Entries tagged with: Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Some of us at BV are excited for Sunday's third season premiere (3/31) of HBO's Game of Thrones. So is Marissa Nadler who has recorded an all-vocal version of its theme song and you can stream that below. Later this season we'll get to hear The Hold Steady's take on Westeros chart-topper, "The Bear & the Maiden Fair," which will play over the closing credits of one of the episodes (probably the penultimate episode).
The show is, of course, based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice & Fire" series of novels, of which there are still two more due. Some fans of the books are irked by the show's mainstream success, and The Axis of Awesome has put that into rock song form and you can watch the video for "Rage of Thrones" below.
by Caroline Harrison
Swans @ MHOW, 2/6/2013
New York legends Swans played the first of two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/6), supported by singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. The shows replaced the ones that Hurricane Sandy so rudely postponed last October.
Nadler's melancholy set was a nice counterpoint to the Swans set to come. She played solo, finger-picking an acoustic guitar to accompany her airy soprano voice. Classifying Nadler as folk doesn't quite capture the depth and breadth of her influences. Her vocals sit somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Shara Worden. Her performance was subtle, almost economical, and it was a nice reminder that much of Swans' newer material does draw on folk influences, even if Swans' music comes in a more aggressive package.
There's something uniquely New York about Swans. They have the grit and fear of 1980s New York baked into their sound. Though their sound has morphed pretty widely over their long and complicated history, Swans retains the quintessential elements. Gira sneers and snarls his way through savage and abusive vocal patterns. He's equal parts front man and conductor, prone to now infamous tantrums when the band isn't meeting his expectations, but the Gira I saw last night was in a downright genial mood. He threw a towel at percussionist Thor Harris to get his attention, but that was the closest Gira came to cussing out anyone on stage.
The band played for just over two hours, incorporating a fair amount of new, unreleased material into their set. They were chest-crushingly loud, and I could feel waves of sound trying to use my abdominal cavity as an echo chamber. A little after midnight, when it seemed like the band could keep going for at least another half hour, Swans finished playing. Gira thanked the audience, and announced, "We are finished for the night. We appreciate your attention."
Swans play again tonight, this time supported by Devendra Banhart, the original opener for the October show. Bring earplugs.
Folk singer Marissa Nadler played a couple California dates last week and she's got two more upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, both of which happen in NYC. The first happens at on January 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, where she'll be opening for Elysian Fields, and Ramona Lisa is also on that bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, on February 6, she'll open for Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, their second of two shows at the Brooklyn venue, the second of which is being opened by Devendra Banhart (who has a new album on the way). Tickets for the Swans/Marissa Nadler show are still available but the show with Devendra is sold out.
Marissa will be announcing a European tour soon. Until then, these two NYC shows are the only upcoming dates we're aware of. You can watch her video for "In Your Lair, Bear" below.
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this month, Marissa Nadler teamed up with Angel Olsen to record a cover of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Withered and Died" under the title, "My Dreams Have Withered and Died." In their original music, both singers genuinely capture the spirit of the loner folk of yesteryear, so it comes as no surprise that the raw, haunting qualities of Richard and Linda's song are fully intact here. You can stream the cover below.
Lists of all Marissa Nadler and Angel Olsen dates, and that song stream, are below.
"I'm summoning all my party powers from above and below to channel them into your soul... Have the PARTIEST HALLOWEEN EVER!" - Andrew WK
Let's just forget (not really) about this hurricane thing for one second, and try to remember that today is also Halloween! What are you going to be? What were you for Hallowmeme? Need instructions on dressing as a Canadian Indie Musician? Are you dressing up your baby? And are you going to one of the limited NYC events still happening? Or will you just save your costume and hopefully wear it to the belated Halloween Parade that might happen next week.
As you can see in the photo above, BV photographer Chris La Putt (not actually him) found his costume and is going to be Instagram for Halloween (actually, he's stranded without phone, internet or power in Jersey City).
