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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Land of Talk
Land Of Talk

Living in Brooklyn, it's all too easy to get swept up in the thriving local music scene. After all, bands seem to be coming into existence faster than bedbugs in Bushwick. But Saturday night at the Bowery Ballroom featured tunes from another exciting musical oasis: Montreal, the home of all three of the evening's artists.

First on the bill was Little Scream, the captivating project of singer-songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer. Even her sparkly black leggings were outshone by her innovative songs, which seemed to constantly switch tempo and require a different series of emotions to pull off. She may have been alone on stage, but Sprengelmeyer's ferocious foot tapping took on the feel of a bass line, and her presence was easily impressive enough to fill the space.

Up next was the CMJ veterans Suuns. Unlike many of their musical peers, the guys from Suuns do not completely cocoon their music in reverb, distortion, and effects (though these things do have an undeniable presence in their music). Instead, guitar riffs and synth lines are provided with ample breathing room and remain distinct. Suuns may be feel repetitive to some but their music is a well-executed exercise in minimalism.

Suuns were not the main act, but its members seemed to get in the most stage time since Land of Talk's Lizzie Powell borrowed multiple Suuns members for help during her set, relying especially on Joe Yarmush on bass.

Of course, the spotlight was unmistakably on Powell... and her short, white lacey dress. With her pleasant (and dare I say wholesome?) voice, Powell could have easily forged a career at the top of the adult contemporary charts, but instead, she chose to use her voice and her songwriting skills for good. The combination of Powell's pensive melancholic lyrics and assertive guitar riffs is arresting. Here's a woman who seems to be equally comfortable with bearing her soul and shredding - often within the same song.

After allegedly playing a bajillion times at the Mercury Lounge, Powell repeatedly conveyed her excitement to be playing at the Bowery Ballroom. "I feel like I'm graduating," she joked at one point. "I'm dressed for the occasion," she said.

After concluding their initial set with a rowdier number, Powell prompted a change of pace for the encore upon seeing a pocket of fans start to dance/trample their fellow concert-goers.

Look alive, Brooklyn. Montreal is bringing the A game.

More pictures and Land of Talk's setlist from the show, below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk played Bowery Ballroom w/ Suuns & Little Scream (pics & setlist) "

words by JW Byer, Pop Montreal 2009 photos by Ryan Muir

Little Scream

Just when you thought Montreal was tapped out on its music talent, along comes Little Scream. Singer-songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer aka Little Scream (who bears a striking resemblance to a young Susan Sarandon), just finished up The Golden Record, her first studio album, co-produced by Richard Reed Parry of the Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre.

The album was recorded in Montreal and New York, in the home studios of Parry and Aaron Dessner of the National. Both artists contributed to the album, with Parry playing on multiple tracks. Additional guest musicians include Mike Fueurstack (Snailhouse), Becky Foon (Silver M. Zion), Patty McGee (Stars) and Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Belle Orchestre).

The Golden Record (named after the 1977 Voyager space shuttle time capsule recording) is filled with stunning vocals and a beautiful use of reverb on songs such as "Your Radio." There are influences that span from the genre of folk on "Black Cloud," to the classical "Boatman." The heavy intro on "Cannons" bears the mark of Parry's work that can be heard in the Arcade Fire, but is unique at the same time. I was hooked right away with the soothing sounds of "Amahl," the album opener (a tribute to the Menotti opera that bears the same name), and the ballad that is "The Heron and the Fox."

There is good news for fans. Little Scream is on tour, playing this Saturday at the Pop Montreal Festival and the following Tuesday, 10/5, at Brooklyn's the Rock Shop. Tickets are still on sale for the Brooklyn show which is being headlined by Marnie Stern and also includes a set by the Forms.

LS is really excited to be playing the Pop Montreal Festival with Mary Margaret O'Hara, saying "she's kind of one of the reasons I play music." This set will also include guest musicians Becky Foon and Jess Robertson, and as previously noted, Doveman is also on that bill.

Later in October, Little Scream will head out on a Canadian tour with Owen Pallett before joining up with Suuns and Land of Talk, November 6th Bowery Ballroom included.

A limited run of CD's will be available at live shows, starting at the end of October. An official album release is slated for next spring. For a preview of The Golden Record, you can listen to new tunes at www.listn.to/littlescream and at her MySpace.

All tour dates and a Vincent Moon-directed Take Away Show, with pictures Ryan Muir took while that Take Away Show was being recorded at Pop Montreal last year, below...

