Entries tagged with: Glass Ghost
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher
Stranger Cat @ Glasslands in Brooklyn -- 11/2
Cat Martino, in addition to playing in Sharon Van Etten's band, was a member of Sufjan Stevens' Age of Adz-era touring band and released her own album that same year, which also featured Sufjan (whose Christmas music she has also contributed to). More recently, she's started another project, Stranger Cat, which introduces glitchy electronics to her art pop sound, not unlike the ones heard on Age of Adz. Her first single for the project, "I Promise," also features Sufjan, in addition to Man Man's Chris Powell, and it sounds a bit like another former Sufjan band member, St. Vincent. Check out that song and a preview video for another new song, "Stagger to the Sky", below.
This past weekend, Stranger Cat played a Wild Honey Pie-presented Brooklyn show at Glasslands on Saturday (11/2) with Lapland and Plume Giant. Pictures from Cat's set at that show are in this post.
She's got some more local shows coming up too, including a free one at Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel on November 10 (home of Sleep No More) and another one at Glasslands on November 24 with Magmana and Glass Ghost. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
More pictures from her last Glasslands show, along with the stream and video, below...
photos by David Andrako
Yellow Ostrich's Jon Natchez at Bowery Ballroom - 11/14/12
Yellow Ostrich returned to NYC last night (11/14) for the last club date on their fall tour (they play Bard College tonight (11/15)) at Bowery Ballroom. The tour started in October just a few days after member Jon Natchez returned from his trip around the country with David Byrne and St. Vincent (he plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, and flugelhorn in their band).
Yellow Ostrich's setlist at Bowery was pretty modest in length compared to the amount of material they've released in the three years they've been in a band, but they included material off most of their releases, not sticking to one album in particular. Opener Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter) joined them for "Ghost," the title track on their new EP, and Darby Cicci of The Antlers came out for "Won't Fade Away," off that same EP (Peter from the Antlers will join Sharon Van Etten on stage at Town Hall tonight).
In addition to an opening set by Strand of Oaks, who we also saw opening for The Tallest Man On Earth this year, and whose new self-released album, Dark Shores, has gone undeservedly overlooked, Glass Ghost (who have opened for Sharon Van Etten at the same venue) provided support at the show. More pictures of all three bands and Yellow Ostrich's setlist are below.
photos by David Andrako
In the wake of their tour with Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, the eclectic duo with the similarly eccentric instrumentation, played the late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (10/12) with support from Glass Ghost and Blast Off!! and pictures of the trio of bands are below.
If you missed them on Friday, you have another chance to see them on the horizon. Buke and Gase be performing on 10/17 at Le Poisson Rouge alongside Flying Lotus, Death Grips and Ali Shaheed Muhammad as part of the free NPR/WNYC Soundcheck showcase. RSVP for that show is now closed (no CMJ badges, sorry), but the show will stream live via NPR. More pictures from Mercury Lounge are below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Hospitality @ Glasslands
Hospitality managed to translate the breezy, youthful energy of their debut album into a performance that was even more vibrant than their album. Whether it was the urban folkiness of "Eighth Avenue," the girl pop of "Betty Wang," or the rock of "All Day Today" (which was the final number of the regular set), Hospitality captured the feel of the album while simultaneously letting their hair down and blowing into extended jam sessions which showed how capable the whole act was on their instruments (which is to say very). When they played lead single, "Friends of Friends" they brought out session musicians to play saxophone and the crowd went wild during the sax solos. Lead singer Amber Papini has an affected voice that belies her Midwestern roots (though she claims she learned to sing from the Psychedelic Furs which may account for some of this) but works in the playful nature of the songs lyrics and delivery. -[Baeble Music]Supported by Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong, Hospitality lead the charge at a sold-out Glasslands on 2/3. It was their record release celebration for their s/t debut out now on Merge (stream it). Here are our pictures from the Brooklyn gig.
If you missed the show, you can also live vicariously through the live recording courtesy of NYCTaper and/or head to catch Hospitality with Tennis at either Bowery Ballroom on March 3rd (which is now sold-out) or Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 5th (still on sale).
Dustin Wong is also preparing to release a new LP in Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, due on Thrill Jockey on 2/21. Stream some recent Dustin Wong material alongside tour dates and more pictures from Glasslands, including one of the setlist, below.
DOWNLOAD: ILLUMNTR - "Gulf Hymn" (MP3)
ARMS at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
ARMS, who played Glasslands last night (1/25) with Wintersleep, and whose frontman Todd Goldstein opens for John Roderick at Mercury Lounge this week (1/28), also just announced that they'll play Mercury Lounge on February 28. The show is with Glass Ghost and tickets are on AmEx presale and go on public sale Friday (1/27).
Speaking of Hospitality, they also open 2 NYC shows for Tennis, one of which was just announced and on AmEx presale.
