Entries tagged with: Dinosaur Jr
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear are set to release their new album, Shields, on September 18 via Warp. You've already heard the singles "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again" and if you haven't downloaded one of the leaks of the album (We won't pretend they aren't out there, the band have even been acknowledging it on twitter) (though they kindly ask that if you like it, you pre-order it) you can now stream the entire thing (legally) at NPR.
Shields is Grizzly Bear's best album yet, and easily one of the strongest releases of this year. Grizzly Bear naysayers who complain that their often sleepy albums don't live up to the pop heights of singles like "Two Weeks" and "The Knife," complain no more. On Shields, every track is as largely arranged, dynamic, and grandiose as its singles -- but this is by no means a "sellout" album either. They drift through passages of progressive folk with baroque arrangements and even touches of jazz sensibilities sprinkled throughout the record. It's as heady and complex as anything they've done, just simply even more appealing and infinitely playable.
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear will support the new album with a tour that comes to NYC for the band's largest headlining hometown show yet on September 24 at Radio City Music Hall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can also watch Grizzly Bear perform live TODAY (9/10) at 2pm EST on Soundcheck.
Speaking of largely anticipated albums that you can stream on NPR, The xx's new album, Coexist, is out this week and still available to stream. As are the new albums by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., and Aimee Mann.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom - 8/22/12
Sebadoh wrapped up their tour in NYC last night (8/22) at Bowery Ballroom. Support came from Sentridoh (Lou Barlow solo) and Circle of Buzzards, a band featuring the other 2/3 of Sebadoh, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico. Sebadoh's set included a ton of their classic songs as well as a few off of their new EP. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Meanwhile, Lou's other band Dinosaur Jr. have a new album and tour on the way too. No NYC dates announced for them at the moment, but you can check out the video for the new single, "Watch the Corners," along with more pics of the Sebadoh show below.
Sebadoh at MHoW, November 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Jacob Garchik @ Barbes
* Wade Bowen @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Mike O'Brien @ UCB
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Everest Cale @ Bryant Park
* Kitty Pryde, Lakutis @ Santos
* What Can You Do? @ The Stone
* Popular Culture, Ferns @ Cameo
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Remember, Dream v. 2.5 @ The Stone
* The Drums, Chairlift @ Brooklyn Bowl
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Pete Rock, DJ Premier @ East River Park
* Al Green, Charles Bradley @ Beacon Theatre
* Conveyor, Field Mouse, Abadabad, Y/Y @ Glasslands
* Highlife, Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie @ McCarren Park
* Portland Cello Project, Live Footage @ City Winery
* Sebadoh, Circle of Buzzards, Sentridoh @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wino & Conny Ochs, Sean Ragon, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Many Mansions, Names Divine, United Waters, IYEZ @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, Chris Robison, Daniel Fromberg, Rabbit Troupe @ Cake Shop
* Little Feat, Papa Grows Funk, Stooges Brass Band @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches @ Santos
* Rank Xerox, Rat Columns, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Deformity @ Death By Audio
* The Eastern Sea, Sundress, Your 33 Black Angels, Variety Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Splash, Psychobuildings, Grand Resort, Lingerie, Le Sphinxx DJ set @ Public Assembly
The Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona is showing for free in McCarren Park tonight as part of Summerscreen, along with performances from Highlife, Daniel Higgs and Endless Boogie.
Sebadoh/Sentridoh are here playing Bowery tonight, but you can also catch Lou Barlow in the Dinosaur Jr. video for "Watch The Corners", starring Tim Heidecker, below.
Austin City Limits 2012 Late Night Shows were announced.
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Yeasayer performed "Longevity" on Jimmy Fallon on August 20th and A$AP Rocky performed "Goldie" last night (8/21). Check out video of both below. Quicksand plays Jimmy Fallon tonight, two days before they bless NYC in the first of sold-out two local shows.
Aesop Rock, not to be confused with ASAP Rocky, has a new video for "Cycles to Gehenna" off of his new album, Skelethon. Check it out below. His tour recently hit Austin for a sold out show at Mohawk. You can check out pictures from that show HERE
Check out a video below of Indians performing at Ace Hotel as part of that '5 at 5' series.