One CT resident got a Halloween-themed surprise when Sandy uncovered a human skeleton under a down tree. They think it was put there hundreds of years ago when the area was a burial ground.
Dum Dum Girls dressed up as nuns and brought out the Dum Dum Boys, last night.
LA band Deap Vally who are currently in Europe on tour with the Vaccines, show off their costumes....
Holy scary Those Darlins:
Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh Sundquist, who has one leg, dressed up as the Christmas Story leg lamp.
Here's some dudes as the Beastie Boys:
Patton Oswalt is Doc Oc:
Bored? Learn how to carve jack-o-lanterns of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson.
The appropriately named but not actually that scary Vampire Weekend are going to be on Kimmel tonight (which is being taped at BAM).
Diplo made a Halloween mix for BBC Radio 1, which features tracks by Danny Brown, TNGHT, M.I.A., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Misfits, and more. Stream/download it and check out the full tracklist HERE.
Lil B made a free Halloween mixtape which you can grab.
The Black Lips made a Halloween mixtape too. Stream below.
To quote the YouTube description, "Just in time for Halloween (and Hurricane Sandy, for that matter) "Tears" is a short film by David Altobelli and Jeff Desom, with a score pulled from HEALTH's original soundtrack to 'Max Payne 3' from Rockstar Games." Watch below.
Passion of the Weiss put together a haunted hip hop mix you can go download.
RL Grime released a free Halloween mix too. Listen below.
Heliotropes covered Roky Erickson for Halloween.
Marissa Nadler covered Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town". Listen below.
Kate Nash vamps it up in the just-released, fangtastic video for her song "Fri-end" which you can watch below
John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle and family are dressed "as the 1992 Capcom game Quiz and Dragons."
Jean Grae is slightly mad at Sandy for messing up Halloween. Watch her scary new video for "Kill Screen" and the rest of the stuff mentioned, below.
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
As mentioned, Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch are releasing their second album of 2012, The Mystery of Heaven, on November 13 via Sacred Bones. We've already posted the video for "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire," off of that album, and the duo have since revealed a stream of another track, "Etimasia." You can listen to that below.
Jozef Van Wissem has some solo shows scheduled, including the previously mentioned show at Issue Project Room TONIGHT (10/4) with guitar great Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn. At that show, Loren will be performing duets with both Jozef and Clint.
Jozef also plays the Life or Death CMJ showcase at 92YTribeca on October 20 with Twerps, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Slug Guts, Maria Minerva, Sky Ferreira, DJs Poolside and Disco Phantom and special surprise guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
About a month after CMJ, Jozef and Jim will team up for a show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on November 27 with Marissa Nadler. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only announced date for Marissa Nadler at the moment.
A list of all dates, video, and song stream below.
today in NYC
* Fashion's Night Out
* Sherita @ Barbes
* Teitur @ Joe's Pub
* Sarah Alden @ Barbes
* The Postelles @ MoMA
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lifted Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Yardbirds @ City Winery
* Left Handed Radio Live! @ UCB East
* Madonna, Avicii @ Yankee Stadium
* Varispeed performs Empty Words @ The Stone
* Fred Falke, Ghost Beach @ Santos Party House
* 'Hi Custodian' screening at @ Sunshine Cinema
* Anna Lunoe, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Matt Embree, Vinnie Caruana @ Mercury Lounge
* NYU "Mystery Concert 2012" @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Breton, The Big Sleep, Ambassadors @ Bowery Ballroom
* Liquor Store, Little Big League, Porches @ Shea Stadium
* Tim Fite, Foxes in Fiction, Molly Nilsson @ Littlefield
* Ecstasy Mule vs. John Cage vs. Ecstasy Mule @ The Stone
* The Fleeting Ends, Your Sister's Canary, We Run @ Cameo
* The Rapture, Midnight Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Denver Hughes, ShadowBox, Color War, Big Fur @ Delinquency
* Ludwig Persik, Eastern Midwestern, Visuals @ Public Assembly
* Rapstar, Alan Watts, The Dreebs, Den Svarata Fanan @ Big Snow
* Air Waves, Future of What, Love of Everything, Earthquake Party! @ Glasslands
* The Peach Kings, Morgan O'Kane, Mia Sparrow, Chris Pureka, Aaron Short @ Union Hall
* Dinowalrus, X-Ray Eyeballs, Life Size Maps, Grand Resort, Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent
* DJ Roofeo (Death Set), Jahan Lennon, WIN WIN, The Tony Castles, Sister Crayon @ Pianos
* I'm Turning Into, Miniboone, Ball of Flame Shoots Fire, The Meaning of Life @ Cake Shop
* Alex Yac, NCM, Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club, Casey Shea, Allison Weiss @ Mercury Lounge
How appropriate! Madonna plays NYC on Fashion's Night Out, which sees multiple performances at venues, stores, and many other spaces across NYC. (And other cities.) While the Material Girl isn't part of the festivities, you can see the likes of Azealia Banks, St. Vincent, Yoko Ono, Chairlift, Icona Pop and dozens more. We have highlighted lists of the free shows HERE and HERE and HERE.
