Entries tagged with: Junior Boys
by Andrew Sacher
This is the first installment of the new "Five Notable Releases of the Week" feature, where, as the title implies, I'll be picking five releases that come out each week that I think are worth hearing. It will mostly be full-length albums, but EPs and mixtapes will count too (just not individual singles). Even with New Music Friday, release weeks are still sometimes arguable, but I'm going with anything that becomes readily available from the previous Saturday through the time of this post each Friday. Ideally, you'll be able to hear all five picks at the time this thing goes up.
Head below for this week's picks...
For this one, BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play some singles off 2016 records they're excited for, some Wolf Parade and LCD Soundsystem in anticipation their return, plus music and memories about David Bowie and Lemmy. There's also discussion of such topics as the Oscars and recent movies (someone doesn't like Star Wars?), band reunions, and more.
Like all "Spotify In Residence" shows (like Hannibal Buress'), you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in February.
by Andrew Sacher
Junior Boys will release their new album Big Black Coat next week (2/5) via City Slang, and now they're streaming the whole thing. Like the early singles (and past releases), it's synth pop but with "synth" meaning heady dance music rather than the melodrama of the '80s era or the bombast of the genre's current popularity. It's a good album start to finish and you can check it out for yourself below (via NPR).
The duo will support the album on a tour with Jessy Lanza, who just announced her own new album yesterday (co-written and co-produced by Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan). As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on March 31 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Jessy Lanza is following her 2013 debut, Pull My Hair Back, with Oh No on May 13 via Hyperdub. Like that album, she recorded it with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys. It's hard to hear Jessy's voice and not think of Grimes, but first single "It Means I Love You" sounds like if Grimes was humming in the background at a dance club at 2 AM. Check out the video below.
All dates are listed below...
We already heard the title track off Junior Boys' fifth album Big Black Coat (due 2/5 via City Slang) and now they released another song from it, "Over It." Listen below.
Junior Boys are back with their fifth album, Big Black Coat which is the Canadian duo's first in five years. It's out February 5 via City Slang. Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus (who lives in Berlin these days) have stayed busy with solo projects, and Greenspan also co-wrote and co-produced Jessy Lanza's 2013 album, Pull My Hair Back. Says Greenspan:
One of the nice things about doing the solo stuff, and in particular the album with Jessy, because it did so well, was that I could stop thinking about Junior Boys as being the thing I do and start thinking about it as a thing to do. That meant I could work with Junior Boys music with the same spirit as I did when it was new. It was hugely liberating and invigorating me, because I was doing things I felt really good and confident about. I was really happy with the last two Junior Boys albums, but if I look back on it, they were challenging records to make, in a way that this one absolutely wasn't.You can check out the chilled out title track to Big Black Coat below.
The group will be touring in 2016 with Jessy Lanza and those dates include a stop at NYC's Webster Hall on March 31. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Jessy Lanza at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub. You can watch the video for its track "Kathy Lee" below, and stream the whole album on RDIO.
Jessy will be kicking off a short North American tour in January that begins in Montreal and then crosses the border for NYC shows at Glasslands on January 17 and Mercury Lounge on January 18. Tickets for the Glasslands show and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
James Blake @ Webster Hall last time (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* Sanda Weigl @ Barbes
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Loney Dear @ Sound Fix
* Petty Fest @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bryan Ferry @ Beacon Theatre
* Andres Calamaro @ Irving Plaza
* Elvis Costello @ Wellmont Theater
* Bad Veins, The Dig @ Mercury Lounge
* Chuck Klosterman @ Barnes & Noble
* Beige, Arc in Round, Dive @ Cameo Gallery
* Deadmau5, Excision @ Roseland Ballroom
* Michael Hurley, Rain Machine @ Zebulon
* Miniature Tigers, Sean Bones @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Maffew Ragazino @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* James Blake, Austra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mr. Gnome, Chat Logs, Noxious Foxes @ Union Pool
* Silver Apples, MNDR, Lemonade, Ital @ Public Assembly
* Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker @ Town Hall
* Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Matana Roberts @ Le Poisson Rouge
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Grooms @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Sims, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Junk Science @ Knitting Factory
* Dive, Spanish Prisoners, Caged Animals, Quiet Lights @ Death By Audio
* Shooting Spires, Schwartzes, Sara Magenheimer, Megafortress @ Bruar Falls
* Nightdogs, Love Craft, Right On Dynamite, Brian Osborne Experience @ Matchless
* Toys and Tiny Instruments Band, Hannah Fairchild, Robin Bacior, Starnes & Shah @ Cake Shop
Junior Boys' new video for "Banana Ripple" below...
