Entries tagged with: La Sera
Upset (via Kickball Katy's Instagram)
Back in 2011, former Vivian Girls drummer and then Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler announced her departure from Best Coast, and other than a few solo tracks released around that time, she's been pretty quiet since. Now Ali's back fronting a new band called Upset, who will release their debut album this fall via Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, Waxahatchee).
Ali formed the band with drummer Patty Schemel, who played in Hole from 1992 to 1998 and recorded on their albums, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin, and had stints as the drummer for Courtney Love's solo career and Juliette and the Licks; and guitarist Jenn Prince, who is/was in La Sera. They played their first show at The Echo in LA with Parquet Courts this past January.
More recently they've announced the addition of their new bass player (wait for it...) Katy Goodman, who Ali was bandmates with in Vivian Girls, and who Jenn was bandmates with in La Sera (which Katy fronts), has a solo project, Kickball Katy, and recently formed the duo Books of Love. Check out an 11 second video of the band rehearsing a Guided by Voices cover with Katy on facebook.
Upset's debut album is being produced by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also produced the latest Waxahatchee album. They haven't released any music from the album yet, but if you live in California, you can hear some of it at their many upcoming shows, all of which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Not content with just two bands, Vivian Girls/La Sera singer Katy Goodman has formed Books of Love with Hush Sound's Greta Morgan. Please don't confuse the duo with '80s synthpop band Book of Love. (You probably won't, though they still exist.) Of the union:
While hiking past the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, friends Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan were struck with the idea to record a song together: A song about physics and love, science and romance, space and time. Have you ever felt the lovesick pain of falling for someone from a different dimension? We have too.You can check out the music video for "Space Time" below.
The next morning, the girls recorded "Space Time" in Greta's tiny rehearsal space in Glassell Park. While "Space Time" may not be a hit in this dimension yet, the song is topping charts in many others. The girls have plans to tour the Andromeda Galaxy this summer, appear in Bode's Galaxy this Fall, and make an appearance at the Omega-Palooza Festival to break up the 2.9 million light-year long trip home.
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/24/2012
On stage, when he wasn't taking jabs at his musical past, Father John Misty was singing and dancing. Freed from any instrumental duties, Tillman relished the role of frontman. He spent the night performing performance, eager to fill each second between verses with hand gesture, facial expression, and movement. His stage act is a cross between performance art and physical release, but backed by a close-fitting band and a deeply original collection of songs, Tuesday night proved that Father John Misty is hardly a success limited to the recording studio. Much of Fear Fun bounced into life on stage. - [American Songwriter]Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) was in town this week with La Sera and Jeffertitti's Nile (with whom Tillman played drums) for a pair of sold-out NYC shows on 10/23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 10/24 at Bowery Ballroom. Pictures from the latter adorn this post. It was Josh Tillman's second live appearance that night after blessing Petty Fest at Webster Hall earlier that evening.
The FJM fun train rolls on, playing Boston tonight (10/25). If you missed the NYC shows, catch Father John Misty on January 14 at Webster Hall with Magic Trick. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Father John Misty at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Father John Misty, just played ACL 2012 in Austin, is in town this week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/23) and Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (10/24) and both of those shows are sold out. He'll also be a part of Pettyfest at Webster Hall on 10/24. NYC will have another opportonity to see him in the not too distant future when he plays Webster Hall on January 14. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (10/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (10/24) at noon. No word yet on whether this is a one-off show or part of a growing tour, but all North American tour dates are below.
Meanwhile, his tour mates La Sera just released a new video for their song "Break My Heart" which you can watch below. When their time with FJM wraps up, La Sera will play a few headining shows on the West Coast and those dates are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Father John Misty at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Father John Misty (aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman) is continuing to tour in support of his 2012 LP, Fear Fun. He's just announced a new set of dates that kick in September with FYF Fest and run through the rest of the year, culminating in December's S.S. Coachella Cruises. The new dates include two NYC shows, which happen on October 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 24 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows (and many other dates on the tour) are with La Sera (the project of Vivian Girl Katy Goodman) and psych rockers Jeffertitti's Nile. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/25) at noon.
