Entries tagged with: Kanine Records
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Pinact at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Glassgow duo Pinact have been making anthemic fuzz rock for a few years now, and they recently signed to Kanine Records for their new album Stand Still and Rot, which comes out next week (5/19). It was produced by MJ of Hookworms and, like their previous material, it's in the same realm as PAWS and Japandroids -- sugary pop songs played like fast, shambolic punk songs. A full stream of the album premieres below.
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)
As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).
After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.
Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Bill Pearis
Xray Eyeballs @ Bumble and Bumble 3/26/2013
Kanine Records, current home of Eternal Summers, Zambri, Fear of Men and more, are turning ten years old this year, quite an accomplishment for any label born post-Napster. To celebrate, they're throwing a birthday party at Union Pool on Wednesday (4/10) with live entertainment from Xray Eyeballs, Royal Baths side project LODRO, and Montreal's Valleys. The new album from Valleys isn't out till the end of the month, but you can pick up early vinyl at the merch booth that night. You can also pick up free Kanine cassettes and fanzines there too.
The party, which also celebrates 10 years of The L Magazine, is free with open bar but you need to RSVP.
XRay Eyeballs open for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sold-out show at Webster Hall on Sunday (4/7). A few weeks ago (3/26) they played played an event at Bumble and Bumble's downtown salon and pictures from their performance are in this post.
LODRO, meanwhile, play Death by Audio on Saturday (4/6) with Far-Out Fangtooth, Psychic Blood, and Dont.
Flyer for the Kanine party and more pictures from that Xray Eyeballs show below...
Beach Day at Knitting Factory, June 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day are visiting NYC again, playing two shows: tonight (7/25) at Public Assembly with The Babies (of a few shows the Babies have going on), Wild Yaks and Daytona; and Cake Shop Thursday (7/26) with charming local indie poppers Chalk & Numbers, and Island Twins. All Beach Day tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned before, Beach Day have signed with Kanine Records who just released the band's debut 7". Echoing early '60s pop, it's custom-made for sunny weather and comes on white vinyl, to match your jeans. You can stream both sides of the single below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers have a come a long way in the last two years. Now a three-piece, the band combine a tense energy, musicianship, and increasingly-skillfull pop smarts into an effortless package. It's new wave in the best sense and you could almost imagine them in between Athletico Spizz 80 and The Go-Gos in Urgh! a Music War. The band's new album, Correct Behavior, is packed with potential singles and we got most of them -- "Millions," "Wonder," and "You Kill" -- last night at Knitting Factory as part of the Kanine Records/Terrorbird showcase at the Northside Festival. Maybe it's because I had been listening to the new album a lot and knew almost every song they played, but Eternal Summers were the best I've seen them...yet.
Eternal Summers will be back in NYC on July 26 for a show at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still available) and will be back again August 12 to play the free afternoon Sound Bites Series (which I curate) at Fulton Stall Market down by South Street Seaport. All Eternal Summers tour dates are listed below.
Before them on the Knit bill were their old freinds Bleeding Rainbow (the two bands shared an early split 7"). In turing from a duo to a four-piece, have become a pretty powerful force themselves, though the harmonies have a little ways to go in matching the instrumantal skills and songwriting which are already there. The vocals got better as the set went on, though, and when Rob and Sarah nailed them, they recalled X by way of early-'90s Sonic Youth.
The rest of the evening was good too: percussive-heavy Zambri slinky and danceable (more than a little Siouxsie in their music); Hollywood, FL's Beach Day make appealing bubblegum garage despite wishing they'd thought harder about coming up with a band name; and Air Waves' aimiable jangle.
Headliner Class Actress packed the room, but I chose sleep. More photos from the night are below.
by Bill Pearis
While one could argue whether or not we need any more bands names with the word "beach" in them, Hollywood, FL trio Beach Day do avoid reverbed-out production and most of the other sonic signifiers associated with the term these days, in favor of '60s R&B/girl group pop. You can stream a couple songs over at their Bandcamp.
