Entries tagged with: Dum Dum Girls
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "Coming Down" (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last month we announced that Dum Dum Girls are releasing Only In Dreams (named after the Weezer song?) and touring in support of the album this fall with Crocodiles and Royal Baths. They've since revealed the album cover and the lead single. The track is titled "Coming Down," which makes sense considering they were getting high earlier this year. Grab the MP3 above. Cover art below.
You'll also have a chance to catch Dum Dum Girls' frontwoman Dee Dee play a solo set in NYC even sooner though, and for free at the Wavves show in East River Park (8/25 at 7pm).
Updated tour dates and album art below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Dum Dum Girls in Toronto for NXNE
Dum Dum Girls are following the He Gets Me High EP which was released earlier this year with their second full length Only In Dreams. As opposed to their first full length, I Will Be, which was recorded at home, the new album was done in Josh Homme's (QOTSA) Pink Duck Studios with Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Go-Go's) and Sune Rose Wager of The Raveonettes. The album drops September 27 via Sub Pop.
They'll go on an international tour in support of the album. That tour hits Bowery Ballroom on October 21 and Maxwell's on October 24. Both shows are opened by Crocodiles and Royal Baths. Colleen Green opens up some other dates on the tour too. Ticket info is not available yet but check ticketmaster for the Bowery show and ticketfly for Maxwell's.
Like Cults, Dum Dum Girls recently paid a visit to Toronto for the NXNE fest. A few more pictures from their set there and all tour dates and the new album tracklist, below...
Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The NYC date is one of two US dates for the Dum Dum Girls, who will also play B.O.M.B. Fest in Hartford, CT with Weezer, Best Coast, Health, Titus Andronicus, and many more over over two days (5/28 & 29). Tickets are still available.
Both Crocodiles (who just played MHoW ) and The Dum Dum Girls are also scheduled to play NXNE in Toronto, and eventually, Sled Island in Calgary. Both bands also appear on the recently-released "Flowers in the Dustbin" compilation. All Dum Dum Girls dates and some recent videos below...
Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.
All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.
All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Dum Dum Girls take their minimalism seriously, from their stripped-down girl-group rock to their decision to limit their stage names to a single invented moniker. Singer Dee Dee, guitarist Jules, bassist Bambi, and drummer Sandy barely acknowledged the sold-out crowd at Johnny Brenda's on Saturday night, or each other, for that matter. Dee Dee, whose real name is Kristin Gundred, parted with a few words at the beginning and end of the hour-long set, but other than that, she was all business.One night before the Philly show Dum Dum Girls brought their tour with Dirty Beaches to Bowery Ballroom. As you know, a new iteration of Frankie Rose was also on the bill, as was MINKS who played the same venue with Wild Nothing and Abe Vigoda not long ago. More pictures from the Friday night NYC show, including a semi-legible one of the DDG setlist, are below...
Business, it turned out, was good, good enough to justify the ferocious buzz that has built around the band since it released its first album, I Will Be, last year." [Philadelphia Inquirer]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Widowspeak - Harsh Realm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Esben & the Witch - Warpath (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O. (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mr. Dream - Crime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Duzheknew - Came Out the Other Side (MP3)
We're 1700 miles and two weeks away from the eye of the storm, but you can feel the SXSW hurricane forming from here. People have begun talking about breakfast tacos and the clubs are filling with bands from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK. Even moreso than normal. There is too much going on. Decisions, decisions. Let's get into it.
Dirty Beaches play two shows this week: a headlining slot at Glasslands on Thursday (3/3) and then opening for Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/4). The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. It also kind of sounds like Suicide. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
The Glasslands show also has Austinites (and TWII faves) YellowFever on the bill, as are Widowspeak whose new single is out now on Captured Tracks (the a-side is downloadable above), and Ela Orleans. Plus, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls is DJing. This should be a good night.
As should Dum Dum Girls' show on Friday. Their new EP, He Gets Me High, came out on Sub Pop this week and you can download the title track at the top of this post. I loved DDGs' debut, but I think these new tracks are a definite improvement: a little tougher, the production's better and the songs are solid. And I dig the Smiths cover as well.
Former Dum Dum Girls drummer Frankie Rose is also on the bill, and she has dropped The Outs from her name... and the band. This show will mark the debut of her new group and perhaps a new sound? We shall see. Frankie is promising mostly new songs for this one and I'm curious as to what Frankie Rose Mark 2 will be like.
Rounding out the Bowery line-up are MINKS. Tickets are still available.
Esben and the Witch
Also here this week are UK neogoths Esben & the Witch who play The Bell House on Friday (3/4) and then Mercury Lounge on Saturday (3/5). While I'm not crazy about their debut album, Violet Cries, which meanders a bit and generally takes too long to get going, I do recommend going to see them live. Guitarist Daniel Copeman rivals The Edge or Kevin Shields for the Most Effects Pedals award and the sounds he creates with them is genuinely mesmerising. He is also a whirlwind onstage. They are so much more compelling live, and worth giving a shot even if the record does nothing for you.