The Rapture continues its three-night residency with guests Midnight Magic at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/6).
Tonight is NYU's annual "Mystery Concert" which happens at Le Poisson Rouge. Previous mystery concerts have turned out to be Animal Collective, Beirut and Big Boi. Any guesses as to who is playing tonight?
Air Waves are taking a break for a while -- perhaps recording a new album? -- and tonight's show at Glasslands will be their last any time soon.
Today is the last day to check out BrooklynVegan photo show '480 Pixels' at 92YTribeca which you can visit while checking out popular live show "Mortified", "a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers."
Like movies? We're presenting a free screening of Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best at Knitting Factory on Monday (9/10). Mark your calendars and stop by.
Follow BrooklynVegan on Instagram.
Army Navy have a new video, "World's End," which features Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame. You can watch it below.
Nude Beach have released a new video for "Radio". Check that out below.
Best Coast performed "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" from the new LP The Only Place last night (9/5) on Conan. Video from that performance is below.
Check out streaming audio of Marissa Nadler covering Fleetwood Mac's "Save me a Place" below.
Flying Lotus's work is featured in the new short film "Until The Quiet Comes" by Kahlil Joseph. Check that out below.
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - "Apostle" (MP3)
Marissa Nadler at The Hideout in Chicago (more by Ben Rodig)
Marissa Nadler will spend the first half of June playing select dates with Faces on Film. The shows include a stop in Brooklyn at Union Hall on June 15th (tickets) and another on June 16th at Joe's Pub (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Nadler's new LP, The Sister, will be released via her own Box of Cedars label on May 29 and is available for preorder now. The aptly-titled album is the companion release to her previous, eponymous LP. Download "Apostle" from that album above. Stream the same song, along with the video for "The Wrecking Ball Company", the album artwork, tracklist, and all dates below...
Marissa Nadler mailing records
Marissa Nadler recently finished up a headlining tour which culminated at Littlefield in Brooklyn on July 30 and also hit Mercury Lounge three days earlier (7/27). She'll go on a European tour in October, but before she does that, she'll play a few more North American dates opening for James Vincent McMorrow on his North American tour. Marissa and James will play NYC on September 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
James is touring behind his debut album Early In The Morning which was released 1/11 on Vagrant. On the tour he'll be backed by a five-piece band.
Marissa also has a new video for "Alabaster Queen" off her recently released self titled album. The video was directed by Joana Linda, who has directed videos for Marissa Nadler in the past. Check that out along with all dates below...
Marissa Nadler's tour with Faces on Film is coming to a close and will hit NYC twice this week. Marissa plays Mercury tonight (7/27) (tickets) and then concludes her tour in Brooklyn on Saturday (7/30) at Littlefield (tickets). After that? Marissa says,
"After this tour, I'll probably need a vacation, then I'm going to go on another tour of Europe, then it's back to working on my label. If my record ends up doing well, I'll definitely consider putting out an EP of artists I like. I just kind of have to wait and see, and see if that's a viable option."Marissa's new LP is out now.
