Entries tagged with: Marissa Nadler
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
With a new touring band, a refurbished banjo and some personal clarity ("I just cut this person out of my life who I've been writing about for four records," [Marissa] Nadler said), she sounded extremely pleased talking amid rehearsals for the new tour [with the Handsome Family Band].The Handsome Family Band tour's April 25th stop at the Highline Ballroom was Nadler's most recent show in NYC.
"I'm psyched about it because I've just spent too much time alone in hotel rooms for the past five years of my life," she said. "And people will be like, 'Well, God, write a happy f---ing song.' And I'm like, well, why would you be happy if you've been stuck your entire 20s in a hotel room by yourself?
"That's kind of like my sense of humor, I guess. Maybe I'll start writing pop songs once I fall in love and get happy and rich, I don't know," she added. "Kidding, kidding." [University of Maryland's Diamondback 4/22/09]
The singer/songwriter has a European tour planned for May. When she returns, she'll play the Mercury Lounge in NYC on Tuesday, June 9th with James Blackshaw. Tickets are on sale.
UK guitarist Blackshaw is signed to Michael Gira's Young God Records, which will release his seventh studio record sometime this year.
"James has received a lot of attention lately as a prodigy/virtuoso of the 12 string guitar. He used to be in punk bands in England, but then he started listening to people like John Fahey, Robbie Basho etc, and I assume soon locked himself in a room for 12 hours a day for several years and just played constantly. It takes intense discipline and a religious commitment to get to the place where he's at with his instrument. But his music isn't about his "skill" - it's not showy. It's deeply meditative - the secret language of a pre-thought, pre-dream place. He plays soulful and kaleidoscopic ever-shifting mantra cycles of, in my view, incredible beauty." [Altsounds]In addition to the Nadler show, Blackshaw will be touring North America. NYC shows include the Issue Project Room on Monday, June 8th and Fortune Cookie Basement at Lucky Cheng's on Friday, June 19th with Chris Weisman & Greg Davis. Lucky Cheng's?
An MP3 from Nadler's latest, Little Hells, out now on Kemado Records, is posted above (again).
All tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
The Handsome Family
Taking place under bowed branches and deep within winding corn mazes, The Handsome Family released their latest album, Honey Moon, through Carrot Top Records on April 14, 2009. Celebrating the duo's twentieth year of marriage and eighth studio release, the record plays out as a series of love songs that sharply contrast the dark themes of their previous seven releases.Marissa Nadler also just put out a new album, Little Hells, on March 3rd on Kemado Records. An MP3 from that awesome record is posted above.
Contest details, with all updated tour dates, below...
"Marissa Nadler played the last live concert in Sound Fix Lounge on Saturday -- or did she?The article goes on to say that Sound Fix has no plans on closing the record store, though Bradley "added that his lease is up in a year".
Owner James Bradley vowed to keep putting on shows, despite losing his liquor license last month.
"It is my fervent hope and desire to continue the tradition of live music in Williamsburg," said Bradley, who plans to have an event on Record Store Day on April 18, and to host weekly performances.
Sound Fix Lounge, on North 11th Street, just west of Bedford Avenue, had its license expire at the end of February following noise complaints under the former owner.
But Bradley hasn't given up on shows entirely, though he admitted that coaxing patrons to live music would be difficult without alcohol.
"The two seem to go hand-in-hand," he said.
Marissa Nadler also played in a church on Friday.
Video from Marissa's show at Sound Fix, below...
photos by Nathan Miller
"The Lutheran Church of the Messiah across from McGolrick Park in Greenpoint is a ghostly, candle lit basement performance state filled with cobwebs and perfect for the gothic folk of Marissa Nadler. Nadler, who is touring in support of her soon-to-be-released Little Hells, a record which finds the Boston based songwriter exploring the sonic textures of her sullen, pastoral folk, played solo on Friday night, ditching her live band for a more intimate performance with just her, her guitar, and the occasional banjo. Friday night's set was a welcome run through of Songs III stands outs like "Sylvia", "Dying Breed" and "Salutations in the Dark", as well as Little Hells highlights "Heart Paper Lover", "Ghosts & Lovers" and "Cobwebs." The especially intimate affair (most of the audience was seated Indian style on the floor) also featured an intensely poignant rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire". Nadler, who switched between a six string Taylor and a twelve string Martin, was in a jovial mood, laughing about how critics had been labeling "Mistress on a Sunny Day", the Little Hells closer, an "uplifting" tune, something that doesn't really exist in Nadler's canon. The warm, rainy night in Greenpoint ended with Marissa doing a version of "Dead Wives Club" on banjo, an appropriate end to a somber evening with the gothic folk princess." [Chocolate Bobka]One night later Marissa played the final in-store at Sound Fix Records. More dates including a March 4th one at Joe's Pub, HERE. More pictures from the church show below...
