Entries tagged with: Gem Club
Foxygen @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Crafty social commerce site Etsy has a holiday pop-up shop at 113 Greene St. in SoHo that runs through Saturday (12/8). In addition to selling various wares there are also free craft demonstrations and musical performances. Tonight (12/5) at 8:30 the musical guest is listed as "Secret Performer" but we have it on good authority that it's Foxygen (for whom we just premiered a video, and open up for Of Montreal at Webster Hall next week).
Other musical performances this week include Izzy & the Catastrophics today at 4 PM; Eric Harvey of Spoon performs on Thursday night (12/8); Gem Club play Friday afternoon (12/7, 4 PM); and Reggie Watts (who is one of the holiday shop's curators) will perform Saturday (12/8) at 7 PM. Again, all shows are free and open to the public (but subject to capacity, obviously). The full list of the Etsy Holiday Shop's musical performance schedule is below, and you can see the entire list of upcoming events here.
by Bill Pearis
R. Ring is Kelley Deal of the Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline and will play The Rock Shop on May 12, opening for Gem Club (their only upcoming date) and Mercury Lounge on May 13 with Beast Make Bomb. Both shows are part of a quick East Coast jaunt, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Those expecting Breeders-style raucousness should know R. Ring are much more low key and folky, but some of that Deal rasp and snarl is still there. The duo's debut single came out via Misra on Record Store Day which you can listen to here. Look for a more formal release from R. Ring later this year. You can also watch a couple R. Ring videos below as well, along with all tour dates.
Califone at BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Brooklyn show is in addition to the previous discussed date at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center on January 19th that will see a live soundtracking of the 1925 Buster Keaton film Go West as part of the previously discussed the New York Guitar Festival (tickets are still on sale for that too).
Gem Club are just back from a European tour where they filmed a session for WatchListenTell which you can watch below...
Memoryhouse @ Mercury Lounge
Like Still Corners, Xray Eyeballs, Gem Club, Jacuzzi Boys and Memoryhouse played the Hardly Art/Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge during CMJ. Here are some previously unposted pictures from that show.
J Mascis and Dum Dum Girls also played this Merc show, but we missed 'em. We did however catch DDG at their headlining Bowery Ballroom show. Some pictures from that one in here too. They are all below...
Casiokids @ Public Assembly
Well, another CMJ week has come and gone. How did you fare?
Though Northside summoned a number of my favorite artists to town, the CMJ line-up was rather thin by comparison, so I made it my goal to catch as many new acts as possible this year. With help from BV's tightly scheduled day parties, I managed to squeeze in 46 bands. While it's all still fresh in my mind (ie, before I spend the next week hibernating), here's a recap of my week, complete with my favorite finds...
I kicked things off with trance-inducing, one-man knob twittler Sun Glitters. Figuring out how to bring life to headphone-friendly, sample-heavy music in a live audience setting can be a challenge, but the few I saw this week (Million Young, Chad Valley and Luxembourg's Sun Glitters included) were decent.
If last year was the age of the one-man laptop act, 2011 was rife with lo-fi, synth/guitar-heavy (mostly) male groups cloaked in reverb. Each band had its strengths: Sunglasses (great energy on stage), Gauntlet Hair, Guards (perfectly summed up the sound of the moment), 1,2,3, Balkans (nice balance of in-your-face guitars and sunnily-swaggering vox), Tiny Victories. But after a while, I confess they all started to blend together--especially since a good chunk of these bands came early in the week for me.
What did stand out for me in this category was San Diego's garage-psych outfit Tropical Popsicle. Instead of falling flat, the deadpan vocal delivery of Tim Hines pulled me in and kept my attention, making me forget about my plans to leave midset. Another pleasant surprise for me was Dive, the side project of Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith.
But after a rather slow start to the week when schedule issues and cancellations made me abandon my original plans, things definitely picked up midweek. I spent Wednesday evening shuffling around in the rain to some seven venues. From the synth-driven pop music of Norway's Casiokids (whom I managed to sneak in on my lunch hour) to the decent public radio-friendly folk-pop of The Lighthouse and The Whaler and Lissy Trullie's alluringly husky vocals, the day was full of pleasant surprises--not the least of which was John Maus, easily one of the highlights of my week.
As I walked through the door at 285 Kent, I immediately felt as if I had gone back in time. Thick music pumped from the DIY graffiti-covered space, through clouds of cigarette smoke. On stage, Maus shook with intensity as he addressed the mass of dancing, sweaty revelers. Beneath the shambling chaos of the quick synth riffs and simple drum lines is an unhinged but triumphant quality that is intoxicating. I had heard whispered stories of Maus shows before, but I never really understood the fervor until I saw it for myself.
