Entries tagged with: Delta Spirit
words and photos by Tracy Allison
John McCauley & Matt Vasquez @ Webster Hall
Friday night (8/13) Deer Tick played a phenomenal show for a very enthusiastic audience at a very full Webster Hall. This show was their last before leaving for a month long European tour on September 9th. Prior to the performance, the band promoted the show on their twitter page with various tweets promising motorcyles, horses on nitrous, and crowd surfing babies. While none of those promises were kept, it certainly was not a show to be missed. One audience member commented on the performance, saying, "This was the best Deer Tick show I've ever seen. You could tell how excited they were to be here tonight."
While the show did not begin until 8 p.m., a small line had formed outside of Webster Hall before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and a few devoted fans claimed their spots directly in front of the stage as soon as the venue allowed them in. Opener Matt Vasquez (sans the rest of his band, Delta Spirit) took the stage at 8 p.m., expressing how happy he was to be performing and telling the audience he would gladly take song requests. Deer Tick frontman John McCauley joined Matt briefly for a song. By the end of his set, not only was the room fairly full, he was commanding it with just his voice and his guitar.
Around 9 p.m., after a quick introduction by a friend and the sounds of an air horn, the members of Deer Tick began appearing on stage. During their hour and forty-five minute set, lead singer John McCauley serenaded audience members and passed around a bottle of Jack Daniels. Vasquez joined Deer Tick briefly for one song. The band played songs from their three albums, War Elephant, Born on Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions, as well as MG&V covers, a sax solo, and a handful of newer songs. Prior to starting their encore, McCauley grabbed a mysterious box that had been sitting on stage, handed it to the audience, and told them to pass it back. Moments later silly string was flying everywhere and by the time the rambunctious encore was over, the drum set was torn apart and various instruments were covering a good portion of the stage. Despite the state of the equipment, the audience began chanting "One more song! One more song!" to which Deer Tick obliged, returning to the stage as all the members took part in singing an a beautiful a cappella rendition of "Dirty Dishes"
photos by Joshua Ballinger
Delta Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom
"Matthew Vasquez' powerful voice and lyrics once again emerged as the driving forces behind the band's second soulful album, History from Below (released June 2010), and at the band's second consecutive live performance in NYC. Formed in 2005 in San Diego, CA, the band has the perfect structure of a classic American rock band, with heavy soul and folk influences enhanced by the use of unusual instruments (trash can lids) and guest appearances by friends toting French horns. They were not short of special friends and a tremendously layered, collaborative wall of sound on the night of this performance, and yet- managed to maintain a strong smattering of classic, pop hooks to please a crowd that clearly came to enjoy one another's company as well as their time with the band.Delta Spirit are still on the tour that brought them through NYC for two sold out and high energy nights (June 30th @ Bowery, July 1st @ MHOW). The above review is from MHOW. The pictures are from, and the show I was at was, Bowery Ballroom. As tweeted, the set ended with the entire room and dancing, and confetti.
Delta Spirit are one of the most truly special, heart-swelling rock acts you can catch, leading an experience definitely meant to be shared, and are at the helm of a renaissance of real American music." [shortandsweetnyc]
Delta Spirit's tour ends in their home state on July 24th and then the band is on break until September when they head to Europe for some shows. Frontman Matt Vasquez will use part of that time off to come back to NYC for another show. You can catch him solo when he opens for Deer Tick at Webster Hall on August 13th. And the fact that Matt and Deer Tick frontman John McCauley are almost certain to collaborate on stage makes this one a show not to miss (and one to not miss the opener). Tickets are still on sale.
Meanwhile, Deer Tick kick off their summer tour on July 17th in their home state, and can be caught at Maxwell's in Hoboken two days later, on July 19th, with These United States and Jonny Corndawg (sold out!).
All dates, more pictures of DS @ Bowery Ballroom, the Webster Hall poster, and a bunch of videos, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Delta Spirit - Bushwick Blues (MP3)
That album's "Bushwick Blues" (which you can get above) was debuted here in May...and now there's video to accompany the impassioned lost-love tune. Though there's no audience at the session, recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA, singer Matt Vazquez has no problem throwing himself into the song's romantic vortex. Somewhere around the two-minute mark the band seems to collectively fixate on the inevitability of the words, recharging for the final heartrending thrust a minute later.
