Entries tagged with: Linfinity
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's The Cabana Kids (featuring ex-members of International Affairs and Linfinity) have been playing around their hometown for a little while now, and they'll be putting out their debut EP, The Birds & the Bees, this fall via Small Plate Records. Its new single "Just Let Me Know" is the kind of sunny indie pop with bright, upbeat acoustic guitars and charming male/female vocal harmonies that were commonplace in mid-2000s indie rock. If you miss that kinda stuff, this song should trigger some heartwarming nostalgia. It premieres in this post and can be streamed below. Here's what singer Joseph Lee had to say about the EP:
The songs on "The Birds & The Bees" were originally written on a lark for a project that I envisioned with a female voice in mind. Kind of a hipster Sonny And Cher [laughing]. She would sing the girl's perspective and I would sing the guy's. The topics touched on things that we all experience in life, particularly, the yearning for love, heartbreak, the romanticization of a better place and even death. Being able to provide the different views from a guy or girl's perspective made it all the more interesting. It allowed for a call and response style which easily translated to harmonies as well. Being a huge Beatles, and early rock n' roll fan, the influence of their melodies and chord structures fit perfectly with the vocal stylings. My friend Curtis Williams who laid down the lead guitar and is co producer on the E.P. began recording the tracks at his home studio. Having added some reverb soaked surf guitar tones we had most of what you hear. I then took the tracks to Carousel Studios in Greenpoint and fleshed them out further with Joe McGinty [Loser's Lounge, Live Keyboard Karaoke, Psychedelic Furs]. Joe has got quite the collection of vintage keyboards, and organs which we certainly took advantage of. The only track that was recorded separately was "You & Me" which was done in a day with Jason Finkel of Converse Rubber Tracks and Sweet Sound Studios. With the songs completed, some starts and stops along the way and eventual band members added we were signed by Small Plates Records and look forward to sharing it all with you.The band doesn't have a hometown show announced at the moment (though presumably it won't be long before one's added), but they will be close by for a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Thursday (8/14).
New song stream and the EP's Beach Boys-referencing artwork, below...
Tickets to see Jane's Addiction at Terminal 5 and their NYE show at House of Blues in Atlantic City go on sale today at noon.
Kishi Bashi plays Bowery Ballroom on February 8 and tickets to that show go on sale at noon today.
Tickets to see Toro Y Moi at Webster Hall are available via Ticketmaster today at noon.
Ellie Goulding plays Terminal 5 on January 21 and tickets to that show go on sale at noon today.
VHS or Beta are going on a free tour which hits NYC on November 30 at Mercury Lounge with Linfinity and Ballroom Jacks. RSVP is open.
DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Legend In My Own Mind" (MP3)
Linfinity, Waking Lights, and Sister Anne will take on Pianos TONIGHT (1/13), as part of a residency for Linfinity at the venue in January. One week later (1/20) Linfinity returns with The Stepkids & Robbers on High Street while the final week will include Contramono, Monuments and Actualities. Listed set times for each show are below. There are no advance tickets, and the 1/20 show is the only upcoming Stepkids appearance
Of course, an awful lot of work went into bringing the Bridgeport-based band to this point. Guitarist/singer Jeff Gitelman and bassist/singer Dan Edinberg's collaboration dates back to jazz gigs they played in high school. In adulthood, Gitelman's session work culminated with a stint as Alicia Keys' guitarist, while Edinberg toured with reggae-rock band ZOX. Joining forces again in 2008 with drummer/singer Tim Walsh -- a songwriter and recording engineer in his own right -- they worked together on, and ultimately created, an entire album.The Stepkids use classic 70s soul, funk, and psychedelia as a jump-off, but their unique cocktail will be on full display when Stones Throw releases their new LP in April. Check out "Legend In My Own Mind" which is downloadable above and streaming, along with some videos and all Linfinity dates, below...
To find their own distinct sound, they realized they had to embrace the sounds they'd tried to run from. "I couldn't dedicate my time to writing another R&B song," Gitelman explains in a recent phone conversation. "We never wanted to make a photocopy of an old Motown record. ... We wanted a collage -- make a photocopy and then scribble all over it."-[Fairfield County Weekly]
photos by Brian Reilly
Murder by Death, Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity are on a tour that stops at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (5/4), and which stopped by Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn two days earlier. Pictures and the headliner's setlist from that show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Murder By Death - Foxglove (MP3)
Murder By Death @ Brooklyn Bowl in October (more by Tim Griffin)
Murder By Death's fifth album, Good Morning, Magpie, will be out April 6th on Vagrant Records. The band is touring in support of it this April and May with openers Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity. They'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on May 4th. Fanclub presale for the tour is happening now. Tickets for the NYC show go on general sale Friday at noon.
Before then the Indiana quartet will plays some select shows that include SXSW (where they'll be at the Vagrant showcase).
The song "Foxglove," above, is off the new record. It isn't one of the group's more immediate songs; singer Adam Turla is thankfully still growling and bellowing the vocals, but without the hotheaded emotion of the band's best tracks. I'm trusting the rest of the album will correct that. Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...
Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band play for-donation tonight (1/27) at Brooklyn Bowl. Those who give more than $5 will get the band's new split 7-inch with Manchester Orchestra, "I Could Be The Only One," which is streaming below. Also on the bill are the rarely see Scott Matthew, and Linfinity. Any money collected goes to Yele Haiti (which in turn buys Wyclef a new boat... I'm kidding!) (that's not even what the controversy is about).
Speaking of the desire to hear more of the beautiful voice of Scott Matthew, you can also catch him at Rockwood Music Hall four times in February. Those dates are listed below.
Linfinity, the six piece NYC band whose debut album Martian's Bloom will be released by American Myth Recordings on April 27th, also has other upcoming shows including a "Dylan solo set" at Union Hall on February 3rd (flyer below), and SXSW.
Kevin Devine & Co. have plenty of tour dates coming up, including a European tour in February and March, and sets at Coachella and Bamboozle Fest. Girl Talk and Weezer were already part of the lineup for that (happening May 1-2 at Meadowlands), and more were recently announced including MGMT, Matt & Kim, Minus the Bear, Drake, Wale and Ke$ha. That lineup, all tour dates, and Kevin's new single are below...
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
School of Seven Bells played to a packed Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (Dec 15, 2008). Their set consisted of nine of the eleven tracks off their new album Alpinisms, an album we're all big fans of around here. Overall a great show with great lighting.
"Dreamy, narcotic bangers like "Half Asleep" were shrouded in dense layers of manipulated guitars and pre-programmed drums, while relentless strobe lights forced many to enjoy the show with eyes half open, or entirely shut." [chocolate bobka]The vocals sounded a bit muffled at times, but it wasn't that bad. The incense was a bit distracting, but it didn't seem to affect anyone as bad as the singer who started coughing and had to put some of it out.
The War on Drugs, one of two openers at the show, were pretty good - - a little more jam band-y live than I thought they would be. More pictures below...