Entries tagged with: James McNew
Photo: Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall 12/4/14 (via @ironic_hashtag)
Then came the guests of honor: guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew. They began with "Ohm," off of their 2013 record, Fade. Normally a rather innocuous and--per its name--meditative track, here it was reincarnated as abrasive and noisy, with Ira flailing along with his guitar. They truly ripped the song to shreds, and this for their opening number. The rest of the set took the audience on a tour through Yo La Tengo's thirty years, featuring bygone gems "The Cone of Silence" from their debut album Ride The Tiger (with longtime YLT pal Dave Schramm on guitar) and "Upside-Down" from 1992's May I Sing With Me, as well as crowd favorites "Hey Mr. Tough" and an outstanding, nearly fifteen-minute-long version of "I Heard You Looking" with Feelies' guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along for the ride. Ira, in his classic striped t-shirt and jeans uniform, commented at one point that "the idea that we get to play with [The Feelies] in this century is so special to us," and the crowd heartily agreed. [Audiofemme]Indie veterans Yo La Tengo celebrated 30 years as a band at Town Hall this month. They played two shows -- 12/3 with their old pals Antietam, whose members (and 9 ex-YLT bassists) joined them for covers of Urinals' "Surfin' With The Shah" and Neil Young's "Prisoners of Rock 'n Roll"; and 12/4 with another band of old pals, The Feelies, whose members joined them for several songs, including a few YLT originals and covers of Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink." Former member Dave Schramm and past contributor Chris Nelson also joined them for a few songs on night 2, including a cover of The Scene Is Now's "Yellow Sarong."
The Feelies' 11-song opening set on night 2 included a handful of their old favorites, and the following day they played a headlining show in NJ at Asbury Lanes with a 31-song set that included two new songs and covers of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Setlists from both Feelies show and both nights of YLT at Town Hall, below.
Yo La Tengo and Antietam also played The Troc in Philly on 12/6 after the NYC run, and you can listen to an audio recording of Antietam's full set over at NYC Taper. One song from it, "Hands Down," can be streamed below.
YLT's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley also just performed this week at Jon Spencer and his wife/Boss Hog bandmate Cristina Martinez's holiday party. Bust was there and posted this Instagram, as was Jon Spencer producer Chris Maxwell who posted the one above.
Yo La Tengo's next show is New Year's Eve in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets for that are on sale now.
James McNew of YLT also posted his favorite albums of 2014. You can find out who made his list, along with the YLT/Feelies setlists and the Antietam recording, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014
Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.
Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.
Dysrythmia @ Glasslands
In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....
Now in their 16th year, Brooklyn vets Oneida continue to fight the good fight, having released A List of the Burning Mountains last year. The band have a sole show on the horizon: Glasslands on Friday, October 4. Tickets are on sale.
The Glasslands show is opened by Dump which, as you may know, is the solo project from Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew. After that he'll make his next public appearance as part of Yo La Tengo's four shows at The Bell House in December, all of which are sold out. While on the subject, Ira Kaplan will also be at The Bell House with the A-Bones when they open for The 22.214.171.124.'s on October 27 (tickets).
Back in Oneida-land, drummer Kid Millions is probably the band's busiest member, having played in Spiritualized on North American dates this year, and with J. Spaceman solo too. (Spiritualized will be back in October for the Mexican Summer anniversary shows.) He and Oneida's Bobby Matador also put out their third album as the more experimental People of the North -- Sub Contra came out via Thrill Jockey in June and you can stream that on Spotify. Stream its track "Drama Class" below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Lambchop at Europa - 6/16/13
Kurt Wagner's long-running alt-country band Lambchop, who returned in 2012 with a new album, Mr. M, have been continuing to tour in support of it this year. Kurt and co. came to NYC last week during the Northside Festival for a show at Europa on June 16 with Rebecca Hart opening and James McNew of Yo La Tengo sitting in with Lambchop during their set. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Man Forever will celebrate the new LP Pansophical Cataract, out now via Thrill Jockey, with a NYC show TONIGHT at Le Poisson Rouge (5/15). The special outing at the Manhattan venue will double as a tour kick-off and is promising appearances from Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy), James McNew (Yo La Tengo), Shahin Motia (Ex-Models, Oneida), Richard Hoffman (Sightings), Sarah Richardson (Creeping Nobodies), Bryan Devendorf (The National), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Ryan Sawyer (Stars Like Fleas). Tickets are still available for the show. Colin Langenus Orchestra and Nymph open.
