Entries tagged with: Hardly Art
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
S / The Gotobeds
The annual Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ showcase went down last night (10/15) at Knitting Factory. It kicked off with Mass Gothic, the new thing from Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux who just signed to Sub Pop. They were pretty good -- catchy, agreeable indie rock that was at times dancey, at times darker and a little heavier, and hit a few spots in between too.
The biggest draw for me was S (aka Jenn from Carissa's Wierd) whose 2014 album Cool Choices remains one of the most underrated albums of last year. S tours as a 4-piece band, and they played basically every song I wanted to hear from that album (except "Remember Love"). They don't have the craziest live show or anything, but Jenn's voice sounded amazing and it was great to finally hear those songs. The heartbreaking lyrics are definitely the biggest sell with the Cool Choices songs, and having them sung right in front of you is some pretty heavy stuff. If you're still sleeping on this record, you should really change that.
Next was The Gotobeds, who most people at BV have seen before but I was getting my first live taste of last night. Their live show is great in just about all the ways you want from a band like this. They've got tough fist-pumping punk rock and more brainy post-punk tendencies too. They're great musicians, even better performers (I still kinda can't believe how high frontman Eli Kasan can kick), and they've got as much a wiseass sense of humor as they do raw power. Great set, and you can catch them again at the free BrooklynVegan all-day party on Saturday.
I caught a bit of Olympia's Nirvana-ish punks Strange Wilds before heading home (our photographer had left already though). And Protomartyr wrapped up the night which Bill can tell you about...
Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey spent most of the night in Knit's front bar watching the Mets game, cracked a baseball joke (that I didn't get) at the start of their set but otherwise didn't offer up much between-song commentary. That's ok: the band were pretty on fire last night for an intense set that split its time between new album The Agent Intellect (their toughest, bleakest yet) and 2014's Under Color of Official Right, plus "Three Swallows" from No Passion All Technique. You 've got two more chances to see Protomartyr at CMJ: tonight (10/16) at Rough Trade (12:45 AM, tickets), and Saturday (10/17) at the Car Wash show (sold out).
In between S and The Gotobeds, H. Jon Benjamin (with help from Eugene Mirman and a guy claiming to work for Sub Pop) did a bit involving prank calls that got very dark very quick. Funny too. More pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
Protomartyr @ Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Once again, Sub Pop and their kid sister Hardly Art are teaming up for a CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory, happening October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S (aka Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto), and Mass Gothic. Tickets are on sale now.
Protomartyr are also part of Aquarium Drunkard's CMJ showcase which happens October 16 at Rough Trade with Omni, Lemon Twigs, DRINKS, Yoko and the Oh No's, Mothers, Car Seat Headrest, and Modern Vices. Tickets for that Rough Trade show go on sale Wedneasday (9/23) at noon.
For both those shows, you can also use your CMJ badge (if you have one) but admission is based on capacity. Flyers for both those shows are below.
That brings Protomartyr's current CMJ show total to four, including the Car Wash show with Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy and more (tickets) and the NME showcase at Santos on 10/14 with Hooton Tennis Club, Dilly Dally and more (tickets).
Protomartyr's very good third album, The Agent Intellect, is out October 9) via Hardly Art. If you haven't checked out "Dope Cloud" and "Why Does it Shake," have a listen below.
Obits have a new video for "Machines" from last year's Beds & Bugs which makes its premiere in this post. The song is one of the ones guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote and sang, and he offers a few thoughts on it and the video:
"Machines" is the only tune I sing on our last album, Bed & Bugs(https://www.subpop.com/releases/obits/bed_and_bugs). And it's one of three songs on the LP that wasn't recorded live in the studio as a band. I originally tracked it in my apartment with a nylon-string guitar and a drum machine, as a simple demo to share with the other guys. But then I fiddled with it a bit, adding an organ and some overdubbed guitar lines. Alexis, Greg and I worked on it at a couple of practices, giving it more swing, while keeping it relatively spartan, hoping for a Can-like vibe (Greg and I were particularly obsessed with "Millionenspiel" from their recent Lost Tapes release). But, when it came time to focus on the album, we decided we liked the murky drone of the demo, so we transferred it to the 8-track and Greg and Alexis played together over the last half of it for more of a live feel and better overall dynamic range.You can check out the video for "Machines" below.
Alexis shot the video in my apartment on a sunny afternoon, letting
the light bleed in and wash out the image in parts. Then he sent his
cut to our friend Nick in Toronto (from the awesome band Biblical), who incorporated the stock footage to break it up a bit, so it wasn't just four and half minutes of an unshaven middle-aged guy doing karaoke to his own band. I don't know how often people watch these things these days, but I think this captures the mood of the song pretty well, despite not having the budget to make the video we wish we could have.
