Entries tagged with: Kurt Vile
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Tamara Porras, words by Klaus Kinski
Kurt Vile @ Webster Hall
Last Friday was a pretty important day on three fronts. First and foremost, it was Veteran's Day. I won't bother going into one of my usual tangents and pontificate on the importance of honoring America's servicemen and servicewomen past, present, and future and how they have the scariest fucking job on the planet. Nope. Not gonna do it. Instead, I will jump to the second "important" aspect of last Friday. I put important in quotes because the element I speak of is actually not very important at all. In fact, it's quite trivial and lame and I pity the infantile adult mind who actually expended any energy in reveling in the fact that last Friday was 11/11/11. "OMG ALL THE NUMBERS OF THE DATE ARE THE SAME TODAY EVEN THOUGH THE FIRST TWO NUMBERS OF THE YEAR ARE ACTUALLY 2 AND 0 droollllllll." Yawn.
More importantly, Friday November 11th was important on a third front; it was the day that I finally got to see the great Kurt Vile and the Violators at Webster Hall. I know what you're saying; "But Klaus, you idiot! Kurt's played NYC like A THOUSAND TIMES! Kill yourself already!" And you're right, he has. And I am. And I won't... You see, Kurt is one of those dudes I have literally been unable to see for one reason or another any time he's played NYC. And I don't mean "literally" in the completely non-literal sense people use that word nowadays; i.e. "That joke was so funny I literally shit my pants" or "Yo momma's so fat when she fell into the Grand Canyon she literally got stuck". I mean I have literally been unable to see him. Ever.
Apparently the show wasn't sold out but the place seemed totally packed. And I am pretty sure Webster Hall broke the world record for having the most fog and hair in one place at one time that night. Holy smoke ring for my halo, Batman. Upon entering, I was handed a free commemorative Kurt Vile 11/11/11 45 RPM record which I will never play because I don't have a record player, but which I thought was a super cool thing to give out. I entered the live room about 5 minutes before Kurt went on so I missed the openers. How were they? Kurt and the Violators were absolutely incredible. They played about 16 songs, including one encore, and the crowd was just eating it up.
In the early part of the show, highlights included "Jesus Fever," "Runner Ups," and "Ghost Town." Kurt kicked it up a notch around the halfway mark with a pounding rendition of "Freak Train," which kicked off a fantastic second-half. After solo performances of "Pepping Tomboy" and "My Best Friends," The Violators closed out the main set with two more Halo songs "Puppet to the Man" and "Society is My Friend." After a brief encore break, Vile came out with drummer Mike Zanghi for a beautiful performance of "Baby's Arms." The full band then closed out a great 90-minute set with two songs from the So Outta Reach EP, "Laughing Stock" and a cover of Springsteen's "Downbound Train." -[The Swollen Fox @ the Philly show]Kurt has a very monotone voice that doesn't divert very far from its point A, but when you add it to such massive, and plodding melodies the experience is intense. The room was super dark and, as I mentioned, very foggy, with very little in terms of stage design and lighting. It made for a very dark and profound experience. I have a very limited musical scope these days, but Kurt and his Violators really hit me in a way that very few bands do. It has all these elements of grunge, 70s rock, jamminess, hairiness, moodiness, and darkness and they're all blended together and served as one unbelievable and unique musical experience. Fuck yes I will try to see him literally every time he hits NYC.
The NYC show fell the day befre Philly and three days before the release of Kurt's new So Outta Reach EP.
Support at Webster Hall came from from Widowspeak and The Young who also played Maxwell's with the Sonics the next day. Pictures from Webster Hall adorn this post.
If you missed Widowspeak (like Klaus did!), make sure to catch them at the BrooklynVegan Holiday Party on 12/17 at Bowery Ballroom with Twin Sister and Ava Luna. Tickets are on sale, and for a paltry $8! (stay tuned for more details).
More pictures from Webster Hall and Kurt Vile's setlist, below...
by BBG, Bill Pearis & friends
Austin reverb-drenched, garage punk four-piece The Young are in town this weekend and have managed to get themselves opening slots on some notable bills: Tonight (11/11) they open for Kurt Vile and Widowspeak at Webster Hall (tickets still on sale); then tomorrow afternoon (11/12, 3PM) they play with Pacific Northwest punk legends The Sonics at Maxwells (sold out); and then again Saturday night they're at Union Pool with Endless Boogie AND Call of The Wild (ex-Awesome Color). They also play Philadelphia on Sunday (10/13). All dates are at the bottom of this post.