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
Marissa Nadler in Brest, France, May 17 2008 by Nicolas Ollier
SOUNDFIX SOUND FIX FAQ
Q: What's the price of admission at your in-stores? How can I get tickets?Sound Fix will, sadly, have to change the answer of "Can my band come play at your space?" to "No" after February 28th because that's the date of the last in-store (in-lounge) ever. The whole lounge closes soon after.
A: Our in-stores are free to the public and seating is general admission.
Q: Where do the bands play?
A: In the Sound Fix Lounge, behind the record store.
Q: What time should I show up?
A: Please don't call and ask us this. We don't know. Every show is different. Sometimes people show up an hour early to get a good spot, sometimes the place is empty a half hour before showtime. If you really love the band and want a good spot, get here early. That's all we can say.
Q: Is Sound Fix one word or two?
A: Two words! Please do not spell it "Soundfix." It really drives me crazy.
Q: Can my band come play at your space?
A: Unlikely. But it can't hurt to ask.
Q: Where is Beacon's Closet?
A: A block and a half from the store, down N. 11th St. Please stop asking.
Q: What's the greatest album of all time?
A: Depending on my mood, Neil Young's Tonight's the Night or the Who's Sellout
Some Sound Fix video memories, below...
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
Many describe Nadler's songs as having American Gothic leanings; her stories often take place in an imagined, idealistic time with a cast of characters of her own creation. Yet, in recent years, it has emerged that the characters are less make believe than listeners thought and are based on real people, and their real lives. Her links to American Gothic are reinforced by "Annabelle Lee," the last song on her debut album, Ballads of Living and Dying, which puts the poem of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe to a musical backing. Singing in a haunting mezzo-soprano, the foundation of her songs are her delicate acoustic guitar, often accompanied by a variety of instruments, ranging from organ to theremin to electric guitar. [Wiki]In April, Marissa will go out on the road with The Handsome Family. That tour has her back in NYC to play Highline Ballroon on April 25th. Tickets for that are also on sale.
Marissa Nadler's new album Little Hells is out March 3rd on Kemado. MP3 from the album above. A video for the same song, and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: MV & EE and the Golden Road - Anyway (MP3)
The New England psych-raga rockers MV+EE and the Golden Road are playing tonight (1/20) at Cake Shop (set at 11pm, $7, 21+), and tomorrow (1/21) at Monster Island Basement with Spectre Folk, Kurt Vile, Pink Reason, and Christian DeRoek of Little Gold (8pm, $7, all ages). After a Jan/Feb tour down the East Coast, MV+EE will then get back to NYC for a February 27 gig at Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Greenpoint with Marissa Nadler and Mountainhood (a.k.a. Michael Curtis Hilde who's hosting the gig as part of his The Story series - this one is Chapter XII: Blisses).
Today, MV+EE and the Golden Road dropped a new duo-and-friends LP/CD, Drone Trailer, this time on San Francisco's Dicristina Stair Builders label. The band, fond of recording and releasing albums, worked with Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label on 2007's Gettin' Gone and last year's Astral Bleachers/Big Moment limited-edition live bootleg. The band's blog also reports that "[MV+EE] got some deep live archives being waxed for heroine celestial agriculture[EE's label] for the jan/feb tour as well as a sweet deluxe C.O.M. - all heads be united." I'm not really sure what that last part means...