Obits have a couple NYC shows coming up as well. They'll play the Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 23 with Protomartyr, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club and S. Tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 22 with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. That show is free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
Those two shows are Obits' only ones on their current schedule. Apart from that, Sohrab adds "we're writing music for our next album, which is provisionally entitled Mark Kozelek: Content Provider." New video and flyer for the Sub Pop / Hardly Art showcase, below...
As mentioned, Seattle psych band Rose Windows are in NYC this week with Montreal's Suuns, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (9/4) (tickets). The band, whose album is out now via Sub Pop (listen via Spotify), will soon be on tour with their Pacific Northwest neighbors, The Moondoggies, which will include a stop in NYC during CMJ. While both band's CMJ schedules are still being worked out, they'll play Death by Audio on October 17 as part of Sub Pop little brother label Hardly Art's "Non CMJ CMJ Showcase" that will also include Portland's Hausu, Australia's Lost Animal and locals, The Beets (who are playing shows too).
No word on advance tickets (most DbA shows don't have them anyway) but all Rose Windows and Moondoggies dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Deep Time - Clouds (MP3)
More than a couple years in the making, Austin's Deep Time (formerly YellowFever, I still forget they changed it) are finally releasing their debut album next week on Hardly Art. Spooky and spare, it's nine songs, 32 minutes with not a second, note or instrument wasted with Jennifer Moore's haunting vocals right up front. Worth the wait, I'd say. And you can get it on opaque green vinyl. You can stream the entire album at the bottom of this post and watch the video for lead track "Clouds." It's a cool listen for a hot Friday afternoon.
Deep Time will head out on tour starting next week and will play NYC on August 16 at the now air-conditioned 285 Kent. (Openers TBA.) All tour dates are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Deep Time - Clouds (MP3)
As you may have heard, Austin's YellowFever changed their name to Deep Time earlier this year for some sort of legal issues. With that minor setback out of the way, Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones have been busy readying Deep Time's debut album which is out July 10 via Hardly Art. You can hear a track from it, "Clouds," right now and by the sound of it the only thing that's changed is their name. A good thing.
Album artwork and tracklist are below.
Brooklyn's Black Marble have a show with a pretty solid local bill TONIGHT (2/27) at the Delancey with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and Frank (Just Frank) (DJ). They play at 10 PM and admission is $6.
Black Marble, who you might recognize in the above picture from their last project Team Robespierre, also just made a video for "Backwards" off their Weight Against the Door EP which is out now digitally via Hardly Art. You can check that video out below.
If you miss Black Marble tonight, they've got some other upcoming NYC shows including one at Glasslands on 3/9 with TRUST and DZ Deathrays. They also open Light Asylum's record release party at Le Poisson Rouge on 5/3 with oOoOO. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the LPR show are still on sale.
Black Marble aren't playing SXSW, but their label Hardly Art is hosting 2 nights of SXSW showcases at Hotel Vegas this year. Black Marble aren't on either of those, but La Sera, Xray Eyeballs, K-Holes, Jacuzzi Boys, Seapony and others are.
Plastic Flowers and Frank (Just Frank) will be sharing a bill at the Delancey tonight for the second time in less than two weeks. They both opened for Eleven Pond at Glasslands on 2/16. How was that? Plastic Flowers say it was magical.
All Black Marble dates and the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Black Marble - "Pretender" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Marble - "Pretender" Pictureplane's Open the Door Remix (MP3)
Speaking of Hardly Art and Pictureplane (who just played 285 Kent), Pictureplane recenty contributed to a remix of Brooklyn synthwave band Black Marble's "Pretender" from Black Marble's forthcoming vinyl release of their debut EP Weight Against The Door via Hardly Art (out on digital now). The remix, originally posted at Mishka, is downloadable above alongside the original, and streaming below beside the video for "Pretender". Cover art is pictured above.
Black Marble will celebrate the release at Glasslands on March 9th supporting TRUST with DZ Deathrays. Tickets are still available for Glasslands.
Hunx at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Devan Council)
Hunx (aka Seth Bogart) is planning to release his first solo album, Hairdresser Blues, on February 28 via Hardly Art. The instruments were all played by Hunx himself, except the drums which were provided by Daneil Pitout, and was recorded by Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), who also recorded the last Hunx and his Punx album. Check out the video for album track, "Always Forever," along with the album art and tracklist below.
