Entries tagged with: Love is All
by Bill Pearis
Led by Sean Rawls, San Francisco's Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s, more a collective than a band and featuring a revolving lineup that has, over the years, included Jens Lekman, members of Love is All, The Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor, Architecture in Helsinki, and other groups. (I saw them play at SXSW years ago with more than a dozen people on stage.) Still Flyin' are currently a sextet and just released Perfect Future via Ernest Jenning Record Co./We Were Never Being Boring. Pulling influence from Orange Juice, New Order, Elephant 6, etc, this is charming, wide-eyed, party-friendly indiepop and you can stream it below.
Still Flyin' are currently on the East Coast for a short run of shows. The first is here in NYC, tonight (2/3) at Cake Shop. For fans of indiepop, the whole bill is super solid, featuring Ladybug Transistor offshoot/reduction O/R/F (aka the band's Gary Olson, Julia Rydholm, and Kyle Forester), Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Brooklyn indiepop stalwarts My Teenage Stride. Some of these folks have been in Still Flyin' over the years, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see an extra-large version of the band (for at least a few songs) tonight. Tickets are on sale.
All Still Flyin' tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and the flyer for the Cake Shop, below.
photo: Jenny Lewis in Chicago in 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jenny Lewis, & The Watson Twins, M. Ward @ Beacon Theatre
Ten years ago, Jenny Lewis teamed up with the Watson Twins to release Rabbit Fur Coat. That album still lives up today, and Jenny and the Watsons are celebrating by performing it at Beacon Theatre tonight and tomorrow. M Ward, who guests on the album, opens both shows.
Greg Dulli, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
The Afghan Whigs frontman kicks off his solo tour tonight, where he'll lead a stripped-down band through a selection of his own songs (from throughout his career) and covers. The talented Joseph Arthur opens. Tickets are still available.
Craig Finn @ The Appel Room
As part of the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn plays a solo show tonight. His latest release is last year's Faith In The Future, which saw him getting his mid-'80s Springsteen on.
Shuggie Otis @ City Winery
70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis resurfaced a few years ago and we're glad to have him back playing classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed."
Wilco, Steve Gunn @ Capitol Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits NYC-area venue Capitol Theater twice this week. This is night 2, and experimental guitarist/Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn opens.
William Tyler, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool
In addition to playing with Lambchop, Silver Jews and more, guitarist William Tyler cuts impressive American Primitivism records on his own. He just opened for Wilco last night, and tonight plays a headlining show.
Talib Kweli with live band @ Blue Note (two shows)
NYC rap staple Talib Kweli is possibly busier than ever this winter, with a total of nine shows in about two months. Tonight he and a live band knock out two more, and they'll do it again at the Blue Note tomorrow too.
Arrested Development @ B.B. King's
Arrested Development's 1992 debut 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... was a genre-defying smash that spawned three hit singles. Apart from a late-'90s hiatus, they've remained active since.
Styles P, Kid Capri (DJ) @ SOB's
The LOX have been back in action as of late, but that hasn't stopped Styles P from being a prolific solo artist. He hasn't gone a year without an album since 2011, his latest being last year's A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy. Bronx vet Kid Capri is on the boards tonight.
Savoir Adore, Tigertown, Arizona @ Baby's All Right
Underrated Brooklyn pop act Savoir Adore celebrate the release of their new single "Lovers Wake" with the show tonight.
"Terry Riley's In C" presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire @ LPR
Darmstadt's annual birthday concert this year presents a performance of Terry Riley's "In C" as performed by an eclectic ensemble including guitarist David Grubbs, clarinetist Joshua Rubin of the ICE Ensemble, and electronic musician Ben Vida.
Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
Chris Gethard, Jo Firestone @ Bell House
Both Jo Firestone and Chris Gethard blur the line between comedian, performance art and "other," so it's about time they put their heads together for this show they're calling "FIREGETH."