Continue reading "a spotlight on Little Scream (tour dates included) "

Mudhoney @ NXNE in June (more)
Mudhoney

today in NYC
* Mephista @ The Stone
* Elderflower @ The Stone
* Stone Temple Pilots @ Jones Beach
* Mose Allison Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Snehasish Mozumder @ Barbes
* Lou Barlow, Wye Oak @ Maxwell's
* New Model Army @ The Bell House
* Black Francis (solo acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
* Midnight Magic, Chico Mann @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Detroit in Effect, Teengirl Fantasy @ Coco 66
* Janka Nabay, Highlife, Buke and Gass @ Zebulon
* The Greenhornes, The Black Hollies @ Maxwell's
* Smoke Dza, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Mz. Streamz @ Rock Yard
* Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, White Hills @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dutchess and the Duke, The Wailing Wall @ Mercury Lounge
* Holy Ghost!, House of House (DJ set), DJ Mehdi (Warm Up) @ P.S.1
* Fu Manchu, Black Tusk, It's Casual, Vagina Panther @ Santos Party House
* Body Language, Kieren Taylor, J Patt of the Knocks (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Black Army Jacket, Tombs, Concrete Cross, Grown Ass Men, Defeatist @ Cake Shop
* Fennesz, Soap&Skin, Due East (2010 Moving Sounds Festival) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* King Django, Hub City Stompers, Unlikely Alibi, Uzimon, Manut Bol @ Knitting Factory
* Omega Jarden, Follower, Mirror Mirror, Prayer Town, The Magick Report @ Silent Barn
* Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath Tribute), Black Dog (Led Zeppelin Tribute) @ Mercury Lounge
* Chemical Brothers, Benny Benassi, ATB, Major Lazer, Dirty South, Tom Middleton (Electric Zoo Festival) @ Randall's Island
* Destronauts, Corbu, The Press, Sport of Kings, Madame Trash Heap, Teen Dream (Endless Brooklyn Summer Bash) @ Glasslands
* Explosions In The Sky, Sonic Youth, The Breeders, Fuck Buttons, Tortoise, The Books, Beak>, Bardo Pond, Papa M, Apse, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo @ All Tomorrow's Parties
* Oneida, Aa, Golden Triangle, Fr Murphy, Knyfe Hyts, DubknowDub, K Holes, Divine Order of the Blood Witch, Trycrytry, McDonalds, X-ray Eyeballs, Bezoar, Tyrombous Rex, These Days, Red Dawn 2, Midnight O'connor, Man Forever @ Monster Island (Block Party)

PREVIOUSLY: What's going on Saturday afternoon?

Robert Plant tickets go on sale at noon.

Check out our interview with Black Army Jacket, reunited and playing Cake Shop tonight.

Drive up to ATP NY. Tickets available at the door. Set times HERE.

Land of Talk have a new video for "Quarry Hymns". Check it out below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Saturday?"

Land of Talk

""For me, this song is something of a centrepiece. I love the juxtaposition of the Spiderland-era Slint glassy guitars with the ?ornate, lush chorus. This is the first time I've had a full-on string arrangement in a song, which Jace (Besnard Lakes, who recorded the album) and Eoin worked on. It helped articulate the tension and release of the theme- that we fight blindly for the things we love, that the most beautiful things are often locked underground, where we save or hide them, disfiguring them so that they remain resolutely ours. There is power and truth in what we believe is truly important, and how we share or disguise it."
That's how Elizabeth Powell describes track #2 on the new Land of Talk album. More commentary like that, along with a stream of every track on the album, at The National Post. "Cloak and Cipher" is out August 24th via Saddle Creek. All tour dates re-posted below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk album streaming w/ written commentary "

Land of Talk @ Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Land of Talk

Land of Talk are releasing their second full-length album, Cloak & Cipher on August 24th via Secret City (Canada)/Saddle Creek (US). The full tracklist and cover art are below.

The Montreal trio, led by Elizabeth Powell, will tour that LP through North America this fall, with shows spread from September to November. They play Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. Tickets are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday at noon. Also, ticket+album bundles are available for NYC and the entire tour.

