Entries tagged with: Medicine
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Weekend / Leverage Models @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/16/2013
Medicine played their first NYC show in nearly two decades over last Friday (8/16), with support from Weekend and Leverage Models. We already posted one set of pictures and a review from that show, and now we have another that are in this post.
Weekend's tour with Disappears recently added a few more shows, including the NYC stop which happens October 22 at Glasslands with Nothing opening the evening. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below. Disappears new album, Era, is out next week on Kranky.
Leverage Models, meanwhile, will release their full-length debut on October 1 via Hometapes. Their record release show also happens at Glasslands on October 3. They've gathered pretty great support, too, from Maria Minerva, Butterclock and Tippy Toes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates for Weekend are listed, along with more pics from the Medicine/Weekend/Leverage Models show, below.
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Medicine @ MHOW, 8/16/2013
After an 18-year absence, LA ethereal noisemakers Medicine returned with To the Happy Few, which surprisingly picked right up where they left off, as weird and beautiful and dissonant as ever. The record is very much a studio creation, at least to my ears, and I wasn't sure what Medicine would do about translating it to a live setting on Friday (8/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Much like the album, the show was an extremely happy surprise: Medicine were genuinely terrific. Playing as a four-piece, this was Medicine the rock band and the new songs slid into that mode no problem, with not much reliance on backing tracks that I could tell. Singer Beth Thompson still sounded angelic, and bandleader Brad Laner unleashed a squall from his guitar. Mid-set we got the one-two punch of their two best-known '90s songs, "Time Baby" and "Never Click," which sounded great as ever. Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post. Here's hoping we don't have to wait as long for them to play here again.
This was a good show all-around, with a lot of people there to see Weekend as well. The band, who played basically in the dark, kept things tight, with songs flowing into each other and not much in the way of stage banter. Their set here was also less reliant on new album Jinx, with more cuts from Sports and Red than they've included at other shows this summer. Weekend will be on tour with Disappears this fall and have just announced their NYC date: October 22 at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale now.
Openers Leverage Models were odd men out on the bill, sonically at least, with three percussionists (including a guy on syn-toms), a saxophonist and a very energetic lead singer (Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas). The band clearly draws from mid-'80s "new pop" groups like The Associates and early Spandau Ballet and, as someone who likes that stuff, I thought it worked pretty well. Leverage Models will play a release party for their debut album at Glasslands on October 3 with Maria Minerva and Butterclock and those tickets are on sale now.
More pictures from MHOW, below...
by Bill Pearis
still from "It's Not Enough" video
In the UK, bands such as TOY and the Horrors are reproducing shoe-gaze sounds pioneered by yourself, MBV and Ride amongst others. Do you feel you fit nicely into this landscape now as they've made it credible again?Medicine's first full-band album in 18 years, To the Happy Few, is out today (8/5) via Captured Tracks. Beautiful, noisy and full of sonic left turns, Brad Laner and the rest of the group pick up right where they left off. You can stream the whole thing on Spotify and Rdio, and we've got the premiere of the video for LP standout "It's Not Enough," which you can watch below..
I honestly have no earthly idea. It would be absurd for us to attempt to fit in anywhere though. We made this record for ourselves mainly and with no regard for any type of success other than of the personal variety.
Was there a shoegaze scene in the US in the early 90s? How did you fit in with the grunge and alt-rock explosion?
There was not much of a scene at all. Only a handful of unrelated bands in far-flung regions. We benefited from the alt-rock explosion in that it was easy to get a major record deal by playing noisy guitar pop in 1991 but it was really just a ruse so we could make big budget weirdo art records. It was a good ride while it lasted.
You were signed to Creation in the UK in the early 90s. What was it like working alongside Alan McGee at that time, who was otherwise trying to push something eccentrically British - in spite of the "American sound"?
It was great getting to raid the promo closet at the Creation office for vinyl. That was probably the best part of working with him - getting the first Moonshake 12 inch for free. - [The Glass Magazine]
As mentioned, Medicine will play a NYC release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16 with openers Weekend and Leverage Models, making for a very solid show. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details below.
