Entries tagged with: John Vanderslice
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Into It Over It at Irving Plaza in December (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss' band Into It. Over It. are set to release their third album, Standards, on March 11 via Triple Crown. It was produced by indie vet John Vanderslice, who's also produced records for himself, The Mountain Goats, Spoon and more, and Vanderslice's earthy touch is certainly noticeable on lead single "No EQ." It's the kind of indie rock that's not too dissimilar from Vanderslice's past collaborators (and former Barsuk labelmates) Death Cab for Cutie, but with busy, frantic drumming that brings Evan's math rock past to mind. It's good stuff -- check it out below (via Noisey).
The band also just announced a lengthy North American tour with the great lineup of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Sidekicks, and Pinegrove. It kicks off right after IIOI play SXSW.
The tour hits NYC on April 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales (passwords = "ICONIC," "musicgeeks") and the general on-sale begins Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
British Columbia's Teen Daze has come along way since the chillwave days of so long ago (2010). His new album, Morning World (his first in three years), was made with producer John Vanderslice in less than two weeks with nary a synthesizer in earshot. Still blissful, but definitely a different approach. You can stream a couple songs, and the whole album via Rdio, below.
Teen Daze will be on tour this fall with Heavenly Beat, including a stop at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on October 9 with Mister Lies on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below.
John Vanderslice last album was actually two albums: an album of original music called Dagger Beach and a cover album of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, which both came out in 2013. That year, John also gave "Song For Clay Miller" from Dagger Beach a single release (with an unreleased 2009 outtake) on The Native Sound, the same label that released the new Former Ghosts single and other cool stuff. Now, The Native Sound is reissuing his excellent 2000 debut, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, which initially came out on Barsuk.
The reissue will include two bonus tracks. One is a cover of the late Jason Molina's "Long Dark Blues" (a Songs: Ohia song), and the other is a new song called "Midnight Blue." That one premieres in this post. Stream both below.
The reissue will be out on Tuesday (5/19). Pre-order here.
DOWNLOAD: John Vanderslice - Raw Wood (MP3)
To say that John Vanderslice's experiment with Kickstarter was a success is an understatement. Not only has he released both Dagger Beach (an album of all new originals) and a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, he raised almost $80,000 and has been releasing sepcial fan gift songs too. One of those is "Song For Clay Miller", "a song written for, and released exclusively to the 1,200 supporters of his campaign" and for a few people who buy the limited Flexi Disc version. Listen to the song below, and to "Vitas At Wimbledon" which is also on the disc. The MP3 above is from Dagger Beach, as is "How The West Was Won" which is in video form below.
John will head out on tour this fall, hitting Illinois in time for Halloween and NYC at Mercury Lounge a few days later. Tickets for the 11/5 NYC show with Samantha Crain go on sale this Friday (8/16) at noon. All dates are listed with the songs, below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Weary Engine Blues is the title of a forthcoming benefit album that pays tribute to Jason Molina who died last week. It will be released by Graveface Records and artists contributing Molina covers include Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin', Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, and more. The album will be out April 24 and proceeds will go to help medical and funeral costs for Molina's family. Preorder it here. It comes with a screen print by William Schaff which you can see below, along with a note from Schaff as well.
You can stream Kozelek's contribution, "It's Easier Now," below.
John Vanderslice will release two albums this year: the first is Dagger Beach, an album of all new originals; and a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs. (He's done the latter live before.) The records will be released concurrently in May and John has decided to put them out himself. (His last album, 2011's White Wilderness, came out on Dead Oceans.) He also launched a Kickstarter to fund their release (both albums are in the can) which only launched on Tuesday (2/19) but has already more than tripled his goal with 28 days left to go. Here's John on going it alone:
I decided to tour much less (with the exception of house shows, which always feels right to me) and release music on my own label, Tiny Telephone.Here's a little more on both records:
For me, the best part of making records and touring was always the friendships I made with fans. Many of you reading this will know exactly what I mean.
There were only two aspects of what I was doing that had to stay: recording my songs and nurturing the relationships with people who have supported my music. That means you.
