther show at midnight (after their set at Market Hotel) - definitely one of the best new bands I caught at CMJ for the first time.
Leia, who also saw Cymbals Eat Guitars at Pianos, made it to Market Hotel in time to see Real Estate, Delorean, Cold Cave and Cymbals Eat Guitars (she then took off and went to the Above the Auto Parts). The rest of her pictures, below...