Meanwhile, La Sera are currently on the road with Foxygen, who will release their EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, this week (7/24) via Jagjaguwar. You can download two album tracks, "Waitin' 4 U" and "Make It Known," at the top of this post or stream them below, and the entire album is streaming over at Foxygen's bandcamp. They go for the whole retro classic rock thing and singer Sam France can sound more than a little like Mick Jagger. All Foxygen dates (none in NYC) are listed below.
In related La Sera news, Katy's other band Vivian Girls recently played a surprise show in LA one night after playing an Impose 10th anniversary show with Grass Widow, The Babies (who have tons of NYC shows coming up), Dunes, and Teenage Burritos. You can watch some videos of Vivian Girls' set at the secret LA show below.
All lists of dates, videos, and song streams below...
La Sera at the Bell House in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Vivian Girl Kickball Katy Goodman released her second album as La Sera, Sees the Light, earlier this year via Hardly Art. The album continues in the vein of the catchy indie pop of her 2011 self titled debut. You can grab two tracks from the new album, "Please By My Third Eye" and "Break My Heart" above or stream them below.
Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone's band The Babies plays Glasslands on June 6 with Nude Beach.
All La Sera dates and streams below...
Vivian Girls at Emo's (more by Tim Griffin)
Vivian Girls recently completed a round of dates with Black Lips, which included stops at Webster Hall and Emo's, and are now out on the West Coast with No Joy. At the end of the road, Vivian Girls will cap things off with a homecoming show at 285 Kent on May 17th with Widowspeak and Colleen Green. $10 gets you into the 8PM all-ages Brooklyn show. All dates are listed below.
Then Kickball Katy will head back to her new home in time for her La Sera project to open the first of three dates she's doing with Jenny and Johnny (listed below).
Right around the same time, Cassie Ramone will play a few shows with her band The Babies on a very short run with Times New Viking including May 27th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Less than a month later The Babies open for Guided by Voices in McCarren Park. All tour dates below...
Sun and surf - rarely do all the bands on a bill have such a distinct (and welcome) common denominator. As we enter the final weeks of winter, what could be better than say, synth-laden pop from the sunshine state, ephemeral vocals from a recent Bruise Cruiser, or infectious melodies from a pair who fell in love at sea?
It was a good line-up at the Bell House on Thursday (3/3) - even if the evening got off to a bit of an uneven start with Holiday Shores' erratic sound and Nathan Pemberton's woozy, reverb-drenched vocals. With their new material especially (and most of it was new), the Florida group touched on a number of different sounds as if their songs were molded to passing whims or random fits of inspiration. From time to time, their underlying pop sensibilities rang out as with the hit from their last album, "Phones Don't Feud." Other times, the arrangements were a bit... creepy.
The catchy keyboard riffs of Holiday Shores may have been more immediately compelling, but La Sera benefited greatly from front woman Katy Goodman's magnetism and daydream-like vocals. Whether excitedly addressing the crowd between songs or rocking out on the bass, Goodman never ceased to smile - even when guitarist Scott Shannon broke a string. She simply turned the dead air into a celebration by welcoming a member of the crowd on stage to commemorate his 19th birthday.
Though the band is based in LA, Goodman used to live in New York, and was clearly "glad to be back." She even dedicated a cover of a Shirelles song ("Dedicated to the One I Love") to Brooklyn to prove it. La Sera also played a handful of "brand new" songs from their recently released self-titled album before closing their set with "Beating Heart," which features hypnotic layers of vocals.
Last up: Tennis. After hastily hand-copying the set list and conducting a brief sound check, the band launched into the light, upbeat song "Seafarer," which conveniently laid out much of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley's story - as if you didn't already know the charming details of their romantic voyage.
Many of Tennis' songs may start out a bit slow, but they have a tendency to burst into a quickened tempo and soaring vocals, as if each song is a slowly building wave.