Gorguts recently played Irving Plaza and though a video of a full set has yet to emerge, check out video from last week in London below.
SXSW released a trio of videos featuring DIIV performing this past year. Check those out below.
The Walkmen performed "Heartbreaker" on Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out video of that Heaven track below.
Stream a new Lightning Bolt track from their upcoming rarities comp below.
Lightning Bolt is one of the many artists whose photograph is on display at the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is up now at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Hours:
8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pmStop by and check it out! And download the audio from our opening night concert.
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Ghostface Killah @ Prospect Park, June 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Turbotronics @ Joe's Pub
* Joan Osborne @ City Winery
* Sondra Sun-Odeon @ Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Christopher Willits @ Cameo Gallery
* Cathy Grier NYCSubwayGirl @ Joe's Pub
* Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue @ Barbes
* MV Carbon, Steve Gunn @ Issue Project Room
* Ula Ruth, Modern Colour @ Knitting Factory
* Bettye Lavette @ Madison Square Park
* Gltr Pnch, Werewitch, Forcefields @ Cake Shop
* David Who Loves the Sky @ Living Room
* Scott Adsit and Jon Lutz @ UCB Chelsea
* Bloc Party, The Drums, Them Jeans @ Terminal 5
* M83, Big Black Delta @ Central Park Summerstage
* Swearin', Fancytramp, Slutever @ Death By Audio
* Hardbodies, Napoleon, Snake Dudes @ Union Pool
* Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits @ The Stone
* Summerscreen w/ Skeletons, Knyfe Hyts @ McCarren Park
* The Gradients, Mantis, Ratking, Fiasco @ Shea Stadium
* Aural Dystopia, Pulverize the Sound @ The Grand Victory
* Supremo Massiv, Tin Vulva, Rebelmatic @ Knitting Factory
* Joy and the Boy, The Reverend John DeLore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ BB King Blues Club
* Bad Weather California, Broncho, Strange Shapes @ Glasslands
* Diamond Terrifier, Laurel Halo, Slava, Bubbles @ Littlefield
* Heather Christian & The Arbornauts, Railbird @ Mercury Lounge
* Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Heavenly Beat, Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, You. @ Public Assembly
* Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Saigon, Krystyle @ Highline Ballroom
* The Bright Light Social Hour, Black Taxi, Echosuite @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wiccans, Deformity, Radiation, Bastard Deceiver, Dead Reich @ Tommy's Tavern
* Planes Mistaken for Stars, Model Home, The Sun The Moon The Stars @ Saint Vitus
* Vassals, Spirit Animal, My Dear Mycroft, Kevin McWha Steele, Kyle McNeill @ Pianos
* DJ Dog Dick, Chippy Nonstop, Cakes Da Killa, WC KIDS, The Pilot Kids @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer, and Kim Simmonds @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore @ Irving Plaza
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Woods' new album, Above and Beyond, is out next month. You can stream a track from it, "Size Meets the Sound," below.
You can also check out the new Fresh & Onlys single, "Presence of Mind," from their forthcoming album Long Slow Dance below too.
J. Mascis discusses the new Dinosaur Jr. album, I Bet on Sky, in a video with Portlandia's feminist bookstore lady which you can watch below.
Hit-Boy, who helmed the beat to Jay-Z and Kanye's "Niggas in Paris," now has his own album out called HITstory, which you can download for free at his website.
As previously mentioned, Sebadoh is going on tour this summer and hitting Bowery Ballroom, Schubas, and many other fine establishments along the way. As also mentioned, the openers on the tour will be Sebadoh members in other incarnations including Lou himself solo and Circle of Buzzards featuring Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico. What we didn't know then was that Lou will also officially be billing himself as Sentridoh, like he did when he put out Losers in 1990, and other solo recordings after that, two of which you can hear and buy on Bandcamp.
