Entries tagged with: Disappears
photo: Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by PSquared)
You may remember that Disappears performed David Bowie's Low in full for a special concert as part of last year's Bowie Changes exhibit at Chicago's MCA. That performance is being released as a live album, Low: Live In Chicago, which will be out next week via Sonic Cathedral (LP) and Italy's Maple Death (cassette). You can watch video of Disappears playing "Sound & Vision" and "Breaking Glass" from the Chicago show below.
Disappears will be performing Low live again a few times on upcoming tour dates, including a London show this month, and at NYC's Baby's All Right on February 20. The Baby's show will also feature an opening set of yet-to-be-released songs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band's last NYC show, about a year ago at Rough Trade, was maybe the best I've ever seen them -- heavy, intense, and their rhythm section is just unstoppable. Definitely go see them if they play near you. The Brooklyn show is part of a short North American tour which includes 'Low' shows at New Hampshire's 3S Artspace and Pittsburgh's Warhol Museum, plus other shows. All tour dates are listed below.
In other news, Disappears frontman Brian Case and musician Justin Walter have formed Bambi Kino Duo. Not to be confused with the similarly named NYC high-concept Beatles cover band, BKD traffik in ambient textures and just released See Heat, which is out now digitally and on cassette. Stream "OKO" from it below.
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
Wire, whose new album you can stream, will be bringing their DRILL Festival to Chicago from June 11-13. (Seattle had DRILL in 2013.) Highlights include the band collaborating with St. Vincent for an extended performance of their song "Drill," as well as working with jazz musicians Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley on a new version of their classic "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" and the fest ends with an "all-star" performance of their debut album's title track by the pinkflag guitar orchestra. There will also be performances by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Disappears, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now, and full daily lineups are listed below.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
by Bill Pearis
Bowie with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias on 'SNL,' 1980
Happy Birthday to David Bowie who turns 68 today. (Today is also Elvis' birthday, he would've been 80.) In tribute, we offer a roundup of recent items related to the Thin White Duke:
It only too 35 years for anyone to notice, but people seem to have just caught on this week that Bowie's 1980 performance of "Boys Keep Swinging" on Saturday Night Live featured a green-screen puppet version of the singer with a giant pop-up penis. It's more than a little ironic, as NBC Censors made the singer remove the lyric "When you're a boy, other boys check you out!" for the performance. The "Boys Keep Swinging" SNL performance is also notable as Klaus Nomi and downtown drag icon Joey Arias are the backup singers. You can watch it, and his SNL performance of "The Man Who Sold the World" from the same episode, below (fast forward to the end if all you want to see is the thrill).
That SNL performance is also when Bowie still had his original extremely British smile, which has since been cleaned up with cosmetic dental work. Some folks preferred his original choppers, such as artist Jessine Hein who has made a hand-sculpted recreation of Bowie's teeth via denture acrylics. See for yourself:
Speaking of art, the "David Bowie Is" exhibit just closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which turned out to be the most popular exhibit in the museum's history! It featured costumes, original pages of lyrics, storyboards, drawings, concept art and more. There was also a related "Bowie Changes" events series that featured talks with St. Vincent, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and more, plus a concert where Disappears played Low in full and Bobby Conn played Station to Station in full. The MCA was the only stop for "David Bowie Is" in the U.S. unfortunately, but there is a commemorative coffee table book.
We haven't heard of any Bowie tribute concerts in NYC, but Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti played City Winery over the weekend (1/3) where he played a few of the songs he worked on, with a few special guests (no, not that special):
The perfectly balanced set of 19 songs was selected from the three or four thousand songs that Visconti has played on, produced or mixed over his fabled career in music. The exceptional highlights for Bowie fans included Suzanne Vega's divine singing on 'The Man Who Sold The World', a haunting version of the dystopian epic 'Sweet Thing/Candidate' sung by Richie Barone and a roof-lifting, barn-storming 'Young Americans' sung by Nakia.Setlist for Tony Visconti's City Winery shows, plus those Bowie SNL videos from 1980, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Disappears will release their new album, Irreal, via Kranky on January 19. These guys don't sit still long, musically, and the new album is very different from what they've done before... though you could still call them krauty post-punk. It's bleak, heavily rhythmic, and more than a little creepy, with lots of space for tension. That headroom and anxiety can really be heard on "Halcyon Days," which slowly builds for nearly three minutes before singer Brian Case steps to the mic. It's dubby, in a Jah Wobble/PiL kind of way, with a haze of feedback floating in the ether. Stream it (via The Quietus) below.
