Entries tagged with: Imperial Topaz
Ambient guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of the now-defunct trio Emeralds, is set to release his new solo album (and first for Dead Oceans), Along The Way, on February 4, but it's streaming ahead of its release via The FADER. Listen to it in full below.
Mark also has a few upcoming dates this year, including Big Ears Festival, Mission Creek Festival, SXSW, and two appearances in NYC. First is a live headlining gig at Baby's All Right on Friday (1/31) with solid local support from Imperial Topaz and Forma. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show starts at 9 PM and Mark is on at 11.
Then on Sunday (2/2), Mark DJs the Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn. All of his dates are listed below.
Mark's Baby's show is actually one of THREE shows happening at the Brooklyn venue that night. At 6 PM it's a sold-out Broken Bells show ahead of their much larger (but also sold out) Webster Hall show. Broken Bells are streaming their new album, After The Disco, on iTunes.
And lastly, as discussed, the Rough Trade stop on Eagulls' tour was moved to Baby's All Right and happens that same night, with doors at midnight. Eagulls' tour also hits Mercury Lounge tonight (1/29) with Yvette. Tickets for both of their NYC shows are still available.
All Mark McGuire dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
As mentioned, this Saturday (9/7) is Cassette Store Day, a celebration of the first portable, recordable format. There are a number of exclusive releases for CSD, including cassette editions of The Flaming Lips' The Terror, Deerhunter's Monomania, Volcano Choir's Repave, a reissue of Fucked Up's Hidden World, plus other cassette-only items. A full list of official CSD2013 releases is in this post.
For those excited by all this, the NYC Cassette Fair is probably the place to be in the Five Boroughs, which happens at Silent Barn on Saturday from 5 PM to midnight. In addition to the wares for sale, there will also be performances from Sleepies, Lame Drivers, Imperial Topaz, Trabajo, Nonhorse, Raindeer, and NAFTA. It's $5 to get in.
CSD release list is below...
by Bill Pearis
Still Corners released their second album, Strange Pleasures, last month via Sub Pop and if you haven't heard it yet, it's a terrific record. I was a big fan of their debut but I think Strange Pleasures is better, adding synthpop elements to their icy, ethereal sound. You can stream the whole record via Rdio or Spotify.
The band are currently on a tour with CHVRCHES which includes two sold-out NYC shows. That tour derailed Still Corners previously-announced headlining shows, with their Glasslands date getting canceled and the Mercury Lounge show moving from June 11 to June 19. Opening at Mercury is previously-profiled Imperial Topaz, making for a strong double-bill. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge are still available.
Updated dates are listed, along with the video for Still Corners's single "Berlin Lovers," below.
by Andrew Sacher
Imperial Topaz at The Stone - 2/3/13 (photo by Jen MacDonald)
Brooklyn ambient pop duo Imperial Topaz made their live debut in NYC at The Stone over the weekend (2/3). If you went, how was that? If you missed it, or want to see them again, you can catch them in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on March 8 with Small Black, ex-Beach Fossils project Heavenly Beat, and Beach Fossils DJs. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Imperial Topaz has had a steady release of singles and an EP, and since we last spoke, they dropped another track, "Nightface," another shimmering art pop cut that works just well as their previous ones. You can stream that song below or download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
Song stream below...
Motion Sickness of Time Travel
The always-prolific Motion Sickness of Time Travel (aka Rachel Evans) had a few releases last year, and she's already got one out in 2013, The Perennials EP, which dropped on New Year's Day. You can purchase the vinyl from Boomkat and stream two of its tracks, "The Renard and the Vixen" and "The Chord and the Centre," below, where you'll also find the cover art and tracklist. They also have an upcoming split with Imperial Topaz.
As mentioned a while ago, MSOTT will be making her NYC debut at The Stone on February 1 with her husband Grant Evans. When we first posted about that show, Rachel and Grant's collaborative project, Quiet Evenings, were set to play the same venue a day later, but that show has since been cancelled.
The Stone show is part of a two-week long series which is being curated by Franklin Teagle, head of Brooklyn label Tranquility Tapes. The series also includes the NYC debuts from Imperial Topaz, Emuul, Thoughts on Air, Glass House, Sound Out Light, Wether, Event Cloak, Christopher Merritt, and Bedroom. More information at The Stone's website.
The flyer for the series (which includes the full lineup) and those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Periphery" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Moonlit Mind" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Evil Genius" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Waterbed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "Luxury Liner" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Imperial Topaz - "In The Waves" (MP3)
Brooklyn ambient art pop duo Imperial Topaz (aka Caroline Teagle and Zachary Zierden) surfaced at the beginning of 2012 with the "Angel of the Overpass" single and followed that with the Imperial EP and the "Moonlit Mind" single, both of which you can download for free at the top of this post, or stream below. They record for Tranquility Tapes, and like their labelmates, they've got a great knack for droning ambience, but Imperial Topaz also work in elements of dream pop and otherworldly psychedelia, creating an addictive sound that should appeal to fans of Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, or Keep Shelly in Athens.
In addition to their 2012 recordings, the duo just dropped a new song, "Periphery," this week which will appear on an upcoming split with Motion Sickness of Time Travel (who named their Imperial EP one of her favorite releases of 2012). The track continues right where they left off and also shows signs of a bright future. You can download that one above or stream it below too.