With the exception of just one song ("Water Birds"), they played through every song of their recently-released album, in addition to showcasing a few new songs, including "Robin." "It's about a baby bird we saved last month," said Moore by way of introducing the song. ("Of course they're saving baby birds," remarked someone in the crowd.)
None of the newer songs seem to immediately sparkle as much as their predecessors (especially "South Carolina" or the crowd favorite "Marathon"), but with most clocking in at around three minutes, it hardly matters. The next song is always imminent... at least to a point. "Oh my God this has gone so quickly!" Moore exclaimed after they had breezed through much of the set. After only 40 minutes on stage, Tennis concluded their encore-less set with "Hard Times, a Charles Dickens-themed song.
The same tour hit Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan one night earlier. More pictures and Tennis's setlist from the Brooklyn show, and a video from Bowery Ballroom where Katy Goodman joined the headliners for "Marathon", below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
La Sera @ Bowery Ballroom
After a recent showing at Mercury Lounge late last year (and an opening slot at Terminal 5 with The Walkmen), Tennis returned to NYC last night (3/2). The show, which took place at Bowery Ballroom, was part of the Colorado couple's larger winter tour with La Sera and Holiday Shores.The play NYC again tonight at the Bell House (tickets are still on sale). The tour ends at SXSW.
It was too dark in Bowery Ballroom to notice, but I'm sure that Kickball Katy of La Sera got a bit of color while she was out on the Bruise Cruise with Black Lips and the rest of the Vivian Girls (part 1 pics/review, and part 2).
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below (along with all tour dates)...
Tennis at Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tennis supported The Walkmen at Terminal 5 and headlined their own show at Mercury Lounge at the beginning of December, and the romance continues in the new year as the husband/wife duo will hit the road for a tour kicking off this weekend in the UK. After bouncing around Europe for three weeks, the band will head back to their native soil for a string of US dates which include the larger Bowery Ballroom on March 2nd (tickets) and the Bell House in Brooklyn on March 3rd (tickets). Both NYC dates and a chunk of their tour is with La Sera and Holiday Shores.
Tennis's full tour schedule, which will conclude in Austin at SXSW features Lord Huron on select dates as well, is below with some videos...
Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....
DOWNLOAD: La Sera - Never Come Around (MP3)
Vivian Girl Katy Goodman is La Sera, and she pulls through with a contender for video of the year, just in time for Halloween. Check it out below...
Audience members make sure to look...
into Hunx's eyes at LPR in 2009 (more by Jake Forney)
"by the time HUNX AND HIS PUNX went on, i was kind of really wasted and my dance moves weren't as sharp. my hat was slipping all over the place and i felt sloppy. but whatever! that's what it's all about, right? anyway, hunx was wearing pantyhose as pants with thong underwear underneath and a shear jacket on top. he was amazing, and he and his punx all had matching blade runner stripes drawn across their eyes. the crowd was so fucking into it, and i wished that i hadn't worn my hat so i could have jammed out even harder. they finished their set a little after midnight, which surprised me. i thought i wasn't going to be heading home until after two. i grabbed the free beer that the bartender promised me and then i went home. my ears are still ringing! "After an opening set by Vivian Girls side project The Babies, Hunx & His Punx headlined Cake Shop on 10/16, the same night as BBQ and King Khan & The Shrines shows took place in different places around NYC. If you opted for BBQ or King Khan instead that night you're in luck; Hunx & His Punx, previously billed as "secret special guest", will play the Hardly Art CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Shea Stadium with Xray Eyeballs, Golden Triangle, Circle Pit, La Sera, Fergus & Geronimo, and Woven Bones. The announcement comes with the news that Hunx & His Punx have signed to Hardly Art, who will release their new LP in 2011.
[Randall, reviewing the Cake Shop show]
In related news, another artist on the Hardly Art bill, La Sera (aka Kickball Katy of the Vivian Girls) will hit the high seas with as part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon yacht party tomorrow from 2PM-6PM. Tweet at PBR_Brooklyn if you want on, but beware that the show has a "tight list". You can also catch La Sera at Irving Plaza tonight and Saturday night at the PureVolume House with Teen Inc.
