Entries tagged with: Majical Cloudz
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
by Bill Pearis
Murray Lightburn @ M for Montreal 11/20/2013
Here I am again at M for Montreal, the now eight annual edition that is part music festival and part industry conference. Right now it is more of the latter, with "international delegates" (of which I am one) in from around the world attending panel discussions, sanctioned schmoozathons and seeing the night's "official selection" of bands. Over the weekend it becomes M Fest and more resembles CMJ or Pop Montreal, with bands playing at a variety of clubs across the city.
Last night six bands played in the "official selection" at Casa Del Popolo and La Sala Rossa which is right across the street. The night started at Casa with Dusted, a new-ish project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and drummer Leon Taheny. With Dusted, Borcherdt trades electronics for a more traditional rock format. Though the setup usually means bluesy garage, Dusted are much more atmospheric and emotive. The set started a little rocky, but the duo found their footing and the last couple songs were quite good. You can stream Dusted's debut album, Total Dust, below.
Shuffling over to Sala Rossa, it was very new, very young MTL band Seoul, who I was told had formed just a few months ago and had played less than 10 shows total. Dominick had caught them at Pop Montreal last month and told me they were good and I might like them and I did. "I hear there are a lot of people in from out of town," the keyboardist told the crowd. "Just like a bar mitzvah. Please enjoy our special day." Young they may be, but they really seemed to have it together, making airy, crystaline pop that was funky and soulful in an '80s kind of way. Wild Nothing is an obvious current comparison but my mind drifted to actual Reagan-era Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile. You can stream "Stay With Us," the only song they've offered up the public so far, below.
Back at Casa, it was Black Atlass, aka Montreal based Alex Fleming who is a neo-R&B crooner, a la Sampha, Sam Smith, or The XX. The performance was just Fleming and a guy providing the beats, and I liked the production work in general (it's on the lo-fi side, but never what I'd call murky) but am not a fan of shows like this and it takes someone with supercharisma to pull it off. Black Atlass' video for "Paris" is below.
I don't know if I'd call what Majical Cloudz singer Devon Welsh has "supercharisma" but his performance style is utterly magnetic and had the liquored-up crowd of industry folk hushed for their entire set. Welsh's performance style almost borders on spoken word, punctuating accented sylables with a downward stab of his clenched fist, and sometimes stomping, not so much for percussion as emotion. Intense. Check out photos from Majical Cloudz recent set at Glasslands here.
In between those two, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan played over at La Sala Rossa and, having seen them twice last month during CMJ, I will admit to being checked out a little. But I do like what they do. The evening ended, officially, with a theatrical performance from Murray Lightburn who has fronted The Dears since before Montreal became a "thing." Lightburn's first solo album, MASS:LIGHT, came out earlier this year and while the songs are his typical anthemic style, musically its pretty much a synthpop album.
For the show, his only backing was two singers wearing masks and angel wings, with jingle bells on staff as occasional percussion. Lightburn, meanwhile, was all in black wearing an eyepatch with a light on it. With a carefully lit stage, he was cast in silhouette the whole time. At one point he knelt by the monitors, and someone wearing a pig mask came out and draped a cloak over him. It was at this point I thought "oh boy this is going to get good" hoping things would go full Phantom of the Paradise, but that was as kooky as the night got. If you're going to have something like that happen, personally I feel like you gotta follow-through and gleefully drive the train off the rails. That said, Lightburn does possess that supercharisma gene, and his voice remains a weapon of choice.
Thursday's official selection includes Born Ruffians, Odonis Odonis and Solar Year -- and I'll be spending the afternoon watching a bunch of bands I know zilcho about, which can be exciting -- so look forward to a report on that (and more of my signature blurry iPhone pics) to come.
Streams and videos from Dusted, Seoul, Black Atlas and Murray Lightburn, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.
After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.
You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.
Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.
Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Glasslands - 9/13/2013
Majical Cloudz are no strangers to NYC, having played a few times here this year already. This tour, with fellow Toronto's shoegazy Moon King (whose Daniel Woodhead is a sometimes-member of his brother Airick's band Doldrums, who like Majical Cloudz, appeared on Grimes' Visions), brought them through for two shows and we caught Friday's set (9/13) at Glasslands. (They played Mercury Lounge on Saturday, 9/14.) Main man Devon Welsh is an intense frontman who likes to connect with the audience, and confessed he had a fantasy of the entire audience pogo-ing to "Mister." Most of the crowd was happy to oblige. The night started off with a candlelit set from Matthew E. Duffy and pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.
