Entries tagged with: Holy Fuck
photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.
Full list of additions, below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto duo Twist are musician Laura Hermiston and Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt, formed two years or so ago. Laura writes the songs, which have a '60s/'70s folk-rock vibe, and Borcherdt adds just enough grit in the production. It's certainly in the Mazzy Star system. Twist's new single, "Albequerque" is out next week and you can listen to it, plus check out a couple other songs and videos, below.
Twist will be crossing the Canadian border this weekend for a few Northeast shows, including two in NYC: Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/1) with LA band Corners, Brooklyn's Roya and DJ Alix Brown, and then Shea Stadium on March 6 with Your 33 Black Angels, Wild Bore, and Moon Tower. In between those two NYC shows, Twist will hit Boston on March 3, venue still TBA.
by Bill Pearis
photo: METZ in Portland, OR July 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
METZ have announced details of their second album, METZ II, which will be out May 5 via Sub Pop. (Pre-order yours.) They've shared a song from it as well, "Acetate," which you can listen to while you watch the band's friend Travis Millard make graphic-designed pancakes for his dog Rodney. They say it's "not the video" but it's more of one than most songs get these days, and is worth watching. The song's a real ripper too, as you'd expect from METZ. Watch it below.
The band are touring this spring, and dates include two stops in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on May 26 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 27. Both dates, and much of the tour, are with FIDLAR making lower case letters obselete for much of April and May. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.
In other news, METZ's Alex Edkins has teamed with Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and Constantines' Doug MacGregor for a new Canadian supergroup called LIDS. Their debut 7" is titled "Sarsfest" and will be out March 17 via Toronto label Telephone Explosion. You can stream that below.
All dates are listed, along with the LP art, tracklist and "Acetate" video, below...
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.This year's lineup includes members of Drive Like Jehu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dismemberment Plan, Parquet Courts and more, and looks like this:
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds this year go to Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education."
Bob D'Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne's Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
Check out pictures of last year's Rock Lottery here.
Bicoastal dance-rock crew !!! released their latest album, THR!!!ER, earlier this year and are following it up with an EP, R!M!X!S, that hands various tracks from the LP over to the likes of Patrick Ford, Maurice Fulton, Jim Eno, and Anthony Naples. That EP will be out November 4 and you can stream Anthony Naples remix of "Californiyeah" below.
The band are continuing to groove their way around the world on tour and have added another NYC date, playing Webster Hall on December 13 with Holy Fuck opening. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/11) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the R!M!X!S tracklist and song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto indie rock four-piece Rituals, who fellow Toronto band Greys are fans of, released their newest EP, Mesmerized, earlier this year. It's a solid 7-song collection with hints of post-punk and shoegaze, and they've just made a video for one of its standout tracks, "Our Blood," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream of the entire EP, below.
Rituals will be heading to NYC this week for two shows with another Toronto band, Dusted, the new-ish project of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt. Those shows happen on August 29 at Shea Stadium with Steel Phantoms and Lurve and August 30 at Cake Shop with LOUD Brooklyn rockers Bambara (for whom the show is an LP release) and Rarechild. Rituals' only other date at the moment is a hometown show in September with Austra.
You can also catch Bambara on Tuesday (8/27) at 285 Kent with Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Guerilla Toss, and Advaeta. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All upcoming Rituals dates are listed, along with the new video and song streams, below...
Holy Fuck @ LPR, 9/18/2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Toronto's Holy Fuck have been quiet of late, with just a few live dates (including some with Squarepusher last year) and side project Dusted to speak of. The video for "Red Lights" from Holy Fuck's 2010's Latin is below.
There's been no news from their camp in some time, apart from "new album in progress," but, in possibly related news, a band called "Holy Fun" is listed as playing Death by Audio this Saturday (1/12). The rest of the line-up is Pigeons, Romantic States, and Smoke Bellow.
by Andrew Sacher
Dusted (the new project led by Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt) released their debut LP, Total Dust, this week (7/10) via Polyvinyl. You've already heard the single, "(Into The) Atmosphere," and if you liked that song, you'll enjoy the whole record, which pretty much follows suit. It's mainly a collection of sweet-voiced indie pop with bright clean tones and a backgrounded drum machine. But it's not just a pop record -- some of the songs (especially the album's opening track "All Comes Down") drift towards haunting slowcore, and Brian often coats his voice in a light distortion and can give his guitar an even thicker one. You can stream the entire album below.
