Entries tagged with: Frankie Rose
Frankie Rose at Beekman Beer Garden in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Rose (and not the Outs) will release her sophomore LP, Interstellar on February 21 via Slumberland. She'll welcome the new album with a record release show in Brooklyn on the album's release date, February 21 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now. As of right now, this is her only upcoming date scheduled. The album's artwork and tracklist are below.
Frankie is also DJing at the BV-presented holiday show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (12/16) with Fucked UP, Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads, and DJ Bill Pearis. Tickets are still available (and only $10).
In other news, Hipster Runoff reports that Frankie Rose's fellow former-Vivian Girls drummer turned Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler was "missing" at Best Coast's San Francisco show on Tuesday (12/6), and "in her place was some other random dude who doesn't even look alt." Ali's Twitter seems to confirm the news with tweets like, "Super moved by all the support I received today. Didn't know that many people would care. I love you guys." and "Whether it's in a basement or at an amphitheater, you will always see me playing music in some capacity. Hopefully sooner than later." AND "http://alikoehler.bandcamp.com/." Head there to here a new song by Ali. A happy sad song.
Frankie Rose album art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOM @ Pier 54 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last week when we announced the 12/16 BrooklynVegan Presents holiday show with Fucked Up at Brooklyn Night Bazaar there was still one band TBD. Well it turns out here that the "D" in TBD stood for Dom. Yep, we're pleased to announce the poppy Worcester, Mass quintet round our our five band line-up. You can stream the entirety of Dom's still fresh Family of Love EP at the bottom of this post.
So let's recap. Here's what you're getting for your very reasonably-priced $10 ticket: Fucked Up, Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals and Radical Dads, plus Frankie Rose (and myself) spinning tunes. Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a three-day holiday shopping, eating, drinking and music extravaganza all under one roof, just a few blocks from the Bedford L stop (specifically 149 Kent Ave at N.5th St.). It's free to get in the shopping area; getting into the shows is extra.
In addition to our night, on Thursday, December 15 it's a headlining DJ set from James Murphy, plus the Crystal Ark Party Machine, Poolside (who were recently added too) and Midnight Magic; on Saturday, December 17 it's The Hold Steady plus Titus Andronicus, Wakey Wakey and W/O. For those curious about the shopping and eating side of things, a full list of vendors is here. Hope to see you there.
Click through to listen to Dom's new EP, and check out the Brooklyn Bazaar flyer.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Radical Dads - Little Tomb (Pursesnatchers Remix) (MP3)
Radical Dads at Bruar Falls, CMJ 2011
As I mentioned earlier, Radical Dads are playing the BV Holiday Party at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, December 16 that also features headliners Fucked Up, plus Big Troubles, Caged Animals (and more more TBA) as well as Frankie Rose on the decks. All for only $10. One of my favorite live bands in Brooklyn, Radical Dads are definitely worth showing up early for.
Before that you can see Radical Dads open for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this Wednesday (12/7) at Webster Hall. Waters also play the show and tickets are still available. Robbie Guertin will be a busy man that night, as he's in both bands (drums for Rad Dads, guitar in CYHSY).
By the time of our holiday show, Radical Dads' debut album, Mega Rama, should be out on vinyl (and at the merch table) which would make a great holiday gift for the classic indie rock lover in your life. As I've said before, if you like Wild Flag, this has a similar vibe and great songs, though much less hyped. We've got a version of LP-opener "Little Tomb" remixed by Pursesnatchers, adding a few layers of soaring guitars to the song which was already reaching the stratosphere. Download it above. And you can stream all of Mega Rama at the bottom of this post.
by Bill Pearis
Fucked Up at House of Vans in July (more by Chris La Putt)
BrooklynVegan is really in the holiday spirit this year. In addition to the BV holiday party with Anna Calvi and Eleanor Friedberger at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 13 and the Twin Sister/Widowspeak/Ava Luna show at Bowery Ballroom on December 17, we've added a third BV Presents show to the holiday themed mix.
We're psyched to be presenting a full evening of bands at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, December 16, headlined by Toronto's amazing Fucked Up. Making things more festive will be Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads and one more we'll be announcing shortly. DJing in between bands will be Frankie Rose and myself. Tickets are a Bob Crachett-friendly $10 and on sale now.
If you don't know, Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a holiday shopping, eating, drinking and music extravaganza happening Dec. 15 - 17 at a giant warehouse in Williamsburg (149 Kent at N.5th). Shopping and food vendors is free, you gotta pay to see the bands. Thursday 12/15 is James Murphy DJ set with Poolside, Crystal Ark and Midnight Magic, and Saturday 12/17 is The Hold Steady with Titus Andronicus and Wakey Wakey. Full list of vendors is here.
Do come out it should be fun. (Did I mention it's only ten bucks for our night?) Flyer for the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is below.
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy (more by Chris La Putt)
My big pick for tonight would be Metronomy at Music Hall of Williamsburg but it's sold out. There will be badges let in but, you know, get there early. Their new album The English Riviera is one of my favorites of the year, "The Look" is a contender for Single of the Year and Metronomy's show at River Rocks this summer was one of my favorite concert moments of 2011. If you have a badge and like them at all you should try to go.