Tickets are still on sale for both NYC shows, and we've also got a pair to give away for Saturday's show at Littlefield. Contest details, updated tour dates, and a video below...
Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The NYC Descendents / Suicide Machines show is one day before both bands descend upon the first-ever Riot Fest East at Festival Pier in Philly on 9/24! The killer lineup also includes Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun, X (playing Los Angeles in full like they'll do two nights in NYC), Hot Water Music, Weston, Samiam, Plow United, The Menzingers (who play Santos on 6/24), Excitebike, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy Mess and more. Tickets for the Philly festival go on sale Friday (6/24) at 10 AM. A Flier and more info below.
Riot Fest East is also one day of the 2nd annual Philly F/M Festival: "A Four Day Event To Promote Music and Film In The City of Brotherly Love To Occur Thursday, Sept 22nd - Sunday, Sept 25th 2011."
The second annual festival will take place over four days, largely in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which in recent years have become a cultural center for music and arts in the city. This year's festival will feature over 15 indoor and outdoor venues with capacities between 100-5,000. Participating venues include: The Festival Pier, Trocadero Theater, TLA, World Café Live and The Ukie Club.The whole initial F/M lineup and Riot Fest too, below...
Modeled after successful long-standing events such as SXSW and CMJ, Philly F/M looks to establish itself as the premiere multi-venue music and film festival for the U.S. East Coast entertainment and tourism market. Last year's festival took place in 30 venues with 300 artists and over 60 films from around the world. Philly F/M 2010 attracted 13,000 visitors across all events with little or no "headline" artists. This year the festival will host at least fifteen 'headline-level' artists of all music genres, more than 100 artists total. Attendance projections for the festival is more than 25,000 paid attendees, which will include a core group of at least 5,000 all-access badge holders.
The National at Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National and Yo La Tengo are both on tour this summer, mostly separately, but will play a few dates together with Wye Oak in September including two at Academy of Music in Philly. None of those bands have any NYC shows scheduled at the moment, but Yo La Tengo will come even closer than The City Of Brotherly Love. They play Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ on September 24. Ticket information TBA.
You can also catch 2/3 of YLT at the Danny Amis benefit happening at Maxwell's on June 29. Tickets for the benefit are still on sale.
The National's Bryce Dessner will also be in NYC this Sunday (6/19), in spirit anyway, when his O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind composition is performed by the Bang on a Can All Stars as part of the Bang On a Can Marathon.
Bryce recently spoke to Unfold about his and Aaron's multimedia project The Long Count which premiered at BAM and is currently being performed overseas. The project is based on Mayan mythology and features visuals by Matthew Ritchie and a 12-piece orchestra that features Colin Stetson and vocals by Kim and Kelley Deal, Shara Worden and Matt Berninger. The project has only been presented live thus far, but Bryce says:
"We don't want to release a performance DVD or anything like that. I think you really need to see this show in person to understand the visual elements. But I think the songs will stand up on record, so we're looking to release an album in early 2012. Once The National tour dates calm down, we can concentrate on recording it more fully."In other National-related news, Aaron Dessner is on board to produce Sharon Van Etten's next album. According to a January interview with Done Waiting, the collaboration is going/went well:
"I [Sharon] always express ideas, but honestly my arrangement abilities are pretty limited because I have never really had access to anything other than a guitar and vocal. I always have harmonies in mind, and working with musicians that have a vision with my music too is really helpful to learn how to do it better. I am working on new stuff now with Aaron (Dessner, of the National) and I say, "maybe strings on this," and he says, "we'll do a bunch of arrangements and you tell us what you like." People who are really motivated to help me see my visions. Being able to go to a studio that has more at my fingertips is opening me up to new ideas too. I am still learning every day. I am constantly exploring, mostly work with my bass player and my drummer and learning how to have a band and write together and then moving on from there. Still exploring these new songs; and they are opening up every day."Sharon Van Etten opens for Beirut in the hopefully dry McCarren Park tonight (6/17).