Still Flyin', My Teenage Stride, O/R/F, James Ausfahrt @ Cake Shop
Led by Sean Rawls, indie pop collective Still Flyin' has been around since the mid-'00s featuring a revolving lineup, including members of Aislers Set, Versus, Ladybug Transistor and other groups. Tonight also features NYC indie stalwarts My Teenage Stride, Love is All's James Ausfahrt, and Ladybug offshoot O/R/F. What are the chances that the opening acts will also be playing in Still Flyin' tonight? Seems likely.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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post written with the assistance of Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe is currently on a tour in support of her upcoming LP Apokalypsis. As mentioned, Chelsea and her band play a non-Way Out West show tonight (8/10) in Gothenburg, Sweden, the same city the festival takes place in this week. It's in just a few hours and, especially since I've been listening to the new record non-stop, I'm super excited that I'll be there (I'm in Sweden).
Tonight's show is being opened by Gothenburg based Glenn and Glenn who will reportedly be playing their first show ever, though the band members are no newbies. Their lineup includes Gabo Camnitzer of Gabo and the Wartels, drummer Markus Gorsch of Love Is All, and a member of The Aislers Set who is probably Wyatt Cusick since his other credits include being a Love Is All producer and being the husband of Love Is All frontwoman Josephine Olausson. Listen to some Glenn and Glenn tracks below.
You can follow Chelsea's tour and check out pics on their tour blog, which is run by Ben Chisolm, a full time member of her live band. When Ben isn't touring with Chelsea, he also operates as a producer/engineer under the moniker White Horse (not to be confused with Whitehorse). Ben's got a number of releases at his bandcamp available for stream and purchase, including a remix of Chelsea Wolfe's "Moses" and a three-volume series (so far at least) of EPs called The Revenant Gospels. The EPs credit all vocals to "those whom are no longer with us" and are tagged as "occult" and "voices of the dead." The most recent release, The Revenant Gospels Volume III, which came out this past May, sees the vocals of the late Freddie Mercury transformed into a dank witchy brew of clicks and bass on "Bohemian Guilt." It puts an entirely different spin on "Mama, just killed a man" than the one you're used to. The whole EP is available for $3.33 on bandcamp and he also offers a mediafire link for the album.
Ben also recently posted a mixtape to the White Horse soundcloud which includes material from Gatekeeper, Death Grips, Nas, White Ring, Ol Dirty Bastard and Tri Angle artists oOoOO and Water Borders, among others. You can stream the whole tape below.
Speaking of Tri Angle (and Chelsea Wolfe), Robin C of Tri Angle will DJ when Chelsea Wolfe makes her NYC debut at the BV-presented 8/17 Saint Vitus show with Cult of Youth and Planning for Burial. Tickets for that show are still available.
oOoOO and Water Borders also play two NYC shows this week as part of a Tri Angle tour. The NYC shows happen, sans Holy Other, on August 11 at Mercury Lounge and August 13 at PS1. Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) is also on the Mercury show, which tickets are still available for. The PS1 show also has Clams Casino, Ayshay, Black Dice, and His Name Is Alive (DJ).
Streams and dates below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rooftop Vigilantes - Seth No Jump (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: You Say Party We Say Die - Laura Palmer's Prom (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Love Is All - Kungen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Come on Daniel (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young (MP3)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow @ BV/Anso 3/18 day party in Austin (by Tim Griffin)
I'm still somewhat recovering from SXSW, so while I am taking it easy, catching up on my DVR queue, hopefully you're all taking advantage of all the out-of-town bands who're blowing through New York after their visits to Austin -- there's no shortage of them this week.