All tour dates and a videos from a recent and beautiful Take Away Show where the band plays a tune from the new record, are posted below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk announce new album details & 2010 Tour Dates (plus made some really awesome Take Away Show videos)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Rachel Kowal

Besnard Lakes

Going into Friday night's show at the Bowery Ballroom, I thought I was in for a mellow evening, but boy was I wrong. Holopaw, the first of two openers, may have made good use of the pedal steel, but thanks to a healthy dose of electric guitar as well, their Americana bent definitely recalls good old indie rock... and even a little punk. And from there, things just got more raucous.

Canadian group Land of Talk makes the kind of music that's made for dancing with abandon in your empty apartment. With the exception of a few mellower tunes, the majority of their catalogue is upbeat and packed with raw power. Lead singer (and sole female member) Lizzie Powell is far more than eye candy. She may have a sweet demeanor, but with a guitar around her neck and a mic at her lips, she is fierce - and quite emotive when it comes to facial expressions.

Land of Talk is a fitting band for the evening - and not just thanks to their sound and impressive energy level. Their upcoming album (to be released in August) on Saddle Creek was produced by Besnard Lakes singer Jace Lasek (who has also worked with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown). At the end of Land of Talk's set, Lasek also joined them on stage to contribute backing vocals.

By the time The Besnard Lakes took to the stage, it was already nearing midnight but spirits were high. After playing just a single song, Jace Lasek excitedly announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, it's a very special day. It's my wife Olga's birthday." For her birthday, bass player Olga ('Auggie') Goreas had apparently put in a request for unending mojitos from a man dressed like Fidel Castro, but Lasek was unable to find someone with the right facial hair configuration and the appropriate army fatigues. Goreas did get a mojito and a chorus of Happy Birthdays from the audience, though.

Mojitos and birthday announcements out of the way, The Besnard Lakes launched into "For Agent 13" from The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, which features a nice call and response with Lasek and Goreas on vocals. With the exception of a few sleepier songs like their 2007 stand-out track "Disaster," the majority of the songs in the headliner's set had a definite bent toward rock. I suppose it's hard not to act like a rockstar when you've got what must have been a custom-made 12-string sparkling white guitar and tinted aviators like Lasek. Given the name of their newest album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, I guess I should have had a better idea of what to expect.

The Besnard Lakes wrapped up their nine-song set with the expansive song "And You Lied to Me," which features a pretty sweet guitar solo. Mid song, Lasek walked over to Goreas and started jamming, and before they walked off stage, Lasek leaned gave the birthday girl a hug and a kiss.

After a brief hiatus backstage, the band came back for another couple of songs - Goreas, with mojito in hand. In response to a couple of screaming audience members, The Besnard Lakes closed with "Thomasina" from their 2007 EP, Volume 1.

The two openers' setlists, some videos and more pictures from the whole night, below...

Continue reading "The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk & Holopaw played Bowery Ballroom - pics, video & setlists"

by Bill Pearis

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Owen Pallett playing w/ the Luyas @ Webster Hall (more by Sarahana)
Luyas

It's Memorial Day Weekend which used to mean, if you stayed in town, there was nothing to do except go see whatever piece of crap Hollywood was foisting upon us, hang out at backyard BBQs (not a bad thing at all), and enjoy a relatively emptied-out city. Not so much anymore. I mean, there's still Hollywood crap -- take your pick of sand-n-sandals epics SATC2 or Prince of Persia if you must -- but people stick around more, and there's clearly more options for the music fan. Lots of good stuff this weekend, most of which you can still get tickets.

Also: lots of Montreal action this weekend. Starting tonight (5/27) with an early show at Mercury Lounge with The Luyas and Braids. If you check in with BV fairly often you already know we're pretty big fans of the former. It took them a while to finally come play NYC but now that they have, they seem to be coming back weekly. It's not the most straightforward music, but there's a magical quality about The Luyas that worms its way under your skin.

Braids are doing a similar thing but with a different sonic palette, more electronic, more trancey. As I wrote before, I was impressed when I saw them on Tuesday at Knitting Factory. I wish they spent as much time on the songs as the soundscape-ish arrangements, but there's a lot of promise in their best songs (like "Lemonade" which you can download above) and they're definitely worth checking out. Like I said, it's an early show -- Luyas open at 7:30 -- which leaves most of your evening open. If you can't make it tonight, Braids also play Rooftop Films tomorrow, where they're paired with a collection of "Dark Toons," which sounds like a good match to me.

