Entries tagged with: Joanna Gruesome
photo: Big Eyes in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Three regulars on the Brooklyn punk/DIY scene, Big Eyes, Shellshag and Aye Nako are teaming up to play a benefit show for Jay & Molly's fight against cancer. It happens August 16 at Saint Vitus with Tender Defender opening. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer below.
Aye Nako were added as support to all Eastern US and Canadian dates on the upcoming Joanna Gruesome tour (that's a good double bill), including the NYC shows on October 30 at Rough Trade (tickets) and Halloween at Shea Stadium (tickets). They're also on the G.L.O.S.S. show at Silent Barn on September 23.
Big Eyes also play with promising Florida band Wet Nurse on September 22 at Silent Barn with Thin Lips (who play a BV-presented NYC show with Cayetana and Chumped in August) and Fleabite. $7 at the door.
Big Eyes are also on the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show happening September 4 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park with Against Me! and Cakes Da Killa. That's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
In semi-related news, Aye Nako and Shellshag's Don Giovanni labelmates Worriers are a week away from releasing their new album, Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), and they're now streaming it in full. Listen below, via NPR. Worriers celebrate the LP with a release show on 8/7 at Knitting Factory with Emilyn Brodsky, Adult Mom and Fleabite (tickets).
Joanna Gruesome's new lineup...
Punky indiepop band Joanna Gruesome released their second album, Peanut Butter, earlier this year. They're about to tour as well, but with one major lineup change: singer Alanna McArdle has decided to leave the band. In a post to their Facebook, she writes:
Lately, my mental health problems have become a lot worse and I've gone through a pretty shitty time. I've realised I need to actually take some time out to focus on some kind of 'recovery', so I won't be singing in Joanna Gruesome anymore. I hate to sound cheesy but the time I had in jgro was life-changing. I made friends with so many amazing people, had the chance to play with some of my favourite bands, went to places I'd never been before (metaphysically and geographically) and pissed off a lot of men in the process. I am really proud of everything I've done with the band, especially Peanut Butter, and I think we've made some really great records. Thanks to everyone who ever put up with me on tour, and anyone who stopped any assholes from hurting other people at our shows xoIn the same post, the band wrote:
lan joined the band after seeing us play somewhere in london years ago after our previous singer moved away, and since then has been the most amazing vocalist/person/band member/gruesome we could have ever asked for. just on like a musical level, it's been incredible writin songs and melodies for someone with such a powerful voice to sing, and her amazin lyrics have always totally improved the aggressive sections of our music. but also in every other way, it's been so so cool to be in a band with someone we've became such great friends with, someone who's been totally unafraid to hone in on horrible jerks and someone who's made negotiating the bullshit of music industry types fun and inspiring. it's taught us loads, we've had some of the best times and we totally support her decision. she's been an amazing person to be in a band with. we will miss her greatly.Joanna Gruesome have also just announced their new lineup, which includes TWO new vocalists:
so we have a new lineup. we're really pleased to be joined by two amazin and inspirin women, KATE (of feminist/queer punks pennycress) on melodic vocals/shouting/screaming and ROXY (of two white cranes, grubs, formerly trust fund and misandrist power trio TOWEL) on melodic vocals/keyboard. we met them both in an occult bookshop.The new lineup of Joanna Gruesome have just announced North American tour dates for the fall which include two NYC shows: October 30 at Rough Trade and October 31 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for Shea Stadium are on sale Friday (6/5) at 10 AM; and tickets for Rough Trade go on sale Friday at noon. All dates (which include a stop at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest) are listed below.
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Pat Graham
Cardiff's Joanna Gruesome have announced the followup to 2013's great Weird Sister (one of our favorites of that year). It's called Peanut Butter, and will be out on June 2 in the US via Slumberland, and May 11 in the UK via Fortuna Pop! and in the rest of the world via Turnstile. Like the last record, it was produced by MJ of Hookworms, and lead single "Last Year" has the band's hardcore/indie pop blend sounding good as ever. Here's what guitarist Owen Williams said about the record:
We tried to make it shorter, more economical and attempted to pack as many hooks and screams in as quickly possible in order to avoid short changing the consumer or wasting her/his/their time. Lyrically it's more obtuse and surreal but also attempts to mock trad masculine rock themes whenever things do get more lucid. But sometimes musically we embrace them by doing embarrassing guitar solos. I'm not sure how much else I'm at liberty to say but one thing I will disclose is that the record is a response to threats posed by rival groupsListen to the new single, with the artwork, tracklist, and list of dates (UK only), below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Mike O'Shea
It's already no secret that UK noise popsters Joanna Gruesome are fans of '90s emo, given their I Hate Myself cover on their split with Perfect Pussy, and now singer Alanna McArdle has taken that love further. She contributes guest vocals to '90s-era emo vets The Jazz June's new single, "Ain't It Strange," which will appear on their new album, After the Earthquake. The song choice makes sense to have Alanna on it too -- it's fuzzy guitar pop isn't that far removed from the kind of stuff she plays in Joanna Gruesome. Jazz June singer Andrew Low told DIY Mag of the collaboration:
I was looking for a certain sound for 'ain't it strange', and at the same time I was listening to Joanna Gruesome's album Weird Sister 100 times a day. 'Sugarcrush' came on the radio one day at work and I just said, "Fuck it, I'm going to write her on Facebook and see if she'll sing on the track." She wrote back and said she remembered The Jazz June from an old indie mixtape someone made her as a teenager. We recorded her vocals in my closet and they are the perfect addition to the song.Check it out below.
