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Midlake: half of these guys are in Banquet

Jason Lytle is a busy guy. In addition to the new Grandaddy record that's being recorded currently, he's also part of a new supergroup called Banquet that also features his pal Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis as well as four members of Midlake (specifically Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler). Pulido had the idea for the group and jokingly refers to Banquet as a "poor man's Traveling Wilburys." The Dallas Observer spoke with Pulido and Lytle about the project:

"It all started with a boy and a dream," Pulido says wistfully. One of his dreams is coming true, though: He has put together what may be one of the most indie supergroups ever. "I was surprised people said yes." He says that to begin he simply sent an email to a few musicians he admired to see if they'd be interested in a collaborative music group. "It's a humbling and cool experience to share something like this with some of your musical idols who are also nice people," Pulido adds.

"To tell you the truth, I'm a little mystified what the whole thing is myself, which is fine," Lytle says. "I was asked to contribute however I felt like. I had a couple of songs that were just floating around and didn't have a home in my own catalog and thought it'd be a good opportunity to use them for this Banquet thing." It was a useful opportunity, he says, because, "I don't get the opportunity to collaborate too much."

Banquet have recorded most of their debut album -- Kapranos is finishing the final mixes now. Stay tuned.

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Grandaddy made four albums between 1997 and 2006, two of which (2000's The Software Slump and 2003's Sumday) are early-'00s indie rock classics. In 2012, Gradaddy reformed for a few festivals and the band are currently working on their first new album in 10 years, as confirmed by frontman Jason Lytle on Twitter back in August. Lytle took part in a Facebook interview in the fall where he talked about producing the new album themselves and his love of ELO:

Ha! Yes - Jeff Lynne. There is something tempting about having "my people contact his people". I've actually considered it to the point of putting it into action, then eventually I realized that if it were to happen, it would end up sounding too far off or inaccurate. I've just gotten attached to a certain way of doing certain things, and there is a certain degree of thrift store-junkpile-chaos that I need to incorporate to feel comfortable. Combining that with enough beauty and plenty of "ahhhs" - which I know you like. I even abandoned the idea entirely of bringing in an outside producer for this next LP, which I had been seriously considering. No particular reason. Just running on instinct. And realizing that the closer I'm able to emulate the working process of prior DIY Grandaddy LP's and self-produce it, the more "legit" it's going to sound.
Lytle was also asked about touring when the new record is out:
I think anytime people are expecting too much of me, and - heaven forbid - demanding things of me, my immediate instinct is to rebel and retreat. There's definitely a cornered animal part of me that I have never done too well with. Having said that, I feel a lot more in control of whether or not and to what extent the touring situation might be. So I have been able to set that part of it aside for now and just concentrate on trying to make an interesting group of songs. Toward the end of Grandaddy, I really had a tough time with the expectations and the pressure to tour relentlessly.
Let's hope Grandaddy do tour...in support of a great new album. Last time I saw them was on the Sumday tour at Irving Plaza with Super Furry Animals. That was a great show.

In other news, Jason is part of an indie rock supergroup, Banquet, featuring Alex from Franz Ferdinand, Ben from Band of Horses, members of Travis and Midlake. Currently though Lytle is on tour in France with The Posies' Ken Stringfellow and Chokebroke's Troy von Balthazar as part of an Elliott Smith tribute called The Color Bars Experience. With an 11-piece band (including strings and wind instruments), they reinterpret Smith's songs, focusing on his final album, Figure 8. Those dates are listed, along with a live Color Bars Experience video, below.

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Flaming Lips

A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.

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Jason Lytle
Jason Lytle

As mentioned, Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle kicks off a tour this Monday (12/3) as a support act for Band of Horses. That tour hits NYC on December 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom and BoH plays a special acoustic show at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom for an early show that same day (without Jason). Tickets for both shows are still available but if you'd like to catch Jason Lytle in a more intimate location, he'll play his own NYC show one day earlier (12/10) at Union Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Still no official word on that new Grandaddy album, but Jason released his own album, Dept. of Disappearance, this October. You can stream that album's title track and check out an updated list of Jason Lytle dates below.

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Band of Horses at Central Park last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Band of Horses

Band of Horses released their new album, Mirage Rock, last month (9/18) and celebrated it in NYC with a release show at House of Vans, soon after which they played a big Central Park show, aka Global Festival, with Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and more. Now they've announced that they'll return to NYC yet again for two more shows.