So you see, it's now just you and me. The label has one employee, and you're looking at him. I'm trying to bring this stuff back to its essence.
Honestly, I'm terrified to put out my own records. For a week after I made the decision, I had intense insomnia and deep regret. Later, I moved to something like terror + incredible excitement. Now, after further reflection, it's clear to me: I was born for this.
The Dagger Beach vinyl issue is a 200g pressing from QRP, the best vinyl plant in the country. It sounds HELLA GOOD. I'm really proud of this record, it's dirtier and weirder than anything I've done since Cellar Door.As with all Kickstarters, there are many levels of funding and some of those come with pretty cool rewards, including, "LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTS, I WILL MARRY YOU (to another person), HOUSE SHOWS, I WILL PRODUCE YOUR EP, LISTENING PARTY FOR DAGGER BEACH, TINY TELEPHONE / TAQUERIA TOUR in San Francisco, UNRELEASED RARITIES CD, and ohh so many more." You can check it all out over at John's Kickstarter and watch his pledge video below.
I've also made a full-length cover of Bowie's amazing Diamond Dogs. A *very* limited run of 200g vinyl records will be available through Kickstarter as well. We've got two new t-shirts (including an updated version of the Library Card), digital downloads, and tons more stuff.
As we saw yesterday, the power is back to most of Manhattan and many more shows are starting to happen. Subways are continuing to get better too. Yesterday we mentioned that the 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains were back up, and now the J and F train are back too. Current subway outage map is here.
If you're looking for ways you can help out with hurricane relief, head to http://www.nycservice.org/.
Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Sunday (11/4).
The Bell House had been open for a few days, but they just tweeted, "Blown transformer, fire under the street, no power on our block." They're moving the "Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance" show to November 23 and are currently looking for a new location to do tonight's hurricane relief open mic.
Maxwell's, which is undamaged, finally got their power back, but unfortunately, "it came too late to enable [them] to host the Crooked Fingers/John Vanderslice show tonight," so that show has been cancelled. John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers did play a pre-transformer explosion show at The Bell House on Friday (11/2), and as hinted, John did in fact wear his Tigger costume.
Tonight's Marea show at SOB's is cancelled.
Tonight's Little Feat and Leon Russell show at Capitol Theatre has been postponed. New date TBA.
Mercury Lounge is open again and tonight's Fenster show with Howth, Norwegian Arms, and Steel Phantoms is still on. Tickets for that show are still available. Fenster were also supposed to play Shea Stadium and Muchmore's last week too but Sandy cancelled those.
As mentioned, the Molly Nilsson and Cat Martino show which was supposed to happen at Glasslands last Sunday (10/28) is instead happening at Public Assembly tonight with Amalie Bruun. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Bowery Ballroom is back up and Gary Clark Jr. plays his first of three shows there tonight.
Mossenek (featuring Mick Barr and Chuck Bettis), Yoshiko Ohara (of Bloody Panda), and Entartete play Death by Audio tonight. It's the first show ever for Entartete, the new project of Speck Brown (ex-Orphan) who formed the band after the tragic passing of Brendan Majewski. Flyer for the show is below.
Le Poisson Rouge finally reopened last night and are open tonight too. Tonight they have a contemporary classical performance by pianist Jenny Q Chai at 6:30 PM, Dan Neustadt (of The Hold Steady, Northern Bells) playing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation at 9 PM, and the rescheduled from Tuesday Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves, Yusek, and JDH & Dave P.
Knitting Factory is also hosting Band Slam the Vote tonight, rescheduled from Thursday (11/1), with Lonesome Empire, The Nepotist, Laura Faye, Ionie, Dream Logic, Sophia Urista, and Joy and The Hansons. The show now also doubles as a hurricane benefit concert, and "all proceeds from ticket sales will go to support non-profit Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts."
UCB Theatre and UCB East are both open and UCB Theatre hosts their weekly ASSSSCAT 3000 shows while UCB East has a stand-up open mic at 5:30 PM, Indie Cage Match at 7:30 PM, Improv Nerds at 9 PM, and The Improv Nerds Jam at 10 PM.
