Entries tagged with: Disappears
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)
In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
an arial view of Phoenix
During a typical week at BrooklynVegan we end up posting a lot of new videos. This week, for example, we had clips from Antwon, Rituals, Saint Rich and more. But there are many more we don't get to... which is where this post comes in handy. Play catch-up with the latest eye candy from Phoenix, Disappears, Saint Rich, Anna Calvi, Jay Z & Justin Timberlake, Dizzee Rascal, and Frightened Rabbit, below.
photos by Sarah Gainer; words by Bill Pearis
As we posted last night, CMJ held a 2013 Music Marathon line-up announcement last night (8/27) in NYC at Bowery Electric. In addition to finding out that The Long Winters, Obits, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Savages, Pelican and more were going to be here for the fest in October, those in attendance were also treated to live sets from Brooklyn sandblasters Weekend and Providence, RI's widescreen dancepop act Magic Man. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Weekend don't currently have CMJ on their schedule but will play NYC right after as part of their tour with Disappears, which hits NYC on October 22 at Glasslands. Nothing has been added to that bill making it a must for lovers of awesome gothy, loud, motorik, postpunky rock. Tickets are still available.
Full list of initial CMJ 2013 line-up is HERE and more pics of Weekend and Magic Man are below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Weekend / Leverage Models @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/16/2013
Medicine played their first NYC show in nearly two decades over last Friday (8/16), with support from Weekend and Leverage Models. We already posted one set of pictures and a review from that show, and now we have another that are in this post.
Weekend's tour with Disappears recently added a few more shows, including the NYC stop which happens October 22 at Glasslands with Nothing opening the evening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below. Disappears new album, Era, is out next week on Kranky.
Leverage Models, meanwhile, will release their full-length debut on October 1 via Hometapes. Their record release show also happens at Glasslands on October 3. They've gathered pretty great support, too, from Maria Minerva, Butterclock and Tippy Toes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates for Weekend are listed, along with more pics from the Medicine/Weekend/Leverage Models show, below.
by Bill Pearis
Weekend have shared a second track from their upcoming second album, Jinx which is out July 22 via Slumberland. You can stream the pounding, rhythm-section-heavy "It's Alright" below. The vinyl version of Jinx, just like their first LP, Sports, comes as a double disc of 45RPM 12"s in a gatefold sleeve with a fold-out poster. You can check out the packaging below.
Weekend, who were just added to Medicine's record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16 (tickets), have just announced a fall tour and some of those dates are with Chicago's Disappears. Don't be surprised if they add a Brooklyn date sometime around the album's release, too.
All tour dates are listed, along with the LP packaging and new track stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
Chicago motorik punks Disappears have a new EP coming out titled Kone on April 16. The self-released three-track 12" clocks in at 30 minutes (Ty Segall or The Fresh & Onlys might call that an album.) The title title track is a slow builder and methodical and reminds me a little of the moodier moments on Wire's 154. You can stream it below.
Disappears are going on the road right around the time of the EP's release, hitting NYC on April 25 at Knitting Factory with Man Forever. Always a killer live band, it will be interesting to see what directions new drummer Noah Leger will take them, now that Steve Shelley is no longer behind the kit. Tickets to the Knit show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out below.
Sonic Youth are promising some kind of "news" at noon Monday. Meanwhile we can hope it's related to Steve Shelley leaving Disappears (but we'll keep our expectations low by listening to the Facebook commenter who wrote " Likely announcing one of the archival releases Lee already mentioned in an interview: '85 live show, '86 tour film or the deluxe Sister reissue.").
UPDATE: It's a live album.
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Lockett Pundt with Deerhunter in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt, who records solo material under the moniker Lotus Plaza, released his second LP for the project, Spooky Action at a Distance, earlier this month via Kranky. It's a huge step up from his 2009 debut, The Floodlight Collective, and shows how vital his songwriting contributions to Deerhunter have become, strongly echoing the dream pop leanings of Deerhunter's latest album, Halcyon Digest. Any of these tracks would feel right at home on Halcyon Digest, but rather than feeling redundant, they come as a refreshing reminder that Bradford Cox isn't the only member of Deerhunter with a library of songs in him.