Also playing are Class Actress whose album Raproacher was released this week. While I'm not sold on the C.A. live experience I do like the album -- it got a 7.1 on Pitchfork today. Caged Animals are before that (I like their album quite a bit) and True Womanhood.
Keeping things dancey but much more accessible (in a physical, get in the show kind of way) are San Francisco's Silver Swans who play tonight at The Delancey (10PM). Their album Forever is in the can just waiting for someone to release it, and it's terrific I think. A little Knife-y at times but they're doing their own thing. You can download Silver Swans' slinky cover of Fleet Foxes "He Doesn't Know Why" at the top of this post. If you can't go tonight, they play Bruar Falls tomorrow at 8PM.
My other call-out pick for Thursday night is Tunabunny who are from Athens, Georgia and play Bruar Falls at 11PM. Yes, the name is kind of horrible but give them a listen, it's well worth your time. The quartet have a ramshackle, dissonant sound that is a little early '80s (Raincoats, Pastels) and a little early '90s (Helium, first album Breeders, Scrawl) but there are some quality pop hooks amongst the calamity. The band just released their second album, Minima Moralia, on the Happy Birthday to Me label. It's good!
The Bruar Falls show is a HBTM showcase that also features Red Pony Clock, Eureka California, Flash to Bang Time, Afternoon Naps and Fishboy. Tunabunny also play the Ace Hotel on Sunday night (10/23) for those who need one more night of rock music.
As for whole showcases to check out, Sub Pop and subsidiary label Hardly Art have put together a combo roster of heavy hitters: Xray Eyeballs, GEM CLUB, Jacuzzi Boys, Memoryhouse, Still Corners, J Mascis and headliners Dum Dum Girls. Sold out but they will accept some CMJ badges...so go early... the whole lineup is killer. And go early 'cause you never know what Xray Eyeballs' frontman OJ is gonna do. They've also got a new zombified new video which you can watch over at Impose. If you miss it, J Mascis also plays our day party Friday. Still Corners play our day party at Knitting Factory today.
Snarky online video show Weird Vibes has put together an authentic alt line-up for you to carefully consider and tweet about at Cameo: Keepaway, Pat Jordache, MillionYoung, Headless Horseman and Weekend (who play our own CMJ showcase Friday night).
Or you could go see a bunch of French indie bands at Santos. That will probably be pretty entertaining. (I mean that for real.) Zenzile, The Inspector Cluzo, Stranded Horse will rock you en Francais. Also it's free if you RSVP.
If you're out in the Gowanus/Park Slope area, you can head to Littlefield for a very sweet lineup of local talent, including Frankie Rose's only CMJ show and likely last one ever with this line-up of her band. She says her new record, our early 2012 on Slumberland, is too different and will need a rethink on how to play it live. Consider me intrigued, Frankie.
The other bands on the bill include Widowspeak, Talk Normal, Blues Control, Amen Dunes and Noveller. Littlefield is a really cool venue, so hit this one and just relax and know you're staying in one place all evening. Who needs all this running around?
UNNOFICIAL NIGHTTIME ACTION:
I was really impressed with King Krule last night at Glasslands, despite some shitty sound, whose set was one part jazz pop and one part early '80s Mike Leigh. He's the real deak. Catch his at Shea Stadium tonight as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear/YoursTruly party that also has Grimes, Dent May, Main Attrakionz, Gauntlet Hair, The Bins & Bleached. The show is free but you need to RSVP.
International Tapes is throwing a shindig at 285 Kent with Com Truise, Dom, Laurel Halo, Porcelain Raft, La Big Vic and Beige. All ages, $10.
OK, that's a lot of good suggestions. Go see some music tonight! Flyers and videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dive - Sometime (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heaven's Gate - Salome (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - How Can U Luv Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Beat Connection - In the Water (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ski Lodge - I Would Die to Be (MP3)
After a couple weeks with not a whole lot going on, we're back to jam-packed week of shows (at least in the TWII-verse). So let's get into it.
Portland trio Blouse are in town for two shows: Thursday (9/15) at Glasslands and then Friday (9/16) at Shea Stadium. After singles on Sub Pop and Captured Tracks, the band's debut is due out in November. You can stream the song "Videotapes" from it at the bottom of this post. The track has a nice melty quality to it that if I was listening on cassette I might think it was time to buy a new Walkman. I've liked everything I've heard from Blouse so far, as it hits my '80s sweet spot: icy synths, moody basslines, big choruses. I'm anxious to hear the whole record, and looking forward to seeing them play.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Both Blouse shows are appealing bills. The Glasslands show is headlined by Unknown Mortal Orchestra who are currently on tour with Toro Y Moi, a tour that hits NYC tonight (10/14) at Webster Hall. In addition to the Glasslands show tomorrow, UMO are also playing that Vice party tomorrow that is sure to be a scene. After that, UMO are basically on tour for the rest of the year with a pretty brutal schedule, daring America not to see them.