Firstly, I've got a pair of tickets to give away to see A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Mahogany at the Bell House this Monday (3/29). Just email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "A Sunny Day in Glasgow" as the subject and we'll pick a winner at random. It's a double dose of neo-shoegaze goodness. ASDIG have been touring constantly since last fall and have a new-ish EP, Nitetime Rainbows, as well as last year's great Ashes Grammar. Mahogany, meanwhile, are finally getting around to following up 2006's masterful Connectivity!, promising a new EP, single and album all this year. Hopefully we'll get a taste of the new songs on Monday. Also on the bill: Brooklyn's Pacific Theater.
While on the subject of the Bell House, tonight's (3/25) the big Aussie BBQ with 12 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and other cities I can't name off the top of my head: The Crayon Fields, The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots,Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom.
The Crayon Fields are also playing Pianos on Friday (3/26). I saw them at Bruar Falls earlier in the week and thought they were fantastic, and can really pull off the lush, late '60s baroque pop sound of their new album, All the Pleasures of the World, in the live setting with an ace cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" thrown in for good measure. Go see them. They're also selling vinyl of the new album for only ten bucks. Video from the Bruar Falls show is at the bottom of this post.
Before I get into more SXSW stragglers, I do need to remind you (and myself) that Lawrence Kansas' awesome Rooftop Vigilantes are in town. They played Shea Stadium last night and are
at Cake Shop Friday (3/26) and are playing somewhere in the area on Saturday too, still seemingly TBA.
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rooftop Vigilantes have headed back to Kansas. No NYC shows Friday or Saturday unfortunately.
We'll let you know when that's figured out. Here's what I wrote last month:
These guys are up there with BOAT in in the shambly, anthemic, super-catchy school of indie rock -- and if this sounds a little tighter, more pointed than anything on their debut, there's a reason. The band trekked to Baltimore, MD to record the album with Jawbox/Burning Airlines' J. Robbins behind the boards, which seems like a perfect match with Rooftop Vigilantes' sound which has been described in the past as "a very drunk Fugazi."To get a better idea of what Rooftop Vigilantes do, check out new track "Seth No Jump" from the J. Robbins sessions above. And they are seriously fun live. The Cake Shop show, brought to you by in-house labels Cape Shok and Daed Pizza, is with Philly's excellent duo Reading Rainbow, Mississippi's Flight and The Ansazis. This is a good show.
You Say Party We Say Die @ SXSW 2010 (More by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Vancouver's You Say Party! We Say Die! are in town for two shows, playing Knitting Factory tomorrow (3/26) and Pianos on Monday (3/29). Their latest album, XXXX, just came out in the States and is a pretty catchy slab of new wave synth rock, high on melodrama and chunky hooks. Check out "Laura Palmer's Prom" at the top of this post and the video for "There is XXXX (Within My Heart)" further down. I caught them last November at M for Montreal and was pretty impressed. Dominick also just caught them at SXSW.
Love is All
Love is All are are back with a swell new album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, that finds the band stretching their creative wings a bit, going out of their manic pop safety zone for their most varied record yet. There's still plenty of the shouty "bah bah bah" choruses you've come to expect. (The albumjust scored an 8.0 on Pitchfork.) Anyone that's seen them know that Love is All are one of the best times you're gonna have at a live show this side of Think About Life. Which you can see for yourself, as Love is All play Maxwell's on Saturday (3/27 with Crystal Stilts and Beachniks) and Knitting Factory on Sunday (3/28 with Beach Fossils and The Beets).
And just wondering, did anyone go see Love is All's saxophonist James Ausfahrt play Bruar Falls last night? Totally forgot it was happening.
The Wave Pictures @ Knitting Factory pre-SXSW (more by Chris La Putt)
Sunday night (3/28) The Wave Pictures are playing Mercury Lounge (tickets). Maybe you saw them last week at our pre-SXSW party at Knitting Factory (or at our Friday day party at Club DeVille)? If so you know how great they are. I wrote of that performance:
Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.Definitely go see them if you haven't yet, and look out for their double-pack CD of their last two UK albums, which will be their first-ever U.S. release, out April 27. There's video from one of their SXSW shows at the bottom of this post.
