Entries tagged with: Grass Widow

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by Bill Pearis

Cold Beat

Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew formed Cold Beat last year with Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) on drums, and Kyle King on guitar. Despite a name that sounds like it should be a French minimal wave band from 1981, what Cold Beat have released so far is actually cheery indiepop, jangly and harmony-laden. Not miles away from Grass Widow, but definitely a little less obtuse. The band made the "Worms/Year 5772" EP last year and are set to release their debut album, Over Me, on July 8 via Lew's own Crime on the Moon imprint. The record was recorded with The Fucking Champs' Phil Manley and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring etc). You can stream "Mirror" from the album below.

For those who wish Cold Beat did sound like a French minimal wave band from 1981, there are excellent remixes of "Year 5772" by Pow! and Mikey Young which pretty much fit that description. You can stream those below too.

No word on live shows, but hopefully that changes soon. Meanwhile, check out the album art and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...

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As mentioned, San Francisco's The Mantles just released their new album, Long Enough to Leave, a lovely album loaded with '60s-inspired guitar pop. You can stream a few cuts from the LP below and listen to the whole thing via Rdio or Spotify.

Perhaps the album's catchiest single, "Hello," has just gotten the music video treatment and was directed by Grass Widow's Hannah Lew. You might also notice album producer Kelly Stoltz as the guy playing the toy piano. We've got its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

The Mantles start their East Coast tour with The Beets' Juan Wauters this week which will hit NYC for two shows: July 9 at Shea Stadium and July 13 at Cake Shop.

You can also catch Juan this August at 285 Kent with Hunx & His Punx and Chain & the Gang.

All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring

One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.

Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.

Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...

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by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eternal Summers

Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.

You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.

Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.

Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow list their favorite LPs of 2012, playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week"

by Bill Pearis

Chickfactor #17 with Grass Widow on the cover
Grass Widown Chickfactor

Despite Hurricane Sandy playing havoc with area airports, San Francisco trio Grass Widow are here and kick off an Easterly North American tour tonight (11/2) in NYC at 285 Kent with Royal Baths and Habibi also on the bill. $10 gets you in at the door. The band were last here for the Northside fest back in June. All tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Grass Widow are the cover stars for all-lower-case "legendary indie nerd bible" chickfactor's first new issue in over ten years. The issue will also features interviews with Sharon Van Etten, Black Tamborine, Frankie Rose, and many more. You can pre-order the issue via Kickstarter now and get cool extras if you care to pledge extra, or just pick it up at Other Music or other locations when it comes out later this year.

Grass Widow also recently recorded a Daytrotter session which you can listen to here and their new album, Internal Logic, is highly recommended too. You can watch the video for the album's "Goldilocks Zone" below.

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photos by David Andrako

Mac DeMarco
NXNE Day 1

DeMarco and his two accompanying guitarists often literally drop a knee to the floor and continue to play on during their live set, which on a couple of occasions resulted in not really being able to play at all if they lost their balance. If there's one thing these guys have mastered though, it's how to keep an audience intrigued. DeMarco's recorded music is good, but his live performance is another experience entirely...

...Irony and parody are alive and well at NXNE, particularly in the form of an ironically bad (but in a way, hilariously good) guitar solo by the above-mentioned guitarist in Mac DeMarco's set. To make an Ironic Guitar Solo work, you just have to furiously play the same out-of-tune note for a few 10-second intervals, pluck a couple of atonal chords, and then grin at the confused concertgoers gathered before you. Gets a laugh every time (from me, anyway). [National Post]

Toronto's week-long NXNE Festival wraps up tonight (6/17). Below are photos from Thursday, June 14, including sets by the knee-dropping Mac Demarco, plus Bleached, Grass Widow, Idiot Glee, The Seedy Seeds, The Black Belles, The Sphinxs and PitchBlak Brass Band.

