Entries tagged with: Lilys
Shoegaze/dream pop vets Lilys recently announced a one-off show happening at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, which is now sold out, but fortunately they added a second date for October 11 at the same venue. Tickets are on sale now. A Philly show for 10/10 was added too.
As mentioned, the shows are billed as "Corruption Wrecked My Life," and feature "never before or rarely performed early material 1990-1995." Band leader Kurt Heasley will be joined by Don Devore (currently of Sick Feeling), James Richardson (MGMT), Will Berman (MGMT), Travis Rosenberg, Matt Werth (RVNG Intl. founder), Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, The Sea & Cake) and Alex Craig (Limited, Ducktails, Big Troubles).
Kurt Heasley of Lilys played Trans-Pecos earlier this month with his onetime bandmate Don Devore (who's currently of Sick Feeling). Kurt's now announced an official Lilys show, happening at Baby's All Right on October 9 and tickets are on sale now.
It's a very special one-time-only show which Heasley's calling "Corruption Wrecked My Life," featuring "never before or rarely performed early material 1990-1995." That time period was when Lilys were a shoegazy band and released such records as Eccsame The Photon Band and In The Presence of Nothing for labels like spinART and Slumberland. You can stream those two records below.
With Devore as musical director of this special show, they've put together a big band version of Lilys, that in addition to Heasley features:
James Richardson (MGMT)Stream Lilys' Eccsame The Photon Band and In The Presence of Nothing below...
Will Berman (MGMT)
Matt Werth (RVNG Intl. founder)
Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, The Sea & Cake)
Alex Craig (Limited, Ducktails, Big Troubles)
photo: Ratatat at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
photo: mewithoutYou at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
photo: The Bird and the Bee at Carnegie Hall in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
mewithoutYou, Foxing, Field Mouse @ Bowery Ballroom
mewithoutYou have explored a lot of sonic territory throughout their career, and their newest album Pale Horses (out now on Run For Cover) most immediately recalls the art rock/post-hardcore blend of 2004's Catch for Us the Foxes and 2006's Brother, Sister. If you're going tonight, Foxing and Field Mouse are both worth catching too.
Ratatat, Hot Sugar @ Webster Hall
New York dance duo Ratatat's new album, Magnifique, is out today and they're celebrating its release with this show.
The Bird and the Bee, Liam Finn @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
Meanwhile, downstairs in Webster Hall's Marlin Room it's Greg Kurstin and Inara George, who are back with their first album in five years as suave pop duo The Bird & The Bee album. It's out today so...it's another release party. New Zealand's great Liam Finn opens.
The Detroit Cobras, The Ribeye Brothers, Junk Boys @ WFMU Monty Hall
The Motor City garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras play their first of two NYC-area shows tonight.
Soda Shop, The Hairs, Railings, Dark Tea @ Cake Shop
It's a night of cardigan-friendly indiepop with '60s-sh Soda Shop and the tongue-in-cheek jangle of The Hairs.
KxDx, Diamond Terrifier/Michael Beharie/VHVL, Simon O'Connor, Limited @ Trans-Pecos
Kurt Heasley of Lilys is the "K" in KxDx and the "D" is his old Lilys bandmate Don Devore (these days of Sick Feeling). Hopefully they'll dust off some early-'00s tracks to play tonight.
No Age, Sun Foot, and Devin Gary & Ross @ Surf Pavillon
This event should be pretty cool, the three bands are traveling together as part of a music/art exhibit called "Generationalpictomusicapolis." In addition to the music, limited-edition, collaboratively made artworks created by each band member will be exhibited at the show, and available for purchase.
Big Quet, Real Numbers, Sunshine & the Rain, SWIVS @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Milwaukee's Real Numers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. Tonight's their first of three NYC shows; headliners Big Quiet are also celebrating the release of their debut 7".
Into Another, Fairweather, Gates @ Gramercy Theatre
Two formerly broken up and now-reunited post-hardcore bands come together for this bill. There's Into Another, who came out of the early '90s NYC/Revelation Records scene and Virginia's Fairweather, one of the more underrated bands on Equal Vision in the early 2000s.
Mitski, Elvis Depressedly, eskimeaux, Normal Person @ Palisades
Mitski's 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek gets better every time, with its mix of art rock, folk, and lo-fi indie. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows on her tour with the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member Eskimeaux.
Dalek, cleanteeth, Azar Swan, Final Boss @ Saint Vitus Bar
Industrial hip hop project Dalek had been hiatus since 2009, but they recently returned and are continuing to play shows. Also, don't miss goth duo Azar Swan if you're going to this one.
Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Screaming Females, Seaside Caves @ Starland Ballroom
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls are playing a big home state show tonight, and it's especially good for a few reasons. For one, they're playing their excellent 2001 album How I Spent My Summer Vacation in full. And secondly, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Screaming Females are both bands that are worth seeing on their own, so this lineup is pretty stacked.
