Entries tagged with: Eddie Argos
by Bill Pearis
Ten years ago, with my friends, I formed a band called Art Brut. We have a new album out later this year. It has been quite a while since our last record. So, to get yourself reacquainted with us, I suggest you buy this book, my memoir.Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos' book, I Formed A Band, was funded by an Indiegogo campaign and is out now. That's the cover above as you probably gathered. In it, Eddie promises to answer the following questions:
I've spent the last three years writing 'I Formed a Band'. The story begins with me playing the vacuum cleaner on stage in Poole, and ends up with Art Brut recording Art Brut VS Satan with Black Francis in Salem, Oregon. - Eddie Argos
Just how hard did I kick Paul McCartney when I met him?As Eddie mentioned, there's a new Art Brut album due later this year. Stay tuned. Has it really been 10 years since Art Brut's insta-classic debut album, Bang Bang Rock and Roll? If you haven't listened to that in a while (or missed it the first time around), you can stream it via Rdio below...
What colour did Russell Senior from Pulp try and make me sing in?
Which of Art Brut's songs is Liam Gallagher's favourite, and did Oasis really sing a Half Man Half Biscuit song at me? Or was it a psychotic episode?
What is it like to get into a fight with The Magic Numbers, Kele from Bloc Party and various members of The Bravery? (luckily not all at the same time).
What question did Conan O'Brien ask Jasper Future that he didn't know the answer to?
Why does Al Jourgensen from Ministry think I am a famous singer called Franz Ferdinand with a hit single about my penis?
What valuable lesson did I learn from Anton Newcombe at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Colorado?
by Eddie Argos
Art Brut @ MHOW, June 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Anyone who has listened to Art Brut knows that frontman Eddie Argos isn't just a musician, he's also a fan. A fan of comics, movies, television, milkshakes...and music. Eddie and the rest of the band laid low for most of 2012, after a busy 2011 with their most recent album, 'Brilliant! Tragic!' and subsequent touring. But we wanted to know what Eddie was listening to and his list is definitely NOT full of the usual suspects. Says Eddie:
I've been trying to think if I liked 10 albums this year. I think I did. Which is rare for me. However I can't be bothered to fact check and I have a shocking memory so some of my choices may be from the end of last year. So in no paticular order and written in real time with no forethought here is my hopefully top ten albums of the year...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Art Brut @ Music Hall of Williamsgburg
"...So here was Art Brut, on a Friday night [in Toronto for NXNE], playing to a two-thirds full Mod Club. And from the outset, it was rough. "Formed a Band" sounded like "Formed a Band," but something was off. It was a bit of a rush job and the energy felt fake. Rolling straight into "My Little Brother," it seemed as though there was an acknowledgment that Art Brut's "hits" were all anyone wanted to see, and this would be a middling trip down nostalgia lane. And that is when things took an unbelievably meta turn and Art Brut saved the day.A week after that Toronto show, and after they hit Maxwell's in Hoboken, Art Brut brought their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday (6/23). Reptar and MiniBoone opened the show which is pictured in this post. More pics, including Art Brut's setlist, below...
Midway through that second track, Argos admitted that his "little brother" was now 29, and a school teacher. And when he got to the line about how all songs have the same message -- "why don't our parents care about us" -- he went on a longer tangent, basically explaining the brief success and slow decline of Art Brut. It was stunningly honest, endearing and hilarious. And at the end of it, the entire room was in Art Brut's corner.
A little later, a long comedic digression in "Modern Art" finished with the bulk of the crowd sitting on the floor with Argos at the middle, telling a (mostly?) fictional story about a trip to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I can't do any of it justice, but I can tell you it ended with the entire audience jumping full bore around the singer at the song's climax." [National Post]
photos by Tim Griffin
With Dyan Valdés on synth and an old British man on drums/guitars, EWITFR is like a lighter, bouncier, popier version of Art Brut. Fans not fear, the cleverness of Eddie Argos lyrics are still there. Announcing this band as a 'concept' band, Eddie delivered introductions to each song, including songs like Billys Jean, which was a response to the Michael Jackson's song Billy Jean. Other songs included Superglue, a response to Elastica's Vaseline and also 'Do Think Twice' a response to Bob Dylan's song Don't Think Twice. You get the idea.Everybody Was In The French Resistance...NOW!'s SXSW included the above-reviewed late night set at Galaxy Room, and the BrooklynVegan & Anso day show on Thursday, March 18th at the Spider House. The pictures and video here are from the latter.