Opening the Mercury Lounge show is Wise Blood who has gotten a lot of love from Pitchfork, Altered Zones, GvB, etc. The alter-ego of Chris Laufman, Wise Blood is firmly in the low fi sample-based collage world. Some of it is pretty interesting for sure -- check out a track at the top of this post -- but I'm always a bit dubious about seeing this kind of stuff live. Maybe he'll pull it off. Maybe he'll be the next How to Dress Well. How was he last night at Glasslands with Young Magic? Wise Blood will also be at SXSW.
Representing Canada this week are Duzheknew and Cousins who play Bruar Falls on Sunday (3/6) and Death by Audio on Monday (3/7). Both bands hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- a town that hasn't had much of a scene (from what I can tell) since its '90s heyday of Sloan, Eric's Trip, Jale and Thrush Hermit. Duzheknew, from the tracks I've heard (like the one at the top of this post), sound somewhere between Wolf Parade (vocally), early Talking Heads and their hometown indie elder statesman. Cousins are a little more straight-up garage rock. Both sound pretty good.
And now onto some local action. Mr. Dream's debut album, Trash Hit, was released this week and will certainly appeal to those with a fondness for early '90s indie rock, be it Nirvana, The Pixies, Jesus Lizard, etc. Which is to say it's loud, it rocks, there is some yelling and snarling... but it's also got hooks, no shortage of tunes, and badass flinty basslines all over the place. You don't have to remember the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien to dig Mr. Dream. As far as I'm concerned this kind of stuff is timeless. You can download "Crimes" at the top of this post and stream the entire album via a widget below.
Mr Dream celebrate Trash Hit's release this Friday (3/4) at Glasslands, with Sleepies and Fort Lean (making their debut) along for the ride. I also hear Derek from Sleigh Bells will be performing as well, but not sure exactly in what capacity. Mr. Dream will tour with Sleigh Bells in April.
Another Record Release show is happening Friday night, this time at Cake Shop where Shark? celebrate the birth of their new 7" single "Kreegah." It's too bad Shark? and Mr. Dream couldn't have coordinated their parties together as Shark?'s straight-up, super-catchy indie rock would have made a great opening act. You can stream both sides of the single below. Personally, I'm partial to the b-side, "You Don't Love Me (Anymore)." Both songs will be on the band's debut album, True Waste, which was produced by Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone and should be out sometime soon?
Shark? hit the road next week, touring with the Sundelles on their way down to SXSW. Sundelles also have a show coming up at Glasslands with Cloud Nothing and Craft Spells. All tour dates are below.
And that is basically it for this week. Expect an equally-lengthy TWII next week. A few more day-by-day picks below:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Tennis, La Sera, and Holiday Shores team up for their first of two NYC shows together, tonight at Bowery Ballroom. They then play The Bell House on Thursday (3/3).
Norway's Heroes & Zeroes play Pianos tonight before heading to Alaska to play a string of gigs in Alaska, believe it or not. Tonight's show is an eclectic bill to say the least, with with French psycho noiserockers Headwar and Koonda Holaa adding to the strangeness.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls have a new EP, He Gets Me High, coming out March 1 on Sub Pop containing three new songs and a rockin' cover of The Smiths' morbid romance classic "There is a Light That Never Goes Out." The record was produced by Richard Gottehrer (who mixed DDG's debut I Will Be) and Raveonettes' front-man Sune Rose Wagner. You can download the EP's title track via a widget at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls head out on tour next week with Dirty Beaches who are signed to Zoo Music, the label Dee Dee runs with hubbie Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles. The two bands play Bowery Ballroom on March 4 with a couple other locals on the bill too: Frankie Rose & the Outs and Minks.
The pseudonym of Montreal artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, Dirty Beaches sound like a band invented by David Lynch (or maybe Jim Jarmusch), like a half-remembered dream infected by an oldies station playing on a vintage transistor radio. Dirty Beaches' forthcoming album, Badlands (out March 29 and pictured above), is at times pretty, twangy and vaguely sinister. He's definitely got a vision to what he's doing. Check out "Lord Knows Best" at the top of this post for a sample.
Dirty Beaches are also playing a headline show at Glasslands on Thursday, March 3, the day before the Dum Dum Girls show. Also playing are YellowFever, Widowspeak, and Ela Orleans, plus Dee Dee is DJing at midnight.
While generally on the subject of Dee Dee and Brandon's label, Zoo Music are giving away a compilation of the label's first eight 7"s (the a-sides) over at Amazon with music from Dirty Beaches, Crocodiles, Woven Bones, Reading Rainbow and more.
All Dum Dum Girls and Dirty Beaches tour dates, plus the DDGs download widget, are below.
Julian Lynch at Glasslands (more by Erez Avissar)
Julian Lynch has announced a new Brooklyn show happening in a short two-and-a-half weeks from now, and just a week after he and fellow Underwater Person Andrew Cedermark open for Titus Andronicus and Real Estate on New Years Eve. Julian will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on January 7th with Big Troubles and fellow Underwater Peoples Family Portrait. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon. More dates for all bands are listed below.
In addition to a DC date with Julian, Big Troubles will also play January 3 at Monster Island Basement with The Babies (aka the Vivian Girls/Woods side project) and January 21st at Glasslands with MINKS (tickets). All Big Troubles dates are listed below.