The new album, produced by Evan Weiss, is due out November 11 via Topshelf. The Jazz June are also reissuing their classic 2000 album, The Medicine, on October 28 via Topshelf and Evan Weiss' Storm Chaser label.
The Jazz June's only two upcoming shows at the moment are a TBA FFF Nites show in Austin and the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. The Jazz June's on at 11:10 PM, almost the exact same slot Joanna Gruesome played at the BV-CMJ show at Baby's last year.
Joanna Gruesome have an upcoming UK show with Perfect Pussy.
Stream "Ain't It Strange" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:
The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.
"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"
Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."
[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."
...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.
Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.
Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:
Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.
Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:
I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.Read the full, very interesting thing here.
This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.
The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."
People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.
Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...
photo by Kait Mordey
We recently mentioned that UK bands Joanna Gruesome and Trust Fund are releasing a split 12" that's due out September 22 via Happy Happy Birthday to Me in the US and via Reeks of Effort in the UK. We already heard one of the three JG contributions, and now we've got the premiere of one of Trust Fund's, "Scared." Trust Fund is a good fit for a split with Joanna Gruesome. The male/female harmonies and scrappy indie pop of "Scared" isn't too far off from the stuff we've heard from JG so far. And if you're unfamiliar with both bands, any '90s indie rock/indie pop fan should check this out. You can stream "Scared" with another of TF's contributions to the split, "Reading the Wrappers," below. You can pre-order the US or the UK release.
Joanna Gruesome also have a split with Perfect Pussy coming. They were recently in NYC for shows at Shea Stadium with Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything (pics) and South Street Seaport with Big Ups (pics).
Stream the Trust Fund songs below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome / Big Ups @ South Street Seaport - 8/29/14
After Joanna Gruesome's tour with Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and The Love of Everything hit Shea Stadium on 8/26 (pics), they made their way back to NYC for a free show at the South Street Seaport on Friday (8/29), the final Seaport Music Festival show of the summer. (Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth were in Asbury Park that night.) Opening this one was NYC's Big Ups, who look and sound right out of the '90s with influences that don't go too far beyond that era's Dischord and Touch & Go bands, and a wild frontman who does the sound justice.
Joanna Gruesome's set, though it was on a much higher stage for a much more spread out crowd than their Shea set a few days earlier, was just as enjoyable in this environment as it was in that one. And really for both bands the crowds were about as good as they could be at a place like the South Street Seaport: crowded in right up to the front of the barrier.
More pictures from the show, below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome @ Shea - 8/26/14
The stacked Perfect Pussy / Joanna Gruesome / Potty Mouth / The Love of Everything tour kicked off last night (8/26) with a sold out show at Brooklyn's tiny Shea Stadium. It was a great show all around, and packed almost the entire time. Pictures are in this post.
The Love of Everything, aka Joan of Arc's Bobby Burg, kicked things off with a one-man-band set consisting of Bobby's voice, guitar, bass, synths, and a crude drum machine all going through a loop pedal. In a way, Love of Everything was the odd band out on the bill. It was the only one that wasn't a "band" in the traditional sense, and the only one whose songs didn't revolve around briskly strummed distorted guitars. But what he did have in common with the rest of the bill is his music came from a place of rawness and passion, rather than a traditional idea of "technique," something Bobby is undeniably a veteran of.
The energy level began to rise when Potty Mouth followed with their set of poppy punk, but really rose once Joanna Gruesome took the stage for one of the best sets I've seen of theirs yet. Joanna Gruesome are equal parts twee pop and more aggressive punk, but the energy of the latter is what wins out at their shows. All band members thrash around the stage like a hardcore band while singer Alanna McCardle stands at the mic, commanding the crowd with ease. For one song during this set, she took her mic off the stand and gave her wildest performance of the night. The rowdiness of the crowd matched that of the band, at one point causing Alanna to ask them to chill with the moshing ("that's fun for about five of you... and there's way more than five of you here").