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Grass Widow at NXNE at the Garrisonin Toronto 6/4/12 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE Day 1

today in NYC
* Clive Chin @ 17 Frost
* Benyoro @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey Hormel @ Barbes
* Msafire Zawose @ Barbes
* Dub Is A Weapon @ Zebulon
* fun., Now, Now @ Terminal 5
* Aziz Ansari @ Beacon Theatre
* Ava Mendoza Trio @ The Stone
* Tristan Perich @ Issue Project Room
* Kid Sister, Will Sheridan @ Sugarland
* Dastardly, Sleep City @ Mercury Lounge
* Blu Jemz, lloydski, SterryO @ Trophy Bar
* Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film @ Joe's Pub
* The Du Yun Quartet with Qian Yi @ The Stone
* Dawes, Kurt Vile @ Central Park Summerstage
* Joanna Erdos & the Midnight Show @ Joe's Pub
* Clarence Penn, Antonio Sanchez @ 92YTribeca
* The Duke Spirit, Hacienda @ Highline Ballroom
* The Knocks, Oliver, Ghost Beach @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless @ Mercury Lounge
* Something In Spanish, Midnight Magic @ Trophy Bar
* Mainland, Coastgaard, South of France @ Matchless
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Gandhi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands
* Tim Barry, Josh Small, Julie Karr @ Santos Party House
* Red Baraat, Dean & Britta, Mas Ysa, Hume @ McCarren Park
* Shlohmo, Kingdom, Hot Sugar, Archie Pelago @ 285 Kent Ave
* Cool Angels, Milk Dick, Nude Sunrise, White Fang @ Big Snow
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Ghandi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands Gallery
* Black Dice, Run DMT, SSPS, Mandelbrot & Skyy @ Public Assembly
* Asobi Seksu, Exitmusic, Ape School, Field Mouse @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Foster Care, Call of the Wild, Pampers, White Pages @ Union Pool
* Heaven's Gate, Nymph, Nude Beach, Golden Clouds @ Public Assembly
* Natural Child, Tough Shits, Liquor Store, The Foxx @ Death By Audio
* Freshkills, Bootblacks, Starlight Girls, Wojcik, Clouder @ The Gutter
* Mouth of the Architect, XOZO, Sleep Maps, Ashes Forever @ Saint Vitus
* Body Language (DJ set), Team Spirit, Cale Parks (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Ski Lodge, Ravens & Chimes, Field Mouse, Starlight Girls @ Spike Hill
* Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, Nation Beat @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Hamilton Morris @ The Bell House
* Physical Therapy, Twin Sister, Guards, Caged Animals, Blonds, Phonetag @ Cameo Gallery
* Yellow Dogs, The Fatty Acids, Radical Dads, Backwords, Acrylics, Natureboy @ Shea Stadium
* Quiet Loudly, Dinosaur Feathers, MiniBoone, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Pow Wow! @ Spike Hill
* Gold Streets, Happy People, Magnetic Island, That Fleeting World, Passenger Peru @ Matchless
* New Madrid, The Gypsy West, A Million Years, The End Men, W.A.L.N.U.T.S., Clouder @ Trash Bar
* Grass Widow, Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, Snack Machine @ Knitting Factory
* The Olivia Tremor Control, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Dinosaur Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sunset Hearts, Flying Pace, Brenda, Weird Children, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Troubled Sleep @ The Grand Victory
* Christopher Paul Stelling, Howth, Chantilly, Carl Banks, Craig Judelman, Baby Gramps, Al Duvall @ Pete's Candy Store
* I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues, Cellular Chaos, Dominique Leone, Harpoon Forever, Sediment Club, Bob Crusoe @ Cake Shop
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, SonnyBoy, Daniela Cotton, The Sons of Brooklyn, Them Damn Ninjas @ The Paper Box
* The Pietasters, American Speedway, The Skels, Electric Frankenstein, The Tombstone Brawlers, The Scrapers, Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One @ Maxwell's

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At Nitehawk Cinema there's a midnight screening of classic giallo flick The Black Belly of the Tarantula with live score provided by Tunde Adebimpe, Grey Gersten, and Ryan Sawyer. Tickets are still available. Trailer for the event is below.

The Northside Festival continues today in Brooklyn. See anything good last night? Dean & Britta play a free show in McCarren Park this afternoon.

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Future of the Left on Sunday (6/17) at Europa. Visit our Facebook page for details.

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ESG plays their last NYC show tonight....
ESG

