Entries tagged with: Heavenly Beat
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been seven long years since Brooklyn/Detroit/Chicago dreampop band, Mahogany released their terrific Connectivity, one of the '00s more underrated albums. Mind you, it took them six years to make that one, so maybe they're just on a normal schedule. The band (currently Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm) came out of cryo-sleep this year with a new single, "Phase Break," another perfect block in Mahogany's pristine wall of sound. You can stream it below. The track is from the band's new album which will be released "as soon as we can."
In the meantime, Mahogany have been playing shows again. Did anyone catch them at CMJ? They've got two NYC shows lined up next month. They'll play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 2, on a bill with Frankie Rose, Monogold and Heavenly Beat. Then they'll headline Glasslands on November 11 with The Bright Silence, Metalleg, and Men and Whales. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the "Phase Break" stream and the video for their 2006 single "Supervitesse," below...
by Andrew Sacher
On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.
Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.
As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.
Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.
And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.
On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.
Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.
Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).
All mentioned streams and few others below...
by Bill Pearis
Onetime Beach Fossils bassist John Pena will release Prominence, his second album as Heavenly Beat, next week (10/15) via Captured Tracks. Much like his first record, with lightly plucked classical guitar, synth steel drums, skittering beats and whispered vocals, Prominence could pass for genuine turn-of-the-millenium Scandinavian indiepop (think Kings of Convenience or The Embassy). The production and arrangements are better this time, however, and make for an enjoyably featherlight listen. I like it a lot. You can stream the LP's single, "Complete," below and listen to the whole album over at EW.
Being based here in Brooklyn, it should come as no surprise that Heavenly Beat (which is a full band, live) will be playing some shows at CMJ. He'll play the Cascine showcase on Thursday (10/17) at Cameo (9:40 PM) which also features Shine 2009, Ejecta, Jensen Sportag, Rush Midnight and North Americans (tickets). They'll also play Friday (10/18) at Fontanas as part of a bill that includes Ice Choir, Cities Aviv, Rush Midnight, Mood Rings, Calvin Love, Glass Gang, Ski Lodge, Ghost Wave, Grand Resort and Bright Future. Those are both pretty well-curated line-ups, and chances are if you like Heavenly Beat you'll have interest in a number of the other bands.
Heavenly Beat will also play a free day show at Spike Hill on October 19 with Dead Leaf Echo, Heliotropes, United Ghosts, and Black Books. And if you want to see them outside of CMJ, HB play Glasslands on October 24 with Color Film and Crush Distance (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with a couple Prominence track streams, below...
Sleigh Bells @ T5, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Andrew WK w/ Marky Ramone's Blitzkreig @ Santos (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The New Yorker Festival
The annual compendium of erudite discussions and other fun stuff starts continues. Tonight's options includes Kim Gordon's talk with author Alex Halberstadt (and a performance by Body/Head), and "An Evening with Funny or Die." While most events are sold out, a few tickets are always available before the show. Get there early and try your luck.
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
Attention vinyl-lovers: get up close and personal with most of NYC's indie labels and record stores and this always-fun biannual event. There's exclusives, cool merch (DFA espresso cups?), and Minimal Wave cupcakes.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Andrew W.K. (special vocal guest), FIGO @ Irving Plaza
Well it's not the Ramones (or even the Romones), but the band's longtime drummer Marky is playing their classic tunes with party aficionado Andrew WK on vocals, so it's gonna be a fun time nonetheless.
Sleigh Bells @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's a record release show for Sleigh Bells' third album, which is out on Tuesday. No suprise this relatively tiny show is sold out but you can still get tickets to see them at Terminal 5 in November.
Potty Mouth, Perfect Pussy, LORDO, Tweens @ 285 Kent Avenue
All four bands on this bill are pretty great. Potty Mouth make punk-inspired indie rock and tonight's the album release party for their debut LP, Hell Bent. Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy will probably make for the most intense set of the night, while the bluesy LODRO and garagey Tweens will keep things on a more (but not too) lighthearted side.
Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, Henry Krinkle, DKDS @ 88 Palace
Vancouver-via-Switzerland's Cyril Hahn is signed to PMR (Disclosure, Jessie Ware) and like many of his labelmates, his music skirts the line between addictive pop and inventive house. Opening is cloud rap-turning-pop producer Ryan Hemsworth.