There was a pause in the show after Joanna Gruesome, because Perfect Pussy were running late. But once they finally got there, they ran up on stage without a soundcheck and got the room going as nuts as it was for JG. Perfect Pussy's sets are short, but they pack more uninhibited aggression in 15 minutes than many rock bands can in double or triple that time. Last night was no exception, as the band went hard with minimal breaks from start to finish, and it ended with noise guy Sean Sutkus making controlled feedback minutes after the rest of the band had left the stage.
The tour continues, and splits this Friday (8/29), as Joanna Gruesome return to NYC on their own to headline a free South Street Seaport show with Big Ups, and Perfect Pussy/Potty Mouth play Asbury Park. Potty Mouth will also be back for a Cake Shop (9/3) show next week.
More pictures from Shea, below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.
The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.
Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.
In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.
All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...
by Bill Pearis
Joanna Gruesome are presumably working on their second album. While we wait for news on that, the scrappy Welsh popsters will have one side of a split 12" with another UK band, Trust Fund, that will be out September 22 via Happy Happy Birthday to Me. Each band get three songs, and you can stream JG's very catchy "Jerome (Liar)" below. No tracks have been made available from Trust Fund's side, but you can stream the Briston, UK band's 2013 Don't Let Them Begin EP below. Only 500 copies of this are being pressed, order yours.
As you may know, Joanna Gruesome will be touring this summer, playing two NYC shows: August 26 at Shea Stadium with an impressive lineup of Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything (tickets), and then the free Seaport Music Festival show on August 29 with Big Ups.
All dates are listed, with streams and a flyer for the Shea Stadium show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew punky UK indie pop band Joanna Gruesome were coming over to the US for LA's FYF Fest and a free Seaport Music Festival show in NYC on August 29 with Big Ups. Since we last spoke, they've expanded their tour which now also includes a much smaller NYC show happening August 26 at Shea Stadium with a STACKED lineup of Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything. (It wasn't long ago that Perfect Pussy sold out two shows on their own around that size.) Tickets for what should be a packed, sweaty, and all-around very fun bill, are on sale now. All dates (including others with that same lineup) are listed below.
In related news, JG guitarist Owen Williams also plays in the band Grubs who recently released a new single, "Dec. 15 / Gym Shame." If you like Joanna Gruesome or other likeminded British indie pop bands, you'll probably dig this too. You can stream both tracks below.
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.
More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:
Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, AlvvaysAs always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
by Andrew Sacher
UK fuzz rock/noise pop duo Playlounge hail from the same scene that's birthed bands such as Joanna Gruesome (who they've toured with, released a split with, and got matching tattoos with "in the early days"), Nai Harvest (who they're touring with now, no tattoos though), and Pinact. They plan to release their debut album, Pilot, on April 14 via Dog Knights (pre-order), which is also Nai Harvest's label in the UK.
The new single from the album, "Waves and Waves and Waves," should appeal to fans of any of those aforementioned bands (or PAWS or Japandroids). It's driving, covered in distortion, and rarely has time for anything besides piled-on guitar chords and speedy drumming. That track makes its premiere in this post. Listen, along with another LP cut, "Zero," below.
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Glasgow fuzz rock duo Pinact, who we profiled last year around the time they released their ripper of a single "Brew" (via Art Is Hard Records), are back with a new cut, "Guillotine." This one calms things down in comparison to "Brew," keeping things fuzzy and distorted, but heading more into mid-tempo alternative rock territory as opposed to Japandroids-style power punk. The song is from an upcoming compilation that Art Is Hard is co-releasing with the Reeks of Effort label (run by some of the Joanna Gruesome guys) appropriately titled Art Reeks. In addition to Pinact, the comp features tracks by Radstewart, Joey Fourr, and Poledo. It'll be out on March 3 but you can pre-order it now.
"Guillotine" premieres in this post, and you can listen to it, along with Art Reeks tracks from the other three bands, below...
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.
And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.
Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."
Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.
Check out a few Elastica videos below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Speedy Ortiz @ BV-CMJ party at Baby's All Right - 10/18/13
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz already announced they're opening US dates for Los Campesinos!, they've now announced they'll sooner tour in support of another band, indie rock greats The Breeders, who Speedy likely owe some influence to. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall, and Speedy Ortiz will be opening both of those dates. Tickets for both shows are still available. Updated Speedy Ortiz dates, including a European tour with Joanna Gruesome, are listed below.
