Entries tagged with: Deafheaven
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
by Doug Moore
Deafheaven at Saint Vitus (more by Lukas Hodge)
As Deafheaven bask in the first wave of the year-end accolades that everyone knew they'd be getting, they've made a simultaneously odd and totally logical career decision: they've announced a North American tour with Between the Buried and Me, Intronaut, and The Kindred for early 2014. BTBAM are headlining, but it looks like Deafheaven will provide direct support.
BTBAM and Intronaut are both quite popular, so it makes sense for Deafheaven to ride their current wave of hype onto a bigger-budget tour. But Deafheaven's core fanbase is quite different -- BTBAM and Intronaut are both fairly noodly prog-metal bands who, despite their considerable crossover successes, have younger fanbases and have never been the subjects of the same type of mainstream-media adulation that Deafheaven are currently enjoying. By the same token, parts of the BTBAM/Intronaut fanbase may not have paid much attention to Deafheaven yet. Even though it's kind of a strange aesthetic match, it's an opportunity for them to access another sizeable and lucrative market. When you're basically living off your touring band, it's hard to pass opportunities like that up.
The tour isn't currently scheduled to hit NYC, but it comes close on February 21 at The Paramount in Huntington, and also includes a couple upstate stops in Clifton Park on 2/22, and Syracuse on 3/2. Tickets for the Paramount show go on sale 12/17 at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.
A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.
Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...
by Doug Moore
We've debuted the new EP by San Franciscan psych/prog-metal troupe (and Deafheaven side project) Creepers over at Invisible Oranges this morning (the second somewhat Deafheaven-related side project we've talked about this week). From our writeup:
Creepers started as a studio project of Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy in 2011. The two were inspired mainly by '70s horror film scores a la Goblin, but they also mixed in the black metal influence that they have become known for lately. Eventually rounding out a full lineup by adding Varun Mehra on bass and Chris Nativdad as second guitarist, Creepers' sound began to shift laterally towards a more psych/prog rock sound.You can read the whole thing over at IO. The EP is available for paid download from Creepers's Bandcamp.
Recorded as a three-piece, the self-titled release moves in and out of passages with an impressive amount of composure, retaining a layer of dark atmosphere that lurks beneath each track and rounds out the edges on this debut EP. There's a shared disciplined lethargy between early prog and psych rock that Creepers seems to know how to naturally assemble. In the second track, "Drug Vision", the sluggish fantasy of an album like Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" comes to mind.
They're also teaming up with Tera Melos for a few of the west coast dates on that band's tour with Zorch. Check out their dates, along with the EP stream, below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
Nothing @ BV Party at Baby's All Right - 10/19/13
Philly's Nothing just wrapped up a few shows with Weekend and Disappears, including one at NYC's Glasslands last week (10/22). Before that they played their only CMJ show at our BrooklynVegan party at Baby's All Right on 10/19, which went from noon til just after 2 AM and had tons of complimentary Sailor Jerry in addition to the hours of music. Nothing are a band that get tagged as shoegaze and are signed to a metal label, but in a live setting they just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre. Their show seriously rips too. It was one of my favorite sets of CMJ. A set of pictures from their appearance at our CMJ party is in this post. We already posted a video from their set, but you can refresh your memory by watching that again below.
If you missed Nothing's two recent NYC shows, or just need to see them again, you're in luck because they've just added a last-minute show happening on Tuesday (10/29) at 285 Kent with Brooklyn's bluesy LODRO (for whom the show is a release party for their "If Life Was Like A Movie" b/w "Snake Song" 7"), in addition to Shadow Walker, Sunflower Bean (mems. Turnip King), and a DJ set from Oberhofer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and a stream of the a-side of the new LODRO 7" below.
In related news, members of Nothing and another metal-friendly shoegaze band that Nothing has toured with, Whirr (ex-Deafheaven), have a side project called Death of Lovers, who have signed to Deathwish (also home to Deafheaven). They'll release an EP, Buried Under a World of Roses, on that label at some point in the near future. Check out the video for the title track, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and more Nothing pics from CMJ, below.
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro
Deafheaven @ 285 Kent, 7/4/2013
After a sold-out Saint Vitus show (7/2) gave way to a second show at 285 Kent (7/4), black-metal tinged shoegaze quintet Deafheaven sold-out that space too. The two dates, separated by a show in Boston at TT Bear's, were part of a larger tour for the band with special guest Marriages. Additional support at Saint Vitus on July 2 came from heavy shoegazers Nothing (featuring Nick of Whirr on guiter, they'll tour together soon) and support at 285 Kent on July 4 featured a dark ambient set from Montreal's Aun and an industrial/noise set from Brooklyn's Theologian. Pictures from both shows are in this post.
