Entries tagged with: Lake
by Andrew Sacher
Phil Elverum is set to release a new Mount Eerie album, Sauna, on February 3 via his own P.W. Elverum and Sun label. Its first single, "THIS," is pulsing ambient pop with angelic harmonies courtesy of Hungry Cloud Darkening's Allyson Foster and LAKE's Ashley Eriksson accompanying Phil's own fragile voice. Watch the video (dir. Peter J. Brant), along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
No tour dates announced at the moment, but hopefully that changes soon.
Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mount Eerie doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he'll be playing a couple festivals this year, as well as a NYC show on September 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
One of the fests is the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary in Asheville this August (lineup), and the other is this week's Unknown Music Series in Anacortes, WA. It takes place at various Washington venues, including The Unknown (where Mount Eerie plays), from Friday (7/18) through Sunday (7/20). The festival also features Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Broken Water, Hive Dwellers, LAKE, O Paon, Mecca Normal, Lori Goldston (who was Nirvana's cellist), a performance of Blocks Recording Club co-founder Steve Kado's 2003 (which featured Owen Pallett), and more. In addition to Mount Eerie's performance, main member Phil Elverum will also be showcasing his art book Dust. Tickets, full lineup and more info at the festival's website.
Mount Eerie's last release was 2013's Pre-Human Ideas, "computerized demonstration versions recorded Nowhere by Phil Elverum between 2011 and 2013, plus 2 excerpted organs from other songs recorded at the UNKNOWN in Anacortes, Wash." Stream that, with a video of him playing a couple favorites from The Microphones' classic The Glow Pt. 2, below...
Phoenix at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Phoenix, The Vaccines @ Barclays Center
It's been quite the time for arena-sized indie rock in Brooklyn lately, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend having just taken on the borough's new joint. Now it's Phoenix's turn (who unlike VW and YYYs, are no strangers to this type of room). The Vaccines open.
Parquet Courts, The Beets, Yuppies, Future Punx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Parquet Courts have put together a solid bill for tonight's release party for their new Parkay Quarts EP, with sets from The Beets, Omaha's Yuppies and the Devo-esque Future Punx. Tickets are still available.
The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala @ Terminal 5
Two bands who love making far-out psychedelia, but not without keeping a sense of pop in mind -- The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala -- team up to co-headline two nights at Terminal 5. Opening both nights is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because with that much psychedelic pop at one show, you gotta have a Lennon on the bill, right?
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have collaborated with filmmaker Adam Curtis for this thought-provoking sensory overload. Reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins vocalist Liz Fraser add to the experience. Just don't expect a traditional concert. Tickets are still available.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Santos Party House
Hard rock vet Joan Jett returned with her first new album since 2006 this year, and it's pretty characteristic of the snarly anthems she's been making her whole career, which of course isn't a bad thing. Tonight, she and her band play an intimate release show at Santos Party House. Things should get a little crazier than the outdoor Coney Island shows she's been doing.
Radical Dads, Haybaby, Dead Stars, Boytoy, Honduras @ 285 Kent Avenue
Here we have a very solid lineup of local indie rock talent. Headliners Radical Dads, Dead Stars and Boytoy all both fall on the '90s end of the scale, Haybaby slide a little more punk, and Honduras lean surfy.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arc Iris @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie stalwarts CYHSY have a new EP, Little Moments, out this week and you can stream it below. They celebrate with a release show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Tickets are still available.
Lake, Tropical Ooze, Prettiots @ Cake Shop
Olympia, WA indiepop band Lake just released their sixth album, The World is Real, via K Records. (Stream it on Spotify.) If you're tastes are on the sunshine pop end of the spectrum, definitely check them out.
Colleen Green & White Fang, The Memories, Hector's Pets @ Death By Audio
While not officially part of the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars tour, most of these bands are on that trek. Burgerama, meanwhile, hits Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5).
Jenny Hval, Ludwig Persik, Tica Douglas @ Glasslands
Norway's Jenny Hval makes the kind of forward-thinking art pop that falls somewhere between Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows.
Twin Peaks, Writer, Today's Hits @ Mercury Lounge
Chicago youngsters Twin Peaks make sprightly indie rock are back in town for two shows, and tonight's show also features WRITER, who make pretty catchy noise pop.
Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Me You Us Them, Wing Dam @ Silent Barn
When Stephen Brodsky isn't busy with his band Cave In, or his many other projects (most recently, Mutoid Man), he tones it down for his solo project, which plays a local show at Silent Barn tonight.
Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando @ The Capitol Theatre
Fountains of Wayne headline this nostalgia-tinged tour that includes fellow '90s alt-stars Soul Asylum and Evan Dando. Don't be ashamed to sing along.
Mutilation Rites, Earthling, Syphilitic Lust @ Union Pool
Local black/thrash shredders Mutilation Rites are on a creative tear. They put out 3(!) releases in 2012 -- two EPs and an LP. They're apparently working on new material already, and will be playing a bunch of it at this show. Like-minded out-of-towners Earthling and icky locals Syphilitic Lust will provide support.
Ben Sollee, River Whyless @ City Winery
Cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee makes music that defies easy categorization. Hear for yourself: his new album, The Hollow Sessions, is a free download.