Before heading out with The National and Yo La Tengo, Wye Oak will play Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT with Marissa Nadler on July 15. Tickets are on sale now. After the National/Yo La Tengo dates, Wye Oak will support Explosions in the Sky on part of their previously announced tour. That tour hits Wellmont Theatre on October 3, but Wye Oak do not open that date. The Antlers do. Tickets for the Wellmont show are still available.
Marissa Nadler, whose self titled LP was released this week and is streaming on NPR, also has shows coming up on her tour with Faces on Film. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on July 27 (tickets) and Littlefield on July 30 (tickets). Marissa
plays CT again on July 31 at Rudy's in New Haven (New Haven show cancelled).
All tour dates for everyone below...
Over a month after the previously discussed Timber Timbre tour, Marissa Nadler will play a headlining show of her own at Mercury Lounge on July 27th. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon Wednesday, with regular sale hitting on Friday.
UPDATE: More dates announced including Littlefield. All dates are below.
Nadler will likely be playing material from her forthcoming and crowd-sourced self-titled LP. Stream one song, "Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning", from that record and check out its accompanying video below. Look for the LP to be released on June 14th via her own Box of Cedar Records and via her Bandcamp.
And while we're on the subject of Timber Timbre (who played NYC in April), the band recently released a new video for "Black Water" from their recent Creep On Creepin' On LP. Check that out below alongside all tour dates and that new Marissa Nadler song stream.
DOWNLOAD: Timber Timbre - "Black Water" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning" (MP3)
Timber Timbre's new LP Creep On Creepin' On was released on April 5th via Arts & Crafts Records. The whole thing is now streaming at Spinner. The song "Black Water" can also be downloaded above. It's also streaming below along with the video for the song "Woman."
Now on tour (all dates below), the band will hit NYC on April 13 at Joe's Pub (with nobody else on the bill) and April 14 at Glasslands with Snowblink, Angel Olsen, and Baby Alpaca. In June he/they hook up with Marissa Nadler for a few dates starting in Portland.
Meanwhile, Marissa is prepping an LP of her own, an eponymous album due on June 14th, 2011 via her own imprint Box of Cedar records. Check out a track from that record, "Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning", downloadable above/streaming below with all dates and other stuff...
DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "Dreem" (MP3)
Perfume Genius released a new version of Learning. In the words of Matador...
Just in time for the holidays, we're reissuing the devastating debut album from Seattle's Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, in a new slipcase edition. If you missed 'Learning' when it came out last June, now is your chance to explore the most critically acclaimed album Matador released this year. Get one for yourself, then get another for your loved one.Download one of those new tracks, "Dreem", for free above. Stream it below.
The new version of the CD comes in a cardboard slipcase with new artwork (above), along with a coupon entitling you to downloads of three new tracks: "Dreeem," "Your Drum" and "Divine Faxes." The new version of the LP is stickered with information about the new tracks, which have been added to the standard download coupon inside.
Pefume Genius and Light Asylum (Did you notice them in the Sunday NY Times?) will play Envelope, the "undisclosed Bushwick event space", on December 15th, one week from today. Tickets are on sale for the show at the new venue that you may have previously caught Marissa Nadler at. BushwickBK.com did...
In a neighborhood with more DIY than licensed music venues, Envelope presents a new approach to the homegrown experience. Envelope hosts only one show a month, with a capacity for only 60 guests. The rest of the time, it operates as a recording studio. Shows have been booked for the next 10 months, but at the moment there are no plans to expand performances beyond the once-monthly showcases.And the Envelope show makes two upcoming appearances for Light Asylum in the coming week. They also play Santos with Violens on 12/11 (tickets).
"We'd really like to keep the programming very special and only host bands that we really love," co-founder Chris Garneau told BushwickBK. "More than one show a month at this point could force us to step off of our initial path."
For Nadler, who played solo on her acoustic guitar, it was a perfect setting. In such an intimate space with minimal amplification, all of the nuances of her recordings were maintained, showcasing her equally delicate vocals and finger picking. Despite the living-room sized set up, Nadler talked little to the crowd, though she acknowledged her timid nature....