Thursday was also packed with a number of good finds. I somehow found myself in the 7th floor of a swanky hotel for an "acoustic" (as in not electric; not unplugged) Dum Dum Girls set (though only 2/4 band members were present). Other highlights included the seriously talented and take-your-breath-away-beautiful dreamy folk-pop of Gem Club (who just released their debut album on Hardly Art), and Brooklyn's own, Headless Horseman who make fun, glitchy, hook-laden music with inventive beats (Their song "Wavlngth" was seriously one of my favorites all week.)
Friday, my band-count escalated rapidly, thanks to the BV day showcase at Public Assembly, which essentially had two bands playing each hour. I knocked out a few of the hyped bands in this fashion, including Chelsea Wolfe and Gauntlet Hair. (I also stepped over to Cameo briefly to catch a few adrenaline-packed songs from the Brooklyn duo Hunters.) With her beautifully haunting (but not annoying operatic) vocals Chelsea Wolfe was certainly one of the more memorable acts of the week. Would she be getting as much buzz if she didn't dress like "a medival [sic] reinactment [sic] person from Medival [sic] Times" (to quote an anonymous BV commenter)? Hard to say, but I have to give the woman credit--I couldn't take my eyes off her, and she was one of the few artists I caught twice. But my surprise favorite of the day show was Young Magic. Hip-hop and dark electro-pop may be unlikely bedfellows, but they sure make for quite an interesting pair. These guys are a force.
Other highlights of the day included the eye-catching electro-pop duo Purity Ring (love the name) and one of my favorite SXSW finds from earlier this year, Sea of Bees. At Webster Hall, Purity Ring's bass was so powerful at times that I almost forgot to breathe. Though the band relies on a lot of samples to craft their sound, they are far more interesting to watch due to their onstage chemistry and mysterious gold-piped instrument. Though nothing alike, my other favorite artist of the evening was Sea of Bees. Singer/songwriter Julie Baeziger's genuinely sweet demeanor and earnest acoustic performance are always a pleasant change of pace from the more aloof, laptop-driven artists that seem to sprout with the speed and frequency of mushrooms.
The week concluded not with a bang (I was turned away at the door of Brooklyn Bowl for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whom I had hoped to end on), but with more of a slow fade-out. Forced to change my schedule at the last minute, I caught a few acts nearby, including Delicate Steve (how those five people were working from the same set list was a mystery at times given the haphazard nature of their sound, but it was fun to watch them put it all together), Races (pleasant and charming), Bleached, and about four minutes of the Kopecky Family Band (fun!) before hopping on the L and calling it a week.
So how does this year's CMJ stack up? Most people I spoke with seemed unimpressed. No doubt, the growth of SXSW--especially over the past few years--seems to have sucked some of the life out of CMJ. (It's hard to compete with free tacos, 76-degree days, and the compact nature of downtown Austin.) But like a hipster chick desperately scouring the racks at Beacon's Closet, I like the challenge of the frenzied search. There's good stuff in there hiding among the dross. You just have to look a bit harder.
Pictures in this post are from day parties at Pianos (We Listen for You) and Public Assembly (Under the Radar) on Wednesday. More of them below...
by Andrew Sacher
Youth Lagoon @ the Rhythm Room in Phoenix - 9/5 (photo by sgilchrist03)
Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) recently kicked off a tour in support of his upcoming debut, The Year of Hibernation, out September 27 on Fat Possum. He makes his NYC debut on that tour on Monday (9/12) at Mercury Lounge with Young Magic. Tickets are still available for that show, and for the Glasslands show and the other Mercury show that are part of a string of shows with Gardens & Villa. The Glasslands show is also with Gem Club. Updated dates are listed below. You can see a picture from the recent Phoenix show above. A live video from the same show can be watched below.
Youth Lagoon recently made a video for the epic album track "Montana." The video was directed by Tyler T Williams, who has also directed videos for Craft Spells and Coma Cinema. The video tells the story of a young boy whose father goes off to war in what appears to be 1950s suburban America and ends with the boy in present time finding his father's ghost. It's got an interesting adjacency to the song's lyrics which explore growth and spirit.