The band has a pair of NYC shows coming up, at Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st, both with Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye. The first night of that is sold out but tickets for the second at MHOW are on sale.
Those shows are part of a larger tour for the band that continues all the way to California. All tour dates and the video are below...
DOWNLOAD: Delta Spirit - Bushwick Blues (MP3)
San Diego's Delta Spirit are set to release their sophomore album History From Below via Rounder Records on June 8th. Already one of my favorite albums of the year, I couldn't be happier that they let me debut track number two, "Bushwick Blues" on, appropriately, "Brooklyn Vegan". Like many of their soulful indie-Americana songs, "Bushwick Blues" tells a moving story of love and loss. More specifically it tell the story of a girl, a fellow singer-songwriter even, that the California band's front-man Matthew Vasquez fell in love with right here in Brooklyn (Bushwick). Check it out above.
Tickets are still on sale for Delta Spirit's upcoming shows at Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. More dates & MG&V info in a previous post. Some videos of the band performing songs from the new album, with its tracklist, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
MG& V @ the All House
MG&V, the new project of John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit), made their debut (not counting a private performance they taped for IFC one day earlier) with a late-night set to a capacity crowd at Austin's Ale House on Friday, March 19th. Taylor's brother and bandmate Griffin played drums. Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich played keys. Deer Tick family member Jonny Corndawg helped perform a song he also recorded and wrote with the group. As Duke Street Blog points out, "The set was filled with heartfelt Americana tunes, all featuring a healthy splash of CSN-like harmonies." Deer Tick actually played a set an hour earlier at Lucero's SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly (where they were joined by Nikki Darlin for a song). John ran right from show to show (as did Tim and I) (luckily we all saw Lucero earlier that same day). More pictures and a bunch of videos from both shows are below.
Their regular bands all made their fair share of appearances at SXSW this year too. Deer Tick (who played BV shows in 2009 and 2008) even had their own unofficial showcase this year at Threadgill's (with Cordawg, Those Darlins, Liz Isenberg, Chris Paddock and others on the bill). One of Dawes's shows was at the official BrooklynVegan showcase. Various videos from the week below.
Last but not least, Delta Spirit have announced a run of tour dates set for June and July. They'll bring along Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye for those. The three bands play Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. Tickets just went on sale.
Delta Spirit's new record, History From Below, is set to come out June 8th on Rounder Records.
"All we wanted to do is put the record together one song at a time," says Delta Spirit's singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez about History From Below. "It's been three years of straight touring off our last record so most of the songs were written in hotel rooms and tested in front of an audience. We spent spent six months of this last year making a record that sums up three years of growing up."The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's keyboardist Bo Koster and Eli Thomson, and you can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Everything mentioned, pictures, videos & lots of tour dates, below...
Move over Monsters of Folk. Monsters of Fuck are here. Well, actually they're called MG&V which stands for McCauley, Goldsmith, and Vasquez aka John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit) (we can still call them Monsters of Fuck unofficially though). This is their story:
Notoriously adverse to sitting still, John McCauley felt the urge to write and record during some of Deer Tick's recent downtime. Deer Tick chose Dawes to support a leg of their summer 2009 tour, during which McCauley and Goldsmith developed an affinity for each other's songwriting. McCauley decided that Nashville would be the perfect location to write some new songs, and invited Goldsmith to join him. As the project began to take shape, McCauley and Goldsmith decided Matt Vasquez was the man to complete their vision for the project. A few days after tape started rolling, Vasquez arrived in Nashville-never having met McCauley. The three songwriters immediately bonded and proceeded to make a timeless masterpiece. Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith also joined the group to contribute percussion.I can't comment on the "masterpiece" aspect of this yet - I still haven't heard it, but I'm excited to. And I hope to catch MG&V live when they make their world debut at the Coda Agency SXSW Showcase at the Ale House on Friday, March 19th at 1 AM. More album details still TBA.