Some Perfume Genius videos are below...
Marissa Nadler and Glass Ghost will team up to play Envelope, a new Bushwick venue, record label and recording studio that was founded by indie-folk artist Chris Garneau and Caralee McElroy (ex-Xiu Xiu/Cold Cave). The $30 tickets to the November 11th show include beer, wine, liquor and food and are on sale now. The address of the venue isn't listed, but will be revealed to ticket buyers.
The NYC show is one of three east coast dates for Nadler who will also play ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Minehead (with Godspeed, Neurosis, countless others), and go on a short Irish tour. All dates below.
Nadler is also looking to record a new LP, but she needs your help! (well, not anymore actually). She has started a Kickstarter page to aid in the funding of her new LP and its associated costs. The campaign ends in early December, but
is already well on its way toward completion ($8900 of $11k raised) is already complete, and then some. As of this posting, which is now an updated version of a post that was written a few days ago, $11,550 has been pledged, and she only asked for $11,000. You still might want to give though because each donation actually gets you something - varying in increments of $10 (a digital download of the LP) to $6k (Marissa plays any set you want whereever you want).
Speaking of ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nadler will probably cross paths with Genesis P-Orridge who WILL be on hand when Throbbing Gristle performs at the festival, despite recent reports of P-Orridge's exit from the band:
Dear Friends,Glass Ghost's latest LP, Idol Omen out now on Western Vinyl, features both "Like A Diamond" and "The Same". Check 'em both out above. The Envelope show is their only current tour date.
We have seen and heard various inaccurate, erroneous, even sometimes libelous speculations about why we felt compelled to drop out of the current Throbbing Gristle tour. As a result we intend to address these matters in full as soon as possible. We hope that what we state now, and later, will be clear, will not fan the flames of destructive gossip, will not seem negative and will reduce an somewhat dramatic situation into a simpler story. We want to make it clear right now that we did not, and have no wish to quit TG. Obviously there is more involved than just that simple statement. Personally, at this point of my life, my position is that the inner workings and dynamics of any band, but especially of TG, are as intimate, unique and most of all complex as they are within any family. Unfortunately, even at the level TG occupy in popular culture, band business becomes potentially everyone's business. We all know the internet has amplified the speed of distribution of "information" almost as fast as it has accelerated the decline of accuracy worldwide. We have no interest in pointing fingers (or is it claws?) at various people or sites and accusing them of letting the cat out of the bag. Bickering is never attractive, not one on one nor within the realms of an ever expanding media fueled by smart phone technologies and laptops. As soon as we have composed a written version of what series of events we believe led to my feeling unable to remain part of THIS short tour by the re-grouped TG that feels acceptable we will post it here.
All Marissa Nadler tour dates and some video is below.
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - Love More (MP3)
Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts, Jesse Baylin & Sarah Jarosz @ Bonnaroo (Bob I Am)
Though we already mentioned Sharon Van Etten's new record, and two upcoming NYC shows, there are more details out on both of those gigs. The first, August 2nd (tonight) at the Rock Shop, is the grand opening of the venue (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and features a now-announced guest. Opening will be folkie Portland, ME band Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Tickets are on sale.
Sharon's other NYC show (currently the only one before a September tour with Marissa Nadler) is August 7th at Bushwick Starr. Also on the bill for that are Springs aka Mike Visser, who has shows with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken coming up, and Comedy Central Records comedian Reggie Watts.
Reggie Watts will also be performing in Fort Greene Park on Tuesday, September 14th with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. The free show is the 2nd in a series curated by Other Music. The first happens August 10th in the same location with Dam-Funk and DJ Spinna. Flyer below.
Speaking of comedy (and there's more recent funny news here), Tracy Morgan will be doing two nights of stand up at Apollo Theater on September 24th and 25th, to be taped for his debut HBO special Tracy Morgan: Black And Blue. Tickets are on sale. He writes that "The special is going to be all the elements: fire, water, earth, air, the comedy bender, the Avatar of comedy experience."