Watch the video and the live video with the dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Gem Club - "Twins" (MP3)
J. Mascis at Hammerstein Ballroom in August (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Sub Pop/Hardly Art are presenting Lamefest II: Eclectic Boogaloo (aka their 2011 CMJ showcase) at Mercury Lounge on October 20. The lineup includes J. Mascis, Still Corners, Jacuzzi Boys, Gem Club, Xray Eyeballs, and special guests. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/7) at noon. Update: Here are the set times:
Special Guests- 1amYou can also catch Xray Eyeballs nine days later opening for Black Lips at Webster Hall (10/29). Davila 666 are also on the bill. Tickets are still available. They also play Death by Audio on September 13 with Grave Babies, Perpetual Ritual, and a "secret guest that have some monster head room." In possibly related news, Ganglians play the Rock Shop one night earlier.
J Mascis - 12am
Still Corners - 11pm
Memoryhouse - 10pm
Jacuzzi Boys - 9pm
Gem Club - 8pm
XRay Eyeballs- 7pm
Gem Club also play Glasslands on September 30 with Youth Lagoon and Gardens & Villa. They've recently released a new track, "Twins," off their upcoming LP Breakers. Grab an MP3 of that track above.
Jacuzzi Boys also play a Hardly Art CMJ party at 285 Kent on October 21 and the Bruise Cruise CMJ show on October 22. Venue and full lineup TBA.
Still Corners recently made a video for "Cuckoo." Check that out along with all dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
When Chris Edley (aka CF Edley) isn't directing music videos (his credits include MGMT's "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel" and Saul Williams' "Convict Colony"), he records and produces music under the moniker SAFE. He put out a self titled EP in March of 2010, which was only available physically as a cassette, but you can download the entire thing for free at his bandcamp. The EP was produced by Jeffrey Brodsky (aka Jeffrey Jerusalem) of YACHT's live band.
His songs take shape from synth lines and drum loops but SAFE doesn't really operate as an electronic project. His songwriting approach puts the emphasis more on his lyrics and chord patterns than the synthetic sounds he uses to convey them. An LP is due out sometime in the future, though little information has surfaced about that. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with the EP and the non-album track, "Carolina," that was released soon after. You can grab MP3s of that track and "Holy Mess" from the EP above.
SAFE has a coule upcoming shows including the Helsing Junction Sleepover in Rochester, WA with The Hive Dwellers, Brainstorm, Tender Forever, and many more. He's also got a NYC show on August 29 at Cameo Gallery with Gem Club, and Evi Antonio. UPDATE: He also plays August 27at Union Pool as part of "The Weekly Revue" variety show.
Gem Club also play Glasslands on September 30 with Youth Lagoon and Gardens & Villa. Tickets for that show are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Gem Club - "Breakers" (MP3)
As mentioned, details were floating around about a Youth Lagoon show at Glasslands with Gardens & Villa. Those details have since been cleared up. The show is part of a tour that both bands will go on together after Youth Lagoon goes on his headlining tour in September. The Gardens & Villa/Youth Lagoon tour will end up hitting Glasslands on September 30 with Gem Club and will also include another NYC show the next night, October 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Mercury show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon. Mercury Lounge tickets are currently available for AmEx pre-sale.
The 9/30 Glasslands show is Gem Club's only scheduled show at the moment, but according to their website, they are currently planning a fall tour in support of their new LP Breakers, which drops September 27 via Hardly Art. Grab an MP3 of the album's title track above.
NYC-via-Australia producer Young Magic has been added as an opener to Youth Lagoon's 9/12 show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. Young Magic also plays the 9/10 Glasslands show with Ill Fits. The "You With Air" b/w "Sparkly" single, released this past February, is available at his bandcamp. Name your price.
In other Youth Lagoon news, he recently posted the lyrics to the three album tracks that have been floating around the internet, "Cannons," "July," and "Montana" on his blog. Check them out, that distortion-covered voice has got a lot to say. Also stay tuned for a video.
All dates and a new Gardens & Villa video for "Spacetime" off their recently released Secretly Canadian self titled debut are below...
Youth Lagoon, who is scheduled to play a few festivals this September, has added his first two NYC shows around that same time. The new dates areSeptember 12 at Mercury Lounge and September 30 at Glasslands. The latter is with Gardens & Villa and Gem Club. Tickets go on sale Saturday (7/23) at noon for the Mercury show and are on sale now for the Glasslands show.
According to Idaho Statesman, "Youth Lagoon will embark on a national tour in September and October. After that, Powers says, he might play some dates in Europe." The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but check out initial dates below...