Entries tagged with: Iceage
by Bill Pearis
Priceonomics Hipster/Bro Music Index:
If you've wondered what are the most hipster bands of today, well stop. The folks at Priceonomics figured it out, kinda, and it turns out The Field, Julia Holter, Iceage, These New Puritans top the list of "Most Hipster" bands. What exactly does that mean and how did they determine this? By comparing Pitchfork scores to the number of shares those reviews got on Facebook. The highest scores with the least shares being given the "most hipster" tag.
On the other end, records that got high P4K scores but lots of FB shares -- The National, Boards of Canada, Justin Timberlake, The Range -- were not hipster and topped their "Beer Me Bro" Music Index.
Kind of an interesting method, but the "most hipster" list also includes the very popular Disclosure and the very very very popular Drake. Maybe people just don't share Pitchfork reviews on bands they figure their friends already know? Maybe they should add a sales variable. Anyway, it's kind of interesting (and entertaining) and you can read more about it and peruse the full lists of Hipster and Bro bands over at Priceonomics.
by Wyatt Marshall
Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
NYC's Cult of Youth just shared a stage with Skinny Puppy at Webster Hall for someone's idea of a happy Valentine's Day, but if you were preoccupied with a more traditional celebration, the band will be playing the previously mentioned Nothing Changes party this Wednesday (2/19) with Damien Dubrovnik and Helm. As usual, things will get started late (midnight-ish) at Home Sweet Home.
Damien Dubrovnik is a project from Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard, the duo behind the Copenhagen label Posh Isolation. Posh Isolation is putting on a two day fest out in Los Angeles called "13 Torches For A Burn" on May 16 & 17 at The Church on York that, in addition to label staples like Lust for Youth and Sexdrome and alums Iceage, will feature performances by acts that make it stateside less frequently (if ever), including Puce Mary and Age Coin. The show is being billed as Sexdrome's last-ever show, so get it while it's hot if you live in LA. Danish punks Lower will be there too, and tickets for both days and two-day passes are on sale now.
Virile Games, who is playing Nothing Changes on 2/26 with Withdrawal Method, just put out an EP titled Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier double cassette) on Hospital Productions. A month and change later, Virile Games will team up with local black metal-tinged punk favs Raspberry Bulbs, Anxiety Hammer and DJ Anthony Pappalardo for a show at Baby's All Right on 3/29. Tickets for that show are on sale.
"13 Torches For A Burn" poster and lineup below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
Iceage in Portland in March (more by Autumn Andel)
Copenhagen punks Iceage are still out supporting this year's You're Nothing and before the year ends, they'll follow it with a 7" on Matador, due out November 19. The 7" features covers of Sinead O'Connor's "Jackie" and the Bahumutsi Drama Group's "To the Comrades." You can listen to streams of both covers below.
As discussed, Iceage bring their current tour back to NYC for shows at Acheron on 10/15 with Pharmakon, Believer/Law, and Cold Ones (tickets); and again at the same venue the next night (10/16) with Survival (not the Hunter Hunt-Hendrix one), Ivy and Nuklear Blast Suntan (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, speaking of Sinead O'Connor, she just wrote an open letter to notorious pop star of the moment, Miley Cyrus. The letter begins:
Dear Miley,Read the rest of the letter, along with the Iceage song streams and list of tour dates, below...
I wasn't going to write this letter, but today i've been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your "Wrecking Ball" video was designed to be similar to the one for "Nothing Compares" ... So this is what I need to say ... And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.
I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way "cool" to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it's the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
(and, update: a SECOND LETTER)
Iceage at Bowery Ballroom, April 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, Iceage have announced another set of NYC shows set for The Acheron over two nights: look for the band at The Acheron on October 15 with Believer/Law (tickets) and October 16 with Survival, the punk band and not the HHH-related project (tickets). The shows are the Danish band's only East Coast dates so far. Check out an updated listing of their entire tour schedule below.
Iceage at Bowery Ballroom, April 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Iceage will return to play their eighth and ninth appearances in 18 months (LPR, 285 Kent, 285 Kent again, Home Sweet Home, Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Saint Vitus) following an appearance in LA at Culture Collide. Look for more post-punk mayhem to go down over two nights at The Acheron on October 15 & 16. No word on openers or advance tickets just yet, but you can keep checking Acheron's Ticketfly page.
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
Iceage at MHOW - 6/13/13 (via @darrenthewalrus)
Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower came to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, during which they played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/13) with local shoegaze mainstays A Place to Bury Strangers and newer (but still noisy) locals Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.
It's since been announced that Iceage and Lower will stick around for the Pitchfork Showcase which happens at Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14). Also on the bill is Loke Rahbek of Iceage side project Var, another Danish musician Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier), Age Coin (members of Lower and Var), and as discussed, Lust for Youth. Tickets for that showcase are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
Show flyer and some song streams below...