The songs are driven by looping beats that either seemingly or literally don't falter throughout the entirety of each song, notably popping out with the drum rolls of "Strangers" or the krautpunk backbone of "Remember Our Days." The album sounds largest with its centerpiece, "Monoliths," which gives "Desire Lines" a run for its money as Lockett's best song yet. It opens with two quick verses and then spends more than half the song with crashing cymbals and the repeated line, "And one of these days, I hope I come around," ending in "One of these days, I'll come around." The album's most surprising moment comes on its closing track, "Black Buzz," an acoustic ballad with Lockett's vocals intimately foregrounded, and the one track on the album that makes Lotus Plaza actually seem like a solo project. You can stream "Strangers" and "Monoliths" below. Also below is the album's artwork and tracklist.
Lotus Plaza is about to kick off a tour with Disappears, who also released an album earlier this year on Kranky. As mentioned, that tour hits NYC on April 19 at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...
Disappears at Cake Shop in 2011 (more by BBG)
Disappears are releasing their third album (and first recorded with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelly), Pre Language on March 1 via Kranky. We've mentioned that they're touring in support of the new album with The Fresh & Onlys in February, but that tour doesn't include any NYC dates. However, Disappears just announced another leg of North American dates in April with Lotus Plaza (aka Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) and those dates include a NYC show happening on April 19 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.
For the two dates prior (4/17 and 4/18), Disappears and Lotus Plaza will be playing shows in upstate NY (Ithaca and Albany, respectively) with Steve's Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo, but unfortunately Lee won't be playing at the Brooklyn show. However, Lee will come to NYC when he tours supporting M. Ward in May.
All Disappears dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Replicate (MP3)
Disappears at Cake Shop, July 2011
Chicago's mighty Disappears release their third long-player, Pre Language, on March 1 via the Kranky label. This is the first album made with drummer Steve Shelly (who may have more time on his hands now?) who has been with the band for a year now. The material on Pre Language was road tested extensively before hitting the studio (Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West in Hoboken) and sounded amazing when Disappears played NYC back in July ("...new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. [More Neu!, less Stooges.]")
That holds true with "Replicate," the first released track from Pre Language which is downloadable at the top of this post. Less awash in reverb and vocals that are borderline intelligible, this is a much bigger Disappears than we've heard before on record. Disappears are going on a short tour prior to the release of Pre Language but, unfortunately, they're heading West not East. Hopefully they'll come our way soon. Tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Tour mates for these West Coast dates are The Fresh & Onlys who were slackers in 2011, only releasing two records -- the "I Would Not Know the Devil" 7" and the terrific Secret Walls EP -- unlike previous years where their output rivaled Bob Pollard's. (OK, so frontman Tim Cohen may have released a couple solo albums as well.) Actually, the F&O's were hard at work on their new album, which is due out on Mexican Summer sometime sooner than later.
Soonerer than that is Earth Has Doors, the first solo record by F&O guitarist Wymond Miles which comes out February 2 on Sacred Bones. Wymond's otherworldly, textured parts are one of things that really separate the Fresh & Onlys from the garage rock pack they are unfairly lumped in with. On his own, Miles launches some impressively epic-style spacerock. You can stream lead track "Hidden Things Are Asking You to Find Them" at the bottom of this post.
Also below are those Disappears/Fresh & Onlys tour dates, plus Pre Language artwork and tracklisting.
The Psychic Paramount @ Cake Shop
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) -[Bill Pearis]I'd have to agree with that sentiment even though my experience was with the show last night (7/27) at Cake Shop with Spectre Folk. Besides their ongoing dates together, Krautrock is the tie that binds the two; The Psychic Paramount's reverb-drenched prog adheres closer to psychedelia while Disappears uses Krautrock groove as a jumping off point for punk-infused songwriting. Both bands were impressive, albeit in very different ways.
If quality was measured in volume, The Psychic Paramount would win hands down. The band's big bang live show is sustained by near infinite looping run through similarly endless reverb; they literally have reverb for their reverb... mics that capture the band's sound and run it through a Fender twin reverb. Though loud is always good, you definitely don't have to be good to be loud. The Psychic Paramount is most definitely good.
If you can, catch Disappears on the road in the coming months with either The Psychic Paramount or OBITS. Tour dates and more pictures are Cake Shop, where they played with Spectre Folk, are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Twin Sister - "Bad Street" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Your Youth - What Smarts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Class Actress - Keep You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sonny and the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Beats - Puppet on a String (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - After The Moment (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Craft Spells - Party Talk (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gardens & Villa - Star Fire Power (MP3)
Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.
by Bill Pearis
Disappears travel on a high-powered motorik freeway that seems to have few offramps, but the Chicago band are stopping in NYC for two shows as part of their tour with The Psychic Paramount. They play tonight (7/26) at Union Pool and Wednesday (7/27) at Cake Shop.
