Entries tagged with: Los Campesinos
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
DOWNLOAD: Los Campesinos! - What Death Leaves Behind (MP3)
Los Campesinos! in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Welsh indie rockers Los Campesinos! are set to return with their fifth album, No Blues, later this month (10/29) via Witchita/Turnstile/Heart Swells, and they've just announced some US shows in support of it for early 2014. Two of those dates are with Speedy Ortiz, including the NYC show on January 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. All dates are listed, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and two streams from the LP, below. You can also download one above.
As you may know, Speedy Ortiz will also be in NYC for CMJ this week, including the Panache showcase at 285 Kent on Thursday (10/17) (moved from Baby's All Right), the Pitchfork show at 285 Kent on Friday (10/18), and the Exploding In Sound show at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/19). Full lineups for those shows here.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams and more, below...
Los Campesinos at The Parish (more by Tim Griffin)
Los Campesinos (who recently toured with Parenthetical Girls who are now out on tour with Perfume Genius), are embarking on a string of thirteen mid-Atlantic/Southern dates in June which includes THREE dates in the NYC AREA (an area they skipped last time around). Those shows are Maxwell's on 6/21, Le Poisson Rouge on 6/22 and Brooklyn Bowl on 6/23. All tickets go on sale Friday, 3/30 at noon, get Maxwell's tickets here, LPR tickets here, and Brooklyn Bowl tickets are here. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Gareth of Los Campesinos will join one of his heroes for a string of shows in the UK...
For as long as I've listened to music, my favourite band has been The Beautiful South. The way in which I've loved them has evolved and grown, but they have consistently been the band that I wanted to sing along to when I was young, and the lyrics that I have wanted to emulate since I began writing. The words of Paul Heaton, in The Beautiful South, The Housemartins and in his solo work have been the high-water level that I've attempted to breakthrough...It's safe to say, if it were not for Paul Heaton, I would never have wanted to write lyrics.UK fans can catch Gareth singing some of his favorite songs at some of the dates below.
So it is with great pleasure I announce my involvement in a Paul Heaton show this coming July. Paul Heaton's The 8th' and 'Paul Heaton & Friends - Greatest Hits set' - Two Shows in One Night will involve a performance of Paul's 70 minute long 'New Soul Opera' (in which I will be singing a solo, among other bits) and then a performance by Paul (and his guests) of some of his Greatest Hits, spanning his whole career.
All dates and a video for "Songs About Your Girlfriend" from last year's Hello Sadness, below...
By Bill Pearis
I'm heading to the M for Montreal festival tomorrow which will keep me busy and entertained, but here's what I'll be missing this week while I'm there.
Like last night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are playing tonight (11/15) at the Beacon Theater and there are still (pricey) tickets available for the show. He'll then head to California for a few shows, and will be back in America in March (no NYC date yet). All Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
As someone who gave up on Oasis about two songs into Be Here Now, I was a bit surprised by how much I like Noel Gallagher's new album, which debuted at #1 on the UK album charts. While nothing strays very far from his wheelhouse, it sounds like he might have been saving up his best songs for himself. "Aka...What a Life!" is a dancefloor stomper that works surprisingly well, and the songs that revel in pomp and strings sound great loud. It's a good album. There are videos for "Aka...What a Life!" (featuring, um, Russell Brand) and "If I Had a Gun" at the bottom of this post and Spotify users can listen to the whole album.
Unlike Beady Eye, Noel has no problem playing Oasis songs (he did write them after all) so you're probably gonna get "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Wonderwall" (and probably some deep cuts) along with the entirety of his new album. Actually, you can look at last night's setlist, and pictures too, HERE.
Los Campesinos! release their new album Hello Sadness today and are here for two shows: tomorrow (11/16) at Bowery Ballroom and then Thursday (11/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Their first album made since (amicably) losing vocalist/keyboardist Aleksandra, Hello Sadness finds LC! "maturing" a bit: code for being less manic and shouty than previous albums. Which is fine, you can't do that forever, and it suits the tone of lyrics. (It's a massive breakup album.) There's a fair amount of wallowing going on, but you also get some terrific singles too, like "By Your Hand" which has a giant, stick-in-your-head chorus and is downloadable at the top of this post.
