Entries tagged with: Infinity Cat
by Andrew Sacher
Jawws have been kicking around Nashville for a couple of years now, making raw, vicious punk that sounds like they may have copies of the first Adolescents and Germs records lying around. They toured earlier this year with The Offspring, which is kind of a funny pairing now but you wouldn't have blinked an eye if it happened when The Offspring were still making songs like "Blackball." They also caught the attention of fellow Nashville band JEFF the Brotherhood, who's releasing the followup to last year's S/T 7" on their Infinity Cat label this week (pre-order). It's called Dead World and a stream of the whole EP premieres in this post.
Stream Dead World below...
by Bill Pearis
Nashville four-piece Faux Ferocious make nervy, anxious, mutant pop, the kind that sounds like sleep has not been a top priorty and you start to, ever-so-slightly, lose grip on reality. The band have a self-titled tape coming out on September 4 via the second annual Infinity Cat Cassette Series, curated by Casey Weissbuch. You can check out two tracks from it: the hyperactive "Nowhere to Go" and "Who I Became," the latter of which makes its premiere in this post. Listen below.
Faux Ferocious will be on tour in September, including dates with Natural Child and Dirty Fences. Most of that tour is of the West Coast and Southwest, and no NYC date unfortunately. But all dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Milk Dick make snotty, scuzzy pop with a welcome sense of humor and good ear for hooks. The band will release Romantic Superstore on January 13 as part of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series which is curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch. (You may remember that Infinity Cat is run by JEFF the Brotherhood.) We've got the premiere of "Renaissance Faire" which you can stream, along with their It Grows on You LP from earlier this year, below.
Milk Dick have two local shows coming up this weekend: Union Pool on Saturday (12/6) with Truthers, Scully and Rips; and Muchmores on Sunday (12/7) with Pocket Vinyl, Darling Din, and NoPop.
by Andrew Sacher
The way they tell it, Philly's Left & Right are just "four regular ass dudes trying to live their fucking lives man." They also happen to make pretty good poppy punk, as you can hear on new single "Age of Independence" off their upcoming album, Five Year Plan, which comes out on September 9 on Infinity Cat's Cassette Series. (The label is owned by JEFF the Brotherhood, the cassette series is curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch.) The record was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato, whose work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and more has made him a pretty trustworthy guy for this kinda stuff. The new song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
Left & Right were in NYC earlier this month for a show with Sleepies and Kal Marks at Death by Audio (anyone catch that?), and they'll be heading back out on the road tonight (8/28). The tour begins in Montclair, NJ and it hits NYC for a previously-mentioned show on Friday (8/29) at Grand Victory with Such Hounds, Brooklyn indie rockers Dead Stars and Long Island alt-country punks Crow Bait. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
JEFF the Brotherhood at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Adela Loconte)
JEFF the Brotherhood are on tour now with Delta Spirit and FIDLAR and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (11/27) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter the contest are below.
JEFF spoke to us about their favorite music of the year and gave us a list of their top ten albums. Some of the bands on the list (like Diarrhea Planet and Heavy Cream and Skimask and Cy Barkley) are on their Infinity Cat label, but that doesn't mean we don't believe them. Check out the full list below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Heavy Cream - John Johnny (MP3)
Nashville's Heavy Cream are opening tonight's Hunx show at Mercury Lounge. The band have gone through a couple line-up changes but have come through the other side with their second album, Super Treatment, which is out May 8 on Infinty Cat. The record was produced by Ty Segall (who is a busy dude these days) who gives it a down-n-dirty vibe, plus some strange and amazing drum sounds. Check out "John Johnny" at the top of this post and we've got the artwork to Super Treatment below.
Heavy Cream's stint with Hunx wraps up tomorrow (4/5) with a show at Vassar, and then fellow Nashvillians Natural Child take over opening duties just in time for Friday's (4/6) show at Glasslands. Natural Child also play tonight (4/4) at Maxwell's with Liquor Store, Black Wine and Ba Babes. Natural Child's new LP, For the Love of the Game, will be out April 20 (yes, it's intentional) on good time rock n' roll label Burger Records. You can stream a track from it at the bottom of this post, get an eyefull of the album's NSFW artwork, and see all upcoming Natural Child tour dates...
DOWNLOAD: Secret Cities - "Love Crime" (MP3)
Pujol @ a BV party @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"We'll start by letting Daniel Pujol tell you about his debut LP for Infinity Cat: "The X File On Main St. LP stylistically focuses on Nashville and draws from my work in MEEMAW and Saigon Baby/Wizardz. It is an aesthetic and conceptual assemblage of a lot of the recording and narrative ideas I've experimented with since 2007, but all at once. X File is a record for and about everything around in Nashville since I moved here in 2006. Ben Todd of Nashville's Dead, Dillon "Angel Baby" Watson of D. Watusi, and Wez Traylor of Natural Child and MEEMAW play on it. Their science keeps me honest; the truth is way, way, out there.""Pujol's new album is out on Jeff The Brotherhood's Infinitay Cat label TODAY (6/14)
Pujol are on tour with Secret Cities. Both bands, both with new releases, are making their way to Toronto for NXNE, but meanwhile are in NYC for two shows. These dates are tonight (6/14) at Death By Audio with Dream Diary and Little Gold and tomorrow (6/15) at Cake Shop with Ava Luna.