Beach Day will make their NYC debut next week. They'll play during the Northside Festival at the Kanine Records showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 that also features Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, plus guests Class Actress and Air Waves. Tickets are available now, or you can get in with your Northside badge (limited number of badges get in). Beach day also play Pianos the day before (June 13) with Ski Lodge, Cool Serbia and The Hudson Branch, and advance tickets are available now.
The flyer for the Kanine Northside show is below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Millions (MP3)
Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012 (more)
Roanoke Virginia's Eternal Summers will release their second full-length LP, Correct Behavior, on July 24 via Kanine Records. The band have just released "Millions" from the album which, deservedly, got Best New Track on Pitchfork. With barely a hint of reverb, "Millions" is the shiniest, poppiest thing we've heard yet from the band, a major step forward for them.
Eternal Summers, who recently reissued previous EPs and 7"s on one record, are also lining up summer dates, which include visits to Toronto's NXNE Festival (June 13) and Northside Festival (June 14 at Knitting Factory). Click through for all tour dates, plus Correct Behavior artwork and tracklisting.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before, Young Prisms play tonight (3/5) at Glasslands with Austin's Boy Friend. The San Francisco band's second album, In Between, is out at the end of the month and we've got the premiere of Violens' remix of the album's lead track, "Floating in Blue." Violens took the very shoegazy original and kind of turned it into a late-80s New Order track. You can compare and contrast -- both versions are downloadable above.
Speaking of Violens, they just signed to Slumberland who will release their new album True on May 15. If you followed their monthly digital single releases last year, you may recognize a few of the songs on True. One of the new ones on the album, "Unfolding Black Wings," is downloadable at the top of this post.
Click through for the video to Young Prisms' "Floating in Blue," plus tour dates for the band.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
San Francisco quintet Young Prisms are gearing up for their second album on Kanine, In Between, which is out March 27. You can check out a track from In Between at the top of this post. "Floating in Blue" is an apt title for the song which rides on a gentle wave of glide guitar, analog synths and ethereal vocals.
The band will be packing up their many guitar pedals and hitting the road in about month for a tour that, as previously mentioned, hits Glasslands on March 5. They'll be out SXSW as well, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with In Between's cover art and a streamable version of "Floating in Blue."
Black Pus at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday?, High Places play Glasslands tonight (8/18) with Soft Circle (featuring Hisham Bharoocha formerly of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice), Zambri, and Driphouse. Tickets are still on sale.
Zambri, who are also on the Glasslands bill tonight, recently signed to Kanine Records. They were set to play Summerscreen in McCarren Park on 8/3 along with a screening of Clueless but the show was rained out. It's since been rescheduled for August 24 at McCarren Park. The band are set to release their debut EP Glossolalia on November 8 via the label. They'll play a record release show at Glasslands on November 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Check out the EP's artwork, tracklist, and a teaser video below.
Happy New Year aka Eleanor Logan of Adult Themes, who is on the DbA bill with Black Pus, also plays Out in the Streets Festival which takes place on August 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Fireproof. Other artists on the festival include NewVillager, Lemonade, Janka Nabay, The Forms, Computer Magic, Magic Mountain, Physical Therapy, Milagres, Mi Ami, and more. A flier for the festival is below.
All dates, video and other stuff below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Though we didn't get there in time to get pictures, Bill said Eternal Summers were a highlight of the Kanine Records Northside Festival showcase at Knitting Factory Friday night. The bill also included a rockin set by Grooms, Pepper Rabbit (who Bill liked despite thinking he wouldn't), X-Ray Eyeballs (who also played the secret show at Death By Audio with Thee Oh Sees later in the night), and headliner Surfer Blood who played a few new songs during their late set to a packed house. If you were there, how long did you wait to get in? Surfer Blood also opened for Guided By Voices on Saturday.
More pictures from the Knitting Factory show, and a video of Surfer Blood playing "Twin Peaks" at the show, below...
