Entries tagged with: Glasslands
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - I See the Void (MP3)
Sonny & the Sunsets are back with a new album, Longtime Companion, which will be their first for Polyvinyl. It's a breakup record, written and recorded during the dissolution of his relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years. Appropriately, it's also a country record (well, country-ish), augmenting the Sunsets with members of his other band, The Fuckaroos. (Is that a Dreamcatcher reference?) Despite the circumstances, Smith embues the songs with pathos and a wry sense of humor. (All his records are a little sad anyway.) You can download "I See the Void" at the top of this post and stream another LP track below. Longtime Companion is out June 26 but if you pre-order via Polyvinyl's website you get the MP3s right now.
While no full set of tour dates have been announced yet, Sonny & the Sunsets have scheduled a few shows including two NYC shows in August: Mercury Lounge on 8/16 with Magic Trick and Glasslands on 8/18 with Love as Laughter. (UPDATE: Tim from LaL DJs, but the band doesn't play. Magic Trick opens.)Tickets to the Merc show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon and tickets to the Glasslands show go on sale Friday (6/1) at 7 AM. All currently known Sonny & the Sunsets dates are listed below, along with the track stream.
by Bill Pearis
Lorelei at Slumberland 20 (more by Tim Griffin)
'90s era DC shoegazers Lorelei came out of retirement a in 2006 years ago, having notably played the Slumberland 20th Anniversary at Bell House in 2009 and the Chickfactor anniversary in Arlington, VA this spring. But the band are doing more than just playing a few shows, and will release a new album, Enterprising Sidewalks, on Slumberland Records this fall. You can stream their 2003 EP, Informed by the Future, at the bottom of this post.
Lorelei has a few shows scheduled this summer including one in NYC at Glasslands on July 19 with openers The New Lines. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and that EP stream below...
photos by Joe McCabe
Before coming out for an almost-unheard-of-at-Glasslands three-song encore, frontwoman Jana Hunter of Lower Dens stepped out from behind the keys and mic stand to stand in front of the monitors, among the crowd, and close the main set with the Houston musician Arthur Bates' "Hours". And why the hell not? Though known for being a bit reserved onstage, Hunter has watched her Baltimore-based band be anointed an "It" band in the city that decides such things. She certainly has nothing to be self-conscious about, if she ever did.Not counting the Insound thing, Lower Dens played two record release shows last week to celebrate their new album, Nootropics. We've got pictures from the May 2 Glaslands show, and NYCTaper was there and you can download Lower Dens' whole set over his way. They also played Mercury Lounge.
Not that this extremely sold-out show, or the spate of overwhelmingly positive recent reviews, are the first time anyone noticed the band. Their first record, Twin-Hand Movement, had a lot to recommend it, and critics agreed. But Nootropics, which dropped this week, is the kind of record that takes the band's sound and appeal to the proverbial "next level". Rather than an excellent followup to a good start, Nootropics accomplishes the feat that bedevils many second records - evolving the band's sound and broadening its sonic palette while retaining the core of what drew notice in the first place.[NYC Taper]
Lower Dens play New York again on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom as part of a recently announced tour. Tickets are still on sale. Lower Dens' Glasslands setlist and pictures, openers Air Waves included, and all tour dates, below....
by Bill Pearis
"We used to do covers of rock songs by musicians like Billy Joel and Santana," middle sister, guitarist, and lead vocalist Danielle Haim, 22, explains. "Dad played drums, Mom played guitar, Este played bass, and Alana played everything else." Unfortunately, teenage rebellion comes in many forms (even in the laid-back Haim household) and, growing up in Los Angeles in the late nineties, the sisters were much more interested in what was playing on local pop radio stations like KIIS FM. "I think we were pushing out against our parents a bit," says Este, 24. "Every Sunday they'd put on 'Breakfast with the Beatles,' but we'd always want to switch it over to something like TLC, En Vogue, or Brandy and Monica."Los Angeles sisterly trio Haim are currently visiting NYC, having played Santos last night (anybody go?) and will be at GLasslands on Saturday (5/5). You can download their Forever EP from their website. It definitely owes more than a little to '80s Fleetwood Mac and early '90s Top 40.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs -- aka Oxford, UK's Orlando Higginbottom -- is playing a previously (and soon to be again) sold-out show Friday night (5/4) at Glasslands. Tickets just went back on sale so act quick and you may get a pair. If not, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.
