Entries tagged with: Islands
by Bill Pearis
Hailing from Guelph, Ontario (about an hour West of Toronto), Geordie and Evan Gordon have been kicking around the general Toronto scene for about seven years, pulling time in bands like The Constantines and Islands while working away at their own project, The Magic. Drawing influences from classic soul and Georgio Morroder electro, The Magic's debut album, Ragged Gold, is a nice little pop record and you can stream the whole thing below.
The band, which is a sextet live, are currently playing shows in Europe but have one upcoming U.S. that we've heard so far and it's in NYC: December 6 at
Glasslands Cameo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of tour dates and album stream are below...
Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Islands will be heading to Europe for a tour this fall, but before that they'll stop in NYC for a show at Littlefield on September 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Islands frontman Nick Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds), who was one of the co-frontman of The Unicorns, took to twitter this past Saturday (6/30), for a quick little random rant, during which he mentioned "The Unicorns will never EVER reform," after saying, "The Unicorns could have done something amazing." He followed these with saying "The sophomore Unicorns album was gonna be a board game" and "Most tweets are just cries for help."
All dates are listed below, along with a video.
photos by Kellyann Petry
Idle Warship at Culture Shock 4/28/12
The 20th annual Culture Shock festival went down at SUNY Puchase from April 27-28. Day 1 (4/27) kicked off with the Stooges-meets-Jesus Lizard punk of Pissed Jeans, followed by California rapper Casey Veggies, who played SOBs a few days earlier. Day 1 of main stage wrapped up with an entrancing live-band IDM set from Tycho followed by Islands, both of whom played unexpected, crowd-demanded encores. Afterwards, Big Freedia packed Purchase's student center (The Stood) for an ass-shakin' afterparty, complete with nonstop dancing both on and off stage, and one of the biggest/craziest shows The Stood has seen in years.
Day 2 began with Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings, who played almost the entirety of their powerful January LP Attack on Memory. Up next were two completely opposite sides of the folk spectrum; the foot-stomping Felice Brothers and the melancholic, distortion-drenched EMA. Day 2 ended with a headlining set from Idle Warship, the project of Talib Kweli and Res in full rock band mode. Idle Warship drew the largest crowd of the entire fest, and delivered an unfaltering set of Idle Warship originals, Talib classics, and a few covers (including the Stooges' "Search and Destroy").
More pics from the fest (excluding Pissed Jeans and Casey Veggies) below...
YACHT @ Treasure Island 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Joe Budden @ Irving Plaza
* Todd Rundgren @ City Winery
* YACHT afterparty @ Public Assembly
* The Oscar Show at the Pit
* Fred Armisen, Azita @ Union Pool
* Pauline Oliveros, Triple Point @ The Stone
* Marc Ribot Really the Blues @ Iridium
* JabberJosh, Bezoar, Xaddax @ Death By Audio
* Royal Baths, Pigeons, Invisible Circle @ The Suffolk
* Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Tribute @ The Grand Victory
* Big Ups, Ritz Riot, Cut Your Teeth, Fuck 666 @ Cake Shop
* Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo, Baker's Dozen @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sharon Van Etten, Carter Tanton, Glass Ghost @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chappo, Rioux, The Wellington Papers, Jackpot, Tiger @ Glasslands
* YACHT, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Bobby Birdman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* White Out, Anders Nilsson, Eleven Twenty-Nine, Loren Connors @ Zebulon
* The Viscounts, Amy Sheehan & The LoveHowl, Brian Bonz, Robin Bacior @ Pianos
* Nullsleep, Casper Electronics, Crudlabs Sound System, Selectronics @ Shea Stadium
* The Netherlands, Fall of the Albatross, Exemption, Beyond The Throne @ The Acheron
* The Pharmacy, Liquor Store, Osekre and The Lucky Bastards, The Spooks @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nitin Mitta, Tania Leon, Zack Glass, Michael Reisman, The Collegiate Chorale, Brooklyn Youth Chorus @ Park Avenue Armory
* Wyatt Cenac, Baratunde Thurston, Charlotte Macdonald, Alex Koll, Kyle Bostic, Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
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Check out Islands' new video for "Hallways", below...
Frankie Rose releases Interstellar this month (2/21) and as Bill points out, she's left the garage pop of her debut behind in favor of synthy, jangly pop. It's a huge step up from her last album and you can stream the entire thing at SPIN. She plays a record release show for the album at Knitting Factory on February 21 with Dive and Night Manager.