We also mentioned there may be a new EP, which there will in fact be. Lou writes:
hi.. guess what? we, -sebadoh- , have recorded FIVE NEW SONGS .. early next year we will have a new album .. -none- of these FIVE NEW SONGS will be on that record.. our FIVE NEW SONGS are contained on an EP entitled "secret EP" and will be available on -bandcamp- and on a cd that will, for the time being, only be sold at shows on our upcoming east coast tour ... these FIVE NEW SONGS were all recorded with our current lineup of Jason Loewenstein , Lou Barlow and Bob D'Amico in Glendale California at Lou's rehearsal spot, by Jason's Jakerock Mobile Unit..All dates are HERE and listed again below.
they sound a whole lot like the -sebadoh- of yore so, If you liked -sebadoh- before the chances are good that you will like these FIVE NEW SONGS.. or not, who knows.... there's no official release date but start checking bandcamp around August 1st or come to one of our shows and pick up a cd .. we -may- release it on vinyl sometime but we need to sell some digital copies and cd's first.. these FIVE NEW SONGS are a purely self-released DIY deal.. we're pretty excited about it and hope you will be too. thanks,
p.s. FIVE NEW SONGS
Lou's band Dinosaur Jr. recently played Green Music Fest in Illinous. Check out pictures at BV Chicago. A new album is coming in October, and they play FYF Fest in LA in September. All dates are listed below....
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
Sebadoh at MHoW, Nov. 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh are touring again, this time a late summer East Coast jaunt that will finish up in NYC on August 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon and all listed tour dates are below.
This tour will bring various permutations of Sebadoh in one night. In addition to the indie rock trio as you know and love them, you'll also get Circle of Buzzards (aka Sebadoh rhythm section Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico) and a solo set from Lou Barlow.
Before the tour, Lou, Jason and Bob will go into the studio to work on a new Sebadoh album which should probably see a release next year. But according to Backstage Rider, there may just be a new Sebadoh EP even sooner. Additionally, Lou plays on the new Dinosaur Jr. album, currently slated for a fall release.
In more Sebadoh news, this past March they reissued Weed Forestin' with the bonus cassette, Child of the Apocalypse, both of which are streaming on bandcamp. The casette, CD, and an LP/cassette/USB package are all sold out, but there are still 63 of the 500 vinyl pressings on sale at bandcamp as of this post and you can of course purchase the digital album.
A video of Lou Barlow performing songs from Weed Forestin' in LA this past March and a list of all Sebadoh dates are below.
In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.
Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".
If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.
Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...
Witch @ Santos Party House
Stoner metal supercrew Witch, featuring Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple), J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Graham Clise (Annihilation Time/Lecherous Gaze), and Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), played a show at Santos Party House on April 9th. Pictures from the one-off date in NYC adorn this post.
Witch have no other dates to speak of outside of an appearance at Roadburn this week, but J Mascis (and Murph, both of Dinosaur Jr) will join Mike Watt for his book launch show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 2nd. Tickets are still available. J Mascis will ALSO appear "with friends" at Prema Yoga on May 19th (236 Carroll Street in Brooklyn) as part of a benefit for Embracing the World. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Witch's appearance at Santos are below, alongside Dinosaur Jr and Lou Barlow tour dates...
Mike Watt's new book
Hellride East (Murph, Mascis & Watt)
Happening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC:
On Wednesday, May 2nd, 7 p.m., Three Rooms Press presents the NYC book launch for Mike Watt: On and Off Bass at Le Poisson Rouge. The event will feature live performances by Mike Watt + J Mascis + Murph, with opening acts Appomattox and Dead Trend, plus a reading & signing by Mike Watt along with additional very special surprise guests. The new book will be available for purchase at the event.Tickets are on sale. As you can see in the above picture, it won't be the first time the three greats formed a band. In July 2000 Hellride East, as they call themselves, performed a set of Iggy Pop covers at Knitting Factory in NYC.
This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 7-8pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
J Mascis recently played with Sharon Van Etten at SXSW where he also played with Murph. Check out a video of Dinosaur Jr. at Bar 96 in Austin, below.
Order "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass" between April 1 and April 30 and receive a copy of the book signed by Mike Watt PLUS an 8 x 10 photographic print of an image used in the book, also signed by Mike Watt. NOTE: Pre-orders will be available beginning April 1 through April 30 only. The link to the preorder will be available at threeroomspress.com at 10 am (EST) on April 1. Pre-order quantity is extremely limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.Mike will also be on the road soon with fIREHOSE who are releasing "their first major collection ever", "lowFLOWs": the Columbia anthology ('91 - '93). Check out fIREHOSE's "Brave Captain" video (taped off MTV who wrote "Firehouse" on the video), below...