The band will be touring with Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle from December 3 to 15. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but a few of the shows have been revealed, including a NYC show which happens on December 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom. That same night, BoH will also put on a "special acoustic performance" at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom for an early show before the Hammerstein show. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (10/19) at 10 AM.

Jason Lytle's new album, Dept. of Disappearance, is out today (10/16) and you can hear the whole thing over at NPR. All Band of Horses and Jason Lytle dates are listed below.

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How was your Columbus Day? We didn't take off, and posted a whole bunch on BV, BV Chicago, and BV Austin, and here's even more...

As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.

Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.

Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).

Blur, who just confirmed that they are not done and are playing Belgium's Rock Werchter 2013, are now also confirmed for Primavera Sound 2013 in Barcelona (5/24/13) and Portugal (5/31/13).

Philip Glass Rework is streaming at NPR where you'll also find streams of the new Jason Lytle and Martha Wainwright.

As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.

Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring

If you've seen Purity Ring live this year, you may be wondering what, exactly, is the deal with those interactive light cocoons they use on stage. The Creators Project gets the scoop.

"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:

1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
RSVP now (update: actually it's full already) to get into the Brainfeeder one. Win tickets at the BrooklynVegan Facebook to get into SBTRKT (you can buy a ticket too).

Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.

We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).

Check out an interview with Zammuto who is opening for Ultraista.

Listen to new Trent Reznor.
Stream the new Godspeed! You Emperor album.
Watch a marching band do Zelda , Mario & Pokemon.

Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.

AND, more stuff below...

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Grandaddy at Outside Lands - 8/12/12 (via Jessica S.)

Grandaddy, who reissued their first three albums on vinyl in 2011, fully reformed this year and kicked off with a reunion show at the intimate Partisan in Merced, CA under the name Arm of Roger, before beginning a larger tour of mostly festival dates (including San Francisco's Outside Lands) which they are currently wrapping up in Europe. They've been playing old favorites like "A.M. 180," "The Crystal Lake," "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," and others, in addition to covering Pavement's "Here" at some of their shows. No NYC dates have been announced yet, but hopefully there will be one to come. You can check out some recent setlists, live videos, and a list of all remaining tour dates at the bottom of this post.

Frontman Jason Lytle recently revealed in an interview that not only are the band playing shows again, but that they will "probably" release a new record. Jason said:

If anybody knows anything about Grandaddy, they realize that my music and Grandaddy's music is slightly interchangeable, but I think if I was to focus on making a Grandaddy record, it's just gonna be like a full blown Grandaddy record. And I like the idea of it. I'd like to give it a shot.
Jason Lytle is also working on a new solo album, Dept. of Disappearance, which will be out on October 16 via Anti-. You can check out two tracks from that album, "Dept. of Disappearance" and "Your Final Setting Sun," along with the album's cover art and tracklist below. After returning home from Grandaddy's European tour, Jason will take about a month-long break before supporting his new album with a solo tour with Sea of Bees on the West Coast.

All lists of dates, videos, setlists, song streams, and more are below.

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by Bill Pearis

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With the weather today in NYC being just about perfect, I imagine the Seaport will be super packed for tonight's show with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (7/10), which will be their biggest hometown show yet. (Jay Reatard may not be there, though.) I don't think a year ago anybody, even those who've loved them from the start, would have thought TPOBPAH would have gotten as big as they have. Their minds have to be kind of blowing, but from what I can tell they're taking it in stride. The band are gearing up for a West Coast tour with Girls (most of TPOPBAH were at Girls' Mercury Lounge show two weeks ago) and then a bigger fall tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars and drummer Kurt's other band, The Depreciation Guild. Kurt has also been known to help out with gothy, atmospheric duo ZAZA who are also on tonight's Seaport Music Festival show.

But what to do after Seaport? Canadian duo (and Pitchfork Best New Music recipients) Japandroids are in town and while Saturday's show at Pianos is sold out, there's still tonight's show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. I'm not 100% sold on the record, though every time a song comes up on shuffle I'm always like "oh who's this?" which makes me more than curious enough to check them out. That loud-and-anthemic quality of their music reminds me both of '80s STT bands like Husker Du or fIREHOSE, and the '90s Halifax scene (Thrush Hermit especially) and I have a feeling Japandroid's live show will put me over into the full-on "yes" category. Tonight's show also features fellow Canadians Little Girls who I wrote about a few weeks ago when they played Littlefield, and local noisemongers Dinowalrus who recently signed to Kanine.