The new album from Dr. Dog, Be The Void, is out this week (2/7) and streaming at Conan O'Brien's website Team Coco. Watch the video of their performance on the show last night (2/8) below. Also, don't forget to grab your tickets for their Terminal 5 show on 3/23 while they're still available. More tour dates HERE.
Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are touring together in support of their upcoming albums which are both currently streaming on NPR. Listen to Sharon's HERE and Shearwater's HERE. Their tour hits NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out but Sharon plays Bowery again the next night (2/26) and tickets are still available.
Islands' new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is due out February 14 via ANTI- and you can stream the entire thing below. Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 2/25 at LPR. Tickets are still available.
Instrumental hip hop producer Mux Mool released his new album, Planet High School, digitally this week and that can be streamed in full below (via FADER).
Field Music will release their new album, Plumb, on February 14 via Memphis Industries. You can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Tennis's new album, Young and Old, is due out February 14 via Fat Possum and you can stream it in full below (via P4K). Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/5 at MHOW. The Bowery show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still on sale.
It's not exactly an album, but Fucked Up's 15+ minute "Year of the Tiger" single which features Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says, can be streamed below.
Islands at the Bell House in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
As mentioned, Islands are releasing their new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, on February 14 via ANTI- and touring in support of it in February and March. When we first announced the tour, we said that it included a TBA NYC show set to happen on February 25. It's since been revealed that the show will take place at Le Poisson Rouge. You may have noticed that when LPR first put the show on their website it was listed as 2/24, but the show will in fact happen on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.
Islands just revealed a second track from the new album called "Hallways," which you can stream below. The new song follows the first single, "This Is Not A Song".
Updated dates and song stream below...
DOWNLOAD: Islands - "This Is Not A Song" (MP3)
Islands at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
Islands have a new album on the way called A Sleep & A Forgetting due out February 14 via ANTI-. They'll go on a North American tour in support of the album in February and March, which includes a Chicago show and a TBA NYC show set to happen on February 25. Presumably, they'll be touring with Luc from Pepper Rabbit, who recently disbanded and mentioned that Luc would be joining Islands on drums this spring.
They recently revealed the first single from the album, "This Is Not A Song," which you can download above and stream below. It's a bit more on the dad rock side than most of their previous material, but an enjoyable cut nonetheless. The video for the song premiered on Stereogum last month and you can watch that below too.
All dates, video and stream below...
Pepper Rabbit @ BV-CMJ showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
I wrote back in October that "there's a rumor that the BV [CMJ] showcase [at Music Hall of Williamsburg] may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever." Looks like that was unfortunately true. Facebook letters from Xander (who talks about how hard it is to be an indie band) and Luc (who points out he'll be drumming for Islands this spring) below...
Nick of Islands on stage w/ Mister Heavenly (more by Graeme Flegeheimer)
Islands will release their new album A Sleep & A Forgetting this February 14th via Anti-Records..., this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.Though Nick Thorburn has made multiple appearances lately (10/18 at Union Hall, a 10/21 day party at Fontana's, a DJ slot at Creators Project), Islands played just a single CMJ show which was on 10/22 at Dominion Theater and Lounge (428 Lafayette Street)...
"This album is far more personal than any I've made before," Thorburn explains. "I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that's where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine's Day and it's coming out on Valentine's Day."
...at Dominion NY, the sign outside promises an "Intimate Evening with Islands"; the venue isn't lying. The basement doesn't seat more than one hundred; it's dimly lit, and barely anyone in the audience is talking. In addition, I am sitting uncomfortably close ("intimately close," even) to the stage.That night, the new LP was the focus of the show and though there is no confirmation of the same at their forthcoming "special intimate seated show" on Friday, October 28th, expect some new jams at least. Comedian Max Silvestri and Mattie Safer (ex-The Rapture) are credited with the assist, and tickets are on sale for Islands' only current tour date.
While the rest of the band is dressed in black sports coats and black pants, Nick Thorburn is dressed in a light blue jacket and light-colored pants. He is clearly the star of the show. (None of the band members from the last time I saw them in 2008 are on stage here.)