Oh No Ono recording a Daytrotter Session (On No Ono)
A few more SXSW stragglers of note. Oh No Ono, who played Mercury Lounge last night, open for VV Brown and Little Dragon tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. That's a pretty solid bill of foreign buzz bands. Sold out, but if you're going do get their early for Oh No Ono -- you've never seen anything quite like Oh No Ono. Unless you've seen them before, of course.
New Zealand's Surf City channel the ghosts of Flying Nun past, play Mercury Lounge on Friday (3/26) (and Maxwell's tonight - 3/25). I wasn't exactly blown away by their live show when they played during CMJ, but I really like their records. Maybe they've spent the last six month practicing.
That's it for this week. Videos and tour dates are below.
Much more of a crooner than the singer of his other band Love is All (not that you would ever really call a woman a crooner), Sweden's James Ausfahrt (he's also in Still Flyin) has recorded over 100 songs in his home where he plays all instruments and touches on many different genres. You can download some of those songs above, listen to others at MySpace and see him live in Brooklyn at Bruar Falls on Wednesday night (3/24) with Astoria's The Magic Caravan and California's many-membered Red Pony Clock. All three bands are a little wacky.
Harlem @ Union Pool over the weekend (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Local Natives will headline Bowery Ballroom on May 6th. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.
Midnight Masses continue a February residency at Union Pool tonight (2/17).
Japandroids are also playing Sasquatch.
Catch Crystal Stilts much sooner at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Beets / Christmas Island / Beach Fossils / The German Measles on February 20th. Tickets are still on sale.
Phosphorescent will play Maxwell's for the first time on April 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Titus Andronicus and Harlem play the NJ club the very next night (4/24). Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Love Is All - Kungen (MP3)
Hello All,Two Thousand and Ten Injuries will be Love Is All's first record on Polyvinyl. The spunky lead single "Kungen," linked above, bodes well for the full album, which is available for pre-order. Album art and tracklist are below.
I hope your new year has started well. Gothenburg has been unusually cold lately.
Well here's a piece of very exciting news that makes everything around us seem a little brighter and warmer:
On March 23 our third album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, will be released by Polyvinyl. We are very excited and proud and can't wait for you all to hear it in its entirety. But for now we give you "Kungen," a true story about the time I spotted the king of Sweden in the street here in Gothenburg. Head over to our Myspace [and above] to hear it!
We really hope you like it. [Love Is All]
The poppy Swedes have tour dates with Japandroids this March & April, but the groups are playing NYC separately. Japandroids perform at Bowery Ballroom on April 1st (tickets are still on sale). Love Is All come to NYC earlier, with a Saturday, March 27th show at Maxwell's and a Sunday, March 28th show at Knitting Factory. Tickets to the Maxwell's show are on sale. (Knitting Factory still on the way).
Both of those bands are on Polyvinyl, as is another band that's touring even sooner: in less than a week, Of Montreal kick off a series of shows that include a January 26th performance at Highline Ballroom. Of Montreal's James Husband opens.
Album info and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
Japandroids @ the 2009 Pitchfork Festival (more by Joseph Xu)
Japandroids will be busy touring the world in January, February, March and April. They'll visit Russia and Europe and much of the United States including Austin for SXSW and NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 1st. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday and then general sale on Friday.
Sweden's Love is All will be touring with the band before and after the Bowery show, but unlike in Philly, Boston, Montreal and other places, the two groups won't be sharing a bill here. Stay tuned for Love is All to announce their own show at a different venue on the same night?
You can catch Japandroids on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (1/4). They'll be playing "Wet Hair" live for the first time for the show. All dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Still Flyin' - The Hott Chord is Struck (MP3)
Love Is All @ Market Hotel (more by Ryan Muir)
Love Is All are coming back to the US this summer. The band will be playing Hoboken spot Maxwell's on Tuesday, June 2nd (Tickets are on sale), and then three days later - Friday, June 5th they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, May 1st at noon.