J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten @ the Mohawk (pic by jaredeberhardt)
Sharon Van Etten kept it minimal at SXSW this year. She played NPR's big, annual, and still-streaming show at Stubb's, and the showcase of her label at the Mohawk which is where, to quote jaredeberhardt, she "pulled J Mascis out of the audience to play an encore." J was in Austin to play a single show with Dinosuar Jr. Check out a video clip of Sharon & J jamming, below. Check out Sharon on Conan O'Brien tonight (3/20), and at one of the tour dates listed below...
J Mascis @ BV-SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As twitter revealed over the weekend, I'm really excited to announce that J Mascis will play a set at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday at 5pm! His only other CMJ show is the sold out Sub Pop one the night before at Mercury Lounge. Full BV show lineup TBA shortly!
Dinosaur Jr., like they did here on the East Coast, will be touring "Bug" with Henry Rollins spoken word on the West Coast in December. Those dates are below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"Band of Horses tonight was sick! I just wish Hammerstein had better sound, mics were too low. Songs were beautiful though!!" - Steph P
"Band of Horses killing it at Hammerstein" - Michel
After Kings of Leon cancelled their tour, openers Band of Horses added a few of their own headlining club dates. Those dates included a Hammerstein Ballroom show on August 10 with J Mascis. J played an opening set of stuff off his recently released Several Shades of Why and was joined by Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell for a song. Band of Horses played an even mix of songs off all three of their albums and a new song called apparently called "Bats." They ended their pre-encore set with crowd favorite "The Funeral" and returned for a 5-song encore that included a few more original cuts and two covers: The New Year's "The End's Not Near" and Them Two's "Am I A Good Man."
More pictures, the setlist and a video from the show below...
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 7/7
Cruises are all the rage. There's Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!, and to a smaller extent Bruise Cruise, and now this January Weezer are launching the first ever Weezer Cruise. The cruise takes place over the course of 4 days (1/19-1/23) on the Carnival Destiny from Miami to the island of Cozumel, and features performances by a lineup curated by Weezer, who will also be performing themselves. The lineup is pretty heavy on members of the Dinosaur Jr. family including Dinosaur Jr. themselves, Sebadoh, J. Mascis, and Lou Barlow. Hey, they're all trapped on a boat together for four days, might as well mix up the formats. Other bands playing include Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, and many others. Full lineup below.
As recently mentioned, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will set up "side-by-side" (sort of like "in the round") at their co-headlining shows happening at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (7/28) and at Jones Beach in NY (7/29). Both dates are with Yeasayer. Tickets for both are still on sale, and BrooklynVegan is giving away 2 pairs of Flaming Lips/Weezer tickets EVERY DAY between now and 7/26. Each day we'll award one pair of tickets to the NJ show, and one to the NY show. This will be the last time you see a post about it on the site though, but check our Facebook each day for an updated chance to win. Instructions on entering via email are below.
The Flaming Lips have also added more shows this summer, including a weird one: in Long Beach, Long Island on September 9. No more details on that at the moment. All dates are listed below along with a set of pictures from the 7/7 Lips show at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
The Flaming Lips, who released collaboration EPs this year with Neon Indian and Prefuse 73, are currently working on one with Lightning Bolt. According to Wayne Coyne's twitter, "Mixing the final master of Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt tracks!!!!". Video below.
All tour dates, video, contest details, and full Weezer Cruise lineup below...
photos by Tamara Porras, words by Andrew Sacher
J & Henry
Off!, lead by former Circle Jerks/Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, kicked off night four of Dinosaur Jr's Bug tour at Terminal 5 last night (6/23). Keith prefaced the show with an introduction of Off!'s veteran lineup that includes Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald(Redd Kross). Off! launched directly into album opener "Black Thoughts" and immediately met and exceeded the expectations set by the impressive lineup. With some of the crispest tones and sharpest hits, the band thrashed along ruthlessly as they pummeled through minute-long blasts, which acted as the perfect backdrop for Keith's piercing screams and powerful on-stage force. Despite the fact that the large venue was only about half-full at this point, Off! delivered as if the room was packed. Keith Morris, with Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP and a long stint in Circle Jerks under his belt, had every right to act like he knew he was a legend, but instead he modestly expressed how grateful he was for the people that came out early to catch their set.