Golden Triangle have a few CMJ dates in their warpath, as does fellow Hardly Art showcasers X-Ray Eyeballs (mems of GT) who will also play Don Pedro's the same night as their Shea Stadium show as part of the Impose series of shows.
King Khan reportedly joined (or was planning on joining) XRay Eyeballs on stage at Death By Audio Sunday night. Some joyous videos of the King Khan & the Shrines show at Santos (Darren Mabee included), and a recent live Hunx and His Punx video (naked people included) (NSFW), below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The So So Glos - "Lindy Hop" (MP3)
So So Glos Fans (more by Zach Stern)
The lineup has been announced for this year's SUNY Purchase Fall Fest, an annual one-day, students-only festival which will take place on November 5th in the SUNY Purchase Student Center (The Stood). Fall Fest '10 (aka Halloween 2) will be headlined by Raekwon, and features a very varied lineup of other acts including Death who just announced a NEW album...
BASEMENT OF WHAT WAS ONCE KNOWN AS GROOVESVILLE STUDIOS - DETROIT, MI - May 7th, 2010The SUNY show is Death's only at the moment.
"After searching for almost eight hours, I removed a box with a Master in it and vaguely saw some big red letters on the box below it. I shinned the light on this box to clearly see the writing in big red letters DEATH. I screamed with excitement DEATH!!, DEATH!!, DEATH!! Everyone in the building starting to scream and wildly cheer and applause. Upon seeing those tapes, it brought it all back, David had written those big red letters on the tape. Engineer Jim Vitti had jokingly drew a skull and crossbones on the box after the name to which David did not like telling him "We are not that kind of Death". I was full of emotion, I cried. We were all elated, Jacque was elated, I called up Dannis who was in Vermont and he began to joyfully celebrate. I thought about David. If David were here with us all that has happened to Death up to this point would pale in comparison to what we found today. The tapes were right where Brian said they were sitting there awaiting us for 34 years." - Bobby Hackney
Spiritual, Mental, Physical is the new Death CD/LP and it will be released 01/25/11.
The So So Glos will also be performing at SUNY, and are about to embark on a Five Borough NYC tour to celebrate the release of their new EP, Low Back Chain Shift, which came out Tuesday, October 12. The NYC tour happens to take place during CMJ, kicks off in Staten Island, includes a Queens BBQ with Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus, and a showcase at Pianos...
Friday, Oct. 22All dates and lineups are below.
158 Ludlow St
Force Field PR Official CMJ Showcase
08pm - Lord Huron
09pm - La Sera
10pm - Violens
11pm - Woven Bones
12am - Wild Nothing
01am - The So So Glos
FREE w/ CMJ Badge
or $10 advance / $12 at door
Omar Souleyman will be performing at SUNY as the concluding date on his current tour, which also includes a November 2nd show at MHOW. Updated dates below.
Fucked Up is also returning to Purchase after getting their set cut short by the police at their 2008 Culture Shock Performance.
Full Purchase lineup, videos, and other tour dates below...
"La Sera - the brand new project of Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day) - has signed with Hardly Art for their debut LP. La Sera makes lush, dreamy songs of heartbreak, love, and death, all written by Goodman and recorded with Brady Hall in Seattle. Hardly Art will release the first original material by La Sera on November 16th via a 7" featuring the album track "Never Come Around" b/w exclusive b-side "Behind Your Eyes", which will be followed by a debut full-length in early 2011 (release date tbd). La Sera will also have a cover of "Watch Me Jumpstart" on an upcoming Guided By Voices comp, though I don't have further details on that release.So, that makes both main Vivian Girls members solo for now, though Cassie Ramone hasn't announced any signings, but she is playing a show too (tonight).
Further! Related to both new projects, the unofficial Hardly Art CMJ showcase - AKA The Great All-Nighter - will be presented by Todd P and will take place on Thursday, Oct 21 at Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St.) in Brooklyn. The lineup is:
Fergus & Geronimo
Secret Special Guest