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by Bill Pearis

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He spends most of his time fronting jangly indie pop band The Rosebuds, but Howard Ivans has a funky side, too. He's a member of Gayngs, and don't forget the Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in full. But now Ivans steps into the solo spotlight with a new 7" on Mattew E. White's Spacebomb records. The A-side, "Red Face Boys," is full-on funk, where the flip, "Pillows," is sexy, string-laden soul. You can stream both sides below.

Howard Ivans will be opening for White's upcoming tour, which includes in NYC stop on December 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available and all dates are listed in this post.

Matthew E White, meanwhile, plays NYC tonight (11/27) at Rough Trade. It's a free show with doors at 6:30 and White going on at 7 PM.

Single streams and tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds' Howard Ivans released a solo 7", touring in December w/ Matthew E White (who plays NYC tonight)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica @ Webster Hall
Polica

"It was clear onstage -- less so than on Polica's two albums -- that the two drummers rarely play in unison. In each song, they've orchestrated a dialogue of half and double speeds, of stolid backbeats behind rushing cymbals, of seismic crescendos that converge from two directions into a furious shared rumble, only to drop suddenly away.

On Polica's albums, Ms. Leaneagh's voice is often processed through effects that make her nearly unintelligible: a lot of Auto-Tune on the band's debut album, "Give You the Ghost," and other processes on its new album, "Shulamith" (both released by Mom & Pop). The band had some arty rationales for doing so, but the resulting mixes make the songs more remote than they should be.

Live, the combination of ache and back-to-the-wall tenacity in Ms. Leaneagh's voice comes through as clearly as it should; it made perfect sense for Polica to perform Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" among its encores. Stripped of its old electronic clutter, "Wandering Star" -- which Ms. Leaneagh performed simply as a duo with Mr. Bierden's bass -- sounded as sad and solitary as what its lyrics describe: "Now the world turns without me."

Near the end of the set, Ms. Leaneagh suddenly announced, "I'm having, like, one of the worst shows of my life." But she had sung with purity and finesse, and the audience disagreed, loudly." - [New York Times].

Minneapolis pop band Polica brought their tour to NYC last week (11/08) for a show at Webster Hall. Having just released their sophomore LP, Shulamith, they naturally played many songs off of that. Among their encores was a cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," and a stripped down version of "Wandering Star."

It was an all Minneapolis evening at Webster Hall (where Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir recently played when they were in NYC) with Twin Cities supergroup Marijuana Deathsquads opening. The band features Gayngs/Polica member Ryan Olson, Har Mar Superstar (and sometimes Polica's Channy Leaneagh and Drew Christopherson, to name a few) and they brought their noisy, multi-hyphenate show to open, including a chaotic three drummer drone collage. Pictures of both bands are in this post.

Polica still have a ways to go on their tour and all tour dates are listed, along with more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

Continue reading "Polica and Marijuana Deathsquads @ Webster Hall (pics) "

POS remix

Marijuana Deathsquads, the psychedelic and experimental Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, have remixed the entirety of POS' 2012 album, We Dont' Even Live Here. (POS still hasn't gotten that needed kidney transplant but is doing better) Titled POS WDELH MDS RMX, the record features Lizzo, Doomtree collaborator SIMS, new verses from POS and more. It will be a free download available in June via Rhymesayers but you can stream "Piano Hits" from it below.

After a May residency at Minneapolis' Icehouse, Marijuana Deathsquads -- armed with Polica's two drummers -- will head out on tour in June, with two stops in NYC: Glasslands on 6/8 and Mercury Lounge on 6/10. Tickets for Glasslands are currently on sale, and tickets to Mercury lounge go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, plus the POS remix a live MDS radio session and a lyric video, below...

Continue reading "Marijuana Deathsquads remixing POS (who still needs a kidney), going on tour (dates, streams)"

The Comedy

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.
As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.

Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.

The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.

You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).

You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)

The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.

Continue reading "The Comedy is coming to theaters, but first a free BV screening; Soundtrack being released too"

by BBG

Horseback at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Horseback

Ok we lied about the trifecta. Here's the fourth post in a row related to Bon Iver & Gayngs (the others are HERE, HERE and HERE).