As mentioned, Dusted will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on Sunday (7/15) (tickets), but since we last spoke, Dusted announced a NYC show which happens even sooner than that. They'll play Cake Shop on Thursday (7/12) with Happy New Year and one more TBA.
A list of updated dates and the album stream are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May, drill & bass master Squarepusher announced a North American tour which included a TBA NYC show set to happen on October 30. Well it turns out the NYC show will actually be on November 1 and it happens at Terminal 5 with a great list of openers; Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All Squarepusher dates are listed below.
Squarepusher released his new album, Ufabulum, in May and it's a pretty solid one. It opens with "4001," which is just about the only song that sounds like classic Squarepusher, and is then followed by, "Unreal Square," which brings in a bit of brostep bass wobble. The rest of the album sees Squarepusher diving into nutty jazz fusion and unstoppable breakbeats. You can stream three of its tracks below.
Speaking of Mount Kimbie, they've signed to Warp, the label which Squarepusher also calls home, and currently at work on their second album which will be released on the label. The Terminal 5 show appears to be their only announced North American date at the moment.
Holy Fuck and Bonobo will be in NY even sooner for Camp Bisco, which goes down from July 12-14 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. They'll be joining a lineup which includes Tycho, Simian Mobile Disco, Skrillex, Amon Tobin ISAM, Big Boi, Crystal Castles, Yacht, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Shigeto, FaltyDL, Thundercat, and more. Tickets for the festival are still available. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, You can also catch Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt in NYC right after Bisco with his new project, Dusted, who play Glasslands on July 15. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Dusted, a duo consisting of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula), are set to release their debut LP, Total Dust, on July 10 via Polyvinyl in the US and worldwide and on Hand Drawn Dracula in their home country of Canada. The first track revealed from that album, "(Into The) Atmosphere" is far different than the work Brian did in Holy Fuck and sounds more like a mid-2000s Arts & Crafts band and also a bit like Arm's Way-era Islands. It's a catchy tune, falling just below the 3 minute mark, and you can check it out below, along with a teaser video for the album.
Dusted are currently on tour with A Place To Bury Strangers. They won't be at APTBS' NYC show (7/27 at MHOW) but they just announced their own NYC show, which goes down on July 15 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below, along with the song stream and album trailer...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...
Suicide at ATP 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
The initial lineup is out for this year's Moogfest, which is taking place in Asheville, NC on October 28-30. This year's lineup has some pretty impresive names including three pioneers of electronic music; Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide, who are performing their highly influential 1977 self titled debut album in its entirety. The Flaming Lips, Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Chromeo, Austra, M83, Tim Hecker, and many others on there too. Tickets go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon. Check out the full initial lineup and a video below.
Doveman (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Slow/Fast @ Barbes
* Trevor Dunn @ The Stone
* Slick Rick @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chilly Gonzales @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey Hormel's Round-Up @ Barbes
* MWE, Deli Kanli, Zikrayat @ Zebulon
* Led Zeppelin 2 @ Gramercy Theatre
* Steel Phantoms, Crum @ Cameo Gallery
* Rhett Miller, Bobby Bare Jr. @ City Winery
* Blitz The Ambassador @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Janka Nabay, SAADI, Brenmar @ Santos Party House
* Beacon, Food Stamps, Lost Boy?, Kosovo @ Glasslands
* Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Highline Ballroom
* Hoots & Hellmouth, The Ramblers @ Mercury Lounge
* Trap Them, Black Anvil, All Pigs Must Die @ Union Pool
* Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Plushgun @ Knitting Factory
* Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock Trio @ The Stone
* Lake of Blood, Seidr, Castavet, Falls of Rauros @ The Acheron
* Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, Mike Simonetti @ Webster Hall
* Anamanaguchi, Peelander-Z, Starscream @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Air Sex World Championships: East Coast Regionals @ Mercury Lounge
* Katie Gavin, Galia Arad, Driftwood, Sasha Dobson @ The Living Room
* Doveman, Sam Amidon, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Radical Dads, Old Monk, Emil & Friends, Ravens & Chimes @ Cake Shop
* Shark?, Bridges and Powerlines, Creeping Weeds, The Aye-Ayes, WOLFF @ Pianos
* Fergus & Geronimo, Easter Vomit, Widowspeak, Dry Feet @ Death By Audio
* Liturgy, Controlled Bleeding, Weasel Walters Cellular Chaos, PAK, Diablo @ SilentBarn
* the Snow, Lucinda Black Bear, Patrick Bower & the World Without Magic @ Rock Shop
* Matt & Kim (DJ), AraabMuzik, Nacey, Activaire DJs @ American Museum of Natural History
* Monogold, Grandchildren, Bronze, Tiny Victories, The Stationary Set, The Young Friends, We Are Hex, TRTL @ Public Assembly
Matt & Kim are DJIng One Step Beyond tonight.