The NYC-area shows are part of a June tour that also takes Love Is All to the West Coast with San Francisco's Still Flyin' (who are not currently on the NY dates).
Still Flyin' just released their debut record, Never Gonna Touch the Ground, April 21st on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label. The label reports that that record was "mixed in Melbourne by Haima Marriott with help from Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) and Isobel Knowles (ex-AiH)." Still Flyin' last visited NYC in early April, playing gigs at Union Hall and the Cake Shop. They also played SXSW this year (more on that below).
Love Is All's last record was 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night. The band timed this coming tour to coincide with its next release - the Last Choice EP (out June 23 on What's Your Rupture). Frontwoman Josephine writes, "[The EP] features 'Last Choice' from our latest album...as well as five brand new recordings." The band also just put a new covers EP (they did one in 2008 on What's Your Rupture?) on its Myspace.
Check out the video for Still Flyin's "Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here," with album info and art, and a review of SF's SXSW gig, with all tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Crystal Stilts (MP3)
After a busy CMJ in their own city, Crystal Stilts have announced at least three more NYC shows they'll play before the end of the year including one at Bowery Ballroom with Love is All who they're going on tour with, and one at (le) poisson rouge with Vetiver. All dates and ticket links below...
Love is All's new album "A Hundred Things Keep me Up At Night" will be released on November 18th (not the 11th as originally planned) via What's Your Rupture. In the meantime, and perfectly timed for Halloween (today), the band created a series of Halloween-themed videos for every song on the album. Each video was then assigned to a different website. We got the track "19 Floors"....
Love is All @ Maxwell's (more by Leia Jospe)
Photos by Leia Jospe
Titus Andronicus played a show with Abe Vigoda and Love is All at Maxwell's the other night (10/13). This Saturday night (10/18) they play Market Hotel in Brooklyn with the So So Glos. All tour dates and more Maxwell's pictures below...
photos by Leia Jospe
Three days after they played Roseland with Of Montreal, Love is All shared a bill with Titus Andronicus and Abe Vigoda at Maxwell's in Hoboken (last night, October 13th). Next: Abe Vigoda and Love Is All (previously listed as secret guest) will share a bill AGAIN, this Wednesday in Brooklyn...
Wednesday October 15th @ MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT aka AVANT FLOOR aka LLANO ESTACADOAND...Love is All
:::: ABE VIGODA
:::::::: Knyfe Hyts
:: special guests ----- LOVE IS ALL
[ MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT aka AVANT FLOOR aka LLANO ESTACADO ]
NE corner of Metropolitan Ave & River St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | doors 9:15pm | $7 | all ages
Photos by Kurt Christensen
Love is All complete their string of east coast dates with a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (Monday, October 13) with Titus Andronicus and Abe Vigoda. On Friday they opened for Of Montreal at Roseland Ballroom. In November they return to the US, but this time to the west coast to play the Part Time Punks Festival and a bunch of other shows with Vivian Girls. Those dates and more Roseland pics below...
Love is All @ Market Hotel (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets are on sale for an October 13th Love is All / Titus Andronicus / Abe Vigoda show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. The show is three days after Love is All's previously announced NYC gig with Of Montreal at the much, much larger Roseland Ballroom. The Maxwell's show is also three days before Abe Vigoda starts a tour with Diplo at Webster Hall.