Thurston Moore recently gave his Top 10 of 2008 - listing MV Carbon's The Dislodged Parahelion CD at No. 7. MV Carbon, a Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist, is a similarly dubbed, but totally different person than MV+EE's Matt Valentine. All tour dates and a video below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth played their first of three NYC shows together last night (10/10). The show was at Town Hall where Thursday's show will also be. Friday is at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Tallest Man also played a show on Tuesday at Mercury Lounge with Marissa Nadler.
"Kristian Matsson, the Swedish songwriter who bills himself as the Tallest Man on Earth, flaunted every rasp, buzz and crack in his voice. They are the most immediate signs of a musician who draws on the structures of folky songwriting from the 1960s -- the basic chords, the picking and strumming, the chains of verses and refrains without choruses -- but who has no use for the cozy decorum that would define singer-songwriters later on. His model is the visionary Bob Dylan of songs like "When the Ship Comes In," along with Dylan's own models: the craggy bluesmen and back-country singers who never tried to smooth things over." [NY Times]More pictures, and Bon Iver's setlist from last night, below...
Lemonade @ LPR (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Stella @ Nokia Theatre
* Diego Garcia @ Living Room
* Friendly Fires & Lemonade @ The Annex
* Friendly Fires @ Virgin Megastore Union Square
* Kid Cudi, Wale & DJ Marc Ronson @ Highline Ballroom
* Beach House & Tickley Feather @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Friendly Foes, Frankpollis & Your Skull My Closet @ The Bell House
* Ting Tings, Duke Spirit, Airborne Toxic Event & Mike Doughty @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Tallest Man On Earth & Marissa Nadler @ Mercury Lounge
Flower Travellin Band is not playing tonight.
Mike Doughty is also playing Maxwell's on New Years Eve.
The Tallest Man on Earth is also playing three other sold out shows this week.
Marissa Nadler blogged about her time at the Brainwaves Festival.
Jakob Dylan was born today in 1969.
Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, and Tom Waits in... This Week in Music Licensing.
A video for Andrew Bird's "Lull" below...
Swedish folk troubadour Kristian Matsson, known better under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, will be playing to North American audiences this December alongside genre companion Bon Iver. The tour couples with the November release of Shallow Grave (LP/7 ", 1000 pressed), out on Mexican Summer, the limited edition vinyl and digital only label that launched September of this year.Marissa Nadler also joins The Tallest Man on Earth TONIGHT, Tuesday December 9th, at Kristian's only U.S. show that isn't with his genre companion. Phil And The Osophers and Spirit Family Reunion are also on the Mercury Lounge bill. You can also catch The Tallest Man on Earth with Bon Iver at all three NYC show this week.
Shallow Grave will join the initial class of Mexican Summer releases (13 to be exact) which are offered to collectors by way of three subscription options; 4 Months = 5 albums, 8 Months = 9 albums, and 1 Year = 13 albums, all at varying price points. Other artists to receive a limited pressing this year include Black Moth Super Rainbow, Bobby BeauSoleil & The Orkustra, Marissa Nadler and Valet.
by Black Bubblegum
I used to take took the infamous Chinatown bus from NYC to Boston all the time, but one ride was particularly memorable. I was sitting in the back of a full bus. There were no more seats, but then one more passenger wanted to get on, so the driver told this passenger to wait a minute and proceeded to put a lawn chair for them in the aisle...
Where am I going with this? Well, the Brainwaves Festival taking place at the Regent Theatre in Boston this weekend is a good reason to risk sitting in a lawn chair.
Two years ago, [Brainwashed's Jon] Whitney [that's not him in the picture] took on the role of concert promoter in a big way when he organized Brainwaves, an expansive, three-day festival of Brainwashed-related music and video. True to form, it was a monstrously ambitious undertaking.This year's eclectic, experimental lineup includes Matmos, Meat Beat Manifesto, Silver Apples, Stars of the Lid along with a day dedicated to Kranky, Major Stars,JG Thirlwell's Manorexia, Gary Wilson, Marisa Nadler (who started a new blog), and one bonafide legend in Peter Christopherson [that's him in the picture above], founder of Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, and the performing Threshold HouseBoys Choir (the latter is the one billed as playing the fest). Christopherson recently told TinyMixTapes he is retiring THBC, so this is your last shot to see him live before he retires to his home in Thailand. Tickets are still available, and check the festival's site for more travel and lodging options.