People are having sex with air at Mercury Lounge.
A Place to Bury Strangers remixed Holy Fuck's "Red Lights" and it has a video which you can watch below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Patricia Scull
Brooklyn-based Twin Shadow takes the stage first at Le Poisson Rouge Saturday night (9/18), where George Lewis, Jr., mastermind behind Twin Shadow, seems to already have a following. Playing songs off their first album Forget, Twin Shadow seems to have found the portal to the 80's, taking the smoothest beats and synth riffs and totally reinventing the wheel for the here and now, while letting obvious 80's influences shine through. Lewis's vocal style is low and nonchalant but on certain choruses and words, the texture goes way up, almost bordering on screamo, and returns to melodic utterances almost as quickly as it once rose. Someone in the audience shouts for an encore, but they'll just have to wait until Twin Shadow headlines their own show. Twin Shadow is now on tour with Jamie Lidell.
Houston, TX band Indian Jewelry commandeers the LPR stage shortly after Twin Shadow, laying down some ground rules for watching their set: "No flash photography. It makes us look awful. Think about it," along with "No texting on your fucking phones." Opening their set with a completely dark stage, the lighting situation quickly turns to something dangerous for one with epilepsy. Flashing strobe light and indiscernible images projected on a screen complete the visual effects, while bass and reverb boom from the speakers. Using audio effects like consistently grinding electronic bass and guitar layered over an evacuation-type alarm sound with distorted lyrics floating overhead is typical of this band's style, who not only provide a creative visual show but an introspective sound show as well.
The most impressive thing about "electronic" band Holy Fuck is that the multitude of sound pouring off the LPR stage is house-made. While maintaining dance-worthy rhythms and pulses of sound via multiple (toy) keyboards, bass, and drums, keyboardist Brian Borcherdt rips ribbons of 35 mm film through a film synchronizer. This in turn produces an awesome visual element to the show while providing rhythmic sound scratches that are the life and soul of the audio element. The four members come together on stage like some crazy supercomputer from the future, and rock out like madmen using sound in innovative ways to create real-deal compositions that are emotionally and aurally appealing. Because the material presented is all created organically, the live show is more visually engaging, with Borcherdt and fellow keyboardist Graham Walsh busy playing their multiple instruments, turning dials, flipping switches, and pulsing physically with the beats, while Matt Schulz and Matt McQuaid keep things flowing with drums and bass, respectively. Hailed for their innovative methods and quality output, Holy Fuck is keeping the love alive with a US tour promoting their latest release, Latin, that extends through late October.
Updated dates and more pictures from the NYC shows, below...
photos by Gabi Porter
Twin Shadow @ Mercury Lounge
This weekend Holy Fuck (who were last in NYC to play Siren) will join a slew of notables to play Reading/Leeds Festivals in the UK, but shortly after, the band will skip back across the pond to kick off a North American tour that hits Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 9/18 with Twin Shadow and Indian Jewelry. Tickets are on sale. The show is one date of a longer tour that will lead them through most of October.
Before that, Twin Shadow will play another NYC area show in preparation of the new LP due on 9/28 via Terrible Records. Look for them to headline Glasslands on 9/11 with Zambri, My Gold Mask, Distractions, Machu Picchu. Tickets are on sale.