Surfer Blood at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Surfer Blood will play a smaller Northside Festival show before opening for Guided By Voices on June 18 at McCarren Park. The first show is the Kanine Records showcase at Knitting Factory on June 17 with Eternal Summers, Grooms, Pepper Rabbit, Xray Eyeballs, Zambri, Dream Diary, and DJ Andy French. Tickets are on sale for that and still on sale for Guided By Voices too. Both shows can also be accessed with a Nothside badge.
Pepper Rabbit also play Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/16) with GIvers (tickets). They're also heading out on a tour with Braids which hits Mercury Lounge on September 6. Tickets go on sale for the Mercury show, which Pepper Rabbit is not listed as playing, on Friday (6/17) at noon.
All Surfer Blood dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - Facelove (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: PS I Love You - 2012 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Warpaint - Undertow (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Radio Dept - Never Swallow Fruit Dub (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Radio Dept - Never Follow Suit (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Radio Dept - Heaven's On Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Luyas - All New Tiny Head (MP3)
The Radio Dept
After a long weekend of overeating and couchdwelling and Kanye overload, I hope you are all nice and rested up for what is a pretty great week of shows. Here's a bunch of stuff I recommend.
Sweden's The Radio Dept are playing two NYC shows ahead of their first-ever real tour of the U.S. and Canada this week. All dates are listed below, but the NYC shows happen at Knitting Factory Tuesday night (11/30) and Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (12/01). Both are sold out. This will be the band's first visit to our area since the 2009 NYC Popfest.
It's been a busy year for the somewhat unprolific Scandinavian trio. In addition to their fantastic third album, Clinging to a Scheme, which came out back in April, The Radio Dept. just released a new EP, Never Follow Suit, which takes the dub-heavy album title cut (also on the album) and makes it even dubbier (download both versions above), plus adds three new blissed out tracks.
The band are also finally gathering up all their non-LP singles, b-sides and EPs for a double-disc compilation, Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 which comes out early next year. A lot of their great early EPs are out of print (like 2003's Pulling Our Weight) and it'll be nice to have them all in one place. Double vinyl too for those with turntables. With music spanning from their first single through tracks off Clinging to a Scheme, it makes for a nice overview of the band...but still holds together really well. Little has changed in The Radio Dept.'s sound over the last eight years, but they are one of the best examples of "don't fix what ain't broke."
Abd if you're going to one of the two Radio Dept. shows, be sure to get there early to catch Montreal's Braids, who I just saw play in their hometown.
PS I Love You @ Pop Montreal (more)
While on the Subject of Bands I Saw Play in Canada Recently, one of biggest hits of this year's M for Montreal festival were PS I Love You:
Most everyone seemed in agreement that PS I Love You were the best band of the night. The duo from Kingston, Ontario are an indie Mutt and Jeff, kind of like the Pixies with a new wave back-end. Yelper-guitarist Paul Salnier actually pulls triple duty live, playing bass parts too via a Moog bass pedal setup which is pretty cool. Drummer Ben Nelson plays heavy on the high hat a la New Order's Stephen Morris which gives their songs danceability. Their record, Meet Me at the Muster Station, is good but, live, PS I Love You are a force.Maybe you saw PS I Love You at one of their many CMJ shows. They're back, playing The Rock Shop on Friday (12/03) and Pianos on Saturday (12/04) and both shows are with Florida's Holiday Shores. You should definitely catch them this time around. Two tracks from their debut album are at the top of this post. They're also giving away single "Starfield" over at their label's website through 12/02, so go get it (you gotta give them your info in return). All PS I Love You tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Also visiting us this weekend are Los Angeles foursome Warpaint, who play The Studio @ Webster Hall on Wednesday (12/01) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (12/02). Their debut for Rough Trade, The Fool, has gotten mostly good reviews. It's a record that has really grown on me in the last month, hitting that sweet spot between dustbowl new age goth and early-'80s post punk. Not that those are mutually exclusive terms. Spindly guitars, groovy basslines, complex percussion, dreamlike vocals... it's somewhere betweeen Haena-era Banshees and Bat For Lashes with just a smidge of Stevie Nicks. Which is a good thing if you ask me. If Warpaint aren't on the next Twilight soundtrack somebody's not doing their job.