Chicago's Heavy Times and Brain Idea are here this week, playing Shea Stadium on 11/17 and Party Expo on 11/18. Both are worth checking out. Heavy Times just released Jacker on Hozac Records and you can check out "Future City" at the top of this post. As I said previously, it's one big snarl of an album and if you dig Obits and "I Wanna Live" era Ramones (or the HoZac label in general), this is right up your bowling alley.
Brain Idea, meanwhile, make the kind of jangly guitar pop that was inescapable on college radio in the '80s. (Flying Nun and the paisley underground scene come to mind.) An MP3 for "Oh I'm Free" from this year's Mexican Summer-released Cosmos Factory EP is at the top of this post.
Cover to new Total Control/Oh Sees split 12"
The band I'm most bummed about missing this week is Australia's Total Control, whose album Henge Beat is one of my favorites of the year. They're here for three shows: tomorrow night (11/16) at St Vitus, and then opening for tourmates Thee Oh Sees on Thursday (11/ 17) at 285 Kent and Friday (11/ 18) at Le Poisson Rouge. All Oh Sees/Total Control dates are at the bottom of this post.
I'm just gonna quote myself here:
Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang.You can stream one of the album tracks at the bottom of this post. If you go to one of the shows, be sure to pick up the split Total Control/Oh Sees tour 12" too.
The Strange Boys
And finally, Austin's Strange Boys are here this weekend, playing Friday (11/18) at Mercury Lounge, Saturday (11/19) at Glasslands and then a free in-store at Generation Records on Sunday afternoon (11/20, 4PM).
The band's first album for Rough Trade, Live Music, came out last month and knocks a lot of the dust off the band's grubby, in-the-red twangy R&B but I don't think it's necessarily to their detriment. There is grub to spare, and if you like dive bar rock n' roll and can't get enough of things that sound vaguely like early-'70s Rolling Stones you'll probably dig. Check out an MP3 of "Me and You" at the top of this post. None of their records have really captured what they're like live, anyway, which is the best way to experience them for sure. So go check out a show this weekend.
That'll do it for this week. Some day-by-day picks follow for shows not mentioned above.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Hopefully you got tickets to Youth Lagoon's sold out show at Mercury Lounge tonight. Or did you go last night?
Not sold out and actually free is múm's Kría Brekkan who performs tonight at Church of the Advent Hope along with Julianna Barwick and Aaron Roche, with artwork by EyeBodega.
Bon Iver in a graveyard in Sept. (more by Darren Kim)
tonight in NYC
* Kid Cudi @ Irving Plaza
* Spoon & Mahogany @ Mercury Lounge
* Spacecamp, Your Nature @ Coco66
* Akoya Afrobeat @ Knitting Factory
* Questlove (DJ), Q-Tip (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* MNDR, Zambri, Tayisha Busay @ Glasslands
* Vetiver, Avi Buffalo, Inlets @ The Bell House
* Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) & Steve Kimock @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Darlings, Lonnie Walker, Motel Motel, Gunfight @ Union Pool
* Free Energy, Eastern Midwestern, pow wow!, Neighbors @ Pianos
* Signal Break, Sunshower Orphans, Mr. Dream, NT Trio @ Cake Shop
* Langhorne Slim, April Smith & the Great Picture Show @ Maxwell's
* Dub Is a Weapon, Bigga Mention, Rob Symeonn @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Vampire Weekend, Kwame Dawes (author) @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Lady GaGa, Jason Derulo, Semi Precious Weapons @ Radio City Music Hall
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Supercute, Julia Weldon @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Support Haiti Benefit w/ Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, David Johansen @ City Winery
Spoon announced that some tickets will be available at the door for tonight's Mercury Lounge show. Expect a line.
Lightspeed Champion is not playing Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Various new videos below.