Twin Shadow played Mercury Lounge on 8/17 with Sean Bones and New Numbers who open for Robbers on High Street at Rock Shop on August 28th) and You Can Be A Wesley. More pics from that show (none of YCBAW though), a NSFW video of Twin Shadow's "Slow" and tour dates, are below...
Stillwell Stage photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"To close out the night, fans had the option of checking out Matt and Kim at the main stage or Holy Fuck at the alternate stage. The choice was clear, I went with the latter, and they easily turned out to be my favorite performance of the night. Their weird, intellectualized sound came to the forefront for the masses to witness firsthand and it's quite the process. With film reels rolling and making glorious sounds, lead singer Brian Borcherdt sporadically took the mic, shoved it between his teeth, and danced just as hard as any of the onlookers. It was clearly the most-lively show of the night. Holy Fuck as a satisfying headliner for the bill was a question on many people's minds, so the band had some expectations to live up to, but they totally thrived on those exact expectations and exceeded them tenfold. Even though the event was fully sponsored/curated, Holy Fuck performed in all aspects with the heart of any DIY performer." [Neon Musical Insight]Our first set of Siren Festival pictures had a bit from both stages. Then came the main stage with some bonus shots of Matt & Kim in the ocean. We conclude with all the bands from the Stillwell Stage, with some more of Ted Leo from the main stage, and one more bonus shot of Matt & friends in the ocean, below...
The schedule (above). The pre-party flyer... (below)
Ponytail @ Williamsburg Waterfront 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Ponytail, Dom, Holy Fuck and Apache Beat have been added to the lineup of this year's Siren Fest, happening Saturday, July 17th in Coney Island. Those are in addition to the fest's previously announced acts - the full current lineup is below. It'll be a great show, but maybe slightly less attended than previous years?
You can catch Dom sooner at the BV Northside Fest show at Music Hall on Saturday, June 26th (along with Memory Tapes, ZAZA and Twin Sister). Tickets are still on sale.
Ponytail also play their hometown fest Whartscape.
After the Siren there's an after-show is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg with We Are Scientists and Solange-collaborating Lightspeed Champion. Tickets are still on sale. (Scientists' Bowery show a few days before is sold out.)
Full Siren Fest lineup is below...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Fuck - Latin America (MP3)
Holy Fuck in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Holy Fuck played a show at the Cake Shop on April 23rd. A video from that gig is below. They tour Europe this May, then return for a North American tour that now kicks off with a Friday, May 28th NYC show at (Le) Poisson Rouge with tourmates Nice Nice, who are on Warp Records. Tickets are on sale. A track from Holy Fuck's new LP, Latin, is above.
Speaking of Fuck and LPR, we've already covered Fuck Buttons' upcoming May 21st Music Hall of Williamsburg show (that's a part of their tour) - tickets are still on sale for that. Fuck Buttons also play the night after (5/22) at (Le) Poisson Rouge (tickets on sale for tha ttoo). They have dates in Europe afterward, and will be at ATP NY in September.
All tour dates for both and a video are below...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Fuck - Latin America (MP3)
Holy Fuck in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
As they put it, Holy Fuck "are playing a very special preview date in NYC (April 23rd), head to Europe in early May, and make their way back to the U.S. for a slew of Tour Dates in late May following the release of Latin." Tickets are available (while they last) at the door at Cake Shop tonight. More details on the show and all dates below...
Will Sheff & Roky Erickson
"Welcome to Montreal -- how do you like the Weather?" - Martin Cesar, Think About Life.
After three lovely days of sunny, mild weather, the skies went grey and cold for the last day of SXSW, Saturday, March 20th, with temperatures dropping to around 45 degrees. Almost no one seemed prepared for it, judging by the throngs of under-dressed shivering all over town. With a lot of the Austin venues being outdoor, it especially hurt. Our final party of a very busy week of parties was a free badge-less official SXSW event that we did with the M for Montreal folks, at the two-stage Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Bourbon Rocks). The main stage was outside -- under a tent, which helped just a little -- and while temperatures were low, spirits were high and it was maybe the most fun I had all week.