Power is back on at The Stone in the East Village tonight (11/4) so look for a pair of shows including an early 8PM show with Victor Poison-Tete (of rat at rat r) and a 10PM show with Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus.
Barbes opens this afternoon with the first of four events at the venue tonight. Two showings of Señor Calavera's JUST IN CASE, "an interactive image and music driven dramatization of the book Just in Case by Yuyi Morales, go down at 2:30pm and 4PM today, followed by a performance of The Four Bags at 8PM, Amour Obscur at 9PM and la Sabrosa Sabrosura at 10PM.
Trash Bar is hosting a Hurricane Relief Concert & Jam.
Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, and Highway Gimps play Big Snow tonight.
The Reckless Collected, The Dharma Body, Model Stranger, and Shayna Sands play Cameo Gallery tonight.
Street Smells, Easy Lover, Eastern Hollows, and No Kill play Glasslands tonight.
The Living Room is open and are hosting The Lombardi Case 1975 at 2 PM, Afro-Jersey at 7 PM, and Daniel Wayne at 9:30 PM.
The Studio at Webster Hall is hosting Get Out the Vote with Patrick Toussaint, Mad Moiselle, Siya, Shamar Forte, and Wes Cyphers.
The Schtick or Treat Halloween comedy show, was postponed from last Monday (10/29) to tonight at Littlefield. Littlefield also hosts an early show, Yellow Sneaker Sock Hop: Puppet Show and Album Launch.
Union Pool is open and holding a hurricane benefit drive. They write, "We are holding a drive for our fellow New Yorkers in Staten Island Sunday November 4th from 1-6pm. This will be the first of many drives we hold for the communities affected by the devastation that is Hurricane Sandy." Head to Union Pool's site to see the list of items they'll be accepting.
Union Hall is open and hosting Rolie Polie Guacamole with special guest Lou Gallo at 3 PM, and Eugene Mirman's Pretty Good FRiends show at 7:30 PM with host Caroline Creaghead and guests Myq Kaplan, Kendra Cunningham, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Max SIlvestri.
Justin Walter and Ryan Ferriera will perform at Zebulon, which is open for business in Williamsburg tonight.
After returning to some sense of normalcy yesterday, Joe's Pub will host Public Forum Duet: Anna Deavere Smith and David Simon early and John Kelly later at the venue.
Bad Side, Holidays, The Guts and Pity Party are ready to take on The Acheron tonight.
Brooklyn Bowl is open.
Uriah Heep plays BB King's tonight.
Santos Party House was closed last night and don't have anything listed for tonight either, but Monday's (11/5) MNDR, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, and Static Summer show is still a go. Deidre & the Dark (Deidre of Savoir Adore) (who just played NYC) also plays Santos on Monday with Gin Wigmore. However, the Etienne De Crecy show is cancelled.
Cake Shop got their power back and hosted The Luyas and Peace last night, but they have nothing scheduled for tonight.
The Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Band play The Blue Note tonight. A portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross.
Tonight's Leslie West show at Iridium Jazz Club tonight has been postponed to a TBA date in January.
Arlenes's Grocery is back open and tonight they've got Lhabya, The Juvenals, ElixirOnMute, and Bear Language.
Friday's David Choi and Clara C show at Highline Ballroom has been rescheduled for tonight. However, the Acoustic Africa Tour show has been cancelled. Refunds for that one are available at the point of purchase.
Monday's Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy show at Best Buy Theater has been rescheduled for tonight. All tickets will be honored.
Terrence Hannum of Locrian has a new zine available for order now. The zine, which is based on art inspired by the pentagram, comes with a cassette that is to be listened to while viewing the zine. Check out a video preview of the zine below. Locrian has a new split with Horseback out now via Relapse Records.
Joey Bada$$ was joined by The Roots for his late night TV debut on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Check out a video of him performing "Waves" below.