Because of the small crowd, the show seemed rather intimate. It was made even more intimate when Eddie Argos took the microphone stand directly into the crowd and sang in the middle of the people who were there. At one point, I was looking at my phone to read a text message from Derek or Alli, only to look up to see Eddie singing directly into my face. Slightly embarrassed, I never reached for my phone again - it was that kind of intimate. The show ended with a rant on Avril Lavigne's song Girlfriend, followed by the band covering the original song boyfriend. [Panic Manual]
The group's previously hinted at North American tour kicks off in L.A. on April 23rd and gets to NYC for two shows on May 12th and 13th. Tickets are on sale for the first of those at Mercury Lounge, and the second at Union Hall.
All tour dates, more pictures & a live video are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Everybody Was In The French Resistance....Now, the project of Art Brut's Eddie Argos and Dyan Valdés from The Blood Arm, put out Fixing the Charts, Volume One, a collection of 12 poppy, parodic songs on Cooking Vinyl earlier this year.
"Argos employs much irony and humour in his songs but there's often a kernel of truth at the heart of the situation he portrays. Although the track which uses the band name as a hook ('Creeque Allies') takes an 'Allo 'Allo approach to history ("the Nazi occupation/ was an awkward situation"), the lyrics also work as a tribute of sorts to the French resistance, while 'G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N (You Know I've Got a)') is a funny but biting response to Avril Lavigne's concept of sisterhood." [SoundsXP]Videos of some of those ditties live are posted below.
No US tour dates yet, but they'll play five shows at SXSW this year, and then UPDATE: do a proper tour of the US in May. On the afternoon of Thursday, March 18th, they play the BrooklynVegan/AnSo day party at Spider House. Also at the show will be 19 bands including Cheeseburger, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Tyvek, Thee Oh Sees, Golden Triangle, Kid Congo Powers and Jim Jones Revue.
Videos and their full SXSW schedule are below...
yes we've lost our minds...
BrooklynVegan & AnSo Present:Thank you to Annie Southworth of Panache Booking aka AnSo for partnering with us on this amazing party. More info on the bands and stuff as we find time. In the meantime, happy to get this (yet another BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year) announced!
A Day Party in Austin, TX!
@ Spider House (2908 Fruth St @ Guadalupe)
Thursday March 18, 2010
ALL AGES-FREE [No badges, wristbands or RSVP necessary]
19 bands on 3 stages (1 indoor and 2 outdoor)
Full bar w/ Drink Specials. In house restaurant & backyard BBQ.
6:00 Human Eye
4:00 Thee Oh Sees
3:00 Golden Triangle
1:00 The Beets
5:00 Jim Jones Revue
4:00 Slim Cessna's Auto Club
3:00 Kid Congo Powers
2:00 Carletta Sue Kay
1:00 Or, The Whale
12:00 La Strada
4:30 Everybody Was In the French Resistance Now (w/ Eddie Argos of Art Brut)
3:30 DM Stith
1:30 A Sunny Day in Glasgow
12:30 The Sandwitches
P.S. Odawas is also on the bill of the free BrooklynVegan Happy Hour show happening at Noise Pop in San Francisco this Saturday (2/27)
UPDATE: SXSW flyer below...
Art Brut's last night @ Mercury Lounge run (more by Chris La Putt)
Last time they were in NYC, the band played the similarly-sized Mercury Lounge...for five nights in a row. They just put out a digital-only single for their song "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes" on August 24th. A video of that song live on KEXP is below.
All current tour dates and a new video interview with Eddie Argos, below...
photos by Paul Birman
FOUR shows at Mercury Lounge!
"Argos - unlike most bands that try, which is most bands these days - can successfully appropriate other bands and other bands' songs as source material. Satan name-drops U2, Brian Eno, The Beatles and Stones ([Monday] night [at Mercury Lounge], he added The Beach Boys and Ramones to "What a Rush," Razorlight to "Demons Out!") and steals old titles for new songs ("The Passenger," "Twist and Shout"). Bobby Fuller gets reworked in "Mysterious Bruises:" "I fought the floor and the floor won." It's because Art Brut's self-conscious mission statement - look at us, we formed a band - was itself a retreat into music. They're allowed to bitch about pop charts ("Demons" was introduced as "a civilized customer complaint"). The realization that "those are just records that our parents owned" seems like blasphemy in this world, and not because it involves John & Paul & Mick & Keef." [heartonastick]Four down, one to go! Art Brut played their fourth of five NYC shows at Mercury Lounge last night (6/4). Their fifth, with Jeffrey Lewis and Keith TOTP, is tonight, Friday, June 5th. More pictures from Thursday, including the openers and one of Art Brut's setlist, below....