Also playing the Glasslands show are Hospitality (subbing for Woven Bones who had to bow out) who, you may have read, have signed with Merge. The label will be putting out their debut album in early 2012 and you can get an early taste at the top of this post -- the horn-filled "Friends of Friends." (The whole record is great.) I'm a big fan of this band and couldn't be more pleased to see them sign to a label I love.
Blouse is headlining the Shea Stadium show on Friday that is a pretty exciting lineup too, especially if you want to see a lot of new local bands. Dive is the new band from Beach Fossils guitarist/drummer Cole Smith (he was also in Darwin Deez) and the group's debut single, "Dive," is out soon on Captured Tracks and you can download it at the top of this post. It sounds a lot like Beach Fossils but it's catchy nonetheless.
Also playing are Heaven's Gate which is the new band from a couple of the guys in the now defunct Sweet Bulbs. Like that band, Heaven's Gate are definitely on the shoegaze tip and also remind me a little of Bettie Serveert. Mind you, I've only heard two songs but both are quite good. (I was a big Sweet Bulbs fan too.) Download one of them, "Salome," at the top of this post.
Sloan are in town. Did anyone go see them last night at The Bell House? They play Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (9/15) and Maxwell's on Friday (9/16). I've probably written enough about Sloan this year already, but needless to say these shows are highly recommended. And if you haven't grabbed the free Select Singles - 1992 - 2011 compilation yet, the download widget is at the bottom of this post.
STRFKR (not to be confused with SBTRKT) are rolling though town this week, playing Knitting Factory on Friday (9/16). Despite the whole name-changing debacle (Starfucker --> Pyramid --> Starfucker --> STRFKR), the band's new album, Reptillians, isn't bad at all in a Flaming Lips/MGMT sort of way.
I'm a bigger fan of the opening act Beat Connection. This duo is from Seattle though listening to their debut, Surf Noir, from last year you might think they were Swedish -- Lo Fi FNK and, especially, Studio come to mind when you hear the Baeleric Beat influence that's all over the record. You can download single "In the Water" at the top of this post. I caught them at SXSW and thought they were pretty good though they could use a couple auxiliary members live.
Friday night (9/16) at Cake Shop is Ski Lodge which is the new band from Andrew Marr who used to be in the Clementines. There's an EP coming out on Dovecote Records and you can download a track from it, "I Would Die to Be," at the top of this post. There's a Beach Fossils approach to the arrangement of this song, but melodically it's more from the Smiths lineage of indiepop. The whole EP is good. I've never seen them live, but maybe Friday.
A few more picks not mentioned above, by day, below...
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Japandroids are at Mercury Lounge tonight, road testing new material for their second album. Bass Drum of Death open. Sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets.
Grave Babies play with K Holes and Pop. 1280 at Cake Shop.
Dirty Beaches at the Seaport last month (more by Jessica Amaya)
One man rockabilly-via-Suicide act Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) and Frankie Rose last teamed up earlier this year at Bowery Ballroom. They're now set to go on a tour together that includes an opening slot on Peter Hook's tour in Toronto on September 24. They won't be on Peter's NYC date when he and his band perform Closer at Irving Plaza (9/13), but they do have two of their own NYC shows happening September 17 at Glasslands and September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (8/5) at 7 AM and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.
"To be honest this was the first time had ever actually sat down and listened to the strokes! Maybe that sounds crazy like I have been living in a bush or something, but true! The trick was how best to make the song my own. I decided slowing it down and taking out some of the garage elements might be interesting. Adding a synth was helpful. The harmonies keep the chorus moving forward like the original, and yet totally different. Take note, there is a little homage in the guitar at the end. Can you guess for whom?"Any guesses? All dates and a video below...
by Andrew Sacher
New album STROKED: A Tribute to Is This It, as the title hints, is a tribute to The Strokes' massively influential debut Is This It. The album was released for free on Stereogum today (7/26). They write:
Is This It was recorded in NYC at Transporterraum with Gordon Raphael. When it was finally released in the States in the Fall of 2001, a decade after Nevermind, it helped not only put contemporary New York City in the forefront of music lovers' minds, it offered an easy reference for people to dig backwards into the Big Apple's rock 'n' roll past. For certain younger fans, it was maybe the first time they carefully considered Television (the late '70s), the Velvet Underground (mid '60s to early '70s), and other lesser known garage and rock and whatever bands that inhabited a dirtier, grubbier Manhattan. The title's pure Richard Hell. The original sexy album cover a minimalist echo of New York Dolls (via Roxy Music). It's no coincidence that 2001 NYC -- eventually, especially Brooklyn -- ended up being known for its post-punk revival. (See, for instance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Black Dice, Vice Records' No New York nodding collection Yes New York, etc.) Is This It was a history lesson, but one with enough new ideas to also offer a roadmap.Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Owen Pallet, The Morning Benders, Real Estate, Peter Bjorn & John and others offer their takes on album tracks as well. Full tracklist below.