The show is a late show (after Spectrals) with doors at 11:30 and is, like all Glasslands shows, 21+.
LOL Boys open for TEED at Glasslands and meanwhile play with Shlohmo at The Studio tonight (5/3).
TEED's debut album, Trouble, is due out on the newly-revitalized Casablanca Records on June 12. Until then, check out what's up on Spotify, and watch the video for new single "Tapes & Money" below.
On the roof at 47 Wooster St. for Pitchfork-presented Ryan McGinley opening.
There may be a surprise. (Ryan Schreiber)
Atlas Sound performing 'Te Amo' on the roof at 47 Wooster St, NYC
for Pitchfork-presented Ryan McGinley open (Ryan Schreiber)
Atlas Sound plays acoustic set in gallery after NYC cops
force performance indoors due to noise complaints (Ryan Schreiber)
"An exhibition of new work from the photographer Ryan McGinley opens this Wednesday at Team Gallery in SoHo. Technically, it's two exhibitions, because the gallery has two spaces, one at 83 Grand Street and one around the corner at 47 Wooster -- and McGinley's pictures will be at both. The Grand Street location is showing "Animals," studio-made photos of various creatures interacting with naked humans in sometimes cute and sometimes provocative ways. Wooster Street, meanwhile, has "Grids," photos taken at music festivals all over the world, including pictures from Bonnaroo that we commissioned for our Look pages last year." [NY Times]Atlas Sound is also DJing Glasslands this Saturday (5/5), after playing a set at BAM as part of the three day Crossing Brooklyn Ferry which begins TONIGHT (5/3).
In related news, Lotus Plaza just announced a tour. All Atlas Sound dates, including another Pitchfork event, are listed below...
As mentioned previously, Brooklyn's Suckers' have a new album, Candy Salad, which is now out on Frenchkiss. The band plays a record release party tonight (May 1) at Glasslands with openers Acrylics, Turn to Crime and Papertwin. The next day, Suckers start a month-long tour with their labelmate Young Man (plus a few dates with labelmate Devin), and all scheduled dates are below.
Pitchfork gave Candy Salad a 6.7, saying:
At their best, Suckers' songs-- rousing post-Arcade Fire uplifters, vitamin E-soaked sunbeamers, and the occasional yearning ballad-- match ornate instrumental flourishes to rousing, roundabout melodies. But Suckers are tinkerers at heart, and with producer Matt Boynton behind the boards this time out, no sound on Candy Salad's left untweaked, untreated, or untroubled. It's a real surplus of sound, but sometimes the songs themselves feel a little lost amidst the shuffle.You can stream album track "Chinese Braille" at the bottom of this post or listen to the whole album via Spotify. Click through for Suckers tour dates, record release show flyer and that track stream....
by Andrew Sacher
London-via-Estonia's Maria Minerva made her US live debut at Glasslands last night (4/22) as part of the Unsound Fest closing party. The stage was lit up by an original video montage which included clips of highway driving, old music videos, and tropical storms as Maria performed solo with her laptop/samplers/keyboard and an effected vocal mic which soaked her voice in reverb and delay. Though Maria is a producer and had the stage setup of one, she opted for more of a pop performance, spending most of the time away from the boards and focusing on her voice which rotated between speak-singing and a floaty falsetto. And while visuals for some electronic artists have become "what you watch" at their shows, for Maria they only added to her own performance, which included dancing on stage, standing on chairs, and charismatic gestures.
Like Neon Indian or Toro y Moi, Maria Minerva is looking back on nostalgic pop music through a psychedelic lens. She creates dense, hypnotic atmospheres in virtually all of her music, yet seeing her perform it in front of clips that hearken back to the days where MTV actually played music videos, it's hard not to wonder how many cues she takes from those groups that were on MTV. This isn't a totally foreign concept--Grimes and Zola Jesus have achieved similar feats--but Maria does it really well and there's something very pleasing about music that can be perceived as intelligent while hitting the spot filled by pop. In addition to those nostalgic pop video moments and the samples in her songs, she's quite referential. Because of the effects on her voice, it wasn't always too discernible, but when it cut through I could make out some other allusions to pop culture. The most notable one came when she nicked The Kinks' lyrics on her final song of the night by repeating, "Boy, you really got me going/you got me so I don't know what I'm doing/yeah, you really got me now/you got me so I can't sleep at night," to her own rhythms and melodies.
a Sun Araw vs Heat Wave DJ set, along with Napszyklat and DJ Elton John, opened the night. Watch some Maria Minerva videos below...
