Entries tagged with: Hospitality
by Bill Pearis
Scottish musician Bill Wells has played in a number of groups over the years, most notably his own improvisational jazz combo, the Bill Wells Octet, and The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland. He's also worked with a host of indie rock bands, such as The Pastels, Future Pilot AKA, Isobel Campbell, Jad Fair, Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat and more.
His new album, Nursery Rhymes, finds him taking on kids song standards -- "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Hickory Dickory Dock," "Ring Around The Rosie" -- as collaborations with a host of cool people, including Yo La Tengo, Isobel Campbell, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki, Hospitality's Amber Papini, and more. That's the artwork above and the full tracklist is below.
This isn't a kids album, however, as Wells applies his sparse, melodic style to the familiar songs. He elaborates:
They should be quite disturbing. Because ultimately part of the remit of a nursery rhyme was to give your child some of the harsh realties of life, while sugar-coating them with a catchy little melody. But I'm losing that coating and going straight to the nub of the thing.We've got the premiere of "Three Blind Mice," which is a collaboration with Yo La Tengo and NY jazz musician Karen Mantler. You can stream it below.
Bill Wells & Friends' Nursury Rhymes is out November 20 via Karaoke Kalk.
As mentioned, Penelope Spheeris' essential, long-out-of-print Decline of Western Civilization documentary trilogy is finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray release on June 30. The first one (the punk one) is also screening as part of BAMcinemaFest on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with Spheeris after. Tickets are still available.
They've just announced an afterparty for the Decline screening, happening at Rough Trade (doors at 11:30 PM) featuring an local indie "all-star" band -- including Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors, Glass Ghost), Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), and Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal, Gold Dime) -- performing X's debut album Los Angeles in full. There's also VHS-loving New Jersians Citizen Blast Kane who will be covering songs by Black Flag and Circle Jerks. There may be surprise guests, too.
The Decline afterparty at Rough Trade is free with your BAM screening ticket, or it's $7 without.
Meanwhile, the real X will be here in August for three nights at City Winery.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
"It is still tough to play it cool when a crowd goes as nuts as you guys did @glasslands last night. Thank you for an amazing show." - @CYMBLS_EAT_GTRS
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Glasslands 12/30/2014
Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined Glasslands' penultimate night (12/30) on Kent Avenue last night, and the venue was as packed as I've ever seen it. As the band mentioned in their above tweet, the crowd was indeed going nuts, at least the 75 or so nearest the stage. No crowd surfing, but a constant, simmering pit and lots of pumped fists. The band, who've been touring most of the last six months or so on the back of their great new album LOSE, were definitely feeding off crowd energy and were just terrific. Joseph D'Agostino was drenched in sweat by the third song. Before the encore, they brought up the Zambri sisters to sing, and Hooray for Earth's Noel Heroux to play guitar, though he spent much if his time onstage bear-hugging D'Agostino. It was a very Glasslands moment.
The rest of the line-up was also very Glasslands, with Keepaway (who peppered their set with "Goodbye Glasslands" robot voice samples), Mon Khmer (who may have played the venue more than any other band), and Air Waves (Brian from Hospitality was filling in on bass). Everyone was in (and full of) good spirits. With all the new art they've put up everywhere, the place maybe has never looked better. The DJs for the evening were spinning Super Hits of the '90s which kept people lingering after CEG finished (and loudly singing along to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose"). Pictures from the night are in this post.
Tonight (12/31), Glasslands' New Year's Eve Party, is the last-ever night for the venue. which has been in operation since 2006. (And with that the block of Kent/S2 goes dark, musically.) Tonight's show, which sold out basically instantly, still has a mystery lineup but they have revealed tonight's set times: 9:30, 10:30, 12:05, 1:30. (Who are your guesses for the final lineup?) They also warn that everyone is on the will call list, so go early or be ready for a line. If you didn't get tickets and still want to say goodbye in person, after the bands finish at 2:30 AM the place will be open for anyone to stop by.
More pics from Tuesday's Cymbals Eat Guitars show, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
"The first time I said 'New York,' I got a big cheer," remarked a chatty Jeff Tweedy last night (9/23) at BAM's Howard Gillman Opera House. "The second time I did it...you all felt a bit silly, didn't you? Shall we try it again?" A receptive and vocal crowd and game performer made for an enjoyable night as Jeff and son Spencer made their NYC debut as Tweedy who just released their first album. The Tweedy set came first, complete with Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals, and then Jeff stayed out for a long set of songs from throughout his career, plus a lot of funny crowd interactions. For the finale, the Tweedy band came back out for a few covers and ended with "California Stars" from Wilco & Billy Bragg's Mermaid Avenue with Nels Cline coming out to join them. Pictures, setlist and BAM's archived video stream are all in this post.