Wise Blood contributed "Someday" to "Stroked". He and fellow weirdo rapper Cities Aviv share a bill on September 1 at Glasslands in Brooklyn. The show is one of many scheduled around the world for Wise Blood, but is Cities Aviv's only date we see scheduled at the moment. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
Cities Aviv, the self-proclaimed "Post-Death" rapper, is also on the Glasslands bill with Wise Blood. The Memphis native released his debut full length Digital Lows on May 2. The album's production credits go to a number of virtually unknown producers, Muted Drone, RPLD GHOSTS, Danny Dee, Upgrayde, and Royal'T. The beats are dreamy, reverb-soaked headknockers that sound about as woozy as that album art (below) looks. Cities Aviv takes the beats, which on their own would make up a pretty solid chillwave album, and spits biting lines with a classic southern drawl. Fille Catatonique provides sung vocals which blend quite nicely with the album's vibes. The final track, "Float On," features Cities Aviv rapping over chillwaver Blackbird Blackbird's cover of the Modest Mouse song, that he recorded for 2010's Happy High EP. It's a fun way to end the album, and is far better than Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On," which sampled the Modest Mouse song earlier this year.
Cities Aviv isn't exactly the only rapper crossing into lo-fi/indie-approved territory lately, but he's certainly approaching the crossover from a unique angle. Digital Lows isn't nearly as blown out as, say, Shabazz Palaces, but he's still got way more experimentation going on than guys like Wiz Khalifa or Theophilus London. Grab the album for free at his bandcamp and check out some songs below.
All tour dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose and the Outs - Candy (Dinowalrus remix) (MP3)
Frankie Rose & band
Two days after The Radio Dept and Asobi Seksu played South Street Seaport and one day after 4Knots and just hours after Hospitality played the Fulton Stall Market, Frankie Rose, Woven Bones, Xray Eyeballs & Davilla 666 took over Beekman Beer Garden at the Seaport for a free Sunday show (last Sunday was Cheeseburger & next Sunday is Swirlies). More pictures from this one, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by BV Collective
"Animal Collective killing it in Prospect Park right now! Check out that stage set, we helped make it!" - Prince Rama
"Animal collective at prospect park =
slighty "edgy" version of a frat haus bitchen kegger" - Frankie Rose
"unbelievable set by animal collective
at Prospect Park! @mindblown" - Wild International
"Every other late comer in this crowd is a hater, but this is best Animal Collective set I've seen in 8 years. #nextlevel" - Max Burke
Animal Collective, Deakin included, played Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park last night (7/12) with Black Dice and Beta & Hatch (DJ). Looking over a few recent setlists could tip you off that AnCo have been filling the majority of their sets with new songs, and the Prospect Park show was no exception.
Save for "Did You See the Words," "Summertime Clothes," "Brothersport," and "Taste," every track the guys played has yet to be released. This was to the disappointment of some. Village Voice overheard a young woman say, "I thought those guys sang 'My Girls'?" and Vaughn Schoonmaker writes, "What is this song?" I heard mumbled from several fans in their late teens/early 20s. "When are they going to play [insert any one of their earlier song titles here]?" However, many others thought the set was incredible, us and the many clapping and cheering on the top of their lungs included. Yes, they should probably get over themselves and play more hits for those willing to spend $40 a ticket to see them play, but what they did play still sounded great and I guess that makes them pretty punk for not giving a shit (and consistent since it seems to be the same story after every one of their shows).
I wouldn't be surprised if the end result of these new songs is similar to the mixed reactions to Panda Bear's new songs at P4K Fest 2010, which are now on the beloved Tomboy LP. Though unlike the new Panda Bear LP, what we heard in Prospect Park last night was primarly fronted by the voice of Avey Tare.
Speaking of Animal Collective not giving a shit what people think, Black Dice opened for them again. I missed their opening set, but as tweeted, "Twitter makes you think nobody likes Black Dice but they just got huge cheers when Animal Collective thanked them before encore start." What did you think?
Beta ended up being music writer Andy Beta who also DJ'd the Animal Collective afterparty at the Bell House in 2009. More pictures from the whole colorful show and a video below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rayon Beach - Wave Pool Ether (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Wesley Coleman - Ooh Basketball (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Urge Overkill - Effigy (MP3)
This week is kind of nuts. I know you're all probably just going to be spending it reading A Dance with Dragons or going to see Harry Potter, but here's your TWII action... let's get into it.
Tom Vek is here for two shows, his first U.S. shows since 2005: an early show tonight (7/12) at Mercury Lounge and tomorrow (7/13) at Union Pool. I don't think either are sold out. His second album Leisure Seizure -- six years in the making -- has remained in constant rotation on my stereo since getting a copy in May and I'm pretty excited for these shows.
The new record still sounds like Tom Vek -- the staccato drum beats, sparse arrangements, his laid-back vocal style -- and maybe it's the absence but it still sounds fresh. It's a great record and a welcome return. I have no idea who is in his band these days, but he was fantastic live back when he toured for We Have Sound in 2005. I have a feeling he's still got it.
Wild Beasts are over for four East Coast shows, including two nights at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14). (They're also playing Philly and D.C.) These will be the first the band have done since releasing their third album, Smother, back in May. As I've said before, this is subtler album than Two Dancers that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post.
Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold, transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is playing keyboards with the band on this Stateside jaunt which is an added bonus for some of us. The rest of North America will get a chance to see Wild Beasts in September when they come back for a proper tour. All 2011 dates are at the bottom of this post.
