Entries tagged with: Imperial Teen
photos by Ellie Pritts; words by Bill Pearis
Mac DeMarco @ Club Soda, MTL 11/23/2013
Mac DeMarco and his band played the 2013 M for Montreal twice last week. First, as Walter TV, where Mac just plays bass, with Pierce McGarry on vocals and guitar. Then on Saturday night, he headlined (and sold out) the 1000-capacity Club Soda. Both shows were completely bananas, featuring constant stage diving and crowd surfing, male nudity and other shenanigans. (Club Soda also got impromptu covers "Takin' Care of Business," "Message in a Bottle," "Enter Sandman," and "Stairway to Heaven" in addition to Mac-penned favorites.) Pictures from Club Soda are in this post.
After a tour of Asia and Australia, Mac's Walter TV buds are moving to Los Angeles to be a band full-time while Mac is living in Brooklyn for a while. His third album, due out next year on Captured Tracks, is in the can. We might get a taste of LP#3 here in NYC when Mac DeMarco plays a solo set at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on January 10, with Delicate Steve, Hunters and C/T domo Mike Sniper on DJ duty. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's free.
That's part of a weekend presented by Panache Booking. The next night (1/11) features Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band, Arp, and Juan Wauters.
by Bill Pearis
Will Schwartz already has two bands (Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower) but started a third called Psychic Friend. Their debut album, My Rocks Are Dreams, came out back in February and owes much to the piano pop of the early '70s. If you love Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light," then this record is probably for you. The LP is being reissued as a deluxe version digitally on September 17 that features exclusive remixes by YACHT and Gliss. You can stream the entire reissue -- including those remixes -- below.
Psychic Friend have a few East Cost tour dates this month, including two in NYC: September 17 at Glasslands with Dynasty Handbag and September 22 at Mercury Lounge as an opener on the previously discussed Jonah Matranga show. Tickets to Glasslands and Mercury Lounge are on sale now.
All dates, plus the album stream and the video for "Once a Servant," below.
West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.
Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Teen - "Runaway" (MP3)
San Francisco indie pop band Imperial Teen (fronted by Roddy Bottum also of Faith No More) released Feel the Sound, their first new album in five years and fifth overall this past January on Merge Records. You can download album track, "Runaway," at the top of this post and watch its video below, along with the stream of another album track, "Out from Inside."
Imperial Teen have a few (mostly festival) dates coming up this summer, including a NYC show, which happens on August 17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, video, and streams below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?
Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.
Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.
All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]
In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.
M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.
Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.
Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...
DOWNLOAD: Big Dipper - Shes Fetching (MP3)
$493??? Well, it is for charity, so that's good. For a more affordable donation, the David Kilgour autographed poster is still available for less than $50. David Kilgour plays Cake Shop tonight, tomorrow and the next day. Keep checking Merge's auctions through Christmas - they'll also be selling posters autographed by Robert Pollard, M. Ward, Oakley Hall, Spoon, The Rosebuds, Superchunk, Portastatic, and Destroyer. Or just screw charity, and check out Merge's holiday sale.
Robert Pollard is having an art show at Studio Dante in Manhattan in December. Listen to Spoon on NPR. Big Dipper is releasing an anthology. Polvo are reuniting for ATP. Every single Merge tour date, below...
With a new album out on Merge, and appearances at SXSW this past March, Imperial Teen are officially back in action. Last time they played NYC was opening for the Breeders in 2002 I think. Next time they play NYC is this month for CMJ. All tour dates below...