The band has a single and an album on Mexican Summer under their belt and have recently signed with Matador Records. You can check out a couple MP3s above from their Mexican Summer output which have more than a whiff of sneery, late '70s power pop/new wave/punk to them. Their Matador debut is due out early 2012.
All tour dates, the tour flyer, a live video and another song too, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...
DOWNLOAD: Kurt Vile - The Creatures (MP3)
To quote Matador Records...
On November 8, Kurt Vile will be releasing a brand-new 6-song EP on the 12" vinyl and digital formats, entitled So Outta Reach. The EP contains 5 original songs initially recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but not used for the album, which were reworked with producer John Agnello this summer. In addition, the EP contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train."Download new EP track "The Creature" above.
On the same day there will be a deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo with a new color cover. The deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc, all at the same price as a regular CD.
Kurt heads out on tour later this month with Bright Eyes who just played Williamsburg last week. Kurt played the same Brooklyn venue earlier in the summer with Sonic Youth and Wild Flag who have a new Tom Scharpling-directed video out today for "Romance". Check it out below. Wild Flag's new album (out 9/13 on Merge) is streaming too.
Kurt's next NYC show is a big headlining one at Webster Hall. All tour dates are listed below.
And speaking of Matador bands that have Manhattan shows coming up in the fall, Girls' new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost is streaming too, and that is also below...
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wild Flag, who just played Williamsburg Waterfront with Sonic Youth, have a tour coming up this fall. When we first announced the tour, we mentioned that it would stop by the NYC area three times for shows happening on The Bell House on October 15, Maxwell's on October 16, and Bowery Ballroom on October 18. If you've noticed that the Bowery Ballroom show mysteriously disappeared from Bowery's site and Ticketmaster, that's because it did. Now that the Waterfront happened, the show back up on Bowery's site and tickets go on sale Wednesday (8/17) at noon. Tickets are also still on sale for the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show. Merge labelmate Eleanor Friedberger provides support on some of the tour including The Bell House show and the Bowery Ballroom show which falls within CMJ.
Wild Flag's tour is in support of their upcoming self titled debut LP, which comes out September 18 via Merge. You can pre-order the album from the Merge webstore now. Also, check out the album trailer video and stream the single "Romance" below.
In somewhat related news, Kurt Vile, who was also on the Williamsburg Waterfront bill with Sonic Youth, added a show on November 11 at Webster Hall to his fall tour. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/19) with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/17) at noon.
All tour dates, video and song stream below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Kurt Vile and the Violators started the evening pretty early at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday (8/12), taking the stage at a prompt 6:30 PM. The crowd hadn't filled in too much yet but those who did make it out early were treated to a short, but great set. Drawing almost entirely from his recently released Smoke Ring for My Halo, Kurt's shoegazey folk rock kicked off the show well and was especially fitting on the sunny waterfront with whiffs of barbecue and cigarette smoke floating through the air.
Up next was Wild Flag, who initially won me over when I saw them open for Bright Eyes earlier this year at Radio City, but their Radio City set doesn't compare at all to what they did at the waterfront on Saturday. The all-girl indie supergroup, featuring Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Autoclave and Helium, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders, were greeted to tons of immediate applause as soon as they stepped out onto the stage. Unlike at Bright Eyes, where many people in attendance seemed unfamiliar with the group, this crowd was giving the band some serious support, and that might have encouraged them to rock even harder.
As Bill pointed out, Wild Flag's album is not out yet and hasn't even leaked, but even being only vaguely familiar with their material from live shows and various online singles, I was blown away by every song. The two frontwomen (Carrie and Mary) switched off lead vocal duties every other song and both of them ripped through killer guitar solos. I was a little more drawn to the Carrie-fronted songs because of how ferocious of a performer she is, but needless to say, Mary's were excellent as well. I feel more than confident in saying that Friday's show is not the last I will be seeing and hearing of Wild Flag.