* Lana Del Rey @ Irving Plaza
* DJ Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Eli Keszler @ Issue Project Room
* Larry Graham @ BAM R&B Festival
* Graffiti 6, Yuna @ Highline Ballroom
* Fender Bender with Nao & Liz at Loreley
* Erick Baker, Jill Andrews @ Mercury Lounge
* Big K.R.I.T. @ Apple Store West 14th Street
* ESG, Ava Luna, DJ Spinna @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Emanuel & The Fear, Spaces, Martin Bisi @ Union Pool
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Doldrums @ Mercury Lounge
* Buckshot, Smif n Wessun, Sean Price @ Betsy Head Playground
* Aun, Thisquietarmy, Planning For Burial, Oneirogen @ Acheron
* Money Now, Psychic Flowers, The Hairs, Desert Sharks @ Shea Stadium
* Victor Wooten, Saundra Williams' Funky Four Corners @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Splash, Jonas Reinhardt, La Big Vic, Torn Hawk, Lingerie @ Cake Shop
* Danger, Body Language, Carousel, Xaphoon Jones @ Santos Party House
* Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, The Spring Standards @ Maxwell's
* Caged Animals, Natureboy, Christine Hoberg, Vorhees, St. Claire @ Pianos
* Grow Up To Be Cowboys, Christina Courtin, Two Dark Birds @ The Rock Shop
* Jean Grae, Skyzoo & !llmind, DJ JS1, Scram Jones, Fresh Vetz @ Public Assembly
* Triple Hex, Ora Iso, Ice Balloons, Ballroom (members of Woman) @ Death By Audio
* Bee Mask, Beige, Hex Breaker Quintet, Nihal Ramchandani (DJ set) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Eastern Midwestern, Nik Westman & The Central Plains, Wyndham Baird @ Cameo Gallery
* Nick Catchdubs, Party Supplies, Maffew Ragazino Sr., Nitty Scott MC @ Public Assembly
* Grand Voyager, Happy New Year, Imaginary Weapons, sunMoon, Klaus @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* SINKANE, Ryan Rasheed from Prefuse 73 (DJ set), Superhuman Happiness, Beta Frontiers @ Glasslands
* Steve Soboslai, Sad & French, Jim Heffernan, Louis DeFabrizio, Brian McGee, Brian Bond @ Knitting Factory

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New York legends ESG play their last-ever hometown show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available. Check out live video of them doing "You're No Good" at Danceteria in 1984 below.

Check out the new Grass Widow video for "Goldilocks Zone" from their new LP Internal Logic, as well as the new Beach House video for "Lazuli" from their Bloom LP.

Also, check out All Pigs Must Die's full "surprise" set at Scion Rock Fest (as discussed), featuring Dwid of Integrity (who performs "Vocal Test") and members of Trap Them doing karoake with a random vocalist.

Children of the Night have a new video for "Kids from Queens." Check it out below.

Killer Mike has a new NSFW video for "Big Beast" (feat. Bun B, T.I., Trouble, & El-P) off his great new album, R.A.P. Music, which you can watch below.

What else?

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Sonny Smith - Over the Border and Into the Night (MP3)

Sonny & the Sunsets have added another NYC area show to happen while they're here in in August. In addition to dates at Mercury Lounge (8/16) and Glasslands (8/18) the band will also play Maxwell's on August 15 and tickets for that show are on sale.

Sonny's new terrific new album, Longtime Companion, is out June 26, and he also just got his 2005 album One Act Plays reissued on vinyl via Secret Seven Records. The album features guest appearances from Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer. The album's got an interesting backstory and we'll let Sonny fill you in:

The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can't remember when this mysterious shift happened. However, ultimately the plays as songs were performed on stage in a play called The Dangerous Stranger, so somehow it came full circle. The Dangerous Stranger was supposed to be about reality being the dangerous intruder of fantasy, and fantasy being a dangerous intruder to reality. I can't remember if the play was successful at conveying this idea at all. That was the kinda stuff on my mind at the time I guess. I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen's Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff. A few of the songs, like 'Eddie and Rita' even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays. The song 'Following Father' took a bunch of facts from my dad's cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted. I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for 'Freaks In Space' and 'Honey Roy Rockwell'. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.
You can download "Over the Border and Into the Night" from the album at the top of this post. Only 400 copies of One Act Plays were pressed and you can order one here. Secret Seven will also release the second volume of their San Francisco artists In a Cloud series on July 17 which features previously unreleased cuts by Sonny & the Sunsets, Vetiver, Ty Segall, Hannah Lew (of Grass Widow), Kelley Stoltz, Tim Cohen, The Papercuts and more. It's only being released on vinyl but you can stream the whole compilation below.

And in more Sonny Smith news, they just released the third in his "100 Records" series in which he wrote and recorded 100 songs under the guise of 100 different fictional bands. Some of those, like "Year of the Cock" have ended up on actual Sunsets albums (in that case, his new one), others haven't. You can stream a few from Vol. 3 below and order the vinyl here.

All song streams and a list of updated dates below...