John Vanderslice as Tigger (via David Williams)
John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers kicked off their tour together in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday (10/30), and despite Hurricane Sandy, they've been moving on as planned, having played DC last night (10/31) and they'll be in Philly tonight (11/1). For last night's show, which was Halloween, John Vanderslice dressed up as Tigger (pictured above), and said that DC was chaos with "Halloween revelers, cops everywhere, and a massive fire in NE." And if this tweet is to be believed, we might see John's Tigger costume at the NYC area shows too.
The NYC area shows happen on Friday (11/2) at The Bell House and Sunday (11/4) at Maxwell's, both of which still appear to be on. Tickets for both the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are still available.
John Vanderslice also joined Aimee Mann on stage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, when her tour brought her to that venue back in September. Aimee's tour was supposed to hit NYC for two shows with Ted Leo this week but Hurricane Sandy made like a thousand changes to their schedule. They ended up postponing their Bowery Ballroom show to a TBA date and played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (more on that soon).
An updated list of John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers dates is below.
John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers (the project of Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann) are teaming up for a co-headlining tour together this fall which hits the NYC area for shows at The Bell House on November 2 and Maxwell's on November 4. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for updates on the Bell House and ticketfly for Maxell's. Tickets for other dates on the tour are going on sale this Friday (8/10). All dates are listed below.
John Vanderslice recently performed David Bowie's 1974 album, Diamond Dogs (the one with radio hit "Rebel Rebel") in its entirety at San Francisco's Vogue Theater (8/2). John was joined by Jason Slota on drums, Jamie Riotto on upright bass, and Rob Shelton on Rhodes for the show. After finishing the performance of the album, he also threw in a cover of "Ashes to Ashes" from Bowie's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Videos of John and band playing "Big Brother" and "Ashes to Ashes" at the show are below.
Those videos and a list of all dates are below.
by Andrew Frisicano & Jake Forney
Damien Jurado & John Vanderslice @ Mercury Lounge (photo by Steven Marsh)
Damien Jurado and John Vanderslice started their two-night NYC run at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (5/12). They're at the Rock Shop tonight, and it's now sold out.
On this tour, Vanderslice - accompanied by Jason Slota on drums, keys and other things - has been inviting the audience to join him on stage. On his website he gives some examples of what might happen.
-You can sing lead or harmony vocal on "Trance Manual"What happened last night?
- You can play a solo on "Exodus Damage" with an instrument of your choice, the weirder the better.
- You can trigger that cool squiggly sound in "Underneath The Leaves".
- You can also choose your own adventure. Again, the stranger the better.
BV correspondent Jake Forney was there for Damien Jurado's set (and a small bit of JV's). His report and some videos of John and guests from earlier on the tour are below...
Damien Jurado @ a BV Day Party @ SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"For the most part, 95 percent of my songs are fictitious," says Jurado.Here's a reminder that the Damien Jurado / John Vanderslice tour rolls in to NYC tonight, 5/12, for shows at Mercury Lounge and then the Rock Shop (both still on sale). An updated set of tour dates is below...
But he does conceive his material much the way a novelist would, with dialogue, towns, characters. Many of his tracks are named after places -- "Arkansas," "Kansas City" and "Wallingford" (a Seattle neighborhood) on Saint Bartlett.
"I just need a setting, a place to put the story," he says. "I do not write short stories, but I do write short stories. The short stories are the song."
Repeated listenings to the record reveal recurring, somewhat submerged themes: characters are stuck outside their homes, looking in, trying to find their way back, or a safe place to sleep; lights left on serve as both a sign of safety or welcome and as a visual reminder of being physically removed from the business of life.
The recordings are open and sparse, but there are loads of little details -- a handclap, a mellotron part, half-hidden harmony vocals -- which reward focused attention.
