Entries tagged with: Jesus and Mary Chain
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
by Bill Pearis
The Black Ryder's new album, The Door Behind the Door, is out February 24 via The Anti-Machine Machine. Produced by core duo Scott Von Ryper and Miss Aimee Nash, it's a gorgeous record of what you could call widescreen psych, with crashing drums, deep layers of guitars, mellotrons, and swelling choruses, all working in harmony. (If you like Besnard Lakes or Slowdive, do check this out.) The band have just shared my favorite song from the album, "Let Me Be Your Light," which really shows off the scope of the new album. Stream it below.
You can still get tickets to The Black Ryder's NYC show at Mercury Lounge on March 10, which is with local psych rock band White Hills. After that, the band will head to the UK for a few shows before returning to open for The Jesus and Mary Chain's North American Psychocandy shows. Still no NYC JAMC show announced, but all Black Ryder dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, was a gamechanger in the indie world, marrying girl group pop to blistering feedback. (Not that they were totally the first to dabble in this, but they did it more blatantly than anybody else.) It's been imitated so much since it's easy to forget what a landmark album it was at the time. The record turns 30 next year and the Reid Brothers will be celebrating with a short UK tour in November where they'll play the album in full:
11-19 London, England - TroxyFor those in other parts of the world, fear not. The band say these shows are just the "opening salvo in what threatens to be a host of live onslaughts, festival dates and other special plans from the band in the run-up to Psychocandy's anniversary date next year." (JAMC last played the U.S. in 2012.) The big question here is can they rope original drummer (and now Primal Scream frontman) Bobby Gillespie into playing at these shows. In the meantime, buy your earplugs now.
11-20 Manchester, England - Academy
11-21 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
You can stream Psychocandy in full below, and watch an entirely crazy/hilarious Canadian TV interview with the band from 1985, the days when their egos knew no bounds.
Pitchfork reports that JAMC have signed with Creation Management which is run by onetime Creation Records magnate Alan McGee. Creation put out the Mary Chain's first single, "Upside Down," which not only launched the band's career but helped turn the label from small potatoes business into the one that signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, and Oasis. Upside Down is also the name of the very entertaining 2010 documentary about Creation Records that does a great job of charting its very sex, drugs and rock'n'roll rise and fall, with interviews with most of the label's major players and bands. If you've never seen it, it's being screened in NYC at Videology on May 22. Full disclosure: it's part of the monthly "Sound & Vision" series which I host. There are giveaways (including some vintage Creation Records imports and a pass to NYC Popfest) and I'll be spinning Britpop after the screening. It starts at 8 PM and is free and open to the public.
The trailer for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story and a stream of Psychocandy, below...
JAMC at Irving Plaza, 9/13/2012
The Jesus and Mary Chain played their first of two NYC reunion shows at Irving Plaza last night (9/13), backed by support from The Psychic Paramount and The Vandelles. The band, who also hit Hopscotch on this tour, returns tonight to close out their stay. Unfortunately I arrived shortly before The Jesus and Mary Chain got on stage, so I missed the openers but pictures of the Reid brothers and Co are in this post.
To say that I am a huge fan of JAMC is a bit of an understatement; Psychocandy is one of my favorite records ever. My last experience with them was during their reunion tour in 2007, and I was more than a little disappointed with their "stage show" that night at Webster Hall. That said, their music has meant so much to me over the years, that I decided to give it another go.
But some things are better left in your head. The brothers Reid definitely had a great setlist (see it below), but there was a looseness (a few times they were just plain sloppy) that wasn't befitting a "professional band," let alone one that charges around $50 for their shows and his been around for close to 30 years. That noisy guitar tone that marked those early records is not in the same city, let alone ballpark. And though it seems to fit the persona, Jim Reid's vocal delivery is a hair above full-on sleepwalk.
But all that said, there is nothing taking away from those songs, so despite my misgivings it was still great to hear them open with "Snakedriver" and play classics like "Reverence" and "Just like Honey" (anybody know who sang backing vocals?) though "Sometimes Always" would have been nice (yes, I know that Hope Sandoval isn't exactly the easiest pin down, let alone replace live).
Pictures from Irving Plaza, including the setlist, are below.
Psychic Paramount at Cameo in July (more by Caroline Harrison)
Smoke-machine-loving psychedelic noise rockers The Psychic Paramount will be touring this September. First they'll head out as the support act on The Jesus and Mary Chain's previously announced tour, which hits NYC on September 13 and 14 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the 9/13 show are still available but the 9/14 show appears to be sold out. Just after that tour ends, The Psychic Paramount will play a third show in their hometown of NYC at ATP NY, which goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. They'll be playing on the Sunday (9/23) along with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees, Braids, I Break Horses, and others.