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Jack White

Jack White is in town and tonight (5/21) plays the first of two sold-out Roseland shows with openers the Alabama Shakes. He's also among the growing list of artists playing the ACL Festival this year, which happens October 12 - 14 in Austin, TX. The line-up was revealed via lottery-style scratch-off tickets that were placed in locations around Austin over the weekend and today. Other confirmed performers include Black Keys, Andrew Bird and Delta Spirit. UPDATE: The full ACL lineup has been announced.

When not touring and releasing highly-collectible vinyl via his Third Man record label (like new 7" single "Freedom at 21," due out June 11), Jack has kept himself busy trying to get into the Guiness Book of World Records by using the most metaphors during a single concert. An attempt was made Saturday night (5/19) in Gulf Shores, Alabama:

At Jack White's headlining performance in Gulf Shores, Alabama last night, Guinness officials were anxiously awaiting the beginning of Mr. White's concert (the start of which is apparently very difficult to determine stated Guinness Records reps, music being played notwithstanding). They were there so that they could begin the exhausting process of counting each and every metaphor that occurred onstage as Mr. White attempted to break the record of most metaphors in a single concert.

They definitely had a task in front of them as in the first song alone, three officials that were flown in from the Guinness world headquarters in the anteroom of the Salt and Muskrat pub in Tipperary, counted no less than twelve hundred and three metaphors in three minutes.

Some metaphors were lyrical and others came from moments such as lighting changes and even the calm weather itself during the chorus which momentarily had the feel of Grandma's house in winter. By the seventh song alone the hard work led two of the Guinness officials to wander to the catering table, leaving the counting to their partner who, new to the grueling scientific process involved, accidentally counted 312 similes and three mere comparisons.

Metaphors were occurring in the thousands by this point, some coming from the clothing the musicians had on, others from the colors used on one of the microphone cables which were easter candy blue, making the task of counting extremely trivial or at the very least hard work.

Then tragedy struck and the record attempt had to be forfeited by Jack White when during the second half of the set Mr. White trivialized a metaphor by saying it too quickly. It was something about the moon being a faucet of light but was uttered too fast to be counted.

Guinness representatives will return to tomorrow night's show to begin the exhaustive, scientific, and absolutely authoritative and factual process all over again.

Maybe Jack will break the record tonight at Roseland or one of the other dates on this tour, all of which are listed below.

In related news, Third Man recording artists The Black Belles have announced a new round of North American tour dates that include a June 14 stop at Knitting Factory as part of the Panache Booking Northside Festival showcase that also includes Grass WidowTurbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, and Snack MachineTickets for that show are on sale now. All Black Belles tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jack White's in town, playing ACL, making Guiness Book record attempts; Black Belles touring, playing Northside"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Goldilocks Zone (MP3)

Grass Widow

San Francisco trio Grass Widow will release their new album, Internal Logic, on May 24 via the band's newly-started HLR label. (HLR: Grass Widow's Hannah, Lillian and Raven.) For those who have found previous Grass Widow releases a bit on the obtuse side, the new album (like last year's great "Milo Minute" 7") finds the band in pop mode, or as close as they're going to get. Which means catchy hooks and airy harmonies delivered at an angle. It's a terrific album and you can download its opening track, "Goldilocks Zone," at the top of this post.

New album means new tour, and Grass Widow hit the road at the end of this month, and will be in NYC for the Northside Festival, playing the Panache Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on June 16 with Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, and Snack Machine. Tickets are on sale now.

All Grass Widow tour dates are listed below, along with a cute little trailer for Internal Logic.

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Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

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Off! @ NXNE 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
NXNE

The most memorable thing that happened the year I visited Toronto for NXNE was Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing their big, outdoor, free, no-ticket-or-badge-required show downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Last year the Descendents did it. This year they've landed the Flaming Lips which should be an amazing spectacle. And:

NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).
Jonathan Toubin!!

This year's fest takes place at multiple venues across Toronto from June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are on sale.

Last year BrooklynVegan co-hosted a boat party with M For Montreal and Bruise Cruise.

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Owen - "I Believe" (MP3)

Owen

Owen (aka Mike Kinsella) is releasing his sixth full length album, Ghost Town on November 8 via Polyvinyl. After becoming a husband and father, Owen made a shift in his songwriting on the appropriately titled New Leaves in 2009. He abandoned his damaged lyrics and delicate acoustic guitar for a fuller band-oriented album, which felt overall like a more lighthearted affair. Those new leaves may still be turned over, but whatever it was that haunted Owen on his earlier work is resurfacing on Ghost Town. As he admits on "No Language," "I guess I'm still angry/Still punching walls that look like you." You can grab the album track "I Believe" above and stream two others below, along with the artwork and tracklist and preorder it at the Polyvinyl webstore.