The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, Habibi, White Fang, Colleen Green @ Bowery Ballroom
It's the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars featuring a whole bunch of bands on the cassette-loving Fullerton label. The show starts early with Colleen Green & White Fang on at 7:30 PM. If you're going -- the show's sold out -- you should get there early for them. We're also looking forward to seeing Gap Dream whose new album, Shine Your Light, is quite good.
Versus, Slothrust @ Knitting Factory
Versus were originally to have played this show tonight but are no longer on the bill -- The Skins now headline.
Lapalux, Natasha Kmeto, Alex Burkat @ Glasslands
Brainfeeder-signed producer UK Lapalux makes some pretty fine future garage, and finally got his debut LP out this year after a series of great EPs.
Teenanger @ NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Cy Barkley (& the way Outsiders), Teenanger, Pampers @ Death By Audio
Toronto's Teenanger make nitro-fueled punk that falls somewhere between The Ramones and The Buzzcocks. You can stream their new album, Singles Don't $ell, below. Tonight's DBA show is opened by awesome locals Pampers who you should definitely check out too, not to mention Nashville garage punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders.
Bill Orcutt, Jon Mueller @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with a solo acoustic set from blues guitarist Bill Orcutt and avant percussionist Jon Mueller.
Ex Cops, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat @ Mercury Lounge
Three good local bands and it's a free show. You need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app to do so.
Surfer Blood, Andy Boay, Team Spirit @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Florida band Surfer Blood continue to crank out their Weezer-esque pop and are here playing MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow.
Lake, Pianos Movers, Chris Norda @ Shea Stadium
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.
Title TK, Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy, Hot Sugar @ Silent Barn
It's a record release party for Title TK, and things should get bumpin' when electronic musicians Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy and Hot Sugar take over.
Daughter, Bear's Den @ Terminal 5
Having come off a tour with The National, ethereal, folky UK band Daughter are here playing their biggest NYC show yet.
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ Webster Hall
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker continue their seven-night run at Beacon and tonight's show is "Audience Request Night." Here's your chance to yell "Freebird."
Rufus, Sly Stone @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's a rare chance to catch funk/soul legend Sly Stone tonight when he opens for the also-renowned funk group Rufus.
Matana Roberts @ Jazz Gallery
Jazz saxist Matana Roberts defies the boundaries of her genre, bringing in elements of blues, spoken word, and more. Tonight she and her band play the Jazz Gallery.
The Smithereens @ Hackensack Street Fair
NJ college rock survivors play a free show today at 4 PM. "Blood and Roses" still sounds pretty good nearly 30 years later.
The Sun Ra Arkestra @ The Allen Room
Sun Ra may have passed on to a different plane, but his spirit lives on in the current edition of the Ra Arkestra, led by original member and saxophonist Marshall Allen. Added bonus: The Allen Room is easily one of the most spectacular rooms in NYC.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Ex Cops, Heliotropes, and Heavenly Beat are playing a free show at Mercury Lounge on October 5. The only way to get in is by RSVPing with the Thrillcall app.
Sundowner (the acoustic punk project of Chris McCaughn of The Lawrence Arms) is playing Knitting Factory on November 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, Sep. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Rush Midnight, Heliotropes and more at the Out in the Streets Music Music & Arts Fest will happen on August 17 & 18 in the backyard of the historic Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. (Maybe you were there to see Tim Harrington last year?). Full line-up is below and tickets (individual day or two-day pass) are on sale now.
In related news, Grand Resort, who also play the fest, play Sunday (8/4) as part of the Sound Bites Series (which I curate, full disclosure). There is a slight adjustment to this year's plan. Bands will now start at 4 PM and will play the Front/Row Stage which is at the corner of Fulton and Front streets down by South Street Seaport. (It's right by Smorgasbar if you've been down there this summer.) It's still free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Out in the Streets flyer and schedule below...