The Psychic Paramount played Hudson, NY's Basilica Music Festival earlier this month. You can check out a really noisy video from their set, along with a list of all upcoming dates below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Garbage/Feist/JAMC at Osheaga - 8/4/12
Nineties alt-rock heroes Garbage returned this year with a new album, a refreshed attitude and a Shirley Manson who looked like she hasn't aged a day in her life. What's more impressive, though, was the fact that their repertoire of classic cuts didn't sound outdated at all. Instead, we're reminded that synth-laden rockers "Push It" and "Stupid Girl" were, in fact, much more ahead of their time and as a result sound brand new nowadays. Garbage was a cool blast from the past that festivalgoers who were unaware of their age would've mistaken them for a bright and exciting up-and-comer. - [National Post]While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago, Montreal was holding the Osheaga Festival. It kicked off on Friday, August 3 and continued that Saturday (8/4) with sets from Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, and more.
Actress Jessica Paré (aka Don's wife and "Zou Bisou Bisou" singer on Mad Men) joined The Jesus and Marcy Chain for "Just Like Honey" (which Scarlett Johansson sang on at Coachella '07) and "Sometimes Always" and video of that is below.
Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 is coming soon. More from day 2 are below...
Tickets are on presale now for both recently announced The Jesus & Mary Chain shows happening at Irving Plaza. There's a "Live Nation" presale and a "Music Geeks" presale" Password? General sale begins at the same link on Friday (6/22) at 10am.
Tickets are also now on presale, both AmEx and "Internet" (password = Giant), for the two David Byrne & St. Vincent shows happening at Beacon Theater. General sale begins Friday (6/22) at noon which is also when the Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Park show goes on sale.
Morrissey tickets also went on presale today.
JAMC at The Fillmore, SF 6/14/2012 (via @Starflyerboy)
As we knew The Jesus & Mary Chain were heading to the East Coast (Osheaga in Montreal in August and Hopscotch in North Carolina in September), and various dates around Hopscotch have leaked, but we've been wondering when and if an NYC show might appear. Turns out there are two: the JAMC will play Irving Plaza on September 13 and 14. Tickets for the 9/13 and 9/14 shows go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10AM with a presale starting June 21 at 10AM. All currently known JAMC dates are listed below (more to be announced).
The Reid brothers played California last week, with a Stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/14. Here a bit of SF Weekly's (mostly) positive review:
Last night at the Fillmore, The Jesus and Mary Chain botched the beginning of three different songs, accidentally knocked over multiple microphone stands, and dropped many drum sticks. The Reid brothers, Jim and William, who comprise the group's core, bickered; additional guitarist John Moore was told to "shut up"; and the microphones fed back intermittently. Yet it was incredible how well all of this negativity suited the band.It's not a good JAMC show unless the band are on the brink of a fistfight. A few videos from the Fillmore show and the setlist are with the dates below.
The JAMC's aesthetic is marked by a duality that permeates every facet of its existence. Each hook is balanced with noise. Its catchiest tunes are usually the most depressing lyrically. During the band's set last night, this duality manifested itself in more than just the songs. Adorned in black blazers underneath minimal lighting, and enshrouded in gratuitous clouds of smoke, the group maintained a stoic attitude throughout the evening that was only broken by fits of frustration...
... The most upbeat tunes were followed by the most mournful, and activity on the sold-out dance floor degenerated into a bog of underwhelmed fun-seekers. Seemingly in a reaction to the morose pace of "Sidewalking," one attendee clambered on stage and began crawling. For the duration of the song's final verse, chorus, and outro, the woman slowly crawled her way from one side of the stage to the other, uninhibited, and looked decidedly cool doing it. A frenzied stage diver would not have had nearly the same effect. Anticipating the inevitable plunge and capture, she donned shades and plodded along with the perverse determination of a cult ritual. Like the tragic heroine in a JAMC lyric, she made a spectacle before self-destruction. [SF Weekly]
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Good idea for a cover...
The Jesus & Mary Chain @ SXSW (jnipmex)
The Jesus & Mary Chain played a SXSW show last night, Thursday (3/15), at the Belmont (same venue we threw our Daniel Johnston/Built to Spill shindig in on Tuesday). It was one of their four scheduled U.S. shows this month, though the first two were postponed/cancelled due to some visa issues. During their Austin set, to quote @liveflowers, "some guy just jumped on stage & stripped naked next to jim reid before getting thrown off stage." Stay tuned for pics as they surface. Check out a picture of the setlist from the 3/13 show, HERE.