The band are good live too, with an especially nimble rhythm section. And if you didn't like the album the first time you heard it, I urge you go give it another chance to sink in. Check out "Undertow" above, and there are a couple live performance videos further down this post along with all upcoming Warpaint tour dates.
Badly Drawn Boy
Like a lot of people, I loved the first Badly Drawn Boy album The Hour of The Bewilderbeast, which rightly won the 2000 Mercury Music Prize (at least given its competition). Damon Gough then went to Los Angeles and lost his way almost immediately after. Good songs here and there, yes, but none of his subsequent albums have been anywhere near as solid or as sonically interesting as Bewilderbeast. Yet I always give the new album a chance.
I'm happy to report that the vibe of BDB's new album -- the mouthful of a title It's What I'm Thinking Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes -- returns some of his debut's homespun charm. It's his first since parting ways with EMI and starting his own label and you can sense the freedom this has brought across its 10 tracks. (Parts 2 and 3 are due at some point in the future.) There may not be anything as immediately catchy as "Everybody's Stalking", but you can tell this is music Gough wanted to make, not music he thought someone else wanted to hear. It's a nice album. Give up your email address and you can download a few new songs at BDB's website.
Badly Drawn Boy plays Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (12/03) and Saturday (12/04). Badly Drawn Boy shows have always been a bit of a crapshoot. Shows are notoriously long, ramshackle affairs with extended noodling, rambling stage banter and other digressions. Gough is the only Mercury Prize winner I have ever seen to actually take audience requests, including other people's songs he has never played. (Think twice before you yell "Freebird!" at a BDB show, you may end up regretting it). But there are always moments of brilliance in there too that make you glad you went, which is I guess Gough in a nutshell.
That's the main stuff this week. A few more shows of note, day-by-day, of things not covered above follows:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
Garagey soul band Fergus & Geronimo, who recently relocated here from Texas, headline a great night of music at Glasslands, that also features another bunch of recent transplants, former Arizonans The Young Friends. Also on the bill: Little Gold and We Are Country Mice.
Denver duo Tennis play Mercury Lounge, their first shows since a wave of hype packed Glasslands and Cake Shop back in August. Nice folks, but take away all that reverb that coats their recordings (as they do live) and the songs aren't quite as magical. The night's line-up is pretty good overall, with Family Portrait, Miracles of Modern Science and La Big Vic. Tennis also open for The Walkmen (and a slimmed-down School of Seven Bells) at Terminal 5 the next night.
by Bill Pearis
Dean Wareham @ the Rock Shop in August (more by Chris Gersbeck)
I'm gonna guess that Bowery Ballroom will be one of the tougher entrances tonight, 10/22, as Dean Wareham will be playing an all Galaxie 500 set at midnight. I saw him do it at The Rock Shop over the summer and while there's no replacing Damon and Naomi, this is a good approximation. And as close as we're ever going to get. Definitely worth seeing if you're a G500 fan. San Diego's JAMC-loving Crocodiles play before at 11PM.
If you missed The Phantom Band at our day party earlier, they play again at Knitting Factory (8:30PM) as part of a super-solid showcase that includes Title Tracks (9:30, excellent power pop from ex-Georgie James man John Davis), Gentleman Jesse and His Men, (10:30), COOLRUNNINGS(11:30, gaining good buzz as CMJ goes on) and Baths (12:30am). For beer connoisseurs on the cheap this week, KF has cans of Pork Slap for only $3. No need to drink PBR here. $10 without a badge.