Opening the night, part of BAM's Next Wave Fest and Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebrations, were Brooklyn's Hospitality who were back to a trio, at least for this show. Pics from their set, and more of Tweedy, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN @ Prospect Park 6/21/2014
Dum Dum Girls headlined a lovely night of free music on the first day of summer (6/21), part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell. Dressing a little more conservatively than she has lately, Dee Dee and the rest the band stuck mainly to DDG's most recent album, Too True, but played a few older songs as well, plus their cover of The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from the He Gets Me High EP). The band will be spending the rest of 2014 at select festivals, including Pitchfork and Outside Lands. Tour dates are listed, along with Celebrate Brooklyn! setlist and pics from the show are in this post.
It was a nice bill all around. Hospitality are touring off their terrific second album, Trouble, which expanded their sound quite a bit. The added keyboards have extended to the songs off their debut as well, with older numbers getting radically new arrangements. The band will be on a short East Coast tour in July, so catch them if you can. Dates are listed below.
Speaking of expanded sound, TEEN have transformed from an arty, at times Krauty/proggy outfit, to a much more R&B bent on their new album, The Way and Color. If you missed them in Prospect Park, they're on tour most of the summer, including a September run opening for Islands, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on September 17 (tickets). They'll also DJ the annual White Party at New Museum on Wednesday (6/25) with Heavenly Beat. That is open to New Museum members only. All tour dates are listed below.
More pics from the Prospect Park show, plus tour dates, below...
photos by Misha Vladimirskiy
Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.
From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.
That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...
St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.
The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:
Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.
Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.
Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.
Nickel Creek on July 24.
Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.
St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...
by Bill Pearis
the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.
The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.
Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.
Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.
Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.
Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.
East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.
Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.
Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."
At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."
Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.
Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.
Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.
Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.
Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.
If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.
Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.
That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.
Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.
Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...
by Bill Pearis
Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas
I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:
Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.
Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.
Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.
Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.
La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).
Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.
Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.
Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.
Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.
Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.
Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).
Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?
A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Hospitality @ MHOW 3/1/2014
Hospitality's tour with Air Waves came to a close on Saturday (3/1) with a hometown show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg with old pals ARMS on the bill as well. The band's terrific new Trouble is a more varied record than their debut (both on Merge) which led to a little more instrument-switching than we've seen them do in the past. Pictures from MHOW are in this post.
The band is having a short breather before diving into Austin next week for SXSW (which can feel like a whole tour in four days). Be sure to catch them there if you'll be at the fest. Then in May they'll head to Europe to tour there. More pics from MHOW and their upcoming tour schedule below...
Air Waves @ Knitting Factory 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Air Waves are currently on tour with their Brooklyn neighbors Hospitality but have hit a bit of bad weather vehicular bad luck:
Hey all! We've been having some crazy vortex blues on our tour. Our van broke down in Indiana and we had to cancel a couple of shows, so are set back about a grand. We would love to continue this tour though!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated and we'll send merchandise and our new record to any donations over $20. Thank you so much! Things are looking up already and excited to continue this tour.If you'd like to help Air Waves out, head to their Facebook for details.
Hospitality wrap up their tour with Air Waves on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available.
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Hospitality's terrific second album, Trouble, is out today via Merge. It finds the Brooklyn band loosening up and confident taking their sound into new areas -- most notably prominent use of keyboards. (Order it here.) You can hear three songs from Trouble as part of the eighth installment of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya for making this look (and sound) great. Much appreciation to Chris La Putt as always. Watch:
Hospitality - BV Studio Sessions
Amber Papini - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Nathan Michel - Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums
Brian Betancourt - Vocals, Bass
David Christian - Drums, Keyboard, Shaker
This video will also give you a taste of Hospitality's new live configuration which adds multi-instrumentalist David Christian to the line-up, allowing for some instrument-switching. The band's tour kicks off this weekend with their appearance at the Ecstatic Music Festival on Sunday (1/31) which will feature a collaboration with teenage ensemble Face the Music. Tickets are still available. Hospitality play NYC again when their tour swings back through the city on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available to that too. All dates are listed below.
