Entries tagged with: Lou Barlow
photo: The Blow @ Glasslands, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The lineup for Force Field PR's 10th Anniversary show, which happens at Baby's All Right on March 3, has been announced: Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Guerilla Toss, Neon Indian (DJ), plus more special guests to be announced. Tickets are still available. Flyer for the show is below.
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:
- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."
- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.
- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."
- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.
- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.
- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.
- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.
- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?
- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).
- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!
- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.
Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...
photos by P Squared
Dinosaur Jr with Kim Gordon / Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2015
New York has always kind of been our home, even though we're from Massachusetts. In the early days it was really all about CBGB's and the other early clubs in New York; we played Boston but New York is what we always gravitated towards. J actually transferred to Hunter College from UMass to be closer to that music scene in the late '80s and also so he could be closer to Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth. I don't know why, but we always thought New York was the coolest place, especially for punk rock. Plus, I actually grew up right outside of New York in the Stanford area. - [Murph in The Aquarian]Last night (12/3), Dinosaur Jr. began their seven-show run at Bowery Ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The night started with Henry Rollins introducing the band from the balcony, and J, Lou and Murph then cranked out 1985's Dinosaur (maybe the least typically Dinosaur Jr-y of any of their records) in full. There there was a break, which took longer than expected due to Lou having cable problems, and the real fun began with a second set which featured favorites from throughout their career...and a parade of special guests, three of whom shared the stage together at Webster Hall at Wednesday's Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party.
Steve Gunn came out to sing and play on "Yeah We Know" from Bug; then Eleanor Friedberger was brought out to sing "Get Me" from Where Ya Been (she playfully ripped up the lyric sheet, crumpled it into a ball and threw it into the audience and left the stage before the song was over); Kurt Vile sang and played guitar on "Crumble" (from Beyond). We'd see Kurt again before the night was over.
Finally, Kim Gordon came out for "Don't," much like she'd done three years ago at Terminal 5. Very much in rock star / karaoke mode, Kim mopped up the place, playing to the audience and offering the mic to folks in the front row to sing along. Then another break and the band came out with Kurt Vile again, as well as John Moloney on a second drum kit, for a killer cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Setlist is below.
They do it again tonight (12/4) which is sold out. Who do you think might be tonight's special guests? More pics from Thursday's show below...
photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.
In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.
Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.
Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.
Details on the songs being auctioned below...
Lou Barlow's new, mostly-acoustic solo album, Brace the Wave, isn't out till next week but you can listen to the album right now, via NPR, below. Lou's upcoming solo tour hits NYC on September 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are still available.
Barlow will be out with Murph and J to celebrate Dinosaur Jr's 30th anniversary at six Bowery Ballroom shows (Dec. 3-8) where they'll play their 1985 debut in full with lots of very special guests joining them each night. Tickets are still available via the BrooklynVegan presale (password: VEGANDINOSAUR) to many of them -- the Friday & Saturday shows are out of BV presale tickets, but may still be available with the AmEx presale. Tickets for all six shows go on sale to the general public on Friday (8/28) at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr/etc member Lou Barlow just released "Moving," the first single off his mostly-acoustic solo album, Brace the Wave (due 9/4 via Joyful Noise). It's raw, lo-fi, a little folky but not quite folk music -- all things you might expect from a solo Lou Barlow song. Listen below via NPR.
Lou Barlow has a new, mostly acoustic solo album, titled Brace the Wave, that will be coming out via Joyful Noise on September 4. That's the cover art above and Lou says it's "nine songs without drums, without regrets." He says some other stuff about the album, some of which may be ironic, in an album trailer you can watch below. The record will be available on "500 hand-numbered VIP copies available on pink & seafoam marbled vinyl." Of those, 100 will include an "original Lou Barlow Poloroid 'selfie'". Pre-orders are on sale now.
Lou will also be going on a solo tour in September, including a stop in NYC at Rough Trade on 9/9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
by Ian Chainey
The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.
This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.
Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, Aug. 2012 (more by Bryan Buchman)
We knew that there was a new Sebadoh EP on the way, but now we learn that there will be an album too, titled Defend Yourself, which will be out September 17 on Joyful Noise. It will be the band's first new album in 14 years. Lou Barlow chatted a bit about the new album on the Joyful Noise blog:
How did you decide that now was the time to make the next Sebadoh record?Meanwhile, that new five-song EP, Secret, is out June 25 and you can stream the whole thing below.
