Entries tagged with: Melodys Echo Chamber
by Bill Pearis
Melody's Echo Chamber is currently working on her follow-up to her 2012 debut LP. The new album, which will be self-released, will be out later this year, but she did release a single, "Shirim," in late 2014. Where her debut album was made with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Melody Prochet wrote and recorded this on her own. The song still has those hazy, psychedelic sonics but is definitely a little more pop, with fuzz bass and a funky guitar riff driving it. Stream it below.
As mentioned, Melody's Echo Chamber will be over for Austin Psych Fest: Levitation in May and she and her band will also play shows in NYC and LA after the fest. The NYC date happens May 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/14) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the "Shirim" single stream, below...
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Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
Iron and Wine at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Pure X @ Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Lights @ Bowery Ballroom
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* The Postelles @ The Standard
* Digitalism @ Highline Ballroom
* Juicy J, A$AP Ferg @ Irving Plaza
* Foxygen, Crumbs @ Knitting Factory
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Soundgarden @ Monmouth University (NJ)
* Spachehog, Vaz, Hubble @ Union Pool
* Sofa Club, TeamMate, Sol Cat, YYZ @ Pianos
* Pure X, Andrew Cedermark @ Mercury Lounge
* Luke Rathborne, Doe Paoro, Fete @ Glasslands
* Iron and Wine, Secret Sisters @ Beacon Theater
* Uri Gurvich and BabEL, Dave Douglas @ The Stone
* Jared Saltiel, Tall Tall Trees, Robin Bacior @ Littlefield
* Fifth Nation, Quickly Quietly, Ponyhof @ Cameo Gallery
* The Racer, Wooly and the Mammoth @ Mercury Lounge
* The Killers, Tegan and Sara @ Madison Square Garden
* Mesiko, Dawn Landes, What It Means @ The Rock Shop
* ZZ Top, Ben Miller Band @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* D-Video, Fielded, Gel Set, Hearsay & Hyperbole @ Cake Shop
* FOTP BBQ Blowout w/ Turning Machine (DJ) @ Good Co.
* Ms. Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip (DJ set) @ Music Hall of Willliamsburg
* Nightbox, Lyons, Parson James Moxiie, Vera Flash @ Bowery Electric
* Wakey!Wakey!, Brad Cole, Emma's Revolution @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Tamaryn (DJ), Wolvves, Silent Drape Runners (DJ) @ The DL Roofdeck
* Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Hemlock Shaw, Human Pippi Armstrong, Adventure @ Death By Audio
* Nico Muhly, Paul Appleby, Isabel Leonard Jennifer Zetlan, Nadia Sirota @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Hush Sound, Hockey, River City Extension, Genevieve (of Company of Thieves), Lucas Carpenter @ Webster Hall
Reformed '90s glam-rockers Spacehog play Union Pool tonight with Vaz and Hubble. The show is only $5 at the door. If you haven't heard it, the new Spacehog album (their first in 12 years) is pretty good. You can stream it via Spotify below.
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Melody's Echo Chamber made a video for "Some Time Alone, Alone" from her 2012 debut. You can watch that below.