When Disappears last played NYC back in January, it was one of their first few shows with new drummer Steve Shelley. Even though his indie cred is beyond reproach, Shelley did have some big shoes to fill: original drummer Graeme Gibson's relentless basher style was pretty intrinsic to Disappears' frantic, hypnotic live show. Says frontman Brian Case in a nice interview over at the Voice:
Graeme and Steve are very different drummers. But they both come from the same place that's about doing what's best for the song, so that instantly eliminates a lot of "translation" issues, so to speak. There were a few songs we had to drop out of the set as they were clearly songs made for Graeme's style, but a lot of the new stuff wouldn't be suited to how Graeme plays, so it's just another step in evolution of the band. We've been lucky to have two really strong, distinctive drummers.As good as that January show was, it was still felt transitional. Having had six months to vibe off each other -- and write a whole new album's worth of material togehter -- should hopefully have the band fully back in the groove. After their current tour, which hits the West Coast with Obits next month, Disappears head back into the studio to cut that third album for Kranky. You can stream a demo for one of the songs at the bottom of this post which sounds like they might be downshifting into a lower gear. If you haven't picked up this year's Guider or 2010's Lux, both are highly recommended.
All Disappears tour dates and the new song below.
Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.
The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).
Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
Disappears combine psychedelia, punk, and reverb-soaked krautrock. The Chicago band, whose drummer is now Steve Shelley as you can see in the new band photo above (whether that is long term or not remains to be seen), will hop the pond in May for a set of European dates before heading back to the US to play a string of dates in late July and August. The Psychic Paramount and Obits will hop on the bill for different legs of the tour, and NYC will gets two shows, both with The Psychic Paramount: July 26th at Union Pool and July 27th at Cake Shop. All dates are listed below.
Disappears released their latest LP, Guider, via Kranky earlier this year. Check out "Superstition" from Guider above, if you don't have it already. The Psychic Paramount also released their latest LP II earlier this year.
Steve is also a member of Spectre Folk who play 285 Kent with Woods on April 28th.
All tour dates and some videos, below....
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Gone Completely (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - Good Evening (MP3)
DONWLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Concretes - All Day (Juuso Pikanen remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Weird Wives - EP (mediafire Zip link)
There is a whole of good stuff going on this weekend, so let's get to it. Everyone really needs to go out and see Chicago's Disappears, who play tonight (1/19) at Union Pool and tomorrow (1/20) at Cake Shop. The band's new album, Guider, just came out yesterday and is their second in less than a year. It's 31 minutes of awesome, piledriving, motorik psych-punk. Check out "Superstition" above to get a taste, plus "Gone Completely" from their first album, Lux.
As great as their records are, Disappears really need to be experienced live. These guys lock into a groove and step on the gas and the audience hangs on for the ride. Their show last summer at Union Pool knocked me for a loop. And as previously mentioned, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley is filling in on drums which is an added bonus.
Opening the Union Pool show tonight is Prolix, which is Tunde of TV on the Radio and drummer Ryan Sawyer. The Cake Shop show has Soft and The Sundelles. I can't recommend seeing one of these two shows -- or both -- more highly.
As of right now, there's only about three Vaccines songs to be heard (videos for a couple of them at the bottom of this post) but the band has just announced details of their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, which is out March 21 in the UK. (U.S. date TBA.) If you like early '60s rock n' roll and the Pixies, the Vaccines might just be for you. Personally... I'm curious enough to go see them this week and hope that the live experience will make me see what folks I know at The Fly and NME are so excited about.
What else? Sweden's The Concretes play Bowery Ballroom this Saturday (1/22). The band's new album, WYWH ("Wish You Were Here"), is their second since Victoria Bergsman's departure, though 2007's Hey Trouble didn't get released in the U.S. The album finds the band toying with dance grooves, albiet in a very understated way. It's a nice little record and you can download two tracks and a remix at the top of this post.
Opening are fellow Friendly Fire recording artists Acrylics whose debut album, Lives and Treasure, is out March 1. The album is pretty mellow, which showcases the band's songwriting talents. I miss the more electrified line-up Acrylics sported two years ago but there is no denying the songs. Also playing are Hooray For Earth who are taking a break from recording their debut album to tour with The Concretes.