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Leverage Models (aka Shannon from Stars Like Fleas and friends) are set to release their debut on October 1 via Hometapes. You may have already heard their track, "Cooperative Extensions" (which will be on the album), but the band have now made a video for it and we've got its premiere in this post.
Leverage Models have a couple upcoming NYC shows. The play open the previously discussed Indians show on Sunday (7/21) at Knitting Factory with Brazos. Tickets to that show are still available. They'll also open the previously discussed Medicine show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16, a show that Weekend is also playing. Tickets for that show are also still available.
Along with the new video, you can also stream Leverage Models' recent cover of The Associates' mid-'80s avant-pop hit "Party Fears Two," below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, '90s-era California shoegazers, Medicine, are back with their first full-band album in 18 years, To The Happy Few, which will be out August 6 on Captured Tracks. You may have already heard first single "Long as the Sun," and now comes a second, the crunching, blissed-out "It's Not Enough." You can stream it below.
Tickets are still available for Medicine's NYC record release show which happens on August 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with likeminded openers Weekend. Medicine have a few other dates lined up (West Coast) and those are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Weekend have shared a second track from their upcoming second album, Jinx which is out July 22 via Slumberland. You can stream the pounding, rhythm-section-heavy "It's Alright" below. The vinyl version of Jinx, just like their first LP, Sports, comes as a double disc of 45RPM 12"s in a gatefold sleeve with a fold-out poster. You can check out the packaging below.
Weekend, who were just added to Medicine's record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 16 (tickets), have just announced a fall tour and some of those dates are with Chicago's Disappears. Don't be surprised if they add a Brooklyn date sometime around the album's release, too.
All tour dates are listed, along with the LP packaging and new track stream, below.
As mentioned, '90s-era SoCal shoegazers Medicine are back in action, releasing their first full-band album in 18 years, To the Happy Few, via Captured Tracks on August 6. While there's been no word of a full tour, Medecine have announced a NYC record release show which happens on August 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (5/1) at noon, and the general on-sale happens Friday (5/3) at noon.
There's also a LA release show happening at The Echo on August 11. You can stream the first track released from To the Happy Few, "Long as the Sun," below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Medicine - Long As the Sun (MP3)
Last year, Captured Tracks reissued the '90s output of SoCal shoegazers Medicine whose ability to meld the eardrum-shattering noise with beautiful melodies was unequaled in America at the time. (Especially on 1992's Shot Forth Self Living and 1993's The Buried Life.) Now comes word that Brad Laner has reformed Medicine and will release To the Happy Few, their first full-band record in 18 years, on Captured Tracks in August. That's the cover art above. The first single is "Long As the Sun" and finds the tightrope act between the sweet and the shrill completely intact. You can download it above or stream it below.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
Brooklyn label Captured Tracks is presenting a show at 285 Kent on January 31 with Blouse, Cosmetics, The New Lines, Beige, and Mosaics. More details on this show are below.
Blouse, who we said to check out when they made their NYC debut this past September, released their excellent self-titled debut LP this past November on Captured Tracks (you can buy it on eMusic). The 285 Kent show is Blouse's last North American show before heading out on a European tour in February. All dates are listed below.
In other Captured Tracks news, they launched The Shoegaze Archives in late November, a new series where the label will reissue some of the more obscure releases of the '90s shoegaze era. So far, they've reissued releases by Should, deardarkhead, and Grabbel and The Final Cut. Reissues by Medicine and Half String are on the way. All of these releases are/will be available at the Captured Tracks webstore.
In more Captured Tracks news, last week, they announced their most recent signing; Mac DeMarco, who previously recorded under the moniker Makeout Videotapes. He'll release his debut EP under his own name for the label, Rock and Roll Night Club, on March 20. Mac's guitar has a real '60s garage rock feel to it but he sings with a seductive baritone that recalls '80s new romanticism as much as it does a '50s rockabilly croon. Grab the track, "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans," from the EP above, and stream two more tracks at bandcamp. You can also stream the track below.
All dates, 285 Kent show details and song stream below...