Hunx hasn't announced any solo shows in support of the album but he is taking Hunx & His Punx on a month long tour of the US and Canada which hits NYC on April 4 at Mercury Lounge with Heavy Cream and April 6 at Glasslands with Natural Child and The Foxx. He plays Vassar on April 5. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday, 2/10 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates and video below...
AA Bondy @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Gold Leaves, aka Grant Olsen of Seattle band Arthur & Yu, released "The Ornament" on 8/16 via Hardly Art (which is also home to Arthur & Yu). You can download the title track and "Cruel/Kind" from that album above. Gold Leaves has been on the road supporting AA Bondy whose previously announced tour comes to an end at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (11/22). Tickets are still on sale. Check out a recent "All Things Considered" feature on AA at NPR.
Both AA and Gold Leaves are done with American touring after tonight, but both will fly to Europe before December starts for more traveling. Gold Leaves will be supporting Fruit Bats. AA will be opening for the Felice Brothers. All tour dates below...
Memoryhouse @ Mercury Lounge
Like Still Corners, Xray Eyeballs, Gem Club, Jacuzzi Boys and Memoryhouse played the Hardly Art/Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge during CMJ. Here are some previously unposted pictures from that show.
J Mascis and Dum Dum Girls also played this Merc show, but we missed 'em. We did however catch DDG at their headlining Bowery Ballroom show. Some pictures from that one in here too. They are all below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Beets - Doing As I Do (MP3)
Like Xray Eyeballs before them, The Beets have signed with Sub Pop subsidary Hardly Art who will put out the band's third album, Let the Poison Out, on October 24. This is the fourth Brooklyn band the label has signed: Golden Triangle, Xray Eyeballs and La Sera are the others.
We've got the first-released song from it, the Turtles/Troggs-ish "Doing as I Do." Grab it above. It's pretty hi-fi, at least compared to the rest of the Beets releases, and the band clean up pretty nicely.
Judging from the new press photo, The Beets have a yet another new drummer. Maybe they'll keep hold of this one. The Beets also have a few dates coming up, including Saturday night (9/17) at Knitting Factory with fellow Hardly Art band Hunx & His Punx, as well as an Orta Blu fundraiser Monday night (9/19) at Skylight West Rooftop.
All dates and the album cover art and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ganglians - Jungle (MP3)
Seattle's Grave Babies' current U.S tour is rolling through town and the band plays Death by Audio tonight (9/13) and Cake Shop tomorrow (9/14). Both shows are with fellow Seattle-ites Perpetual Ritual, and all upcoming dates are at the bottom of this post.
As their name might imply, Grave Babies are on the darker side of things, kind of like a blown-out scuzz rock version of '80s goth (Sisters of Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Clan of Xymox). There's some strong melodies buried under all that intentionally bad production. The band have been kicking around for a couple years but have a new single out on Hardly Art that you can stream at the bottom of this post.
Tonight's show at DBA is a pretty good one, also featuring Brooklyn's Xray Eyeballs who, as you may have read, are playing the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 20. (Tickets are on sale now.) They also have a new single on Hardly Art, "Sundae," that's streamable at the bottom of this post.
Tonight's DBA show also features a "secret guest" who can now be revealed -- and not just hinted at -- as Sacramento, CA's Ganglians who played the Rock Shop last night. Ganglians' new album Still Living came out on Lefse at the end of August and is a step forward, musically, from 2009's Woodsist-released Monster Head Room. Album track "Jungle" (downloadable above) is a good example of their poppy, dreamy, distinctly West Coast sound.
DOWNLOAD: Gem Club - "Twins" (MP3)
J. Mascis at Hammerstein Ballroom in August (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Sub Pop/Hardly Art are presenting Lamefest II: Eclectic Boogaloo (aka their 2011 CMJ showcase) at Mercury Lounge on October 20. The lineup includes J. Mascis, Still Corners, Jacuzzi Boys, Gem Club, Xray Eyeballs, and special guests. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/7) at noon. Update: Here are the set times:
Special Guests- 1amYou can also catch Xray Eyeballs nine days later opening for Black Lips at Webster Hall (10/29). Davila 666 are also on the bill. Tickets are still available. They also play Death by Audio on September 13 with Grave Babies, Perpetual Ritual, and a "secret guest that have some monster head room." In possibly related news, Ganglians play the Rock Shop one night earlier.
J Mascis - 12am
Still Corners - 11pm
Memoryhouse - 10pm
Jacuzzi Boys - 9pm
Gem Club - 8pm
XRay Eyeballs- 7pm
Gem Club also play Glasslands on September 30 with Youth Lagoon and Gardens & Villa. They've recently released a new track, "Twins," off their upcoming LP Breakers. Grab an MP3 of that track above.