photos by Diana Wong
DOWNLOAD: Junior Boys - "A Truly Happy Ending" (Diamond Rings Remix) (MP3)
Diamond Rings @ Europa
Speaking of Diamond Rings, they've been announced as the opener on the previously discussed Twin Shadow tour which hits Maxwell's on September 6 and Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/23) at 9 PM for the Maxwell's show and Friday (6/24) at noon for the Webster Hall show.
Diamond Rings, who recently signed to Astralwerks, re-released his debut Special Affections on the label today (6/21). In light of the reissue, the album is currently streaming on Spinner.
Diamond Rings also keeps busy making remixes. We just posted one he did for Handsome Furs. Above you can grab a new one he did for Junior Boys.
Diamond Rings just played a Northside Festival show on Sunday with Porcelain Raft and Bell. Pictures from that show continue, with all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Happy Summer everybody. Before we get into this week's recommended shows, I hope you've been spending the week, like I have, listening obsessively to Domino Radio which has put together an incredible all-star lineup of presenters for this seven-day experiment. All the shows are archived, so go back and listen to Felt/Denim mastermind Lawrence, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (who appears on the new CSS record), Mute Records founder (and former Silicon Teen) Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos spin tunes, among other notables. Upcoming DJ slots include Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on Friday, Robert Wyatt and Alfie are on Saturday, and The Pastels on Sunday. Here's hoping they bring it back at a later date.
Ok, let's get into what this weekend and beyond has in store. Austin powerhouse trio Ume's current tour hits the city this weekend for two shows: tonight (6/9) at Pianos and Saturday (6/11) at The Rock Shop. As previously reported, the band just signed to Modern Outsider records who will release their debut album, Phantoms, in August. Pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. After NYC the three of them head north to the NXNE festival. All Ume dates are at the bottom of this post.
Memoryhouse also roll into town this weekend. They play Glasslands on Friday (6/10) and Piano's on Saturday (6/11). Both shows are with dreamy acoustic trio High Highs who are worth getting there early to see.
As you may have heard the Toronto duo are now signed to Sub Pop and should have something out on the label by year's end. Memoryhouse is also now a full band, including a drummer, which make the likelihood of their music remaining Eno-ambient less likely. I'd probably have more of a clue if I'd caught their set at our SXSW party this year. Reports I could find from Austin were positive, though not especially descriptive. Anyone got a firsthand report? Personally I"m hoping this more traditional band format pulls them into Slowdive territory. We shall see.
Both shows have their individual draws. Glasslands also has personal faves North Highlands whose debut album is in the can, apparently, and now we just have to wait for someone to release it. They will definitely be the most energetic live band on the bill, unless all the other groups have radically changed. Well, I've never seen Wonder Bear live but judging by the chill sounds on their album Avalanche (a free download) but I have to imagine it will be a mellow affair.
Speaking of chill, you may remember the sweatbox that was Glasslands last summer, well with the new club's new makeover they also finally got A/C. Certainly the 90 degree heat of this week will be a good test for it's power.
Meanwhile the Pianos show on Saturday has Foxes in Fiction which is, on record, basically Warren Hildebrand who is now also a member of the Memoryhouse live touring unit. At SXSW he was backed by Memoryhouse so I'd expect the same here. Last year's Swung from Branches mixed soundscapes with more structured songwriting (he gets compared to Bradford Cox a lot) and his most recent FiF release, Alberto (download the whole thing for free HERE), finds him moving into even more pop territory. It's a packed Pianos bill, including Eastern Conference Champions and Suns (not Suuns).