Welsh also said these will be Majical Cloudz's last live shows for a while, so if you missed these you may have to wait a while. More pics from Glasslands below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Majical Cloudz @ Warm Up - 7/27/13
The 2013 Warm Up summer concert series at MoMA PS1 continued on Saturday (7/27) with UK acid house/techno legend A Guy Called Gerald, Montreal indie pop duo Majical Cloudz, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, and Roosevelt. It wasn't as hot as some of the other Warm Ups have been, but the party wall installation and indoor cafe were still great ways to get out of the sun if you needed to. Of the mostly dance-y lineup, Majical Cloudz were really the only ones who drastically changed the tempo for the day, and they acknowledged that they were kind of killing the buzz, but that didn't stop them from continuing to engage the crowd (from within the crowd at times). Pictures from last Saturday's Warm Up are in this post.
Headliner A Guy Called Gerald played again later (much later) that same night at Cameo in Williamsburg. Warm Up continues this Saturday (8/3) with Marcellus Pittman, Jackmaster, Dre Skull, Ratking, and Rizzla. Tickets for all remaining Warm Ups are on sale now.
More pictures below...
photos by David Andrako
The Luyas & Julian Lynch / Majical Cloudz @ Sneaky Dee's, 6/14/2013
After the big, free National show in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, David Andrako hit a couple smaller club shows for his second night (6/14) at festival NXNE. With a quick stop at The Horseshoe Tavern to catch Brooklyn's Buke & Gase, he then headed over to Sneaky Dee's for the M for Montreal showcase which featured an unannounced 2 AM set from Majical Clouds (who would play Brooklyn the next night for Northside Fest).
This was also the NXNE stop for The Luyas and Julian Lynch's collaborative tour where Julian was in The Luyas for their set, and they in turn were his backing band. (It hit Northside too.) Brooklyn's Brazos was also on the bill and pictures from those bands are in this post.
Pictures from NXNE Day 1 are HERE. More Day 2 pictures below...
by Fred Pessaro
The Julie Ruin, Body/Head @ Saint Vitus, 6/13/2013
Pitchfork's first of two Northside showcases happened last night (6/13) and became perhaps the hottest Northside ticket of the week with the late addition of The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna as well as Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox), to the already hefty headliner of Kim Gordon's Body/Head. The Julie Ruin, who've existed since 2010, just announced their debut album and this was only their second show ever. Also on the bill: a crooning set from Majical Cloudz and industrial noise from Foreplay (mem Warthog, ex-The Men). Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Saint Vitus, including The Julie Ruin's setlist, are below
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Julie Ruin - "Oh Come On" (MP3)
As mentioned, in December 2010 Kathleen Hanna debuted her new band, The Julie Ruin (named after Kathleen's 1997 solo album, Julie Ruin) at the Kathleen Hanna tribute that took place at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Then, in December 2012, The Julie Ruin revealed their first song, "Girls Like Us," and now they've finally announced that their debut album will come out this year. The album is called Run Fast and it's due out on September 3 via The Julie Ruin's own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). In addition to Kathleen, the band's lineup includes her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman (of the duo Kiki and Herb with Justin Bond), Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landaeu (who teaches at NYC's Girls Rock Camp). The album artwork is below.
"Girls Like Us" will appear on the album, as will the new single, "Oh Come On." "Oh Come On" hearkens more back to Kathleen's Bikini Kill days than her time in the dance-punk group Le Tigre, which is very welcome considering the excitement behind the recent Bikini Kill reissue and just the general obsession with the '90s that's been going on (PS: you can stream most of Bikini Kill's discography at their bandcamp). Kathleen sounds hungry as ever on the track, screaming through a filter of distortion as her bandmates provide not-distorted girl-group-style backing vocals and a killer guitar riff running through the track. Download "Oh Come On" for free above or stream it below.
The Julie Ruin are set to play their second live show ever (following that Knitting Factory show in 2010) at the Pitchfork showcase at this year's Northside Festival which happens at Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13). They'll join the previously discussed lineup of Majical Cloudz, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), and Foreplay. That show is sold out, but if you get there early, you can still try to get in with your Northside badge. Updated show flyer below.