"We just signed to Kanine to put our debut album called "%". it will come out in October.

we already have two 7"s out. one was self-released, the other was a split 7" put out with Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne Australia on EXO (apache beat, slits, japanther)" - Dinowalrus
Cameo's a nice addition to North 6th St, and if you ever find yourself bored by a band there, you can always just stare at the giant hypnotizing psychedelic fiber optic Snuffleupagus head that hangs above the stage.

Japandroids are also playing the Siren Festival next weekend. They go on at 3:00 pm.

Jason Lytle
Jason Lytle

Over at Union Hall, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle plays, supporting his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter. If he'd released it as a Grandaddy record I don't think anyone would've flinched, as it's more of the stoner spacerock about suburban ennui that is Lytle's forte. Maybe it's a little more acoustic based than Grandaddy were, but it's not like he's decided to do anything radically different here. That isn't a criticism per se, as he's really good at it. If you liked Grandaddy, you'll like this. It's a good record. Tonight's show is with The Albertans, who you may remember as one of The L Magazine's 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear. Jason also plays Bowery Ballroom Saturday (7/11).

The Brunettes
The Brunettes

New Zealand's charming Brunettes have been camped out in New York for a few weeks and I keep meaning to write about them and then I forget. They play tonight (7/10) at The Bell House and if you've never seen them before, here would be a good chance to rectify the situation. They are cute as a button and mix lush, Bacharachian pop and '60s girl group sounds with a bit of New Wave. I guess you could call them the Kiwi Bird and the Bee, but Brunettes have been doing it longer. They are very engaging live (maybe you saw them open for the Ting Tings at Union Hall last year?) and The Bell House seems like a nice place to see them. A new record is due out any time now, and they're heading out on a big North American tour soon, and those dates are at the bottom of this post. Also on the bill: Great Lakes, BV fave Sharon Van Etten and Animal Hands.


And then of course Sunday is the first of this year's Pool Parties, with what could be the loudest, noisiest of the summer: Mission of Burma, Fucked Up and Ponytail. While I'll miss the decayed allure of the McCarren Pool, the new location at the riverfront park has it's own appeal, and looks to be a pretty spectacular setting. No slip-n-slide I hear, but surely they'll come up with something else cool to replace it. Let's hope. And remember: no hand grenades, Krull stars, or cargo shorts. See you there.

Tour dates, flyers and videos after the jump....

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Jason Lytle

Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is opening for Neko Case on the summer leg of her Middle Cyclone-supporting tour. Lytle also has his own headlining shows planned. Those include NYC shows on July 10th at Union Hall and July 11th at Bowery Ballroom. Union Hall tickets are on sale now; tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (today) at noon.

Lytle released his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, in April on Anti (also Case's label). He'll be on NPR's Talk of the Nation this afternoon (6/11).

The Decemberists, who played Radio City June 10th, will also be on NPR today. They're broadcasting live at 2pm from the Greene Space in Manhattan for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets to watch the show "sold out" yesterday in 10 minutes after Colin Meloy announced the show on the air, however, Greene Space writes, "Doors will open at 1:15 and will close at 1:45. Any ticket not claimed by 1:45 p.m. will be released to the public."

All tour dates for Jason Lytle and Neko Case (who's playing APW, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more) below...

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Neko Case

Neko Case's latest tour has arrived in NYC. Crooked Fingers open for Neko at the
Nokia Theatre tonight (4/13). Joan as Policewoman open for Neko at the same venue tomorrow (4/14). Tickets for both shows are still on sale. I also have a pair for each show to giveaway. Details below.

Wondering what it will sound like? NPR is now streaming Thursday's DC show in its entirety. As a bonus, Will Sheff opened at that one, and you can listen to that @ NPR too.

The stage was set in something out of a nature cartoon with trees painted on long banners and an owl overseeing it all. Behind them videos of cyclones, airplanes and anthropomorphic animals were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. [NPR]
Neko will next be in the NYC-area to play a set at the All Points West Festival this summer.

You can also listen to Neko on WFUV on Tuesday at 1pm, and on a recent episode of AOL's The Interface (MP3 above).

Recent collaborators for Neko include Dexter Romweber and Marianne Faithful.

All Neko dates, her new video, and contest details, below...

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