Let's keep going, shall we? Nashville party rock trio Natural Child are here for a two-night stint at Death By Audio, playing Sunday (6/12) and Monday (6/13). The band's debut album is out now on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label which should give you a good idea of what you're in for. An even better indicator are the two tracks from it at the top of this post from the album. If you like Thin Lizzy, honky tonk side of the Stones and JEFF the Brotherhood, you'll probably dig Natural Child too. These shows are bound to be packed and sweaty (and smokey) so be prepared for that, as well as for having a good time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier who will be playing Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (6/13) and The Rock Shop on Wednesday (6/15). Her solo debut, The Trip, came out last year on Drag City and was a lovely album. Not that far off from what she did with her band for the last 15 or so years, but it has it's own special charms as well.
And lastly this Tuesday (6/14) is a swell double bill of danceable Canadians at Webster Hall: Junior Boys and Miracle Fortress. Junior Boys' fourth album, It's All True, is out that same day on Domino and is another fine example of their lithe, breezy style. Miracle Fortress -- aka Graham Van Pelt of Think About Life -- just released its second album, Was I the Wave, which finds him setting aside the first LP's guitars in favor of electronics with a decidedly Eno-esque slant. You can download album track "Miscalculations" at the top of this post. It's a really nice record. When I caught him at SXSW, Van Pelt performed solo surrounded by tons of equipment and a few vintage table lamps. Not bad for a one man show.
That's it for this week. A few more day-by-day picks follow.
THURSDAY JUNE 9
Did you know The Cloud Room was still together? They are and play Mercury Lounge tonight. Of course they're going to play local hit "Hey Now Now," no need to shout for it.
DOWNLOAD: Miracle Fortress - Raw Spectacle (Pantha du Prince Remix) (MP3)
Junior Boys art for It's All True
"The striking image included with this announcement is a detail of the [new Junior Boys] album's cover, a deceptively abstract image taken by [Junior Boy] Jeremy Greenspan's sister of the UK Pavilion in Shanghai, China. Greenspan made an extended visit to Shanghai to write and begin recording It's All True. Traces of the influence of the trip can not only be seen but heard in tracks like the album opener "Itchy Fingers" whose exotic middle eight features local musicians Greenspan recorded during his sojourn. With much of the album composed and conceived, Greenspan returned to his native Hamilton, Ontario and was joined by [Junior Boy] Matthew Didemus to record in earnest at the band's recently constructed studio where Greenspan had recently mixed and recorded a few tracks on Caribou's most recent album, Swim." - Domino RecordsJunior Boys will hit the road in June with Graham Van Pelt's Miracle Fortress, tagging NYC at Webster Hall on June 14th along the way. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale at noon on 5/4, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are listed below.
June 14th is also the date, It's All True, Junior Boy's new LP for Domino is released. The album's first single, "Banana Ripple," will be out in 12" format even sooner, on May 31st with a remix by The Field on the b-side. Listen to "Banana Ripple", all nine minutes of it, streaming below. Domino is giving away another song in trade for an email.
Miracle Fortress also have a new LP called Was I the Wave? which is out May 17th on Secret City Records. Download the Pantha Du Prince remix of "Raw Spectacle" off that album, above. Listen to the unremixed version alongside the cover art and full tracklisting below.
Junior Boys @ Webster Hall - July 23, 2009 (sneuffer)
As previously posted, The King Khan & BBQ Show are playing two shows in NYC on October. They'll be at Bowery Ballroom on the 30th, and at The Bell House in Brooklyn one day later (Halloween). Dum Dum Girls, who last played their first and only show in NYC during the Woodsist Festival (and have since signed to Sub Pop) will open both dates.
The Bell House show is an early one - it'll be over by 10:30 so that doors can open for the late show which it can now be revealed will be a performance by the Junior Boys (who were last here when they played a rescheduled date at Webster Hall in July). Tickets for the late show will be on sale soon. Tickets for the early show are still on sale now (and no tickets for Bowery yet).
By the way, Dungen and Woods play the Bell House this Friday night (8/14). $15 tickets are still on sale, and you can get in (capacity permitting) for $10 at the door with your stub from the Animal Collective show happening in Prospect Park the same evening. All JB dates below...