Twin Shadow in Chicago in 2011 (more by Matt Ziegler)
Twin Shadow are playing Glasslands Gallery on Thursday, April 26 (two days before they play the Sweetlife Fest and about a week before they play BAM). Tickets for the relatively intimate Brooklyn show are on sale.
Other aritsts playing the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion in MD on April 28, include AVICII, Kid Cudi, The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Fits & the Tantrums, Delta Spirit, and Action Bronson.
Twin Shadow are also playing Lollapalooza this year.
photos by Ryan Muir
Angel Olsen @ Glasslands - 4/4/2012
Ryan managed to catch Com Truise AND Purity Ring, and still found time to catch three of the talented singer-songwriters playing Glasslands last night (4/4), one of whom is from Chicago and plays again in NYC this week. More of his pictures from Glasslands, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Heavy Cream - John Johnny (MP3)
Nashville's Heavy Cream are opening tonight's Hunx show at Mercury Lounge. The band have gone through a couple line-up changes but have come through the other side with their second album, Super Treatment, which is out May 8 on Infinty Cat. The record was produced by Ty Segall (who is a busy dude these days) who gives it a down-n-dirty vibe, plus some strange and amazing drum sounds. Check out "John Johnny" at the top of this post and we've got the artwork to Super Treatment below.
Heavy Cream's stint with Hunx wraps up tomorrow (4/5) with a show at Vassar, and then fellow Nashvillians Natural Child take over opening duties just in time for Friday's (4/6) show at Glasslands. Natural Child also play tonight (4/4) at Maxwell's with Liquor Store, Black Wine and Ba Babes. Natural Child's new LP, For the Love of the Game, will be out April 20 (yes, it's intentional) on good time rock n' roll label Burger Records. You can stream a track from it at the bottom of this post, get an eyefull of the album's NSFW artwork, and see all upcoming Natural Child tour dates...
by Andrew Sacher
Ben Browning, who joined Cut Copy as their bassist before the release of 2011's excellent Zonoscope LP, had been working on his material prior to that album, and released it in the form of the Lover Motion EP on Cut Copy's Cutters label last week (3/19). The EP was produced by Architecture in Helsinki members Gus Franklin and Haima Marriott and features keyboard programming from Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford. The single, "I Can't Say," doesn't sound very different from the material on Zonoscope and is by far the biggest pop moment on the EP. Of the remaining four tracks, two are instrumental, and the other two are on a slightly calmer side of pop. You can stream the entire EP and the "I Can't Stay" single which includes remixes by Knightlife and Juan Maclean below. The video for "I Can't Stay" is also below.
Ben will be making his way over to the US for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival in Columbia, MD (4/28) with The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, and others this April. The day before that festival, he'll play a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also an LA date with Metronomy (who will be in LA on tour with Coldplay).
All dates, video and streams below....
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Evy Jane - "Sayso" (MP3)
Vancouver duo Evy Jane (Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein) quietly dropped their self titled EP this past February, which draws from the sub-bass and snare clicks of post-dubstep and Evelyn Mason's soft R&B vocals. By the end of 2011, that description certainly started getting old, but this duo does it well enough that I'm reminded of the reason that sound was so attractive, and not of the bandwagon jumpers it inspired. You can stream/purchase their entire EP at bandcamp, download the lead track "Sayso" above/stream below, and watch the video for it below.
They played a hometown show on 3/27 opening for Sun Araw and Matthewdavid at the Waldorf in Vancouver and won over a couple new fans. They don't seem to have many other shows revealed at the moment, but it's been announced that they'll play a Brooklyn show on May 29 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Video and song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Oxford, UK band Jonquil kick off a tour at Glasslands on on Monday (4/2) with Keep Shelly in Athens in tow. Jonquil's new album, Point of Go, is out now on Dovecote records and brimming with melodic, bubbling, slightly angular pop. (A gentler Foals perhaps. They're from the same hometown.) You can stream it on Spotify and watch the video for "It's My Part" at the bottom of this post where you'll also find all tour dates.