Shifting gears wildly, we've got Chicago rock gods Urge Overkill in town for two shows this week. They play the Rocks Off cruise on Wednesday (7/13) and then the Rock Shop on Saturday (7/16) as part of the venue's big One Year Anniversary which is happening all this week.
Urge Overkill were odd men out in the '90s, doing suave, heavily postured cock rock in an era dominated by slacker indie and stoner sludge. 1993's Saturation is one of the decade's classics, all big riffs and attitude that has only gotten finer with age. The same can't be said for 1995's Exit the Dragon, which found the band succumbed to the rock n' roll excesses the band exemplified. (There were even rumors the band were too fucked up to even play on its recordings, having most parts subbed by session musicians.)
There were various comeback gigs in the '00s but I don't think anybody expected them to make a new album. Which made this year's Rock'n'Roll Submarine (great title) a double shock: it exists and, more importantly, it's pretty awesome. Kato and Roeser keep the same flame alive: badass riffs, supercatchy choruses, and that unfakeable rock n' roll spirit. (No Blackie Onassis, but some chemistry is just too volatile apparently.) There's also a world-weariness that keeps it all real. They aren't trying to pretend they haven't been through some serious shit. But to paraphrase "Effigy" (downloadable at the top of this post), they've always taken the loud way.
The Wooden Birds
Lovely Austin band The Wooden Birds play two shows this week as well: Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Friday (7/15) at The Rock Shop. As you may know at this point, this is Andrew Kenny's post-American Analog Set band, which still has his drony motorik style but in a much more acoustic setting. The Wooden Birds' sophomore album, Two Matchsticks, is (in my opinion) much better than their debut: the arrangements are more dynamic and the addition of Matt Pond (both on guitar and vocally) adds a lot. (Matt Pond PA's Chris Hansen is a touring member as well.) You can check out the title track to the new album at the top of this post.
Tune-Yards @ MHOW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
What else? Hudson River Rocks starts this week (Thursday 7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra which is a pretty hard-to-pass-up free show. While I don't reach for her album much, there's no denying Merril Garbus is a magnetic performer who can win over crowds easily. While Austra's Katie Stelmanis doesn't quite have that charm, there is no denying her stage presence either and I'm a big fan of Austra's debut album which came out earlier this year. Thursday is supposed to be beautiful and this show seems like a no-brainer.
Austin's Rayon Beach play three shows this week: Thursday (7/14) at Don Pedro, then Friday (7/15) at Bruar Falls and Saturday (7/16) at Death by Audio. I wrote this a year ago and I think it still holds true:
Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended.Rayon Beach are on tour with fellow Austinite John Wesley Coleman III who is awesome in his own right. Last year's Bad Lady Goes to Jail, on Goner, incorporates country, soul and R&B into his sound (not to mention a unique worldview). He definitely stands out amongst the garage pack. If you feel like you've heard enough of this stuff, do give JWCIII a shot.
Anglophiles might already know that Scottish indiefolk cult legend King Creosote is in town this week, playing a late show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (7/14) and then at the Rock Shop on Sunday (7/17). Both shows are with the equally talented Jon Hopkins. I wrote about King Creosote back in March:
Scottish indie folk royalty Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Anderson (whose brother Gordon was a founding member of The Beta Band and now fronts The Aliens) has been cranking out album after album of melancholic, wry songwriting since the late '90s. (Seriously, check out his discography.) Many of these have been self-released, but he's had records on Warner Brothers and Domino too.Anderson teamed with Hopkins for his new album Diamond Mine that revisits and reworks gems from Anderson's 40-plus releases. You can check out the video for "Bubble" at the bottom of this post.
The Radio Dept
And now another weekend of Seaport-related shows. Friday (7/15) is the final night of this year's abbreviated Seaport Music Festival, with The Radio Dept. The band are in the U.S. for this and the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and that's it -- so we should count ourselves lucky. If you wanted to see them somewhere small, you're out of luck. (Unless you maybe found yourself at a shop that rocked on, say, Thursday night. Maybe.) Last year's Clinging to a Scheme was one of 2010's best albums (according to me) and though I do wish they'd get a drummer to play with them at shows, they still sound pretty great live.
I'm hoping the merch table has the new 180 gram vinyl reissues of the band's three albums. In particular I want to pick up their classic debut Lesser Matters, one of the best albums of the '00s. Opening are Asobi Seksu which is a pretty perfect pairing. The weather's supposed to be gorgeous, the show is free...this'll be sweet.
Saturday is the Village Voice 4 Knots Festival which is going out of its way to let us know it's not trying to be the Siren Festival. It's a nice line-up of bands, though, scaled to fit the Seaport. Apart from Eleanor Friedberger and Oberhofer, it is a pretty rock line-up what with headliners Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davilla 666 and Mr. Dream. If you like to dance, they've got an indoor lounge over at 210 Front Street with an all DJ lineup that includes Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Brahms and the Finger on the Pulse dudes (also DJing as Punches) spinning tunes. Things kick off at 1PM.
