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Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second album under his own name on September 30 via the new North American arm of Welsh label Turnstile. It's titled A New Testament, and Owens offers this about it:

It's a testament to honest, earnest, simple songwriting--"three chords and the truth", songs inspired by the fundamentals of American music--Gospel, Country, R&B, picking the songs for this record was exciting enough for me, because they're some of the ones that speak to me the most, of my memories, real life experiences, my battles, my victories. But hearing the record actually take form and come to life was even more exciting than I imagined. The new ground we worked towards--playing with Ed Efira on pedal steel for the first time, all of it was an amazing experience.

This album is nothing if not a testament to the power of music, and to the musicians that made it--John Anderson, Darren Weiss, Makeda--who all helped make Father Son Holy Ghost what it is, Danny Eisenberg--who was introduced to me during the sessions for Broken Dreams Club and played again on Father Son Holy Ghost, this is now our third record together, and I think that's what shows.

The first single from the album is "Nothing More Than Everything to Me," and the video for that was released today. Directed by actor Max Minghella (whose late father, Anthony Minghella, directed The English Patient), its a sweet tale of puppy love and you can watch that below.

Owens will be on tour this fall, beginning his trek with two NYC shows: Highline Ballroom on September 23 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 24. Tickets for the MHOW show go on AmEx presale today (7/9) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (7/11) at noon; tickets for the Highline show will be available soon via Ticketweb.

All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and new video, below...

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SNL

Last night (3/8) was a very Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live with Girls' star/creator Lena Dunham hosting, and The National as musical guest. The National performed "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl," both of which are from the band's 2013 album, Trouble Will Find Me and you can watch video of both below.

To up last night's starpower, the episode also featured a bevy of cameos: Liam Neeson, John Hamm, and former SNL castmember Fred Armisen. The next new episode of SNL is March 29 with Louis CK as host. No musical guest has been announced, unless Louis is gonna pull a Drake.

The National will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June as part of the band's continuing world tour. Watch their SNL performances below...

Continue reading "The National played SNL, Louis CK to host again on March 29"

by Bill Pearis

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We posted the video short of new SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata as a guide giving tours of Girls locations in Brooklyn. That is likely to turn into a reality as On Locations Tours, the company that did Sex & the City bus tours of NYC, is going to do one for the hit HBO show. On Location rep Georgette Blau told the Daily News visitors could be bussing around Bushwick and Greenpoint this fall. "The locations aren't exactly glamorous, but they're authentic," Blau said, adding, "It's so hot right now. I hope that hipsters would embrace it."

Elsewhere, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham will host SNL this weekend with The National as musical guests, making it perhaps the most Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live ever. You can watch a bunch of promos for the episode all strung together below.

And while on the subject of comedies about 20-something girls trying to make it in the Big City, if you haven't watched Broad City on Comedy Central yet, it's real funny, and may speak to some of you more than Dunham and crew do. (Plus Hannibal Buress as a dentist!) A few clips of that below....

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Sasheer Zamata, SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007, made her debut on on the show this past week as part of the Drake-hosted episode. She was in a bunch of sketches, but didn't have a whole lot of lines -- though her Rihanna-as-Blossom bit was a definitely highlight. You get a much better example of her comic chops in a video just posted to Lorne Michaels' AboveAverage YouTube channel. In it she plays Madison, a girl who gives Girls tours of Greenpoint, featuring locations from the popular HBO show. Example, "This is Cafe Grumpy where Hannah works and they have a drink called 'The Hannah.' It's an $8 cup of coffee." You can watch the whole thing in this post.

Meanwhile the third season of Girls is three episodes in and does continue to feature lots of GPT locales. In this past week's episode, Hannah celebrated her 25th birthday at Matchless. Did you catch that one? Maybe you were an extra in it?

Watch the Girls Tour featuring Sasheer Zamata below...

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by Bill Pearis

Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
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HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.

Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.

In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.

Continue reading "Kim Gordon was on 'Girls' season premiere (watch it); soundtrack vol. 2 features Jenny Lewis, Lily Allen & more"

QOTSA

Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.