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"I like Argos best when he's in Jonathan Richman mode, wide eyed and excited by the world: modern art, new girlfriends, summer jobs, amazing hangovers, mysterious bruises DC comics, chocolate milkshakes. And this was the Argos we got Monday, though a slightly, slightly subdued one thanks to recovering back problems. (Less bouncing, but he still goes into the crowd.) The new songs sounded great, better than on record. [Bill Pearis' Monday review]Art Brut played their second of five shows at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night, Tuesday, June 2nd. The first show was one night earlier. The setlist included a cover of The Ramones' "The KKK took my baby away". Full setlist and more pictures below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Pixies are back again - so far with just one UK date: June 14th at the Isle of Wight Festival (featuring Neil Young and more - tickets on sale here). "More [shows] to come", as promised by the band's Myspace.
Meanwhile, Frank Black and Violet Clark (husband+wife) have recorded a full-length as Grand Duchy. The record, Petits Fours, will be out April 14th in the US on Cooking Vinyl (out now in Europe). Track list below. The group's Myspace also asks for "submissions of an artistic nature for the creation of a compendium of Grand Duchy-themed art."
Frank Black's BlackFrancis.net cryptically speculates: "The negotiators continue the discussion about BLACK FRANCIS concerts for this year of the Ox 2009. Acoustic? 3 piece? GRAND DUCHY? PIXIES? Duets with movie stars? Poetry slam? Art exhibition? WHO SHALL KNOW THESE THINGS? Checking the site of blackfrancis.net can be a habit to have!!" Part of that picture is put together above, with certainly more to be announced.
Black also recently produced Art Brut's third LP Art Brut vs. Satan out April 20th (Europe on Cooking Vinyl) and May 12th (US on Downtown Records). The first officially released track "Alcoholics Unanimous" has a video which was posted here on Sunday and can also be watched below.
A book on the Pixies, Pixies: In Print, recently came out on Rock Reader Books. The 1,000-copy first printing "collects all of the revered and influential band's essential press interactions. Focusing on the group's 1987 - 1992 heyday and its subsequent 2004 - 2007 reunion, PIXIES: IN PRINT chronicles the history of the Boston-bred musical icons through essential interviews, essays and articles."
by Black Bubblegum
John Darnielle knows his tunes. Not just his own, everyone else's too. I mean, how many people can blog away about Dionne Warwick, sing the praises of Con Funk Shun, AND review the Maryland Deathfest?
John also knows a thing or two about writing (check his blog or his column in Decibel) but it wasnt until recently that he decided to focus his energies into his first book, Master Of Reality. As #56 in the popular 33 1/3 series, Master Of Reality is a profile of the seminal Black Sabbath record which may or may not have laid the ground work for the entire stoner rock genre ("Sweet Leaf" anyone?).
But that's not the only thing Darnielle has going down this weekend..... The night before, his band The Mountain Goats will headline the AIDS Walk benefit at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with The Daily Show's John Oliver, Rock Plaza Central, and Dave Hill on the assist tip. Tickets are still available and it's for a great cause, so scoot on over and get'em while you can.
Popmatters was able to delve into why John Darnielle chose Master Of Reality and what he loves about metal.
Check out some of Darnielle's other favorite metal albums in a guest blog he did with Powell's. Darnielle profiles WASP's The Headless Children, Judas Priest's Sad Wings Of Destiny, Black Sabbath's Born Again (really? that one?), Guns N Roses's Appetite For Destruction, and Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath.
Eddie Argos: I met John at the Pitchfork festival, actually. It was weird because I'd been playing Mountain Goats constantly. And I said, "I'm so glad to meet you! I'm playing you lot constantly!" And then they said the same back to us! Like, aha! This is nice-- when you really like a band, and it turns out they like you too. You're doing the right thing.I have a pair of tickets to give away to the NYC show at Terminal 5 on November 21st. To win, follow the same instructions (email, subject, etc...) in the other current Terminal 5 ticket contest post.
Craig Finn: That's one of the greatest things. If someone like John Darnielle says "God, that's a great lyric," you feel, "Whoa!" That's a great compliment. Where it's not like some college journalist saying "this album rocks!", you know? It carries a lot of weight. Like, John Samson from the Weakerthans, another one of my favorite lyricists. Right now-- I mean, Bob Dylan aside-- I feel like I know most of the really good lyricists personally. Like, they're in my phone. And that's a cool perk, I think. Obviously if you're into lyrics or rock'n'roll, you're out here doing it, making it your life... [more fun @ Pitchfork]
In related news, Eddie Argos has formed yet ANOTHER band....
Well, it was actually on the inside...