Back to music, Sharon Van Etten recently sat down for a La Blogotheque session. Those videos and all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Already in 2010 Marissa Nadler has collaborated with black metal man Xasthur and put a song out on an Amnesty International benefit CD. She has a new full-length in the works, and now she has a pair of NYC shows coming up.
The first of those is on June 16th at Knitting Factory with Natureboy, Monogold, Villagers, Rey Villalobos and DJ Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Tress. Tickets are on sale.
Another of the openers is Natureboy, lush Brooklyn songwriter Sara Kermanshahi and her band. Her self-titled debut has found a home on the UK's Own Records (who is currently streaming the whole thing on Bandcamp) where it's due to ship on July 7th. The album was self-released in the US (where it came out in April).
A Marissa video and all tour dates are below...
Influential US Black Metal great Xasthur is calling it quits. Malefic has officially declared that his new album, Portal of Sorrow will be his last metal album and that the "honorable thing to do is to end the band". He cites more than one reason including not wanting to "turn into one of those bands who rely on too many guests and session musicians to make people interested in their music again". At the end of the letter he posted on his blog, he thanks Marissa Nadler (a guest who is definitely making lots of people interested in the new album) "for taking her voice to another level" on the new record. Read the full letter below...
Definitely looking forward to the previously reported Marissa Nadler black metal collaboration. Here's a bit of news from her about that:
Portal of Sorrow, Xasthur's new full length record, will be available in early April, featuring some vocal contributions by me. As soon as It is available, I will tell you where to find it. As seemingly disparate the worlds of ambient black metal and whatever it is you want to call my music are, this collaboration actually gels quite well. It is really dark and heavy and ethereal. Xasthur (rhymes with disaster) is a one man ambient black metal machine.In the meantime there's a Buffetlibre Amnesty International comp with a new song (downloadable for free above) to tide us over (full album out April 12th after a slight delay) and two live dates:
DOWNLOAD: The Howling Wind - "Teeth of Frost" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Palace of Worms - "Rite of Blood" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unholy Grave - "Little Bastards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffinworm - "Start Saving For Your Funeral" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darkthrone - "Eyes Burst At Dawn" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wolvhammer - Dawn Of The 4th (Zipped MP3, Mediafire)
DOWNLOAD: Panopticon - "Beginning Of The End" featuring Rob "The Baron" Miller (MP3 Snippet)
DOWNLOAD: From Ashes Rise - "All In Due Time" (Live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Alcest - "Percées De Lumière" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wormrot - "Indonesia" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jucifer - "Rifles" (MP3)
Ryan of The Howling Wind w/ Unearthly Trance (more by Samantha Marble)
Ryan Lipynsky probably best known for his role as doom-destroyer in Unearthly Trance, but he's been around the block with projects as varying as Motive, Pollution, Thralldom and The Howling Wind, who will release their latest LP Into The Cryosphere via Profound Lore in April. The Howling Wind, which includes Tim Call of Parasitic Records, Aldebaran, and others, toils in icy doom and black metal much like the ripping "Teeth of Frost" available above. The band also has the Mortuary Library 7" due out later this year via Parasitic.
In related news, NYC doomers Unearthly Trance have hit the studio to record their new album V with Sanford Parker. The band currently has one show on their calendar, April 21st at The Charleston with Lair of The Minotaur as part of a string of East Coast dates in celebration of Evil Power, their new album due out on their own The Grind-House Records imprint. Look for that LP in middle April.
Raw and punishing Japanese grind returns with Grind Killers, the new LP from Unholy Grave! Recorded live in a Dutch studio in September 2008, these 23 tracks were mastered last year and will see a release on Selfmadegod Records in March 2010. Check out "Little Bastards" available for download above. Meanwhile, Selfmadegod will also release a Peel Sessions disc with Agothocles recorded in 1997 and The Grind Years from Psycho.