Then Sunday (7/17) is the last show of my Sound Bites Series down at the Fulton Stall Market and I'm super pleased to have Hospitality on cleanup. When I found out we were going to be doing the series again, Hospitality were the first band I thought of. If you haven't heard them, you can download their 2009 EP for free from their Bandcamp site. It's quite lovely. The band have gotten less precious since then, though no less charming, and recently the band expanded to a four-piece with drummer Nathan Michel moving to guitar making them decidedly more skronky now.
I am quite enamored with this band and you should definitely come down and see them. They are seriously good. If you come to only one Sound Bites Show this summer... this is your last chance. Hospitality are on at 3PM sharp and I'll be spinning tunes from around 1:30 or so. It's free!
And right after Hospitality finish, you can head across South Street to the Beekman Beer Garden for this week's Beach Party show with Frankie Rose and Xray Eyeballs. Both bands feature on that free downloadable mix you can get over at Insound. The Frankie Rose track is one I hadn't heard before, a cover of Slapp Happy's "Blue Flower" which you may know from covers either by Mazzy Star or Pale Saints.
Last week (Cheeseburger and Hard Nips) was fun and pretty fairly low-key. The spot -- formerly Water Taxi Beach -- is a pretty popular spot on its own, so expect a mixed crowd of those there for the show and those there just for the view/vibe. Bands start at 4PM. It's free.
And that's about it for this week. A few more daily picks are below.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
It's a heatwave today but Cold Cave will have the A/C cranked for their show Knitting Factory tonight. I do really like their new album Cherish the Light Years which kind of reminds me of '80s band Lords of the New Church. The show is with gothy sea chanty singers Cult of Youth, and Zambri who are newly signed to Kanine Records (and who were impressive at Knitting Factory during the Northside fest). The show is part of a tour that ends at Bowery Ballroom with Austra.
The newly reunited Cibo Matto are at Brooklyn Bowl. Though advance tickets sold out, there will be limited availability at the door. Go early. The show is one date of a tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom.
by Bill Pearis
Night two of the Northside Festival (6/17). Lots of good options. This is what I recommend. Whole schedule is here.
Apart from the outdoor Beirut show, I think the only show that is gonna prove to be tough to get into (for badgeholders) is the Sacred Bones/Stereogum showcase tonight at Public Assembly, due mainly to it being the U.S. debut of Denmark quartet Iceage. Their sound is on the punkier side of post-punk, slashy and tense and not without melody. Their live shows, in Denmark at least, are intense. Mind you, this won't be NYC-ers only chance to catch them.
The show is sold out so if you have a Northside badge you probably want to get there early. And of course Iceage are not the only reason to check out this show, and know if you like Iceage most of the bands should probably appeal to your sensibilities as well, even if you're going in blind. The Men were apparently awesome the other night at DBA, slaying down some sludgy Dino Jr style punk; and Cult Of Youth are like the Birthday Party doing sea chantys (kind of?). There's also Purient (Dom of Cold Cave), Pop. 1280 (anthemic indie rock w/ synth), Lost Tribe, Yellow Tears and Anasazi.
If you're over that way and find yourself shut out of Public Assembly, you might want to amble on down to Music Hall of Williamsburg just to check out the scene. I don't know a lot of the bands on the bill but I do like Selebrities who make New Order style pop. Their EP, Ladies Man Effect, is a free download over at their website and is worth doing so. Also playing MHoW are quality yelpy indie rockers Darlings, plus Like Diamonds, Rocky Buisness and Memberz Only.
Other good options for friday: Kanine Records has, like, most of their bands playing at Knitting Factory tonight, including Surfer Blood who'll also play the outdoor Guided by Voices show tomorrow. Also playing: Grooms, whose new album, Prom, is out next month; Eternal Summers who I think just keep getting better (and are pretty rockin' as a trio now); indiepop combo Dream Diary, Pepper Rabbit (folk pop from L.A.) and the tribal sounds of Zambri.
Or you could go to Glasslands to see Frankie Rose which is likely to be her last show for a while as she's gonna concentrate on making her second album for Slumberland. Her San Francisco pals and labelmates Brilliant Colors are also on the bill, who I like a lot too. There's also Regal Degal whose Speckled Fruit EP is worth seeking out at the merch table, plus Sherlock's Daughter (a band I thought only existed to open for canceled Charlatans shows).
I caught Aaron Pfenning's (ex-Chairlift) new group Rewards a couple weeks ago and was impressed, they play Cameo tonight at 9:15.
You could also blow off Northside for what might be cool overload at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Disco for Gavin Russom's Crystal Ark.
And if you need some new tunes, my new Summer Fridays mix is up over at Sound Bites. Flyers below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Brilliant Colors - How Much Younger (MP3)
Among the many bands visiting NYC for the Northside Festival are San Francisco trio Brilliant Colors, who play Glasslands on Friday (6/17) with Slumberland labelmate Frankie Rose, as well as Sherlock's Daughter and Regal Degal. They'll also play a non-Northside show earlier that same night at Bushwick spot Cedar Mansion. Apart from a tour kickoff show in Brooklyn last week, the band haven't been on the East Coast since the Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival two summers ago, when I wrote:
As all-girl, C-'86-influenced trios go, San Francisco's Brilliant Colors might just be the best of the bunch, writing songs that rival Vivian Girls' catchiest, and keeping it tight like Sweden's Liechtenstein with more attitude than either. (Check out "I'm Sixteen" for serious snarl.) They might lack a little in stage presence but playing in the heat of the sun can drain even the most charming performers. But these ladies are quality, one of the day's best.We haven't had a record from Brilliant Colors in almost as long, but their new long-player, Again and Again, comes out on Slumberland on July 19. It's more messy jingle jangle pop that this trio do exceedingly well. Check out the record's "How Much Younger" at the top of this post.