And yes, all three of those bands will also be at SXSW on their own. Deer Tick has a bunch of shows and their own curated day party. Delta Spirit has a bunch of shows too, and Dawes plays the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille on Wednesday March 17th. They go on at 8, and if you miss them, they play more shows too. All dates and flyers below...
Delta Spirit @ Bonnaroo '09 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Fans across the country can expect to hear twice as much from San Diego's Delta Spirit in the New Year. The band, who spent the first half of 2009 opening for The Shins, will be headlining their own bills come 2010 as they gear up for the release of their second LP, History from Below, this May. But in what may be a further evidence of a coming decade of music biz frugality practicality, the boys behind all that jingly, feelgood Americana are bowing out of a lower 48 push and playing just small venues in major cities -- twice apiece with a week to simmer in between sets. [Culture Mob]The full dates of The Delta Spirit's uniquely sequenced tour are below. They play four NYC shows as part of the trip, which kicks off February 1st - a gig at Pianos (2/4) followed by Union Hall (2/5), then the same sequence again a week later (2/11 & 2/12). California's The Willowz (think White Stripes) open. Tickets are on sale for the Pianos shows (Union Hall seems to be sold-out already).
The Willowz recently put out an album of their own, Everyone (Dim Mak/Downtown Records) in December. A 'Making Of' featurette for Everyone video and all tour dates are below...
Charles Spearin (The Happiness Project) (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium
* Guster @ Beacon Theatre
* Kria Brekkan @ Glasslands
* The Bones Royal @ Zebulon
* Aki Ona & MB Carbon @ The Stone
* Life of Agony @ Starland Ballroom
* Arlo Guthrie & Family @ Carnegie Hall
* Free Energy, Glint @ Santos Party House
* David Johansen Band @ Highline Ballroom
* Lotus w/ RJD2, Junior Boys (DJ) @ Terminal 5
* Mike Doughty, Vanessa Bley @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Raein, Towers, Black Kites, Tiger Flowers @ ABC No Rio
* Audion (Matthew Dear), Clark Warner @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Do Make Say Think, The Happiness Project, Years @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cheeky, Zombie Dogs, Slingshot Dakota, Shellshag, Stupid Party @ Death By Audio
* Idle Warship w/Talib Kweli, Trezure the Empress, Jah C+Antidote,Niles @ Southpaw
* Hex Fest w/ Electric Umbilical Cord, Mon Khmer, The Naked Hearts, ZAZA, Das Racist @ Pianos
* Hex Fest w/ Matt Vasquez, Your Nature, Hymns, Wild Yaks, Papa, Strangers Family Band @ Living Room
* Hex Fest w/ Apache Beat, Naam, Bottle Up & Go, Dirty Fences, Weird Owl, Liquor Store, The Siberians, Pinche Gringo @ Cake Shop
Spend Saturday night running between Pianos, Living Room, and Cake Shop for Hex Fest. Among the many highlights is a set by Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez the Living Room. Wild Yaks also play that venue. Flyer below.
Female-fronted punk band Cheeky play their last show ever, with Zombie Dogs, Slingshot Dakota, Shellshag and Stupid Party at Death by Audio - the show is also a benefit for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PDK) Research.
Cheeky and Stupid Party put out two of Screaming Females' favorite albums of the year.
Glassjaw opens for Brand New at Nassau Coliseum tonight which is probably why their name was changed to "special guest" at the upcoming Starland Ballroom show with Thursday and Dilinger Escape Plan.
Tonight is the first of two Jimmy Scott shows at Iridium.
Tonight is the first of two Do Make Say Think / Charles Spearin's Happiness Project shows in NYC this weekend. Sunday it moves to Bowery Ballroom. Charles Spearin videos below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Kurt Vile @ Europa
Kurt Vile fit three shows into a recent two-day NYC trip. The first was a solo performance at an invite-only party at Public Assembly early Tuesday night (11/17). Later that night, he played a show at Europa with the Violators behind him and opening sets from Wild Yaks, Pink Reason and Home Blitz. Then on Wednesday (11/18), KV&V opened up for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Kurt Vile and the Black Keys added a New Year's Day show after their NYE show in Chicago. In addition to his February tour with Fucked Up (the NYC dates of which are on sale), Kurt Vile will be playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, December 1st with Small Black and DJ Rezound (as part of the Fader Bowl series).