Love is All @ Market Hotel (more by Ryan Muir)
photos by Ryan Muir
photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To (MP3)
Henry Joseph Darger (April 12[?], 1892-April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a janitor in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger's work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art. [Wikipedia]
There are a lot of bands named after Darger's Vivian Girls. Brooklyn's Vivian Girls are the ones commonly found playing shows presented by Todd P like the one pictured here in which they opened for Love is All at Market Hotel on Saturday (June 14, 2008). Vivian Girls are also playing Santos Party House on Thursday with The Muslims. The Muslims are also playing Market Hotel on Tuesday. Vivian Girls play Market Hotel again on June 28th. More pictures from Saturday's show below....
photos by Ryan Muir
Love is All delivered another wildly entertaining set in NYC on Saturday night, this time at Market Hotel in Bushwick. The scene was sticky, hot and sweaty - a sauna full of jubilant fans who made their way out in the thunder and lightning to see the band from Sweden play in Brooklyn. The storm brought significant downpours, but that did nothing to cool off the steaming temperature at Market Hotel. [The Sky Report]The third and last NYC Love is All show (for now) is tonight. The first was at Cake Shop. More pictures from Market Hotel (June 14, 2008) below....
photo by Accidents Will Happen, words by Nick Masi
Love Is All played their first of three NYC area shows last night at Cake Shop as a part of the annual NYC Popfest (June 12, 2008). The sold out show had a solid bill and included Oh! Custer, who, like Love Is All, hails from Sweden.
The band played a few cuts off their soon to be released album A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night. The songs were great and had that classic Love Is All sound. They also covered A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)," which is available on their tour-only covers EP. Nothing compared to the old stuff though! Songs like "Busy Doing Nothing" and "Aging Had Never Been His Friend" got the crowd fired up. As the band came out for the encore, they asked for requests. Their frantic song "Spinning and Scratching" won. and the show ended with lead singer Josephine Olausson joining the crowd on the floor - jumping around, and screaming the lyrics!
Love Is All have two more NYC shows to go - one at Market Hotel on June 14 (tomorrow) and the other on June 16 (Monday) at the Bowery Ballroom. They're also playing a few more places on the East Coast. NYC Popfest continues tonight at Pianos and Don Hill's.
by Bill Pearis
editor's note: Metal, comedy and 'dance' all have their own semi-regular BV feature writers. Those topics are getting a level of focus that I wished I could give to "indie rock" (that somewhat meaningless term, but it helps sometimes to categorize). That's why I contacted Bill...
Bill says: BV approached me about writing an indie rock column because I "repeatedly go to see The Young Knives and are excited about Versus reuniting." Which is to say I like unpopular bands and am, like, James Murphy old. This will likely take on more shape as the weeks go on, but for now here's a bunch of notable shows happening over the next five days.
editor's note part two: Bill forgot to mention the part where I said he is just as excited about the old (knowledgeable) as he is about the new (not jaded). OK, here we go....
Amazing Baby (tour dates at the end)
Firstly are the two Swervedriver reunion shows - tonight at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The '90s shoegaze scene has had a bit of a resurgence, with a slew of new bands inspired by its hazy, voluminous sound, including Dirty on Purpose (who open for them tonight), Deerhunter, Silversun Pickups, and every other band from Sweden. Obviously the big story this year are the upcoming My Bloody Valentine shows, but Swervedriver's shows are no less relevant or justified.
They may never have released anything as universally-praised and influential as Loveless, or as catchy as Ride's Going Blank Again, but Swervedriver rocked the hardest of any of the shoegaze bands and probably had the most consistent body of work. Unfortunately, of their four great albums, only 1995's Ejector Seat Reservation remains in print - though the good, if expensive, import Juggernaut Rides is a good introduction to the band. I've also got a few mp3's over at Sound Bites if you're interested, and Swervedriver's site has live MP3s for every song from every album, free to download.
Swervedriver were never the type to jump around the stage or make rock star poses (the shoegaze scene, after all, got its name because the bands tended to pay more attention to their many effects pedals than to "putting on a show") and frontman Adam Franklin isn't much for stage banter, but they were always a seriously good live band and reports from earlier dates on this tour (The Finest Kiss has a nice writeup and photos from the Seattle stop) show this, thankfully, hasn't changed.
Tickets for tonights' Bowery show are still available (June 11, 2008).