The MINKS show is the band's album release party for By the Hedge which is due via Captured Tracks on Jan 11th. The band is also on board for a tour with Dum Dum Girls which will include Bowery Ballroom on March 4th with Frankie Rose & The Outs. Tickets are still available.
Album streams of Lynch's recent Mare and Big Troubles' recent Worry, and all tour dates, below...
A few days after canceling their tour due to a family emergency, the Dum Dum Girls posted the above picture to Facebook with the note, "R.I.P. to the original Dee Dee. May her face grace record collections all over the world." Though that's not the exact picture above, as "Dee Dee" of the Dum Dum Girls once wrote, her mom's "senior year high school yearbook photo is on the cover of Dum Dum Girls' first 12-inch." Her mom's picture is also on the cover of their debut full length, I Will Be, that was released via Sub Pop in March. I hope she's hanging in there. R.I.P. original Dee Dee.
Dum Dum Girls will return to the stage on December 21st for a one-off LA show with Abe Vigoda. They'll return to the road in February for a tour that has them at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on March 4th. No word yet on who will be touring with them, though I vote for Crocodiles who cancelled their tour for the same reason. If that happens, then there would be dueling indie rock couple touring going on, as Wavves and Best Coast will be on the road together around the same time.
All Dum Dum Girls dates below...
Dee Dee & a Crocodile @ Woodsist Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"SO SAD TO ANNOUNCE WE MUST CANCEL THE REMAINDER OF OUR SHOWS WITH THE VASELINES AS WELL AS OUR OWN. DEE DEE NEEDS TO GO HOME TO BE WITH HER FAMILY. SOMETIMES LIFE IS FUCKED UP. MUCH LOVE & RIP TO ARI UP & ANDY KOTOWICZ AS WELL." - Dum Dum Girls
Crocodiles were scheduled to play Maxwell's Tuesday. Dum Dum Girls were supposed to headline Music Hall of Willamsburg on November 1st. Both bands were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest. All cancelled DDG dates below...
photos by Josh Darr
Dum Dum Girls at Aragon Ballroom
"Dum Dum Girls opened the [Radio City] show [on September 16th] and Dee Dee was sick- she was actually taken to a doctor immediately after the show but she put on a brave performance for a crowd that was still filing in. Didn't matter- seeing friend's band play at Radio City Music Hall in NYC: check." [CatDirtSez]Dum Dum Girls will go from one Music Hall to another, as the band who recently played the massive stage of Radio City Music Hall (where they supported Vampire Weekend) will now headline a date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1st with support TBA as part of a larger US tour that will also incude an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. Tickets go on sale Thursday (9/23) at noon.
After those recent dates with Vampire Weekend and Beach House, Dum Dum Girls played their own show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn before linking up with another band large enough to fill up Radio City on multiple nights, MGMT. The two bands are currently touring Europe through middle October. Hopefully Dee Dee is feeling better...
"Dee Dee was in much better health for [the Knitting Factory] show and it came through in the performance. The crowd was enthusiastic. The girl in front of me actually got out her filp phone and texted "ddg r killing it" right in front of me in conspicuous fashion. Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs/Captured tracks and Wes Eisold of Cold Cave were there. I also read that the lead singer of Vampire Weekend and David Cross were there too but I didn't see them." [CatDirtSez]Meanwhile, former Dum Dum Girl and current member of Frankie & The Outs, Frankie Rose, played a record release show at Glasslands last week. Their next NYC show on the calendar will take place at Coco66 on 10/22 as part of a CMJ show with Tamaryn and Light Asylum.
San Francisco's Tamaryn, who is signed to Mexican Summer and who you could easily mistake for a member of the Dum Dum Girls in the above picture (their songs are not so dissimilar either), also plays the Mexican Summer CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Thursday, October 21st with Lower Dens, Robert Lester Folsom, Viva L'American Death Ray Music, Soldiers Of Fortune, and No Joy. Tickets are on sale. The two NYC shows are Tamaryan's only upcoming dates at the moment. Grab "Love Fade" and a mixtape Tamarayn made above, and check out the video for the same song below. Tamaryn's album The Waves is out now.
Before DDG/BH/VW played Radio City, the band tagged Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 9/5. Pictures from that show adorn this post, and more are below, along with all dates...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"Beach House killllllllllllled it, radio city music hall is gorgeous" - Luisa Opalesky
"So turns out that Beach House is an incredible live band - made braving the teen-prep vampire weekend crowds worthwhile~" - Sam Thurman
"Mom if you really love me you would let me go to the Vampire Weekend concert. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease )':" - Tanya Ramos
Ezra and his unstoppable jazz hands
Us Weekly, with host Mary J. Blige, honored the 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers of 2010. The magazine says its list "celebrates the 25 quintessential New York celebs who make the city so uniquely chic."While the popped-collar-and-boat-shoe crew was being honored in one part of town, they were filling the hallowed halls of Radio City Music Hall with their African-inspired rhythms last night (9/15) as part one of a three night stay at the venue which continues tonight 9/16, and tomorrow, 9/17. Dum Dum Girls and Beach House had their backs last night, as they will for the next two. Tickets are still available to tonight's show.