The touring in support of the Bakesale reissue went very well. We had good chemistry as a 3 piece, Bob & Jake had been playing together for years & along with my 20 year history with Jake, D'Amico's contribution to the lineup was just a good fit. A new record had always been something we knew we would get around to doing & the pieces finally seemed to fall in place. My experience with the Dinosaur Jr. post-reunion albums had shown that it was best to just get on with it, drop any fears of not surpassing the band's earlier work & just make some new songs to play live & share with the people who still care about us.
Are you excited about anything in particular?
I was excited to work with Wally Gagel on the final mixes for my songs, he was my writing partner/producer during the heyday of the Folk Implosion. He & I hadn't worked together for awhile & I liked what he did with Jake's recordings. He also saved my ass by being available when I really needed him.
I'm relieved that we were able to find the time to make a new LP happen & surprised at how well it seems to hang together conceptually. I'm also pleased that we kept to ourselves during the recording & didn't have much, if any, outside intervention. That, to my mind, makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.
I used more 4 string guitar on this record than any record since Bakesale. Also, we tuned lower & I reverted back to the downstroke strumming style that I used early on. I made a conscious effort to do what felt the most natural as opposed to trying to streamline the sound as I did with some of the songs on The Sebadoh & Harmacy.
Lou also plays with Dinosaur Jr. on Friday (6/7) at Governor's Ball and the late night afterparty at Irving Plaza (win tickets!) bandmate J. Mascis plays Union Pool on Saturday afternoon (6/8) with his psychedelic blues-jam band Heavy Blanket. It's part of the BrooklynVegan-curated edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.
Sebadoh have a few tour dates this summer, but none currently lined up for the East Coast. Those dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.
Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.
Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...
Lou Barlow @ Terminal 5 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Like Dave Hill, Gretchen Robinette and many of us, The Dinosaur Jr. 'you're living all over me' 25 year celebration show at Terminal 5 was a major highlight of 2012 for Dinosaur Jr.'s own Lou Barlow. He told Pitchfork:
people kept saying 'can you believe it's been 25 years since that record was released??' yes, yes i can.. easily.. so much happened since the release of that record..many bands, more band mates, lotsa fights, lotsa love..children! babies were born in the interim, human children ..so , i -can- believe it ..what REALLY surprised me was Frank Black singing one of the new dinosaur jr tunes ( 'almost there' (? , it really is impossible to figure out the names of J's songs) - the one i like to call the 'birkenstock tune' ) AND dinosaur jr playing a pixies song ('tame') with francis on vocals.. yea.. that part blew me away.. after years of fighting it i am ready to be a pixies fan, i will resist no longer.. he's got a serious set of lungs and learned our song like a proper musician.. much respect.. that ridiculous anniversary show was the #2 highlight of my year..or maybe it was number #1 ..i can't really rate events like this , once my mind is blown it's all equal, if you know what i mean..More pictures and a recap of that show HERE. Lou's full list of three 'Best Moments' of 2012, below....
J. Mascis / Frank Black
Throughout the 90s and the first half of the 2000s, Dinosaur Jr. was one of the last rock groups you would have expected to get the old band back together, go on tour, and record new music--not to mention new music that's every bit as good as anything the original lineup made in the 80s. When J Mascis unceremoniously kicked out Lou Barlow, his high school friend and longtime bandmate, in 1989, it seemed like a mercy killing of the original lineup, which had devolved into a psychodramatic mess, marred by lack of communication and irreconcilable personality difference between Mascis and Barlow. ("It makes me sick that I spent six or seven years putting my heart and soul into that band," Barlow told Cut zine in 1990. "They're sleazebag snob pigs like no one I have met in my entire life. J's always been an asshole.") Mascis and Murph, and then just Mascis, went on to record a string of major-label records throughout the 90s that, though inconsistent, contain some of Dinosaur Jr.'s best and most well-known songs.