UPDATE: Weird Wives have cancelled their tour.
You may recognize these guys as most of them are in Surfer Blood. But don't go expecting super-catchy indie rock jams. Weird Wives are loud skronky shouty thrash. You can download an EPs' worth of songs at the top of this post.
That's the big stuff in TWII world. Here are few more worthy shows, day-by-day, of things not listed above.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death put on a pretty rockin' set last night at Glasslands opening for Smith Westerns. Tonight they open for Captain Shafts at Pianos. They're also going to play a free in-store at Co-Op 87 tomorrow (1/20) at 6PM.
Cloud Nothings and Toro Y Moi at Mercury Lounge.
The Drums, Guards and The Hairs (Kevin of Knight School's new band) at Studio at Webster Hall, the $25 ticket benefits former Hot Rod Circuit drummer Dan Duggins who is recovering from a stroke.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Superstition (MP3)
one of them is no longer in the band...
Chicago's awesome Disappears will release their second album, Guider, on January 17 via Kranky. If you heard their debut, Lux, from this year you know what to expect: pummeling, droney, motorik punk, in the sonic wheelhouse where the Stooges run headfirst into Spacemen 3 at a Neu! concert. You can download Guider's lead track, "Superstition," above. You can also watch video of the band performing the actual session that became the album track at the bottom of this post.
The band will be in NYC later that same week for two shows: Wednesday, January 19 at Union Pool and Thursday, January 20 at Cake Shop. I recommend you clear your schedule one of those nights to see them. Their performance at Union Pool back in June pretty much knocked me on my ass. Their records are great, but don't quite convey the intensity of these guys live. Disappears lock into a groove, step on the gas and pile drive it into you. I shot some video of that show that you can watch at the bottom of this post.
Now some bad news/good news. Drummer and founding member Graeme Gibson has left the band: "Totally amicable split - he's moving to a new town and has some awesome opportunities ahead, we couldn't be happier for him" reads a note from the band on their website. Filling in for him for the time being is Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley who should do all right on the kit, especially given his previous guest drumming duties for Hallogallo.
After the NYC dates, Disappears have a few Midwest shows before heading off to Europe in February. All 2011 tour dates, plus some video, is after the jump.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Anxiety (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Goodnight Loving - The Pan (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Goodnight Loving - Nothing Conquers Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Disappears - Gone Completely (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Woven Bones - Guess You Already Knew (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Woven Bones - Your Way With My Life (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ponys - Check the Door (MP3)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring
I haven't been this excited about a weekend of music in a long time. So much so I don't know how I'm gonna fit it all in.
Let's start with Australia's Eddy Current Suppression Ring who play Cake Shop on Friday (6/18) and Death by Audio on Saturday (6/19) (the second show was originally scheduled to take place at Market Hotel). The band have, to me at least, one of the great band origin stories ever: they formed after a drunken Christmas party at the vinyl pressing plant where they all worked. whose new album, Rush to Relax, is one of my favorites of the year so far. Download "Anxiety" from it above. It was was supposedly recorded in six hours though it doesn't sound it. Or maybe it does. There's a definite nervous intensity to it -- ECSR are pretty highly charged in general -- and bristles with energy. A lot of this comes from front man Brendan Suppression, whose delivery sounds like he's pacing the entire time. It's a great album.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring live shows are legendary. (There's video from a recent Sydney show at the bottom of this post.) You'd be dumb to miss them. Both nights are with Pissed Jeans which should add to the insanity. Seriously, go see them!
The Goodnight Loving
The other touring band I'm super-pysched about seeing this weekend is Milwaukee's The Goodnight Loving, who play Silent Barn tomorrow (6/17), then Bruar Falls on Friday (6/18), Cake Shop on Saturday (6/19) and Maxwell's on Sunday (6/20).
As I wrote previously, these fine Midwesterners channel the twangier side of the '60s British Invasion (Out of Our Heads era Stones, or the Kinks around Face to Face) and do it with some great songwriting. There are two MP3s at the top of this post: last year's great single "Nothing Conquers Us" and "The Pan" which is from their new album, The Goodnight Loving Supper Club, due out July 20 on Dirtnap Records.
If you're looking for something to tide you over till then, the band just released a new 12" on Italian label Wild Honey that has five new tracks on one side, and some lovely silk-screened artwork on the flip. I'm hoping they're gonna have copies of that at the merch table. And 2006's Cemetery Trails is excellent too.