Most Stylish New Yorker Mary J. Blige hosted the evening, which honored Katie Couric, Will Arnett, Olivia Munn, Rachael Ray, Iman, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Chenoweth, Bethenny Frankel, George Stephanopoulos, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Scott Disick, Gail Simmons, Kelly Cutrone, MSNBC anchor and Today Show contributor Tamron Hall, Olivia Palermo, Alexis Bledel, Swizz Beatz, Yaya DaCosta, Simon Doonan, Jonathan Adler, Vampire Weekend, bloggers The Sartorialist Scott Schuman & Garance Doré, DJ Kiss, Lisa Capparelli, and club owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano. -[Fox]
In other news, Ezra of Vampire Weekend appears on a new iTunes-only track by Chromeo from their out-now Business Casual LP. Stream that track under the rest of the Radio City pictures, below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Flash a Hungry Smile (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dominant Legs - About My Girls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose & the Outs - Candy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Red Mass - Saturn (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - Black Girls in Dresses (MP3)
Looks like there are still a few tickets to go see Mystery Jets tonight at Mercury Lounge now that the band have sorted out their visa issues after having to cancel last night's show (which I was going to go to). Frank at Chromewaves caught them in Toronto on Monday night:
Over the course of an hour, they split their set evenly between Serotonin and its predecessor, 2008's Twenty-One, and gave the respectably-sized crowd something to get boisterous about - which they did, right through to the soaring encore-closer "Dreaming Of Another World". Any concerns about what would happen to the rest of the tour were set aside in favour of just enjoying the moment.Looking through Frank's photos of the show, I was happy to see Mystery Jets aren't sporting any fashion disasters (see above) like when they played at Bowery Ballroom last year. That may sound superficial but it is distracting when a band you really like dresses like Blanche from Golden Girls. As I've said before, I was a huge fan of 2008's Twenty One and think their new one, Serotonin, is maybe better even if nothing on it quite reaches the highs of "Young Love" and "Two Doors Down."
If you're going, be sure to get there early for L.A.'s Dominant Legs whose new EP on Lefse records I like a lot. Any band that lists The Style Council as an influence is gonna grab my attention, at least enough to listen to it. They played last night at Mercury Lounge, their first NYC show, and reports on Twitter seemed to be pretty positive.
Frankie & the Outs @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mystery Jets' cancellation last night has thrown a wrench into my schedule. I had planned on spending the evening at Glasslands for the Frankie Rose & the Outs' record release party but now I'm gonna hope the show goes late enough that I can do both tonight (9/15). We'll see how this works out. If nothing else I can pick up the record a week early tonight at the merch table. It's a really good album that, if maybe a little economical in the lyrical department, definitely showcases Rose's ease with hooks and harmonies. Check out an MP3 of the single "Candy" above and you can watch the Carrie-inspired video for the song -- which just premiered -- at the bottom.
It should be a fun night all around. Light Asylum, who the Outs shared the bill for their first-ever show last Halloween, headline the party, with opening slots from psych mystics Mirror Mirror and Pigeon who I can't find any info on. (But there are at least three other bands currently called Pigeon so you might want to rethink the name.) MINKS were originally supposed to play but seem to have fallen off the bill.
Dum Dum Girls
I have to imagine Frankie's pals Dum Dum Girls will be in attendance tonight (you can spot Dee Dee in the "Candy" video near the end) if they can make it in time following the first of their three gigs opening for Vampire Weekend this week at Radio City Music Hall. I would kind of like to see DDGs there, actually, as their echo-y girl group vibe could sound amazing with the venue's acoustics. But I'm not gonna. I might, however, try to catch them on Saturday night (9/18) at Knitting Factory where they'll play with Girls at Dawn and Reading Rainbow. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut has stayed in constant rotation since coming out out in March.
While we're on the subject of bands with whom Frankie Rose used to play drums, Crystal Stilts finally seem to be getting around to making a second record. A new single, "Shake the Shackles," is due out on Slumberland Records on October 21, their first new material in 18 months. The band have struggled a bit post-Frankie, and the last time I saw them play live (Fall 2009 I think) they seemed pretty out of sorts. But both sides of the new single is good -- you can listen to it at the bottom of this post -- and hopefully they've really shaked those shackles and rebounded.
Red Mass @ M For Montreal 2009 (more)
What else? Montreal art punks Red Mass will be here this weekend for two shows: Friday at Party Expo and Saturday at Death by Audio. Both shows are with X-ray Eyeballs. Somewhere between the Damned's goth-tinged punk and Nuggets era psych-garage, Red Mass also bring a sense of theatrics to their live performances. Frontman Choyce (late of CCP Gangbangs) has no problem with high concept and brings the Red to the stage -- both times I've seen them, the band dressed entirely in shades of crimson. But the music still does most of the talking. If you like this kind of thing at all, Red Mass are not to be missed.
Red mass are on their first real tour of the States -- well, the East Coast -- and they'll hook up with King Khan & the Shrines along the way. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
And finally, Superchunk are here this weekend, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (9/18) and MHoW on Sunday (9/19). Both shows are sold out, but you can still see them at Other Music on Sunday afternoon (1PM). I've also had good luck getting tickets at MHoW at the box office day of show, so if you're without a ticket it's worth a try.