Sonic Youth took the stage a little after 8 PM as their 5-piece incarnation of the band with Pavement's Mark Ibold, unlike last summer's NYC show at Prospect Park, when it was just the four of them. They launched right away into a handful of old material, focusing most heavily on 1985's Bad Moon Rising, and diving as far back as Confusion is Sex and the Kill Yr Idols EP. After a few more old favorites like "Kotton Krown" and "Eric's Trip," the band played a few cuts off their most recent proper LP, 2009's The Eternal. Having Mark on stage gave Kim Gordon the opportunity to put down her bass and sing. And as Kim proved when she left the constraints of a mic stand and took to the front of the stage during the pummeling "Sacred Trickster," she's an electrifying frontwoman. She carried the band as if she was solely a vocalist for their entire career.
They played material from 1983 alongside stuff from 2009, all sounding like it came from the same brilliant place. While most bands who are thirty years into their career are either fading away or living off of the nostalgia of their older material, Sonic Youth continue to sound and perform as fresh as ever. They thrash around stage with a youthful fervor that could destroy the hip-to-be-bored lo-fi scene who cite the band as an inspiration. And while you could try to argue that the similarities between their newer and older material is a negative thing, you'd be leaving out the fact that with only guitar, bass, and drums, all of it sounds like music from a time period that the rest of the world hasn't experienced yet.
Kim returned to the front of the stage around 9pm to sing "Drunken Butterfly" off 1992's Dirty. The band then left the stage after what seemed like far too short of a set. The crowd was audibly disappointmented. However, Sonic Youth quickly began making up for it when they returned for the first of three encores. Kim gave a shout out to Wild Flag and dedicated the song "Flower" to them. After leaving and returning to the stage a couple more times, the band were preparing to play their actual last song when a fan threw a ukulele to Lee Ranaldo, which he used to create the noise intro to "Inhuman." As the song progressed, Thurston Moore unplugged the bass he was playing and started making feedback with his guitar cable that he proceeded to wrap around his neck and body as he sang into the mic that he'd ripped off the stand. Mark Ibold and Steve Shelly kept what was left of the song's structure intact as Kim and Lee continued to create layers and layers of guitar noise. The band stretched the song's ending for at least twice the duration of the recorded version as Thurston kicked around stage moaning and shrieking "inhuman" and Lee swung guitars around by drumsticks lodged underneath their strings, completely stripping at least three of them. By the song's end, Thurston had uprooted the mic setup, and over a sea of fading feedback he said, "With the power of love, anything is possible," threw the mic down and walked off stage.
More pictures, a video, and setlists from the show below...
M Ward @ SXSW 2010 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Due to the promoter's cancelation of the planned Music To Know Festival in East Hampton this weekend, M Ward has been forced to bow out of the East Coast leg of his current tour.lame
The dates affected are:
Thursday 11th August - the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey (w/ Kurt Vile And The Violators) - CANCELED
Friday 12th August - MASS MoCa in North Adams, Massachusetts - CANCELED
Matt Ward expressed his regret at the cancelations: "I'm extremely disappointed that Music To Know has been canceled. Without the funding we can't make the trip out there. We sincerely apologize to everyone who had already bought tickets. We'll be back as soon as we can."
Please contact point of purchase for refund details.
Pitchfork Fest Day Three (Sunday, 7/17/11) was the day to go if you were looking to dance. The last day of the fest was pretty heavy on the electronic music with Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, HEALTH, Baths, Darkstar, and for something way chiller, How to Dress Well. The third day provided lo-fi masters Kurt Vile, Ariel Pink, and Deerhunter, and complete opposite ends of the hip hop spectrum with the abrasive and utterly offensive Odd Future and the this-must-be-from-another-planet rap of Shabazz Palaces. Day three was also the one chance to see a metal band (Kylesa).
Sunday was headlined by TV on the Radio. TVOTR, like Fleet Foxes who headlined the day before, have a wildly impressive double bill at Williamsburg Waterfront in September. Theirs is with Broken Social Scene on September 8. Tickets are still available.
Twin Sister played Sunday, and you can catch them for free in McCarren Park this Wednesday night (7/27).