Islands performs nine or ten songs from their new album, which Thorburn shares will be out February 2012. Some of the lyrical sentiments of the new songs are nice. At one point, Thorburn croons, "Don't I love you? Isn't the sky grey? Isn't the moon blue?" One of the songs has Geordie Gordon joining Thorburn on the piano playing a doo-wop style melody. To say that Thorburn's side project Mr. Heavenly with Honus Honus of Man Man is an influence on this song is an understatement. At one point, I said (to my notebook), "This sounds like 'Van Helsing Boombox.'"
Islands does break out two old gems: "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" and "Swans (Life After Death)" from the 2005 album, Return to the Sea. [Evil Monito]
DOWNLOAD: Hanni El Khatib - "Build-Destroy-Rebuild" (MP3)
Hanni El Khatib at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
"Hanni El Khatib is so consistent in his live performances that when you see his name on a bill you know you're in for a fantastic show. Always dressed in black with his hair slicked back and bathed in a blood-red glow, El Khatib sings about violent love, past betrayals, and crumbling cities while backed by his equally talented partner in crime, drummer Nicky Fleming-Yaryan." [OC Weekly]After a successful outing with Florence & The Machine last year, Hanni El Khatib will head back out the road with Florence again this year, though he won't be opening her sold out show at Central Park Summerstage (that honor is reserved for Twin Shadow and Bubbles). All dates are listed below.
While on that trek, El Khatib will play a pair of his own NYC shows though. You can catch him at Mercury Lounge on 6/24 and at Glasslands on 6/25. Tickets are on sale for Glasslands, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.
Hanni is also playing Bonnaroo in June, and those in LA
can see him for free much sooner courtesy of Record Store Day @ Origami Vinyl where he'll share a bill with Islands, The Growlers, and a "Secret Special Guest." UPDATE: he cancelled, and so did "Islands"? This is what is happening at the LA store:
Alright folks. The list you have all been waiting for. Below you will find all of the titles that we will have on Record Store Day this Saturday.---
WARNING: We have yet to receive a couple shipments and have been told they are guaranteed to be delivered tomorrow. As soon as we receive these we will post them up in herrrrrre.
ALSO: Unfortunately Nick T had to cancel his in-store on Saturday. Dude is in Texas and can't get back in time :(((((
So: Secret Suprise Guest @ 2pm ::: The Growlers @ 8pm
We open at 10 AM. The line will be let in 5 at a time to keep from peeps being trampled. Good luck!
Speaking of records, Hanni El Khatib released a pair of 7"s in recent months in preparation for his upcoming Will The Guns Come Out debut LP due on Stones Throw this summer. Download "Build Destroy Rebuild" from the 7" and LP above and stream it alongside all tour dates and some videos below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Nick Thorburn & Michael Cera @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago
"Mister Heavenly, the newly formed band of Honus Honus, Joe Plummer, Nick Thorburn, and Michael Cera, took part in Tommorow Never Knows at Lincoln Hall [in Chicago on Friday night]... Mister Heavenly played around an hour, digging up songs nobody has ever heard, playing a few covers, including "Bad Man" by the Oblivians. For it being one of their first shows, it was really tight. A lot of these songs are really strong. The sound was great. The energy was there. They had fun, and it showed. A strong set for a young band of seasoned artists, with Michael Cera tipping up on one leg in his red hat. slapping a pick-less bass. They joked about cheese, told a few beginning to stories about snipers, got shit thrown at them." [Gonzo Chicago]As mentioned, both Mister Heavenly's label (Sub Pop) and the venue they're playing in NYC tonight/Sunday (Bowery Ballroom) told me that Michael Cera would most likely not be there. Now that I know he played with them Friday night at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, I'm having trouble believing he won't be at the NYC show too. And considering Michael's name is not in any of the press materials or in the band's promo pictures, it just seems like some kind of big cover-up to downplay the biggest celebrity in the band which also contains members of Modest Mouse, Man Man and Islands. We'll find out soon enough (update: Bowery has since changed their story).
Tickets are still available for tonight's show. Sun Airway and Little Shalimar open and the show starts around 9pm, so Mister Heavenly will probably go on around 11pm. That gives you enough time to download (or stream) the two songs they're giving away (learn them before the show). Those songs and more pictures from Chicago below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin' (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Tragic World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Final Club - Hot Gaze (MEDIAFIRE LINK - ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - Underwater To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tyvek - 4312 (MP3)
Welcome to the first This Week in Indie of 2011. We are 12 days into this year and I have yet to see a show. If you add in the time before Christmas...this might be the longest I've gone without seeing live music in a long time. That drought will end for me this week, maybe tonight, but certainly tomorrow (1/13) as Gruff Rhys plays Rockwood Music Hall. I was a little worried this snow was to cancel his flight today, but he is currently on route to NYC as I write this.
