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photo: Jens @ Greene Space, 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman is keeping his promise of a song a week in 2015 via his "Postcards" series. Postcard #5 went up this week, and it's a banjo (via Elin Piel) and brushed drums number that sounds like something from 1975. You can stream it, along with the four previous "postcards," below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Jens Lekman @ T5 (more by Greg Cristman)

Yesterday I played a wedding in beautiful Jukkasjärvi, in the very north of Sweden. The couple getting married were two australians, Erin and Alisdair. I'd never met them before but Alisdair wrote and asked if I wanted to sing for them and he seemed sweet so I said yes. And since I was going to sing for them and had to write a song this week I figured why not make the song for them.
Check out the third in Jens Lekman's "Postcards" series where he writes, records and posts a new song every week. This one is a nice piece of folky pop, the kind which Jens excells at. Listen to it, and the other two "postcards," below.

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by Bill Pearis


Jens Lekman has only released two albums in the past 10 years, but he's looking to amp up his productivity though his Postcards project which promises a new song every week in 2015 posted to his Soundcloud page:

Here's my new years resolution for 2015: While working on my next album, I will sit down once a week, write down my thoughts, turn them into a song and share it with you directly. Think of these little songs as postcards. Little greetings from me to you.

You see, I spend a lot of time on my songs, on their details. I sweep the streets that my characters walk on and polish every doorknob until I feel confident to let other people in. But it does lead to a very isolated creative phase.

And I've been longing to share my thoughts and life with you a bit more. I've been longing to write about things that make sense one particular day but that might make no sense once the album comes out.

Then at the end of this year we can sit down you and me and listen through these 52 songs, and remember where we were and when we were there, who we kissed and who we missed. I'm looking forward to that.

So far he's keeping his word. "Postcard #1," a simple voice and piano sketch, was posted last Friday (1/2) and today (1/9) we get "Postcard #2" which is a more fully-formed song, sampling the horns of Abdullah Ibrahim's "Mamma." It also does the impossible (well, for non-Eminem people at least), successfully rhyming something with "orange" ("bench," and he makes it work, mostly). You can listen to both "Postcards" (and download them, too) below.

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Jens Lekman @ T5, Oct. 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

When I was living in Melbourne I used to get some really weird (but occasionally really fun) packages from some fans who had been able to track down my new address. There were packages with food, dust, wooden sculptures, fluids, bottled air from Ohio and on at least one occassion - a dead bird. Sealed in a plastic bag apparently but still a dead bird.

I say apparently because Australia has some of the strictest quarantine rules in the world and I only heard about it from the customs. Most of this stuff never reached me, sometimes the package would show up with a note notifying me what was missing and why it had been removed. Most times I had to call the customs and talk to them, this started taking up a lot of time.

That's not really a story worth a song I thought to myself. Until Esopus magazine asked me to write something on the theme 'customer service'.

- Jens Lekman

Listen to Jens' new song, "Regarding a Package," below.

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Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo

Shapeshifting art pop producer/singer Laurel Halo has a few shows coming up this year including the previously discussed NYC date at the Merkin Concert Hall on February 23, where she'll be playing a collaborative set with fellow art pop mastermind Julia Holter and members of Daniel Wohl's TRANSIT collective as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Tickets for that show are still available.

Laurel Halo's other upcoming shows include a couple festival appearances, like Barcelona's Mutek [ES] in February and Katowice, Poland's OFF Festival in August with Deerhunter, Jens Lekman, METZ, Merchandise, and more TBA. And around the time of the Ecstatic Music Fest show, Laurel will play a more traditional show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Valentines Day (2/14) with fellow Brooklynites Teengirl Fantasy, TGF's collaborator Kelela, and Fatherhood. Tickets for the LPR show, which Bandshell is presenting, are on sale now.

Like her Hyperdub labelmate Burial, Laurel Halo capped off 2012 with a last-minute single, "Sunlight On The Faded." You can stream that single and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - Oliver and Maddy (MP3)

Jens Lekman @ T5, 10/9/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jens Lekman

Back in October, my pianist Jonas got stuck in New York after the city got hit by hurricane Sandy. The roads were flooded, flights were cancelled, even the Chinatown buses stood still. This was two days before our west coast tour was supposed to start. I decided to ask for your help. I asked if anyone would be able to drive him to Boston where I knew we could get him on a plane. In return I offered a little money and a song.

