Entries tagged with: Cymbals Eat Guitars
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
DOWNLOAD: Big Troubles - "Misery" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Diehard - A VerySerious Man (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Diehard - Diehard (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cave - Adam Roberts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dive - Sometime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heaven's Gate - Salome (MP3)
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...
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...