As mentioned, the Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz tour hits NYC on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
And though Speedy Ortiz aren't opening this one, if you're in Austin, catch The Breeders on New Year's Eve which is the last of their 'Last Splash' shows.
Back during CMJ, Speedy Ortiz played our Friday (10/18) party at Baby's All Right. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and another set of Speedy are in this post. They continue below, along with a video of them playing "Ka Prow!" at that show (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn), and their list of tour dates...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Torres / Pallbearer / Joanna Gruesome
After a hot set by Yuck (who played after Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex and more), things cooled down during King Dude's set, literally, as the venue succesfully tested out their air conditioning for the first time. Nothing were then followed by the heaviest band of the day: doom traditionalists Pallbearer, we announced as our special guest just hours earlier. They played with Saint Vitus at Europa the night before.
Then things eased their way back in a lighter direction, with alt-folk singer Torres -- playing as a duo rather than a four-piece -- who continues to get grungier and more intense each time. We were worried that the transition from the metal of Pallbearer to Torres would be a disaster, but it was just the opposite and both bands played to a full room, even if the faces were not all the same.
Then came one of the most fun sets of the day (if we do say so ourselves) from Hop Along, who had fans packing in towards the front of the venue and singing along for much of their set. Hop Along gave the love right back and didn't hide their excitement that they were getting to open for Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan and Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex. More about both of those special sets HERE.
After Ex Hex, the late-night portion of the show (we were only initially going until 10 PM) began with a set from Amsterdam's Jacco Gardner, who like Spires ten hours earlier, sound a lot like late '60s psych/baroque pop. Then came NYC's good lookin' rockers Drowners, followed by another big winner of this year's CMJ, Joanna Gruesome. The UK band only recently formed, banged out a debut LP mixing twee pop and punk called Weird Sister, and seriously honed their live show, which was one not to miss. A lot of folks who had clearly been at Arcade Fire earlier in the night (a lot of tuxes, a lot of animal masks) made it over for JG's set. The band didn't let amp issues or it being their last of a zillion CMJ shows slow them down, and their set ended with three of the five members in the crowd.
Finally, our epic-length party ended on a highly eccentric note, with a post-1AM set from UK duo Public Service Broadcasting who mix krauty dancerock with samples from '70s and '80s educational films. While they were lacking the projections they normally play with, they were still quite entertaining -- they addressed the crowd purely with dialogue samples -- and their tight set featured the only banjo of the night. After it all, somewhow we we were still standing.
Thanks again to Sailor Jerry and to Raw Revolution for supplying the free organic live food bars that scattered around the venue. Thanks to Vinny's Music, who provided backline equipment for the artists, to Baby's All Right for being so accomodating and for getting the doors open on time, to all the bands who played and to everyone that stopped by.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Courtney Barnett / Pity Sex / Yuck
Thursday morning we still didn't even know if new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right would be allowed to open. One day later, we hosted what ended up being the venue's first show ever for six hours straight on Friday afternoon. We then returned the next morning for an all-day Saturday CMJ party that went from noon til just after 2 AM. Pictures, videos and a recap of that 14 hour 10/19 BrooklynVegan show are in this post.
We kicked things Saturday off with local band Spires, who may be a newish band from Brooklyn but sound more like one from the UK in the late '60s, followed by the shoegazey emo of Pity Sex, who balanced whispered vocals and atmospheric guitars on either side of the stage with their driving rhythm section in the middle. Before their set, at least one member of Pity Sex got some new art on his body in our pop up Three Kings Tattoo shop courtesy of Sailor Jerry who also supplied the free rum we started serving right at noon.
Next up was Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of the big winners of this year's CMJ, who just released The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, a collection of witty lyrics and Summer of Love psych pop. The songs are excellent, and she's got a nice stage presence with a funny attitude and some killer guitar freakouts. She offered a free CD to anyone who got a tattoo of her name.
After Courtney was Yuck, who were playing their first U.S. shows since singer Daniel Blumberg left the band. He wasn't really missed, as the rest of the band traded off vocals on the first album's songs and their new material seemed to go over equally well. (They also gave us their cover of New Order's "Age of Consent.) It was a packed -- and sweaty -- house with a very enthusiastic crowd. Great set.
Then we changed gears for goth/country singer King Dude (playing as a trio), who were a bit more rockin' than they are on record, which made for a good transition into Nothing, who have been tagged as shoegaze, are signed to a metal label but really just came off as a heavy rock band not tied to any specific subgenre (catch them, complete with a new tattoo they also got at the show, at 285 Kent on 10/29).
More about this show with pictures of the second half of the day are HERE. Everything described above, is pictured below...