I was shocked when I checked my email a few minutes later and it was packed with people wanting to help. Shortly I had two girls on the case, Olivia and Maddy. I promised them a song for their job and so here it is. On the last day of the year .

It's of course a song for all of you who offered to help. And as I sing in the song, I didn't know I had such an army to mobilize. I wonder what else we can do? To start with, maybe I could get you to donate a few bucks to those directly affected by the hurricane itself.

Happy new year to all of you, I hope I get to see you soon..

Jens Lekman brings his special touch to his Hurricane Sandy themed song (he played NYC just before) which he posted on his website just before New Year's. You can download it above or stream it below (via CoS). Jens is gearing up for an Australian tour and those dates are listed below too.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Jens Lekman @ Terminal 5, 10/9/2012
Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman brought his tour with Taken by Trees to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on Monday night (10/8). Both artists are touring in support of their new albums -- Jens released I Know What Love Isn't in September and Taken by Trees released Other Worlds earlier this month -- and both focused their sets largely on those new releases. If you were at the show, did you pick up one of Jens' custom notebooks that were on sale at the merch table?

Before the Terminal 5 show, Jens taped an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that aired last night (10/9), where he performed the title track off of his new album. The Who's Pete Townshend was also a guest on that episode. The video of Jens' Fallon performance and pictures from the Terminal 5 show are in this post.

Both Jens Lekman and Taken by Trees also recently released music videos for tracks off of their new releases. Jens made a video for "Become Someone Else's" and Taken by Trees made one for "Large." You can watch both of those, and check out more pics and the setlist from the T5 show, and the Fallon video below.

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Big Search
Big Search

Foreign Born frontman Matt Popieluch, who records solo material under the moniker Big Search, has a few upcoming dates for the project including two hometown shows in LA and four dates supporting Foreign Born's Secretly Canadian labelmates Jens Lekman and Taken by Trees on their upcoming tour. Those four dates include the NYC show on October 8 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. A list of all Big Search dates and a song stream are below.

In related news, Jens Lekman just put out a video for the title track off his upcoming album, I Know What Love Isn't (due out 9/4 via Secretly Canadian), which you can watch below.

Taken by Trees, meanwhile, released the 12" single for "Dreams," the single off of her upcoming album, Other Worlds (due out 10/2 via Secretly Canadian), this week. You can stream that song below as well

A list of all dates, streams and video below...

Continue reading "Big Search opening for Jens Lekman and Taken by Trees (dates, streams & a new Jens Lekman video)"

Schoolboy Q last night @ Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Schooboy Q

today in NYC
* Balkan Tales @ Barbes
* Dapplegray @ The Stone
* Silver Apples @ BAM
* Simon Amstell @ SWEET
* Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Deviant Septet @ The Stone
* Radiolab Live: In the Dark @ BAM
* Anna Ternheim @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Marc Ribot Trio @ Village Vanguard
* moe. @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Portland Cello Project @ City Winery
* Silver Apples @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Wellmont Theatre
* Beat Culture, Psychobuildings, Diavel @ Cameo
* Radiolab Live w/ Demetri Martin & Thao Nguyen @ BAM
* Dave Hill, Rachel Dratch, Michael Kupperman @ Housing Works
* Comic Book Club Live w/ Kurt Braunohler, Amanda Palmer @ Fontana's
* Suzanne Vega, Gabriel Kahane @ Rockefeller Park
* Jesse Boykins III @ Apple Store West 14th Street
* Grooms, Numerators, Noon, Neighbors @ Death By Audio
* Donora, Teammate, Starlight Girls, Bluejay @ Glasslands
* HITS, Hussle Club, Slam Donahue, Pompeya @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bottom Dollars, The Nuclears, The Hollows @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Black Tusk @ Santos Party House
* Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Emily's Army, House Boat, Mixtapes, Lipstick Homicide, City Mouse @ Knitting Factory
* Diamond Terrifier presents Max Alper, Irene Moon, David Shapiro, Eric Beach/Evan Lipson, DJ Dutch E. Germ @ Zebulon
* Workmen's Circle Yiddishfest w/ Klexmatics, SoCalles & more @ Central Park Summerstage

WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, performing "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" around the country and has returned to NYC for a two-night stint at BAM tonight (6/26) and tomorrow (6/27). In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the BAM shows -- like a few of the dates on this tour -- include Demetri Martin and Thao Ngyen. Both shows are sold out (but where there's a will there's a way). "Radiolab: Live in the Dark" comes to Philadelphia on Friday and there's a Chicago date in September.