Owen is scheduled to play the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL this month. He'll go on tour in support of the album later this year. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet but it's been revealed that he'll play NYC on December 2 at Glasslands. The NYC show is being opened by Caithlin de Marrais, lead singer of Owen's ex-Polyvinyl labelmates Rainer Maria, who broke up in 2006. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/16) at 7 AM.

Caithlin, whose new solo record 'Red Coats' is coming out Nov. 8 on End Up Records, also has a NYC show coming up even sooner, a CMJ showcase at Littlefield in Brooklyn that looks like this:

BITCH Magazine Presents:
Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)
The Shondes
Grass Widow
Alina Simone
Fri, October 21, 2011
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$10.00
This event is 21 and over
FREE WITH CMJ BADGE
Grass Widow is also in NYC this week, with the Raincoats.

In July, Owen covered Jane's Addiction's "Summertime Rolls" at Hot Doug's in Chicago for AV Club. Check out a video of that performance, a video from Caithlin's new record, all Owen dates, song streams, album art and tracklist below...

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by Bill Pearis

Raincoats
Grass Widow

As previously mentioned, Friday (9/16) at the Warsaw is the first date of a short tour for classic postpunk band The Raincoats who just reissued their seminal 1980 album Oddyshape on vinyl. I wrote this a while back:

With odd instrumentation, unconventional songwriting and a generally itchy, discordant vibe, the London group's three original albums (1979's self-titled debut , 1981's Odyshape, 1984's Moving) were mildly successful on the UK indie charts but proved highly influential. (Their records have aged exceptionally well.) Kurt Cobain was a huge fan, and actually got his label DGC to reissue the Raincoats' albums and convinced the band to reform and open for Nirvana on a 1994 UK tour, though he would die a week before it was to start. But the reformation proved creatively successful, and Raincoats recorded a third album, Looking in the Shadows, in 1996. They've stayed sporadically active ever since.
Openers on this tour are San Francisco's Grass Widow who are definitely direct descendants of The Raincoats style and sound. Their new single "Milo Minute" is a little more straightforward than anything we've released in a while, I like it a lot. The video, filmed at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, is below.

Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill, Frumpies) and Amy Yao (Emily's Sassy Lime) are both also DJing the Brooklyn show. All dates below too...

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Lower Dens at Bruar Falls (more by Jessica Amaya)
Lower Dens

Lower Dens headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (2/25). How was that show?

Next week Lower Dens will hit the road to get to SXSW followed by a European tour that will last them through mid-April. After a couple of weeks away from the road, they'll play some more shows including one at the more intimate Mercury Lounge on May 1st with Tara Jane O'Neil. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (3/2), and regular sale on Friday.

Mercury Lounge is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Tara Jane O'Neil. She'll also play Death by Audio on April 24th with Broken Water, Grass Widow, and Talk Normal. That is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Grass Widow (who'll also support Hunx & His Punx at Glasslands).

The Tara Jane O'Neil dates precede the release of "Ruh Roh", A collaborative LP with Nikaido Kazumi (5/24 on K Records) an album described as "an experiment in improvisation and collaboration without shared language". Listen to at track at K.

All tour dates, video from Lower Dens' MHOW show and more below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens played MHOW, playing Merc w/ Tara Jane O'Neil who plays DbA w/ Grass Widow (and other dates)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: The Psychic Paramount - "RW" Excerpt (MP3)

The Psychic Paramount
The Psychic Paramount

After releasing a double-disc of solo guitar compositions and a live LP, The Psychic Paramount is back with their second full-length of new material, the aptly titled II due on Feb 22nd via No Quarter Records. Fans of ripping and proggy instrumentation take note and preorder the new LP via No Quarter. Check out an excerpt of the first track to make its way out, "RW" which you can download above/stream below.

TPP will play a record release party on March 5th at Death By Audio, snagging Talk Normal and Eleven Twenty Nine (Tom Carter + Marc Orleans) to warm the masses. The show is one of two scheduled for Eleven Twenty-Nine, who will also play Zebulon on 2/22 with the Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Marcia Bassett/Samara Lubelski and Messages.