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice right before the first two captured tracks releases.Captured Tracks started in 2008 as a way for Mike Sniper to release his Blank Dogs records. The label grew the next year with releases from Dum Dum Girls, Woods, Grass Widow, The Beets, Wild Nothing, and more. In just a few short years, Captured Tracks has gone past its lo-fi origins to become one of the more respected indie labels around, and this year has released (or will) a few bona-fide pop records, including Widowspeak's second album, Wild Nothing's Empty Estate mini-LP, and MINKS' terrific second album, Tides End, which is out in August.
Mike Sniper: I honestly don't think I'd do anything different, I know that's a boring answer. Maybe to have 4x the amount of money when starting it. Stuff like that, things that are out of my control.
What do you envision for the next five years of Captured Tracks?
I don't like to play the future game. Just keep doing what we're doing and let the chips fall where they may. - [Captured Tracks]
In celebration of five years in existence, Captured Tracks is throwing a two-day party, called CT5, at The Well in Bushwick on August 31 and September 1 that features most of the bands on its active roster, including DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Blouse, Widowspeak, MINKS, Soft Moon, Soft Metals and more.
Single day tickets (8/31 here; 9/1 here) are $30; two-day passes are $55 and include a discount on used goods Captured Tracks' retail outlet which will open at 195 Calyer St. in Greenpoint this August; and there's an ultra-two-day pass ($100) that includes a gift bag with exlclusive merch and a store discount.
Full CT5 line-up and flyer are below.
Small Black and Heavenly Beat are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon. You can stream Small Black's new song, "No Stranger," from their upcoming album, Limits of Desire (due out 5/14 via Jagjaguwar) below.
Old Crow Medicine Show are playing The Capitol Theatre on June 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wheatus are playing Gramercy Theatre on August 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
And lastly, the newest ticket info on those Bob Dylan shows: Tickets for Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck, Pier A Park with Wilco and My Morning Jacket, and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with Wilco and My Morning Jacket go on sale to the general public Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM. A bobdylan.com presale (password: "TENACIOUS") is still running for all three shows, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starts today at 10 AM for the Jones Beach show. Tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket are already on sale.
Small Black song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Imperial Topaz at The Stone - 2/3/13 (photo by Jen MacDonald)
Brooklyn ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz made their live debut in NYC at The Stone over the weekend (2/3). If you went, how was that? If you missed it, or want to see them again, you can catch them in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on March 8 with Small Black, ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat, and Beach Fossils DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Imperial Topaz has had a steady release of singles and an EP, and since we last spoke, they dropped another track, "Nightface," another shimmering art pop cut that works just well as their previous ones. You can stream that song below or download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
Song stream below...
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Today we've posted year-end lists by Andy from Cake Shop, Mark Eitzel, and James from Veronica Falls. Now we've got one from Josh Kolenik of Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black giving us a rundown of 12 singles he loved in 2012.
Based on Small Black's own sound, it's got an unsurprising amount of indie pop, R&B, electronics, and Young Chop-produced hip hop. But he also sneaks in the inclusion of some vintage-sounding psych folk courtesy of Jessica Pratt. Check out his full list of songs, along with streams and/or videos for each track, below...
Saint Lou Lou
Swedish/Australian twin duo Saint Lou Lou were set to go on a US tour with Urban Cone which would hit NYC on January 24 at Mercury Lounge and January 25 at Glasslands. The tour is still happening, but unfortunately Saint Lou Lou have had to drop of of all the dates. They write, "Dear Americanos: We have been forced to postpone our US tour in January due to visa issues. We are sad but will present new dates soon! xo."
On a lighter note, the band have been replaced on both NYC shows with some pretty solid local bands. The Mercury Lounge show (1/24) is now with Ski Lodge (tickets) and the Glassland show (1/25) is now with Heavenly Beat (ex-Beach Fossils), plus WIM is also on that bill (tickets).
For Heavenly Beat, the Glasslands show is one of two shows they'll be playing in NYC this January, including another show at Mercury Lounge on January 19 with Domino-signed Night Moves. TIckets for that show are on sale now. The show is part of a tour that Night Moves will be on, and all dates on that tour are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
METZ at Metro, August 2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Toronto's sonic sandblasters METZ are in NYC for CMJ and will play four times while here, including the free BV day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. METZ play the front room at 3 PM, shortly after Deap Vally and Murals. We swear we'll post the whole line-up soon!
