Entries tagged with: Kevin Shields
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:
- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."
- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.
- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."
- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.
- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.
- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.
- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.
- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?
- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).
- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!
- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.
Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.
Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:
- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.
- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.
- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.
- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.
- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.
- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.
- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?
One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...
photo: Primal Scream @ Warsaw, May 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
Primal Scream have announced they'll release a new album, Chaosmosis, on March 18 via the band's own First International label (via Ignition Records). It will be their 11th studio album and follows 2013's More Light. Check out album art and tracklist below.
Meanwhile, Primal Scream just reissued their classic 1991 album Screamadelica on vinyl with a new remaster by My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Sheilds (who has been a semi-permanent member of Primal Scream since the early '00s) and the band. Then in March there will be a super deluxe 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition box set with the remastered vinyl, plus four CDs (the LP, the remixes, a live in '92 show, and the Dixie Narco EP) plus a DVD documentary on the making of the album. Check out the packaging and tracklist for that below.
The band, who were in North America earlier this year, will also be touring the UK in spring 2016. Those dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
You may be familiar with Shaking Through, the online music series produced by Weathervane Music, through its installments with Hop Along, The So So Glos, Sharon Van Etten, and others. The series gives the artists two days to record a brand new song, after which the song is released along with a short documentary video on the process.
The newest installment comes from Brooklyn's Celestial Shore, and features singer Sam Owens duetting with Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez). It's tamer than the band's usual mathy stuff (save for the minor freakout at the end), instead opting for airy, lazy-Sunday psychedelia. You can check out the song and the video below, and download the track for free at Shaking Through.
As usual, Celestial Shore have local shows coming up, including one on November 22 at Shea Stadium with Zula, and Sam Owens plays a solo show on December 10 at Union Pool as part of Luke Temple's residency at the venue.
Meanwhile, Empress Of is opening both NYC shows on SOHN's tour.
Shaking Through recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to keep it going for a fifth year in 2014, and there's some pretty cool rewards. For pledging $10 you get "The Complete Shaking Through Recordings 2009-2013," featuring all 44 songs they've done so far. For $30, you can see Hop Along's Frances Quinlan at a private studio concert. And there's a reverse auction for "The Signed Patti Smith Collection," which features signed copies of her book Just Kids, her lyric book, her double-CD with My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, and two of her recent albums, Trampin' (2004) and Banga (2012). The "reverse auction" is currently at $2,500 and it drops $50 a day until someone purchases it. More details on that here, and more reward options here.
Song stream and video below...
by Bill Pearis
MBV @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
My Bloody Valentine shocked fans this year by actually making good on their promise of finally releasing a new album, MBV, back in February -- the one Kevin Shields has been promising since 1991's Loveless. At that time, the band was already starting their 2013 tour which will wrap up here in NYC with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. It's their first NYC shows since the very muddy All Points West Festival in 2009 and tickets are still available. I spoke to Kevin Shields on Thursday (10/24) via transatlantic call about the new record, the tour, Tool fans, the difference between digital and analogue and what to expect next.
Read it below...
by Andrew Sacher
Primal Scream at MHOW in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Indie/alternative vets Primal Scream have finally announced plans to follow up 2008's Beautiful Future, with a new album, More Light, due out May 6 via the band's new First International label in the UK (no US release announced yet).
The album announcement came along with a video for its first single, "2013," which features guitar from My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields who has toured with the 'Scream before and whose own band made a major comeback this year (via Pitchfork). It's a pretty great dose of neo-psychedelia and space rock that shows the legendary band ceasing to age.
The song will be made available to download on February 25. Watch the video below...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has stated on more than one occasion that a followup to 1991's Loveless will be released, though it's been over two decades and the storied album remains unreleased. But in a new interview with NME, Shields is promising that we'll actually get the album by the end of 2012, and an EP with brand new material will follow shortly after. He says...
I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff - some engineers, the band, and that's about it - some people think it's stranger than 'Loveless'. I don't. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100 per cent necessary.You'd think with two months left in 2012, if this is actually a reality, a release date would be set but you never know. Cross your fingers.
MBV has some international dates coming up, which are listed below.
photos by Zach Dilgard
My Bloody Valentine played their first US show in 16 years last night at ATP NY @ Kutscher's (9/21/08). It was also the final, headlining performance of a three day weekend full of musicians playing at the old resort in the Catskill Mountains - many of them chosen by MBV to play the festival. My Bloody Valentine's next shows are Monday and Tuesday night in NYC. Stay tuned for the setlist and more about this show, and the entire ATP day three. But for now, more pictures from MBV @ ATP, below...