Kanine Records takes over Cake Shop tonight, and I like pretty much every band playing: Dinowalrus (who have been focusing more on melody than noise lately), Dream Diary (skilled Pastels-y indiepop), Viernes, Pepper Rabbit, Montreal's ethereal Braids, Young Prisms ("young" is the new "wolf" this year), Roanoke VA's Eternal Summer (definitely a CMJ must-see), We are Country Mice, and Grooms. Matt fromA Heart is a Spade DJs. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Frankie Rose & the Outs are playing their only CMJ week show tonight at Coco 66 (10PM) with Tamaryn (11PM), Light Asylum (midnight), and the just added Glasser (1am). It's an unofficial show, no badges, but only five bucks to get in. (Buy advance tickets here.) It's also probably your only chance to see Tamaryn with a smoke machine, which will certainly add to her gothy, shoegazy appeal. (Her record is great if you haven't heard it yet.) And Light Asylum are one of the city's best kept secrets.
Grooms, who can sling the drone and feeback as good as anyone, also play the free Impose party at Don Pedros tonight. It's an all-Brooklyn line-up, a good bet if you're from out of town and want to get a crash course in the DIY scene. Go early to see Regal Deagal who sound a little like Wire (punky, Krauty, nervy), and stay for Grooms, terrific noisepop duo Sisters, underrated pop band Darlings, and the dreamy, melodic Tony Castles: Also playing: Tough Knuckles and Snakes Say Hiss. Again, it's FREE.
Also on the free tip, the YoursTru.ly folks are throwing a party at Glasslands which is no cost to you, the music fan. You could pay for much worse: Sun Airway, Cults, Kisses, Laurel Halo, Candy Claws, Young Man, Oberhofer, Guards, and James Vincent McMorrow.
* Matthew Dear @ Webster Hall
* Ghostface @ BB King's
* Four Tet @ Webster Hall
* Nada Surf @ Mercury Lounge
* My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5
* Hard Skin, Forgetters @ Europa
* Lissie & Dylan Leblanc @ Hiro Ballroom
* Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on a boat
* Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Beacon Theater
* Big Freedia, Javelin, Dominique Young Unique @ Southpaw
Friday flyers, set times and such are below.
Marnie Stern @ the Rock Shop on 10/5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Marnie Stern @ CMJ 2010
Oct 20 2010 6:00P - CMJ Terrorbird @ Cake Shop
Oct 20 2010 11:00P - CMJ Stereogum/PopGun @ Santos Party House
Oct 21 2010 10:30P - CMJ Kanine Records @ The Pyramids
Oct 22 2010 3:30P - CMJ Redeye/Village Voice @ Bowery Electric
Oct 22 2010 5:30P - CMJ Pitchfork @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 23 2010 12:00A - CMJ NME @ The Delancey
Oct 23 2010 ?:00P - CMJ Brooklyn Vegan @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
(Pitchfork will apparently be at Brooklyn Bowl for Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
(save the dates!)
Starting December 17th, Insound, the online indie super-store, known for its impeccable selection of vinyl and well designed music merch and gifts, will open a unique holiday pop-up gallery at 303 Grand St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The gallery will be selling the best designed music gifts from Insound's inventory, including silk-screened, limited edition posters, t-shirts, deluxe LP box sets, art books about music, turntables and unusual audio gear and music gifts.DJing the first night (tonight, 12/17) will be Brooklyn's own Small Black. The full schedule and a flyer are below...
In a neighborhood filled with great small record stores, Insound will not be selling standard LPs or CDs at the pop up gallery. Instead, the company's staff has curated the space with the intention of showcasing products that express the very best product design and quality applied to a love of music.
Additionally, every night from 7-10pm, in conjunction with The Fader, the gallery will host special live music events featuring surprise guest DJs and complimentary cocktails.
The Drums - new band picture
The Drums went from playing a lot of shows a few month ago, to disappearing for a while. That hiatus ends next year when they return to headline Bowery Ballroom on January 13th. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Maybe the band is currently on vacation in their previous home state of Florida because they're also scheduled to play a show tonight (12/4) at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami. Their only other show between now and NYC is on New Years Eve in Chicago (the city with all the best New Years Eve shows this year).
Opening the Bowery show will be Surfer Blood who were most recently in town to open for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl. Surfer Blood also have a New Years Eve show scheduled, but theirs is in NYC at Cameo Gallery with Frankie (Rose) and The Outs, Beach Fossils, and We Are Country Mice. It only costs $10 which is a bargain for that night, though the venue is kind of small. Set times and other details about that show below.