My Brightest Diamond @ Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Midsummer Night Swing
* Brandon Ross @ The Stone
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Kurt Braunohler @ The Pit
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl (free)
* No BS! Brass Band @ Barbes
* RAM @ MetroTech Commons (free @ noon)
* Rickie Lee Jones @ City Winery
* Loudon Wainwright @ Barnes & Noble
* Melvin Van Peebles, Laxative @ Zebulon
* Elliott Sharp, Mary Halvorson @ The Stone
* Steel Phantoms, ARMS, Shark? @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Emanuel & The Fear, Gambit @ Mercury Lounge
* Misty Boyce, Jones Street Station @ Mercury Lounge
* Khaira Arby & Her Band, The Mast @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Black Taxi, Blackbells, Chappo @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Noveller, Love Like Deloreans, Forma, Phonetag @ Coco 66
* Turkuaz, Zongo Junction, Love in Stockholm @ Cameo Gallery
* Delilah, Cassette Kids, Soren Well, The Grey List @ Bowery Electric
* Court Yard Hounds, The Abrams Brothers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* School Knights, Grand Rapids, The Hairs, Radical Dads @ Shea Stadium
* Project Jenny, Project Jan, Team Genius, Smoke Signals @ The Rock Shop
* Penguin Prison, K.Flay, Spacecamp, Captain Cuts (DJ set) @ Tammany Hall
* Pearl and the Beard, Franz Nicolay, Brian Bonz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Liquor Store, Mickey, Ex-humans, The Fucking Ocean, Sleepies @ Death By Audio
* My Brightest Diamond, yMusic @ Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park
* Bouncing Souls, Star Fucking Hipsters, Yuppicide, Wildstreet @ Highline Ballroom
* Loom, Archeology, Christopher Paul Stelling, Jesse Rifkin, Will Stratton @ Cake Shop
* No Te Va Gustar, Diego Garcia, Francisca Valenzuela, Cuarto Poder, Napoleon Solo (LAMC) @ Bowery Ballroom
* The White House Band, Mickey Factz, Rocky Business, Nyle vs The Naysayers, Ra The MC, Mahogany @ The Studio at Webster Hall
My Brightest Diamond is playing a free show at Castle Clinton. Here are some tips for getting in.
RAM plays the free show at Metrotech at noon today. Swamp Dogg plays the free show next week.
Note that the Saturday night Four Tet appearance now requires RSVP.
Kurt Vile has a new video for "Baby's Arms", recorded completely on a Windows Phone. Check it out below.
After recently completing a trek that included SXSW and dates with Trail of Dead & Surfer Blood, True Widow will head out on tour with Kurt Vile in August. That tour reaches NYC, but that's where Kurt and True Widow split ways. Kurt goes on to open for M Ward @ Wellmont and Sonic Youth @ Williamsburg Waterfront, while True Widow headlines Union Pool on August 13th with Bad Dream. All dates are listed below.
True Widow released their new LP As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth earlier this year. Check out two tracks from that release above. All tour dates, and a recent video for "Skull Eyes" and some live video too, below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom
Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Bowery show, including one of Kurt's setlist, below...
Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).
A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:
[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.
Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.
It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."
On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.
Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."
Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.
Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).
La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.
Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.
And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...
The above picture is an actual photo of Thurston Moore's new record 'demolished thoughts' on blue vinyl in front of one of the pressing machines. You can look for that in a store on Tuesday (May 24th) or pre-order directly from Matador. You can also download two of the album's nine tracks for free above.
Today is Friday, May 20th, which means that TONIGHT is Thurston's big record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. As mentioned before, poet Eileen Myles and I Feel Tractor are opening the show. As maybe not mentioned, Thurston will be playing "with the full band (including Samara and Mary, and adding Keith Woods on guitar, Matt Heyner on bass and John Maloney on drums)." Tickets are still available, AND we have THREE PAIRS YOU CAN WIN. To sweeten the deal, each pair of tickets comes with a signed copy of the new album. Details on how to enter the contest are below.
As mentioned before, Thurston also has a free show coming up Monday inside the Other Music record store. As maybe not mentioned, that show will also be "plugged in and full band." After that, Thurston doesn't have any other dates scheduled until June and July. They are all listed below.
Most of Thurston's July dates are with Kurt Vile, who as mentioned before, is also opening for Wild Flag and Sonic Youth at Willimasburg Waterfront on August 12th. Tickets are still on sale for that show, tickets go on sale today at noon for the DFA1979 & TVOTR/BSS shows happening at the same venue this summer.
A flyer for tonight's MHOW show, the contest details and all Thurston dates, below...