"I'm really into space," says Jurado. "That's what jazz does, it's full of clutter, but at the same time it's full of lots of space. The clutter creates space. You're pushing more space to be created." [Hartford Advocate]
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Ivan and Alyosha & NYC's Living Room
Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha played a pair of NYC dates in March: 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom supporting Bobby Long and 3/4 at the Living Room (where these pictures come from). Since then they visited SXSW, and hopped on tour with John Vanderslice. That tour ends in Seattle on 4/21. In June they'll return to NYC to play two free shows in one day at NYC's World Financial Center. That's listed like this:
Ivan & AlyoshaUPDATE: These two shows are NOT the same day.
Presented by Arts World Financial Center and Arts Brookield
Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers, but a new brand of tender dreamers. They navigate the music world contemplating their path as a band, and, despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful, and longing, unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts. Acoustic, 12:30pm. One New York Plaza. Also full band, 5:30pm. June 23 World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street.
All tour dates and more pictures from the Living Room are below....
words & photos by Andrew Frisicano
Twin Shadow @ Fader Fort
A crowded backyard tent filled with cigarette smoke, free open-faced tacos (pork, chicken, brisket or veggie), a man carting a dolly of Lone Star cases through the crowd, and a pair of middle-aged guys picking a fight with each other on a Wednesday afternoon. "Doesn't he know I'm a ticking time bomb?" the offended guy says, a bit like he's not joking. JEFF the Brotherhood is playing too, which is more or less the occasion for all of this, my first show of SXSW 2011. The JEFF brothers aren't really the focus though, since they'll be playing a dozen other times this week, and most of the people are concentrating on the tacos, their conversations or their inability to get away from the door of the totally (did I say?) packed room.
In spite of that, the band is tearing through songs from Heavy Days and their new LP We Are the Champions, and between songs tossing out free vinyl singles into the crowd: "Those are going to slice someone's neck open," says Jake before slinging a few more across the room. They go into "Bummer," a ballady, Dino Jr.-style headbanger, that's one of the standout new tunes.
Trash Talk @ BV/Feed the Beat Day Party (photo by Samantha Marble)
Ty Segall's entertaining and totally worthwhile band is up next, but the BrookylnVegan day show at Emo's is also currently happening, the highlight of which has to be the simulatneous staging of Cali punks Trash Talk (who went on before Kylesa) and Mister Heavenly (who went on before Surfer Blood). Mister Heavenly are a supergroup of-sorts you've heard about. On the inside, Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman towers over everyone with the body of a scarecrow and a scary-as-hell perma-scowl; he smashes his forehead with the microphone a few times to draw blood. "Stick around for Surfer Blood," he says, before crawling into the crowd and standing on what I can only hope were someone's shoulders. People start edging toward the door. On the outside stage, Mr. Heavenly performs an appropriately lovely set, its two frontmen trading verses in their own styles.
After that, the Fader Fort brought Twin Shadow on stage, the bedroom-pop project of George Lewis Jr. that's become a wildly good live band. For an outdoor venue, the system sounded impressively balanced and clear - which would turn out to be a rarity at the festival. That was 'specially good for Yelawolf, whose songs sounded vital in a way that your iPod just can't do. With no crew to speak of, his solo athletics put in an early bid for best-of.
Yelawolf @ Fader Fort
Later that night at Stubb's, Yuck and James Blake played what would be the first of several for both. Both did well on the big stage, a portent of things to come, vibing out in their respective styles: fuzz rock and chilled-out pop. Check out both of their sets for yourself at NPR- Blake and Yuck.
The previously mentioned John Vanderslice/Damien Jurado Rock Shop show is in fact part of a tour. The two troubadours will hit the road together in April. They hit NYC for two shows: The May 13th Rock Shop (tickets) show happens one day after a May 12th show at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: John Vanderslice - "Sea Salt" (MP3)
John Vanderslice at Public Assembly (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Though tickets are still available for both the March 28, and the March 29 Mountain Goats/Megafaun shows at Bowery Ballroom, John Darnielle and crew have added a third show at Bowery Ballroom happening March 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
The last time that John Darnielle was in NYC was with The Extra Lens during CMJ as part of a short tour with John Vanderslice who later wooed the crowd in the middle of the day and in the middle of the floor at Public Assembly as part of the BV day party. Now the singer/songwriter (JV) will make his first trip back to NYC since that outing, and with a new LP in tow; White Wilderness is out now via Dead Oceans. So far there are no additional East Coast dates to report, but John Vanderslice will take on Brooklyn's Rock Shop on May 13 with Damien Jurado! A Fine double bill. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2/11).