(In addition to her appearances as part of Radiolab, Thao Ngyen is playing a free show at The Satellite in L.A. on July 13.)

While on the subject of BAM, Silver Apples' Simeon Coxe performs tonight in BAMcinemaFEST Lounge immediately after the screening (and Q&A) of Radio Unnamable.

Meanwhile, Thao Ngyen collaborators and tourmates the Portland Cello Project play the Hudson Square Music Festival's kickoff event tonight (6/26) which is free and open to the public. The PCP played Housing Works Bookstore last night.

Speaking of Housing Works, Dave Hill is there tonight talking up his new book Tasteful Nudes with help from Rachel Dratch and Michael Kupperman.

Speaking of summer NYC series', Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series kicks off tonight (6/26) with The Nelson Riddie Orchestra, and continues through July 14.

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Jens Lekman, who's playing Terminal 5 in October, just released the video for his single "Erica America" and you can watch it below.

Diamond Rings, not to be confused with Diamond Rugs who played Letterman last night, has a new video you can watch below...

Alabama Shakes, who played Summerstage with Diamond Rugs, was on Fallon last night. Video below...

What else?

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Jens Lekman at McCarren Park, Northside Festival 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman, who just played the Northside Festival, will be back this fall for a tour with Victoria Bergsman's Taken by Trees, including an NYC stop at Terminal 5 on October 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon (maybe they'll be an AmEx presale before then too).

Jens Lekman's new album, I Know What Love Isn't, is out Sept 4. All tour dates are listed below.

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photos by Joe McCabe

of Montreal at McCarren Park - 6/15/12
Of Montreal

Starting with a long drum intro, the band went straight into "Suffer For Fashion" followed by one of the only two new songs of the night. Each song, however was a powerhouse. "She's A Rejector" had the crowd jumping; "St. Exquisite's Confessions" had everyone swaying to sexy saxophones; a cover of "Immigrant Song" had the audience headbanging. There was a hefty dose of Hissing Fauna and Skeletal Lamping tunes, including all 14 minutes of "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" which I still hold to be their best live song. The 10 minute slow burn crescendo of a song, featuring K. Ishibashi's screechy violin and Barnes strained yells (when he goes into a gravelly scream, he sounds best), was an appropriate set closer, juxtaposing the low volume of the set before it. The sound issues weren't the bands fault: the event just happened to be in the middle of a semi-residential area. [CMJ]
of Montreal played a Northside show at McCarren Park last Friday (6/15) with Jens Lekman, The Thermals, and Beach Fossils before heading to Toronto for NXNE. Pictures of Jens Lekman from McCarren Park are HERE. More pics and the setlist from of Montreal's set are below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jens Lekman

Few performers today can hold sway with a large audience with just an acoustic guitar but Jens Lekman is one of them. Performing solo due to visa issues with his band, Lekman's 10-song set (opening for wacky hi-jinks of of Montreal) included old favorites like "A Sweet Summer's Night On Hammer Hill," "Postcard for Nina" and "Black Cab," as well as songs from his new album, I Know What Love Isn't.

More pictures and setlist from Jens' Northside set are below, along with a video of "Hammer Hill" shot by Big Ass Lens.

Continue reading "Jens Lekman played McCarren Park (pics, video, setlist)"

by Bill Pearis (w/ Andrew Sacher and BBG)

Northside Festival HQ
Northside HQ

Well it's Day 2 of The Northside Festival and as a Williamsburg resident and concertgoer, it did feel like a real festival this year, at least in that I saw lots of people walking around with Northside totes and badges around their necks (though I say loop it through your beltloop and keep it in your back pocket). And the Festival's HQ this year takes up a whole block on N. 5th between Wythe and Kent, where they have panel discussions and live music and some sort of space age dome thing, and loads of free Heineken. Badges, totes, and beer...that's a festival.