A list of the the other New Years options in NYC (and elsewhere) is HERE. All SB & Drums dates below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
After an exhausting CMJ full of shows including the BV party at Pianos on Thursday (10/22), Surfer Blood are back as part a tour that keeps them on the road for the next month. They open shows for both Art Brut and Japandroids along the way. The Florida band is one of two openers for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (11/13). The other is Midnight Masses.
Right before CMJ it was announced that Surfer Blood signed to Kanine Records. The Brooklyn label will release their album Astro Coast on January 19, 2010. Art Brut also plays Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (11/15), but the openers on that show are Jeffrey Lewis and Murder Mystery.
All Surfer Blood dates and more pictures from Pianos below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Lights On - John and Anne (MP3)
Glasgow's Trashcan Sinatras have been with us for 20 years now, having perfected their brand of sparkling, literate guitar pop that initially garnered them comparisons to The Smiths. Like fellow Glaswegians The Blue Nile, the Trashcan Sinatras take their time between albums -- the brand new In the Music is only the band's fifth. (It should be noted that time between albums is not entirely their doing -- the band have had colossally bad luck with record labels.) The band made the album here in New York with Ivy guitarist Andy Chase behind the boards. Like their other four records, it's loaded with gorgeous songs, arpeggiated guitar lines and swoon-worthy harmonies. Weirdly, it's also got Carly Simon singing backing vocals on the song "Should I Pray?" How did that come about? Guitarist Paul Livingston explained to Bullz-Eye.com:
PL: Well, after we recorded the backing tracks in New York, the producer, Andy Chase, was going to set up a studio at his house in Martha's Vineyard. And he said, "Come on, Carly Simon lives here." And we were floored, and thought, "That would be great if we could meet her." And so he asked her to sing on a song, and we got her a lot of the songs we were working on. But the disappointing thing was, when we were in Martha's Vineyard, she was in New York. So we didn't meet her, which is kind of a bummer.Maybe Carly will show up at Trashcan Sinatra's show this Saturday at Bowery Ballroom (8/15). Tickets are still available. Either way, they tour here about as often as they make records so don't miss this chance to see them. Opening is Andy Chase's other band, Brookeville, who definitely owe a little to Trashcan Sinatras and other pristine '80s pop.
BE: Oh, that's no fun.
PL: Yeah, that's shit, isn't it? The idea was that she'd come to Martha's Vineyard and sing, and that'd be great. And then when people asked us in interviews, 'what was it like,' we thought we'd have a better answer than, "We didn't meet her." But we're going to invite her to some of these gigs, see if she'll come. But it was really nice of her to be so into the music.
You could make it a night of late-'80s/early-'90s UK pop Saturday (8/15) if you bolted from Bowery Ballroom right after the Trashcans and hit Cake Shop where former (and sometimes current) Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt will be performing. For those who don't remember, the band were originally part of the short-lived UK "grebo" scene (bands that looked like hippies but sounded punk-ish) that also included Pop Will Eat Itself (Hunt was their original drummer) and Neds Atomic Dustbin, but the band soon developed a celtic pop sound that got them into the British charts many times. In those days of the most unfortunate fashion in modern history, The Wonder Stuff were staples on U.S. college and commercial alternative radio too, with cheeky songs like "A Wish Away," "Don't Let Me Down Gently," and "Welcome to the Cheap Seats." Miles is touring with Wonder Stuff violinist Erika Nockalls which is nice since fiddle played heavily into their sound.
Also this week: San Diego's Lights On make their first trip to NYC, playing four shows starting Thursday night (8/13) at Club NME at the Annex. I don't know a whole lot about them, but their self-released debut EP is a nice collection of '80s-influence pop -- most reviews I've read bring up New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen, both of which are pretty easy to detect in their sound. But it's definitely more influence than imitation, and I like them enough to check out one of the four shows (all dates at the bottom of this post). If you could go to any of the four, I'd recommend the Saturday (8/15) show at Union Hall in which they're part of a solid lineup that also includes Philly's can-banging Drink Up Buttercup, Kiwi-influenced Brooklynites Beach Fossils, and Florida buzz band Blind Man's Colour.