When Mascis killed Dinosaur Jr. in 1997, it seemed inconceivable that, a decade later, Mascis, Barlow and Murph would reunite. Time heals all wounds, I guess. It's perhaps less surprising that the band would be able to ably reprise their sprawling, melodic, blitzkrieg guitar-rock sound. Three records in to the latter-day reign of Dinosaur Jr., the band sounds as good as they ever have.
On Saturday at Terminal 5, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of You're Living All Over Me, their second album and the one that made nonchalance cool, made the extended guitar solo cool (again), and wedded melodic tendencies with noise and feedback in a theretofore unheard of fashion in the indie rock underground. The band opened their set with "Thumb," from 1991's Green Mind, with Suzanne Thorp of Mercury Rev guesting on flute, before Mascis matter-of-factly announced that now they'd be playing You're Living All Over Me in full.
A sleepy-looking Lee Ranaldo came out to share vocals with J on "Little Fury Things." Guests, some announced ahead of time, would be a recurring theme throughout the night, but not until later. Dinosaur Jr. ripped through the songs on their best album as if it were 1987 all over again. "Sludgefeast" was a punishing onslaught of guitar and staccato, gunfire drums, with Mascis's high lonesome whine cutting through the gain and distortion. "Tarpit" set off joyous dancing, propelled by Barlow's chunky bass chords and a deafening roar from Mascis's Jazzmaster that threatened to draw blood from the ears.
Watching Barlow and Mascis play on stage, it's not hard to extrapolate the personality differences that created their rift. Barlow, with his black Rickenbacker slung low, literally bounces from one foot to the other when playing, the joy at doing just this very thing--playing to an audience--so evident. He smiles, he cracks jokes, he acts as if he's living through the music. Mascis, on the other hand, with his laconic, slowhands style and deadpan announcements ("All right. Thanks a lot. That was side one."), plays as if the music lives through him. He's the hermetic savant tuned in to a frequency no one else can hear.
Barlow brought out a ukulele for "Poledo," the "awkward end to the amazing record," in his words. The cavernous space of Terminal 5 made the strident desolation of the song even more acute.
The second half of the show is the stuff legendary bootlegs are made of. A succession of guests filed onstage to help Dinosaur Jr. play their songs, or to transform them into other bands entirely. The first was Frank Black, who sang and played guitar on "Almost Fare," from this year's I Bet On Sky. Next, the band plus Black covered one of Black's songs--"Tame," from The Pixies' Doolittle. Black roared the chorus, tossed a painting into the first rows of the crowd, and exited. Kurt Vile, whose band opened the show, and Al Cisneros from Sleep were next. Cisneros took over bass duties from Barlow for a couple of songs, including the doom metal glazer "Alone" from 1997's Hand It Over. Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence took the drums for that one.
Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and Broken Social Scene guru Kevin Drew emerged to play "The Wagon" with J, Lou and Murph. Then they covered Smiths track "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side," the words to which J was, uh, a little unsure of. Melvins drummer Dale Crover relieved Murph behind the kit for a skin-searing rendition of "Training Ground," a song by Mascis and Barlow's pre-Dinosaur hardcore band, Deep Wound. Don Fleming of Gumball and Dante Ferrando of Iron Cross helped the band cover "Crucified," and Kim Gordon gave a tempestuous performance on "Don't", Barlow's song from Bug that directly addresses the fractured relationship between him and Mascis. Gordon screamed, bellowed and cooed the song's one lyric ("Why don't you like me?") over and over again, dropping to her knees and falling to the stage like she was having an exorcism. It was intense. If Sonic Youth is over, she should start a hardcore band.
The encore began with a cover of the Stooges classic, "T.V. Eye," with Tommy Stinson on bass and Fred Armisen (whose show, Portlandia, will feature an appearance from J Mascis in its upcoming third season) on drums. Dinosaur Jr. closed with two classics: "Start Choppin" and "Freak Scene," the song that invented the slacker generation. It was a poignant, circle-closing moment. "Because when I need a friend," J sang, "it's still you," we all responded. The night was an amazing tribute to a great band, 25 years removed from their (so-far) signature achievement and, improbably, still going strong.
More pictures, some videos, and the setlist from the show (which also counted John Petkovic of Death of Samantha as a guest), below...