M. Ward (more by Tracy Allison)
In addition to his previously discussed appearances that include a sold-out Bowery Ballroom and supporting Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront, Kurt Vile & The Violators will open for the great M.Ward at a show at Wellmont Theatre on August 11th. Tickets for the Montclair gig go on sale Friday (5/20) at noon.
The NJ show comes a couple of day before M. Ward heads to East Hampton to take part in the first-ever Music to Know Festival. The Monsters of Folk/She & Him member is also playing Newport Folk Fest this summer and other places. All dates below...
Sonic Youth at Prospect Park (more by Lori Baily)
We are truly thrilled to announce that Other Music will be hosting a record release party for Thurston Moore's fantastic new solo joint, Demolished Thoughts, produced by Beck Hansen for Matador Records. Thurston and his band will be performing at the shop at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 23, and signing records after. Please join us -- and, need we say, get here early! - Other MusicThe Other Music appearance goes down three days before Thurston Moore is scheduled to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg (on 5/20) with support from poet Eileen Myles and I Feel Tractor. Tickets are still available.
Kurt Vile & The Violators will play a sold out Bowery Ballroom on June 11th with Purling Hiss & Meg Baird, but NOT with Pissed Jeans who had to drop off the bill less than a day after it was announced.
All Kurt & Thurston dates, and the new video for Thurston Moore's "Benediction" from Demolished Thoughts, below...
J Mascis at a BV Day Party during SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"Midway through J Mascis' set, the seasoned headliner invited Kurt Vile, opener and contributor to the former's most recent acoustic album, Several Shades of Why, to accompany on the song "Make it Right." As they shared the stage, a sense of mutual respect pervaded the room...J Mascis played a solo show at Mercury Lounge last night (3/24) and does it again tonight/Friday at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg again with Kurt Vile. Earlier today J dropped a new video for "Not Enough", off his Sub Pop solo album, and you can watch that below.
...From a seated position, [Mascis] occasionally glanced at a music stand holding a lyric book, but, most often, known guitar riffs took precedence over words. The live performance combined elements of Dinosaur Jr.'s sound, grungy distortion and piercing solos, parsed out of Several Shades of Why. But, with Vile's help, Mascis colored the solo work, exploring the depths of each other's songwriting and talent." [Playtonic Dialogues]
As previously mentioned. Kurt Vile will also be back in NYC on June 11th to take on Bowery Ballroom. Ends up that Pissed Jeans is also playing that show. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wed 3/30 and regular sale on Friday. Like J, Kurt Vile released a new LP this month.
Check out J's video for "Not Enough", along with a SXSW interview with Ted Leo (sweet Om shirt J!) and all tour dates below.
Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...
And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
Kurt Vile @ SXSW (by Daniel Joseph Byrd)
Tickets are back on sale for tonight's J Mascis/Kurt Vile show at Mercury Lounge, though as of this post tickets are still sold out for the same lineup at MHOW Friday. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 4/1, at noon for a new June 11th Kurt Vile & the Violators show at Bowery Ballroom. Unlike the two this week, Kurt is the headliner of that one.
More tour dates below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
J Mascis @ BV/Partisan/KF Day party @ Swan Dive Friday
"As you might have heard by now, Kurt Vile had a backpack full of guitar pedals, miscellaneous gear, and personal items stolen at SXSW on Friday night. According to various online reports--including Matador Records' Twitter--the stolen equipment includes an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, an Electro-Harmonix Graphic Fuzz, and a Roland 404 digital sampler. (So, if you're still in Austin and some sketchy dude tries to sell you one of these things--or you see one in a pawn shop in the area--let someone in Kurt's camp know ASAP.)The video of Kurt discussing his stolen gear (which totally sucks) is below.
After Vile's show the following afternoon, WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay--who, along with Assistant General Manager For Programming Bruce Warren, was at the festival--interviewed Vile about the loss of his equipment." [The Key]
Friday was also the day J Mascis played a headlining set at the BrooklynVegan Day party at Swan Dive in Austin - just J in a chair and his guitar and a mic (unfortunately hard to see for those standing in the back, but it sounded great). Pictures from that set are in this post.