Unearthly Trance, churchburn, Belus @ Acheron
Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance broke up in 2012 and were very missed, but now they're back in action and have wasted no time playing tons of shows.
Neil Young, Puss 'N Boots @ Bethel Woods Center
Bethel Woods is the location where the original Woodstock was held. It's a few hours away from NYC but if you're going to make the trip, who better to see than someone who actually played Woodstock?
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by Bill Pearis
Nice to see that indie zine chickfactor is having a third birthday party -- "chickfactor 22" -- at Brooklyn's The Bell House on March 20 & 21. Headlining the second night are The Clientele, who went on "indefinite hiatus" in 2011 (and haven't played NYC since the year before that); frontman Alasdair MacLean's more current group, Amor de Dias, which is a collaboration with Pipas' Lupe Núñez-Fernández, will play on the first night.
The 3/20 show is headlined by Withered Hand, with sets from Jim Ruiz Set (who has played all three years) and Lilys. The 3/21 show also features Versus, onetime SF Seals singer Barbara Manning and DC area indiepop group The Saturday People (who haven't played in a long time). Tickets go on sale Monday (2/3) at noon, and are $20 for each night in advance and $25 at the door. A $40 two-day pass is available too. You can buy them through Other Music in addition to online.
The Clientele line-up for the chickfactor show will be Maclean, James Hornsey on bass and Mark Keen on drums and this iteration hasn't played together since 2005. The Clientele also have a song on Merge Records' Or Thousands of Prizes 7" subscription, part of the label's 25th anniversary.
Withered Hand, aka Edinburgh singer-songwriter Dan Willson, has a new album, titled New Gods, out March 25 via Slumberland. The new LP features guest appearances by Black Tambourine singer (and chickfactor co-founder) Pam Berry, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines and members of Belle & Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit.You can stream "Horshoe" and watch an album trailer below. Withered hand will be over for SXSW so look out for him there as well.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Black Tambourine - What's Your Game? (MP3)
Black Tambourine back in the day...
The first night of chickfactor 2012: for the love of pop, which features sets from reunited Black Tambourine and Small Factory, sold out pretty quick, so Black Tambourine have added another show at Maxwells on Monday April 9 for those who didn't get tickets. It's with Fan Modine and Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap/Softies/Go Sailor) and tickets are still on sale and still available.
To commemorate chickfactor's 20th birthday, Black Tambourine have also recorded an EP of Ramones covers which will be released as a double 7" on Slumberland on May 15. Says the Slumberland press release:
It took a pretty special occasion to bring Black Tambourine out of retirement, even temporarily, and the 20th birthday of BT singer Pam Berry's Chickfactor magazine is definitely such an occasion. When the band were discussing the rather complicated logistics (members scattered across two continents) for the reunion shows, the thought of maybe doing some new recordings came to mind. The band quickly agreed that a tribute to one their favorite bands would be a fun project, and of course the Ramones jumped to the top of the list.You can download Black Tambourine's cover of "What's Your Game" (from the Ramones' 1977's LP Leave Home) which features backing vocals from the Rinettes (aka Linda Smith, Rose Melberg, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Jenny Robbins from Honeymoon Diary). You can also stream it below.
After choosing which songs to work on, the band recorded using the same methodology as they did for the bonus tracks on their self-titled 2010 compilation LP. The gentlemen in the band convened in Maryland to lay down the music, the rough mixes were sent to Pam in London so she could add her inimitable vocals, and then the resulting recordings were sent back to Maryland for Archie to mix.
The final result is OneTwoThreeFour, a double 7" and download EP featuring Black Tambourine's versions of four of their most-loved Ramones tunes.
In other chickfactor news, in addition to the Maxwell's show, the 20th anniversary party has added a show in Portland on May 30 at the Bunk Bar, with Barbara Manning, Joe Pernice, The Softies and Selector Dub Narcotic (Calvin Johnson in DJ mode).
Speaking of Joe Pernice, he'll appear in NYC at City Winery as part of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders with Meg Baird (Espers), Bhi Bhiman, Sloane Crosley, A.M.Homes, Eugene Mirman, and Sondre Lerche on March 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Though the first night of the 3-day Bell House fest is sold out, you can still get tickets to the May 11 show (Legendary Jim Ruiz, Aislers Set, Pipas, Bridget St John) and the May 12 show (The Pines, The Softies, Stevie Jackson, Honeybunch).
There's also chickfactor shows in Arlington, VA's Artsphere on April 6 (Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Honebunch, Dot Dash) and April 7 (Black Tambourine, Lilys, Fan Modine, Lorelei).