Check out more BV Studio Sessions here and check out more pictures from the Hospitality one with dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Hospitality have avoided the sophomore slump, as Trouble might just be better than their terrific debut album. Solving the different-but-similar conundrum, the band's hook-filled songwriting and Amber Papini's thoughtful lyrics / appealing vocals remain at the core, while expanding their scope sonically. A variety of keyboards come into play this time -- as does flashes of late '70s rock -- and their whole sound just opens up. This kind of Trouble is welcome. The album is out next week but you can stream the whole thing right now via NPR.
Hospitality play the Ecstatic Music Festival on January 31 at The Greene Space, a collaborative performance with teenage ensemble Face the Music that will also feature a new piece by Hospitality's Nathan Michel. Tickets are on sale now.
Hospitality will play a more traditional show in NYC when their tour swings back through the city on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Air Waves have been added to that bill and tickets are still available.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Hospitality's new album, Trouble, is out in about a month (1/28), and it finds the Brooklyn trio dabbling in '70s-sounding spacey synthesizers and proggy vibes, while still maintaining their way with a melody, hook, and clever lyric. If you haven't heard first single "I Miss Your Bones" yet, you can stream it below.
As mentioned, Hospitality will be a part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Fest here in NYC. They play on January 31 at The Greene Space for a collaborative performance with all-teen ensemble Face the Music. In addition to Hospitality songs, the two groups will perform a new piece by Hospitality's Nathan Michel. Tickets are on sale now.
Immediately after, Hospitality are going out on a North American tour that concludes back here in Brooklyn on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to MHOW go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.
Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.
Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned that Hospitality's second album, Trouble, would be out via Merge on January 28. While still handy with a jazzy chord, the new album definitely expand's the Brooklyn band's palette, with keyboards taking a prominent role on a few tracks and even veering a little bit into spacerock territory. That's while still being grounded in catchy songwriting. You can stream the first-released track from the album, the sharp and punchy "I Miss Your Bones," in this post (via Rolling Stone).
Hospitality played CMJ a couple weeks back but they've got no new dates on the horizon. Yet. New track stream and Trouble cover art below.
Hospitality @ Glasslands 10/19/2013
Hospitality came out of hibernation to play the last night of CMJ, hitting Glasslands on Saturday (10/19) as part of a bill that also featured Pattern is Movement and The Building. Their set featured a bunch of new songs, and their line-up was a little different too, with Nathan Michael back in the drummer's seat just for this show (he moved to guitar two years ago) and Glass Ghost's Elliot Krimsky on keyboards.
Those keyboards may figure heavily into the band's new album, Trouble, which will be out January 28 via Merge (almost two years exactly after their debut). The first taste of the album, a video teaser, definitely sounds more dancey than anything we've heard from them. A new direction? Stay tuned. You can check out more pics from Hospitality's CMJ set and that video trailer below.
Hospitality @ Brooklyn Bowl, Sept. 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Superior indie pop band Hospitality are busy working on their follow-up to their 2012 debut which is inching up on two years ago. No official word on LP#2 yet or a tour, but Hospitality will be coming out of show-playing hibernation for CMJ. They'll play Glasslands on Saturday, October 19 with Philly duo Pattern is Movement and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now. Hospitality will also be DJing a Merge Records night at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, October 16. Details beyond that are still to be announced.
Pattern is Movement, meanwhile, will also play a single release party Philadelphia's Union Transfer on October 24. Tickets for that show are on sale too.
The video for Hospitality's "Eighth Avenue" is below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Hospitality / Ex Cops @ Kidrockers, 2/10/2013
Braving the slush, families headed to Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (2/10) for Kidrockers featuring Hospitality and Ex Cops. As you can see, fans rushed the stage during Hospilaty's set, which is okay as it was encouraged. Hosts Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo kept the kids entertained between sets.
Hospitality don't have any other upcoming dates, but Ex Cops are playing an early show on Friday (2/15) at Mercury Lounge with Ski Lodge (tickets) and, after SXSW, will head out on tour with Bleached, including an NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on April 23. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Sunday's Kidrockers show are below.
photos by Maryanne Ventrice
Caveman / Har Mar Superstar @ Kidrockers, 1/27/2013
As mentioned, Caveman have a new album on the way via Fat Possum on April 2. What better audience to test out some new tracks than a bunch of half-pints? That's just what they did when Caveman played Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl on January 27, an afternoon show that also included a set from Har Mar Superstar along with hosts Craig Baldo and Jordan Carlos. Pictures are in this post.
Adults can next catch Caveman in NYC at Webster Hall, and at other places around the country.
More pictures of Caveman and Har Mar Superstar are below.