Blind Man's Colour
Blind Man's Colour make the sort of cut-n-paste psychedelia that gets you quick comparisons to Animal Collective, and they've been praised by Kanye West ("SOME DOPE SHIT FOR MY APARTMENT"), as well as by people you might more expect (Ed Droste, Stereogum, Pitchfork). Their debut album, Season Dreaming, which I like about half of, is out next week on Kanine Records (Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Princeton) but I'd have to imagine they'll be selling it at the merch table. These guys had their first-ever live show a couple weeks ago, so you might want to go in with lowered expectations. BMC are playing a number of shows this weekend, and all area dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Other shows happening this weekend: Tonight (8/13) at Hudson River Park at Pier 54 we've got a free River Rocks show with Yeasayer and Amazing Baby. I haven't seen Yeasayer since All Hour Cymbals was still fresh (circa CMJ 2007?), so I'm curious to hear some of their new material and check out the now five-strong lineup. As for Amazing Baby, it's well documented on this site I'm a fan but realize many are not. Chacun à son goût.
Friday is the final show of this year's Seaport Music series, ending strong with School of Seven Bells and The xx. The forecast looks good, and shows have been sounding great at the Seaport all summer so this is how I'd recommend you kick off the weekend, though I realize many will be at Prospect Park for Animal Collective. But Seaport is free.
Too much going on Friday. If you want to dance, Littlefield has Canada's slightly nerdy duo Woodhands and the Latin-loving Project Jenny/Project Jan.
And if shambly DIY pop is more your thing, The Beets (who will soon be hitting the road with Vivian Girls), German Measles, Pop.1280 and the new-but-quite-promising Fluffy Lumbers play Silent Barn. It's a birthday bash for my pal Rachel (full disclosure!) but everyone's welcome. Flyer below.
I think that about does it. Tour dates, videos and flyers are after the jump...
by Bill Pearis
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With the weather today in NYC being just about perfect, I imagine the Seaport will be super packed for tonight's show with Pains of Being Pure at Heart (7/10), which will be their biggest hometown show yet. (Jay Reatard may not be there, though.) I don't think a year ago anybody, even those who've loved them from the start, would have thought TPOBPAH would have gotten as big as they have. Their minds have to be kind of blowing, but from what I can tell they're taking it in stride. The band are gearing up for a West Coast tour with Girls (most of TPOPBAH were at Girls' Mercury Lounge show two weeks ago) and then a bigger fall tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars and drummer Kurt's other band, The Depreciation Guild. Kurt has also been known to help out with gothy, atmospheric duo ZAZA who are also on tonight's Seaport Music Festival show.
But what to do after Seaport? Canadian duo (and Pitchfork Best New Music recipients) Japandroids are in town and while Saturday's show at Pianos is sold out, there's still tonight's show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. I'm not 100% sold on the record, though every time a song comes up on shuffle I'm always like "oh who's this?" which makes me more than curious enough to check them out. That loud-and-anthemic quality of their music reminds me both of '80s STT bands like Husker Du or fIREHOSE, and the '90s Halifax scene (Thrush Hermit especially) and I have a feeling Japandroid's live show will put me over into the full-on "yes" category. Tonight's show also features fellow Canadians Little Girls who I wrote about a few weeks ago when they played Littlefield, and local noisemongers Dinowalrus who recently signed to Kanine.