Nels Cline, Elliot Sharp @ The Stone
Avant-garde composer/musician Elliot Sharp is in residency this week (10/1-6) at The Stone, and tonight he and Nels Cline are doing an improvisational duo guitar set for the late show (10 PM).
Okta Logue, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue are kicking off their North American tour in NYC tonight with a headlining show at Mercury Lounge. They'll be back during CMJ, when they play Bowery Ballroom (10/18) with The Long Winters, Eleanor Friedberger, and more. Opening tonight's Merc show is NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette.
Dita Von Teese @ The Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese continues her four-night run at Gramercy.
Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features James Patterson, Matt Koff, and Jared Logan
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Bill Pearis
You might be familiar with Ashley Eriksson's "Island Song" and just not know it. It's the closing credits theme to Cartoon Network's very popular series Adventure Time and was originally written with her band Lake (who are still going). Eriksson has a new solo album, Colours, coming out next week (6/17) on K Records. It's delicate, pretty and just a little sad. You can stream a track and watch a video of her performing another in her Olympia, WA hometown.
Ashley is in NYC and will play Death by Audio tonight (6/10) with Yukon and Adult Mom. Tickets are $7 at the door. She's got a couple other solo shows on the West Coast too, all of which are listed below.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
After playing nine consecutive nights in New York (each at a different location), I was impressed that Julie ("Jules") Baenziger, pictured above, managed to correctly identify the name of the venue - let alone put on an enthusiastic show. No doubt sharing the stage with three friends (including the lovely guitarist/vocalist Amber Padgett) helped to elevate her spirit.
Some artists have a tendency to leave an audience largely lukewarm or indifferent, but with Sea of Bees, it's hard not to have some kind of a gut reaction. Over the course of the forty-minute set at Mercury Lounge Saturday night (4/30), Baeziger effectively tore down the invisible wall that often stands between the performer and the crowd thanks to her heartfelt delivery and endearing banter.
Though she played with her eyes tightly shut in concentration, she was nothing but smiles in between songs as she offered both lengthy explanations about the events that had inspired her music and the occasional non sequitur. Her shaggy haircut, casual wardrobe, and dimples just added to her childlike charm.
Of course, this kind of unabashed openness begs two types of reactions: deeply identifying with the artist or mocking their unflinching earnestness. But judging by the large number of people who approached Baeziger after the show to introduce themselves, it seems that the yeasayers were definitely the majority.
Baenziger concluded the set with a solo rendition of the love song, "The Woods," before hopping off stage and taking a spot at the front to mingle with fans and friends alike and to enjoy the rest of the "colorful and beautiful" (her words) evening.
AgesAndAges @ SXSW
Up next was the Portland group AgesAndAges. Good communicators, their performance was a team effort that even got the audience involved. For the first song or two, the levels were a bit off, but the sound quickly improved when the band prompted the crowd to shout out suggestions and both the bass and the vocals got turned up.
Though some of the seven members added little in the way of instrumentation other than some light percussion, their vocal contributions really helped fill out the sound and created a strong group dynamic.
Next was LAKE. Like their tour-mates AgesandAges, The K Records group is characterized by group vocals and sunny dispositions. But while the members of AgesAndAges were rooted in place for their set, LAKE seemed to treat the performance as if it were aerobic activity. Between each song, the five musicians changed places and exchanged instruments as if they were playing a never-ending game of musical chairs where no one ever lost. It was unclear if the constant switching served much of a purpose musically, but it did keep things interesting. In addition to the physical shuffle on stage, the band also jumped around their discography, playing both songs from their April release, Giving and Receiving, and older material.
In the absence of an encore (Mercury Lounge had a late show booked), I decided to heed Baezinger's earlier advice to check out the nearby gelateria, which proved to nicely compliment the sweet evening.
Later this month Sea of Bees heads out on tour with Stornoway. AgesAndAges are still out on tour with LAKE. Both bands also played Knitting Factory while they were in town. Back in March AgesAndAges visited Austin for SXSW where they played the Knitting Factory Records/BrooklynVegan day party. The pictures of them in this post are from that Texas show. More of them with tour dates, below...
Tim Perry, the singer and songwriter behind the local band AgesandAges, has started a cult. You can join, but first you've got to drop out of society.
"The whole album is about willful isolation, a voluntary detachment from the rest of civilization," Perry says. "But it's as much of an effort to bring people into the fold as it is to keep it isolated."
Also of paramount importance is commitment. "If it makes sense to you, then let's do it full force, but don't muck up the path with negative rhetoric or with your physical presence."
Despite the tone of separatism that serves as the album's theme, the delivery of the 12 songs on AgesandAges' debut of brisk indie-folk, "Alright You Restless," is actively sunny, inducing an "Up With People" vibe. Each song is presented like an inspirational manifesto echoed by a seven-member choir attesting to the message." [Oregon Live]
Portland's AgesandAges's new LP was just released on 2/15 via Knitting Factory Records. Check out their new video for "Navy Parade (escape from the Black River bluffs)" below.
The Northwestern band is hitting the road with Olympia, Washington group LAKE for a North American tour in middle April and will descend upon NYC for two dates later that month: April 29 at Knitting Factory with Iowa's Paleo, and April 30th at Mercury Lounge with Sea of Bees. AgesandAges will also be representin' at SXSW (exact dates TBA).
All AgesandLake tour dates, that new video and more below....