Even if you don't get to see them, you've still got their seriously awesome new album, Majesty Shredding. No phoning it in here, this is classic Superchunk. Over at Emusic, Michaelangelo Matos wrote a great review of the record and the opening paragraph really nails it:
Superchunk sound like they've been listening to a lot of Superchunk. Well, of course -- what else would they sound like? But think about that for a second. Most bands slow down as they age because most people slow down as they age: Sonic Youth isn't about to start flirting with hardcore again; the Rolling Stones will never cut another "She Said Yeah." That's nature. But Superchunk 2010 could be easily mistaken for Superchunk 1991 -- the tempo hasn't moved and the scrappiness hasn't budged. And scrappy is what this band does.Majesty Shredding is loaded with classic Superchunk Moments, from new single "Digging for Something" (you've seen the video by now, right?) to the manic "Crossed Wires" (a 7" from last summer) to my favorite song, the anthemic "Hot Tubes." It's so great to see a band 20 years into its career knock one out of the park.
That's enough for this week. A few more picks for the week, of things I didn't cover above, day by day:
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 15
I've been listening a lot to this Translations digital single which you can download for free. Both "sides" are really good, kind of Flying Nun/GbV style indie. Haven't seen them live but they play tonight at The Woods in Williamsburg. It's a free show.
Power pop fans should head straight to the Rock Shop for Tommy Keene, Title Tracks and Valley Lodge.
by Bill Pearis
Euguene Kelley and Frances McKee are set to release the first Vaselines album in 20 years and they'll be touring to support it too. They'll be at Webster Hall in NYC on October 6 and tickets go on sale at noon. The new LP, Sex With An X, is out September 14 on Sub Pop. Here's the company line:
Recorded outside Manchester at the Analogue Catalogue studio in Mossley with Julie McLarnon engineering and produced by Jamie Watson who produced that first album Dum Dum, Sex With An X was recorded the old-fashioned way: twelve songs in thirteen days (plus two b-sides). The Vaselines ca. 2010 is Eugene and Frances with guest musicians Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea from Belle & Sebastian on guitar and bass, and Michael McGaughrin from the 1990s on drums. It may have taken The Vaselines 20 years to get round to making this baby, but it was worth the wait--bringing their solo careers to a climax. The irony has not been lost. Who says indie music can't be fun? No hand-wringing on these tracks--just good clean smut with a twist of bitter.Having heard the whole thing, I can say that it not only doesn't suck but is right up their with their original output -- smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. Surprise of the year. Download "I Hate the '80s" at the top of this post.
And with Jackson, Kildea and McGaughrin in their band, they are probably better live performers than they were back then. Their Music Hall of Williamsburg show last May, one night after they played Bowery Ballroom, was one of my favorites of 2009. It's worth going to see them for the in-between song banter alone -- McKee swears like a sailor.
No support has been announced yet for the Webster Hall show, but Dum Dum Girls, who have upcoming NYC shows of their own, will open elsewhere on their tour. Conversely, The Vaselines will open for Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub at select (non-NYC) dates as well. All Vaselines tour dates and the new album cover are below...
Frankie Rose as Dum Dum Girl @ Webster Hall (more by Brian Reilly)
WebCuts Music: You've just had band practice -- how are you sounding today?Thanks Anonymous for the link to the above interview which confirms that Frankie Rose is no longer a member of the Dum Dum Girls who are about to tour with Crocodiles and Vampire Weekend.
Dee Dee Dum Dum Girl: We're sounding great. I'll let you in on a secret we've had a line-up change so we have a new drummer and our bass player is now singing. It's been a pretty intense week of rehearsals. We've had a lot of ground to cover.
WebCuts Music: What's going on there? Is it musical chairs in Dum Dum Girls?
Dee Dee Dum Dum Girl: Not so much musical chairs, Frankie Rose was drumming for us and she also sang, so we have a drummer now who's just drumming. So it was a matter of teaching Bambi the high harmonies so that we would still have those.
WebCuts Music: Was that because Frankie was just too busy? She's spent that much time in that many times, did she have other stuff to do?
Dee Dee Dum Dum Girl: She finally has got her own project underway and has been working on a record and she's not the hugest fan of touring, she would probably do it for her own band. But it was probably time to do her own thing.
As previously also mentioned, Frankie (Rose) & the Outs play a Northside Festival show on June 26th. They also play another Brooklyn show on July 17th with at "TBA" with "Special Guests".
UPDATE: There's also a mysterious show this Wednesday night, June 16th, at Death By Audio which Frankie may or may not know something about.
PREVIOUSLY: Frankie Rose leaves Crystal Stilts, starts band
DOWNLOAD: Crocodiles - Sleep Forever (MP3)
the Crocodiles, a Dum Dum Girl & Santa...
Crocodiles will be geting ready to release their new album, Sleep Forever, while on tour with Dum Dum Girls this summer along the West Coast. The LP will be out September 14th on Fat Possum. The above title-track will be released as a 7" before that, on August 17th with (double?) b-side "Groove Is in the Heart/California Girls." The album was produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford (whose also worked on albums by Arctic Monkeys, Peaches and Klaxons). Live, the group has expanded into a five-piece, with drummer Alianna Kalaba, bassist Marco Gonzalez and keyboardist Robin Eisenberg.