And like JV, Damien Jurado, who is still supporting his latest Secretly Canadian release Saint Bartlett, is planning a trek to SXSW in March. Damien will be joined along the way, and for more dates afterwards, by Viva Voce. All dates and some videos below...
John Vanderslice & Minna Choi
John Vanderslice's new album White Wilderness is not technically out until Tuesday, but you can purchase it now from Amazon, and for just $3.99. PLUS, Amazon will exclusively give you a cover of Atlas Sound's "Walkabout". That's a pretty good deal, though if you want the physical product, for more expensive, you do have the option of purchasing directly from the label (Dead Oceans). They'll give you a free instant MP3 download of the full album too.
Speaking of free downloads, we are premiering "The Piano Lesson", track #4 from that album. Download it above to get a sample of the product. "Sea Salt" from the album is up there too. You can also stream the Piano track, and check out the whole tracklist with cover art, below.
So, what is this album all about, what's so "magik" about it, and who is that in the picture with John above? Dead Oceans answers...
"The newest entry into John Vanderslice's deep and undeniably remarkable catalog is White Wilderness, and it's a record like no other he's made before.An album trailer, song stream, cover art and tracklist, and a few John dates (all California) below...
Here are nine new and wildly impressive JV songs captured live over three days in a unique collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a collective of classically trained musicians in the Bay Area led by artistic director Minna Choi.
Did you catch that? Recorded live in three days! Never in his long career of super-smart pop songwriting paired with masterful recording and production has JV shed his reliance on hours and hours of agonizing studio wizardry. Never before has he passed up the chance to tweak and twist endlessly in mixing. For this album, all that went away. It's simply a room full of friends playing music.
The Magik*Magik Orchestra have a comprehensive mastery of classic performance and repertoire, but also have a full appreciation of the aesthetics of indie and underground music. Choi arranged and conducted White Wilderness with 19 members of the Magik*Magik playing strings and horns, vibraphone, pedal steel and piano, an assortment of reed instruments, and much to JV's benefit, the voice of Minna Choi singing backup at key moments throughout the album.
Recorded in San Francisco, White Wilderness was produced by John Congleton, whose resume includes albums by St Vincent, The Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky, Bill Callahan and many more.
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"At Brooklyn Vegan showcase. Free booze & food. Sick line-up. Ty segall, times new Viking, Dom, lower dens, asobi seksi, devotchka, etc. #cmj" - death & taxes
"Packed at publc assembly but there's still some room...
Shrag are on at 3:15..." - Bill Pearis
"Almost forgot about Shrag, what a find! fun band!" - Ryan Muir
"Pretty sure Ty Segall just won CMJ." - J. Edward Keyes
"The large number of bands at the BV party was split between Public Assembly's two stages, with sets overlapping. With free Magic Hat Number Nine (somehow apricot-flavored beer seemed like a suitable substitute for breakfast), both sides of the club were filling rapidly. So while I caught a minute or two of Lower Dens' vespered melodies, I wasn't about to miss Times New Viking . The Columbus trio recently wrapped up work on a new record (due out on [a label] sometime in the near future) and this was to be the first time I would hear the new stuff. Though the band was by their own admission still tired from the night before, their set didn't show it, with the buoyancy of songs like "Skull Versus Wizard" and "Teenage Lust!" undiminished. The new tracks, which showed the most prominent melodies TNV has composed yet, fit in alongside the older cuts. Though I've now lost count of how many times I've seen the band, I'm always struck by how they remain too anxious to stay in one sonic realm for long, their quick succession of albums marked by continual revision." [ Limewire]This is part two of our coverage of our own Friday day party that took place at Public Assembly on Friday, 10/22/10. Any bands that were missed in the other post, are definitely in this post. Some are in both.