As previously mentioned, Sebadoh is going on tour this summer and hitting Bowery Ballroom, Schubas, and many other fine establishments along the way. As also mentioned, the openers on the tour will be Sebadoh members in other incarnations including Lou himself solo and Circle of Buzzards featuring Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico. What we didn't know then was that Lou will also officially be billing himself as Sentridoh, like he did when he put out Losers in 1990, and other solo recordings after that, two of which you can hear and buy on Bandcamp.
We also mentioned there may be a new EP, which there will in fact be. Lou writes:
hi.. guess what? we, -sebadoh- , have recorded FIVE NEW SONGS .. early next year we will have a new album .. -none- of these FIVE NEW SONGS will be on that record.. our FIVE NEW SONGS are contained on an EP entitled "secret EP" and will be available on -bandcamp- and on a cd that will, for the time being, only be sold at shows on our upcoming east coast tour ... these FIVE NEW SONGS were all recorded with our current lineup of Jason Loewenstein , Lou Barlow and Bob D'Amico in Glendale California at Lou's rehearsal spot, by Jason's Jakerock Mobile Unit..All dates are HERE and listed again below.
they sound a whole lot like the -sebadoh- of yore so, If you liked -sebadoh- before the chances are good that you will like these FIVE NEW SONGS.. or not, who knows.... there's no official release date but start checking bandcamp around August 1st or come to one of our shows and pick up a cd .. we -may- release it on vinyl sometime but we need to sell some digital copies and cd's first.. these FIVE NEW SONGS are a purely self-released DIY deal.. we're pretty excited about it and hope you will be too. thanks,
p.s. FIVE NEW SONGS
Lou's band Dinosaur Jr. recently played Green Music Fest in Illinous. Check out pictures at BV Chicago. A new album is coming in October, and they play FYF Fest in LA in September. All dates are listed below....
Sebadoh at MHoW, Nov. 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh are touring again, this time a late summer East Coast jaunt that will finish up in NYC on August 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (5/24) at noon and all listed tour dates are below.
This tour will bring various permutations of Sebadoh in one night. In addition to the indie rock trio as you know and love them, you'll also get Circle of Buzzards (aka Sebadoh rhythm section Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico) and a solo set from Lou Barlow.
Before the tour, Lou, Jason and Bob will go into the studio to work on a new Sebadoh album which should probably see a release next year. But according to Backstage Rider, there may just be a new Sebadoh EP even sooner. Additionally, Lou plays on the new Dinosaur Jr. album, currently slated for a fall release.
In more Sebadoh news, this past March they reissued Weed Forestin' with the bonus cassette, Child of the Apocalypse, both of which are streaming on bandcamp. The casette, CD, and an LP/cassette/USB package are all sold out, but there are still 63 of the 500 vinyl pressings on sale at bandcamp as of this post and you can of course purchase the digital album.
A video of Lou Barlow performing songs from Weed Forestin' in LA this past March and a list of all Sebadoh dates are below.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
Witch @ Santos Party House
Stoner metal supercrew Witch, featuring Dave Sweetapple (Sweet Apple), J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Graham Clise (Annihilation Time/Lecherous Gaze), and Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), played a show at Santos Party House on April 9th. Pictures from the one-off date in NYC adorn this post.
Witch have no other dates to speak of outside of an appearance at Roadburn this week, but J Mascis (and Murph, both of Dinosaur Jr) will join Mike Watt for his book launch show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 2nd. Tickets are still available. J Mascis will ALSO appear "with friends" at Prema Yoga on May 19th (236 Carroll Street in Brooklyn) as part of a benefit for Embracing the World. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Witch's appearance at Santos are below, alongside Dinosaur Jr and Lou Barlow tour dates...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Barlow's songs like "Freed Pig," "Soul and Fire," and "Magnet's Coil," made their expected appearances, but it was the Lowenstein songs that were the true highlights of the night. Playing with such speed and energy that belied his age, the songs seemed as fresh as they must have in the early 90s. Even "Sister," off 1993's Bubble and Scrape, took on new life as Lowenstein's crushing vocals and bass work seemed even improved from those early lo-fi years.... As they made their way through songs like Bakesale's "Got It," "Rebound," and "Careful" -- which Barlow referred to as the best Sebadoh song- it was evident that this was a triumphant night. -[One Thirty BPM]Sebadoh played two NYC-area dates over the weekend with Mazes, including 11/11 at Maxwell's with Risk/Reward and 11/12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dichroics. Pictures from the latter adorn this post. Sebadoh have no other dates in their near future other than an appearance aboard the Weezer Cruise in early 2012.