Pujol and Secret Cities play NXNE together at Wrongbar on June 17 with Ty Segall and Julianna Barwick. Ty Segall is also on the lineup of the BV/M For Montreal 'Bruise Cruise' one day later.
Pujol are also playing the Sled Island festival in Calgary, AB on June 24-25 with Deer Tick, Dinosaur Feathers, Crocodiles, The Muffs and many others.
Ava Luna also play some dates in September with Toro y Moi including Webster Hall.
Secret Cities recently released the album Strange Hearts via Western Vinyl. Check out th3 MP3 of "Love Crimes" above, and the video for "Always Friends" off that album along with all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Uncle Bad Touch - I Wanna Love You (MP3)
Uncle Bad Touch
The above photo may or may not be of Montreal's Uncle Bad Touch in their touring vehicle, though I'm leaning towards the "may not". But don't be surprised if you see said vehicle parked in front of Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (5/10), as the band will play the Manhattan venue with The Growlers. Tickets are still available for the late NYC show. The Growlers are on a much larger tour that also brings them to Maxwell's in Hoboken on Wednesday (5/11)
After the show Uncle Bad Touch will get back to the business of finishing new material for an upcoming full-length (label TBA) and a 7" on Infinity Cat, Jeff The Brotherhood's label... which is now also Warner Brothers' label, sort of. Infinity Cat honcho Robert Ellis Orrall writes...
Just to be super clear, Infinity Cat is still a completely independent record label, distributed by ADA for the upcoming JEFF The Brotherhood release We Are the Champions. Future Bro-hood releases will be under the Warner/ILG umbrella. As far as the rest of the roster is concerned, we will continue to act independently, and we hope to build on that relationship, one band at a time.Jeff The Brotherhood is currently on the road with The Greenhornes and if you happen to be on the West Coast, make sure and pick up their limited edition tour-only split 7" referenced above.
We are in our 9th year as a label, and the Greenhornes/JEFF tour split 7" is our 63rd release. We are grateful for the support the Nashville community has shown us, and we couldn't be more excited about the future.
In June, JEFF will get on the road with Fucked Up for some dates. It remains to be seen as to whether a NYC date will emerge on that run (there's one in Philly), so meanwhile grab tickets for the show Fucked Up is playing with Dinosaur Jr and Off! at Terminal 5 in June.
Sample some Uncle Bad Touch in the MP3 above. A video of them at Cake Shop from last year, and everyone's tour dates, below...
photos by Leia Jospe
JEFF The Brotherhood played their second of two NYC dates at Death By Audio on Saturday (4/2), joined by their Infinity Cat compatriots Heavy Cream and Hell Beach as well as X-Ray Eyeballs and Colleen Green. Pictures from that show are in this post. For Heavy Cream, it was their second time at Death By Audio in around three weeks. The band also teamed with Ty Segall on their way to SXSW in early/mid March. JEFF played Santos a few days before where they shared a bill with an awesome cast including Screaming Females and Ninjasonik.
The Death by Audio show was special for opener Hell Beach who were playing live for the first time, and were playing a record release show. The band welcomed their new LP Welcome to Hell Beach this week via Infinity Cat (Jeff's label). You can listen to two songs below.
More pictures from Death By Audio (though unfortunately none of X-Ray Eyeballs or Colleen Green), and more JEFF dates, also below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Splinters - Mysterious (MP3)
San Francisco's The Splinters are teaming up with Nashville's Heavy Cream for two shows: Sunday, July 18 at Death by Audio with Reading Rainbow and Elks; and then Monday, July 19 at Cake Shop with Midnight Masses and Oxmen Girl Get Noticed.
While the mixing of '60s girl group melodies and punky edge is a common blend over the last 30 years, it's also a classic that can be successfully mined over and over. Especially when you've got really good songs like The Splinters do. Check out "Mysterious" at the top of this post which is from their new album, Kick. These ladies polish it all off with a does of new wave, which might be why their songs are so catchy.
Heavy Cream are pretty much straight-up punk, as can currently be heard on their debut 7" on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label who are also releasing their debut album, Danny, out August 24th. In addition to the two shows with The Splinters, Heavy Cream will also play a free show Union Pool on July 20 . The band are currently on tour with JEFF, though that pauses while they're in NYC where JEFF is instead scheduled to play a Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 18th (earlier in the day than the Death by Audio show...).