DOWNLOAD: Majical Cloudz - "Bugs Don't Buzz" (MP3)
Majical Cloudz at Glasslands earlier this month (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Majical Cloudz may live in Montreal, but they sure love making the trip to NYC. They've already played here seven times this year, and have announced that they'll play a Northside show happening at Saint Vitus on June 13 with Kim Gordon's Body/Head duo, Foreplay, and a "Special Guest" (tickets); and Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 27 with A Guy Called Gerald, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, and Roosevelt (tix on sale 6/5).
Now, they've added
another two more upcoming NYC shows which will happen on September 13 at Glasslands and September 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale today (5/30) at noon, and tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. That one's around the same time they play Hopscotch and a Massachusetts show, so it wouldn't be surprising if more dates around then are announced. UPDATE: It is in fact a full tour. All dates are listed below.
Majical Cloudz released their new album, Impersonator, last week (5/21). Stream it via a Spotify widget, along with an updated list of upcoming dates, below...
Warm Up 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this year every Saturday from June 29 through September 7. As usual, they've booked an excellent lineup of forward-thinking electronic music, hip hop, and other related genres.
Artists playing this year include Majical Cloudz (who just played NYC and will play Northside), XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars (live), Kode9, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Caribou (DJ), Empress Of, J. Cole, World's Fair, IO Echo (live), Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO, Gobby, Kelela, Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald, Pional, Kim Ann Foxman, Jon Hopkins, King Britt and tons of other names.
Advance tickets for each day will go on sale Wednesday, June 5 at noon via MoMAPS1.org. Full 2013 schedule below...
photos by Jonathon Bernstein
"GRIMES SHOWED UP AT MAJICAL CLOUDZ's RELEASE PARTY FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF" - Max Kerr
Montreal duo Majical Cloudz have been on a tour with Youth Lagoon, which hit the NYC-area twice earlier this month, and this week they took a couple days off from that tour to return to NYC for their own separate events. On Monday (5/20), the guys went to Manhattan record store Other Music for an in-store performance, and that night they met up with their pal Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, who featured Majical Cloudz on her song, "Nightmusic") to hit up a karaoke bar on the LES. While there, Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh sang Limp Bizkit's "Nookie," though Claire was too shy to sing anything. Devon's bandmate (who doesn't sing in Majical Cloudz) Matt Otto did Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which apparently is becoming a thing for indie people these days.
Then, the next night (5/21) Majical Cloudz headed to Brooklyn to play a release party for their new album, Impersonator, which was released via Matador that same day. NYC producer Gobby opened that show with a full-band set, and the advertised "SPECIAL GUEST!" turned out to be none other than Grimes doing a DJ set. Pictures from the Glasslands show are in this post.
As mentioned, Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC yet again for the Northside Festival, where they will play a Pitchfork show at Saint Vitus on June 13 with Kim Gordon's Body/Head duo (who recently played RBMA), Foreplay, and a "Special Guest." Grimes again???? Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
More pictures and some videos from Glasslands below...
Body/Head at Drone Activity in Progress (more by Fred Pessaro)
Northside Festival expands further this year with a bunch more artists announced today. Those include names like Bleached, Chance the Rapper, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Sannhet, Limp Wrist and many many more. Check out a full list of new Northside Festival additions below. Passes are still available.
As mentioned, Invisible Oranges will host Torche, KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma at 285 Kent on June 14 (tickets). The show is one of two to feature Inter Arma that weekend, who will also play a FREE Summer Thunder day show at Union Pool on June 15 with the newly added Pyrrhon!
BrooklynVegan is also proud to host a Summer Thunder event of our own with Heavy Blanket (featuring J Mascis) and Love as Laughter. Like the IO show, this June 8. performance will be FREE and feature drink specials all day. Destroy.
New Northside artist additions are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Youth Lagoon / Magical Cloudz
Youth Lagoon brought his tour with Majical Cloudz through the NYC-area for shows at Maxwell's on Monday (5/6) and a BrooklynVegan-presented Brooklyn show at The Bell House last night (5/9). Pictures from the latter are in this post.
Youth Lagoon's been keeping his setlists heavy on the Wondrous Bughouse material but still found time to include some favorites from his debut like "17." Meanwhile, the magical Majical Cloudz continue to preview material from their upcoming Matador debut, Impersonator (which they were selling vinyl copies of the show) and were great as always.
Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC even sooner for the previously discussed album release party at Glasslands on May 21 with Gobby and a "SPECIAL GUEST!" Any guesses on who it could be? Tickets for the release party are still on sale.
Majical Cloudz will get to NYC a day before that to do a free in-store at Other Music on May 20 at 8 PM. Other Music will have copies of their new album available that day too.