"We just signed to Kanine to put our debut album called "%". it will come out in October.Cameo's a nice addition to North 6th St, and if you ever find yourself bored by a band there, you can always just stare at the giant hypnotizing psychedelic fiber optic Snuffleupagus head that hangs above the stage.
we already have two 7"s out. one was self-released, the other was a split 7" put out with Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne Australia on EXO (apache beat, slits, japanther)" - Dinowalrus
Over at Union Hall, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle plays, supporting his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter. If he'd released it as a Grandaddy record I don't think anyone would've flinched, as it's more of the stoner spacerock about suburban ennui that is Lytle's forte. Maybe it's a little more acoustic based than Grandaddy were, but it's not like he's decided to do anything radically different here. That isn't a criticism per se, as he's really good at it. If you liked Grandaddy, you'll like this. It's a good record. Tonight's show is with The Albertans, who you may remember as one of The L Magazine's 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear. Jason also plays Bowery Ballroom Saturday (7/11).
New Zealand's charming Brunettes have been camped out in New York for a few weeks and I keep meaning to write about them and then I forget. They play tonight (7/10) at The Bell House and if you've never seen them before, here would be a good chance to rectify the situation. They are cute as a button and mix lush, Bacharachian pop and '60s girl group sounds with a bit of New Wave. I guess you could call them the Kiwi Bird and the Bee, but Brunettes have been doing it longer. They are very engaging live (maybe you saw them open for the Ting Tings at Union Hall last year?) and The Bell House seems like a nice place to see them. A new record is due out any time now, and they're heading out on a big North American tour soon, and those dates are at the bottom of this post. Also on the bill: Great Lakes, BV fave Sharon Van Etten and Animal Hands.
And then of course Sunday is the first of this year's Pool Parties, with what could be the loudest, noisiest of the summer: Mission of Burma, Fucked Up and Ponytail. While I'll miss the decayed allure of the McCarren Pool, the new location at the riverfront park has it's own appeal, and looks to be a pretty spectacular setting. No slip-n-slide I hear, but surely they'll come up with something else cool to replace it. Let's hope. And remember: no hand grenades, Krull stars, or cargo shorts. See you there.
Tour dates, flyers and videos after the jump....
photos by Faith Ann-Young
L.A.-based band Princeton collaborated with with the Stephen Pelton Dance Theater at their June 5th show at Lincoln Center's Pope Auditorium. The day after that (June 6th) the band played more standard set at Pianos with The Young Republic. Pictures from that Pianos show are in this post.
Coming up, Princeton has a fall North American tour planned in support of their debut record, Cocoon of Love, set to come out September 29th on Kanine Records. That trip stretches from the end of August into September, with tour-mates that include Ice Palace, Ra Ra Riot and Maps and Atlases. In NYC, they'll play with Phil and the Osophers at a Wednesday, September 9th show at Brooklyn's Union Hall. Ticket info to come.
More pictures from Pianos and all tour dates below...
"This has been a long time coming, but we at The L Magazine are pleased to finally and officially announce the first annual Northside Festival. Taking place from June 11-14 in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it is, as we've grown accustomed to saying, a four-day celebration of the independent music and art scene that thrives here in New York City, with live music being held at nearly every venue in the area (including some that haven't even opened yet), and art events at some of the most relevant galleries in the neighborhood.The idea behind this is to bring a sort of non-industry, SXSW-like festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, an area saturated with venues all within walking distance of each other. Some showcase presenters have already been announced - Kanine Records, WFUV's The Alternate Side, Gothamist, Frenchkiss Records, and BrooklynVegan.com included.
What bands are playing? Well, while we will be booking our fair share of shows on our own, it's important to us that the festival has as many different voices as possible, so we've invited some of our favorite NYC music people to curate their own showcases full of what they think are the bands you should be listening to. There will be a pronounced focus on local artists, obviously, because that's sort of what we do, but be on the lookout for a few special guests from out of town as well.
For the visual art portion of Northside, we've teamed up with the nice people over at the Williamsburg Gallery Association, who will be calling attention to area galleries with some amazing exhibitions on display...
...Four-day passes will on sale shortly at what will surely be a ridiculously low price, and you'll definitely want to get yours quickly, not only so that you can get into every single show at Northside, but also so that you can get drunk for less money than everyone else, as you take advantage of the many drink specials we'll have on offer all weekend." [NorthSide Festival]