Today at McCarren Park is the big outdoor Northside Fest headlining concert, with of Montreal, Jens Lekman, The Thermals, and Beach Fossils (minus Cole Smith). The weather is gorgeous today, the bands are all good and entertaining performers so even if you don't have a badge or want to fork over the $33.50 for a ticket it might be worth just going and hanging out in the park across the street and just hannging out. Beach Fossils start things off at 5PM.

Dean and Britta headline a free show in the same space on Saturday.

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

Tonight is also the BrooklynVegan Official Northside Showcase with Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, and Hume. Both Caveman and Frankie Rose have been touring their butts off, polishing their live shows to a lovely sheen. And both are coming off great records as well. Opening are Fort Lean and Hume and should be a great evening all around. If you don't have a badge, tickets are still available.

In other Caveman news, you may have noticed their song "My Time" being used as the soundtrack to a new "I Love NY" TV commercial. You can watch it below.

Tonight is also the BBG/BV/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which happens at Union Pool (who only took 30 badges last night, be warned). It's pretty exciting as it features Tacoma's Harkonen who are playing their first NYC show since dissolution in 2005, and who knows when (or if) they'll return back to the East Coast. Also featuring the epic stoner-blues of The Atlas Moth, the Am-Rep-y hardcore of Fight Amp, and the always fun Whores, it'll be a night to remember. Tickets are still available or get in with your Northside badge.

If you need more heavy stuff, there's the WEIRD/Show No Mercy showcase at St. Vitus with Deafheaven, Indian Jewelry, Vattnet Viskar, and Pinkish Black

Kitty Pryde
Kitty Pryde

On the complete other end of the sonic/cultural spectrum, you may be interested in knowing that Kitty Pryde will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival tonight (6/15) at Knitting Factory with Deniro Farrar. Tickets for that show are available. Kitty Pryde is a fairly divisive 19-year old rapper from Florida who writes of herself, "I'm Kitty (Pryde) don't listen to what they say on hypebeast!!!! <3 MY MUSIC IS BAD <3." She put up a YouTube video last month for her song, "Okay Cupid" (yeah, it is the same name as that dating website), which went pretty viral (as of this post its got over 300,000 views, 2,300 likes and 1,400 dislikes) and now she's got an EP out called Haha, I'm Sorry, which you can stream or download for $1 on bandcamp. Though the $1 option is there, Kitty also provides a link to get the EP for free from mediafire and writes, "oh btw heres a mediafire link if u wanna do it the FREE WAY idk lol i hate payin for thngs 2." The EP includes "Okay Cupid," a song called "smiledog.jpg" where she addresses her criticism ("You say this little white girl is ruining hip hop/I say damn right and take a look at the ring pop"), and a song called "GIVE ME SCABIES" which overtly samples "Call Me Maybe." She's also got a non-EP track which is a (sarcastically?) stalkerish ode to Justin Bieber. Love her, hate her, or "who?" -- it's likely to be a hot ticket (though still available). Late show, doors at 11PM.

Ice Choir
Ice Choir

And more shows...

At Spike Hill, A Heart is a Spade and Punk Photo have put together a nice showcase with sultry sister act Zambri, the totally '80s sounds of Ice Choir, BV pals New Moods, and Fast Years.

The NYC Popfest folks are taking over the new Shea Stadium with Ski Lodge, Beach Day (who were pretty good last night at Knitting Factory), the mopey synths of Plastic Flowers and the provencial South of France.

If you lean toward the dark and synthy, Public Assembly is taken over by the The Bunker tonight with Kassem Mosse, Led Er Est and more.

Pop Montreal comes to Northside for a showcase tonight at Warsaw with Tinariwen and Buke & Gase, one of three Northside shows taking place at the venue this weekend.

You can catch McLovin's band, The Young Rapscallions, at Glasslands tonight. Yes, McLovin's band.

And late night at Glasslands is the Lazerpop party with DJs Pictureplane, Teengirl Fantasy and Hooray For Earth. Pictureplane is playing an actual show (non-Northside) early tonight at 81 Java with Dope Body and more. That's in addition to the Pictureplane dates we posted the other day.

And there's lots more than this, obviously. Check out the whole Friday Northside schedule here. Streams and videos are below.