"Brainwashed was 10 years old. For 10 years it hadn't really made any sense, so why not do a festival that didn't make sense? You know, we needed a party! And though it was two years in the making, all the work was worth it, since we eventually came up with a great group of musicians." [The Phoenix]
A few of the festival participants have hit or will be hitting NYC this week as well... Silver Apples will be in NYC with Grails (but not Flower Travellin' Band, who postponed), To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie and Boduf Songs play Pianos and the Annex, Meat Beat Manifesto played Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, and Stars Of The Lid will play a pair of shows at Le Poisson Rouge while they're on this coast.
Psychic TV (sans Christophersen) recently played Europa. The full Brainwaves lineup is below...
In the spirit of the season, I put some tracks up on my myspace of the soon to be rereleased Ballads of Living and Dying (on limited edition vinyl on Mexican summer) which remains to this day my spookiest record to date.The above "creepy halloween photo" of Marissa was taken by James Reed at the Old American Can Factory.
On this blog, I put up two new home recordings. Still I have to eagerly wait to put the tracks from Little Hells out there. The first is called "So long theresa," a song written by a friend of mine, Dave Godowsky. I saw him play it at Toad, this bar in Cambridge, MA, and was blown away by it. In addition to his solo work, he is also Izzy in the riotous Guns and Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone. I love his songs and this recording is still a work in progress. I'm just happy he let me cover it.
The second song I wrote 10 years ago and the recording is still a work in progress as well. It was the first song I liked that I wrote. "August Rose Gently" [Marissa Nadler]
Dave Godowsky performs at Toad again this Sunday, November 2nd. Mr. Brownstone has a show coming up with Satanicide at Irving Plaza on November 28th. Marissa Nadler's last NYC show was during CMJ. Her next two non-NYC shows are listed below...
Photos by Zach Dilgard
"I have an upcoming full-length "Little Hells" which is a significant record for me in many ways." [Marissa Nadler]TK Webb, Marissa Nadler, The Muslims and Dungen were scheduled to play the Kemado Records showase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night before midnight (10/24). Children and Cheeseburger were going on after. Zach was going to stay to see Dungen (he had somewhere else to be late), but they were running late so he only caught the first three bands. It was the only show Marissa played during CMJ (I was sad to miss it) and it was one of many for the Muslims (though they cancelled at least one - the Narnack showcase at Santos that was the next night). More pictures from Music Hall below...
Dungen @ (le) poisson rouge (more by Ryan Muir)
So, Dungen's entire last NYC show at (le) poisson rouge was taped for FADER TV. Dungen's next NYC show is the Kemado Records CMJ show case at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24th. Marissa Nadler & TK Webb are also on the bill and tickets go on sale at noon
by Black Bubblegum
Dylan Carlson, of Earth (ricky-oh)
Like a lone gunslinger riding off into the sunset, Dylan Carlson & Earth will bring the cowboy-soundtracky The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull across the badlands of the midwest and east coast. One of those stops, the Knitting Factory on May 6th (on sale now), will feature the dark chanteuse Jesse Sykes with her hand The Sweet Hereafter (mem of Whiskeytown).
How did these two seemingly dissimilar artists end up on the same bill? Southern Lord casts light where there is darkness:
Some of the alumni that gathered for this album [Jesse Sykes's Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul] such as Bill Herzog, Steve Moore, Eyvind Kang, and Randall Dunn have strong ties to sunn 0))), Earth and Southern Lord, so although it may seem a strange release amongst our catalog, it really makes perfect sense!Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter are streaming a new song at their myspace and have a few tour dates of their own including a European tour with Marissa Nadler, and scattered dates with Black Mountain, The Weakerthans & Castanets. Head out and pic up a tour only EP while you're out.
Southern Lord recently sold out of the 180-gram 2LP of Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hearafter's latest Like Love, Lust And The Open Halls of The Soul, but a second pressing is on it's way. All dates below...
For those looking for something mellow to do in NYC tonight (Nov 16, 2007), here is your third reminder that Marissa Nadler is playing at the Whitney Museum. "Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6-9 pm." Download a new song at GVB. See Marissa's new video at the end of this post.