In addition to the shows, photographer Lukas Hodge spent some time embedded with the band, taking pictures of Deafheaven backstage, on the road, and at play. More pictures, an interview, and a thoughful piece on the band are available at InvisibleOranges. It's worth a look for sure.
In related news, Nothing will play a headlining show of their own tonight at Paper Box (7/8), joined by support from Lazyeyes, Turnip King, The Backhomes and Treatment. $7 gets you into this 21+ show. The band returns in one month for a show at Saint Vitus, part of a larger tour.
More pictures/video from Deafheaven's Saint Vitus and 285 Kent shows are below.
Deafheaven's second NYC show this week with Marriages , scheduled for July 4 at 285 Kent, has added more for your patriotic, loud entertainment dollar. In addition to a DJ sets from Shaun of Weekend and
Jenn Pelly (turns out she can't make it), the show will also feature performances from Montreal dark ambient crew AUN and Brooklyn industrial-noise gang Theologian. Tickets are still available for this InvisibleOranges sponsored show and doors are at 10PM.
This is in addition to their original, now sold-out NYC date at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (7/2) which features support from Nothing.
Vreid at BrooklynVegan CMJ 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
As discussed, Melechesh, Vreid, Lightning Swords of Death and Reign of Lies are touring, and will head to Europa on June 30 to sew up their string of dates together. Tickets are still available for the Europa show, BUT you can ALSO win one of two Vreid prizepacks that include both a pair of tickets AND an autographed copy of the band's new LP Welcome Farewell (out now). Details are below.
If you missed it, this week on InvisibleOranges we delved into the oppressive Egyptian government's policies on metal, looked into Libya and Tunisia's metal scene, reviewed the new Palms, reviewed the new Locrian, streamed new tracks/videos by The Impalers, Wake, Vasaeleth and mourned the loss of Weapon. Head on over to InvisibleOranges to see what you're missing!
Reminder, tune into Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern. You can listen to this week's show, which featured an interview with Deafheaven, in the EVR archives and you can check out the playlist too.
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Related video content and contest details are below.
Deafheaven at Saint Vitus, Feb 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
With their 7/2 Saint Vitus show now sold-out, Deafheaven have now added another show with Marriages in NYC. Just in time for the end of the fireworks display, 285 Kent will open on July 4 with doors at 10PM, featuring an all-ages show with the pair and one more "special guest" to be announced. Tickets are on sale for this InvisibleOranges event.
Updated dates and a full stream of the band's triumphant Sunbather is below. If you missed it, you can check out a behind the scenes piece on the making of the LP, a recent interview with the band, and listen in to IO on EVR on Tuesday (6/25, 10 PM EDT) for a live interview.
Updated dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
California shoegazers Whirr (whose Nick Bassett used to be one of the revolving members in post-metal crew Deafheaven) are set to release a new mini-LP, Around, on July 9 via Graveface. The first single from that release, "Swoon," is total shoegaze in terms of atmosphere, but the music itself is darker, heavier, and more similar melodically to a band like Hum than MBV. Check that song out below.
Whirr will be supporting the new mini-LP with a tour this summer. Many of the dates on the tour are with Nothing, including the NYC show happening on August 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.
All Whirr dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...
Deafheaven at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, San Francisco black metallers Deafheaven are releasing their new album, Sunbather, on June 11 via Deathwish. You've already heard the first single, "Dream House," and now they've let loose the title track, which like the last single, leans just heavily on shoegaze and post-rock as it does on metal. Check it out below (via FADER).
Song stream below...
Deafheaven will hit the road for a tour this summer, snagging dates with Marriages as part of a full campiagn in celebration of their new LP, Sunbather. Full tour schedule is below, and you can look for the bands to team with NOTHING for a show at Saint Vitus on July 2. Info on tickets, which will set you back $12, is on the way.
Sunbather, the band's new LP, is due on June 11 via Deathwish Records. Invisible Oranges followed the band into the studio during the recording. Stream a track from that effort below and look for them at a town near you.