Continue reading "Northside Fest Friday: Of Montreal, Jens Lekman, Frankie Rose, Caveman, Harkonen, Kitty Pryde, Ice Choir, Thermals & more"

Jens Lekman @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Jens Lekman, whose upcoming Brooklyn show with Of Montreal was moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park, now reports:

"Regarding Northside Festival in NY this Friday - Me and my band had unexplained difficulties with our visas resulting in the band not being able to make it. This is very frustrating to me as I have been rehearsing with the band for weeks and we were going to perform a whole new set. Neverthless, I was able to find a way to make it by myself. So instead I will be doing a solo acoustic set before Of Montreal and YOU will have to be my band. I'll do some classics, you sing along, we'll have a good time. "
$37.58 tickets are still on sale or you can get in with your Northside Badge.

The BrooklynVegan showcase, which will have openers announced shortly, is also that same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets are also still on sale (or stop by with your Northside Badge).

Listen to a new Jens song HERE.

I Know What Love Isn't

As you may have heard, Jens Lekman is playing the Northside Festival next week, a big outdoor show that was recently moved to McCarren Park on June 15 with Of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils. It's his only North American date at this time.

Wouldn't you know it, Jens has a new album coming out, I Know What Love Isn't, his first in five years which will be out September 4 on Secretly Canadian. Here's Jon Coombs' forward to the album that Jens just posted on his website:

Tracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens / you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun." A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.

I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination. In "The World Moves On" he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus "and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully". Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.

Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few sombre colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains - "I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air." A dry country piano makes "Become Someone Else's" lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in "Erica America" soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force.

In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. "I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country. The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories."

And that's what I Know What Love Isn't... is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.

That's the album art above and you can hear the first single, Prefab Sprout-y "Erica America," below along with the album tracklist and a list of all current tour dates.

Continue reading "Jens Lekman releasing new LP in September (stream a track); playing Northside Fest Next week"

Of Montreal at Webster Hall in March 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Of Montreal

The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal/Thermals/Beach Fossils show on June 15, part of the Northside Festival, has been moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park where the Northside shows were last year. Here's the reason from the Northside folks:

Since we'll be starting SummerScreen in early July, we thought it would be best to keep all our shows in your favorite neighborhood park, so we're coming home to the corner of Berry and N. 12th St, smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg, and a short jaunt from the Bedford L Train.

If you've already bought your ticket, no worries! Just bring it to McCarren Park on the date of the show, and we'll usher you in with open arms.

And if you don't already have tickets, they're still available -- or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those.

Continue reading "The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal Northside Fest show is moving to McCarren Park"

Amanda Palmer @ BAM's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more by David Andrako)

Tickets for the Afghan Whigs show at Bowery Ballroom are on sale at noon. You can still also get tickets to Terminal 5 and ATP I'll Be Your Mirror.

Tickets for the Amanda Palmer show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are on sale at noon,

Tickets for the Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, Thermals, Beach Fossils show at Williamsburg Park are on sale at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge, and these artists are four of many recently announced on this year's Northside lineup.

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

Jens Lekman

Five shows is now six. Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. It's what surely will be the headlining event at the 2012 Northside Festival. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis for Northside badge-holders, though there is no guarantee of admission if badge capacity is filled. If you don't want to take your chances with getting in with a badge, tickets ($33.50) go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon.

It's been five years since Jens Lekman's last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. When are we getting something new? Jens' latest online missive:

The topic for the month of May is : Coffee

When people ask me about my production rate the last five years I sometimes say "Well you can't pour manure in an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out". By which I mean that some things you just go through, you don't write about them or make art out of them.

But then my friend informed me that the worlds finest and most expensive coffee is made out of the shit from a small civet. So that backfired on me.

But I've grinded these beans for you now and I finished the last mixes last night. I just have some mastering to do and some design to finish. Two-three different bands to rehearse with for the tours. Three videos to make. A million interviews to sit through. A few months to let the distributors and labels set up their plans. A summer of being worried about what you're going to think of the album. And then it will be out.

How do you take it? Milk? Sugar?

Jens did release an EP at the end of 2011 though.