Fans of the dark arts might do a double take on Mount Moriah when they hit the road for a string of dates with fellow NC'ers The Rosebuds. That's because guitarist/evil genius Jenks Miller of Horseback is behind the six-string of this alt-country/americana band, playing tunes that definitely do not resemble his other personae. Nevertheless, the band which features the heartfelt vocals of Bellafea's Heather McEntire, cranks out tuneful and gorgeous melodies on their self-titled LP out now via Holiday For Quince. Look for guest appearances from members of Megafaun, Gayngs, St. Vincent, Bowerbirds, Dean & Britta, and many others on this Brian Paulson (Beck, Wilco) produced LP which is streaming below.

Mount Moriah's tour hits NYC twice, first on 10/12 at Bowery Ballroom as part of their string of dates with The Rosebuds and again at Southpaw on 10/14. Tickets for Bowery Ballroom are still available (no tickets or even a listing for Southpaw yet). All dates are listed below.

Oh and speaking of Megafaun, don't forget they have a new album out and dates coming up too.

Stream all of Mount Moriah's self-titled LP, alongside all tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Mount Moriah (Jenks Miller, Heather McEntire & guests) released an LP (stream), touring w/ the Rosebuds (dates)"

MD

Ryan Olson of Gayngs' other group Marijuana Deathsquads are working on their debut album Crazy Master. You can stream the album's title track, making its debut here, below.

For more music, check out their recent session at Daytrotter, where it was written...

With Marijuana Deathsquads, Olson and frequent collaborators such as Doomtree's Mike Mictlan, Rhymesayers' P.O.S. and Har Mar Superstar make you feel as if you've just been bit by a psychedelic rattlesnake and you're quickly losing your mind as the white venom courses through your veins. You can just shut your eyes and feel the dizziness take over, move you around the floor, twist you over the cushions or into the thin sheets of a bed. You feel as if you could be arrested for just being where you are right now, as if you've done something immoral that you don't even remember, as if the fog's either just wearing off or it's just setting in. We're on the borderline of cognition and full-blown fuzziness. They recreate the sensations of free-fall and in coming upon a bed full of tarantulas when you'd have been scared out of your skin just seeing one of them. It's a longer route to getting intimate with someone else (compared with the sax and vocoder-harmony-rocking style of GAYNGS), but Marijuana Deathsquads still leave the possibilities out there for you to do what you will with them. The frightening segments are interspersed with celebratory dancehall beats and you can almost see Olson hopping around behind his laptop, his mouth blowing up with ecstasy, stoned out of his mind, with the biggest smile you've ever seen ladling the bottom half of his face. You join in the look and go where the Deathsquads take you.
Marijuana Deathsquads will be playing multiple shows with sometimes Gayngs member/Deathsquads collaborator and fellow Minneapolis resident Har Mar Superstar at Bowery Electric in NYC during October. The residency will take place each Monday for four weeks. It kicks off on Monday, October 3 with guests Crazy and the Brains and DJ Ted Leo. The 10/10 show includes The Dirty Fences and Only Son. The 10/17 show includes Mike Mictlan of Doomtree and Spyder Babie Rawdog. The 10/24 show has Polica (Channy of Gayngs), Fur Pillows and The Young Things. Tickets for each night of the residency are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Speaking of Ted Leo and Bowery Electric, catch Ted as part of a BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute show at the NYC venue in November.

Speaking of tribute shows and Har Mar Superstar, Har Mar is also taking part in Petty Fest at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW in October.

All tour dates and the MD song below...

Continue reading "Marijuana Deathsquads (Ryan Olson of Gayngs) setting up residency in NYC w/ Har Mar Superstar, releasing an album (dates & song premiere)"

by Andrew Sacher

Channy with Gayngs at Stubbs in March (more by Timothy Griffin)
Channy Casselle

Polica (pronounced po-lisa), the new project of Channy Casselle (formerly of Roma Di Luna and currently the lead female vocalist of Gayngs) are set to release their debut LP this year. The album was co-written and produced by fellow Gayngs member Ryan Olson (also of Marijuana Deathsquads), mixed by Jim Eno (of Spoon), and features guest vocals by Mike Noyce of Bon Iver on two songs. The album's got a sort of electro-R&B influenced indie rock feel and Channy belts out some incredible melodies which are aided by pretty tasteful voice manipulation. You can hear two tracks from the album at Polica's website now, including "Lay Your Cards Out," which features Mike Noyce. The album's tracklist is below.

Polica recently kicked off a short run of East Coast dates opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on their tour which includes the sold out Bowery Ballroom show tonight (9/20). If you've got tickets, get there early to check out Polica's set.