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
The 2nd Annual Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this past August benefited from a combination of improved planning and the luck of some of the nicest weather the city had seen all summer. The result was a far more pleasant and exciting experience for festivalgoers at this food, wine and music extravaganza.The 2009 Outside Lands Festival ran August 28th to August 30th in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Acts that the played the fest's first day included Tom Jones, Akron Family, Q-Tip, The Dodos, Built to Spill, the National, Los Campesinos! and healdiners Pearl Jam. Pictures for Autolux, who also played, are HERE. More pictures from Day One are below...
The venue for the festival is extraordinary, taking up about a third of the massive Golden Gate Park. Once inside, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a large city. Giant trees and grassy meadows block out any view of outside buildings, and the festival is arranged around the topography so that each group of stages has its own unique look and feel. There were many secluded areas and empty meadows nearby for those in need of respite from the music. Thanks to the efforts of innovative organizers, Outside Lands truly becomes a world unto itself. [Beachside Resident]
Sufjan Stevens @ Bowery Ballroom last night (more by Tammy Lo)
tonight in NYC
Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
Lucinda Williams @ Irving Plaza
Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
Sufjan Stevens, Cryptacize @ Bowery Ballroom
The Choke, Wild Yaks, Images @ Bowery Electric
Taxi Taxi, Mr. Gnome, Noxious Foxes @ Union Hall
Francis of Francis & The Lights @ Rockwood Music Hall
A Place at the Table w/ Rufus Wainwright @ Chelsea Art Museum
Human Eye, Terrible Twos, Stupid Party, Nude Beach @ Bruar Falls
Home Video, ArpLine, The Naked Hearts, Darlings @ Studio at Webster Hall (free)
Precious Metal w/ Meek Is Murder, Castevet, Flourishing, Alkahest @ Lit Lounge
Small Beast w/ Matt Kanelos, Pete Galub, M.G. Lederman, Sally Novell, Paul, Wallfisch, Thomas Simon @ The Delancey
Human Eye is here from Detroit. Bruar Falls tonight. Don Pedro's tomorrow.
"From the ashes of punk stalwarts The Clone Defects-- who broke up in October '04-- rises a new and incredible band fronted by Defects' Tim Vulgar. Human Eye has rotated more heads than an exorcism televised during half-time at the Super Bowl. Vulgar calls what Human Eye does alien punk, though it is primitive enough to recall the basic punk attack of The Dead Boys or any Killed By Death band you care to name colliding with Throbbing Gristle or Chrome. You know, earthy but art-damaged. The quartet recorded the twelve tunes for their debut with Ryan Sabatis of the Piranhas in his basement studio over the course of several months (though it could have been done quicker had the drummer not been jailed for burgling audio-visual equipment from a school). Only in Detroit does one find musicians of this caliber. Figures it was the drummer." [In the Red]Sufjan Stevens and Cryptacize repeat last night's Bowery Ballroom show with another at the same venue. Tomorrow and the next night they play at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Lucinda Williams does the last of her NYC career retrospective shows at Irving Plaza.
Rufus Wainwright performs at A Place at the Table at Chelsea Art Museum. It's a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, which is a shelter for a homeless LGBT youth. Rufus appeared with Scarlett Johansson and Gavin Friday at last night's Carnegie Hall benefit for (RED).
UCB Theatre hosts Whiplash, which tonight features comedians Larry Wilmore, Moshe Kasher, Andy Kindler and host Leo Allen.
A new video from Los Campesinos! for their song "There Are Listed Buildings" is posted below. They last visited NYC in August.
New Dead Weather video for "I Cut Like A Buffalo" is below.
Girls @ Cake Shop in NYC (more by Tim Griffin)
Girls and Los Campesinos! are kicking off a tour together at Webster Hall in NYC on Tuesday (8/4, tickets), but first you can catch them at secret-ish show at Union Pool in Brooklyn TONIGHT (8/3). $10 tickets at the door only, 8pm doors, 8:30 show.
"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...