Brilliant Colors play a few East Coast shows before and after Northside, and all dates are below.
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:
Little Scream @ a BV Day Party @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TV on the Radio's (new album and) Brooklyn show date has arrived, and though they're not listing any opener, I think there might be a surprise tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Not a surprise at all is that Light Asylum is opening for TVOTR at RCMH on Wednesday. Tickets for that larger show are still on sale. AND, we have TWO PAIRS of tickets you can win to see the band headline Radio City. Want them? Details on how to win are below (all of TVOTR's dates are down there too).
Jesper Of Junior Senior DJs before The Go! Team play their set at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (their second of two NYC shows which are part of a short tour). That show is also sold out, though the venue says, "WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF ADMISSIONS TO RELEASE ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW STARTING AT 11:00 PM. ALL ADMISSIONS AT THE DOOR ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE AND WILL BE $12, CASH ONLY."
Speaking of opening bands playing shows in Williamsburg on Saturday night, Little Scream is NOT. Sadly, at some point after it was announced, Little Scream dropped off the last six dates of Sharon Van Etten's tour to instead play some dates with Jose Gonzalez in Europe. Don't worry, everyone's still friends. BV Zach was actually at their final show together the other day at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and he told me...
Little Scream announced that it was their last show on tour with Sharon Van Etten, and that it has been an honor to work with her. Little Scream consists of two strong female singers (playing guitar and violin respectively), plus an also guitar-toting drummer. Their sound referenced the likes of Andrew Bird-esque violin plucking, interwoven with streams of freak folk and choral arrangements. Later during Sharon's encore, all of Little Scream returned to the stage to take part in a cover of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy".The good news is that Little Scream will make it back to NYC while on tour with The Antlers.
She Keeps Bees, not to be confused with Sea of Bees (I was actually confused until I wrote that sentence), have replaced Little Scream on the Brooklyn Bill. Megafaun also play that Brooklyn show and amazingly tickets are still available.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
To quote Amanda (who took these pictures Friday night at Bowery Ballroom), "Frankie Rose & the Outs were kinda fab. Frankie's facial expressions = amazing." To quote Bill, "Frankie Rose has dropped The Outs from her name... and the band. This show will mark the debut of her new group."
So to recap, ex-Vivian Girl/Crystal Stilt Frankie Rose, who was originally billed on the show as "Frankie Rose and the Outs" (because at some point she changed the band name from just "Frankie and the Outs"), debuted a brand new band lineup (except for the keyboardist who used to play guitar) during her opening set for the Dum Dum Girls (that she also used to be a member of) at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Friday.
And the new group is no longer all female, as you can see in the pictures that continue below...
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.
photos by Jessica Amaya
DOWNLOAD: Pregnant - Self-titled LP (ZIP)
"King Tuff totally rocked it at the knitting factory tonight.
Glad I didn't miss it!" - BeyondBeyondisBeyond
King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas who also happens to be in Witch and Feathers and Happy Birthday) headlined (an actual birthday party) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night (1/20) with support from Frankie Rose & The Outs and Nude Beach. That's Tuff above, and more pictures of the show are below.
Nude Beach (the NY band) will join Nomos and The Men for a FREE show at Generation Records at 2PM on Sunday (1/23). Nude Beach is replacing Pregnant on the in-store bill, who recently dropped off of the show but is still scheduled to play Cake Shop on Mar 18 with Black Wine & Big Eyes. Bone up for Cake Shop by checking out their self-titled LP, out on vinyl now, but you can preview that LP on digital form above.
Generation Records is also a bit of a homecoming show for Nomos and The Men, as both bands recently came back from a two week tour of the West Coast which saw them share dates with Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge, Skin Like Iron, Walls, and many others. Both bands released LPs in 2010; Nomos dropped Notes From The Acheron in September (order it) while The Men are currently on their second pressing of Immaculada after initially releasing it in May (snag one).
More pictures and a video from Knitting Factory, below...
Ducktails at Glasslands (more by Erez Avissar)
As you may have noticed at the bottom of the recent set of Ducktails tour dates we posted, there was a tour with Woods planned, but no actual dates. That is no longer true. Woods and Ducktails will hit Maine, Vermont, Philly, Baltimore and their hometown of Brooklyn together in February. The NYC show is 2/4 at Monster Island Basement, but you don't need to wait that long to see Ducktails. As previously discussed, they play with Gary War at Union Pool tonight (1/8) and at Glasslands on 1/18 with the Smith Westerns. All dates are below.