The Silent Barn show is with '90s shoegaze lovers Big Troubles, Bright Lights and Fire Season; the Bruar Falls show also has Ex Humans and Bass Drum of Death; the Cake Shop lineup includes SpaceCamp and Prince Rupert's Drops; and at Maxwell's you also get Reigning Sound (one night after they play Southpaw).
The Ponys are in town this weekend playing two shows with fellow Chicagoans Disappears and Austin's Woven Bones: Friday (6/18) at Mercury Lounge and Saturday (6/19) at Union Pool. I think the last time I saw the Ponys was probably at Siren Fest 2004? Can that be? That was around the time of their great first album, Laced with Romance, which still sounds awesome. Quiet since 2007's Turn the Lights Out, The Ponys are back with a new EP, Deathbed Plus 4, that finds them pretty much where you remember them: cranking out catchy, goth-tinged garage. (I wonder if they got the EP name from the cult horror film Death Bed: The Bed That Eats? Probably not.) The goth part comes through loud and clear on "Check the Door" -- downloadable above -- which just maybe sounds a little like Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades."
Ponys guitarist Brian Case fronts Disappears who are worth seeing in their own right. Their new album, Lux, is dark and heavy, kinda Kraut-y, definitely loud and pretty great. So if you like the '80s Flying Nun or Pre-Brix era Fall (or any Fall, really) you should check out Disappears. You can download "Check the Door" at the top of this post.
All three of these bands appeal to the same crowd, but Woven Bones are the sneering-est, scuzziest of the lot. The songs on their new album, In and Out and Back Again (dirty!), are all cut from the same blueprint (the two MP3s above is the extent of their stylistic range) but they are masters of their sound. They're good live, too -- the room seems to heat up whenever they play.
Should mention that the Mercury Lounge show also has The Forgery Series, which is Sohrab from Obits amongst others.
AND A FEW NIGHTLY PICS:
Wednesday, June 16
As previously mentioned (but not in tonight's What's Going On post), tonight's "secret" show at Death By Audio features Bleach Waffles, Mild Touching and, Slankie Morose. And if you can't figure out who that is well... try harder. It's a late one, doors at 11PM, but it's only $5. And a five-spot for some mild touching...that's a bargain.
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The Commune: What are some other bands you're into that you could recommend to our readers that you're into. Not necessarily influences, but contemporary bands out there?Austin's Woven Bones are playing a free South Street Seaport show on July 2nd with Austin's Yellow Fever (who by then will have also opened both Voxtrot shows at Bowery Ballroom).
Andy Burr of Woven Bones: Oh definitely Dum Dum Girls, The Fresh and Only's, Jacuzzi Boys, Crocodiles, Frankie Rose, Reading Rainbow and The Spits.
Before then, Woven Bones will be touring with Chicago garage bands Disappears and The Ponys in June. All three play a June 18th show at Mercury Lounge with The Forgery Series (project of Obits guitarist Sohrab Habibion). Tickets are on sale. Also part of that tour is a show the next night (6/19) at Union Pool. Tickets are on sale.
Woven Bones' new record, In and Out and Back Again, comes out May 18th on HoZac. A track from it is above, and the video for their song "Your Way with My Life" is below. The Ponys also have a new release, their first since 2007's Turn Out The Lights. That EP, Deathbed + 4, came out April 20th (digital) and comes out May 25th (on 12-inch vinyl) on Matador. A song from that is above. Disappears just released their debut LP, Lux on Kranky.
All tour dates are below...
by Bill Pearis
So we asked a load of NYC-area bands to tell us how their 2009 went, via a handy questionnaire. As we get them back we're gonna post them.
Obits on the Jimmy Fallon show - November 2009
This one is from Brooklyn's Obits, a band that features a bunch of indie rock veterans, including frontman Rick Froberg (Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu), guitarist Sohrab Habibion (Edsel) and drummer Scott Gursky (Shortstack). Legend has it, a bootleg of their first gig (Cakeshop, Jan 2008) got them signed to Sub Pop, who earlier this year put out Obits debut, I Blame You -- one of my favorite straight-up rock records of 2009. Obits' next gig is New Years Eve Rock n' Soul Party at The Bell House that also features Eli "Paperboy" Reed (tickets are still on sale).
Sohrab (who you may have caught solo on Saturday when he opened for That Petrol Emotion at the Bell House) was kind enough to answer the questionnaire below... very candidly I might add...