No Joy
No Joy

If you wanted to keep the MTL thing going after the early Luyas/Braids, you could then head over to Cameo Gallery to see No Joy who split their time between that city and Los Angeles. I don't know a whole lot about these two girls but I really dig the two songs that have been floating around which were produced by Think About Life/Miracle Fortress whiz kid Graham Van Pelt. I've seen some people call their sound shoegaze, but it's more in that Dinosaur Jr. kind of way than a Ride/Slowdive kind of way. Thick, sludgy and rockin'. Look out for an EP on Mexican Summer sometime soon. They played last night at Shea Stadium and apparently blew everyone's eardrums out. You are warned.

Also on this eclectic bill: the paranoid postpunk/electropop of Psychobuildings (check out "Birds of Prey" at the top of this post) who kind of remind me of The Pop Group; The Surprisers (another band featuring German Measles/Cause Co-motion/etc etc dudes); and the gentle orch-pop of North Highlands who I've written about before a few times.

And am writing about again right here. Shameless plug time. As you may have seen, I'm working with the Seaport Music folks to put on a series of lunchtime shows every Wednesday in June down at Pier 17 (the Seaport Stage). The shows are in conjunction with the Fulton Stall Markets, a farmers market in the old Fulton Fish Market stalls across the street from the Seaport. The market opens on Sunday and we're doing a kickoff show with North Highlands. I DJ at noon and then the band is on at 1PM. I'm super happy to have North Highlands play the first show, they were the first band I thought of for this, and think they're easily one of the most promising new bands in NYC. Anyway, come down if you can. The rest of the Sound Bites Lunchtime Series schedule (including The Beets, Ribbons and more) can be found here.

Besnard Lakes @ SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Besnard Lakes

Okay, back to Montreal. Friday night (5/28) The Besnard Lakes are playing Bowery Ballroom with Land of Talk. People overuse the word "epic" but the Besnard Lakes make music that deserves that description. And epic doesn't necessarily mean "overblown." Take, for example, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent" which opens their new album Are the Roaring Night. It's an amazing slow build that explodes (in slo-mo, yet not in a Michael Bay way) in the chorus with a giant wave of guitars. One of my favorite songs of the year, and it crushed at the Brooklyn Vegan day party during this year's SXSW. I've never seen a bad Besnard Lakes show. I highly, highly recommend you go.

Openers Land of Talk are no slouches in the live department either. The band's second album, Cloak and Cipher, is due out August 24 on Saddle Creek, and we should get a nice preview of it tomorrow night.

A few more weekend picks, day by day (and tour dates below):

Continue reading "No Joy, North Highlands, Besnard Lakes, Luyas, Eternal Summers, Twin Sister & more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: The Besnard Lakes - Albatross (MP3)

Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes' new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night was released earlier this month by Jagjaguwar. Grab an MP3 from that album above.

As previously mentioned, the Canadian band is headlining Bowery Ballroom on May 28th, a show that fellow Canadians Land of Talk will be opening (tickets are on sale). The show is one date of a much larger tour (which Land of Talk is opening just part of). All dates, and some pictures from our BV/M For Montreal day party at SXSW, below...

Continue reading "The Besnard Lakes - new album out now (MP3), 2010 Tour Dates w/ Land of Talk, pics from Galaxy Room"

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Charlotte Gainsbourg show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Jamie Lidell show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club show at Governors Island.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Mumford & Sons / The Middle East show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Phantogram is playing Bowery Ballroom on May 19th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)

The Besnard Lakes & Land of Talk are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 28th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Land of Talk

A few songs into Land Of Talk's set at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night the sold out audience began asking for more vocals. "I think all of your bodies are absorbing my vocals," said frontwoman, Elizabeth Powell.

Things are different than when last Powell played New York. It's been a rough year since her voice gave out and forced the band off tour from support of last year's excellent Some Are Lakes (which included dates with Broken Social Scene). Powell, who was singing with BSS in addition to her own band, had surgery to correct damage to her vocal chords, she took voice lessons, wrote several songs which make up their new Fun and Laughter EP as well as the forthcoming album which the band began recording last month. She wears an in-ear monitor in concert now and everything is clearly in place to protect her distinctive voice that used to go head-to-head with her razor-sharp guitar playing. Now her voice has acquiesced, it's a bit softer though she did let it go a few times, especially during "All My Friends" and the line "Hustling leaves me white hot / blue in the face / eyes blood shot." But despite her subdued vocals the packed crowd was still riveted; her guitar playing, the drumming of Andrew Barr and multi-insturmental duties of Joe Yarmush all outstanding through a set that didn't end until half past 1am.