METZ's ripper of a debut album came out last week on Sub Pop and is highly recommended. You can download "Wet Blanket" and "Headache" above and you stream the whole album and watch the just-released video for "Wet Blanket" below.
METZ's additional CMJ shows include the official Oh My Rockness CMJ showcase on Tuesday (10/19) at Cameo that also features Chrome Canyon (who just played 285 Kent), Roomrunner, Moon King, Mood Rings, and Heavenly Beat. OMR, which is celebrating its eighth birthday, is throwing a CMJ Kickoff party tonight (10/15) at Pianos. METZ then plays Thursday (10/18) at Knitting Factory for the Sub Pop showcase; and the Pitchfork showcase at Villain on Friday night (10/19).
If you can't make the CMJ week shows, METZ will be back in November for two more NYC shows. All dates are listed below, along with the new video, album stream and show flyers.
As mentioned in What's Going on Monday, California rawk duo Deap Vally canceled tonight's Maxwell's show (10/15). But there will be no shortage of chances to see them this week, as their CMJ schedule boasts five shows, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. They'll be on early (1:30 PM) and we'll be letting you in on the full schedule real soon.
They'll also play the Fader Fort at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio on 10/17, Bowery Ballroom on 10/18 with MNDR, MS MR, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce, Rockwood Music Hall on Friday night (10/19) after our day party with Matthew and The Atlas, Foreign Fields, Matrimony, and KOOL A.D; and finally Cake Shop on Saturday afteroon (10/20) for the Village Voice party with Delicate Steve, Dent May, Heavenly Beat. Vockah Redu and Daytona.
Deap Vally will open for Muse in November on their European tour. CMJ dates and flyers are below.
Delicate Steve at 4Knots Festival 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Popgun Booking is turning four years old and they're celebrating with an anniversary party at their homebase of Glasslands on Saturday (9/29) featuring performances by 8-bit partiers Anamanaguchi and instrumental wonderkind Delicate Steve and DJ sets by True Womanhood and Friendly Ghost. (They also list Mitt Romney as DJing which is probably a joke, but his schedule is open that day.) The show is FREE but you do need to RSVP.
Delicate Steve, who spent most of the summer touring his new album, will be here for CMJ too. He's playing a just-announced My Social List showcase at the Martin Room in Webster Hall on October 16 with Teen Daze, Dent May, Heavenly Beat, Mac Demarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils and Grand Resort. Tickets are on sale now.
Anamanaguchi, meanwhile, will be touring in October and November with Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin being the trek's midpoint. All tour dates, as well as a flyer for the Popgun Anniversary party, are below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before, Oberhofer are playing Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (8/29) and since we posted about that Bleeding Rainbow and Heavenly Beat have been added to the show, which makes for a pretty solid line-up. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go to the show for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter are below.
Bleeding Rainbow's new album, Yeah Right, was supposed to come out October 9 but has now been pushed back to January 29. In the months leading up to it, the band will release a series of 7" singles, the first of which, "Pink Ruff," will be out in October, with "Drift Away" released in November and "Waking Dream" in December. You can stream "Pink Ruff" below and watch the video as well. Bleeding Rainbow head out on tour with Eternal Summers right after the Brooklyn Bowl show and will be back in NYC around CMJ. Updated dates are listed below.
The Brooklyn Bowl show will be the second show for Heavenly Beat in live band form. I caught the group's live debut at Public Assembly a few weeks back, and thought they were pretty good for a first show.
Video, streams and Bleeding Rainbow tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
I mentioned a while back that John Peña was looking to turn his Swedish-style indiepop Heavenly Beat solo project into a real live band and it looks like he's done so as the trio version of the group (as seen above) are making their debut Wednesday night (8/8) at Public Assembly with Plastic Flowers, Young Boys, and You. (That's You, the band, not you you. Unless you are in You. Then it is you.) It's $8 to get in before 9 PM and $10 after. You can also buy your tickets online.