Still no word as to who'll be releasing his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo, in the US but it seems likely someone will. Hopefully we'll get to hear a lot it live. As anyone whose seen him before -- either with Super Furry Animals or solo -- know, Gruff is an entertaining guy, who always puts extra effort into his shows. Highly recommended. Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces opens. Show starts early -- 7:30.
I also just watched Separado!, the musical travelogue documentary about Gruff's quest to track down distant relative (and '70s caped troubadour) Rene Griffiths in Patagonia. Like Rhys himself, the film is charming, scruffy, funny and full of good songs. Still not released in America but you can order the UK DVD (if you have a region-free player or watch on a computer) or, if you live in Williamsburg, rent it from Videology.
Fergus & Geronimo
Fergus & Geronimo release their debut album, Unlearn, on Hardly Art next week, and are playing three shows this weekend in celebration: Friday (1/14) at Death By Audio (official official release party) with Final Club, Easter Vomit (ex Beets), new Captured Tracks signees Widowspeak, and Philadelphia's premiere surf band Dry Feet; Saturday (1/15) at Columbia University hangout The Ding Dong Lounge with Final Club; and Sunday (1/16) at Mercury Lounge with Tyvek. Xray Eyeballs and The Gaming Commission.
While it suffers from a slight case of identity crisis (droney psych, garagey rave-ups, organ-fueled soul), track-by-track Unlearn is a pretty solid record. Fergus & Geronimo are good at all the styles they dabble in. Check out "Powerful Lovin'" at the top of this post -- that shows off their soulful side. And while I haven't seen them play live in a year and a half, they were good then so I can only imagine they've gotten better.
If your eyes didn't glaze over at the list of bands two paragraphs up, you may have noticed Final Club are playing with F&G twice this weekend. The two bands were Denton, TX neighbors before Fergus & Geronimo moved to Brooklyn late last summer. Final Club are here just for these shows. They are worth seeing in their own right: sneery, melodic indie rock with a tendency to lean on the tremolo bar which gives them a little Swervedriver vibe. Confident and loud.
You can check out "Tragic World" at the top of this post. And if you like that, you can download their Hot Gaze EP as well. Look out for their excellent debut album, Blank Entertainment, later this year. In addition to the two shows with Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club play a headlining gig at Death By Audio tomorrow night (1/13) with Bogan Dust, Clinical Trials and Laserdisc.
Tyvek @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Also as mentioned above, Tyvek are in town this weekend. While many of their peers have moved on to mid-fi production, the Detroit band keep it live and murky on their new album, Nothing Fits. It also sounds as anxious, angry and alive as the rest of their material. In addition to the Mercury Lounge show on Sunday mentioned above, they play Saturday night (1/15) at Glasslands with The Beets, Eternal Summers, and Sweet Bulbs. That is a good show. Do note it starts early, 8PM for real, as the Soul Clap dance party starts at midnight. I'll be there.
I should mention that openers The Beets have a new album Stay Home that's just out on Captured Tracks. After last year's swell, cleanly produced "Locomotion" single, they too (like Tyvek) are back to the same intentionally shitty "production" of their first album. (Maybe slightly less shitty.) Which, again, doesn't hurt them at all. The Beets are good songwriters I think, and especially good lyricists. And maybe if they can ever get a drummer to stick around for more than a month they might go places. Or just stay home. There's also a new Beets single, "Time Brought Age," and both the LP and 7" feature the bands signature comic artwork courtesy Matt Volz.
What else? Oh yeah, Mister Heavenly play Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (1/16) with Sun Airway and Little Shalimar. This extra super group just signed to Sub Pop, and the label would like you to know the band features Nick Diamonds (Islands/Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). Of course most of the press so far has been about the group's sometimes bassist who you may know from his non-musical day job. I don't mean the banana stand.
Going to see a band because there's a famous actor in it is usually a dumb reason to go (see Dogstar, 30 Seconds to Mars , 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, etc)... plus Mr. Cera is not an "official" member of the band and he may or may not be playing with them on Sunday (note that both the label and the venue told us they don't think Michael will be there). Luckily the rest of the band is known in their own right, so mabye you should go for that reason. Unfortunately there's no recorded music to hear yet, but their few shows so far have been well-documented on YouTube.