ARMS used to be somewhat of a side project for Todd whose bigger gig was playing guitar in Harlem Shakes (RIP). The full ARMS band consists of Todd, tlacael, matty, and dave. Tlaceal and Matty also play in the Brooklyn-based band ILLUMNTR (pronounced Illuminator). They recently released a PBR&B leaning single called "Gulf Hymn." You can grab that song at the top of this post and stream it below. They've got a hometown show coming up at Pianos on February 25 with El Topo (aka Dave Harrington of Darkside/Nicolas Jaar), Thunder & Lightning, and a Dave Harrington DJ set.
Nicolas Jaar has two NYC shows coming up too.
ILLUMNTR stream and all Glass Ghost dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
Hospitality's long-in-the-works debut album is out next week (1/31) on Merge and the band have just released a video for the horn-filled "Friends of Friends." In addition to the band playing in someone's well-equipped kitchen, the video tells the story of a relationship stretched between coasts, as played by Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat and Videogum's Gabe Delahaye (who was also recently in Real Estate's video for "Easy"). You can download the MP3 of "Friends of Friends" at the top of this post. The whole album's terrific, one of my early favorites of the year, and Spotify users can get an early listen to the whole thing here.
You can pick up the album at Hospitality's record release show at Glasslands next Friday (2/3) which also has Glass Ghost and Dustin Wong on the bill. The band are also heading out on a quick tour of both coasts and will be in Austin for SXSW. All scheduled tour dates are below.
In other Hospitality news, the band play WFMU's Seven Second Delay at UCB this Wednesday (1/25, 6PM) and have just released a Daytrotter session. Below is the "Friends of Friends" video and those upcoming tour dates.
Sharon at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Jessica Amaya)
In other news, Sharon, who recently announced a Mercury Lounge show happening on Wednesday (1/18) (which is now sold out), has added another NYC date to her tour. The new show is happening on February 26 at Bowery Ballroom with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost. The show happens after she plays MHOW on 2/24 and Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 with Shearwater, who plays with her on most of the other tour dates as well. Tickets for the new Bowery show go on sale Wednesday (1/18) at noon and tickets for the other Bowery show and the MHOW show are still available.
Updated dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Merge Records Winter Sampler 2011 (ZIP)
Hospitality at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hospitality recently finished up a bunch of shows in NYC during and after CMJ. They'll take a short break until they release their debut LP on Merge on January 31. The band will celebrate the release of the album at Glasslands on February 3 with fellow Brooklynites Glass Ghost. Tickets are on sale now.
Hospitality's "Betty Wang" appears on the Merge Records Winter Sampler, alongside tracks by The Mountain Goats, Archers of Loaf, Lambchop, Imperial Teen, Wild Flag, Eleanor Friedberger, and others. You can download the entire sampler above. If you hear something you like, check out the Merge Store where they're running a holiday sale.
The Merge-signed Ladybug Transistor plays Mercury Lounge with Citay and Ill Fits one day before that.
Marissa Nadler and Glass Ghost will team up to play Envelope, a new Bushwick venue, record label and recording studio that was founded by indie-folk artist Chris Garneau and Caralee McElroy (ex-Xiu Xiu/Cold Cave). The $30 tickets to the November 11th show include beer, wine, liquor and food and are on sale now. The address of the venue isn't listed, but will be revealed to ticket buyers.
The NYC show is one of three east coast dates for Nadler who will also play ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Minehead (with Godspeed, Neurosis, countless others), and go on a short Irish tour. All dates below.
Nadler is also looking to record a new LP, but she needs your help! (well, not anymore actually). She has started a Kickstarter page to aid in the funding of her new LP and its associated costs. The campaign ends in early December, but
is already well on its way toward completion ($8900 of $11k raised) is already complete, and then some. As of this posting, which is now an updated version of a post that was written a few days ago, $11,550 has been pledged, and she only asked for $11,000. You still might want to give though because each donation actually gets you something - varying in increments of $10 (a digital download of the LP) to $6k (Marissa plays any set you want whereever you want).
Speaking of ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nadler will probably cross paths with Genesis P-Orridge who WILL be on hand when Throbbing Gristle performs at the festival, despite recent reports of P-Orridge's exit from the band:
Dear Friends,Glass Ghost's latest LP, Idol Omen out now on Western Vinyl, features both "Like A Diamond" and "The Same". Check 'em both out above. The Envelope show is their only current tour date.
We have seen and heard various inaccurate, erroneous, even sometimes libelous speculations about why we felt compelled to drop out of the current Throbbing Gristle tour. As a result we intend to address these matters in full as soon as possible. We hope that what we state now, and later, will be clear, will not fan the flames of destructive gossip, will not seem negative and will reduce an somewhat dramatic situation into a simpler story. We want to make it clear right now that we did not, and have no wish to quit TG. Obviously there is more involved than just that simple statement. Personally, at this point of my life, my position is that the inner workings and dynamics of any band, but especially of TG, are as intimate, unique and most of all complex as they are within any family. Unfortunately, even at the level TG occupy in popular culture, band business becomes potentially everyone's business. We all know the internet has amplified the speed of distribution of "information" almost as fast as it has accelerated the decline of accuracy worldwide. We have no interest in pointing fingers (or is it claws?) at various people or sites and accusing them of letting the cat out of the bag. Bickering is never attractive, not one on one nor within the realms of an ever expanding media fueled by smart phone technologies and laptops. As soon as we have composed a written version of what series of events we believe led to my feeling unable to remain part of THIS short tour by the re-grouped TG that feels acceptable we will post it here.