The only other upcoming Heavenly Beat show at the moment is at Glasslands on October 11 with fellow Captured Tracks band (and real Swedes) Thieves Like Us and tickets to that show are on sale now. Jon did just make a video for the song "Tradition" and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the entire Heavenly Beat album.
by Bill Pearis
photo by Terri Nguyen
Beach Fossils as a band have been mostly quiet this year so far, apart from a few live shows, but it's individual members have been very busy. Zachary Cole Smith has his increasingly popular DIIV (who may be playing right now somewhere in Brooklyn) and bassist and instrument-tosser John Peña, has his new, at this point solo project Heavenly Beat whose debut album, Talent, is out July 24 on Captured Tracks.
Where there's a clear sonic line between Beach Fossils and DIIV, Heavenly Beat goes a completely different path, making the the kind of breezy, jazzy indiepop -- complete with breathy vocals, sampled steel drums and pizzicato strings -- that one associates with Sweden's Labrador Records or, further back, Cherry Red and él in the '80s. It's the perfect soundtrack to your next white-linen-dressed picnic. ("Messiah" is especially good.) Check it out for yourself -- the whole record is streaming below.
John is stil trying to get the Heavenly Beat live experience worked out (maybe you wanna be in the band?) so no shows lined up at present, but hopefully before the year's out.
DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)
Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J, CREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.
Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.
In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.
In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.
All dates, stream, and flier below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Hospitality - Friends of Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Valentine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Ace (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Moonmen on the Moon, Man - Hey Look, a Sweat Baloon Artist (MP3)
Hospitality (photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Happy Groundhog Day folks. As you may have heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we're getting six more weeks of winter. If that means the kind of winter we've had so far, I'm okay with that. I'm much more likely to head out and go see shows when not faced with the dreaded wintry mix. And there's lots of good shows this weekend, so let's get out there.
First up, the Hospitality record release party at Glasslands this Friday (2/3) (tickets still available). Their album came out this week on Merge, and I think makes a great case for not rushing things. Hospitality started playing about three years ago and released a CDR EP in the spring of 2009 that got them some notice. Most bands would've had an album out by the end of the year, but Hospitality took their time, honed their craft and became a really great live band. And the album is terrific, not a bad song in the bunch; winsome but there's some muscle in there too. You can stream the whole shebang at Merge's website or with Spotify.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum are The Darkness who are back for their first US tour in six years, playing Irving Plaza on Saturday (2/4, sold out) and Monday (2/6, still available). As stated before, I'm a huge fan of the Darkness' first album, 2003's near-perfect Permission to Land, which I picked as one of the best of the '00s. As a pop album. Justin Hawkins knows his way around a giant hook. After the overblown excesses of One Way Ticket to Hell (And Back) and Justin Hawkins' ill-advised Sunset Strip spandex group Hot Leg, the band seem to be back on track with new single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" which is a little more in the "Growing on Me" vein.
The Darkness' show at Bowery Ballroom back in 2003 was one of the most fun shows I've been to in the last ten years, and from YouTube footage of recent shows it looks like they've still got it. They are a kick-ass live band -- it takes skill to play "I Believe in a Thing Called Love's" solo whilst riding on your roadie's shoulders through the audience. (I hope they're still doing that.) Tickets are still available for Monday's show.
The Big Sleep
Hospitality aren't the only ones with a record release party this week. The Big Sleep released The Nature Experiments this week, their first album in four years and their record release show is tonight (2/2) at Knitting Factory. It might be their most melodic record to date, with more songs that have caught my ear on first listen than I remember them doing before. You can download two of the album's best tracks at the top of this post and the listen to the entire album at Spotify. The Big Sleep are touring as well, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
Still more record release party fun: Tomorrow night (2/3) at Cake Shop is a dual record release party for Moonmen on the Moon, Man and Glass Anchors who both have record coming out on the venue's subsidary Cape Shok label which finally seems to be in gear after a lot of promise but inactivity. MMotMM, which might feature members who work or even own Cake Shop, rock in an late-'80s/early-90s college radio kind of way. Their endearingly sloppy pop -- with a little punk and twang -- woulda been right at home on, say, Frontier Records, nestled in amongst Flop and Thin White Rope and Redd Kross. You can download a track from the EP at the top of this post.