Black Lips @ MHOW in March (more by Faith-Ann Young)
tonight in NYC
* Dawes @ Union Hall
* Shilpa Ray @ 3rd Ward
* Curumin, Apsci @ Southpaw
* WAAW Band @ Riverside Park
* Judy Collins at Governors Island
* Squirrel Nut Zippers @ Highline Ballroom
* Magic Magic, You Can Be A Wesley @ The Tank
* Willie Mae Ladies Rock Camp @ Public Assembly
* Caroline Weeks, Lewis & Clarke, Corridor @ Union Pool
* Rise Against, Rancid, Billy Talent @ Roseland Ballroom
* Boy Crisis, Kuroma, Leif, Acrylics @ Santos Party House
* Ginuwine, Joe, Chico DeBarge @ Central Park Summerstage
* Torche, Harvey Milk, Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Wand, Larkin Grimm, D. Charles Speer @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Blank Dogs, Little Claw, Yellow Fever, Talk Normal @ Monster Island Basement
* ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Black Lips, HEALTH, Grupo Fantasma @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Free music today includes the third installment of the Jelly NYC Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront. The bill consist of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Black Lips, HEALTH and Grupo Fantasma. Also free tonight are WAAW Band at Riverside Park, Ginuwine, Joe and Chico DeBarge at the Central Park Summerstage, and Judy Collins at the Beach at Governors Island.
Trail of Dead are also playing All Points West next weekend.
Wand (aka James Jackson Toth) follows up his Issue Project Room gig with a show tonight at The Studio at Webster Hall featuring Larkin Grimm and D. Charles Speer.
Black Lips' video for "Drugs," off their newest record, is posted below.,,,
Junior Boys played Webster Hall on Friday. Video from that show below...
"Uh oh"... a Junior Boy @ Webster Hall - May 7, 2009 (OpenEye)
webster hall part 2 (the boring technical explanation)The new date is July 24th. "All tickets purchased for the May 7 show will be honored on July 24 at Webster." And tickets are on sale.
we are just finalizing the details for the makeup show in new york. it will be announced asap.
on a technical note, a few people have been asking about what happened, and why we had to cancel. i just wanted to let people know that we didn't cancel because we were unhappy with the sound, or because of some minor technical problem that could have been ignored.
our main sampler which triggers the majority of our outputs and which syncs all of our MIDI equipment to each other had a total software breakdown. it completely stopped intermittently in the middle of songs and was spitting out random stuff to the outputs. we attempted a few times to use a different flashdrive and then to use some different memory to get it working but it kept failing. we thought that we were prepared for this unlikely event by keeping a spare sampler with us at all times.....so after a while of failed attempts we decided to swap out samplers and repatch in a new one, but something completely unexpected (and i might add, almost eerily unlucky) happened. when we opened our spare sampler backstage to swap in the extra memory that we need, we discovered (to our horror) that the clip that holds the RAM was completely snapped off.....yeah we couldn't believe it either......so we attempted to gaffer tape the thing together hoping that it would hold. we tried one song like that and the RAM popped out and stalled the sampler. at that point we had no backup and no recourse, and we with very heavy hearts decided that there was nothing we could do.
I know that it might seem overly technical, but basically it comes down to this. we have made things difficult for ourselves in many ways. we have a large amount of instruments on the stage some of which are played by us and others which are controlled by a sequencer. all of the instruments rely in some way on the central brain of the sampler for midi information which changes settings or sends note information. there are many electronic bands who simply press play on a stereo backing track, who either on a cd player or on an ipod and then play an instrument or sing overtop. i'm not trying to make a judgement about that type of performance, but that is not what we do. we believe strongly in using the instruments themselves on stage and creating a 'live' show. that is what keeps things fun and exciting for us as a group. but please remember we are electronic musicians, and it is our intention to do a show of live electronic music, therefore doing some sort of acoustic set, where there is a guitar strumming and me singing is not an option, it isn't who we are, or what we do. and we would feel ridiculous charging people to see that.
i guess the point of this long rant, is simply to try and give some explanation of why the show was cancelled, and to communicate how hard a decision it was for us to leave. we had been looking forward to this show, for many months, i would have done anything to make it happen. we didn't take any money for the show, as the people at webster hall generously agreed to reschedule the concert at the earliest convenience. the support that we received today from many of our fans in new york city has been wonderful, and we appreciate it so much, we will announce the new show soon, and rest assured your tickets will be honoured.....