All Marissa Nadler tour dates and some video is below.
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.
by Andrew Frisicano
Here We Go Magic, a band who have already headlined the 600+ capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg, are playing a show at the much tinier Zebulon this Friday, March 5th. The gig is free (they usually pass the hat for the bands) and also on the bill are Caveman and Glass Ghost. Brooklyn's Glass Ghost are a keys and drums duo whose play synth-based, rhythmic pop that doesn't fall into standard electro cliches (in particular see "The Same," above). Their debut, Idol Omen, came out on Western Vinyl last September. Their video for "Like a Diamond" is posted below.
Here We Go Magic's upcoming North American tour includes SXSW, where one their shows in the official Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Club DeVille on March 17th with Califone, Dawes, Bowerbirds, The Middle East and Serena-Maneesh. They also play Pitchork's official showcase three nights later. They'll be back in the NYC area for an April 30th show at Maxwell's. Tickets are on sale.
They're also touring North America with White Rabbits and Europe with The New Pornographers. All dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Bright Orange Air (MP3)
Inlets @ Music Hall of Williamsburg last February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Inlets, the musical project of Sebastian Krueger, will finally release its long-awaited debut album, Inter Arbiter, on April 20th through twosyllable. Krueger is best known for playing with Shara Worden/My Brightest Diamond, Osso String Quartet, DM Stith and others. Inlets was established with its 2006 EP, Vestibule, and the debut album isn't short on guests either, with contributions from Zach Condon, Angel Deradoorian, and Osso's Marla Hansen. The track above, "Bright Orange Air," is a devilish piece of minor key pop.
Inlets are also playing an invite-only early show at Pianos this Friday (2/12). You can't buy tickets, but we have two pairs of tickets to give away - information on those is below.
Contest details, more album info, and all tour dates (including Inlets at SXSW) are below...
by Bill Pearis
Arms (photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Normally, this is where a little bio of the band would go, but Todd pretty much does that himself in answering the first question of our end-of-year survey. We should note that his band ARMS open for Passion Pit at Terminal 5 on January 8 (sold out). So without further ado:
Here We Go Magic @ South Street Seaport in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Two local NYC bands have scheduled headlining 2010 shows that are going on sale soon. Here We Go Magic, the project of Luke Temple that had its self-titled debut come out in early 2009, play Friday, January 29th at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Midnight Masses and Glass Ghost. Tickets go sale Wednesday, November 25th at noon. The band's busy 2009 included a pair of high-profile opening gigs for Department of Eagles and Grizzly Bear.
Glass Ghost opened for Dirty Projectors at one of their four NYC shows.
White Rabbits are another NYC band with a 2010 date coming up. They play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, January 24th (no openers announced yet). Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 27th at noon. The band played the venue in May with Cymbals Eay Guitars and The Antlers - bands that have gotten considerably bigger since.
The Antlers headline their own show at Bowery on December 15th.
Vidoes and tour dates are below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Dirty Projectors kicked off the first of four sold-out New York shows at the Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night (11/18). Those arriving early were treated to a nice, but slightly underwhelming set, by Glass Ghost. The real treat was the second opener (or as one audience member shouted out, 'The best opening act ever"), tUne-YaRds, the project of one Merrill Garbus. The Dirty Projectors followed and leaned heavily on their critically-hailed release, Bitte Orca. Their set was tight and intense ("Temecula Sunrise" being a notable highlight among many) with Angel Deradoorian nailing the quietest moment of the night singing "Two Doves" with frontman David Longstreth accompanying on acoustic guitar.
The run continues tonight (11/19) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (where it stays for two nights before returning to Bowery Ballroom for one more show). Dirty Projectors also have a show coming up at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. More pictures, including one of the setlist, from last night, below...
words and photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Department of Eagles - Balmy Night (live @ the Bell House) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Pictures of Trees (MP3)
Last Saturday, December 13th, I found myself at an intimate loft party in Williamsburg to see Sebastian Krueger's sad-pop song writing project, Inlets. The show was a pretty low key affair. People sitting on the center-of-the-room-staircase made the place seem full and active, but i'd be surprised if there were as many as 100 people there. The bartender was friendly and served complimentary beer and wine. Everybody seemed conversational and friendly and space didnt seem to be that much of an issue.
Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles played only a couple of songs (including one Dept of Eagles song), and Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors also played a short set. It seemed to take a long time for the third band Glass Ghost to get set up and then I didn't really enjoy their set as much as the people around me seemed to.
Inlets was a very nice professional step up in sound and presence. The arrangements at times were very full and accomplished, but also sounded appropriately sparse as well-- in some songs band members would drop out completely as the set went on.
Favorite moments were the toy piano melodies on one of the later songs, and when Beirut's Zach Condon watched from the upper balcony and joined on trumpet for the last song of the evening. Overall a pleasant and mellow show that was well-suited to the well-manicured loft space.