A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower will both be down in Austin for Chaos in Tejas this weekend, and after that they'll kick off a tour together which comes to NYC for a previously discussed show on June 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, Brooklyn eardrum destroyers A Place to Bury Strangers were added to that show. It's one of a few currently announced dates for APTBS, all of which are listed below. TIckets for the MHOW show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
We just wrote more about Lower (and their other tourmates, Pleasure Leftists) over at BV Chicago. They're planning to release their debut album at some point this year. All of their dates are listed below.
Elias of Var with Iceage at Bowery Ballroom last month (more by Fred Pessaro)
Iceage offshoot Var have released a second single from their forthcoming LP No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers. Stream both "Into Distance" (the new one) and "The World Fell" below.
Elias of Var on stage with Iceage (more by Fred Pessaro)
Iceage related project Var will head to the US to play a one-off show with Pharmakon (who plays NYC tonight) and DJ Anthony Naples on May 25 at The Rink (67 West Street, 5th FL in Greenpoint). Tickets are on sale. The show is ten days after the release of the band's new LP, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, which hits via Sacred Bones on May 15.
photos by Fred Pessaro, words by Andrew Sacher
Iceage / White Lung
Four different countries were represented at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/20) when Denmark's Iceage and Vancouver's White Lung brought their tour through NYC for a show with German hardcore punks Burial (not the electronic artist) and Brooklyn's Parquet Courts. It was a totally solid show all night, with Burial kicking things off to a small (but interested) crowd. The place really started filling up when Parquet Courts came on, the hometown band on the bill, who had a good amount of local supporters coming out to shout along to those quotable lyrics. In addition to the material from 2012's Light Up Gold, they played some new stuff too, which you can see pictured on their setlist below. By White Lung's set, the room was totally crowded (and probably drunker) and the mosh/push pits finally started breaking out, which continued into Iceage's headlining set, played almost entirely in darkness.
Like I said, great show all around, but the highlight for me had to be White Lung (who played their own NYC show earlier that week). It was my first time seeing them play with a professional sound system and light show, and though the appeal of seeing punk bands in smaller/unconventional venues is still there, this setup really worked to White Lung's advantage. They were super loud and singer Mish Way's always powerful performance easily cut through the assault of her bandmates. They stuck mainly to 2012's Sorry but also hit other material like "Two Seen" from 2010's It's the Evil and "Hunting Holiday" from their late 2012 tour 7". It wasn't very long ago that White Lung were an unquestionably smaller band than Iceage, but from the reactions and size of the crowd on Saturday, it was pretty clear that the attention for them has grown immensely. And not for nothing.
More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show below...
Vår may share members of Iceage (who will be here soon) and share an overall dark aesthetic, but the two projects are unmistakably distinct. While Iceage's primary MO is in the rich gothic post-punk/punk rock vein, Vår mine darkwave synths to create their poppy gems. The band is preparing to release their new LP, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers on Sacred Bones on May 15. Stream the new track "The World Fell" below.
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
White Lung at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Bruno Simoes)
White Lung's appearance with Iceage at Bowery Ballroom on April 20 is now officially sold out, but that's not gonna stop them from playing to their fans. Word's just come that White Lung has added another show on April 15 at Acheron, snagging support from Syphylitic Lust and Boca Raton. Tickets are on sale.
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
photos by Autumn Andel
Iceage @ Star Theater, Portland, 3/23/2013
Danish punks Iceage recently kicked off their North American tour in support of their new album, You're Nothing. The tour hit Portland over the weekend for a show at Star Theater on Saturday (3/23), and pictures and videos of that show are in this post.
As mentioned the tour passes through NYC on April 20 at Bowery Ballroom for a killer bill which includes White Lung, Parquet Courts, and Burial (sold out) and again during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Danes Lower (tickets).
Since we last spoke, other North American dates with Lower were announced too. Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures and videos from the Portland show, below...
Peace @ Glasslands, 12/19/2013 (more by Robert Altman)
As mentioned, UK band Peace will be in NYC in June, playing Mercury Lounge on June 12 (tickets). Turns out there's another show while they're here: Knitting Factory the day before (6/11) and tickets to that are on sale now.
These are part of a North American tour that's bookended with festivals: Sasquatch in WA at the start, and NXNE in Toronto at the end. NXNE 2013 happens June 10 - 16 and the first round of bands were just announced and include The National, Flag, Merchandise, Calexico, Iceage and more. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. A flyer with all the first-round NXNE bands is below.
You can see Peace next week if you happen to be one of the thousands descending on Austin next week for SXSW and their schedule includes a stop at the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/16) at the old Emo's Jr space. Show is 100% free and open to the public with RSVP. All Peace dates are listed below.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Iceage @ 285 Kent, 1/25/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Iceage's ripping second album, You're Nothing, is out now via Matador and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. While the band's April 20 show at Bowery Ballroom with White Lung and Parquet Courts (a pretty killer bill) is not sold out, the band have added another NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 with Lower which will be part of this year's Northside Festival (June 13 - 16). Tickets for that show are on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
The band are also playing Chaos in Tejas in Austin at the End of June, but no other new North American shows have popped up yet. Updated dates are below.