Icy and great LA band Cold Showers fittingly opened the showcase, AND will play their very next show at noon TODAY (3/16) at Hotel Vegan in Austin (at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX). They are the band that was previously marked as "TBA" and join a lineup that includes Polica, The Twilight Sad, Tennis, Youth Lagoon, TRUST, Light Asylum, Eleanor Friedberger, The Black Angels, and many more. If you're in Austin, stop by! Check out a video of Cold Showers performing in "Room 205" below...
JAMC at Webster Hall (more here)
Its been five years since the brothers Reid have made their way around the US as The Jesus & Mary Chain. Now it looks like the band will be back on our shores to play a select set of dates in and around SXSW including the 35 Denton Festival. "Underpinning the Reid brothers' three-chord assault on these 2012 dates will be (sometimes drummer and guitarist from Pyschocandy line up) John Moore on guitar, Phil King on bass and a drummer to be announced." Full tour dates, which do not currently include NYC, are listed below. It's unclear if any more will be added.
The J&MC shows are in celebration of the band's upcoming slate of reissues which include additional bonus tracks and bonus DVD content. Head to the band's site for more info.
35 Denton also recently announced Atlas Sound and many more bands on its lineup.
All J&MC dates and some video below.
Mickey Factz playing w/ the Cool Kids during CMJ (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* Army Navy @ Union Hall
* Trap Them @ Union Pool
* Jay-Z & Lil Wayne @ Izod center
* The Roots @ Roseland Ballroom
* Born Ruffians @ Sound Fix Records
* The Legendary Pink Dots @ Knitting Factory
* Donny Goines & Mickey Factz @ Knitting Factory
* Chief, Samuel, The Postelles & FrankPollis @ Santos House Party
* Born Ruffians & Plants and Animals @ The Bell House
William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain was born today in 1958.
Halloween is soon.
Joe from Breakfast at Sulimay's interviewed Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite. Video below...
oops, I forgot to post this monday!...
The Jesus and Mary Chain 4-CD box set of b-sides and rarities, The Power of Negative Thinking, is my favorite new release this week.
From the releases I have already heard, I can also recommend Ani DiFranco's Red Letter Year, Dungen's 4, Gemma Hayes' Hollow of Morning, Madlib's WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, and the Vivan Girls' self-titled album
Aside from the Jesus and Mary Chain release, box sets are plentiful this week, including Nina Simone's To Be Free, Philip Glass's Glass Box: A Nonesuch Retrospective, and the Miles Davis 50th Anniversary Kind of Blue (2-CDS&DVD&LP) (reissue with bonus tracks).
What new music releases can you recommend this week? Have I left anything worthwhile off the list?
DOWNLOAD: The Comas - You Got The Bumblebee, I Got The Stinger (MP3)
The Jesus & Mary Chain played their new song "All Things Must Pass" on Letterman. It was their second appearance on the show. Last time they they played "far gone and out", and Letterman introduced them as an English band. This time William wore a shirt that said "Scotland" to make sure the same mistake didn't happen twice. Nice touch, but kind of a boring performance. The old one was much better. How was Webster Hall? Letterman video below....
As rumored, Scarlett Johansson sang backup during "Just Like Honey" for Jesus & Mary Chain at Coachella....
Etch a Sketch (CRED)
"Singer Jim Reid seemed pissed off. Maybe he's always like that. Who knows? But after they had played a few songs he asked the crowd, 'Happy we're back?' Which of course got a huge cheer. He replied, 'fuck off' and looked at the drummer......Annie from Giant Drag appeared to sing background on 'Just Like Candy' and not the rumored Scarlett Johansson...." [LAIST]
Tickets are on sale for the NYC shows. They play Coachella tonight.
New Jesus & Mary Chain tracks, sort of....
This was the JAMC's final show at the House Of Blues. They broke up AT this show. It fell apart in front of our eyes! No flash was allowed so many of these are dark (except the ones I snuck a flash when I saw it was coming to an end) [Todd Nakamine]That is no longer their "final" show. They're back, and not just for shows in California...
Jesus & Mary Chain - 2007 Tour Dates
04-26 Pomona, CA - The Glass House (sold out) *
04-27 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella) (sold out) *
05-21 New York, NY - Webster Hall
05-22 New York, NY - Webster Hall
These shows are the real Jesus & Mary Chain.
Sister Vanilla (MP3s above) is their new family project ("Featuring ex-Jesus And Mary Chain luminaries Jim Reid, William Reid, and Ben Lurie with Jim and William’s sister Linda on vocals") that is J&MC-like, and currently has no tour dates. All J&MC dates below....