J and Kurt are on tour now, and that tour hits Mercury Lounge tonight (3/24) and Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday (3/25). Both shows are now sold out. All dates, and more of those pictures and that video, below...
by Bill Pearis
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Ty Segall in San Fran in January (more by kolored)
...and this is the week that SXSW comes to New York. Dear lord, there's a whole lot going on, so This Week in Indie is coming to you in two installments. This one runs, basically, though Thursday, March 10. Do take advantage of this embarrassment of indie rock riches.
We're got some quality San Francisco garage rock in town courtesy of Ty Segall, fresh off the Bruise Cruise and whose most recent album, Melted, still gets a lot of play in these parts. (Download two tracks from it at the top of this post.) Few are doing this kind of music with more melody, attitude and enthusiasm as Ty, which really comes across in the live show. He plays Mercury Lounge tonight (3/8, sold out!) and Death by Audio on Thursday (3/10).
The Mercury Lounge show is with Brooklynites Devin Therriault and The Sundelles. At Death by Audio, Ty is joined by Nashville's Heavy Cream (yes it's true, they have a new drummer), Liquor Store and Home Blitz. Ty then heads to Austin for SXSW. Look for Ty's new album, Goodbye Bread, out this summer on Drag City.
While many acts under the garage umbrella -- Ty Segall, The Intelligence, The Fresh & Onlys -- have begun to embrace mid-fi recording, Sic Alps remain happily in the sludge. Their new album, Napa Asylum, is 22 tracks -- short songs but thick as molasses. Something about this band raises the temperature, probably because it sounds like it was recorded in a moldy basement in a swamp in July. Some bands use lo-fi as camouflage. For Sic Alps it's all about atmosphere.
Live shows can be just as sweaty, even when it's freezing outside, and the less traditional the venue, the better they tend to sound. Which bodes well for these shows. Sic Alps play the Old Firehouse (aka DCTV HQ, 87 Lafayette in Manhattan) on Wednesday (3/9) and 285 Kent (next door to Glasslands) on Thursday (3/10). Both shows are with touring mates Magic Markers. The Old Firehouse show also has Gary War and Total Slacker; the 285 Kent show is with PC Worship and Hubble.
Tonight (3/8) also marks the first show first-generation synthpop group OMD have played in New York in 25 years. The show is at Terminal 5 and tickets are still available. As reported before, this is the inarguable classic line-up of the band, the one that created their first six albums. And while there is a new album they're touring for, the shows have been packed with hits. According to Unrest/TeenBeat honcho Mark Robinson's twitter feed, last night's show in Boston included "Messages," "Tesla Girls," "Electricity," "Forever Live and Die," "If You Leave" and pretty much everything else you'd want to hear.
If you're going tonight and still care about music that was made more recently than 20 years ago, do get there early for opener Oh Land who, like OMD, will be at SXSW next week. She plays the BV/M for Montreal day party in Austin on March 19 at Barbarella/Swan Dive.
What else? Parisians Tahiti 80 never got as popular as their contemporaries Phoenix but the band have made consistently engaging, danceable pop over the last 15 years, including what's found on the band's fifth album, the just-released The Past, The Present, & the Possible. The band play Mercury Lounge on Thursday (3/10).
I don't think I've seen Xavier Boyer and the rest of the band play since catching them at Brownies on the Wallpaper for the Soul tour, but have caught a number of their shows and Tahiti 80 are a solid live group. And the new album is good, dividing time between '60s influenced pop and more dancefloor-friendly material, both of which they do well. You can check "Keys to the City" at the top of this post.
Some of you may remember Toronto band Small Sins, who made a small splash back in the mid-'00s, putting out two albums of electronic-inflected indie pop on Astralwerks. They used to play NYC quite often back then. After 2007's Mood Swings the band kind of fell off the map, and I'd assumed singer-songwriter Thomas D'Arby had moved onto something else. Small Sins were basically a solo project for him after the dissolution of his old band Carnations anyway.
But turns out D'Arby was just in hibernation. Working with Tortise's John McEntire, D'Arby and the rest of Small Sins made Pot Calls Kettle Black, which came out last summer in Canada. A little bigger, a little more serious-sounding than the two other albums, Smalls Sins retain that mix of electronics, atmospherics and solid pop songwriting. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post.