In related news, Lou Barlow's bandmate in Dinosaur Jr, J.Mascis, is preparing to release a new 7" with Sub Pop on 11/22. Stream "I've Been Thinking" from said 7" (the flip is a cover of Edie Brickell's "Circle") below and look for J aboard the Weezer Cruise as well.
J.Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. tour dates, that song stream, and pictures from MHoW are below.
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 7/7
Cruises are all the rage. There's Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!, and to a smaller extent Bruise Cruise, and now this January Weezer are launching the first ever Weezer Cruise. The cruise takes place over the course of 4 days (1/19-1/23) on the Carnival Destiny from Miami to the island of Cozumel, and features performances by a lineup curated by Weezer, who will also be performing themselves. The lineup is pretty heavy on members of the Dinosaur Jr. family including Dinosaur Jr. themselves, Sebadoh, J. Mascis, and Lou Barlow. Hey, they're all trapped on a boat together for four days, might as well mix up the formats. Other bands playing include Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, and many others. Full lineup below.
As recently mentioned, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will set up "side-by-side" (sort of like "in the round") at their co-headlining shows happening at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (7/28) and at Jones Beach in NY (7/29). Both dates are with Yeasayer. Tickets for both are still on sale, and BrooklynVegan is giving away 2 pairs of Flaming Lips/Weezer tickets EVERY DAY between now and 7/26. Each day we'll award one pair of tickets to the NJ show, and one to the NY show. This will be the last time you see a post about it on the site though, but check our Facebook each day for an updated chance to win. Instructions on entering via email are below.
The Flaming Lips have also added more shows this summer, including a weird one: in Long Beach, Long Island on September 9. No more details on that at the moment. All dates are listed below along with a set of pictures from the 7/7 Lips show at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
The Flaming Lips, who released collaboration EPs this year with Neon Indian and Prefuse 73, are currently working on one with Lightning Bolt. According to Wayne Coyne's twitter, "Mixing the final master of Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt tracks!!!!". Video below.
All tour dates, video, contest details, and full Weezer Cruise lineup below...
J Mascis @ Summerstage in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
J Mascis has set to release his first solo acoustic album of new material (Martin & Me was a live acoustic LP with no new acoustic material), and first album for Sub Pop on March 15. The album is called Several Shades of Why and is his first solo release since 1996's Martin + Me. The tracklist is below.
As far as dates, all J has coming up at the moment is a performance on Saturday, November 13 at Prema Yoga to benefit Amma's charities. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Embracing The World, the humanitarian efforts of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Mascis will be joined on stage by Devadas and Tony Jarvis. Dinosaur Jr. will be performing Bug in its entirety at ATP in London on July 1.
In other Dinosaur Jr. related news, Lou Barlow has stated the following in a journal entry on his website dated 10/25/10:
I'm going to Japan on Halloween to visit a Mike Watt/Missingmen tour already in progress... play a few shows with them... THEN I'm going to Spain for Thanksgiving-time shows...The Mike Watt/Missingmen tour that Barlow mentioned was in support of Watt's new album Hyphenated-Man which is out now in Japan on Parabolica Records. Hyphenated-Man is Watt's third opera, fourth album overall, and is his first since leaving Columbia. An American release is rumored for 2011. The 30-song tracklist, with some live videos from the recent tour, is below.
It doesn't seem possible for me to be home for more [than] a few weeks at a time... writing new songs doesn't seem possible either... I need home-time deluxe for that... to settle and spread my head
but there's talk of a new Dino record, I'll get something together if that happens... Also Sebadoh will be touring in support of the next 'classic' reissues: Bakesale and Harmacy... myself, Jason and Bob D'Amico... working those songs out should be fun, always is... February for Sebadoh tours, dates forth-coming.
Watt's tour just ended this past Sunday, but Tera Melos (who opened the October 17-22 dates) have just embarked on a US tour with Maps & Atlases. All dates, album tracklists and stuff below...