Keep Shelly in Athens, meanwhile are releasing a combined version of their In Love with Dusk and Our Own Dreams EPs on one vinyl record that will hit stores April 13. Also worth checking out is their Campus Maritus from late last year.
Click through for all Keep Shelly in Athens / Jonquil tour dates and videos...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Terry Malts - Nauseous (MP3)
Terry Malts's debut album, Killing Time, is one of 2012's more enjoyable slabs of wax: 14 tracks of buzzy pop in 33 minutes, loaded with "whoah ohs," party anthems, sing-a-long choruses and feedback. You can download "Nauseous" at the top of this post, watch the video for "I Do" below or stream the entire album at Spotify.
Terry Malts begin a US tour next month that will bring them to New York for a April 21 show at Glasslands with The Suzan and Mainland. Click through for all Terry Malts tour dates.
Grimes @ Glasslands (pic by thedeskofjob)
One night after struggling through two shows at Mercury Lounge, Grimes toughed out her throat problems and played a super-sold-out show at Glasslands in Brooklyn. How was it? Check out some videos below.
A couple of weeks earlier Grimes was in Austin for SXSW (where she did not play a BV party and) where Nardwuar (who did play a BV party) caught up with the fellow Canadian for an interview. Watch below...
Django Django were a genuine hit at their first-ever U.S performance Saturday night at Glasslands. It reminded me of seeing Hot Chip at Bowery Ballroom in 2006, and not just because they're somewhat nerdy guys making dance music. Their album is only out digitally in the U.S. and while I knew *I* really liked them, but didn't realize so many others did too. Glasslands was packed to the wazoo and people were dancing like mad -- and not just to singles "Waveforms" and "Default." "We just finished our first European tour and nobody danced this much!" admitted singer/guitarist Vincent Neff who, along with the rest of the group, seemed genuinely taken aback by their reception. It was one of those nights where the band and audience fed off each other's energy, making for a very, very enjoyable evening.
A little more of a rock band live than on record, Django Django nonetheless brought the invention of their debut to the stage with lots of percussion, including maracas, coconut shells and the biggest tambourine I've ever seen. Opening with "Hail Bop," the band played almost their entire LP, save for "Zumm" and the ethereal "Hand of Man." Best moments for me were Duane Eddy-ish "Life's a Beach" and "WOR," show-closer "Waveforms," stomping new single "Storm" (which photographers Jessica Amaya and Dominick Mastrangelo shot great video of, below) and, surprisingly, the instrumental "Cairo" which is a bit of a novelty on record but became a wonder of intstrument switching and additional percussion live.
If you missed it, Django Django play again tonight at Santos, a show BrooklynVegan is presenting with Neon Gold and Popgun that also features Charli XCX and Clock Opera. We're giving away tickets too and there's still time to win. Django Django will then head to Austin for SXSW, so if you're going you should definitely make an effort to see them.
Subbing for a Visa-issue-beleagured Kwes was D. Gookin, whose music reminds me of a LEN for the Laptop Whatever generation. He needs to try a little harder with the live show (or move into the producer/writer mode for others) but his reggae-tinged songs are pop hook delivery devices and I ended up liking it. Kwes, meanwhile, has sorted out his problems at the border and rescheduled his Glasslands show for next Monday (3/19).
Pictures and video of Django Django, and photos of D.Gookin are after the jump...
photos by Julie Schabel, words by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Main Attrakionz - "Focalin" (MP3)
Main Attrakionz @ Glasslands
Main Attrakionz's short run of dates leading up to 35 Denton and SXSW (where they'll play a BrooklynVegan day party) stopped in NYC this week for two shows, starting with a Sunday night show at Glasslands with BBU, Big Baby Gandhi, and Beans. Pictures from that one are in this post. One night later they played The Studio at Webster Hall with a completely different set of openers, Children of the Night, Maffew Ragazino, and Erick ARC Elliot. How was that?
The Brooklyn show was also the mixtape release part for Chicago's BBU, who released the Bell Hooks mixtape last month. It features contributions from Das Racist, The Hood Internet, Tony Baines, Montana Macks, and others. As noted on BV Chicago, the mixtape features the track, "Kurt De La Rocha," which pays tribute to Kurt Cobain and RATM's Zack de la Rocha. You can grab a free download of the entire thing at the Mishka bandcamp
Main Attrakionz also dropped a new track last month called "Focalin." Download that above or stream it below, along with updated dates and more pictures from Glasslands...
by Bill Pearis
We've got some more news on the Django Django front. In addition to Kwes dropping off the March 10th Glasslands show, Django Django have added a second NYC show on Monday, March 12 at Santos Party House, that BrooklynVegan is co-presenting with the folks at Neon Gold and Popgun Booking. Also playing will be Clock Opera and Charlie XCX who also share a bill on March 10 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now for the Santos show.