Jacuzzi Boys also play a Hardly Art CMJ party at 285 Kent on October 21 and the Bruise Cruise CMJ show on October 22. Venue and full lineup TBA.
Still Corners recently made a video for "Cuckoo." Check that out along with all dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Gem Club - "Breakers" (MP3)
As mentioned, details were floating around about a Youth Lagoon show at Glasslands with Gardens & Villa. Those details have since been cleared up. The show is part of a tour that both bands will go on together after Youth Lagoon goes on his headlining tour in September. The Gardens & Villa/Youth Lagoon tour will end up hitting Glasslands on September 30 with Gem Club and will also include another NYC show the next night, October 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Mercury show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon. Mercury Lounge tickets are currently available for AmEx pre-sale.
The 9/30 Glasslands show is Gem Club's only scheduled show at the moment, but according to their website, they are currently planning a fall tour in support of their new LP Breakers, which drops September 27 via Hardly Art. Grab an MP3 of the album's title track above.
NYC-via-Australia producer Young Magic has been added as an opener to Youth Lagoon's 9/12 show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. Young Magic also plays the 9/10 Glasslands show with Ill Fits. The "You With Air" b/w "Sparkly" single, released this past February, is available at his bandcamp. Name your price.
In other Youth Lagoon news, he recently posted the lyrics to the three album tracks that have been floating around the internet, "Cannons," "July," and "Montana" on his blog. Check them out, that distortion-covered voice has got a lot to say. Also stay tuned for a video.
All dates and a new Gardens & Villa video for "Spacetime" off their recently released Secretly Canadian self titled debut are below...
Twin Sister (more by Tim Griffin)
The big show of the day, today, Saturday, June 18th, is without a doubt Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, Wavves and The Babies at McCarren Park.
Guided by Voices 7pmIf you don't have a badge, $35, or just don't care, there's also some good free afternoon shows you can pop into at Matchless, Spike Hill and the Woods.
Surfer Blood 5pm
The Babies 4pm
There's no BIG show tonight, but garage giants Thee Oh Sees, who played a secret show at Death By Audio last night, should please at Brooklyn Bowl (where we found out the "secret guest" is Reptar who are also playing Governors Ball today) while Twin Sister and Allo Darlin hold it down at Music Hall of Williamsburg:
Twin Sister 11:30pmIf you miss The Babies at 4pm, they also play a midnight set as part of Academy Records & Other Music's showcase at Public Assembly tonight. it's right next door to the Music Hall show, you can run back and forth.
Allo Darlin' 10:30pm
Ava Luna 9:45pm
Gabriel & the Hounds 9pm
Fiery Eleanor Friedberger plays a show at Europa instead of in a church.
Meanwhile over at Union Pool the Sub Pop sister label Hardly Art showcases some of its bands: Woven Bones 11:30pm, Fergus & Geronimo 10:30pm, Colleen Green 9:30pm, Xray Eyeballs 8:30pm.
Those who like to enter Altered Zones will probably be chillin' down at 285 Kent. Flyer reposted below.
Bill hopes to make it to Knitting Factory by midnight to see White Fence. They go on before their tour-mate The Strange Boys, whose next album is coming out on Rough Trade, as part of the late show at the venue. The early show at Knitting Factory features Alela Diane (whose newest album came out on Rough Trade).
by Bill Pearis
NYC Popfest is now over. It was a fun four days (as said before, Gold-Bears were seriously amazing). Popfest is branching out this year, increasing their presence throughout the year. They'll be at this year's Northside Festival for a June 16 showcase at Bruar Falls with The Secret History, Eternal Summers and Seattle's Seapony. I'm hearing rumors of CMJ and SXSW showcases in the works too.
Seapony will be playing three shows during their NYC visit. In addition to the Northside show, they'll play June 15 at Glasslands (w/ Idiot Glee, Holiday Shores and TEEN) and June 17 at Pianos. Their debut full length "Go With Me" comes out on Hardly Art on 5/31, and has some really lovely songs on it, melodic, jangly pop not unlike the kind Creation Records used to release before they signed Oasis. You can check out two tracks at the top of this post -- "Dreaming" is especially lovely.
Eternal Summers, meanwhile, are currently on tour with The Beets.... which will have them meeting up with Seapony this week at San Francisco Popfest. Check out the title track from Eternal Summers' new EP at the top of this post.
All tour dates for Seapony and Eternal Summers are below.