Look for members of Besnard Lakes, DD/MM/YY, Tortoise, Brokeback, Turn to Crime, White Gregg, Pelt, Cave, Terminal Lovers, Scarcity of Tanks, The Apes, and many more to serve as collaborators on the tour dates listed below.
The tour ends with a homecoming show at Issue Project Room on June 29th. The band will also bless The Stone on July 11th.
Man Forever features Kid Millions, who performed as part of Oneida for NYCTaper's 5th anniversary show (with Man Forever collaborators Greg Fox and James McNew) at 285 Kent over the weekend. Did you go? How was it?
All tour dates, a recent video for "Surface Patterns", and details on "Being Man Forever", are below.
Oneida at Ecstatic Music Fest (more by David Andrako)
As previously mentioned, live concert recording site NYC Taper just turned five years old and is throwing a party at 285 Kent on Saturday (5/12) to celebrate, with performances by Oneida, Sightings and Prince Ruperts Drops. Joining Oneida onstage will be James McNew of Yo La Tengo/Dump fame and Greg Fox (Guardian Alien/GDFX). If you can't make it, we're going to guess someone will make an downloadable audio document of it. Meanwhile peruse NYC Taper's awesome catalog of nearly live recordings. There's nearly 1000 of them at present -- like the recent Lower Dens show at Glasslands, and the Crystal Stilts/Woods show that took place at 285 Kent last weekend. The flyer for the NYC Taper show is at the bottom of this post.
While we're talking about 285 Kent, tonight (5/11) the Brooklyn venue hosts an evening of electronic avant garde and noise, with former Yellow Swan man Pete Swanson, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Forma, and SSPS.
Then on Sunday (5/13), Woodsist Records is throwing a record release party for MV&EE's Space Homestead, with a live performance by the band as well as Steve Gunn and Herbcraft. MV&EE have some tour dates coming up and those are below, along with a stream of a song from the new album....
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis
"I feel like we're some weird meat stuck between two pieces of amazing bread." Small Factory drummer Phoebe Summerquash was referring to her band's placement on the bill between Versus and reformed indiepop legends Black Tambourine at Night One of CF*2012: for the love of pop! The three night event at The Bell House celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the '90s-era zine and co-founder Gail O'Hara has gotten a lot of bands to reform/come out of hiding just for the occasion. "Someone said I am like the mafia," she joked. "No one can say no to me!"
Small Factory haven't played in 17 years but, despite Pheobe's protests, the trio sounded like no time had passed whatsoever and were the clear highlight of night one for this reviewer, a justification of the entire three-day shindig. Songs like "Hopefully," "What to Want" and "Suggestions" haven't aged a bit and the band was together and rockin'. (They also played Cake Shop on Friday.) Small Factory are also in some ways the quintessential chickfactor band. The have a song called "Versus Tape" and their cover of Lois Maffeo's "Valentine" had the entire audience singing. If there was a snapshot of the whole night, that was it.
Lois Maffeo, whose 1993 album Strumpet is a Clinton-era indie rock classic, did her own set earlier in the night, playing a few songs solo before bringing out "The Lois Plus": original drummer Molly Neuman and Heavenly's Peter Momtchiloff on electric guitar. She was a real charmer and the Strumpet-era songs really hold up. Lois is also a very funny person. "I'm so glad I made music in the '90s," she said. "'Magazine' is easy to rhyme. I have trouble working 'Tumblr' into my lyrics."
Versus, who are still a highly functioning band with a recent album on Merge, gave, unsurprisingly the tightest set of the evening but I'll admit to not paying that close attention, as I've seen them probably eight times in the last four years. Richard Balyut looked very Easter Sunday dapper in suit and bowtie.
Black Tambourine @ the Bell House
Headliners Black Tambourine were fun but felt more like you were watching some friends' pick-up band at a party. Which was essentially what happened. The instrument switching between Archie Moore, Brian Nelson and Mike Schulman every few songs felt arbitrary, like the all wanted their turn on drums, bass and guitar.
Which isn't to say it was bad at all. It was fun, and clearly they were having a blast. Schulman, in particular, tore into what ever instrument he was playing. And when Moore was on drums -- usually the more gothy, tribal songs (okay maybe it wasn't totally arbitrary) -- they sounded pretty great. Singer Pam Berry seemed nervous, but her voice was clear and as pretty as ever. And, as chickfactor founder Gail O'Hara said in her introduction, you could actually hear the vocals this time around. I never saw them back in the day, so I'll take her word on that.
In addition to BT classics like "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge," "For Ex-Lovers Only" and "We Can't Be Friends," the band did a number of covers including Love's "Can't Explain," The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," and "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide. Rose Melberg came out to sing Strawberry Switchblade's "Since Yesterday" which had the place dancing. It was a genuine party atmosphere.