Did you miss the Phantom Band at this show or one of the other few CMJ shows they played? Well, don't miss them this week when they return as part of their tour with Frightened Rabbit (at Terminal 5 on Saturday they're on first of three before Plants and Animals).
Wanna see Dom again soon? They play NYC again this Saturday (10/30) too.
More pictures and some more videos from Public Assembly, below...
"Phantom Band at Public Assembly. This is making me very happy" - amanda farah
"the big find of today so far: First Aid Kit at @brooklynvegan.
check it out!" - French Press Films
"The Luyas did this light show during their set. And the vocalist/guitarist totally reminded me of Frente! Enchanting #CMJ" - brian fee
"Public assembly again! Ty Segall rippin it up" - genevieve oliver
"Just learned that DeVotchKa is headlining today's BV free CMJ day party at Public Assembly. I'm so there!" - M. Millions
"[Friday] included a bit of borough hopping between Brooklyn and Manhattan. First up was the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Public Assembly. This included two rooms of free music and free alcohol (if you like [Magic Hat] or Firefly). There was also a table selling BV shirts, proceeds of which go towards "Music Has Power" (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Good music + a good cause = good party by the Vegan. There's another one [Saturday] that has a sick line-up. Gonna head there first thing [Saturday].Shrag and Devotchka were both announced as additions to Friday's bill on Thursday night. Thanks so much to everyone that came by, especially those who showed up early to fill the room for Jonny Corndawg's 12pm set, even if it was just because you wanted one of the free Earpeace earplugs we gave out to the first 50 people through the door. Hopefully you were rewarded by Corndawg's sweet country sounds (washed down with free Firefly and Magic Hat)...
One other thing worth noting about that BV party is one of the bands: Shrag. This band was from the UK, which got me thinking about how many bands travel from all over the world (especially places like the UK and New Zealand) just to come to CMJ. I think it's really cool how this festival gives people a chance to experience music from not just all over the country, but from different parts of the world as well. Because let's face it, how many of us are going to be visiting New Zealand any time soon?" [News on Shuffle]
Jonny Corndawg is an Esmont native who plays in Charlottesville all the time (his website says he's in Nashville) and who I caught for the first time over the weekend. His square jaw was beard-covered and framed in a cowboy hat and huge sunglasses. The silly facade--"Jonny Corndawg" is inlayed on his acoustic guitar!--can only hide his chops for so long. If he didn't have chops, would he have written these lines:Hopefully you also got there while the free V-Spot empenadas were still available. As Andrew pointed out, they were delicious. If you didn't get an empenada, hopefully you at least snacked on a free Raw Rev bar or two.
"Drink water and juice with a little slice of lemon/ eat a raw clove of garlic every once in a while/ meditate, appreciate, learn a foreign language/ and understand that immigrants have the hardest lives." [c-ville]
As Andrew also pointed out, John Vanderslice (who played Mercury Lounge the night before) ended his solo set in a very special way - on the floor with 2 guest musicians (one with a horn). The crowd, dreaded member of Nada Surf included, had the three performers completely surrounded. After the set, John went out to coffee with fans (or at least that's what he said he was going to do).
Devotchka capped things off on the main stage, complete with more horns. Thanks again to Vinny's Music for the equipment. More pictures and some videos from the whole day (with a second set on its way). below...
Frank Bruno & John Darnielle (the Extra Lens)
By the time I got to the Extra Lens show at the Mercury Lounge, I had missed John Vaderslice (luckily NYC Taper taped it) and the room was so packed that I had to stand a few inches away from the door. The view may have been terrible, but the sound was anything but. Finally. After the show at The Woods, it was a nice change of pace to see a band who was actually completely comfortable and confident with performing. I must confess I never got into the Mountain Goats (sorry to offend), but I was taken by the Extra Lens and in particular, by John Darnielle. What a charming man. I'm pretty sure he could have instructed the room to do calisthenics, and they would have obliged him. Darnielle and Bruno were so personable between songs. To the delight of the crowd, Darnielle stepped off stage and marched all the way to the back of the room to sing for their pseudo-encore. It seemed kind of odd that they were playing in such a small space, but I guess those Merge bands just likes to keep things intimate, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
John Vanderslice's only other CMJ show was our Friday day party at Public Assembly. The Extra Lens only also played a KEXP session. More pictures from Mercury Lounge, where Dan Mangan who also played our loft party also played, below...
by Andrew Sacher
CMJ (pic by thewildhoneypie)
The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon took place in NYC from Tuesday, 10/19 through Saturday, 10/23. Here's what I did, broken down by day...