Click through for the stream of Black Tambourine's Ramones cover, plus cover art to the new EP...
by Bill Pearis
chickfactor #1 with cover stars Small Factory
chickfactor will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with five blissful nights of sparkling indie pop on the Northeast Corridor of the USA (three in NY; two in DC) including the first shows in years by Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Pipas, The Aislers Set, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies, The Lois Plus, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and Fan Modine and rare performances from such pop luminaries asStevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Frankie Rose, Lilys, Lorelei, Dot Dash, Versus, Bridget St John and Honey Bunch.Those who followed indiepop in the '90s most certainly read (and probably still have their copies of) fabled 'zine chickfactor, which was written all in lower-case and was read sideways like a calendar. Stephin Merritt was among the regular contributors and it was fun, funny and turned a lot of folks on to cool new sounds like Black Tambourine, Lois Maffeo, Small Factory, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Tiger Trap and many more. Stevie Jackson wrote a song about it for the second Belle & Sebastian album, maybe you heard it.
chickfactor started in 1992 in D.C. and New York by pop-loving maniacs Pam Berry and Gail O'Hara, who used to travel up and down the East Coast seeing Small Factory, Honey Bunch, the Wedding Present and any other fine indie-pop bands of the era. We are spoiled silly and lucky as all get-out to be able to present this super-stellar line-up. Get your ticket fast, do not dilly-dally!
For chickfactor's 20th anniversary, founders Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry have put together a five-day, two-city festival that gathers many of the zine's most loved bands, many of whom haven't performed in 15 or more years. It happens April 6 and 7 at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia and then in NYC April 10 -12 at The Bell House (Maybe some of you went to the 10th anniversary show at Fez?).
The shows shows break down like this:
April 6 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Stevie Jackson, Frankie Rose, Honey Bunch, The Dot Dash
April 7 (Artispace, Arlington, VA): Black Tambourine, Lilys, Fan Modine, Lorelei
April 10 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Black Tambourine, Small Factory, Versus, The Lois Plus + Special Guests.
April 11 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): The Aislers Set, Pipas, Bridget St. John, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group
April 12 (The Bell House, Brooklyn): Stevie Jackson, Honey Bunch, A Girl Called Eddy, The Softies
Black Tambourine (first East Coast shows in 20 years) and The Aislers Set (first in almost 10 years) are the big draws here, but this writer is especially excited about folk pop trio Small Factory who haven't played together in 15 years and Minneapolis' The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group whose 1995 album O Brother Where Art Thou? is a lost '90s classic (they're promising a new album this year too).
This comes a mere month before the sixth annual NYC Popfest (happening May 17 - 20) which means this spring is likely to be a very good year for indiepop fans. NYC Popfest hasn't divulged any of its line-up, but I hear it may be their most ambitious yet.
Click though for a detailed rundown of the chickfactor fest line-up, plus some vintage videos from the groups involved.
"Keane is not the coolest band to blog about when I'm all indie rock up in your business. I am a slightly apologetic Keane fan. I think there are a few bands that can make dynamic, catchy singles that can appeal to the masses while still be genuine and heartfelt. I can see the fellas sweating over lyrics in studios, rather than thinking what would sell to the Wal-Mart crowd.That quote is from Music Snobbery's review of the Keane show that took place at the Wellmont Theater in Jersey on Tuesday. They also played Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday. Portland's Sub Pop-signed band The Helio Sequence were on tour with Keane and opened both of those shows.
More than anything, and the reason I would see the band again in another few years, is that they are an unabashedly energetic live act. Sometimes, I'll take a great live act first. As for tonight, a 90-minute set filled with their hits and the obligatory Springsteen cover to soothe the Jersey folks." [Music Snobbery]
Now that the tour is over, The Helio Sequence are going on a headlining tour of their own which starts tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/28). Also playing the Brooklyn show are Ape School, and the UK's Howling Bells who are currently on tour with... Coldplay! They can trade piano rock war stories. Speaking of which, did you know that...
After listening to Tim Rice-Oxley's piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water, Surrey in 1997, Chris Martin invited him to join his newly formed band Coldplay. However, Rice-Oxley declined because he did not want to leave The Lotus Eaters, stating "I was seriously interested, but Keane were already operational and Coldplay's keyboard player idea was dropped." [Wikipedia]Ape School, who are also playing MHOW tonight, is the new project of Michael Johnson who was in the Sub Pop band Holopaw, and in the Lilys in 2006. Ape School's self-titled album was released by Counter on April 28th. RCRD LBL has a track, and you can grab a remix Daedelus did above.
Daedelus has his own Brooklyn show coming up too - this June as part of the Northside Festival.