Lou Barlow on stage with Dinsaur Jr at Bowery (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The previously mentioned Lou Barlow & The Missingmen/Wye Oak tour hits Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (9/1, tickets), one of two NYC-area dates for tour-mates. On Saturday (9/4), the pair will play an early show at Maxwell's (tickets) before the venue hosts The Greenhornes/The Black Hollies later that night (tickets). The Greenhornes play a show at Mercury Lounge while they're here too, and it's free (Greenhornes also play ATP NY over the weekend).
Meanwhile Lou Barlow and the great Dinosaur Jr will play support for a pretty incredible ATP show overseas. The event, which will see them perform Bug in its entirety, will also see Deerhoof play all of Milk Man as support for...
On the 1st July 2011 The Flaming Lips will perform their seminal classic The Soft Bulletin as part of ATP Concerts Don't Look Back season. On the album's release in 1999 it was hailed by critics as 'The Pet Sounds of the 90s', receiving adulation from fans and writers alike, topping many year end charts and spawning two classic singles ('Waiting For A Superman', 'Race For The Prize') and going on to influence countless bands. In 2003 Pitchfork placed the album as the third best album of the 1990s alongside Radiohead's OK Computer and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.I knew it was just a matter of time before it happened. For those of you willing to hop the pond, tickets are on sale Friday 9/3 at 10AM.
Speaking of ATP, the countdown to ATP NY is on its last legs, and the festival (that Flaming Lips, Deerhoof and Dinosaur Jr. all played last year or the year before) has announced set times. Raekwon direct support? Sleep headlining OVER Iggy Pop? Discuss/love/hate and check out times below.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Lou Barlow + the missingmen - Losercore (MP3)
Lou Barlow + the missingmen (guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales - Lou's touring band who do great things with Mike Watt too) have released a new EP = Sentridoh III, out now digitally through Merge (physical copies will be at shows). About the record, the label writes:
Described by the band as "an almost live representation of the Lou Barlow + the missingmen live show", = Sentridoh III is another step forward for Lou Barlow, and his first release with new backing band the missingmen. With new cuts, rocking reworks of songs from Lou's latest solo record Goodnight Unknown, and a hauntingly beautiful cover of Skip James's "I'm So Glad", = Sentridoh III is sure to please fans new and old alike.You can get a track from it above, or stream the EP in full at Merge.
Lou will be touring the Western US with the missingmen this June. They go on tour with Wye Oak in August and September. That tour visits NYC for a Mercury Lounge show on Wednesday, September 1st. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Before that Wye Oak will be at Siren Fest and 50% of the band, Andy Stack, plays with Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater at the Whitney on June 25th.
Tracklist for the EP (the cover is above) and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Sweet Apple - Do You Remember (MP3)
Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Society's Ills: In 1994 Society's Ills (Moore, Cadena, Watt, Markey) made their world premier with the now coveted "Skins, Brains, and Guts" release - a slab that managed to cram (9) 7 seconds covers onto one 7". In 2010, the band is back and once again fronted by Thurston but he brings with him a new crue of slayers to launch the hardcore fury:Society's Ills play in addition to Thurston Moore solo, Talk Normal, The Entrance Band, Violent Soho, the Slits' Viv Albertine, Awesome Color, Jemina Pearl and more at the Ecstatic Peace SXSW Showcase happening Friday, March 19th at Red 7 in Austin. Curious about Society's Ills? Their version of 7 Seconds' "I Hate Sports" is below.
Thurston Moore: Vocals
J Mascis: Guitar
Don Fleming: Guitar [SY producer & Velvet Monkeys/Gumball frontman]
Andrew W.K.: Bass
Awesome Allison: Drums [from Awesome Color]
This set is their first, but don't worry if you miss it cause I'm sure we can put this together again in another 15 years! [Ecstatic Peace]
J Mascis will also be playing at SXSW with Sweet Apple, who are playing Mercury Lounge on April 20th. One of their SXSW sets will be at the showcase for TeePee Records, who are putting out the Sweet Apple debut, Love & Desperation, a track from which is above. That show is Thursday, March 18th at Habana Calle 6, and also on the bill are Priestess, Iron Age, Nebula, Naam, Imaad Wasif and more. Full details and a poster are below. Tee Pee Records has also teamed up with BrooklynVegan and Chronic Youth for another day party taking place on Saturday, March 20th in Austin. This is the first we've mentioned it. Stay tuned for more info.