The night, which was hosted wittily by Gaylord Fields, started with two unannounced guests. The first was James McNew's Dump who played a low-key set that included a great cover of Prince's "Pop Life." And then Mark Robinson came out to excited cheers to do solo electric versions of Unrest's "Yes She is My Skinhead Girl" and "Isabel".
The chickfactor anniversary party continued on Wednesday with headliners The Aislers Set, Pipas, personal faves The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Bridget St. John and more, and then ended Thursday night... but more about those nights later.
Lots more photos and some videos of the first night's fun are after the jump....
It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.
Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:
Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.
Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.
Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.
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Matador label-mates James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Ted Leo both have December 2011 Maxwell's shows coming up and both contributed 'Best of 2011' lists to Matador Records for the label's annual big list of lists. Maybe their lists contain some clues on what special guests we can expect at their upcoming NJ shows (Yo La Tengo on all nights of Hanukkah, Ted Leo on New Year's Eve). At a minimum, Ted's list contains a great recommendation for vegan pizza in Brooklyn. Both lists are reprinted below...
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double Or Triple (MP3)
We have an old saying at Matador HQ, "the only thing predictable about Yo La Tengo albums is their high level of excellence and crazy amount of musical ground covered". Trouble is, even if you believe we really have an old saying that unwieldly, it doesn't really do justice in this instance. The new Yo La Tengo CD/2XLP/digital album 'Popular Songs" (OLE 856-1,2) could be the bravest musical statement to date in a career full of 'em. Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, 'Popular Songs' finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that's cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.Yo La Tengo have one NYC show coming up. Ira Kaplan's sometimes-band The A-Bones have three. James McNew's band Dump has two - one with Oneida, and one August 22nd at Union Hall with Choo Choo La Rouge, Clint Michigan, and Jennifer O'Connor. That Brooklyn show is a Kiam Records release party. Kiam Records is Jennifer's label and she's released a bunch of 7" splits...
"Our split 7" single is finished and on sale now, alone or as part of a five record subscription series from KIAM Records, featuring collaborations between Jennifer O'Connor and guest artists. We join Jennifer on the A side for "Little Airplane Heart," and we each contribute a song to the flip: "Mostly Air" from our forthcoming album, and "Watching You Go" from Jennifer.Clint Michigan will be one of her future releases.
The artists collaborating with Jennifer on the rest of the series are Dump, Jesse Sykes, Mascott, and the Hotel Lights." [Choo Choo La Rouge]
New Yo La Tengo song above. Some clips of YLT playing at last week's Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, below...
Masked men opened many of the YLT Hanukkah shows this year
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2008 @ Maxwell's in Hoboken
- Oneida and Paul F. Tompkins opened. Mix disc by Aesop Rock. Special guests = Janet Weiss & Britt Daniel.
- The Magnetic Fields opened and John Hodgman opened. Mix disc by Steve Shelley. Special guest = Doug Gillard & Ira's mom.
- John Zorn & Marc Ribot and Slovin & Allen opened. Mix disc by Gaylord Fields. Special Guests = Yoni Wolf & Smokey Hormel.
- Jennifer O'Connor and Jon Benjamin opened. Mix disc by Russell Maer.
- Antietam and Fred Armisen opened. Fred also played drums. Mix disc by Georgia. Special guest = Cyril Jordan.
- Lambchop and Jon Wurster (as Marky Ramone) opened. Mix disc by James.
- Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band and David Cross (as Rabbi Alan Sugarman) opened. Mix disc by Ira. Special guest = David Mansfield.
- Metal Mountains and Todd Barry opened. Mix disc by Zooey Deschanel.
How was the New Years one? Did anyone go to all nine shows? Other thoughts? Memories? Best night? Anything?
Videos & stuff below...
Lambchop w/ James McNew on bass @ Maxwell's - 12/26/08 (Dawn Sutter Madell)
"Having Lambchop on hand to open [Hanukkah] night 6 [at Maxwell's] was like having a holiday family reunion, minus the drama. There are multiple reasons why we've made record after record in Nashville, and one of them is certainly the chance to eat hot chicken with those guys. Their set was gorgeous, mixing songs from OH (ohio) with a few covers, some more aptly chosen (Bob Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now") than others (Kurt's What State Is Hoboken In topical shoutout to Caroline with the Wedding Present's "Kennedy"). Were it not for the music stand in front of him, you would never have guessed that James was a fill-in on bass."Lambchop is headlining Bowery Ballroom in NYC on February 12th. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. All tour dates below...
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