All Heavy Cream dates, plus two entertaining Splinters videos are below...
by Bill Pearis
BrooklynVegan's got two parties tonight. Black Bubblegum is hosting an official metal showcase tonight at Fontana's (which happens right after our day party at the same venue), and we've also got the teeny tiny Loft Space party that is sold-out at this point.
One of the bands playing the loft party is Victoria Canada's Immaculate Machine, who may or may not have the lineup pictured above...
...To make life even more tricky for the band, vocalist and keyboardist Kathryn Calder, one of the remaining original members, has had to absent herself from touring after the terrible news of her mum's diagnosis with motor neurone disease; although Lynn Calder very sadly died earlier this year, Kathryn was not with the band this evening. Indeed, the touring line-up looked very different from the line-up advertised on the band's web presences, two boys apparently replaced by two girls.Immaculate Machine also play early-ish tonight (8:30) at the equally tiny Fat Baby for a showcase for their label, Mint Records. They've got trio of Canadian bands playing, most of whom rarely seem to make it down to America. Or, the East Coast at least -- most of their bands tend to be from Vancouver. In addition to Immaculate Machine, there's the garagey Pack A.D. and Hot Panda, who I caught last year at CMJ and are pretty good. The Mint Records showcase is also a good place to pick up their great fanzine, A Taste of Mint, which always features at least one classic Narduwar interview.
So, amid confusion that appeared to verge on turmoil, could the band deliver the goods live? It turned out they very much could... [John Kell, Oct 20, 2009]
And a bit off the beaten path, the folks at the Seaport Music Festival are putting on a great showcase at their Seaport on the Side gallery space (corner of Front and Beekman). The line-up, which runs from 7PM - Midnight, includes Montreal's We are Wolves, the Danish electro sounds of Spleen United, and UK hip hop act Man Like Me. UK pop artist Dan Black was supposed to play but cancelled and has been replaced by Sweden's Moonbabies who played a killer opening set at yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party. Do go see Moonbabies if you can. They also play earlier in the night (8:30) at Crash Mansion.
One of the many, many highlight's of yesterday's Brooklyn Vegan day party at Piano's was JEFF the Brotherhood who put on an absolutely kick-ass closing set. Tonight, they've put together a showcase for their label, Infinity Cat, featuring a slew of Nashville bands: Heavy Cream, Natural Child, Denney & the Jets, Daniel Pujol, as well as Brooklyn's Sisters.
And, of course, JEFF who you should really try and see this weekend at some point. If there was one thing missing at Pianos yesterday, it was the smoke machines Jake and Jamin tend to use (Pianos doesn't allow them) and I have a feeling they'll be in full effect tonight.
And lastly, fellow Brooklyn blog Chocolate Bobka has teamed with Underwater Peoples and twosyllable records for a pretty great night of music at The Delancey, including Holiday Shores, Real Estate, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder and more. They're also promising free moonshine, which sounds a bit deadly to me but, hey, it is Friday night.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned deep within another post, both JEFF the Brotherhood and Lovvers are both set to play at Union Pool on October 24 as part of a pretty killer CMJ show, along with UUVVWWZ, An Albatross, Dark Meat, Flexions, and ZzZ. So this seemed like a good opportunity to update you on the whereabouts and goings-on of these two bands, both of whom have large upcoming North American tours mapped out. All dates below.
Lovvers (pictured above) have released their debut album, OCD Go Go Girls, in the UK -- no North American date set unfortunately -- and it's a 33-minute blast of garage-y punk, indebted to '80s Twin/Tone and SST (look no further than the album's "d.boon " for proof) as well as the current L.A./The Smell scene. Noisy, but they never forget the tunes. I saw their Cake Shop show last month and they are a bundle of energy and expect you to have fun too: trying to provoke a reaction from solemn, photo-happy girl s standing at the front of the stage, singer Shaun Hencher planted a kiss right on the mouth. (Didn't work unfortunately, she stood there afterwards like it never happened.) Just warning you for when they tour again here in October (they also play Santos on October 20th). You can check out the video for OCD Go Go Girls title track (as well as live footage from the Cake Shop show) further down the post.
Nashville's awesome JEFF the Brotherhood, meanwhile, have managed to finish their album, Heavy Days, despite near constant touring. It pretty much rocks the whole way through, and is indeed heavy (three tracks on the album have that word in the title), sometimes veering into metal territory, then back into driving hard rock, with a little surf and psych in there as well. It's out October 13 on Infinity Cat. I've written about these guys plenty this year, but I will reiterate: Jake and Jamin are great live, so do go see them as they seem to be hitting most of North America between now and November where they'll be touring with Ted Leo, Ty Segall, and Shonen Knife. You can check out two tracks from Heavy Days at the top of this post. Cover art and tracklist along with all dates and videos, below...