As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.

QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.

All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...

Continue reading "Queens of the Stone Age on tour, have holiday sweaters (DFA 1979, Metallica & more, too); Brody Dalle details new solo LP"

David Sedaris and Lena Dunham
David Sedaris and Lena Dunham

One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.

Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.

Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.

As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.

In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...

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Girls

From Craigslist:

Emmy Winning Reality TV Production Company - Seeking Real Life "Girls" (Manhattan/Brooklyn)
REALITY TV--SEEKING REAL LIFE "GIRLS"

Ever feel like life in the big frantic city is just too much? Are you a twenty-something young woman seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential? How do you get from here to there when you can't even get a seat on the L train! Come to a casting call with our Emmy-winning production company and tell us your dreams and woes, your highs and lows, your tales of *** in the city and the outrageous opportunities that have come your way. Is your circle of friends bound together by not just the parties, fights, and brunches but frequent bouts of commiserating over your struggles? It isn't easy taking the road less travelled, but making it as a writer, designer, entrepreneur, actress/model or glorified dog walker never is!

The real life television show we are making follows the trials and tribulations of an ensemble of wise-beyond-their-years young ladies. We are with you living the dream in hipster Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Only well educated and cultured extroverts need apply. Are you thinking about that show--"Girls?" Well we didn't say it but. . ..now that you mention it.

So just send us an email at blinktipcasting@gmail.com with your name, clear attached photos, a short, informal resume, cell phone, and a brief note about why you think you'd work in the show. We'll be scheduling meetings this week, which will generally take place in midtown Manhattan, but we'll get back to you with the specific time and place. So drop us an email today!

Via Jezebel.

In related news, the show "Girls" recently came out with a soundtrack featuring the likes of Fleet Foxes, Lia Ices, Robyn, Santigold, and more.

"Girls" the TV show, is not to be confused with "Girls" the band whose frontman recently went solo and is in the middle of a two-night run in NYC as I type this.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Christopher Owens @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/22/2013
Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens played his first of two Bowery Ballroom shows last night (1/21). Playing the bulk of his solo debut, Lysandre, which barely clocks in at a half-hour, the former Girls frontman then came back for a set of covers. Given the '70s AM vibe of his album, his choices seemed pretty appropriate: Cat Stevens' "Wild World," Donavan's "Lalena," Simon & Garfunkle's "The Boxer," The Everly Brothers' "Let it Be Me" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."

Melted Toys opened the night and will do so again with Owens tonight (1/22) and tickets are still available. Pics from Melted Toys set and more of Owens' are below.

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Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (more by David Andrako)
Santigold

As you may have seen last night, HBO's Girls won big at the Golden Globes, grabbing both Best Comedy series and Best Actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. At the same time Dunham was giving her acceptance speech, Season 2 of Girls (now featuring Donald Glover as Hannah's new boyfriend) was making its debut on the pay cable channel.

The soundtrack to Girls just came out last week and one of the songs exclusive to it is Santigold's "Girls." We've got the premiere of its video right here in this post. Shot here in NYC the cool little clip features girls from all walks of life (and all ages) lip-synching to the track and you can watch it below. The Girls soundtrack also features Sleigh Bells, Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Belle & Sebastian and more.

Santigold played Bowery Ballroom back in December and her only upcoming live date is at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on February 9. Video and Girls OST artwork and tracklist below...

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Owens

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens releases his solo debut, Lysandre, next week (1/15) via Fat Possum. Going even further in the '70s AM style the second Girls album dabbled in, Lysandre details Owens' time in the band that brought him the spotlight. The New York Times has a feature on him today:

The breakup of Girls drove fervent speculation in the indie world. Mr. Owens said it was simply the result of growing pains and shifting lineups. "Nobody hated each other or anything like that," but success "happened a little too fast," he said. "The band would have survived longer if we would have gone slower."

(Mr. White, the co-founder of Girls, did not reply to requests for comment.)