After their tour with Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls hit the road with Vampire Weekend and Beach House on an August/September tour that includes three nights at Radio City. Tickets are still on sale for those.
Dum Dum Girls now also have a headlining show of their own the night after the Radio City run set for Saturday, September 18th at Knitting Factory. Philly's garage duo Reading Rainbow open. Tickets are on sale.
Dum Dum Girls member Frankie Rose has a show coming with The Outs up as part of the Northside Festival on June 26th... which is odd because that is when Dum Dum Girls are in Washington... All tour dates below...
Jamie Lidell @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* The Donnas @ Gramercy Theatre
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Concrete Blonde @ Webster Hall
* Hezekiah Walker @ Von King Park
* Stephen Steinbrink @ Bruar Falls
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theater
* Lovemonster, Zongo Junction @ The Cameo
* Junip, Hanne Hukkelberg @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jay Brannan, Plushgun @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Jamie Lidell, Alex B @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Puttin on the Ritz, Bryan and The Haggards @ Zebulon
* Conversion Party, Radical Dads, Golden Girls @ Glasslands
* School of Seven Bells, ArpLine, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Baby Alpaca, Maus Haus, Natureboy, CAVES, Peggy Sue @ Pianos
* Aerosols, My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary, The Surprisers @ Silent Barn
* Ensemble Laboratorium, Katherine Young, Flutronix @ Issue Project Room
* Starring, Skeletons, Unstoppable Death Machines, Magnetic Island @ Death By Audio
* Black Taxi, Deadbeat Darling, Reckless Sons, Ignacio @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Miracles of Modern Science, Albertans, Royal Chains, Quiet Loudly @ Cake Shop
* Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs, She Keeps Bees, Leisurely @ Knitting Factory
* Calverton, Rico Tubbs, Class Actress, Dominique Young Unique, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Girls Who Rock Benefit Concert w/ Kat DeLuna, Lenka, MoZella, Shontelle, Cara Salimando, Kelli Pyle @ Santos Party House
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A video of Skeletons Big Band's set at Roulette on June 8th is posted below. Skeletons (normal & big band) play tonight at Death by Audio at a release show for Starring's latest.
Dum Dum Girls' new video for "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout", below...
Dum Dum Girls @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Dum Dum Girls are touring with their very good friends Crocodiles in June and July along the West Coast (Dum Dum frontwoman Dee Dee is married to Brandon from Crocs, who played as part of the band at their first show in 2009 and on their LP).
After that, Dum Dum Girls go on tour with Beach House and Vampire Weekend beginning in the end of August. That includes the three-night Radio City run. Both bands open on all three days from September 15th-September 17th. Tickets for all of those are still on sale. All dates listed below.
Beach House's summer shows also include another NYC gig - Prospect Park with the National on July 27th (that is currently sold out).
You can download two Dum Dum Girls songs - (via their label Sub Pop, "the first, 'Bhang, Bhang, I'm a Burnout,' is the second song from their Sub Pop debut, I Will Be...the second is 'Pay for Me,' which was previously only available on their Record Store Day split with Male Bonding") - here. You can download two more above.
Dum Dum Girls playing "Bhang Bhang" live, other videos, plus all Dum Dum Girls & Beach House tour dates (including the stops on DDG's current European tour), are below...
photos by Brian Reilly
"GIRLS doesn't yet have the power to sell-out Webster Hall, a feat fellow indie giants BEACH HOUSE accomplished in days. But it sure as shit looked like they sold that bitch out, the last row's backs were mashed against the bar. And with good reason. GIRLS 2009 LP Album is packed tight with authentic 60s-touched pop songs spanning all sorts of genres. Christopher Owens is as enigmatic a frontman as you will probably ever find, and Chet White freezes his bass his lines are so cool. Yeah, it's pretty obvious why Webster Hall nearly filled to capacity. Most of the show was pretty slow, and I'll be honest I wish I had a nice couch that shit would have been raw. But it was kinda worth it to stand for the moments when GIRLS straight blew-up onstage. GIRLS does bounce between genres, and they land on slow jams more often than not. But they also stop on land mines, and nowhere is that more evident than on Lust For Life, which is so clearly their best song it's just so phenomenal. And GIRLS just can't help but be GIRLS, putting flowers all over the stage (flowers are kinda their signature) and having a frontman who's legit a little bit crazy. During Lust For Life, Owens lowered his guitar and slung his left leg over the neck, while still playing, as he sang "instead I'm just crazy, I'm totally mad." Yeah." [Right Hear]Girls and Dum Dum Girls are on tour together. That tour took over Webster Hall for a few hours on Saturday night (4/3). Cambridge's Leisure opened the show (like they'll do four more times on the tour). More pictures from it, and some videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Soft Pack @ Cake shop in Feb (more by Gabi Porter)
The Soft Pack are here again, the first real shows in town they've played since releasing their debut album on Kemado: tonight (3/31) at Maxwell's, tomorrow (4/1) at Mercury Lounge, and Saturday (4/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I've seen these guys a zillion times (and written about them nearly as much) but they remain one of my favorite current live acts. That said, I'm just a tad bit more excited about the bands who they've brought with them on tour: Nodzz, Beaters, and Male Bonding.