Before the Eleven Twenty-Nine show at Zebulon, Daniel Higgs will play a special "Happy Hour" set, the second of four of such sets scheduled at the venue happening from 2/21-2/24 which is right before he plays, Issue Project Room on 2/26. The spankin' new Skull Defekts (with Higgs) will play Littlefield on April 3rd.

Talk Normal also has a few other shows in their near future, including one with Liturgy at 285 Kent Ave on 2/25, April 23rd at The Stone, and April 24th at Death By Audio with Grass Widow, Broken Water & Tara Jane O'Neil.

All tour dates, a video and that PP song stream is below...

Continue reading "The Psychic Paramount releasing 'II' & playing a show w/ Talk Normal ++ Daniel Higgs doing 4 shows @ Zebulon & more"

"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals

"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals

"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals

"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals

The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
The Thermals

"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!

Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!

Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)

Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]

Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.

Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.

The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...

Continue reading "Hutch of the Thermals forms new band 'Forbidden Friends' (Thermals playing a Portlandia party in NYC & other dates)"

photos by Andrew Frisicano

Grass Widow
Grass Widow

Grass Widow played the "Old Firehouse" aka "DCTV" in Manhattan last night, supporting Beach Fossils and flanked by Oberhofer & Ovens. The show was part of a SHOWPAPER "pop up gallery opening/closing", and as you can see in the pictures in this post, there was more going on than just music.

The show was one of two for the San Fran all-girl band with the second going down tonight (9/28) with The Babies (mems Vivian Girls, Woods, Bossy, Stupid Party), Ovens (again), Web Dating, and Red Romans at Monster Island at 8PM.

More pictures from last night's gig, though none of Ovens unfortunately, and some videos shot by (((unartig))), below...

Continue reading "Grass Widow, Beach Fossils & Oberhofer played an 'Old Firehouse' (pics & video) "

photos by Matthew Eisman

DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Fried Egg (MP3)

Grass Widow @ Prospect Park
Grass Widow

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Monday September 27th @ OLD FIREHOUSE aka DCTV
:: "WHAT, NO HELLO?" - a SHOWPAPER pop up gallery opening/closing
:: curated by GABRIELLE SHAW
:: video by Alaina Stamatis, G Lucas Crane, Jesse Hlebo, & Sean Berman
:: sculpture by Olga Miasnikova
:: Beach Fossils
:::: Grass Widow
:::::: Oberhofer
:::::::: Ovens
| OLD FIREHOUSE | aka DCTV
87 Lafayette St @ White St | Chinatown, Manhattan
NQRW6JZ to Canal St | 7pm | all ages | $10

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Tuesday September 28th @ MONSTER ISLAND
:: the Babies ------ mems Vivian Girls, Woods, Bossy, Stupid Party
:::: Grass Widow
:::::: Ovens
:::::::: Web Dating
:::::::::: Red Romans
| MONSTER ISLAND |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $tba

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The above two-Todd P listings include all the info you need to know about the Grass Widow dates happening in NYC on Monday and Tuesday night. Each show has other great bands on it as well. Last time the California band was here was when they played Prospect Park with Sonic Youth. A second set of pictures from that show, the band's new video fro "11 of Diamonds" and updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Grass Widow are back - updated dates & Prospect Park pics "

photos by Lori Baily

Sonic Youth

"Is there any better big venue live band these days than Sonic Youth? Okay, maybe Radiohead, maybe Phish, and maybe--depending on how their Madison Square Garden debut goes this week--even Arcade Fire. (Yes, we just used Phish in the same sentence as Sonic Youth; the crucifixion line forms on the right!) But none of those bands possess Sonic Youth's illustrious history, or restless dynamism, or reckless edge. Frontman Thurston Moore is middle age (his wife/bandmate Kim Gordon's even older!) but after seeing them crush the Celebrate Brooklyn bandshell in Prospect Park Saturday night, it's clear that their particular blend of punk-pop-noise rock is some sort of magical, anti-aging elixir that ought to be bottled and sold worldwide. Don't grow old gracefully; shred it every step of the way with Tonic Youth." [Gothamist]
Sonic Youth played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show to a packed Prospect Park on Saturday, July 31st. It was magnificent. Show highlights, if I can remember back that far, included the pre-encore set closer, "Shaking Hell" and Thurston trying to get Kim back on stage to play the encore-closing number, "Expressway To Yr Skull". He did so by having the whole crowd chant "Kim G" over and over ("kimchee, kimchee").