That's the main stuff. Here's a few shows, day-by-day, not covered above.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona -- one of the BBC's picks for Sound of 2011 -- invade NYC this weekend, starting tonight at Rock Shop. They also play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (1/13) (with Devin Therriault) and Union Pool on Saturday (1/15).
Given the abbreviation of this column you're reading, I would be remiss not to mention that The Twees play The Studio @ Webster Hall, a record release show for their just-released EP. They actually don't sound twee at all. I would say Strokes-esque pop would get you closer to a description.
Quirky, occasionally proggy, pop band Steel Phantoms at Bruar Falls.
Islands were the special musical guest at the Big Teriffic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night, and as part of their short 'funeral set', Nick Diamonds and gang performed a medly of two Daniel Johnston songs: "True Love Will Find You In the End" and "Honey I Sure Miss You". They sounded great. Check out the proof in the video below...
by Klaus Kinski
Islands at a show w/ comedians in 2008 (more by Eric Townsend)
Oh, hey guys. Lemme get these headphones off. There. Sorry, I've been listening to this Justing Bieber song that's been slowed down 800 percent non-stop since yesterday (sounds like a Justin K. Broadrick remix for crying out loud). Anyway, I almost forgot to tell you about some more very important comedy news. Keeping with the theme of great comedy coming to Brooklyn, Williamsburg's weekly Wednesday night comedy staple Big Terrific will leave the confine's of Cameo and grace the much larger stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday August 27th (8:00pm doors). For the uninitiated and/or too-lazy-to-google, Big Terrific is a weekly show hosted by Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, and Jenny Slate that showcases local talent as well as international comedic super stars. It is one of the many great weeklies in NYC, and it boasts one of NYC's most consistently stellar comedy line-ups, week after week after week, and has been doing so for over two years.
As far as I'm concerned, all really great comedy shows in NYC deserve to get dragged out of the back rooms and basements and given the opportunity to curate a larger scale show at one of our better venues (like Invite Them Up did at Bowery... 5 freakin years ago!? (5 years!? damn)). And the Big Terrific show at MHOW seems like the ideal scenario. It's on a Friday. It's on a payday (for some of us). It features the comedy whatnots of Todd Barry, Brent Sullivan, Joe Mande, Jesse Popp, and MORE. It features a live performance by Islands. It'll have a shitload of surprises that cannot be publicized because that's how the industry works people. It's ONLY 12 BUCKS. So if you're into amazing comedy, jaw dropping surprises, reasonably priced beer, great music, at a wonderful venue (that is turning three years old), I'd say your Friday night is covered. And if you don't like any of those things, I'm wondering why you read this far. Shouldn't you be opposing a mosque somewhere or something? Anyway, times are tough, so if you'd like to try and win a pair of tix, look below.
In addition to Big Terrific, your hosts Max, Gabe, and Jenny are pretty busy pups. SNL keeps Jenny very busy, but she will be returning to the new season of Bored to Death on HBO, which premieres in September. She also just released a short film she made with Dean Fleischer-Camp called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Gabe Liedman can be seen on the Short List on Fridays at 9 on VH1. And Max just finished filming a pilot for Comedy Central that will hopefully get picked up and then air for thirty years. Following the MHOW show, you can count on Big Terrific every Wednesday at Cameo.
Some videos (and the contest details) below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Active Child & harp @ Mercury Lounge
Active Child will play their second NYC show later this month when they open for Islands at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 27th. The previously announced Northside Festival show (which is still on sale) also added Steel Phantoms and TV Carnage to the bill, AND is actually just the first date of a larger tour for Islands, Active Child and Steel Phantoms. All of those dates, and more pictures from Mercury Lounge, are below...
There are two new events to go along with the Islands show set for June 27th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is part of the Northside Festival (Tickets still on sale).
For one, the band will take part in the next Radio Happy Hour at (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 15th along with actor Eddie Kaye Thomas (aka Finch from American Pie). Tickets are on sale. The last monthly Radio Happy Hour show featured David Bazan and Jesse Eisenberg.
For the other, Nick from Islands will re-assume his Nick Diamonds stagename for a Saturday, May 29th "Tux and Chucks" show/party at the Bell House with Nick Diamonds and the Skylighters, Cheeseburger, Hard Nips and DJ Kristine Barilli. RSVP for that here.
Islands and Diamonds videos are below...
"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.
Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."