More pictures from the Bell House show below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Gobby - "Tonedefff" (MP3)
Majical Cloudz at Von in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, romantic Montreal duo Majical Cloudz are on a tour of North America with Youth Lagoon this year, which hits NYC for sold out shows on May 6 at Maxwell's and on May 9 for the BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Bell House. Fortunately, you'll still have a chance to see them, because before they head home, they'll play their own NYC show on May 21 at Glasslands with support from Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Majical Cloudz's debut album, Impersonator, comes out on May 21 via Matador. You've already heard the first single, "Childhood's End" (which you can stream below), and they've just revealed another track from the album. The new one's a piano ballad called "Bugs Don't Buzz" and you can listen to it over at Pitchfork.
Gobby just put a new song out too. It's a grimy, instrumental hip hop cut called "Tonedefff" which you can download above or stream below. He has other upcoming local shows, including a Red Bull Music Academy show on May 28 at Le Baron. That one's an UNO label showcase which also features SFV Acid, Fur, Kuhrye-oo & Isiah, fLako, Pick A Piper, Shadowbox, Lavina Yelb, and Kraftmatiks, and it's totally free. After that, he opens for Actress at Cameo on June 6 with Solar Year. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated Majical Cloudz dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Youth Lagoon is on a tour now in support of their new album, Wondrous Bughouse, which just hit Coachella twice and will be making its way over to the NYC area a few times this spring. There's that opening slot for The National at their big Barclays Center show (6/5), which is still on sale. And before that, Trevor Powers and co. are heading on a string of dates with Majical Cloudz. Previously announced dates on that run include the NYC-area show on May 6 at Maxwell's, which has since sold out, but we at BrooklynVegan are excited to announce that we're presenting a show with both of those bands in Brooklyn on May 9 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (4/24) at noon. Admission is $16 for advance tickets and $18 at the door, and the show is 21+.
Updated dates are listed, along with a few song streams, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Majical Cloudz @ Von
Montreal's Majical Cloudz, who were recently in Austin for SXSW, are kicking off a tour later this month, but last night (4/8) they stopped in NYC for a private show at Von. They began the set by saying it was their one year anniversary as a band to which the crowd responded by singing happy birthday to them which put the evening on a festive course. As for their actual set, one thing that's apparent is frontman Devon Welsh is a commanding presence with a powerful set of pipes. The bass was powerful too, which at one point actually shattered a wine glass sitting near the speaker. The night finished with an impromptu a cappella version of "What That Was." Pictures from that show are in this post.
As mentioned, Majical Cloudz signed to Matador, and it's since been announced that the label will release their debut album, Impersonator, on May 21. You can watch the video for its single, "Childhood's End," below.
Majical Cloudz's tour includes a number of dates as a support act on the previously announced Youth Lagoon tour. They
won't WILL be at his Maxwell's show (5/6) (sold out), and at his show in Hamden, CT at Spaceland Ballroom on May 8. Tickets for the CT show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the video and more pictures from Von, below...
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
As mentioned, New York electonic artist Autre Ne Veut plays Santos Party House tonight (2/27). It's a record relase show for his new album, Anxiety, that came out this week on Mexican Summer's Software imprint and was given Best New Music status (8.5) by Pitchfork. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it on Spotify.
Tonight's show -- and the rest of ANV's tour -- is with Montreal's Majical Cloudz who are recent signees to Matador. Their Turns Turns Turns EP is out now and you can watch the video for the title track below. Tickets are still available for tonight's all-ages Santos show at the door, but if you'd like to go for free we've got a pair to give away. Details, video and streams are below.
Montreal's Majical Cloudz released their impressive Turns Turns Turns EP on Arbutus Records last year, and like their collaborator Grimes (who left her Arbutus home to sign to 4AD), Majical Cloudz have partnered with a Beggars Group-affiliated label Matador Records, who will release a new full length by the duo this year. They also just filmed a Yours Truly session for "Turns Turns Turns," which you can watch below. And as mentioned, they'll be touring with Autre Ne Veut this year and hitting NYC on February 27 at Santos (tickets).
In other Matador news, the label will be reissuing Eleven : Eleven, the debut album from Boston's Come, which originally came out in 1992 and has long been out of print. The band made fans out of J Mascis, Bob Mould, and Kurt Cobain, and they share a member (Chris Brokaw) with Codeine. The reissue will be released as a 2XCD/2XLP with the original album, Come's 10/10/92 performance at the Vermonstress Festival, and a bonus 7" reissue of the "Fast Piss Blues" b/w "I Got The Blues" single. The album will get the same reissue treatment in Europe via Glitterhouse.