Local support for both nights are well chosen. Dirty on Purpose are obviously big fans - their newish EP for RCRD LBL is really good. Longwave open at Music Hall of Williamsburg. After getting the heave-ho from RCA, the band are currently working on a new album, and a few of the tracks are up on their MySpace and sound promising. Opening both shows are Glasgow's Terra Diablo who are actually managed by Swervedriver drummer, Jez.
The other big event this week is the NYC Popfest, now in its second year. The four-day event, at a handful of clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, is a must for lovers of chickfactor magazine, Sarah records, twee, jangle, and the generally lighter side of indie. (Also known as indiepop.) They've brought in bands from all over, including Massachusetts (Pants Yell!, Hands and Knees), the UK (The Hermit Crabs, The Foxgloves), two from Sweden (Love is All, Oh! Custer), plenty from here in NYC (Pains of Being Pure of Heart, My Teenage Stride, Ladybug Transistor, The Besties) and elsewhere.
The lineup also includes three legends of the indiepop scene. Glasgow's The Orchids (pictured), whose single "I've Got a Habit" was the second-ever release on the legendary Sarah records; Australia's The Cannanes (aka "the world's most 'indie' band) who've been making music since 1984; and Seattle's Tullycraft who were part of the US scene in the '90s.
The two bands I'm most excited to see are Scotland's The Hermit Crabs, who bear more than a passing resemblance to fellow Glaswegians Camera Obscura; and Finland's Cats on Fire whose album, The Province Complains, is one of the better indiepop albums of the last couple years. Plus, they're from Finland - a country that doesn't send a lot of bands our way.
Of course, the hot ticket for Popfest is Love is All's appearance Thursday night at Cake Shop. I'm not sure why the organizers put the weekend's biggest draw in a place the size of a closet, but I'm sure for those 20 people in the first three rows will really enjoy it. For everyone else, you'll be able to say "they sounded great!" The show is sold out... if you've got tickets get there early and enjoy the other bands (including fellow Swedes Oh! Custer and NYC's The Secret History).
"just announced: this show is RSVP only! there is a hold limit of 2 per person. Please email your full name to: email@example.com to insure entry & pay at the door."
Versus keep randomly reuniting and playing shows. Their last one was opening for Yo La Tengo at one of the Hanukkah shows. Before that it was an unannounced show at Union Hall. This time they're playing between Crystal Stilts and Love is All at Bowery Ballroom on June 16th. Tickets are on sale.
Versus named themself after the Mission of Burma album Vs. I bet that means they'll be at Bowery Ballroom one day earlier too.
soon. very soon.Crystal Stilts have been added as opener to the Bowery show. Crystal Stilts lost a van back in February. Crystal Stilts got a really high Pitchfork review in May.
i tend to wake up way too early when excited. and getting up at five this morning must indicate that i'm very, very excited about leaving for new york soon. it could also have something to do with the fact that the sun rises around 3 am these days. or the seagulls that live outside my window. oh, well. i still don't have the visa in my hand, but it should be on it's way to gothenburg as i type.
yesterday we made another 100 copies of that cover cdr to bring to over to sell at the shows. and last weekend i screen printed a bunch of tote bags in my kitchen. we are all set.
so, yeah, there's another show booked, at the bowery ballroom. i understand that the place is big. and the tickets kind of pricey. that all makes me very nervous. for those of you who decide to come we promise special treats, we will sell our merch a little cheaper and maybe play songs we don't play that often. requests are welcome.
it looks like it's going to be another very sunny day here today (it hasn't rained here in over a month), i must try to go swimming in the sea again before we're off.
josephine (Love is All)
Crystal Stilts are also playing Cake Shop on June 29th with Tickley Feather, PWRFL Power, and Rings. Tickley Feather and Rings are on the same record label.
The Love is All show at Cake Shop is part of NYC Popfest.
All Love is All tour dates HERE. All Crystal Stilts tour dates below...