Brooklyn's Talk Normal and SanFran's Grass Widow opened. The latter will be back in September for two TBA shows (both still listed without venues by Todd P). Sonic Youth were minus bassist Mark Ibold, who was/is touring with his old band, Pavement (who played Osheaga that weekend). SY's set list is posted below.

Sonic Youth's, and Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light's, upcoming shows include ATP NY over Labor Day weekend. Now that's true for Thurston solo too:

"Today we're happy to announce a few last minute additions to the ATP New York line-up.

First of all Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will play a solo set on Sunday as chosen by Jim Jarmusch.

Second we have a fourth comedian to add to Friday's line-up as chosen by Syd Butler; Matt McCarthy." [ATP]

Comedian Todd Barry (who performs at MHOW tonight) was also recently added to the fest. The rest of the ATP NY lineup is HERE. More pictures and the set list from the SY show are below...

Continue reading "Sonic Youth played Prospect Park this summer (belated pics), Thurston Moore added to ATP NY "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Avi Buffalo - What's In It For? (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CFCF - Big Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Shadow (MP3)

Big Takeover

This weekend is The Big Takeover's 30th Anniversary celebration: two nights of shows at the Bell House put together by Jack Rabid who has been publishing the 'zine since 1980. Jack's one of the most passionate, informed music fans I've ever met and he's put together a pretty stellar line-up of artists, most of which will be familiar to regular BT readers.

Friday night (7/30) is headlined by San Francisco punk legends The Avengers, and Seattle's Visqueen, and the first performance in 16 years by Flower (Ed and James Balyut's pre-Versus band). Plus the L.A. punks Channel 3, the Libertines U.S. (from Cincinnati) playing their first-ever Big Apple show, and Jack Rabid's band Springhouse.

For Against
For Against

Saturday night (7/31) is even more action packed. Former Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess headlines, performing acoustic and with a full band; legendary Lincoln, NE post-punk shoegazers For Against, playing their first East Coast show in 15 years; and Springhouse performs again, this time doing their 1993 album Postcards from the Arctic in full. Also: Former Nerves/Beat singer Paul Collins, a rare U.S. appearance by ex-Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan, onetime Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewitt (first-ever U.S. show), and the Posies' Jon Auer. Also also: The Sharp Things, The Sleepover Disaster (first-ever East Coast shows) and The Curtain Society.

You can still buy two-day passes for $40 as well. (Individual tickets are $25.) If you've never read The Big Takeover, well you should really recitify that. Each phone book sized issue (twice yearly) is packed with in-depth interviews, reviews and essays, the bulk of which is still written by Jack. The magazine's slogan is "Music with Heart" and he means it, man. The 30th Anniversary issue (#66 if you're keeping track) is just out with Spoon on the cover. Like always, it's a great read.

Avi Buffalo
Avi Buffalon

Avi Buffalo play the Seaport Music Festival on Friday, their only New York appearance this go-around. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut is an impressive collection of shimmery, folky guitar pop that has stayed in constant rotation on my stereo since March. Live, Avi Buffalo put a little more muscle into the tunes. Front man Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is a Doug Martsch in the making. (You get a sense of it on the LP's seven-minute jam "Remember the Last Time.") Dude uses like 15 pedals and is a pretty serious shredder. I thought they were great at South by Southwest. Yes they are barely old enough to buy cigarettes (not that they should be smoking!) but that just means Avi Buffalo haven't even hit their stride -- which is exciting.

Opening is Canadian multi-hyphenate wunderkind (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad Van Gaalen who hasn't made a new record of his own in two years but has probably stayed busy being an illustrator, animator, and producer of Women. Unlike last Friday, weather looks to be idyllic Friday (sunny, high of 84) -- should be a lovely early evening on the pier.

CFCF
CFCF

Despite the preponderance of reverbed garage, twee indiepop and '90s era slackerdom in this column, I do listen to a fair amount of dance music though I'm not really a club-goer. One of my favorite albums of 2009 was Continent, the full-length debut from CFCF, aka Vancouver beat-maker Michael Silver. It's an ambitious disc of instrumental, yet highly melodic dance music without even a trace of chillwave. (Though there's definitely some Balearic in there.) It's ridiculously catchy, and you may find yourself singing overtop tracks, making up your own lyrics (Well I do anyway.) Annie, Roisin, Robyn, etc... may I present your new collaborator?