I have three pairs of tickets to giveaway to tonight's MHOW show. Details on how to win, and all tour dates, below...
someone let Witz on the stage last night @ Roseland Ballroom in NYC
The Wounded Knees (with special guest J Mascis), My Bloody Valentine and Le Volume Courbe played Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night (9/22). The above picture is proof.
Formed in Dublin in 1984, [My Bloody Valentine] developed its initial sound as a reaction against what other bands were doing, Mr. Shields said. Most were using the cushy sounds of flangers and chorus pedals; My Bloody Valentine, using an effect called reverse reverb, strove for something "ambient but upfront, with a dryness," Mr. Shields said. Later the band would pile up countless other effects -- loops, echoes, distortion boxes -- creating the sonic onslaught that has been cited as an influence by virtually every collegiate or indie-rock band that knows how to set off feedback. [NY Times]Le Volume Courbe (here from the UK initially to play the MBV-curated day at ATP Sunday) will play two more NYC shows before they leave. Those, and other dates are below.
My Bloody Valentine do it (Roseland) again tonight (9/23) with Lilys. From there MBV move on to Toronto. MBV ATP setlist & pics are HERE (along with lots of Roseland reviews in the comments). More Lilys ATP pics are, also, below...
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
After a great (and late) Saturday-night, morning (3pm) bloomed with Robin Guthrie (co-founder of Cocteau Twins) and his shimmering ambient soundscapes in the main room. Backlit by projections of fractals and waves, it was the perfect way to ease into Sunday. Le Volume Courbe and Wounded Knees (both opening for MBV tonight at Roseland) had already played on stage two, but sadly, I missed them.
While Guthrie shined on, I scooted on over to stage deux and caught a few minutes of sunny pop by The Lilys (opener for MBV in NYC night two).
Photos by Bryan Bruchman
On Sunday the Lilys played the MBV-curated day of the ATP festival in upstate NY. On Tuesday they're opening for My Bloody Valentine at Roseland Ballroom..
@ Roseland Ballroom, NYCPictures from MBV's set at ATP are HERE. More pictures of Lilys at the Bell House are below....
Sep 22 - My Bloody Valentine, Le Volume Courbe, the Wounded Knees
Sep 23 - My Bloody Valentine & Lilys
photos by Chris La Putt
September 18th was the official opening of the Bell House, the new venue in the Gowanus of Brooklyn. Though a private show happened Wednesday, Thursday night was the public's first look at the place which bears a slight resemblance to its sister bar, Union Hall. No bocce at this one though. What did you think?
The night was a celebration that included sets by Takka Takka, Robbers on High Street, Matt Pond PA and headliner Lilys - all free.
More pictures of the venue, and of all three openers, below...
Mogwai @ Terminal 5, NYC - Sept 18, 2008 (soulblend)
"The pairing of venerable Scottish post-rockers Mogwai with Fuck Buttons, a knob-twiddling duo who weave subtle melodies through waves of tribal noise, is inspiring. Both groups make mostly instrumental soundscapes, but go about it in entirely different ways. Mogwai (pictured above) use traditional rock instruments; Fuck Buttons use Nintendo GameBoys, toy microphones, laptops, and whatever else seems to strike their fancy." [Washington City Paper]The Mogwai / Fuck Buttons tour hit Terminal Five in NYC last night (Sept 18). Fuck Buttons play ATP NY on Saturday. Mogwai play the same upstate festival on Sunday.
Built to Spill, Thurston Moore, Tortoise, Meat Puppets and Bardo Pond play the sold out affair at a country club, TONIGHT (Sept 19). They're all playing full albums. Thurston practiced on Wednesday night in his hometown.
Lilys also play ATP on Sunday. They played the opening show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last night.
The Mogwai-scored Zidane hits select theaters on October 24th.
In the shadow of the famous and brooding Kentile Floors sign in the burgeoning and classic neighborhood of Gowanus, The Bell House, a gorgeous new and unique music venue and lounge, will open its doors on September 18 at 6pm with free admission to the public. The Bell House is a magnificent two-room music and events venue located at 149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. It was crafted out of an old 1920's warehouse once used as a printing press, but more recently used as a fly-by-night shipping company.Press release continued, and an updated initial lineup, below...
Conceived and created by the friends behind Union Hall (Park Slope) and Floyd (Brooklyn Heights), The Bell House are thrilled to be pioneers of sorts adding a prominent performance space to Brownstone Brooklyn. The main space boasts 25 foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450 square foot stage, and unobstructed views from any part of the room. "Brownstone Brooklyn needed a major music venue and event space, and we found a beautiful old building near the Gowanus that was seemingly designed for live music," said co-owner, Jim Carden. "We'll be able to graduate the bands we've championed at Union Hall to a space like no other in New York City and be able to host acts that were simply too big for the stage there", adds co-owner and talent buyer Jack McFadden