Clock Opera's debut album, Ways to Forget, is out April 9 on Moshi Moshi. You can watch the video for the new single "Once and Again" at the bottom of this post. You can also stream their fantastic, radical reworking of Metronomy's "The Bay" which is included on The English Riveria - The Unreleased Remixes.
London's Charli XCX got a lot of attention last year for her singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons" both of which mined '80s New Romantic synthpop. (You can watch the videos for both below.) She's currently recording her debut album, working with bigshot producers Patrik Berger (The Good Natured, Robyn) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Glasser, Theopolis London) while still attending London's Slade School of Fine Art (she's only 19).
As mentoned above, both Clock Opera and Charli XCX are also playing Knitting Factory on Saturday March 10. That show with Sub Pop-signed Nikki & the Dove, and tickets are still on sale. And they're all playing SXSW of course (Charli's official show is the Pitchfork showcase).
Django Django have just released a stream for "Storm" which was actually the band's first single nearly three years ago. You can stream the whole Django Django album at Spotify and buy it digitally wherever high-quality MP3s are sold.
Click through for flyers for both Django Django shows, along with videos and streams mentioned above.
by Bill Pearis
We've been waiting to see Scottish quartet Django Django ever since hearing their debut single two years ago, so Brooklyn Vegan is pleased as punch to be presenting with Popgun Booking the group's first-ever U.S. show at Glasslands on Saturday, March 10. It's a late show (doors 11:30), happening after the Daughter performance early that night, and will also feature the Stateside debut of Warp artist Kwes.. Consider this our pre-SXSW kickoff party. Tickets are $10 and on sale now.
Led by drummer/singer/producer David Maclean, Django Django released their debut single "Storm/Love's Dart" in late 2009. Back when bands still used MySpace, in the "influences" section, Django Django posted thumbnails of 168 albums, ranging from The Beach Boys' Smiley Smile, the first Fun Boy 3 LP, the Blade Runner soundtrack and the Beta Band's Hot Shots II and there's a definite kitchen sink mentality to their music. It's all basically danceable guitar pop, but anything goes.
Relocating to London, the band took their time releasing their debut album, which was released a few weeks ago on Because Music (home of Metronomy, Busy P and more) and is one of the more fun, inventive pop LPs to come down the pike in a while. Influences in a Cuisinart, yes, but cohesive. Django Django get compared to the Beta Band a lot, and there's a similar vocal style and groove, but DD are a little more focused and hyperactive. It's a great album.
You can stream Django Django's debut via Spotify buy it digitally from Bleep, Emusic or the retailer of your choice. (No physical versions in the U.S. yet.) There are also videos for recent singles "Default" and "Waveforms" you can watch at the bottom of this post. After visiting New York, Django Django head to SXSW so if you're gonna be in Austin in a month, do check them out.
Opening is London's Kwes, who has made a name for himself as a go-to producer, working with The XX, DELS, Damon Albarn, Micachu, The Invisible and others. After a couple singles on Young Turks/XL, Kwes signed to Warp who will release the Meantime EP in May. While you wait for that to come out, you can download non-EP track "Get Up" via a widget at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the installment of Vice's "Producers" video series featuring Kwes, which is well worth watching.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown left Austin band "Sleep 8 Over" in late 2010, but continued working together as Boy Friend. They released a single, "Lovedropper," last year and their debut album, Egyptian Wrinkle, will be out March 5 on Italian indie label Hell Yes! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.)
Like what they did in "Sleep 8 Over", the sounds Palazzolo and Brown make as Boy Friend are warm and hazy with their ethereal vocals floating above, but with more melodic hooks to latch onto. It's like a nice bath, but no pruny hands. There are a lot of comparisons to the Cocteau Twins going around but I don't think that's exactly apt. The vocal stylings are similar but nowhere near as otherworldly as Liz Frasier, and from what I can tell, there are no guitars on the album. There is, however, a definite '80s 4AD vibe nonetheless. I like the album a lot. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post or stream it below. Spotify users can listen to the whole album right now.