You can download CFCF's great cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" at the top of this post -- the only vocal track on Continent. Silver, who is also an in-demand remixer (on the new HEALTH album for instance), is in town this weekend for a bunch of DJ gigs. You can hear him spin Friday night (7/30) at Cameo Gallery with Jacques Renault and Lovefingers, and then the PS1 Warm Up on Saturday (8/31), where Animal Collective also DJ, plus live performances from Prince Rama and Blondes.

Grass Widow
Grass Widow

If you're going to Prospect Park for Sonic Youth on Saturday, do get there early and catch Grass Widow as it's their only NYC show for now. The San Francisco trio's new album, Past Time, is out August 24 on Kill Rock Stars. It could use a few more choruses but gets by on the band's very distinctive sound. You can download "Shadows" from the new album at the top of this post and watch its lovely animated video at the bottom of this post. Grass Widow are teriffic live -- it will be interesting to see them on such a big stage. If you can't make it, they'll be back in September for two shows (Sept. 27 -28, venues still TBD). All tour dates at the bottom of this post.

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And some daily picks of things not otherwise covered above:

THURSDAY, JULY 29

The Music Slut has been blogging away for five years and they're celebrating on a boat! Specifically, the Rocks Off Concert Cruise ship and they've put Javelin, Keepaway and I Love Monsters aboard it. Boat leaves at 7pm, don't be late. Happy birthday, guys.

Coco 66 has a night of bliss-out drone, noise, old synthesizers, psychedelic freakouts, and tribal chanting all in celebration of the release of Amen Dunes' new album, Murder Dull Mind, which is out on Sacred Bones. Also playing Gary War, recent Paw Tracks signees Prince Rama (who are at PS 1 Saturday), and Coconuts. Open vodka bar at 9PM till it runs out.

Over at Silent Barn, you can catch locals Sisters whose debut album, Ghost Fits, is out in September on Narnack Records. Also playing: Knight School, Nude Beach, Giant Peach.

Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's CYHSY offshoot Radical Dads, Rope and The New Colossus.

continued below....

Continue reading "The Big Takeover, Avi Buffalo, CFCF, Amen Dunes, Grass Widow, Ducktails & more in This Week in Indie "

Sonic Youth @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

"What I'm aiming for all the time when we play live is a balance between the high energy of loud music, and a calm meditational energy you sometimes find at its core. Recording tends to restrict too much experimentation, 'cause when you're making a record it's a part of you, for that time it's your whole fabric. But when we tour the songs, they tend to get more and more expansive, and actually evolve over time until they are something quite different. For this reason I never go back and listen to the recorded document. The thrill, instead of listening to our cds, comes when the balance I was talking about can be attained. Everyone in the room can have a shared, communal rock experience. I'm only too happy to be the conduit of it, after all rock'n'roll saved my soul." [Thurston Moore]
On Saturday (7/24), Thurston Moore will be opening for Bill Orcutt (of '90s noise band Harry Pussy) at Glasslands. Opening up are Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos (who play the Charleston the next night and have lots more shows coming up) and Family Battle Snake.

Another member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo will join Leah Singer and Nick Zinner at the New Museum to "offer multimedia tributes to the Dreamachine," its new exhibit, on July 30th Tickets are on sale.

Lee Ranaldo plays with Text of Light at ATP NY (where Sonic Youth are also playing) and (Le) Poisson Rouge in September.

Sonic Youth are at Prospect Park on July 31st with Talk Normal and Grass Widow (who return to NYC at the end of September).

Bill Orcutt videos and all Sonic Youth and Grass Window dates are below...

Continue reading "Thurston Moore playing w/ Bill Orcutt, Lee Ranaldo @ New Museum & other Sonic Youth-related & Grass Widow dates "

Celebrate Brooklyn '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
Celebrate Brooklyn

The Celebrate Brooklyn series' 2010 schedule is out. Check out the free (or $3 suggested donation) shows that will be happening at Prospect Park this summer below.

There's the previously mentioned shows with Norah Jones, Konono No. 1, Sonic Youth (who have Talk Normal and Grass Widow opening for them), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with Budos Band, Swell Season and the Low Anthem, Metric, The Roots and Allen Toussaint, all for free. The ticketed benefit shows are Rufus Wainwright on July 20th, Dead Weather on August 3rd, and already-sold-out shows with Passion Pit and The National.

The full schedule is below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn's 2010 Prospect Park concert lineup"

by BBG

Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Rorschach

Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.

In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).

The full (and intimidating) list is below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2010 (May 27-30) - intial lineup (Rorschach, Bastard reunion, Spits, Bone Awl, Ty Segall, much more)"

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