With "Lysandre" Mr. Owens tells the story of Girls as he experienced it, from his gritty start -- hustling, guns, "sleeping in the back of a pickup truck," as he sings on "New York City" -- to touring the south of France. Along the way there was a breakup with a boy and a long-distance romance with the Frenchwoman. Mr. Owens said he was "very attracted to women" and didn't seek out relationships with men, but they happened.

The NY Times is also streaming Lysandre in full, so click here to listen.

Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls

UK indie pop outfit Veronica Falls, who are touring in 2013 with great new band Cheatahs, just spoke to us about their ten favorite things of 2012 music, film, and TV-wise. It was singer/guitarist James Hoare, specifically, who sent his list over, and he really likes Girls. He's got the single for "My Ma" by the now-defunct band, the solo album by frontman Christopher Owens (which actually comes out next year, but we'll let it slide), AND the television show of the same name all in his top 10 list. He's also got fellow indie poppers Mac DeMarco and Woods, and reveals his classic rock soft spot by including the new Rolling Stones song.

Veronica Falls' tour with Cheatahs hits NYC on March 8 at Bowery Ballroom with Cold Showers and tickets for that show are still available.

James' full list is below...

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"Just saw Christopher Owens solo show at Le Poisson Rouge. A solid 100 on the Earnestness Scale. So many feelings were felt." - Jason Persse

Christopher Owens @ Le Poisson Rouge - 11/14/12 (via We All Want Someone)
Christopher Owens

Owens played mostly sitting in his chair, swimming in his professorial, pleated suit, pleading for the attention of an audience that was all too willing to give it. The album's songs, in total, lasted only about half an hour, followed by maybe twenty minutes of covers. All of it was good. The new band he has assembled, thankfully, is just as good as (and, for the most part, the same as) the guys who backed him in Girls. [Shane Barnes]
Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens played a last minute show in NYC last night (11/14) at Le Poisson Rouge, one of a few shows in advance of his upcoming solo album, Lysandre, which is due out on January 15 via Fat Possum. During the covers portion of his set, he performed tracks by Donovan, The Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens. What did you think?

Christopher Owens will be going on a larger tour surrounding the album's release which includes two more NYC shows. He'll play Bowery Ballroom on January 21 and 22. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.

All currently known (update: all announced now dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Christopher Owens (of Girls) played Le Poisson Rouge, announces more shows (2 nights at Bowery Ballroom included)"

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Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens just announced he'll play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Wednesday (11/14). Tickets are on sale now. Chris's other upcoming dates are all in Europe and listed below...

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Owens LP

Christopher Owens has announced details of his first post-Girls solo album. It's called Lysandre and will be out January 15, 2013. The album was conceived, written and recorded as a narrative about Girls' first tour in summer 2008. Owens says the album is "A coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story." You can listen to the album's first two tracks, "Lysandre's Theme" and "Here We Go," below.

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Christopher Owens w/ Girls at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens of Girls revealed today in a series of tweets that he will be leaving Girls, the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind, and a band that has experienced enormous success over the past year. The band's publicist confirms the news is true. The tweets read:

1) Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make

2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress

3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher

If it's a case of Christopher not wanting to work with the other bandmembers (aka Chet "JR" White, the only other constant member), at least he's going the Jack White and the White Stripes route and not keeping the band name and replacing everyone like Billy Corgan did with Smashing Pumpkins and James Mercer with The Shins. What do you think?

The video for "Laura" is below...

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Araabmuzik

Todd P is taking on Mexico again this weekend and in a mega way. San Pedro Garza García is the home of the annual Festival NRMAL 2012, a one-day (on 3/10, but with multiple-pre, after, and post parties) multi-stage festival that features a whopping 55 bands across thress stages from noon until 2AM. The festival will feature headlining appearances from Araabmuzik, Girls (who have just been announced as part of MWTX during SXSW) and White Ring (who play our day show on Wednesday during SXSW), in addition to performances from Liturgy, Gatekeeper, Friends, Davila 666, Grimes, Teengirl Fantasy and many, many more. Full lineup details are below.