If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Nick Thorburn - gone bananas (rough mix)
Islands TV?.... (via)
Islands, (one of) the post-Unicorns projects of Nick Thorburn/Diamonds, has been almost totally quiet since the band canceled their European tour at the beginning of 2010. They are signed on to the tentative, possibly doomed Mountain Man Festival in Saratoga Springs on July 24th, and Nick has been busy on Twitter, which is where the above picture is from. Its caption reads: "here's a promo for my NBC dramedy airing this summer at 8/7 central. Make sure you tune in!" In January Islands released a new video featuring Michael Cera. The song was from their Anti-released album that came out in September. Their last NYC show was part of that supporting tour at Bowery Ballroom in the beginning of November.
Consider the band one step closer to active duty - they have a confirmed show at Music Hall of Williamsburg scheduled for Sunday, June 27th. It's part of the second annual Northside Festival. The four-day Fest is in the process of being announced, but we now know all four Music Hall shows:
6/24 - Thao Nguyen & MirahTickets to three of those shows go on sale Friday at noon. All four were supposed to go on sale Friday, but our show didn't make it through Ticketmaster's system on time so the on sale has been moved to Saturday.
6/25 - Woodsist
6/26 - BrooklynVegan (us!)
6/27 - Islands (this post)
Nick posted a free song called "Gone Bananas" on his website with a note, which is pasted below with another solo song and other videos...
The first-ever Mountain Man Fest (not affiliated with the band Mountain Man) is tentatively set for July 24th in Saratoga Springs, NY. I say tentative because for the fest to happen it first has to be funded in full through a Kickstarter page with the goal of $65,000. What all that money is being used for isn't 100% clear, but the fest has until May 12th to make that goal. For a ticket, you need to "donate" at least $35. As of this writing it looks like they've sold 12 with "1488 of 1500 remaining".
Though that's a daunting goal (1,500 regularly priced tickets plus other donations), the "confirmed" lineup so far isn't that bad if you consider how much it would cost you to see each band separately (or as the fest puts it, "You (yes you!) get to see 12 hrs+ of amazing bands"): Islands (their only show currently), HEALTH (who are coming to NYC in June), Real Estate, Phantogram, Woods, Summer Camp, Memoryhouse, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Cults, Eternal Summers and Yip Yip ("You'll also be blessed with the sweet satisfaction of knowing that YOU helped make possible this history making musical event"). Underwater Peoples Records are involved in sponsoring the fest (four bands from the label are playing the show).
Another version of the cool poster art (which you can buy as part of giving them money) and the lineup again are below...
Islands made a video for their new song "No You Don't" with Michael Cera. There's a party for it tonight (1/6) with a "guest celebrity DJ." Flyer below...
DOWNLOAD: Jemina Pearl & Iggy Pop - I Hate People (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Toro Y Moi - "Human Nature" (Michael Jackson Cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tori y Moi - Blessa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Toro y Moi - Talamak (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: washed out - feel it all around (toro y moi remix) (MP3)
Tori y Moi
The Islands and Jemina Pearl tour is almost over. The NYC stop of the trek just one day away. It happens at Bowery Ballroom on 11/5 (tickets), and playing first of three at that show (like he did on the whole tour) will be Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bundick...
Toro Y Moi, is the brainchild of South Carolinan Chaz Bundick, a 23-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist whiz-kid and graphic design graduate who grew up in New York with a Filippino mum and African-American dad listening to everyone from Daft Punk to J Dilla, and everything from freak-folk to French House - he's also got a dance alias, Les Sins. Bundick is apparently working on two different Toro Y Moi albums for release in 2010, and maybe Blessa and 109 represent the two extremes he'll go to on those two records. Whatever, expect lots of funk bass and fuzztone indie, and plenty of somnolent keyboard pop with a budget-lavish sheen, wafting beautifully but hazily out of your speakers like a weak radio transmission from a parallel universe where Kevin Shields was executive producer of Pet Sounds ... [Guardian]As seen on Gorilla Vs Bear, Stereogum, Pitchfork and elsewhere, grab a bunch of MP3's above.