Also playing the Whitney (but won't be mellow): Dan Deacon, on February 8, 2008. Note: This will be a regular Dan Deacon show - NOT his "ultimate reality" show. What is "Ultimate Reality"? Details, and more tour dates below.....
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - As I Lay In Death (MP3)
"Marissa Nadler plays Whitney Live Friday November 16th 2007 at 7:00 PM in the Lower Gallery". More details and tour dates below....
Marissa Nadler is going on tour, and she has a few NYC shows coming up. One of them is with Michael Gira at the Highline Ballroom on September 14th (Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu was also originally on this bill - not sure what happened to him). In August, Michael will release a new Angels of Light album called We Are Him. I think he'll be playing some of those new songs at the show, but I assume by the billing that he won't actually have a backing band. In the past he has used Akron/Family as his band. They also contributed to the new record, and you can download one of those new songs they played on above.
Marissa doesn't have anything new out, but this is her first official tour since joining the Kemado Records family. Kemado is reissuing/releasing her latest CD in the U.S., and the celebration for that will take place on August 6th @ Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn where she'll play a free show (one of four free in-stores she has scheduled). Her other upcoming NYC show is September 13th @ Union Pool, and her last NYC show was just this past weekend for the Diamond Day Festival. Did anyone catch that? All tour dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler feat. Black Hole Infinity - No Surprises (MP3)
(more Radiohead covers)
On the 40th anniversary of the summer of love, Heeb Magazine presents Diamond Days, a four-day celebration of ’60s-inspired psych and prog rock happening July 19-22 in Brooklyn. The indie extravaganza of freak folk and acid punk will showcase nearly 50 bands and benefit the City Reliquary, a Brooklyn-based museum and civic organization dedicated to neighborhood beautification and restoration.Familiar names playing the festival include Marissa Nadler, These are Powers, and Sunburned Hand of the Man. Titan are supposed to be good. Who do you recommend from the full schedule (which is listed below)....
Tickets cost $25 for four-day passes and $10 for single-day passes, and are available online through PayPal and at Sound Fix (110 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn), Other Music (15 E. 4th St., Manhattan) and Rockit Scientist (33 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan).
Though technically signed to Paperbag Records in Canada, Tokyo Police Club are practically an unsigned band who are young, and doing awesome things like playing Letterman and headlining Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale) (Maxwell's too), so enquiring minds what to know just WHO they will finally sign with. Will it be a major? Will it not be a major? Word on the street says it will be....Saddle Creek - home of Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive, and Maria Taylor (not a major). Maybe, maybe not.
Merge Records is thrilled to announce that we will be releasing Andorra the new album from Caribou on August 21st, 2007. The album will be released in Europe on August 20th (City Slang).* Shout Out Louds sign to Merge
Merge Records is proud to announce that we will be releasing Our Ill Wills, the new album from Swedish pop wunderkinds Shout Out Louds, in September of 2007. The new album, which is a follow up to their extraordinary debut, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, will be in stores on September 11th 2007. Our Ill Wills contains 12 tracks recorded in Sweden during the late fall of 2006. The album was produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John.* Los Campesinos! sign to Arts & Crafts
Toronto-based Arts & Crafts Productions are pleased to announce the signing of Cardiff, Wales septet Los Campesinos! to their North American roster of artists and will release Los Campesinos! enhanced debut EP Sticking Fingers Into Sockets on July 3rd.* Shop Boyz signs to Universal Republic
* Laura Izibor signs to Atlantic Records
* Architecture in Helsinki signs to Polyvinyl
Aussie sextet Architecture in Helsinki has signed to the Polyvinyl Record Co. for North America. AIH will release its new single "Heart It Races" on the label on CD, 12" and digital formats on June 5 and its eagerly awaited third full-length album Places Like This on Aug. 7. To make things more interesting, there will be several different remixes and cover versions of "Heart it Races" released as B-sides. The band will be touring the US in June.* Maps signs to Mute
Mute Records announces brand new signing Maps, a.k.a. James Chapman. Debut album We Can Create is set for release on Mute North America June 19th, 2007.* St Vincent signs to Beggars.
Stay tuned soon for an upcoming Tokyo Police Club interview by BrooklynVegan Mike where we don't ask them about Saddle Creek, but do ask them other stuff.