Entries tagged with: Esme Barrera

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"I can tell by the bellows of my neighbors that sports are over & the New Jersey Acromegolics beat my 6-State Patriots." - John Hodgman

Ted Leo leaving Beerland - 1/28/2012 (by Tim Trentham)
Ted Leo

After a recent trip to Texas in honor of Esme Barrera (picture from the Beerland benfits above), and more recently a weekend of "curling (the "sport"), Nightbirds & Kim Phuc at the Acheron, seal watching boat trip in NY harbor, and Puppy Bowl repeats," Ted Leo is heading out to Gowanus to host tonight's edition of Hot Tub at Littlefield with guests John Hodgman, Christian Finnegan, Jamie Lee, Harrison Greenbaum, and Brandon Wardell (2/6).

Slow Club at Europa in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Slow Club

UK duo Slow Club released Paradise late last year (available at eMusic), and played a few US shows in support of it. Now they're returning to North America for a full tour with Air Waves, which hits NYC on February 16 at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile catch Air Waves TONIGHT (1/13) at Death By Audio with Soft Healer and Juan Wauters. The show is a benefit for Esme Barrera.

Check out the most video from the album, "If We're Still Alive," which came out late last year, along with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Slow Club & Air Waves --- 2012 Tour Dates"

Esme

As previously mentioned, Ted Leo is one of the MANY artists (Allo Darlin included), who have been paying tribute to Esme Barrera this week. And now Austin 360 reports:

Ted Leo will fly in to join the Crack Pipes, the Golden Boys and Grape St. for a benefit show Jan. 28 at Beerland for the fund to defray the costs of services for Esme Barrera, who was killed Jan. 1 while walking home from a show.

No word yet on advance tickets.

Barrera was well-known among her friends as a huge Leo fan. Leo is well-known as a class act. As one friend said on Facebook: "you all should know that Ted Leo actually REQUESTED to play a show for Esme Barrera on the day he found out about the tragedy. Super stand up dude - and I know she would be SO excited." Indeed.

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Ted Leo @ Maxwell's on New Year's Eve (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo recently played a New Year's Eve show in NJ, and one in Brooklyn the night before. A benefit show for Esme is also happening in Brooklyn (though not with Ted on the bill).

by Bill Pearis

Allo Darlin'

An exciting double bill for indiepop fans in coming this spring: UK groups Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures are going on a US tour which kicks off at Mercury Lounge on April 24. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Friday (1/6) at noon. The tour which winds across North America and back through May (currently ending at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT). All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Both Allo Darlin and The Wave Pictures will have new albums out in time for these shows. Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, will be out on April 17 via Slumberland Records (or via Fortuna POP! if you're in Europe), as will the album's first single, "Capricornia" which is premiering in this post. Listen to the stream at the bottom of this post. Look for the single on March 6.

Says singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris about "Capricornia":

Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown. There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place.

Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between "A New England" by Kirsty Macoll and "Cattle and Cane" by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.

As to the rest of Europe:
I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album of three minute pop songs... I suppose the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. We wanted to make the best album we possibly could and I think we've ended up with that.
Scroll further down this post for a teaser video for the album, which includes new song "Tallulah." You can also stream Allo Darlin's 2011 single "Darren" which is a tribute to onetime Hefner frontman Darren Hayman.

As for The Wave Pictures, their new album, Long Black Cars, will be out via Moshi Moshi in March. The band's last album, A Beer in the Breakers, came out last May.

In other news, Allo Darlin' have posted a letter on their website regarding the tragic death of Esme Barrera, including a link to the benefit show in Brooklyn and another to donate to Esme's funeral fund.

Click below for the stream of "Capricornia," plus that Allo Darlin' album teaser, "Capricornia" cover art and the "Darren" single stream, as well a couple recent live Wave Pictures videos (including the new album's title track), and all dates...

Continue reading "Allo Darlin' & The Wave Pictures releasing new albums, touring the U.S. together (dates & song premiere)"

Esme

Esme Barrera, well known the Austin music scene, was tragically murdered on New Year's Eve/Day in her Austin home. Tributes and benefit announcements are quickly increasing in number online including tweets by the likes of Ted Leo, Okkervil River, Ringo Deathstarr, YACHT, and Centro-Matic. Even Matador's Gerard Cosloy wrote a blog post about her...

"There's not a shred of hyperbole in my voice when I tell you such a party would've been sorely lacking without Esme's presence. As will all future parties, because in the early hours of Sunday morning, she was killed just blocks away from the venue where she and so many others who loved her to bits were ringing the new year."
On Thursday, January 12th, Permanent Wave is holding a benefit in her honor at
Big Snow Buffalo Lodge (89 Varet St Bk NY 11206, Bushwick, NY) with Kelli Scarr, Golden Ghost is in town, Jo Schornikow (The Shivers), and Shannon Barnett. You can also make a donation in her name to Girls Rock Camp Austin where she volunteered.

Rest in Peace Esme.