If you weren't able to get tickets for tonight's show, you can catch Polica in NYC again at the last night of Gayngs member Ryan Olson's other group Marijuana Deathsquads' residency at Bowery Electric with Har Mar Superstar in October (tickets).

Polica tracklist and dates below...

Continue reading "check out Polica (Channy Casselle of Gayngs & special guests) -- in NYC now on tour, streaming 2 songs"

photos by Josh Darr

Flaming Lips / Modest Mouse
Sasquatch
Sasquatch

"Rockers The Flaming Lips have long had a reputation for extravagant live shows: Fake blood, torrential confetti downpours, animal costumes and comically oversized fists are all standard fare. The band's Sunday night set at this year's Sasquatch Music Festival was no exception, with frontman Wayne Coyne taking to the crowd in his over-sized bubble. Still, the band managed to make its big, flashy show feel like a more intimate affair.

While playing the landmark 1999 album The Soft Bulletin nearly in full, Coyne chatted genially with the audience, taking frequent breaks during "The Spiderbite Song" to relate the anecdotes behind the song's lyrics. Another set highlight, "Waitin' for a Superman" -- stripped down to a delicate piano and voice arrangement -- was introduced as a tribute to departed icon Elliott Smith. Although the band was forced to exclude a couple of songs due to time constraints, it delivered a personal version of what many consider its finest album." [listen @ NPR]

Sasquatch Fest ended Monday night (pictures from that day coming soon). Audio of many of the sets, Flaming Lips included, is archived for streaming over at NPR. Like Archers of Loaf, the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus and many others played on Sunday (the third of four days). More pictures from that day, below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 - Day 3 in pics & streams (Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Beach House & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Yuck @ Barbarella (BV Party photo by Amanda Hatfield)
Yuck

Moving on from Wednesday... Thursday, in some ways, was a bit of a bust for me. I blame St. Patrick's Day, one of my least favorite holidays. It is amateur hour. Attendance was up 40% at SXSW this year, and I'm guessing a lot of that was college kids on spring break all of whom already seemed to have had enough to drink by the time I hit 6th Street after the BrooklynVegan-curated portion of the Day Stage. It was a day spent trying to avoid getting puked on or punched.

Anyway, I headed over to our other Thursday afternoon event at Barbarella/Swan Dive, which was crowded but chill, arriving just in time to catch the end of Fergus & Geronimo and Beans' sets. Trying to navigate between the two connected clubs -- blazing sunshine at the patio stage, pitch black for the Barbarella inside stage -- was a bit tough.

I watched most of Yuck's set and thought they sounded great. Not the most exciting band to watch, but that's okay, not everyone can bounce around the stage like Superchunk to whom they owe more than a little sonic dept. Speaking of, Mac McCaughan was their for their whole set which I thought was kind of awesome. I asked him if he was there to collect royalties from Yuck. He laughed and said, "No way, I love these guys!"

Obits @ Barbarella (BV Party photo by Amanda Hatfield)
Obits

From there it was out to the Patio for Obits' set. There's something about their pedal-to-the-metal rock that sounds a little better in Texas. Plus they played the two songs I really wanted to hear: "You Gotta Lose" from the new album Moody, Standard and Poor, and their first-ever single "One Cross Apiece."

After scarfing down some tacos (courtesy of the El Diablo truck in Barbarella's backyard, yes a sister truck to the one here at Union Pool), I caught a little of Screaming Females, rip-roaring as usual, and Menomena before heading East to pick up my Fader Fort wristband. Probably a mistake to go to the one place with truly unlimited booze on St. Patrick's Day, it was a phantasmagoric scene of oversized spectacles, day-glo clothing, long lines, and marketing. And booze. Oh...and bands. Mazes, who I'd seen the night before, were playing and not many people seemed to be paying attention.

Most people seemed to be having the Best Time Ever but it was just a little much for me, so I opted for the green grass and relaxed vibe of the French Legation to catch Edwyn Collins which was just a pleasure. With a shit-hot band, including legend Dave Ruffy on drums, we got a 40-minute or so set, half of which was from his new album Losing Sleep, the rest from his back catalog, mostly from his Orange Juice days.