Before Disappears hit the West Coast with UK band Hookworms, they'll tour the East Coast with Montreal's Suuns which makes for a pretty perfect pairing. The NYC show happens at Rough Trade on February 28 and Christines are on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new Disappears song, Irreal's chic album art and tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Hookworms' new album, The Hum, finds the Leeds, UK band amping up their droney, motorik sound. The impetus for this in part was "Radio Tokyo," originally released last year as part of the Too Pure Single Club but re-recorded for the new album. They've just released a video for "Radio Tokyo" and director Sam Wiehl has embued a bit of the rush you get at a Hookworms live show. You can watch it below. The Hum is available in a very cool limited edition pressing on clear vinyl with a die-cut sleeve and bonus 7" that's worth picking up.
You can experience that rush that is a Hookworms live show -- singer/keyboardist MJ goes kinda out-of-body like a Pentecostal preacher -- for yourself when the band head out on their first-ever North American tour in April 2015. Those dates conclude with two NYC shows: Rough Trade on April 17 and Palisades on April 18. Tickets for Palisades are on sale now and tickets for Rough Trade go on sale at noon on Friday (12/5).
by Bill Pearis
Chicago mercurial psych band Disappears seem to morph with every new album and barely resemble their "Stooges meet Spacemen 3" beginnings. The band's new LP is titled Irreal, out January 19 via Kranky, and takes them into further into the dark forest they entered with 2013's Kone. (The more experimental songs on Wire's 154 is a not off-base comparison.) The album was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The National) at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio and you can stream a track from it -- the stark, icy "Another Thought" -- and watch its turbulent video, below.
Disappears were busy with another album recently -- David Bowie's 1977 LP, Low -- which they covered in full at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as part of the series "David Bowie Is." As mentioned, Disappears will be touring the West Coast next year with Hookworms (that is a dynamite pairing). No word on East Coast dates yet, but the band will also be heading to Europe and the UK in January and February and all dates are listed below...
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Bowery Ballroom 2/26/2014
"We don't normally play that one, but it's got 'Queens' in it, so...you know," shrugged Stephen Malkmus after he and The Jicks played "Vanessa from Queens" last night (2/26) at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC shows. Nods to the hometown audience are always appreciated -- there was talk of Red Hook (the neighborhood and the beer) too, and no qualifications needed, I say.
Malkmus and the band seemed in a really good mood, and last night's show was terrific, even though they didn't play a single song from his first solo album, which remains my favorite of his post-Pavement records. They did, though, play most of this year's Wig Out at Jagbags which to me is the most entertaining record SM has made since, and he hit most of the highlights from his other records ("Tigers," "Baby, C'mon"), kept jamming to a minimum (a plus in my book), and even pulled out Pavement's "Father to a Sister of Thought" for the encore. Setlist and pics are in this post.
Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom 2/26/2014
Opening the show were Chicago's Disappears who played a taught, terrific set. The band are on their third drummer (and fourth album) and while that position is certainly a key component to any band, that seat is especially important with a group whose descriptors frequently include "kraut" and "motorik." All respect to #2 drummer Steve Shelley (a pairing that just couldn't last, dude's too busy), but I think new man Noah Leger is a better fit for Disappears. He's an intense, hard-hitting performer and certainly amps up the tension in their music, which these days is less Stooges and more spacey/atmospheric ("Drill" era Wire comes to mind). Hang on to this one, guys.
The Bowery show was Disappears' last date with Stephen Malkmus. Tonight's (2/27) Jicks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold-out) begins their run with Endless Boogie. More pics from Bowery are below...
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)
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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.