The next show for Wild Yaks happens Saturday, November 28th at the Living Room. The gig is part of Hex Fest that's happening at Cake Shop, Pianos, the Living Room and Googies the same day. The lineup for that includes Das Racist, Your Nature, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Weird Owl and others. Tickets and days passes are on sale.
More pictures and words on the Kurt Vile/Wild Yaks show at Europa are below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
"[The Shins] launched off with 'Australia' which is one of my favorites and I couldn't help but get giddy. They then proceeded through the next two songs on Wincing the Night Away without stopping. After a song or two, they introduced a special guest joining them on violin, and when I saw her, I was visibly the only person flipping out: It was Rebecca Zeller, the violinist of Ra Ra Riot!That review is from the first (5/18) of two nights the Shins played NYC's Terminal 5. The second was last night (5/21), and there was also a NJ show at Wellmont Theater (5/17). Delta Spirit opened all of them, and at least on the second NYC night, they destroyed a guitar. More pictures from last night (destroyed guitar included), with a Shins video and the setlist from 5/18, below...
A few songs come and go, equipped with some new songs (that they didn't have the decency to tell us the titles of), and a cover from, and I quote "One of the best f*cking bands in the world", also known in James Mercer's mind as The Beach Boys, all leading up to the best performance of the night: 'Caring is Creepy'. Every one in the room was singing their lungs out to this song, so much so that even though I was very close to James Mercer I couldn't hear him! When everyone is that connected and 'into' a song like that, how can that not affect you? " [Danish Poet]
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...
The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]
photos by Tim Griffin
Delta Spirit played to a sold out crowd at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday night (2/21). Throughout the set they were joined on stage by friends and guests, members of opening bands Other Lives and Dawes included.
One day earlier, Daytrotter released a new live session...
"The San Diego-based group doesn't necessarily need the monetary support as it's been selling out venues left and right, touring with the splendid support acts of Dawes and Other Lives, but Delta Spirit could literally be considered America and it makes the kind of music that the country should want to support more and be prouder of than an automobile manufacturing company based in the Motor City. It's got the heart and soul of a Motown and a passionate passion for everything that it puts to tape, for everyone it reduces to blubbering, awestruck chills when it's seen live and in person. It, they (these five guys) deserve everything and more, simply for the way that they make a person rethink what they knew or understood about electricity." [Daytrotter]Go to Daytrotter to download the session which includes a great AA Bondy cover. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, including a shot of the setlist, below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
Delta Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Kurt Christensen)
photos by Kurt Christensen
The Delta Spirit / Nada Surf tour hit Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday night (12/6). Nada Surf's friends Gramercy Arms also joined the bill as first-of-third opener for that night of the tour only. Gramercy Arms was in turn joined on stage by Mascott, was sang her/their part on the new Christmas song she/they contributed to, and Renée Lobue of Elk City, who sang for three songs.
"ray ketchem from elk city was also there, and was nearly thrown out on the cold street by a rogue security dude for attempting to film us with his flip camera. being the smart man that he is, ray got off clean" [mascott]Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made his presence known throughout the whole night, joining both Delta Spirit and Gramercy Arms on stage. For Gramercy Arms, Matthew sang his part of "Nothing I Can Do", the song he contributes to on their new album. No Sarah Silverman though. More about Gramercy Arms, MP3s included, HERE.
Martin Wenk of Calexico was also in the house and played with Delta Spirit and Nada Surf. Of Nada's set, Talia says...
The show was not as long as the last one I attended in Williamsburg, but bassist Daniel Lorca gave his usual mind boggling performance of chain smoking while playing flawless bass and singing backup vocals! Lead singer, Matthew Caws sweated clear through his shirt by the second song, and proved to us all that the band was indeed glad to be back home in NY to end their tour.Delta and Nada also played Webster hall on Sunday. More Bowery Ballroom pictures below..