I started day one of CMJ, my first-ever CMJ, at the 'Future of the Music Business, Really?' panel. It was really interesting and I learned a lot. The panelists discussed potential ways to keep the industry of recorded music alive, and from what I gathered, most of them agreed that if there was some way to pay a fee for unlimited music downloading, it would probably result in the most positive reception.
From there I hit the 'American Hardcore and the Rise of Modern Rock' panel. This was probably the most interesting panel I went to all week. It was moderated by American Hardcore: A Tribal History author Steven Blush and the panelists talked about how so many aspects of modern rock really are directly influenced from the early '80s hardcore scene, especially regarding the relevance of indie record labels, street teams, and samplers.
They also discussed how the American hardcore movement really is an art movement, not just a style of music. Among the panelists were Vic Bondi from Articles of Faith and Jack Rabid from the magazine, The Big Takeover. It was great to hear things about the movement from people who had really been there when it was prevalent. The event was one of many recent promotional appearances for Steven Blush. You can catch him again in NYC at The Strand at 7pm on 12/15.
Then I made my way over to the Ground Control showcase at Irving Plaza which was headlined by Jenny and Johnny (who I couldn't stay for). I really enjoyed Times New Viking - my first time seeing them. The drummer has the band move from one song to the next so quickly. I also enjoyed Wild Nothing's set a lot, especially now that I knew their album. I had actually seen them over the summer open for The Morning Benders but wasn't really familiar with them at the time.
Though we maybe went less crazy this year compared to others, there will be no lack of BrooklynVegan shows taking place during CMJ this year. You already know about the big official show Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the much darker one taking place Saturday at Union Pool. I can now finally tell you about the first of two free day parties taking place at Public Assembly in Brooklyn during CMJ week....
The date: Friday, October 22nd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
STAGE 1That's fourteen kick ass bands (two still TBA) in six free hours, but that's not all... We'll have free booze (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
12:30 Magic Bullets
01:15 The Phantom Band
02:00 Ty Segall
02:45 Times New Viking
04:15 Asobi Seksu
05:15 TBA (will announce Thursday night)
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video below.
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
The BV day party is also Asobi Seksu's only show that isn't their official CMJ showcase (which is taking place at Santos Party House on Saturday night).
Ty Segall plays his official showcase Saturday night, but at Knitting Factory. Also on that Panache Booking Showcase are AIDS Wolf, Turbo Fruits, Heavy Cream, Pujol, Tôg, Circle Pit, and SCREENS.
Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.
And stay tuned for what we're doing in the same exact venue during the same exact times one day later. And stay tuned for the bands playing the other two Friday slots.
Also thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, to Line 6 for even more sweet gear, and to Underground Press for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity.
Some videos below...
1. Thule Fog (MP3)The above six songs and cover art belong to a brand new EP by John Vanderslice entitled Green Grow The Rushes. The free album can also be downloaded in higher quality, with lyrics, and better art, at John's site.
2. I'll Never Live Up To You (MP3)
3. Pony Express (MP3)
4. Streetlights (MP3)
5. Lay Down (MP3)
6. Penthouse Windows (MP3)
Those on John's home coast (the west one) can catch him live this week. Those of us in the east will have to wait for October when he goes on a short tour that hits Mercury Lounge in NYC on October 21 (it's a CMJ show). Joining him on that show, and at least three others, will be The Extra Lens, aka the new project by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Franklin Bruno of the Human Hearts.
Dan Mangan also plays that CMJ show. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.
All dates below...