Keith and band
Though Off! were certainly a difficult to act to follow, Fucked Up took a stab at it with almost the exact opposite approach to punk. While Off!'s songs rarely reach the 2-minute mark, Fucked Up's usually double or triple it, and explore much artier territories. Their set consisted mainly of material off their recent epic David Comes to Life, and though the set wasn't especially long, they hit most of the album's high points. Fucked Up played as hard as ever, and the new songs really pulled through live. The only downside was the size of the venue. Damian's usual antics, like going into the crowd and holding the mic out over the audience work well in smaller clubs, but if you weren't in the first few rows at Terminal 5, it came off less successfully than the band deserved. Things should be a little better at 285 Kent on Saturday night.
Before Dinosaur Jr. took the stage, Henry Rollins (aka the second Black Flag frontman on stage that night) conducted a much-anticipated interview with the band. Henry was a great person to interview Dinosaur Jr. Not only is he arguably the best speaker in punk rock, but the admiration between Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins for each other was so clear. Henry opened his interview by telling us he is a "XXXL Dinosaur Jr. fan," and during the interview, when asked which live shows were influential on them, Murph mentioned Black Flag. In the interview they discussed things like how Dino got their start, the independent music industry, Husker Du (whose frontman Bob Mould should have been at Terminal 5 instead of 92YTribeca), Lou's departure from the band, and other related topics.
After the interview concluded, the members of Dinosaur Jr. left the stage shortly before returning to play Bug in its entirety. J Mascis began the show by saying, "We opened the other night with 'Freak Scene' and it was kinda weird so we're gonna play 2 songs that aren't on Bug first." The band quickly jolted through "In a Jar" and "The Wagon" before taking on their 9-track masterpiece Bug. The opening chords of "Freak Scene" rang throughout Terminal 5 as the crowd responded with cheers of admiration for the album's powerful opener. In typical Dinosaur Jr. fashion, J. Mascis stayed virtually still for the majority of the set, even when ripping through noisy, intricate solos, as Lou Barlow was bashing around stage. Though "Freak Scene" is by and large the album standout, some of the most exciting moments of the show came later on in the set. The band's energy on "Yeah We Know" and "Budge" was especially dead on. For the album closer, "Don't," Lou admitted that he had blown his voice out screaming the song on the first night of the tour so he invited a friend up to perform vocals. Dino turned the song into an extended jam as their guest vocalist writhed on stage and executed a frenzied rendition of Lou's screams on the track. Same story, same special guest at the Northampton show.
After the jammed out track subsided and Bug was over, the band performed an encore with three more tracks. The last one, a cover of "Chunks" by Last Rights, invited Fucked Up's Damian Abraham out to perform lead vocals. Once starting the song, it only took Damian a few seconds to end up back in the crowd, and for their guest vocalist who had performed on "Don't" to run back on stage, grab J's mic, and join Damian in the song. After the encore and much praise for the band from Damian, Dinosaur Jr. left the stage again, putting an end to a truly unforgettable night.
More pictures, video of the Henry Rollins interview, and Dino Jr.'s setlist below...
by Bill Pearis
Archers of Loaf @ Sasquach 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
This weekend marks the return of '90s indie legends Archers of Loaf who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/25, sold out) and Webster Hall on Sunday (6.26, you can still get tickets). Opening both shows are Mr. Dream which is as perfect an opener as you could imagine.
I didn't care for their later records (or Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers) but Archers of Loaf's 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, is an indie rock classic that stands tall alongside No Pocky for Kitty, Slanted & Enchanted, There's Nothing Wrong with Love and Sebadoh III. 1995's Vee Vee is pretty awesome too, and both records are getting the expanded reissue treatment from Merge Records in August. You can download "What Did You Expect?" (a 1994 7"-only release) at the top of this post.