My favorite set of the day came early. Think About Life are so much fun live, so much genuine positivity, it's hard to be in a bad mood with them on stage. An instant hangover cure. I think this was the first time a lot of the audience had ever seen them play, if the number of people who asked me who they were was any indication. At one point singer Martin Cesar left the stage as if their set was over, only to appear in the middle of the crowd dancing, hyping people up. That they didn't do "Johanna" is my only complaint. NYers can see them on April 27 when Think About Life play Mercury Lounge. It's part of a fairly extensive U.S. tour, do go see them.
I was also super-pumped to see The Besnard Lakes whose new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is pretty fantastic. Specifically, I wanted to hear its epic opener, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," and have it knock me back. Like a lot of Montreal bands, The Besnard Lakes' line-up ebbs and flows. Theirs does so around the core of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. I've seen them seven strong before, but here they were a lean mean quartet and did not disappoint. They're on tour in May, including a 5/28 show at Bowery Ballroom.
Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time. The inside room was packed to the gills (it was warmer there). My favorite part of the show had her sitting down in the middle of the audience, methodically pulling people down with her, draping their arms over her into a giant pile of people. There's video at the bottom of this post.
The other major highlight for me was Roky Erickson with Okkervill River. I'd never seen him before and this was certainly a great live introduction to someone whose music I've loved for a long time. Will Sheff produced Roky's new album (first in 14 years) and Okkervill was his backing band on it, so the set was tight, rocking and just sounded fantastic. Roky was in great form too, and we got a few 13th Floor Elevators nuggets in there, as well as "Starry Eyes," one of my favorites of his solo material. They tour in May including a show at Webster Hall.
And there was lots more: the great Wye Oak kicked off the party with a lovely set despite cold fingers; Jason Collett was a class act with superbly-crafted country-pop (see video of his set below); Crystal Antlers filled in for BEAST who couldn't make it; Andrew WK was in full Meatloaf mode with a set of piano ballads; Plants and Animals were lush and harmony-laden; metal legends Voivod showed they've still got it; and a percussion-heavy set from L.A.'s Local Natives was probably the biggest draw of the day -- they were excellent.
Somehow I entirely missed sets by Holy Fuck (who I heard were great) and Suckers (who I've seen before many times here in NYC). A last minute addition, Nardwuar was there too, providing funny, heavily-researched band introductions as only he can. It was a great, if cold, day. Stay tuned for his video interview of Will and Roky.
Thanks to everyone who helped put this all together, and to our sponsors. More pictures and videos from the whole day below...
Nardwuar backstage @ Galaxy Room
Andrew WK on stage @ Galaxy Room
Andrew WK went from headlining Irving Plaza in NYC straight to Texas for a full schedule of SXSW shows before he left for Mexico where he played MtyMx. Then, unlike Andrew Frisicano (who went from NY to Austin to Mexico, then back to Austin and is now in Tennessee), Andrew WK came back to NYC before heading to Tennessee (where he performs at set at the Big Ears fest Friday night with the Calder Quartet) (and gives a talk there on Saturday).
Tonight (3/25), Andrew WK will appear at the Best Buy in Union Square...
"I have an in-store autograph signing at BEST BUY in Union Square tonight. It's at 8pm, on 14th street, at the corner of 4th Avenue. I'm giving away limited edition 7" records, color 8x10 photos, and posters. - Andrew WKOne of Andrew WK's SXSW shows was our Saturday BV/M For Montreal day party at Galaxy Room where he played a solo piano set after Voivod played a full legendary set of metal after Holy Fuck played their set of none of the above. All three bands were introduced by our special guest host Nardwuar who actually played a set at the Mint records showcase with Andrew on a previous day of the festival. I won't say too much more about that because we have a full post on the M For Montreal day coming, but some pictures and Nardwuar-filled videos of everything mentioned so far are below...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Fuck - Latin America (MP3)
Holy Fuck @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
Holy Fuck will take a break from Chatroulette (which they used to announce their new record, Latin, presumably to random underwear clad users from around the world) for their ton of shows in Austin this week. One of those is the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party on Saturday (3/20) at Galaxy Room. Their full, remainuing schedule is below.
For those in NYC, there's no news of a show yet, but they have put out an MP3 for the song "Latin America," off the new record, which you can get above. The disc comes out May 11th on Young Turks/XL Recordings.
All Austin dates (their only North American shows currently) are below...