In semi-related news, Blank Dogs also have a hometown date at Monster Island Basement one week prior, on 1/28, with their Captured Tracks labelmates from San Francisco, The Soft Moon, who they'll also play Boston and Philly with that same week. All dates are below.
And speaking of Captured Tracks, as previously mentioned, MINKS have a few shows in the near future as well, including supporting Frankie Rose & The Outs at Bowery Ballroom with Dum Dum Girls on March 4th (tickets), and Jan 21st at Glasslands with Big Troubles.
Frankie Rose & The Outs also have another show a lot sooner. It happens on January 20th with King Tuff at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"It's a scene here at coco66 for frankie/tamaryn/glasser" - Bill
"The cops shut down coco66. I am SO pissed!!!!! Aghhh Tamaryn didn't finish the set and they were amazing" - gina
"NYPD just shutdown the Coco66 show 3 songs into Tamaryn's (unofficial) CMJ set. Supposedly due to over capacity. Crowd, band bummed." - marvic paulo
Tamaryn / police
Tamaryn's exclusive Brooklyn CMJ show, which wasn't actually part of CMJ, took place at Coco66 on Friday night (10/22). Light Asylum and Frankie & the Outs were both openers. Glasser was added at the last minute, but never ended up getting to play. Tamaryn, as you can read in the above tweets, barely got to play after the cops busted in after three songs.
The venue, which reportedly was either over capacity or not up to code, remains shut as of Sunday night. There's a rumor that they might not open back up for a while, though they are still advertising Monday's Superhuman Happiness show.
If this happened in Texas during SXSW, one might speculate that Coco66's closing had something to do with the "unofficial" nature of the show, but it would probably be silly to guess that CMJ has that much influence with the NYC government.
More pictures from the part of the show that happened, 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.
DOWNLOAD: Frankie & the Outs - Little Brown Haired Girls (MP3)
Frankie & the Outs @ Tip Top in July (more by Rebecca Smeyne)
There have been multiple instances (and multiple bands) where Frankie Rose (currently of Frankie and the Outs) has performed in revealing clothing (see above), but as far as I know this is the first time she's gone publicly topless, and by publicly I mean on countless NYC street corners via the cover of free weekly newspaper NY Press... which is pictured below...
DOWNLOAD: Frankie Rose and the Outs - Little Brown Haired Girls (MP3)
Despite her dislike of touring, Frankie Rose is taking the Outs on the road in October to support their self-titled Slumberland debut which is released September 21. You can download "Little Brown Haired Girls" from the album at the top of this post. The East Coast tour launches October 18 in Chapel Hill but more dates seem likely to be added, certainly on the way down to North Carolina. Before that, the Outs have two local shows scheduled: Saturday, August 14 at the Jelly's Rock Yard with Chief, Minks and Total Slacker; then an official record release show at Glasslands on September 15 with Light Asylum, Minks and Mirror Mirror (tickets).
The Outs have slimmed to a four-piece (no more keyboardist) and have become a pretty solid band in the last year. Maybe you caught their last-minute late night set this past Saturday (7/24) at Cameo, sharing the bill with Magic Kids and Xray Eyeballs. (Video from that below.) The album, 11 songs clocking in just under 30 minutes, has a definite through line of all the bands Rose has been in over the last three years (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts) but she is definitely doing her own thing, with an emphasis on multi-part harmonies. (Most evident on their gorgeous cover of Arthur Russell's "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" which there's live video of below.) It's more mellow, dreamy, than anything she's done before. Twangier too.
All Frankie Rose and the Outs tour dates, plus album art and a couple live videos, and a set of unplublished pictures from SXSW this year, are below...
photos by Rebecca Smeyne
After Thee Oh sees played a Vice party (Thursday), South Steet Seaport Friday, and Rock Yard on Saturday, they completed their NYC stay with a hot and sweaty performance at the 'Bikini Bash' at Bed Stuy's Tip Top (432 Franklin Ave).
The party, were people were literally encouraged to wear bikinis (those in bathing suits paid $5 less) was produced by new party promotion company ABRACADBRA (of which photographer Rebecca Smeyne is a partner in). Golden Triangle (who also played the Seaport on Friday) and Frankie and the Outs (who have performed in bikinis before) were also on the Saturday night bill.
More of Rebecca's pictures from the show, below...
- Feb 2008: Vivian Girls start making a name for themselves on the scene
- Sep 2008: Frankie Rose leaves Vivian Girls to play with Crystal Stilts full time
- Sept 2008: Ali Koehler replaces Frankie Rose in Vivian Girls
- July 2009: Frankie Rose makes her 1st appearance as Dum Dum Girls member
- Sept 2009: Frankie Rose leaves Crystal Stilts & starts Frankie & the Outs
- Dec 2009: Best Coast getting popular, announce tour w/ Vivian Girls
- June 2010: Frankie Rose leaves Dum Dum Girls to focus on Frankie & the Outs
- July 2010: Ali Koehler leaves Vivian Girls and joins Best Coast
- July 2010: Fiona from Coasting replaces Ali in Vivian Girls
A video of Best Coast covering WAVVES' "I'm So Bored" at Primavera Sound in May, and a picture of Coasting, below...