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"Awesome show at Terminal 5 tonight. Real Estate being followed up by Girls was amazing! #imnotahipster" - Ryan DeVoe

"girls at terminal 5 was amaaazing. excellent band, excellent backup vocals, excellent denim pencil skirt" - Eileen Tang

"Girls and Real Estate just blew up Terminal 5. Brilliant!!!" - Bianca Ahmadi

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girls @ Terminal 5
Girls

Girls played their largest NYC show yet (an understatement) on Saturday (1/14) when they headlined the sold out Terminal 5 with Real Estate and King Krule. Girls, with their flowers and trio of female backup singers in tow (like they had at their Bowery Ballroom shows), played almost the entire Father, Son, Holy Ghost, in addition to cuts from Album and the Broken Dreams Club EP.

Real Estate only played material from the recently released Days, save for "Fake Blues," from their debut album, and a cover of jangly post-punkers Felt's "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow," which if you didn't know was a cover, could have easily passed as a b-side off Days.

With their new albums, Girls and Real Estate are becoming some of the fastest growing bands in indie, but opener King Krule (and Girls' True Panther labelmate) doesn't seem too far behind them. His set at the T5 show was just after he had played sold out shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge earlier that week. His feedback seems pretty positive but the twitterverse seems to agree that his set was suffering from bad sound at Terminal 5. Review and pics of the Mercury Lounge show HERE and Glasslands pics HERE.

Real Estate and Girls both DJ'd at the show's afterparty at Tribeca Grand. How was that? Real Estate have more dates coming up including one for only $5.00 in Queens.

More pictures and setlists from the Terminal 5 show, and a new set of west coast Girls tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Girls played Terminal 5 with Real Estate & King Krule (pics, setlists & some new tour dates)"

Girls @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Girls

Girls, who are playing the sold out Coachellas this year, play their big sold out headlining show at Terminal 5 tonight (1/14) along with support from Real Estate and King Krule (who also played Glasslands and Mercury Lounge this past week).

Tonight's afterparty goes down at the Tribeca Grand hotel, upstairs in the Club Room, where Girls, Real Estate, Sky Ferreria, Ilirjana, and Dean from True Panther are all DJing. Expensive Looks is performing live. Like all "Live From Tribeca" events, it's free with rsvp: events@grandlifenyc.com.
Update: Action Bronson was also added to the bill.

In related news, tickets are still on sale for Real Estate's upcoming show at K&K Super Buffet.

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Radiohead
Coachella

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

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King Krule
King Krule

King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) made quite an impression on NYC during CMJ and has since released a great self-titled EP on True Panther. You can stream the track "Portrait In Black And Blue" off that EP and watch the video for "The Noose of Jah City" below. He'll return to NYC to open for labelmates Girls when they headline Terminal 5 (1/14) with Real Estate. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

While he's here, he'll also play a Philly show with Girls and two of his own headlining NYC shows. Those headlining shows happen at Mercury Lounge on January 11 and Glasslands on January 13. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (12/9) at noon with AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/7) at noon and tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.

King Krule recently performed a solo version of his track "Baby Blue" for La Blogotheque's Take Away Show during Pitchfork Paris. The video of that performance is below.

All dates, videos, and song stream below...

Continue reading "King Krule opening for Girls, playing Mercury Lounge & Glasslands (2012 dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - "Green Aisles" (MP3)

Real Estate at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Real Estate

New Jersey's Real Estate just celebrated the month anniversary of their new LP Days recently. The Domino-released record features "Green Aisles" (downloadable above/streaming below) and "It's Real" which has a video you can watch below. Real Estate have a sold-out Bowery Ballroom to contend with on 11/23 (tomorrow) with Big Troubles and Liquor Store as part of their US tour, but if you missed the boat on tickets you can also catch them supporting Girls at Terminal 5 on 1/14. Tickets are still available for that one. As far as headlining shows go, I don't think they've reached the same status as Girls yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if their next NYC show is at Webster Hall.

All Real Estate dates, those streams and a recent take-away show featuring a perfromance of "Green Aisles" is below.