Missed opportunity: they didn't play OJ classic "The Day I Went Down to Texas." But otherwise no complaints. Just like at his Rock Shop show, the set's highlight was Losing Sleep track "In Your Eyes," with Edwyn's son Will singing co-lead, the part sung by Jonathan of The Drums. The Drums' Jacob Graham came out and played guitar with them too. Like his dad, Will Collins has pipes perfect for croony melodrama. Get this kid his own band!

Edwyn Collins @ French Legation
sxsw

I zoned out at the Legation for a while before heading to Beauty Bar to see Swedish soft pop band Pacific! I love Pacific's first album, Reveries, a melange of '78-'82 soft rock influences, but had no idea what their live show would be like. I certainly wasn't expecting them to come out in cloaks and hoods. Backlit, they looked like Grim Reapers, albeit ones making music that would fit right in beside Air Supply and Falco.

From there it was off to Emo's Jr. to catch San Francisco's Magic Bullets. If you are ever in need of a pick-me-up, go see this band. Their singer is the dancin-est frontman I have ever seen, and the whole band really seems to enjoy playing...which is infectious. They ended their set with a cover of Altered Images' "I Could Be Happy," which fit right in with the band's sound (that owes more than a little to early-'80s Scottish pop).

Austra was playing at Emo's proper so we went to catch them. Buzz is just started to build for them but I think when their debut, Feel it Break, hits they will be unavoidable. The record is all hits and they've got a really good live show too, including identical twin sisters as backup singers. Eminently danceable, with soaring choruses, Austra have got it. I left before the Kills who went on next at what was the Domino showcase.

From here I met up with friends at Palm Door, near the Convention Center, and caught the tail-end of We Barbarians' set. The Long Beach trio's sound is not a million miles away from Bear Hands or Local Natives, dancefloor friendly rock. I thought they were pretty good. They hit New York in a couple weeks for two sold-out shows with Foster the People and Grouplove: Mercury Lounge on April 8 and Knitting Factory on April 9.

"You ready for some killer dubstep?" That's Shaun Durkan, bassist/singer for Weekend, who were up next. He kids, he kids. Intense and very, very loud, Weekend take a load of post punk influences and really do make them their own. They are just so good at what they do. You're knocked back by sheer force as Durkan's vocals swirl in and out as if from a parallel dimension. Easily one of the best sets I saw at SXSW. Weekend are in town in two weeks, for two shows: opening for Wire at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 5, and then an early show at Mercury Lounge on April 6 with Toronto's Little Girls.

We decided to end the night with Gayngs at large outdoor club Mohawk who are supposed to be on at 12:30 but are still setting up equipment an hour later. With what seems like 30 people in the band, I can see how it would take so long but my energy flagged and I took off before they played, deciding to catch the Night Owl bus back to my friend's apartment instead.

A few more photos below, some video, and applicable tour dates...

Continue reading "Bill's Week in Austin (Day 2 - Yuck, Austra, Obits, Edwyn Collins, Weekend, Magic Bullets, We Barbarians & more)"

photos by Timothy Griffin

Gayngs / Local Natives
Gayngs
Local Natives

"To create the GAYNGS' Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list. Ensuring anonymity, the list was presented in alphabetical order (shown below) to a collection of producers and musicians. They were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite...the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.

From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS' standard 69 bpm.

P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, MK Larada, and Plain Ole Bill (all from Minneapolis Hip-Hop Collective Doomtree) were the first to step up to the plate.

All turntablin' was done by Plain ole Bill. The Cook Bros (Megafaun) also lent their talents on keys."

You can listen to and download Regrind, which is out now, at the end of this post.

Gayngs seem to be taking it day by day - the supergroup of sorts has publicly toyed with the idea of the band only touring once, but the demand seems to be there, and so they continue to hit the road (though Justin Vernon is not always guaranteed to be a touring member). On Friday night they shared a sold out bill at Stubb's in Austin with Local Natives, and this coming week they'll play at least two more Austin shows during SXSW, and in April they do Coachella. Har Mar Superstar, like he has in the past, was filling in for Vernon at the smooth rock & autotune-filled Austin show where they covered Godley & Creme's 'Cry', and George Michael's 'One More Try'.

Local Natives, who also play a SXSW show (but only during Interactive), played songs from Gorilla Manor and apologized for not having much more than that. They promised a new album before their next tour through Austin. You can see their whole setlist, and more tour dates, and more pictures from the Stubb's show, and the Gayngs EP, below....