Jacuzzi Boys on Bruise Cruise (more by Gabi Porter)
"...And ditto for Miami youngsters The Jacuzzi Boys who were loved by many, including John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees. After all the bands had finished playing at Senor Frogs on Saturday, Dwyer grabbed his beer and said he was off to tell The Jacuzzi Boys "they were the best thing [he'd] seen at this thing."" [Gabi Porter]
We are happy to exlusively announce that "Florida trio the Jacuzzi Boys are heading into Key Club Studios this month to record their debut LP for Hardly Art.". The band, who made a splash on the Bruise Cruise this past weekend, will fit right in next to other Hardly Art artists like La Sera, Fergus & Geronimo, and Hunx and his Punx.
Catch the band on tour now, and at both Bruar Falls and Cake Shop (with Moon Duo) at the end of the month. All dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Tragic World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Hot Gaze (MEDIAFIRE LINK - ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Underwater To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - 4312 (MP3)
Welcome to the first This Week in Indie of 2011. We are 12 days into this year and I have yet to see a show. If you add in the time before Christmas...this might be the longest I've gone without seeing live music in a long time. That drought will end for me this week, maybe tonight, but certainly tomorrow (1/13) as Gruff Rhys plays Rockwood Music Hall. I was a little worried this snow was to cancel his flight today, but he is currently on route to NYC as I write this.
Still no word as to who'll be releasing his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo, in the US but it seems likely someone will. Hopefully we'll get to hear a lot it live. As anyone whose seen him before -- either with Super Furry Animals or solo -- know, Gruff is an entertaining guy, who always puts extra effort into his shows. Highly recommended. Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces opens. Show starts early -- 7:30.
I also just watched Separado!, the musical travelogue documentary about Gruff's quest to track down distant relative (and '70s caped troubadour) Rene Griffiths in Patagonia. Like Rhys himself, the film is charming, scruffy, funny and full of good songs. Still not released in America but you can order the UK DVD (if you have a region-free player or watch on a computer) or, if you live in Williamsburg, rent it from Videology.
Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus & Geronimo release their debut album, Unlearn, on Hardly Art next week, and are playing three shows this weekend in celebration: Friday (1/14) at Death By Audio (official official release party) with Final Club, Easter Vomit (ex Beets), new Captured Tracks signees Widowspeak, and Philadelphia's premiere surf band Dry Feet; Saturday (1/15) at Columbia University hangout The Ding Dong Lounge with Final Club; and Sunday (1/16) at Mercury Lounge with Tyvek. Xray Eyeballs and The Gaming Commission.
While it suffers from a slight case of identity crisis (droney psych, garagey rave-ups, organ-fueled soul), track-by-track Unlearn is a pretty solid record. Fergus & Geronimo are good at all the styles they dabble in. Check out "Powerful Lovin'" at the top of this post -- that shows off their soulful side. And while I haven't seen them play live in a year and a half, they were good then so I can only imagine they've gotten better.
If your eyes didn't glaze over at the list of bands two paragraphs up, you may have noticed Final Club are playing with F&G twice this weekend. The two bands were Denton, TX neighbors before Fergus & Geronimo moved to Brooklyn late last summer. Final Club are here just for these shows. They are worth seeing in their own right: sneery, melodic indie rock with a tendency to lean on the tremolo bar which gives them a little Swervedriver vibe. Confident and loud.
You can check out "Tragic World" at the top of this post. And if you like that, you can download their Hot Gaze EP as well. Look out for their excellent debut album, Blank Entertainment, later this year. In addition to the two shows with Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club play a headlining gig at Death By Audio tomorrow night (1/13) with Bogan Dust, Clinical Trials and Laserdisc.
Tyvek @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Also as mentioned above, Tyvek are in town this weekend. While many of their peers have moved on to mid-fi production, the Detroit band keep it live and murky on their new album, Nothing Fits. It also sounds as anxious, angry and alive as the rest of their material. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show on Sunday mentioned above, they play Saturday night (1/15) at Glasslands with The Beets, Eternal Summers, and Sweet Bulbs. That is a good show. Do note it starts early, 8PM for real, as the Soul Clap dance party starts at midnight. I'll be there.
I should mention that openers The Beets have a new album Stay Home that's just out on Captured Tracks. After last year's swell, cleanly produced "Locomotion" single, they too (like Tyvek) are back to the same intentionally shitty "production" of their first album. (Maybe slightly less shitty.) Which, again, doesn't hurt them at all. The Beets are good songwriters I think, and especially good lyricists. And maybe if they can ever get a drummer to stick around for more than a month they might go places. Or just stay home. There's also a new Beets single, "Time Brought Age," and both the LP and 7" feature the bands signature comic artwork courtesy Matt Volz.