The band are also planning some reunion shows for this year, but none have been announced yet. Meanwhile, frontwoman Thalia Zedek (also of Live Skull) will release her fifth solo album on March 19 via Thrill Jockey.
The video for "Submerge" from Eleven and that Majical Cloudz video below...
Autre Ne Veut in Brooklyn in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
After taking about a month off the road, Majical Cloudz will head out on another North American run with Autre Ne Veut, who they played with in Brooklyn this past December. That tour kicks off in late February in Philly and ends in Austin for SXSW. It hits NYC along the way on February 27 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Autre Ne Veut will release his much anticipated new album, Anxiety, on February 26 (instead of the initial release date, February 12) via Software. The video for that album's single, "Counting," and a list of all dates are below...
by Bill Pearis
The Soft Moon's tour rolls into NYC tonight (1/8) for a show at Mercury Lounge with Montreal's Majical Cloudz. It's a late show (doors 9:30 PM) and tickets are still available. I caught Soft Moon at Glasslands last summer and the intesity of their records (like 2012's clausterphobic, nervy Zeros) is matched with the live show where main man Luis Vasquez spends much of the time bent over his guitar, pummeling it.
You can see a bit of that in action in The Soft Moon's new video for Zeros track "Die Life" which you can watch below. Also below: a Spotify stream of Zeros and a list of remaining tour dates. If you can't go tonight, you can still catch Majical Cloudz again in NYC when they play Death by Audio on 1/23.
Majical Cloudz (the project of Canadian musicians Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto) released their solid Turns Turns Turns EP via Arbutus late last year, and you may also know them from collaborating and touring with Grimes. The duo was recently added to the previously discussed The Soft Moon tour, which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday (1/8). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
After the tour wraps up, you'll get another chance to catch Majical Cloudz in NYC when they play Death by Audio on January 23. No other acts have been announced for that show yet. Admission is $7 at the door.
A list of all dates and a song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Doldrums @ MHOW, September 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Airick Woodhead has come a long in the last 12 months with Doldrums, having started as a one-man elecronics project and quickly expanding it into an actual band that gained more form as the months went on. By the time CMJ rolled around, Doldrums was a fully realized endeavor on stage and one of the more entertaining sets I saw that week. As mentioned before, Doldrums' debut album, Lesser Evil, will be out February 26 on Montreal label Arbutus Records. It's a terrific record that I think is gonna turn a lot of heads. You may remember that Grimes jumped the gun and named it her favorite album of this year. You can check out the video for Lesser Evil's "She is the Wave," below and stream "Egypt," the first official single from the album, as well which is available in EP form right now.
Meanwhile, we got Airick to give us his Top 10 of 2012. He prefaces his list with this:
Driving alone at night is the best time to listen to music. Me and my car, Sheeba, have been through alot, and here are the records that have soundtracked our year; some good stuff coming out of the neighbourhood and from across the pond. Of course, i should be giving a honorable mention to my FAVORITE driving records of all time : Robyn, Sean Nicholas Savage, Elvis Presley, Yo! Majesty, Nancy Sinatra - but just for the sake of this being a year end list lets go with the new shit.Will he give props back to Grimes? Or perhaps his brother Daniel's band Moon King? Check out his list below, along with the "She is the Wave" video.
Mykki Blanco at MHOW in November (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
NYC rapper Mykki Blanco, who puts on a hell of a show, plays in the area pretty often and as mentioned, you can catch Mykki TONIGHT (12/7) at 285 Kent with Autre Ne Veut, Oneohtrix Point Never, and the recently added Majical Cloudz (more on them in a minute). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
But if you can't make it tonight, or just want to see Mykki again in the near future, you're in luck because it's just been announced that the rapper will play Mercury Lounge on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, December 14 at noon.
Mykki Blanco is also featured in the new video for for Autre Ne Veut's great new single, "Counting," off of his upcoming album, Anxiety. You can watch that video below, and here's to hoping they join each other on stage at 285 Kent tonight.
Majical Cloudz, who were added to tonight's 285 Kent show, began picking up speed after appearing on Grimes' album, Visions, and touring with her. They recently released their Turns Turns Turns EP via Arbutus, which made Braids' and Blue Hawaii's top 10 LPs of 2012 lists. You can stream the title track from that EP and another, "What That Was," below.
Streams and video are below.