The show was one of a few dates with Surprise Me Mr. Davis (Marco Benevento & members of The Slip). More pictures from the NYC show below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk played Mercury Lounge in NYC w/ Surprise Me Mr Davis & North Highlands - pics & setlist"

In honor of Land of Talk's return to NYC, the band's new video for "It's Okay" is posted (with all tour dates) below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk - "It's Okay" video ++ tour dates (NYC tonight)"

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Land of Talk / Surprise Me Mr. Davis show happening at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Do Make Say Think / Happiness Project shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl Art Brut shows coming up. Maxwell's is still on sale too.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Girls show at Bowery Ballroom. They're playing Maxwell's too, and that is still on sale as well.

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - May You Never (MP3)

Land of Talk @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in October (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Land of Talk

Land of Talk's Fun and Laughter EP, the follow-up release to their 2008 full-length, Some Are Lakes, is set to come out October 20th on Saddle Creek. It'll be a busy week for the label - they have a handful of other records coming out around the same time.

An MP3 from the new EP is re-posted above.

Following the release, the band (led by frontwoman Elizabeth Powell) will do a brief West Coast tour. After that,the band will go on a short East Coast tour with Surprise Me Mr. Davis which is a band consisting of Nathan Moore and members of The Slip. One of those Slip members is Andrew Barr who also plays/played with Land of Talk. We don't know all the dates, but at least one of them is November 21st show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, September 16th at noon. General sale starts September 28th at noon.

All currently known tour dates and the video for "The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)," which is on the new EP, are below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk playing NYC, shows w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis"

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - May You Never (MP3)

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A new rockin' song from Land of Talk's upcoming Fun And Laughter EP!

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"Land of Talk have announced a west coast tour beginning October 27th in San Diego, and running through November 7th in Vancouver B.C.. To complement to tour, the band will be releasing an EP with 4 new songs and 3 videos, entitled 'Fun and Laughter'. After having been sidelined for much of the year with a vocal ailment, front woman Elizabeth Powell is now gearing up for a busy fall."
The vocal problems they're referring to led to some cancellations on Land of Talk's 2008 tour with Broken Social Scene where Elizabeth was also acting as BSS female vocalist. No east coast dates yet (they will be announced "very soon"), but the new EP (which you can add to the list of new things Saddle Creek is doing) is exciting, as is the band's nifty new video which is below with the tracklist and tour schedule...

Continue reading "Land of Talk - a new EP, west coast tour dates & new video"

Lucero @ Terminal 5 Friday night (more by Mike Lerner)
Lucero

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Lucero @ Mercury Lounge
* Elysian Fields @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Keys & Doug Gillard Wellmont Theater
* Blank Dogs, Woods, WAVVES & Nodzzz @ Underground Lounge

Underground Lounge is located 955 West End Ave @ 107th St in Morningside Heights. The WAVVES show starts at 2PM.

Kanye West has been blogging about a lot of 'indie' music (and comedy) lately. There was the recent Aziz Ansari post, and the exclusive new Peter Bjorn and John track he posted. Kanye's other recent likes include TV on the Radio's David Bowie cover, Bon Iver covering Feist, Friendly Fires, Francis and the Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LAND OF TALK.

Kanye will be performing at the Grammys today. So will Radiohead. Nominees include MIA, Adele, No Age, Hot Chip, Daft Punk, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

Antony was just on NPR.

Little Boots played Studio B last night. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday (besides the Grammys)?"

words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Broken Social Scene

Arguably one of the biggest CMJ shows this year was Friday night's Broken Social Scene gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (10/24). Ironically, they probably allowed the least amount of badges in (I heard 45, to be exact). Moreover it was pretty much the only CMJ show to have only two artists on the bill - not your typical 40 minute sets. That's because really it was just the NYC stop on a much larger tour that happened to be in Brooklyn at the time of CMJ. For that I am thankful.

The show was amazing. After a fantastic opening set by Liz Powell and Land of Talk, Kevin Drew & co. took the stage. The band varied between 3 and 11 members, and featured a more retrospective setlist than expected. With the release of two so-so solo-ish albums in the past year and a half, it was good to hear the band head back to their roots. Liz joined the band numerous times (as did Metric's Josh Winstead) as they played nearly all of "You Forgot It In People." The 2 hour, 45 minute set was highlighted by "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)" and the finale of "Lover's Spit." The show did lose momentum from time to time - during Charles Spearin's "Happiness Project," for instance (which was beautiful, by the way) - but overall it built perfectly and really hit the spot.