What else? Oh yeah, Mister Heavenly play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (1/16) with Sun Airway and Little Shalimar. This extra super group just signed to Sub Pop, and the label would like you to know the band features Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). Of course most of the press so far has been about the group's sometimes bassist who you may know from his non-musical day job. I don't mean the banana stand.
Going to see a band because there's a famous actor in it is usually a dumb reason to go (see Dogstar, 30 Seconds to Mars , 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, etc)... plus Mr. Cera is not an "official" member of the band and he may or may not be playing with them on Sunday (note that both the label and the venue told us they don't think Michael will be there). Luckily the rest of the band is known in their own right, so mabye you should go for that reason. Unfortunately there's no recorded music to hear yet, but their few shows so far have been well-documented on YouTube.
That's the main stuff. Here's a few shows, day-by-day, not covered above.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona -- one of the BBC's picks for Sound of 2011 -- invade NYC this weekend, starting tonight at Rock Shop. They also play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/13) (with Devin Therriault) and Union Pool on Saturday (1/15).
Given the abbreviation of this column you're reading, I would be remiss not to mention that The Twees play The Studio @ Webster Hall, a record release show for their just-released EP. They actually don't sound twee at all. I would say Strokes-esque pop would get you closer to a description.
Quirky, occasionally proggy, pop band Steel Phantoms at Bruar Falls.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)
Soulful, garagey Fergus & Geronimo, who recently moved here from Texas, are not spending the month before their debut album Unlearn comes just sitting around twiddling their thumbs. No, they're headlining Thursday night, 12/9, at Cake Shop with I'm Turning Into and Soft Landing (feat. member of Beruit).
Fergus & Geronimo also share a bill with Tyvek and X-Ray Eyeballs at Mercury Lounge on January 16th, which is two days before Unlearn is released via Hardly Art. Tickets for the 2011 show go on AmEx presale at noon, and general sale on Friday.
You can download "Powerful Lovin'" from Unlearn at the top of this post. Watch a Yours Truly video with the full album tracklist below...
Audience members make sure to look...
into Hunx's eyes at LPR in 2009 (more by Jake Forney)
"by the time HUNX AND HIS PUNX went on, i was kind of really wasted and my dance moves weren't as sharp. my hat was slipping all over the place and i felt sloppy. but whatever! that's what it's all about, right? anyway, hunx was wearing pantyhose as pants with thong underwear underneath and a shear jacket on top. he was amazing, and he and his punx all had matching blade runner stripes drawn across their eyes. the crowd was so fucking into it, and i wished that i hadn't worn my hat so i could have jammed out even harder. they finished their set a little after midnight, which surprised me. i thought i wasn't going to be heading home until after two. i grabbed the free beer that the bartender promised me and then i went home. my ears are still ringing! "After an opening set by Vivian Girls side project The Babies, Hunx & His Punx headlined Cake Shop on 10/16, the same night as BBQ and King Khan & The Shrines shows took place in different places around NYC. If you opted for BBQ or King Khan instead that night you're in luck; Hunx & His Punx, previously billed as "secret special guest", will play the Hardly Art CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Shea Stadium with Xray Eyeballs, Golden Triangle, Circle Pit, La Sera, Fergus & Geronimo, and Woven Bones. The announcement comes with the news that Hunx & His Punx have signed to Hardly Art, who will release their new LP in 2011.
[Randall, reviewing the Cake Shop show]
In related news, another artist on the Hardly Art bill, La Sera (aka Kickball Katy of the Vivian Girls) will hit the high seas with as part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon yacht party tomorrow from 2PM-6PM. Tweet at PBR_Brooklyn if you want on, but beware that the show has a "tight list". You can also catch La Sera at Irving Plaza tonight and Saturday night at the PureVolume House with Teen Inc.
Golden Triangle have a few CMJ dates in their warpath, as does fellow Hardly Art showcasers X-Ray Eyeballs (mems of GT) who will also play Don Pedro's the same night as their Shea Stadium show as part of the Impose series of shows.
King Khan reportedly joined (or was planning on joining) XRay Eyeballs on stage at Death By Audio Sunday night. Some joyous videos of the King Khan & the Shrines show at Santos (Darren Mabee included), and a recent live Hunx and His Punx video (naked people included) (NSFW), below...