Lou Barlow will also be at SXSW (backed again by The Missingmen) - one of his shows will be the Merge Records showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 18th also featuring Let's Wrestle, She & Him, and others. Full lineup below. For She & Him it's one of two official SXSW shows. They also play Saturday night (March 20th) at Auditorium Shores (with Justin Townes Earle & TBA). Cheap Trick play the same slot at Auditorium Shores one night earlier.
Merge's showcase mentions that one slot will be filled by "Special Guest". We don't know who that is, but we'd have to guess Superchunk is a strong possibility since Mac & Laura have a speaking engagement (in a bookstore) on March 17th, and another one (official SXSW) at the convention center on March 19th (with Michael Azerrad), and the band is on the bill of the Village Voice day party happening at La Zona Rosa the afternoon of March 19th (with the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood). It's definitely not Spoon who play the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th with Deerhunter (their tour-mates) and The Walkmen.
Kim and Thurston are playing with the Plastic Ono Band in their two-night Brooklyn Academy of Music run. They were at the dress rehearsal (aka the first night) last night (2/16). BV photographer Greg Cristman was in the audience and told us, "One definite highlight was Thurston and Kim played with Yoko as a trio and did a killer version of Mulberry from Unfinished Music No. 2 while the film Fly was projected on a huge screen behind them!" - a (poor quality) video clip of one of the other songs is below.
Full lineups for the showcases and videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Matador announced that Fucked Up's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' charity single "should be available" from iTunes today (December 8th) (
still waiting it is). As previously reported, the song is packed with guests, including Yo La Tengo, GZA, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Bob Mould (Husker Du), Tegan & Sara, Andrew W.K., Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), David Cross and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene). In February, it'll be released as 7" single. The record is for charity, and you can read what Fucked Up singer Pink Eyes has to say about the causes, below. The band is also putting out a rarities compilation, Couple Tracks, in January and touring with Kurt Vile in Feb. (with 2 NYC area shows).
Another benefit record, Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, is out today on Merge (in digital form, CDs come February 23rd). The proceeds go to New Zealand musician Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love) who suffered a stroke last June. The two-disc collection is all covers of Knox's songs done by acts that include Yo La Tengo, Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan and...Jeff Mangum (doing "Sign The Dotted Line" by Tall Dwarfs). You can preview songs at Merge. The full track list below.
Mew bongos in the darkness @ MHOW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Britney Spears @ MSG
* Nine Inch Nails, Mew @ Terminal 5
* The Alternate Routes @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Marc Ribot's Sun Ship @ Rose Live Music
* Cubic Zirconia, Michna, ApSci @ Mercury Lounge
* Spindrift, Hopewell, The Runaway Suns @ Union Pool
* Surprise Me Mr. Davis, The Low Anthem @ The Bell House
* Highline Piano Series: Phil Vassar @ Highline Ballroom
* Univox, Akudama, Ex-Humans, White Noise Supremacists @ Death By Audio
* Knight School, Prince Rainbow, Bright Lights, The Sugarplums @ Cake Shop
* Georgiana Starlington, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Feather & Folly @ Bruar Falls
Where Brooklyn at? Matt and Kim are on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Even weirder, Care Bears on Fire (who play Irving Plaza on Saturday) are on Letterman.
Georgiana Starlington, which has ex-Black Lips guitarist Jack Hines, has a monthly residency at Bruar Falls. Tonight they play with This Frontier Needs Heroes and Feather & Folly.
If today seemed slow that's because my computer kept crashing every 5 seconds. It makes me feel better to vent, so thanks!
Breakfast at Sulimays reviews Amanda Blank (who played in Urban Outfitters last night) and Radiohead. Below...
Lou Barlow's new video for "Don't Apologize" -- off the new disc Goodnight Unknown -- is posted below. He'll be in NYC with the Missingmen on October 6th.
"A day with Ida Maria". Video below...