Throughout the night Kevin kept commenting that this was the last time they'd play these songs in New York for a long time - they've played here numerous times in the past year - though next summer he promised a big 3 hour show where they play all their stuff with special guests. Should be epic.

More pictures and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Broken Social Scene & Land of Talk played Masonic Temple (pics & setlist), will play "3 hour show in 2009"??"

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Corner Phone (MP3)

Land of Talk @ Mercury Lounge, NYC (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Land of Talk

Some Are Lakes pre-orders will be shipped on September 23rd.

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

LAnd of Talk

Land of Talk, now with a great new drummer (again) (Andrew Barr of the Slip), played a one-off show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (Sept 11, 2008). Tighter than ever, the three-piece from Montreal treated us to a well-tuned mix of old (relatively speaking) hits, and songs off from their new album Some Are Lakes, out October 7th on Saddle Creek. Look for Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene this fall. More pictures from Mercury Lounge below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk @ Mercury Lounge (Sept 08), NYC - pics "

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes (MP3)

Land of Talk's Liz Powell backstage @ NYU w/ BSS (m@rvel)
Liz

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Leela James @ SOB's
* The Drones @ Union Hall
* The Weight @ Union Pool
* Land of Talk @ Mercury Lounge
* Paul Weller @ Highline Ballroom
* Earl Greyhound @ the Calhoun School
* Rahim & The End of the World @ Pianos
* Crystal Stilts & High Places @ (le) poisson rouge
* Jason Trachtenburg & The Extraordinaires @ Southpaw
* C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni & Nancy Garcia/Biba Bell @ Glasslands

Next time Land of Talk comes back to town it will be on tour with Broken Social Scene. Land of Talk's Elizbeth Powell will also be doing 'female vocalist' duties for BSS on the tour - a job she's already had some practice at. As you can see from the above pic, she was with the band at NYU's Mystery Show. She also played with them at a recent show in Silverlake. Watch video HERE.

What else?

The Dears (new lineup) (pic by Liam Maloney)
The Dears

Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards - (Jason Kent
Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Lisa Smith (Pony Up)
Drums, Keyboards - Yann Geoffroy (Kill the Lights)
Piano, Keyboards, Vocals - Natalia
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards - Murray
Keyboards, Vocals - Laura Wills (Pony Up)
Guitar - Christopher McCarron (Land of Talk)
As mentioned before, The Dears are back with a new album and a new lineup and a plan to tour around CMJ this October. I don't know how Christopher McCarron is going to be in NJ and Virginia on the same day, but tickets are on sale for an October 22nd show at Maxwell's in Hoboken and for one the next day at Hiro Ballroom in NYC. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Dears - 2008 Tour Dates (CMJ, Maxwell's, etc)"

DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes (MP3)

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Tickets are still on sale for Land of Talk's upcoming show at Mercury Lounge. The above track comes from their new Saddle Creek record - out October 7th, but they'll ship it to you September 23rd.

Also catch Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene.

Land of Talk opening for Decemberists @ Summerstage
LAnd of Talk

Mercury Lounge isn't the only upcoming NYC Land of Talk show. It has just been officially announced that Land of Talk will be supoorting (their new Saddle Creek record and) Broken Social Scene on BSS's fall tour including at the show in Brooklyn that went on sale earlier today. But most of exciting of all...

Land Of Talk front person, Elizabeth Powell, will join Broken Social Scene each night on the tour as guest vocalist on various songs throughout their set in addition to Land of Talk's opening performance. Elizabeth can be heard contributing vocals on the acclaimed Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning Something For All Of Us.... album as well as the soundtrack to the Broken Social Scene scored film The Tracey Fragments, starring Ellen Page.
Land of All also added a whole bunch of Canadian headlining shows of their own. All dates below...

Continue reading "Land of Talk - 2008 Tour Dates (in & w/ Broken Social Scene) "

Land of Talk @ Citysol, NYC - July 14, 2007
Land of Talk

Old news, but never explicitly pointed out by me, Liz Powell from Land of Talk can be heard on Broken Social Scene's new Brendan Canning album. It's the second time Liz and Brendan worked together. Land of Talk also have a new album of their own coming out soon - October 7th to be exact. And even sooner they'll play a show at Mercury Lounge in NYC - September 11th to be exact. Tickets are now on sale.

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