Also up there is the first single off Jemina Pearl's new album ("Break it Up") which also happens to be a duet with Iggy Pop. Jemina "friend of legendary rockers" Pearl is also opening for her friend Thurston Moore's band Sonic Youth at MHOW on Nov. 24th. All dates below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"I headed back to St-Laurent too late to return to Cabaret Juste Pour Rire and catch Clues, so I poked my head in at a couple places along the way and made it up to Club Balattou a bit past 1 AM. I've been following Montreal-Toronto band Sister Suvi online for a couple years and picked up their new album in the spring; they've never played Halifax and I'd never seen them live elsewhere. Drummer Nico Dann and I took art classes together in high school, and he was doing weird noise-art performance stuff that was pretty cool back then, so it was no surprise that he was in a cool band eight years later.As the review states, Thursday's Sister Suvi show at Pop Montreal was their last, though Patrick Gregoire (1/3 of Sister Suvi) was seen playing in tUnE yArDs (aka 2/3 of Sister Suvi) at another Pop Montreal showcase. tUnE yArDs is the solo project of Sister Suvi member Merrill Garbus that just signed a record contract with 4AD.
The guitarist and bassist Patrick Gregoire [used to be in] Islands, and rounding out the drums and bass is ukuleleist Merrill Garbus. And yes, a drum kit, a bass and a ukulele is more than enough. They are offbeat, catchy, mystic and charming, which was why I was unhappy to hear via audience members' shouts that this was their last show. They're one of those bands that just seem really happy to be playing with each other, and were debuting some lovely new songs even though they're breaking up. By 2:30 in the morning with a stuffed venue full of band friends getting emotional, I felt like a bit of a party crasher, so I headed out for the leisurely 40-minute walk to my sister's couch. You can still buy their album online, though, and I suggest you do." [The Coast]
Sister Suvi's 2nd to last show was two days before Montreal, at Sycamore in Brooklyn. tUnE yArDs's next show is TONIGHT (10/6) at Union Hall in Brooklyn. More pictures from Sister Suvi's final performance, below...
Islands @ Bell House in August (more by Anna Scialli)
Tonight (9/22) Islands are playing a special all-ages record release show for their new album, Vapours (out today on Anti-), at Asbury Park, NJ's Asbury Lanes. Other bands on the bill inlcude Birthwater, Montagna & the Mouth to Mouth and DJ meatnmore.
The band's upcoming tour dates, of which there are many, include two NYC stops. The first is October 9th at Roseland Ballroom on their tour with Happy Mondays and Psychedelic Furs. The second is November 5th at Bowery Ballroom on their tour with Jemina Pearl. Tickets for both Roseland and Bowery are still available.
Diamonds & Co. paid a visit to Brooklyn's Bell House on August 19th...
People apparently love these guys, and why not: Diamonds has a swooning, falsetto-prone voice well suited to the music's hokey surrealism, which gains force the louder the drums get, the faster the tempo gets -- the less they sound like Squeeze, and the more they sound like Franz Ferdinand, the better. Most of the set is given over to debuting tunes from Vapours, out next month, featuring Nick's reunion with once-departed cofounder Jamie Thompson: "Everything Is Under Control" is a very pretty closing falsetto jam, precisely because you don't know whether to take Nick at his word or not. We appreciate the confusion. [Rob Harvilla, Village Voice]All dates are below...
Jemina Pearl @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"introducing my band! maxwell peebles on rhythm guitar, ben pearson on bass, erik ratensperger on drums, and john eatherly on lead guitar. what a good looking group of guys! i can't wait to start traveling in a smelly van with them.Jemina Pearl (former singer of Be Your Own Pet) has a bunch of shows coming up, four of which are in NYC.
we had a another great practice last night after a full of day of recording. we are getting ready for our two shows next week, and we are all very excited! also some more shows got added to our tour in october, so see if we're coming to your city on the myspace page.
finished up the b sides yesterday. we had ben and max come play on one song. it was the first time we actually had a live band recording. usually it's just john and i doing everything, and really it's mostly john. anyway, we might play one of the covers on monday if we can get it together." [Jemina Pearl on August 15th]
Jemina Pearl - 2009 NYC Tour DatesThe November show is part of her tour with Islands. The August date is a free show, and one of the previously-unannounced slots at the J&R Musicfest (that Buckshot, KRS-One, Clipse and others are also playing).
8/27 J&R Music World (City Hall), Manhattan NY (6pm)
9/15 Southpaw, Brooklyn NY
9/19 Pianos, Manhattan NY
11/5 Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY
On August 25th (not one of the dates above) (tomorrow) (at 2:30 pm), Jemina is filming a video in Long Island City. Want to be an extra, or maybe just watch? Find out how, with all tour dates, below...