Glass Anchors is the musical project of songwriter Annie Sicherman who I admit to not knowing much about but her Cape Shok EP is lovely, dusty folk pop. Says the press release:
Honing her songs in various bands over various years, soaring songstress Annie Sicherman brings us GLASS ANCHORS. The songs on her fledgling EP are plaintive, reflective, honest, and good. GLASS ANCHORS sounds best tearing up road (preferably dirt), the one to oblivion - right after you ended the longest relationship you ever had, the one you thought would last, the one with the proposal. That road can be in your head, but certainly GLASS ANCHORS has the ability to take you there every time... with Glass Anchors, we have the real Annie 3000%, no matter what road you're on.You can stream Glass Anchors' EP at the bottom of this post. The Cake Shop show also features Bright Lights, Overlord and Fergus & Geronimo.
That's the big stuff this week. A few more picks, day-by-day, are below of things not already covered here.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
LA's Classixx play the Popshop party at Santos with Workout and The French Horn Rebellion. You may know Classix from their remixes, like the excelent one they did for Phoenix's "Lisztomania." The group's new single is out this summer on a new label that's a joint venture from the Kitsune Maison folks and, I'm not kidding, the Cobrasnake.
Spacecamp, Mon Khmer, Romans and Skaters are at Bowery Electric. Spacecamp's new EP is pretty good, especially if you like a little Police in your pop rocks.
The Death Set, who I haven't seen play since maybe SXSW 2008, are at the Delancey. Always fun live.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Bill Pearis
Blouse @ 285 Kent
Captured Tracks took over 285 Kent Tuesday night, featuring three bands from their roster, as well as one that they merely liked a whole lot. I'm not sure if it sold out, but it was a full house by the end of the evening and a pretty fun night all-around.
Last time Blouse were in town, the band were a five-piece with a lead guitarist who really had that early U2/Chameleons sound down, which took the band into more "rock" territory than what you hear on their synth-heavy debut. Last night, Blouse were a quartet with the keyboards back in the forefront. Charline Hilton is charismatic front person who is no slouch, on guitar and the whole band are pretty tight in general. Blouse are best when they break out of the dreamy midtempo sound that makes up so much of their album: the driving "Time Travel" is probably their best song, but it's the cinematic "They Always Fly Away," that really impresses. In 285's airplane hangar acoustics, the song goes widescreen.
Cosmetics probably were the most successful group of the night at least as far as marriage of sound to space. The Montreal duo's icy, desolate beat -- made by vintage synths and sequencers cranked really loud -- sounded great bouncing off the metal ceiling and concrete walls, and fit the overall bombed-out Berlin warehouse vibe of the place. (The duo, all popped collar leather jackets and model-pretty, looked the part too.) From the bathroom they sounded like a munitions factory...in a good way.
Not that successful were The New Lines, the one non-Captured Tracks band on the bill, who haven't quite figured it out live. Their album, one of my 2012 favorites, is chilly baroque pop densely layered with harpsichord and all manner of analogue synths. It would be hard to pull off even under the best of conditions, something 285 Kent doesn't exactly afford, but even harder when you're only three members strong and your very good drummer can't hear the backing tracks. While they don't necessarily need the sonic precision their studio recordings have, a live bassist laying down the record's grooves would help immeasurably towards filling things out sonically. They did, however, have really cool psychedelic projections.
I got to 285 just a hair late to catch opener Heavenly Beat, the solo project of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena whose second single "Faithless" is like a lost 7" from some early-00's Swedish indiepop band. I think both sides are terrific. From what I was told, Heavenly Beat live is currently just Pena onstage with a laptop/ipod backing and not doing a whole lot, so maybe I didn't miss much. He plays this Saturday (2/4) at Cake Shop with fellow C/T band DIVE, plus Caged Animals and Fabric which is a pretty good bill overall.
More pictures from all the bands, including a shot of Blouse's setlist, below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
As predicted, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Das Racist's Heems were both surprise guests at Small Black's mixtape release celebration at Glassands on 11/18 with Heavenly Beat. Download your copy of Small Black's Moon Killer FREE mixtape at their site. Check out Das Racist on Conan O'Brien tonight (11/28).
More pictures from the Glasslands record release show are below...