I didn't keep track of the setlist, nor was I able to find one online but I do recall the following songs being played (in no particular order):
Always Love, Blonde on Blonde, Do it Again, Your Legs Grow, See These Bones, Whose Authority, Beautiful Beat, I like What You Say, Ice on the Wing, Inside of Love, Fruit Fly, Neither Heaven Nor Space, Blankest Year
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Delta Spirit are on tour with Nada Surf which means they play two NYC show this weekend. The first is tonight, Saturday December 6th, at Bowery Ballroom (sold out). The second is Sunday at Webster Hall (tickets still available).
The pictures in this post are from the show they played for BrooklynVegan at Knitting Factory on October 25th. More of them, and all tour dates, below...
Anti-Pop Consortium @ Terminal 5 (more by Ryan Muir)
Anti-Pop Consortium - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 17 - Obamarama @ The Bell House
Party and Silent Auction to benefit Barack ObamaNov 14 - The Apple Store West 14th St.
w/ Dirty on Purpose, Dragons of Zynth, Takka Takka and more...
Dec 12 - Knitting Factory: Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN
The KF is closing down and re-locating to Brooklyn and they asked us to curate a special evening...this will be an all club event booked by APC. Stay tuned for special guest announcements...More upcoming free Apple shows and the Obamarama flyer with details below...
Portastatic @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
It's the "CMJ Artist Lounge at Red Bull Space Presented By Paste, KCRW.com, and indie outlaw." Open to CMJ artist badges all day. Free to the public at night. Band schedule and flyer below...
Set times are actual. No advanced tickets...
Nada Surf @ Bumbershoot 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Don't forget that Fountains of Wayne and Nada Surf (Matthew and Ira acoustic) play a benefit for Kelly Buchanan at Knitting Factory in NY this Wednesday night. Also,
New US tour dates have just been added and include Nada Surf's first show ever in Mexico. Joining the band on most of the dates will be the excellent Delta Spirit and our friends the Jealous Girlfriends. Most of the shows go on sale on Sept 12th.Tickets for December Nada Surf / Delta Spirit shows at Bowery Ballroom (Dec 6) and Webster Hall (Dec 7) go on sale Friday (like they said). No word yet on tickets for a show at Maxwell's (Dec 8).
Nicole Atkins is putting out a digital rlse, covers album that includes a version of "Inside of Love." Go to her myspace site for more info.
While on tour last spring, the music/cooking site Cooking with Rockstars recorded a segment with Nada Surf at our friend Jo's house. It's up and you can check it out.
Delta Spirit are currently on tour with Dr. Dog and will also play NYC during CMJ in October.
Nada Surf (the acoustic duo version) is also playing a show for kids at The Living Room on Novmeber 9th. Daniel is currently on the sidelines due to an injury (he didn't play Bumbershoot), but he should be all better and back in the band by the time they play their next full band shows. All dates and a letter from Daniel below....
"Delta Spirit's music unintentionally mingles two trends percolating through indie rock right now. One is a return to more traditional folk -- minus the "freak" qualifier that is associated with Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. The other is the conspicuous absence of irony, which has been a revered ideal since the Arcade Fire cropped up a few years ago sporting an avid sincerity. The Delta Spirit combines both methods into a stirring batch of rock that evokes Wilco circa "Being There," even though Mr. Vasquez isn't as enamored with psychedelic pop songwriting." [NY Sun]Delta Spirit (you may have seen them on Conan O'Brien last night) play a show at Mercury Lounge tonight (Sept 4) with Salt and Samovar, Action Painters and Peasant. From there they leave on a tour with Dr. Dog and even after that they continue to tour the country non-stop until they come back to NYC at the end of October to play a show or two for CMJ. Along the way they they also make stops at Austin City Limits and Pop Montreal. All dates below...
California's Delta Spirit (not to be confused with the Duke Spirit) will be releasing their debut album Ode to Sunshine in "late summer/early fall of 2008" on Rounder Records (home of Robert Plant, Raffi and Ween).
Delta Spirit @ Paste/Stereogum party @ Volume, SXSW 2008 (nevbrown)
Not to be confused with the the Duke Spirit, Delta Spirit have added a ton of tour dates since my last post, and two of those are in NYC - TONIGHT @ Union Hall (March 25) & TOMORROW @ Pianos (March 26). For a taste, check out their Daytrotter session. All dates below....