Continue reading "Gayngs released a remix EP, played Stubb's w/ Local Natives (pics), playing other shows (dates)"

Sasquatch

Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

Har Mar Superstar & Gayngs @ The Box in NYC (photo by Lisa-Thi Beskar)
Gayngs

In the midst of a lawsuit releated to the loss of their tour bus in Texas,, Minneapolis soft rock supergroup Gayngs flew back to NYC in late October (the same month they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom and Jimmy Fallon) for a post-tour, one-off, private show at The Box. Why did they do that? Because actor Josh Lucas, who met and saw them on that same episode of Fallon (he was one of the guests too), paid them to come and play his private pre-Halloween party at the Lower East Side club which he partially owns.

The cast of Gayngs that night included frontman Ryan Olson (of Marijuana Deathsquads), Ivan Rosebud on lead vocals, Channy Moon Casselle of Roma Di Luna on lead female vocals, three members of Megafaun (Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Joe Westerlund), Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, and.... fellow Minnesotan Har Mar Superstar who was basically filling in for Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who couldn't make the show probably because he was too busy chillin' with Kanye).

Gayngs have no more upcoming shows, possibly ever, but Har Mar can be found headlining venues twice in December. First you can catch him at First Avenue in hos hometown on December 15th, and then he heads back east for the New Years Eve show at Littlefield in Brooklyn (622 Degraw st.). Openers still TBA, but $25 tickets go on sale today, 11/19, at noon.

You guys ready to party?....

Continue reading "Har Mar Superstar filled in for Bon Iver @ a private Gayngs show @ The Box, playing New Years Eve @ Littlefield "

this goes out to our busdriver... (more by Ryan Muir)
Gayngs

Official statement from the band:

Last night, GAYNGS' tour bus, containing all of the band's gear, personal belongings, and livelihood, was mistakenly driven across the country from Emo's Downtown, en route to the ACL Festival Grounds. Unable to reach the driver of the bus, the band reported the gear stolen at approximately 4:20am.

After a sleepless, worry full night, the band made every attempt to borrow and backline equipment so the show could go on, however, we regret to announce that we will not be able to perform without the necessary equipment that was taken by the bus.

We are insanely bummed out by these events. We can only hope to have the opportunity to make it up to all of you. Thanks for your support on this tour. It was truly a dream come true.

Due to unfortunate circumstances Gayngs regretfully has to cancel their performance on the ZYNC stage at 3pm-4pm

ACL is pleased to announce Lance Herbstrong will be performing at the ZYNC stage at 3pm. [Austin360]

Lance Herbstrong is on stage as I type this. Lance was also the unannounced special guest on the ACL kiddie stage on Saturday. More ACL coverage coming soon.

Gayngs' tour is now completely over. Last week they hit NYC twice.

photos by Ryan Muir

Gayngs

Much like they did the night before at Bowery Ballroom, Gayngs played a NYC show with Glasser last night (10/4) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and covered Sade (and George Michael). The multi-member group, which started with 23 members but became 10 for this tour, includes band leader Ryan Olson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan from the Rosebuds, and members of Megafaun (and opener Glasser). Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post, as is the video of their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon which happened last night too. They played "The Gaudy Side of Town" for what was probably the first and last time they ever appear on TV...

Express Night Out: How does the 10-piece compare to the full ensemble?
Ryan Olson: It's way tighter musically. We had two days to practice with 23 people and make that shit gel. It's starting to feel like a band right now which is really fun. It's ridiculously fantastic, over-the-top fun.

Express Night Out: You've been emphasizing that this isn't a real band.
Ryan Olson: It's kind of more like a surreal band. It won't ever happen again.

Gayngs also recently laid down some tracks for Daytrotter, including "The Gaudy Side of Town", the Sade cover, and others. Grab those.

And speaking of Sade, she has a tour of her own coming up. George Michael is enjoying prison life.

Meanwhile Glasser has a just-announced headlining show of her own on the way. The chanteuse will make an appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/16. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (10/6) with regular sale kicking off at noon two days later.

More Glasser dates, the Jimmy Fallon video, and more pictures from MHOW are below...