I think the last time I saw them live is when they opened for Sloan at Southpaw back in 2007, though maybe I'm misremembering. Anyway, Small Sins are back in town this week, playing Santos Party House on Thursday (3/10) and The Rock Shop on Friday (3/11). The Santos Show is with '90s-rockin' Mr. Dream (who were good at Glasslands last week) and Quitzow; the Rock Shop also has True Womanhood and Suddenland.
Ok, that's the big stuff for mid-week. Stay tuned for Part 2 of TWII where we'll talk Still Corners, Edwyn Collins, Withered Hand, Megaphonic Thrift and more. Some more day-by-day picks are listed here:
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring for My Halo is out today and garnered a well-deserved Best New Music in Pitchfork. He's doing three in-stores today: Academy in Williamsburg 5PM, then into the City for a stop at Generation (7PM) and Other Music (9PM). Soon to be on tour with J Mascis.
In addition to the previously discussed dates with J Mascis which include Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/25 (tickets) and the sold-out Mercury Lounge on 3/24, Kurt Vile has added a round of even-sooner free acoustic in-store appearances to help promote his new LP Smoke Ring For My Halo which come out on 3/8 via Matador (pictured above). Download both "Jesus Fever" and "In My Time" from that LP above. Full tracklist below.
After four other east coast dates Kurt Vile will play three in-stores in NYC on March 8th. At 5pm you can catch him at Academy in Brooklyn (96 N.6th) with Northampton Wools (Bill Nace + Thurston Moore). That's followed by a 7pm show at Generation Records and finally a 9pm show at Other Music.
All dates, the flyer for the acoustic tour, and the new album tracklisting, are below...
DOWNLOAD: J. Mascis - "Not Enough" (MP3)
Sebadoh at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Dinosaur Jr haven't called it quits (again), but their members are fully engaged in their own separate projects in the coming months.
Lou Barlow's Sebadoh will hit the road in early February for a set of West Coast dates with Quasi followed by a set of East Coast dates in early April that aren't fully announced yet. Those dates include a pair in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 9th and 10th. Tickets for both shows (9th here, 10th here) are currently (as of noon) on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon on 1/21.
Meanwhile, J Mascis is prepping his solo effort Several Shades of Why for release on Sub Pop. The LP, available for preorder now, which is "nearly all acoustic" is his first official solo effort and features ten tracks including "Not Enough" available for download above. J Mascis has a few dates of his own in the coming months too, and like the album they will be acoustic. First he's playing with Kurt Vile and then with The Black Heart Procession. Those include NYC shows with Kurt Vile on March 24th at Mercury Lounge and March 25th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for Mercury are currently on AMEX presale (as of noon) and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (1/21). Tickets for Music Hall if Williamsburg also go on sale Friday.
All currently known tour dates and an excellent/in-depth interview with J Mascis is below...
Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5 in July (more by Matt Eisman)
Kurt Vile/Times New Viking/The Clean: That three-band bill looks so good, I'd probably have trouble sleeping the night before such a show came through Vegas. At Matador at 21, it was but the tiniest sliver of a giant, weekend-long musical pie. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the festival's lone matinee event drew a solid crowd to the Palms Ballroom for its first two acts, then packed the place wall to wall for the third.Philadelphia band Kurt Vile and the Violators (who recently played Matador 21 in Vegas) are heading out on a co-headlining tour on October 21st with The Soft Pack (who recently played two nights at Bowery Ballroom).
Kurt Vile, a rising singer/songwriter/guitarist from Philadelphia who's released three albums in two years, kicked off the day's music with his three-piece band, the Violators. The foursome delivered a satisfyingly dense curtain of psychedelically-hued classic-y rock. Really good tunes that sound even better live. If your tastes run toward Springsteen and Neil Young, track down a copy of 2009 Matador disc Childish Prodigy. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Both bands meanwhile have some dates of their own, and Kurt has some shows scheduled after then too. That includes a December 3rd show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Philadelphia;s Purling Hiss (the side project of Birds of Maya's Mike Polizze) who will also be opening the Soft Pack/Kurt dates. Tickets for the Soft Pack-less NYC show are on sale.
The above downloadable Kurt track comes from Kurt's recent Square Shells EP. The Soft Pack one is a song from a limited edition, tour-only 7", titled Gagdad, that you can pick up on their tour with Kurt. The Purling Hiss track is off a new full length called Public Service Announcement being released by Woodsist on October 26th. Full tracklist, the newest Soft Pack video and all dates below...