The 2012 Northside Festival happens June 14 - 17 at most of the venues in Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Badges are on sale now.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jens Lekman

Like he did on Friday, Geoffrey O'Connor opened for Jens Lekman at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (10/9). Here are some pictures from that 2nd show. The third, with Luke Temple opening, was last night (10/10). Pictures from that one coming. More pics from Sunday, and a video by Ian Perlman from Friday, below...

Continue reading "Jens Lekman completed his 3 night run @ MHOW (night 2 pics, night 1 video) "

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Jens Lekman
Jens Lekman

A little more than halfway through Jens Lekman's sold-out show Wednesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Swedish singer-songwriter delivered the kind of magic moment that has made him so adored, even on the scale of a cult favorite.

During a delicate solo version of "Black Cab," the notes he plucked on his acoustic guitar gently twinkled and ascended into the ceilings of the sanctuary. He sang in a dour deadpan during the song's downtrodden beginning ("I wanna sleep in my bed / I wanna clean up my head /Don't wanna look this dead /Don't wanna feel this dread") and elevated to a stirring falsetto for the song's hopeful climax ("So I say turn up the music / Take me home or take me anywhere").

It's one of Lekman's best songs -- sweet, funny, touching, disarmingly straightforward and delivered without a trace of irony. He splits the difference between Stephin Merritt's pop-savantism and Jonathan Richman's aura of childlike wonder. That's the combination that has made him so lovable and approachable, the kind of person you want to sit with cross-legged on a couch while drinking tea.

Throughout "Black Cab," the audience -- and even Lekman's drummer -- sat in rapt silence. The 30-year-old crooner recognized and acknowledged the significance of what happened.

"That song found a home here in this synagogue," he said at its conclusion, sounding as genuine as always.[Washington Post]

After DC, Jens Lekman toured his way over to NYC and he plays his third Music Hall of Williamsburg show in a row tonight (10/10). Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic opens. Geoffrey O'Connor of Crayon Fields opened the first two nights aka last night and Friday (10/7). Here are some pictures from the first NYC show. They continue below....

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SwedenExitmusic & Loney Dear will play a show together at Mercury Lounge on October 4th. Tickets go on sale at noon. Exitmusic also have a Halloween show coming up at MHOW with the Black Angels.

This 10/4 show is a full month before Sweden's Loney Dear does a short acoustic tour that includes a show at Rockwood Music Hall. It also happens to be the day Loney Dear's new album "HALL MUSIC" is released in North America.

Speaking of Swedish singer-songwriters, tickets go on sale at noon for Jens Lekman's third Music Hall of Williamsburg show.

Continuing with the Sweden theme... The Sounds have announced a tour that includes a November 2nd show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and a November 4th show at Webster Hall. Both go on sale at noon. All dates are listed below.

Tickets also go on sale at noon for the show Scratch Acid are playing at Webster Hall.

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DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - "An Argument With Myself" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Geoffrey O'Connor - "Whatever Leads Me to You" (Lawrence Arabia Remix) (MP3)

Jens Lekman at Green Building in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jens Lekman

As mentioned, Jens Lekman is going on a North American tour with support from Geoffrey O'Connor. The tour previously included two Music Hall of Williamsburg shows (10/7 and 10/9). Both of those shows have sold out but Jens and Geoffrey will return to Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon and are on artist presale now (password?) (THEGOLDENKEY).

Jens recently released the title track to his upcoming LP An Argument With Myself, which is due out September 20 via Secretly Canadian. You can download that track above.

"Whatever Leads Me to You," the single off Geoffrey O'Connor's upcoming album Vanity is Forever was remixed by Lawrence Arabia. We've got a premiere of the remix that you can download above, and grab the original HERE.

Updated dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Geoffrey O'Connor - "Whatever Leads Me to You" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Geoffrey O'Connor - "Now and Then" (MP3)

Geoffrey O'Connor

As mentioned, Jens Lekman is going on a tour this fall that includes two MHOW shows (10/7 and 10/9). It's since been announced that Geoffrey O'Connor (of The Crayon Fields), who maybe you caught at Popfest earlier this year, will open that tour. Both of the NYC shows are sold out.

Geoffrey is set to release his new solo album Vanity is Forever on September 27 via Chapter Music. You can grab MP3s above of "Now and Then" and "Whatever Leads Me to You" and watch a video of the latter, which Geoffrey shot, directed, and edited himself, below.

All dates and the video below...

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