Geeky, funny, tuneful Nodzzz were relatively quiet in 2009 -- at least compared to some of their San Franciscan brethren -- touring early in the year and only releasing one single. Mind you, it was an excellent one, "True to Life," which made by Best of the 2009 list. They're bound to have a new record in the works, so hopefully we'll get a bunch of fresh tunes.
Beaters, from The Soft Pack's hometown of San Diego, are signed to Zoo Music, the label run by husband/wife duo Brandon of Crocodiles and head Dum Dum Girl, DeeDee. If you're familiar with their roster at all, you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect: dark, over-caffeinated, paranoid, heavy on the reverb. You can check out their single "Fishage" at the top of this post.
The Music Hall of Williamsburg show adds UK punks (and Sub Pop signees) Male Bonding who also play with The Smith Westerns and So Cow on Sunday (4/4) at Mercury Lounge.
Of the two, I find Dom a little more interesting. There's some of that fifth-generation cassette tape chillwave sound going on, no doubt (which I'm getting a little waterlogged from frankly). But they've got some good songs under that hiss (check out "Bochicha" on their MySpace) and appear to play real drums and guitars (as well as crappy old synths) so I have hopes that their live show will prove less gauzy.
Golden Girls are more straight-up indie rock, a duo on recordings but are a four-piece live. Raucous and on the sloppy side, and with a single about cigarettes, you can draw a line from Golden Girls back to the Replacements pretty easily. They've only got two singles out so far, and I'm definitely curious to hear more.
A few more picks, by night, to take you through the weekend, along with tour dates and videos and stuff, below...
"Hello, and welcome to Portland, Oregon," quipped James Mercer, as he and Danger Mouse greeted the freezing crowd at Mog Day Party on the final day of SXSW. A 40-degree drop in temperature from Friday caused flip-flops and t-shirts to be replaced by hoodies, coats and gloves. Broken Bells were just one of several excellent bands that filled the indoor and outdoor venues of the Mohawk.
I finally made it downtown before 2pm by taking the rather efficient Metro Capitol bus. Traffic along I-35 into downtown took almost an hour the day before from just 10 minutes north. Arriving a little after noon Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers were already on inside. Ray was squeezing the hell out of that squeezbox and her raspy, scowling voice was alarming so early in the day. It certainly set a tone. And Free Energy complete with free cassettes started things outside with their unabashed good times garage rock.
Back inside The Dum Dum Girls were up next with more of the same hazy lo-fi pop that drummer Frankie Rose was laying down the night before on the same stage with her band. I skipped back outside for Demolished Thoughts though Andrew WK (an advertised member along with Thurston Moore and J Mascis) was absent and the bassist for Fucked Up was filling in. It was thrashing punk stuff with silly songs like the 45-second "I Hate Kids" (those were the lyrics) followed by the 45-second "I Hate Sports" (some videos below).
Then it was back inside for a little dance - hip hop with Rye Rye and then back outside for Broken Bells - who kept busy at the festival. For a band only a couple months old they were tight and the songs sounded great. Inside again for Freelance Whales and then back outside for The Antlers, back inside for Real Estate and finally back outside for the Black Keys who straight up killed. Mercer and Danger Mouse (who produced the Keys' Attack & Release) and members of the Antlers were sidestage rocking out. The crowd was hanging over rails and pushing in toward the stage. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had everyone riveted and rocking. Certainly the most polished performance of the day, perhaps the festival.
Unexpectedly, as I ventured back to the convention center, I stumbled upon Fanfarlo about to perform in Brush Square with free drinks (Shiner Bock!) and heaters to keep the tent warm. Fantastic live show. "If we knew there were going to be so many photographers, we'd have done better," quipped multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas about the the band's appearance.
For the evening it was all about finishing strong. I made my way to the Victorian Room at the Driskill for Miss Li who was great and her band was stellar, over to St. David's Bethel Hall to see some Texas bands as part of the Western Vinyl Showcase, including an unimpressive Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I decided to go all out and dashed over to Barbarella for the excellent Best Coast who also played a couple of new songs that sounded really good. Back to St. David's for the ambient Sleep Whale (formerly MOM) from Denton, TX down to Paradise for crazy afro-beat inflected dance music courtesy of New York's Tanlines (it was a full-on dance party.) Finally, it was back over to St. David's for the beautiful, classical-leaning experimental band Balmorhea.
by Bill Pearis
It's another jam-packed week of shows. In addition to Taken By Trees, El Perro Del Mar and The Soundtrack of our Lives, here's some of the ones I'm excited about.
tonight (2/16): New Cantora Records signees Bear Hands play The Studio at Webster Hall. You can download the band's percussion-heavy new single "What a Drag" for free from their website if you're willing to give them your email address. You can also watch the video at the bottom of this post.
Also tonight (2/16), Beast kick off what is now a run of three NYC shows. As we pointed out earlier today, "Beast are at the Living Room tonight. They play the Cameo tomorrow night late...and they've added an early set at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, where the show is with Fight Like Apes, Honor By August, Stationary Set and Tryptics."