Speaking of Mr. Dream, despite the Voice saying that the lineup was final, they added Mr. Dream today to the upcoming 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport, and DJs and an indoor lounge too...
The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2PM till Midnight with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more.---
The inaugural 4Knots Music Festival with also include live music on South Street Seaport Pier 17 from 1-8pm. The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davila 666, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger and Mr. Dream and are all scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage at the free, all day, all ages music festival.
When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April.
A Thousand Heys is full of catchy singalongs -- like their current single "Summer Hits" -- and well worth checking out. (Samples from the album are streaming at their label's website.) You can download a previously unreleased track, "Brunswick Stack," at the bottom of this post via a Soundcloud widget.
What else? Art Brut are on tour and played Maxwell's last night and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday (6/23). The band's new album, Brilliant! Tragic!, finds Eddie Argos taking it down a notch and almost singing. Almost. It's really more of a whispery type thing -- not unlike Jarvis Cocker -- and for the most part I think it works pretty well. I especially like the single, "Lost Weekend," which you can download at the top of this post. More than anything, I think the music is the best Art Brut have come up with since their debut. And the band remain a lot of fun to see live. Argos is the real deal.
Sic Alps roll through town on Friday, playing Death By Audio with Spectre Folk and Weekends. As previously reported, founding member Matt Hartman -- who was half the band originally -- has left the group which is kind of weird Mike Donovan is carrying on with the name with Eric Baur and some kid named Ty Segall (who had briefly joined the band a couple years ago). Shouldn't they be called Sic Andes or something now?
Granted, Mike Donovan did most of the singing (and maybe wrote most of the songs) and I'm gonna bet this new version of the band is pretty awesome. Sic Alps most recent album, Napa Asylum, is another smoldering, thick stew of swamp garage. A lot of bands use the low-fi thing as a crutch, but Sic Alps have always used sludge like it's a member of the band. A new 7", perhaps the first fruits of this new line-up, is out in August.
Fulton Stall Market in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
And finally, a little shameless plugging. Sunday afternoon, June 26th, is the first of my four Sound Bites Series shows which take place at the Fullton Stall Market down at South Street Seaport. You can get your vegetables and jingle jangle indiepop all in one place. This Sunday the latter is provided by scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride. The fun (which includes me DJing before the band) starts at 2PM, and it's all free. Do come down and say hi.
This is the full Sunday show lineup:
JUNE 26: MY TEENAGE STRIDEJuly 10th is also the first of six free shows at Beekman Beer Garden which is at South Street Seaport too. The free Friday Seaport shows begin this Friday, but more about that below.
JULY 3: THE HAIRS
JULY 10: pow wow!
JULY 17: HOSPITALITY
Some additional daily picks follow:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Black Dice's Eric Copeland, McDonalds and Regal Degal play Secret Project Robot. It's a record release party for both Copeland and McDonalds, so do check out the merch table. The Copeland record, Waco Taco Combo, is only a 500 copy pressing.
Dinosaur Jr. are at Terminal 5 performing their classic 1988 album Bug (that's the one with "Freak Scene") in its entirety. And probably some other songs as well. Many people will be going just to see Fucked Up, not to mention Off!.
Beach Fossils and Javelin play Santos Party House. It's a free show if you RSVP.
Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).
A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:
[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.
Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.
It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."
On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.
Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."
Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.
Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).
La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.
Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.
And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...
Press release reads:
Indie godfathers Dinosaur Jr. have announced the reissue of their classic 1988 album Bug on cassette via Joyful Noise Recordings. Slated for release on June 21, the cassette reissue coincides with the band's 15-date US/European tour in which Bug will be performed live in its entirety.Dinosaur Jr. start playing "Bug" in its entirety on tour on June 21st, the June 23rd NYC show at Terminal 5 with Fucked Up included. An updated set of dates is below.
Originally released on cassette in 1988 via the legendary SST label, this is the first ever reissue of a Dinosaur Jr. album on its original cassette format. Hell - as far as we can tell, this is the first ever cassette reissue of any album originally released on the format...
Fucked Up meanwhile are releasing David Comes to Live on Tuesday (June 7th), aka at midnight tonight, and they have a gimmick of their own too...