DOWNLOAD: Carissa's Wierd - Fluorescent Lights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Carissa's Wierd - Die (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Carissa's Wierd - Sofisticated Fuck Princess Please Leave Me Alone
DOWNLOAD: Carissa's Wierd - A Loose Hair Falls Into a Glass of Water Without Ice
DOWNLOAD: Carissa's Wierd - The Color That Your Eyes Changed With the Color of Your Hair (MP3)
Sera Cahoone is currently on the road supporting Sea Wolf (who is playing solo acoustic this time around). That tour, which also includes singer-songwriter Patrick Park, hits Mercury Lounge in NYC (with Golden Bloom) on Sunday (tickets) and Knitting Factory in Brooklyn the next day (tickets). All dates are below.
Sera isn't out promoting anything really, but she is involved in some new records, sort of, and those are the Carissa's Wierd reissues that are coming soon (October 12th to be exact) from Sub Pop-related label Hardly Art. Pre-order all that stuff, and get a taste (if you're not already familiar) via the five free MP3's on the top of this post.
And though Sera isn't signed to Hardly Art (she's on Sub Pop), La Sera is! (sorry)
Going to the shows? Look out for a new Sea Wolf 7"...
...Also, my label will be releasing a 7" vinyl-and-digital-only single for 'Turn the Dirt Over' (from White Water, White Bloom), which will be available during the tour. The 7" single will include a remix by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, and the digital version (which you may purchase on it's own, or will come free with the 7") will also contain an unreleased Sea Wolf track called: 'Where the Wind Blows'. -Sea WolfAll dates below...
"La Sera - the brand new project of Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day) - has signed with Hardly Art for their debut LP. La Sera makes lush, dreamy songs of heartbreak, love, and death, all written by Goodman and recorded with Brady Hall in Seattle. Hardly Art will release the first original material by La Sera on November 16th via a 7" featuring the album track "Never Come Around" b/w exclusive b-side "Behind Your Eyes", which will be followed by a debut full-length in early 2011 (release date tbd). La Sera will also have a cover of "Watch Me Jumpstart" on an upcoming Guided By Voices comp, though I don't have further details on that release.So, that makes both main Vivian Girls members solo for now, though Cassie Ramone hasn't announced any signings, but she is playing a show too (tonight).
Further! Related to both new projects, the unofficial Hardly Art CMJ showcase - AKA The Great All-Nighter - will be presented by Todd P and will take place on Thursday, Oct 21 at Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St.) in Brooklyn. The lineup is:
Fergus & Geronimo
Secret Special Guest
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Girls with English Accents (MP3)
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Wild Beasts @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Just like the August bounty of tomatoes, corn and zucchini that can be currently found at your local farmer's market, we looking at five extremely fertile days of live music, much of it free. Take advantage now -- this crop is extremely perishable.
Wild Beasts are stopping in NYC tonight on their way back from Lollapalooza, playing Highline Ballroom. Their second album, Two Dancers, was my favorite album of 2009 and a year later I'm still listening to it. It's up for this year's Mercury Music Prize and if anybody is going to beat The xx it'll be Two Dancers. If you missed their shows last September, or their appearances here in February , don't miss them this time. Tickets are still available. The fluid interplay between the band is something to behold -- a real case of four people working as one mesmerizing whole. And those who still haven't gotten used to their vocal style, I say go see them live and everything makes more sense.
Domino Records is offering a free downloadable four-song EP featuring "We've Still Got the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues" in original and remixed form, a track previously only available as a Japanese b-side and an acoustic version of "The Devil's Crayon." The download widget is at the bottom of this post and expires August 14 so get on that. And do go see them live tonight if you can. Denmark's The Kissaway Trail and UK artist Lone Wolf are also on the bill.
Fergus and Geronimo
It's been a year since Denton, TX's Fergus & Geronimo were last in town, and while they haven't released anything new since last summer's initial flurry of singles, that should change soon. The band have signed with Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art who will hopefully be putting out a record sooner than later. In the meantime, UK label Transparent (who put out "Tell it in My Ear" last year) have offered up a new F&G track "Girls with English Accents" that you can download at the top of this post. Maybe a little more dreamy/folky and less soul-tinged than their previous output, it's still another winner from this excellent four-piece.
I saw them at 92-Y Tribeca last summer and thought they were terrific. Fergus & Geronimo play Cake-Shop tonight (8/11) with Radical Dads and Little Gold. They then play Saturday (8/14) at Don Pedro's with Liquor Store, Home Blitz, Moonmen on the Moon, Man, and Nashville's Pujol. That sounds like a party.