Deafheaven in the studio recording 'Sunbather' (more)
Boris has announced their supporting bands for their run of residency shows, including Deafheaven, Young Widows, Marriages and more. Look for Young Widows to support on the string of dates including Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 (the show dedicated to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US"). Openers for the second LPR show on May 7 (dedicated to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism) have not been announced. Tickets are still available for both shows.
In a related note, Deafheaven will be in the NYC area soon too, tagging Saint Vitus on February 22 with Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian. Tickets are still available.
If you missed it, Deafheaven recently stopped in to Invisible Oranges to drop off a studio diary detailing the recording of their new LP Sunbather. Check that out HERE.
All Boris dates plus video of Young Widows are below.
Argonauts at Union Pool, March 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Let's be honest, supporting Torche is not the most enviable of positions when you've got a sold-out show. It takes a band with balls to play right before them, and luckily the first of two openers for the sold-out show at Saint Vitus on March 2 has been revealed. Argonauts (mems of Revocation, East of The Wall, Burnt By The Sun, Municipal Waste) will play direct support to Torche, with more bands still to be revealed. As stated above, tickets are sold out, but as sponsors of the show, BrooklynVegan will be giving away a few pairs for free. Details on how to enter are below.
BV and Invisible Oranges are also proud sponsors of upcoming shows at Saint Vitus with Deafheaven / Sannhet, Acid King, and most imminently, two nights with YOB that kick off on Sunday (2/10). Tickets for all of those shows are still available.
UPDATE 6PM: Tonight's St. Vitus show (Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, A Truth) has been cancelled due to Nemo.
In related metal news, as we just updated in our list of Nemo-related cancellations, we thought we'd let you know that tonight's scheduled Gojira / Devin Townsend / Altas Moth show at Irving Plaza has been postponed till February 19. That's one day after their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Torche track stream and contest details are below.
Sannhet at Saint Vitus, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to present an exclusive East Coast appearance from Deafheaven, who will join Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian at Saint Vitus on February 22. Tickets are on sale. The show will also work as a coming-out party...
We are Sacrament Recordings and Merchandise, created by the owners of Brooklyn's premier dark music institution Saint Vitus. Sacrament's mission is to proliferate the culture that is experienced by thousands every year at our club through recordings, merchandise, mixtapes, and of course EPIC shows... we have a lot of exciting things coming up, especially from our favorite band Sannhet.As you may know by now, Brooklyn instrumental trio Sannhet (who played the BV-BBG CMJ show) expertly mixes soaring post-rock with elements of black metal tremolo-picking, hardcore, and more. Think Russian Circles meets Altar of Plagues. Look for their new LP Known Flood on February 19 via Sacrament (the show is their release party), and in the meantime check out their new video for "Absecon Isle," as well as some recent live video below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final effort by the great Godflesh has been given the VIP treatment, and will see the light of day in the start of the new year. 2001 Hymns will be reissued and remastered via The End Records on February 19, featuring a second disc of demo material. (Pre-order yours.)Stream the remastered demo for "Paralyzed" below for the first time below.
In semi-related news, Godflesh recently toured the far east with Deafheaven, and that band will welcome their new LP, Sunbather, via Deathwish in Spring 2013.
Justin Broadrick's other project, JK Flesh, is featured on the final Hydra Head release.
Full tracklist for the Godflesh reissue and the stream of the demo are below.
The unwavering NYC video god (((unartig))) has swooped in with his best of for 2012, listing off important topics like "Best Album", "Best Show", "Goosebumpiest moment" and the all important "The show at which I wished I could secretly inflict everlasting and agonizing pain upon everyone." His picks for those are listed, along with accompanying video, below. (see his 2011 list HERE and 2010 HERE)
by Fred Pesarro // BBG
Like minded left-coast shoegaze crews Anne and Whirr have joined forces for a new split 2x7" EP, due on Run For Cover on October 16. Both bands contribute a pair of tracks to the proceedings, with side D of the release being devoted to an etching for all of you vinyl nerds out there. Check out a stream of the third track from the release, "Pet Names," available for streaming below and preorder yours if you so desire.
Anne also recently dropped an acoustic cover of Radiohead's "Motion Picture Soundtrack," which was recorded in one take. Download that via Mediafire.
In related news, members of Whirr either currently or have previously logged hours as a member of Deafheaven, and you can look forward to their split release with Bosse De Nage via The Flenser Records. Deafheaven contributes a cover of Mogwai's "Punk Rock / Cody" while BDN's contribution comes in the new track "A Mimesis of Purpose".
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.