Continue reading "Real Estate finish their tour @ Bowery this week, opening for Girls @ Terminal 5, played a Take Away Show (dates & video)"

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Bill Pearis

Girls @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Girls

San Francisco's Girls, who just played the Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend in Austin and next roll through NYC January 14 for a show at Terminal 5, have announced a new single, "Lawrence," to be released via True Panther on December 6. The song, which isn't on Girls' album Father Son Holy Ghost, was "written and recorded as a gift to Lawrence Hayward" who fronted cult bands Felt in the '80s, Denim in the '90s and Go-Kart Mozart currently. Christopher Owens explains in an open letter:

Dear Lawrence,

I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they'll be looking for. Don't worry, I'm not writing to talk about the things I'm looking for in life, I'll spare you that. I'm writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn't stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.

To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn't dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I'm thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.

Anyway, I'd just like you to have it, it's yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.

With love- Christopher Owens

Girls

This is not the first Girls/Lawrence interaction, as French website Magic RPM managed to get the somewhat reclusive singer to interview Owens and Chet White on video two years ago and all three parts of that exchange are watchable at the bottom of this post, along with more pictures from Girls' FFFF set.

Coincidentally, Scottish group Girls Names also have a song called "Lawrence" which is about the Felt/Denim singer too, and can be found on their Slumberland LP Dead to Me from earlier this year. Weird, huh? Maybe somebody can work out a split 7" with both versions.

There's more Lawrence-related news. Paul Kelly's long-in-the-works documentary Lawrence of Belgravia finally made its debut, premiering at the London Film Festival two weeks ago. Reviews have been positive... maybe it'll get American distribution. And First Third Books is putting out a coffee table book of rare photographs of Felt from Lawrence's personal archives with a forward by St. Etienne's Bob Stanley. Only a 1,000 copies are being printed, each signed by Lawrence himself.

Lawrence
Lawrence

If you're unfamiliar with Lawrence's oeuvre, you should start with Felt who released ten albums and ten singles in ten years for Cherry Red and Creation, and whose influence can be heard in Pulp, Belle & Sebastian, The Tyde, Crystal Stilts among many others. It used to be hard to get your hands on the albums but pretty much all of Felt's work is in print now, and available digitally. Felt's sound ranged from uber-jangly indie, to organ-driven pop and even instrumental jazz, so a good place to start is with compilation Absolute Classic Masterpieces which you can listen to on Spotify if you have it.

With his 10-year-plan for Felt complete, Lawrence then formed Denim whose glammy sound was a 180 from everything his previous group stood for. Denim's 1992 debut, Back in Denim, is a classic and still get-able (and Spotify-able), but 1996's Denim on Ice (and the b-sides comp Novelty Rock) is not. Denim's career was derailed in the summer of 1997 when their single "Summer Smash" unfortunately coincided with Princess Diana's death. The single was banned by the BBC and the subsequent album, Denim Take Over, got shelved indefinitely.

Lawrence then formed Go-Kart Mozart with a novetly-ish bubblegum sound, a direction Denim were already heading in. Some of the songs meant for Denim Take Over ended up on Go-Kart Mozart's 2005 album Tearing Up the Album Charts. Lawrence claims to have a new GKM album in the can and ready for release.

Click through for that Lawrence/Girls interview and a live version of Girls Names' "Lawrence," plus some Felt and Denim videos, more pics and all upcoming Girls tour dates.

Continue reading "Girls played FFF Fest (pics), releasing new single for Lawrence of Felt (who has documentaries and books coming out)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

Girls at Bowery Ballroom last month (more by Ryan Barkan)
Girls

Girls did us a favor last month and decided to play two shows at Bowery Ballroom (9/23, 9/24) even though they had previously headlined the bigger Webster Hall. Well, don't get used to it because Girls' next NYC show is happening, not down at the small Mercury Lounge or even back at Webster or Irving, but instead at the massive Terminal 5 on January 14th. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/21) at noon.

It's their only currently scheduled US show besides Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next month. All international dates are listed, with their recent video for "Honey Bunny", below...

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