The above message was written on the band's MySpace blog on May 9th. They also wrote an earlier entry FROM Webster Hall, right after they left the stage. That is below...
"Tickets for May 7 Junior Boys performance can be refunded at point of purchase.We are working to re-schedule this show and your ticket will be good for the new date. Check back for further updates and thanks for your understanding." -Bowery Presents
I almost went to the Max Tundra / Junior Boys show at Webster Hall last night (5/7). The person I almost went with said, "oh man. all you really missed was... nothing. their equipment kept on breaking and i think they actually made it through 3 songs. PAINFUL. i felt soooo bad for them." Similar comments are in the Junior Boys post: "wtf with tonight's show in nyc??????", "disaster show.", and "Poor junior boys, that was hard to watch!"
Razorlight is playing Hiro Ballroom on March 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Ray Lamontagne has added a 2nd show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair. The new March 31st date is on sale.
Cucu Diamantes (Of Yerba Buena) is playing Bowery Ballroom on March 19th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
No Age talks about Telepathe in the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Max Tundra - Which Song (MP3)
Max Tundra @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Dese'Rae Stage)
Max Tundra will be embarking on an extensive six-week tour of the Americas, commencing on March 28th in Toronto in support of last year's Parallax Error Beheads You. Joining him on the tour will be Domino labelmates Junior Boys, they of the forthcoming Begone Dull Care...Max Tundra and Junior Boys play Webster Hall in NYC on May 7th. All tour dates below...
Begone Dull Care, the remarkable new album from the duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, professionally known as Junior Boys, is set for release on March 24th in their native Canada, with the US to follow on April 7th. Begone Dull Care is the band's third album, following the critical and commercial successes of Last Exit (2004) and So This Is Goodbye (2006). The title is a reference to a short film by the pioneering Oscar-winning Scottish-Canadian animator and electronic composer, Norman McLaren, who was a big influence on the conception and creation of this album.
As you already know, The Decemberists are playing two shows at the new Bowery Presents venue Terminal 5 here in NYC. Those are actually just two dates from a much larger fall tour that has them playing two nights at every venue in every town (that they're playing in) - way more multiple-night stints than Colin Meloy's hero Morrissey (dumb comparison, I know), but there's a catch:
With their latest jaunt - dubbed "The Long and Short of It" and launching October 28th in Chicago - they'll hit 13 cities, playing at least two nights in each market. "Long" evenings will focus on the band's epic, progressive compositions. "Short" nights (while no shorter in set length, we promise) will highlight their more succinct, pop-leaning material. Laura Veirs, who guests on The Decemberists' current album, The Crane Wife, will be the main supporting act.So you kind of have to go to both nights to get it all, which is kind of cool. Maybe pricy? Check the pre-sale on Saturday at noon EST to find out (and, get this - to get one of "A limited number of custom pre-sale tickets created by Decemberists illustrator Carson Ellis"). Collectible tickets. There's a catch too actually:
For the pre-sale, fans must purchase both a "long" and a "short" night ticket, but they'll receive a $10 discount. In markets with an odd number of dates, tickets for the final date will be sold separately. Fans who purchase pre-sale tickets will receive a free poster with their order.General ticket on-sale begins September 7.
But wait, there's more: Decemberists REMIXES!
"The Perfect Crime #2," The Decemberists' current single, is climbing the charts at AAA radio, where it's already in the Top 20. On September 25th, Capitol Music Group will release The Perfect Crime #2 EP featuring remixes by A Touch of Class, Diplo and Junior Boys as well as "The Perfect Crime #2.5.1," a version of the song that was heretofore unavailable commercially. (See below for the track listing.) The EP will be available digitally at all DSPs and on vinyl at select independent retail stores (go to http://www.thinkindie.com to find out where).Weird? You can also get the Junior Boys remix for free if you "purchase pre-sale tickets or sign up for The Decemberists' email list". All tour dates below....
THE PERFECT CRIME #2 EP - TRACK LISTING
1. A Touch of Class Robs the Bank Remix
2. Diplo's Doing Time Remix
3. Junior Boys Remix
4. The Perfect Crime #2.5.1