Continue reading "Gayngs played MHOW, Daytrotter & Fallon (pics & video), Glasser adds a NYC show (and other dates) "

"OMG! @GAYNGS are SICK! Feat. Justin Vernon @boniver & members of Megafaun, Rosebuds, Solid Gold, etc. #Epic" -barryeb

"Just got this photo of Glasser covering Sade with Gayngs from @terriblerecords.. Any of y'all go?" -truepanther

Gayngs @ Bowery on October 3rd..
Gayngs

The band has a whopping 23 members, but I believe I saw somewhere between 11 and 13 members on stage at once. "Gayngs" is pronounced like "gangs" for those who are wondering. Their music is indie rock, a bit on the mellow side, but it definitely had some funk and soul. I appreciated that most members of the group were either wearing sunglasses on stage, or had really cool hoods for the duration of the show, adding to the laid back vibe. [According2g]
Gayngs made their NYC debut on Sunday, with a show at Bowery Ballroom. They play again tonight/Monday at MHOW.

Glasser opened (and opens again tonight) and also played with Gayngs. As it says above, she covered Sade's "By Your Side" with the band (they also covered "Cry" by Godley and Creme). A video of that from the Chicago show, and the setlist from the NYC show is below...

Continue reading "Gayngs played Bowery Ballroom, covered Sade w/ Glasser"

DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Glasser - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side Of Town (live) (MP3)

Glasser @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Glasser

Glasser isn't just on tour opening for Gayngs, she's playing as part of the band too. And that band is currently working its way across America for its first live shows out of Minneapolis. That's the same tour that was supposed to hit Webster Hall on October 3rd, but that show has been moved to the more intimate Bowery Ballroom. "All tickets honored" and there are even more tickets on sale for that show, and for the one happening the next day at Music Hall too.

It was also announced that the band will stop in for a TV appearance on on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon while they're here (on October 4th too). All dates, a video of Glasser playing on MPLS.TV with Gayngs, and a video of Gayngs covering The Alan Parsons Project's "Eye in the Sky", below...

Continue reading "Gayngs on tour, Glasser playing in the band (video), Webster Hall show moved to Bowery Ballroom "

Stereogum

Stereogum listed the "40 Best New Bands of 2010". They have a lot more detail, but you can also check out their list, alphabetically, below...

Continue reading "Stereogum lists the "40 Best New Bands of 2010" "

DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Glasser - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side Of Town (live) (MP3)

Gayngs member Justin Vernon (more by Drew Kaiser)
Gayngs

Gayngs have slightly updated their tour dates since we last spoke. Glasser will open all of them, and they've confirmed the following live lineup:

Ten of the twenty-plus contributors on the Relayted album will be there, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold. Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple will all be there too!
Gayngs played their first show, "The Last Prom on Earth", in Minneapolis in May. Grab the Chromeoesque live version of "The Gaudy Side Of Town", that was recorded at that show, above. Two studio versions of songs from their debut album Relayted, which was released by Jagjaguwar in May, are up there too. "The Gaudy Side Of Town" video is below with all dates (including two happening in NYC which are still on sale).

Glasser's debut album "Ring" will be released by Matador/True Panther on September 28th. Check out "Home" from that album above.

And speaking of Bon Iver,

"The rumors are true. And then some. Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon laid vocals down on "at least 10 songs" during three separate week-long trips to record with Kanye West in Hawaii earlier this year. While it's unclear how many of those tunes will actually make Kanye's forthcoming record-- due November 16-- at least one, "Lost in the World", seems to be a lock. In fact, the track-- which features newly recorded vocals by Vernon as well as a prominent sample of his Auto-Tuned song "Woods"-- could very well be the as-yet-untitled album's next single, according to a Kanye Ustream broadcast that aired last week.

All this news comes courtesy of Vernon himself, who excitedly chatted with us about the collaboration yesterday. Talking about "Lost in the World", Vernon said, "We were just eating breakfast and listening to it and Kanye's like, 'Fuck, this is going to be the festival closer.' I was like, 'Yeah, cool.' It kind of freaked me out." Along with West, Vernon met and worked with Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Rick Ross while in Hawaii. He said, "I was literally in the back room rolling a spliff with Rick Ross talking about what to do on the next part of a song. It was astonishing."" [Pitchfork]

Kanye played a private show with John Legend in NYC last week

BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini, like he did for WAVVES, spoke to Gayngs ringleader Ryan Olson backstage at Lollapalooza. Gayngs didn't play the festival, but Ryan was hanging out (he DJ'd an afterparty). Check out that video with the other video and all dates, and a NSFW Gayngs picture, below...

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live photos by Drew Kaiser

DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)

Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday
gayngs

Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...

Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.
Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.

Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.

The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.

A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...

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ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
ACL

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

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