Boy Friend are soon hitting the road with San Francisco shoegazers Young Prisms, a tour we wrote about a couple weeks ago that hits Glasslands on March 5. For those readers in Austin, Boy Friend band are throwing an early record release party this tonight (Sunday, 2/12) 29th St. Ballroom at the Spider House, a show that also features Hell Yes! labelmates Love Inks, plus darkwavers Missions.
Click through for all Young Prisms/Boy Friend tour dates, as well as a streaming version of "Egyptian Wrinkle."
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.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Daughter - Love (MP3)
Would you say you were folk? Or as the Guardian so nicely put it, 'Fucked up folk'?Glassnote Music just signed UK act Daughter and will release their Wild Youth EP later this month. You can download Wild Youth's spacious and spooky closing track, "Love," at the top of this post, or stream it below. The EP came out last November in the UK - their second release of 2011. The first was the His Young Heart EP which can be streamed in full at the bottom of this post. You can also watch video of a live performance from December below.
I know right? That's quite funny. It's difficult, because I don't know what we are. We don't really think about it at all. We're more like 'this sounds alright - let's do that.' It did start off with my solo thing for years, which was very folky and acoustic. It definitely started out that way, but with me and Igor working together and developing things, it has all gone a bit more atmospheric and, I dunno, we're just trying to experiment with what we're doing.
People have mentioned that your lyrics are dark and depressing, but do you see them as a release of emotions - which is a positive thing. The Guardian, again, said '"Youth" plumbs Ian Curtis' depths of bleakness'. I wasn't expecting you to be so friendly!
I think it's a relief that I'm actually friendly as I probably would be the most depressed person in the world. I enjoy really dark music. I love Joy Division and don't think I can really write anything happy. I don't know if that's a conscious thing or I literally can't. If I didn't write songs, I think I'd be really weird [laughs]. I'd have a lot of shit that I just couldn't get out. I'd have about 10 cats and just mutter away to myself and play the saw. It's a release of emotion and I can just be rid of bad experiences. It is a bit like therapy where bad shit has happened but if you can put it down on paper and write about it and then sing it to people, then you'll be alright. I dunno where I'm going with that! ['Sup]
Originally a solo project for UK singer-songwriter Elena Tonra, Daughter is now a proper band with electric guitarist (and Tonra's boyfriend) Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella.
Daughter is coming to SXSW this year and has scheduled a few other shows outside of Austin as well, including a few in NYC: March 9 at Mercury Lounge, March 10 at Glasslands. There's also March 8 show with venue TBD. All tour dates -- including DC and Philly shows with Tennis and White Rabbits -- are at the bottom of this post.
by Bill Pearis
A Classic Education
As predicted, following this week's Best New Music review of Attack on Memory, tonight's Cloud Nothings' show at Studio @ Webster Hall with Bleeding Rainbow and Jump Into the Gospel, is now sold out. But the band just announced two NYC-area shows on the other side of SXSW, part of their tour with A Classic Education: March 27 at Mercury Lounge (also with The Denzels and Last Year's Men) (tickets on-sale Friday, 2/3) and March 28 at Glasslands (also with Crinkles) (on sale now). All Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
This will be the first North American tour for A Classic Education since releasing their debut album, Call it Blazing, which was one of my favorites of 2011:
Heart on the sleeve tunes from Canadian Jonathan Clancy who formed this band in his current hometown of Bologna, Italy. Students of indiepop history, ACE take the best bits of the last 30 years and have created a sound all their own. Tuneful, continental and clever, with charm to spare.Check out a couple tracks from the album at the top of this post, including single "Baby It's Fine" which has a stylish video you can watch below. Also below is live footage of Cloud Nothings performing "Wasted Days" at Glasslands back in November, as filmed for Pitchfork TV and the video for "No Future, No Past"...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
San Francisco quintet Young Prisms are gearing up for their second album on Kanine, In Between, which is out March 27. You can check out a track from In Between at the top of this post. "Floating in Blue" is an apt title for the song which rides on a gentle wave of glide guitar, analog synths and ethereal vocals.
The band will be packing up their many guitar pedals and hitting the road in about month for a tour that, as previously mentioned, hits Glasslands on March 5. They'll be out SXSW as well, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with In Between's cover art and a streamable version of "Floating in Blue."