"To celebrate the release of Fucked Up's David Comes To Life, the album will be on sale for $3.99 (in MP3) as "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" takes over MatadorRecords.com starting at 12am EST tonight.Act quick if you don't want to pay $4.01 or more! All tour dates below...
The catch is, the album will only be $3.99 for about 2 minutes. That's right. From midnight until noon tomorrow, the price of the MP3 album will be steadily going up until it hits full price once again.
And that's not all.... while we can't compete with Fucked Up's physical world antics in Toronto, our version of "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" will also include a virtual pop-up store with a screening room, characters from the "story", a live webcam from Toronto "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" and a preview of our just about ready to launch "MataCloudTM."
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...
Following J Mascis's current solo tour, Dinosaur Jr will hit the road for a select group of East Coast dates in June. These won't be your average Dinosaur Jr. shows though, because.... like they're doing for ATP in London in June, the band will perform Bug in its entirety. PLUS, Off! will open every show AND Henry Rollins will interview Dinosaur Jr. live at every show (Keith Morris and Henry Rollins both on the bill), AND at the NYC show which is happening June 23rd at Terminal 5, Fucked Up will also play an opening set.
Tickets for the four dates Off! are playing are currently on fan presale, and tickets go on regular sale on 4/8. Oh, and the short tour kicks off on June 21st at Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA where Thurston Moore is also playing (but Off! is not). Proceeds from that first show will benefit Whole Children.
In related news, J Mascis recenly played a BV Day Party at Swan Dive followed by two NYC shows (he was also interviewed by Ted Leo), and Mike Hill of Tombs interviewed Henry Rollins for this website. Off! was just in town with Trash Talk and played Santos Party House.
All dates below...
Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black FlagNo, that's not a list of what happened in a weird dream last night. That is the LINEUP of a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Michael Azerrad's "classic history of the '80s indie underground", Our Band Could Be Your Life (a book everyone reading this site should probably own!)
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
Tune-Yards plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
To quote show co-presenter Tiger Mountain Presents, "some of the best bands in contemporary indie music will play songs by each of the 13 bands in the book."
"For years, all kinds of people -- musicians, people who run labels, concert promoters, journalists, whatever -- have told me that they've been very inspired by Our Band Could Be Your Life and the bands it profiles, which is incredibly gratifying and totally unexpected," says Azerrad. "The tenth anniversary of the book was a great occasion for the current generation of bands to celebrate these pioneers."More bands & guest hosts TBA. Tickets are $25 & go on sale Friday, 3/11 at noon.
Meanwhile the book will also be the topic of a panel discussion at SXSW that Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs (who is also playing the festival) will speak on.
Delicate Steve and Wye Oak are going to SXSW too. Wye Oak can be found at the BV/KF/Partisan day party at Swan Dive on Friday, 3/18. Wye Oak will also play Bowery Ballroom as part of a tour in April.
St. Vincent plays Big Black. I just felt like saying it again!
DOWNLOAD: J. Mascis - "Not Enough" (MP3)
Sebadoh at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Dinosaur Jr haven't called it quits (again), but their members are fully engaged in their own separate projects in the coming months.
Lou Barlow's Sebadoh will hit the road in early February for a set of West Coast dates with Quasi followed by a set of East Coast dates in early April that aren't fully announced yet. Those dates include a pair in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. Tickets for both shows (9th here, 10th here) are currently (as of noon) on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon on 1/21.
Meanwhile, J Mascis is prepping his solo effort Several Shades of Why for release on Sub Pop. The LP, available for preorder now, which is "nearly all acoustic" is his first official solo effort and features ten tracks including "Not Enough" available for download above. J Mascis has a few dates of his own in the coming months too, and like the album they will be acoustic. First he's playing with Kurt Vile and then with The Black Heart Procession. Those include NYC shows with Kurt Vile on March 24th at Mercury Lounge and March 25th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for Mercury are currently on AMEX presale (as of noon) and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (1/21). Tickets for Music Hall if Williamsburg also go on sale Friday.
All currently known tour dates and an excellent/in-depth interview with J Mascis is below...