This week is last of Savoir Adore's February Thursdays residency at Cake Shop and we've got a pair of tickets up for grabs. Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM and we'll pick a winner at random. In addition to Savoir Adore (have I mentioned their album made my Best of 2009 list?), it's another good group of openers. The Bloodsugars make '80s-inspired widescreen pop that at times sounds uncannily like Prefab Sprout -- and good Prefab Sprout, not "hot dog jumping frog Albequerque" Prefab Sprout. Which is to say these folks know their way around big pop hooks, and are kind of a perfect match with Savoir Adore. You can download "Light at the End of the Tunnel" from last year's underrated I Can't Go On, I'll Go On at the top of this post.
Also on Thursday (2/18), Dan Black is in town at Mercury Lounge. There's a new version of Dan's single "Symphonies" that features Kid Cudi, and you can watch the new video for it at the bottom of this post.
Bear in Heaven @ Mercury Lounge in January (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
A few more shows. Bear in Heaven, who were just great at Mercury Lounge a couple weeks back, play Glasslands on Friday night (2/19) with Secret Machines. What I like about them live is that you can tell they all really enjoying being in Bear in Heaven and playing these songs. They're just a lot of fun to watch, and they're pretty tight too with a drummer beats the shit out of his instrument.
Secret Machines are headlining, a band I haven't seen play in some time but have always liked. They've got a trippy, string-heavy new single, "Like I Can," that you can listen to on their website. Also playing what sounds like a full evening are electro rock quintet Mon Khmer, Noveller and Papa.
Saturday (2/20) marks the end of The Beets/Beach Fossils/Christmas Island tour where they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg along with German Measels and headliners Crystal Stilts who I still haven't managed to catch since Frankie Rose left the drummer's chair.
Dum Dum Girls
Speaking of Frankie, she'll be pulling double duty Sunday night at Mercury Lounge where her own bandThe Outs will open for Dum Dum Girls (she's their drummer). DDG's debut album for Sub Pop is about six weeks away but you can download the album's first single, "Jail La La," at the top of this post. (It's out on 7" today with a nice cover of the Stones' "Play With Fire" on the flip.) I'm usually not one for re-recording songs that have already been released, but I actually think this recording is spruces things up just enough without unraveling their reverby gauze. After heading to London for a few shows, Dum Dum Girls will be back for SXSW and then will go on tour with Girls in April. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Frankie & the Outs are really coming along as a band too, and thought they were fantastic at Monster Island this past weekend. The vocal harmonies in particular are the band's strong point, with a bit of soul in there too actually, kind of like some late-'60s girl rockers. I'd love to hear them cover The Kelly Affair/Carry Nation's "Sweet Talking Candy Man" from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. But maybe that's just me.
Also playing are Dum Dum Girls' Sub Pop labelmates Happy Birthday, whose super-catchy song "Girls FM" is downloadable at the top of this post. It's power pop, but kind of gritty/garagy and makes me anxious to hear more.
That's it for this week. Flyers, videos and tour dates after the jump...
Girls @ Bowery Ballroom in Nov (more by Vincent Cornelli)
San Francisco's Girls are currently on the road with their friends the Smith Westerns and Magic Kids, the many-membered pop group from Memphis who played NYC last July and whose debut LP, it was just announced, comes out later this year on True Panther Sounds (which is now part of Matador and also the label that put out the Girls record).
Girls will go on tour across North America this April with Sub Pop signees Dum Dum Girls. The trip finishes at Coachella, but before that, the bands will play a Saturday, April 3rd show at Webster Hall. Tickets on sale soon.
The Smith Westerns will also be in NYC in April - two shows were just announced. They'll play Market Hotel on April 3rd (the same night Girls are at Webster), and then Mercury Lounge with Sub Pop signees Male Bonding on April 4th (tickets on sale Friday at noon).
Dum Dums will be in the UK at the end of February and SXSW in March, where you can see Magic Kids as well. All tour dates and a video of Magic Kids at Goner Fest '09 and around town are below...
by Bill Pearis
The '80s-era indie power-pop band The Primitives have reformed and will be playing The Bell House on May 8. Tickets are on sale now. The band, fronted by platinum blonde Tracy Tracy, was best known for their hit "Crash" which was inescapable on modern rock radio in 1988 and has since been covered by nearly every pop punk band in existence. They went on to make three albums, and called it quits shortly after 1991's Galore. The Primitives reformed late last year, playing their first reunion show in their hometown of Coventry on October 2. The Bell House show will be the first American show since their split.
Opening the show are Frankie & the Outs who are currently recording their debut album for Slumberland, and also just posted a bunch of new dates, including February 13 with So Cow at Market Hotel, and February 19 with Kurt Vile and Fucked up at Europa.
Frankie & The Outs @ Cameo on New Years Eve (Abby Braden/PunkPhoto)
Dum Dum Girls' debut LP, I Will Be, comes out via Sub Pop on March 30. Both of Frankie's bands will be hit SXSW in Austin this year too.
Video from the NYE show at Cameo, a couple Primitives videos, all Frankie & the Outs tour dates, plus video of Dum Dum Girls playing Boston back in October, below...