Coliseum with new drummer Carter Wilson (far right)
Coliseum has signed with Temporary Residence Limited! The band has completed recording their new LP with J Robbins which will see the light of day this summer and will feature appearances from Will Oldham, members of Young Widows, Jason Noble, and many others. Congrats boys!
Harvey Milk will release their new album, A Small Turn of Human Kindness via Hydrahead on May 18th! Can't wait. The current tracklisting is below. Make sure and catch Harvey Milk with Coalesce and The Atlas Moth on tour and at Le Poisson Rouge on 3/8 (tix).
The "De-cancellation Tour" routing is almost complete! Make sure and catch Ludicra on the road this spring doing select dates with Krallice including Europa on 4/18 as part of a BV/Osiris presentation! Tickets are on sale. Full tour routing is below.
The dark forces of Coffinworm have revealed more details from their upcoming shadowy effort for Profound Lore, When All Became None. Sanford Parker has helmed the sludgy blackened doom LP, which features six tracks and is due for release in April. Dig on "Start Saving For Your Funeral" from the LP, downloadable above. Coffinworm will appear at the BV/CC/1000K Pizza Party alongside Zoroaster, Landmine Marathon, and many others. Album art is below.
That album art, and news on Corrupted, Triptykon, Autopsy, Black Shape of Nexus, Virus, Darkthrone, Rosetta, and so much more, as Short Wave Warfare continues...
photos by Fresh Bread
Orba Squara @ LPR
Despite suffering a car crash followed by a breakup, Marissa Nadler made it to NYC this past weekend to play two shows with Alela Diane (who also played an in-store at Sound Fix while she was here). The first of those two shows was Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge with Orba Squara opening (11/13). That's where the pictures in this post are from.
Alela Diane [is] a West coast folksinger whose To Be Still is probably the best folk record released this year (next to Cate Le Bon's Me Oh My). Diane's natural stage presence and relaxed manner produced a warm and intimate show that featured standouts "White As Diamonds" and the crowd-requested "The Rifle." Diane also covered Louisiana songwriter Dylan LeBlanc's "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise" prompting me to make a mental note to check out the young artist as soon as possible...Orba Squara plays another NYC show this Saturday night (11/21) at Knitting Factory with Jad Fair. More pictures (none of Alela, sorry) from the NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and a beautiful video of Marissa shot on the same tour in Fort Worth, TX, below...
...Visibly nervous onstage, Nadler confessed to crippling stage fright and frequently apologized for imagined shortcomings. No apology was necessary though, as Nadler's otherworldly vocals put the audience under a deep spell. One couldn't help but wonder what she might be capable of free from the constraints of anxiety. Great things, I think, since even in her nervous state Nadler was nothing short of incredible.
As previously posted Alela Diane and Marissa Nadler play a pair of shows in NYC this weekend. The first, tonight (11/13) at Le Poisson Rouge will include an opening set by Orba Squara who is probably best known for an Apple commercial song. Orba's new album The Trouble With Flying is out now. Two MP3s above. A video below.
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
Since releasing Little Hells in March of this year, Marissa Nadler has been somewhat busy. She played Highline Ballroom with Handsome Family in April before an extensive European tour. Shortly after that she played a June show at Mercury Lounge with James Blackshaw (then traveled to Europe again). Most recently she appeared at the Joe's Pub "Tribute to Connie Converse" on Labor Day weekend. David Garland says the latter "was a wonderful experience".
In case you missed all her shows this year, Nadler now performs with a full band. The members are Carter Tanton (Tulsa) on electric guitar/harmony vocals, Ben McConnell on drums (Kip Malone, Espers) and Jonas Haskins on bass (formerly of Earth). And she's on tour again this October and November. Joining her will be Alela Diane (who has a new 10" EP, Alela And Alina, coming out with Alina Hardin on Rough Trade October 6th).
Their tour comes to NYC on November 13th for a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge and November 14th at Union Hall. Tickets aren't up yet.
Videos from Marissa's spring & summer tours are posted below (also, the track above is from her new album)...
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...