Iceage at 285 Kent, Saturday (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In addition to the decidedly punk show that went down at 285 Kent the night before, Iceage also played a cramped and swaying Home Sweet Home on Saturday (1/26). There the Danish foursome were joined by sets from Pharmakon and Dream Affair. Video from all three bands' sets is below.
words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Iceage @ 285 Kent
Iceage blew into 285 Kent last night (1/25) in the wake of an actual snowstorm, but if the inclement weather deterred any from venturing out to see the Danish post-punk band, you couldn't tell by the room. 285 Kent was overpacked, the usual cigarette-and-sweat melange augmented by dirty slush tracked all over the floor. Anticipation was high, and you couldn't move for being thrown to the ground.
Deformity got things started with a raw-as-fuck set of scalding punk, the drums hitting like a combo move. Raspberry Bulbs were next. Over a 25-minute set of fuzzy, blackened punk--cut one song short by a malfunctioning amp--the band destroyed eardrums. The bass, distorted and aggressive, was louder than on their record, choking the low end while corrosive twin guitars squalled above it. Faint intimations of melody ghosted beneath the noise and frontman He Who Crushes Teeth's abrasive vocals.
Nomad upped the ante and left the room broken and bleeding, no mean feat given that they played a ten minute set. There is nothing that can really prepare you for Nomad, and it seemed that many in the crowd, having come for Iceage, where not prepared for the hardcore audial assault of the NYC three-piece, nor for, say, a dude in a helmet cannonballing helmet-first off the stage, which happened about thirty seconds into their set. Their songs are holocaustic rippers that sound like your brain being cleaved through the corpus callosum; all you can feel is the hot blade.
Then, ah: Iceage. They crawled out from somewhere looking like beautiful enfants terribles, buttoned all the way up, babyfaces touched by no razor. The heraldic manumitters of the angry and disenchanted youth of today. When their debut album, New Brigade, blew up eighteen months ago, it was as if the music media machine had turned over a new log and voila, Iceage were the brightest beetle. After that came the flood: Iceage were nebulously connected to an underground Copenhagen scene centered around the Youth House, a music venue and rendezvous point for various leftist groups before it was demolished following a police-enforced eviction in 2007. The swirl of hype crested with questions like, "Are Iceage the Saviors of Punk?" and write-ups in outlets like The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Guardian. And there's been controversy, too, primarily about racially-loaded imagery in the band's music videos and a fanzine called "Dogmeat", illustrated and published by frontman Elias Rønnenfelt. Defenders and detractors came out swinging on both sides of the debate. Now they're signed to Matador and readying the release of the second record, You're Nothing.
But you know all that. You're also angry and confused at the state of things, or you used to be, or you're just curious about this band. In the presence of the storm, the crowd at 285 Kent last night immediately bifurcated into those who throw firecrackers and spin-kick in the middle of the pit, and those who press to the sides with an admixture of fear and awe.
Iceage pummeled through a set culled almost entirely from You're Nothing, two exceptions being "New Brigade" and "You're Blessed" from the first record. During the latter cut, a burly figure leapt on stage and then tackled Rønnenfelt into the crowd, kicking the heads of the unsuspecting on the way down, thereby collapsing the opposing punk rock impulses to both terrorize and protect the stage into a single meaningful move. Rønnenfelt seemed unfazed, though. He might have been rendered insensate by drink or just the tumultuous noise; it seemed as though he might pass out at any moment, and I'd guess that little more than half of his barked vocals actually made it to the mic. He wailed on the platform like a pipsqueak Henry Rollins, incautious of his own safety. A stagehand wisely removed the mic stand after two songs.
Iceage played loose and brazenly apathetic, often turning their songs into chaotic barrages of masochistic squall. They're too musical to be called punk, too clangorous to be called post-punk. When it cohered, as it sometimes did, you experienced an ecstatic fever dream of power. Dan Kjaer Nielsen's furious drumming had the same effect on the guitar and bass as a blender has on whatever you put in it. The crowd responded in kind, or some of them did anyway, meeting violence with violence. Firecrackers, flying beer cans, etc. I have a jacket that might forever smell like whatever hot, cinnamon-y drink the tiny girl next to me was drinking when it was body-slammed from her hands.
The set was assaulting, furious, sloppy and aggressive. When it unceremoniously ended after thirty or so minutes (a long set by Iceage's standards), the audience filed out to the Williamsburg waterfront, bruised and vertiginous. At the eye of the hypestorm Iceage have generated is the blackthroated, hook-laden punk of New Brigade that's still irrepressible. The glimpse we got of album number two suggests we're in for more of the same.
Catch Iceage again tonight (1/26) at Home Sweet Home with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. More pictures (unfortunately none of Nomad) and Iceage's setlist, below.
Iceage at LPR, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Iceage have released a new video for "Ecstasy", the opening track from their new LP You're Nothing. Check that out below. Iceage's show at 285 Kent on Friday (1/25) is sold out, but you can still try your hand at walking up for the show on Saturday at Home Sweet Home (1/26). Or, just hold on and catch them on tour with White Lung.
New video for "Ecstasy" is below.