Also here from Texas this weekend are Austin's Rayon Beach who play Bruar Falls on Saturday (8/14) and Death by Audio on Sunday (8/15). Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended. Check out Memory Teeth's title track at the top of this post.
We're just getting started. Ty Segall and The Royal Baths are here from San Francisco, playing Cake Shop on Thursday (8/12) and Death by Audio on Friday (8/13). For my money, it doesn't get much better in the new garage scene than this guy, who has been cranking out records over the last two years. Amazingly, they're pretty much all good, and each record goes somewhere new. The latest, Melted, just out on Goner Records, adds some nice '60s paisley pop touches. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. And he's great live.
The Royal Baths, meanwhile, are sort of the flip side to Ty's sunshine pop. I wrote before that they're "kind of bad trip acid rock, dark and seedy but not atonal. But it's definitely down the rabbit hole. In a good way." Royal Baths debut LP is due out on Woodsist in September and you can check out album track "Nikki Don't" at the top of this post.
Still more. Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers are back -- they were last here for the Northside Festival -- for two shows: Thursday (8/12) at new Williamsburg venue The Pyramids and then Friday night (8/13) at Cake Shop. The band have signed with Kanine records who will put out their first full-length, Silver, in September. You can check out the album's first single, "Pogo," in the popular MP3 format at the top of this post. If you dig C-86 inspired pop like Brilliant Colors or Liechtenstein, you should definitely seek this duo out. Absolutely worth seeing live and nice folks too.
Both shows Eternal Summers are playing have pretty stacked bills. The Pyramids gig is with Philly's Reading Rainbow, all-girl quartet Rescue Bird, the shambly goodness that is German Measles and the wistful surf of Family Trees; Friday's Cake Shop show also has new-ish Brooklyn duo Yvette, the tinny, witty pop of Knight School and Halifax, NS band Dog Day.
Dog Day are actually here playing two shows. They play Thursday (8/12) at Bruar Falls in addition to the Cake Shop show on Friday. It's been a while since Halifax's mid-90s indie explosion that gave us Sloan and Thrush Hermit, but Dog Day are helping put the coastal city back on the map. Led by husband-and-wife team of Seth Smith and Nancy Ulrich, the quartet make moody, melodic indie rock that is not too dissimilar from The Figurines or The Comas. Last year's Concentration was one of 2009's lost gems. There's two songs to download at the top of this post and I highly suggest you do. You might find yourself saying "why haven't I heard these guys before?" Normally a quartet, for these NYC shows Dog Day will just be a duo of Smith/Ulrich and they'll be testing out new songs for their upcoming album.
Savoir Adore @ Coco66 for Northside (more by Don Gochenour)
And last but not least, Friday is the last Seaport Music Festival show of the season but they are really going out with a bang with The Wedding Present and Savoir Adore. I'm told we're getting a full 90-minute set from the Weddoes pretty close to what they played at Bowery Ballroom back in April: a career-spanning "hits" set and then they'll play 1989's Bizarro in full.
I saw the Bowery Bizzaro show and it was fantastic, especially the stuff from Side Two of the LP, the long, jangle-on-speed workouts of "Bewitched" and "Take Me!" David Gedge may be 50 but he can still tear into his guitar like Thatcher was still in office. There's video of "Take Me" from Bowery at the bottom of this post. The hits set was peppered with a few new songs too, which I thought were pretty good.
Savoir Adore, one of my favorite new NYC bands of the last few years, are always good live. If you have yet to check out their self-titled debut from last year, you definitely should.
As if this wasn't enough, here are a few more picks by day that weren't already covered above:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11
Two of the best new bands of the last year -- Twin Sister and Oberhofer -- play Mercury Lounge with Ontario's MemoryHouse. Twin Sister and Memory House also play together on Thursday (8/12) at Monster Island Basement, the start of a two-week tour together. All dates at the bottom of this post.
At Coco 66 it's another installment of Show Off Your Sugar which pairs one band and one author to benefit 826NYC, a non-profit writing center for New York City students. Rock critic Chuck Klosterman reads and Here We Go Magic will rock.
Hardly Art says, "I am very happy to today inform you that on July 9th of this year Carissa's Wierd will be playing at the Showbox here in Seattle [tickets]. This will be the band's first show since 2003, and is their only show currently planned. In addition to principals Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto, the band will include Sarah Standard, Robin Peringer, and Sera Cahoone. As previously reported, Hardly Art will be releasing a Carissa's Wierd retrospective (They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003) on July 13th, 2010 and subsequently reissuing the band's three studio albums, all of which have been long out of print and never before available on vinyl or digitally."
Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell doesn't seem to be participating.