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom, Sept. 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
UMO @t Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Dave Hill @ UCB
* Foxygen @ Pianos
* Rebellum @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Karina Colis Band @ Barbes
* Wynton Marslis @ Joe's Pub
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* The Skatalites @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lost in the Trees @ The Allen Room
* Margo Valiante @ Pete's Candy Store
* Street Smells, Chainwave, Kalen @ Pianos
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Natureboy, Star Rover, Saint Rich @ Big Snow
* Swedish House Mafia @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Burnt Sugar Cinefhonic Strike Force @ The Stone
* Mavrothi Kontanis' Mild Mannered Rebel @ Barbes
* The Who, Elvis Costello @ Madison Square Garden
* Vietnam, TV Baby, Hectors Pets @ Mercury Lounge
* Flyleaf, Drowning Pool, Stars in Stereo @ Irving Plaza
* Zedd, Alex Metric, Tommie Sunshine @ Webster Hall
* Clint Michigan, Howth, Common Prayer @ Union Pool
* The Netherlands, Low Fat Getting High @ Grand Victory
* Dabrye, House Shoes, Lamin Fofana @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Family Photos, Napoleon, Field Mouse, AK @ La Piazzetta
* Cellular Chaos, Advaeta, DDBH, Mick Barr @ Death By Audio
* Khaled, Colorform, Baker Street, Shanna Jones @ Cake Shop
* Profligate, YOU, Marshstepper, Foreplay, Soren @ Saint Vitus
* Roomrunner, Speedy Ortiz, STATS, Sea Monsters @ FUZZ NYC
* Red Hook Ramblers, Shilpa Ray, Erika Spring @ Knitting Factory
* Charlie Parr, Alicia Lemke, Frances Cone @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Wampire @ Bowery Ballroom
* Selebrities, Rush Midnight, Bowmont, Wildarms (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Man Man, Murder By Death, Samantha Crain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Boy Girl Party, Toys and Tiny Instruments, Late Cambrian @ The Rock Shop
* Pharaohs, Jonas Reinhardt, Shams, Suzanna Kraft (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Quiet Loudly, Haybaby, Easter Hollows, Butchers and Bakers @ Shea Stadium
* "Input" w/ DJs Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Rory Phillips, Nick Hook @ Output
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Potty Mouth, Weed Hounds @ 285 Kent
The Indie Pop Prom is tonight at 285 Kent with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Waxahatchee, Swearin', Potty Mouth, and Weed Hounds. Unfortunately it's sold out. If you're going tonight, have you prepared by streaming Waxahatchee's new album?
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El Perro del Mar made a video for her song "I Was a Boy," which is from last year's very good Pale Fire. You can watch it below.
Melody's Echo Chamber have a new video too, for "Crystalized" which is from last year's terrific self-titled debut. You can watch it below.
Solange played The Late Show with David Letterman last night performing True's "Don't Let Me Down." Watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
First Melody's Echo Chamber (who we also interviewed) got interviewed by kids, and then Pitchfork took her Halloween shopping before her Webster Hall show (with the Raveonettes) the other day. Watch the results in the video below.
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
more stuff below...
Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance at Irving Plaza, 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
today in NYC
* Hearts & Bones @ Barbes
* Viv Corringham @ The Stone
* Black Marble, You @ K & M Bar
* The Snow, C. Gibbs @ Joe's Pub
* Dead Can Dance @ Beacon Theatre
* Groove Collective @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Toxie, Human Behavior @ Cake Shop
* Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang @ MoMA
* The Chevin, Lovelife @ Mercury Lounge
* The Vaselines, Schwervon! @ Bell House
* Hacienda, The Ribeye Bros. @ Maxwell's
* The Rapture DJ set @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* Y La Bamba, Chris Pureka @ Mercury Lounge
* Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors @ Barbes
* Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley @ The Stone
* Annie and The Beekeepers with Wilsen @ Joe's Pub
* The Dearloves, Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows @ Big Snow
* Paperdoll, Lost Boy?, Bodyface, The Ugly Club @ Cameo
* Fujiya & Miyagi, Hess Is More, Wishes @ Glasslands
* Moon Diagrams, Mas Ysa, Team Ugly, Lindseys @ 285 Kent
* Xiu Xiu, Talk Normal, Les Bon Hommes @ Bowery Ballroom
* Riff Raff, Meyhem Lauren, WCKids, Farrington G @ Santos
* Desert Stars, Other Crimes, Beach Arabs @ Public Assembly
* Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Spectre Folk, Chris Lee @ Union Pool
* Triple Cobra, Not Blood Paint, Kitten Berry Crunch @ Public Assembly
* Fang Island, Adebisi Shank, Infinity Shred @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Il Abanico, Thieving Irons, Cold Fronts, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Pianos
* Useless Eaters, The Jigglers, The Numerators, & Mannequin Pussy @ Shea Stadium
* YACHT, Sneaky Soundsystem, Gigamesh, Tesla Boy, JDH & Dave P @ Beekman Beer Garden
* The Black Swans, David King and The Confirmed Bachelors, Shenandoah and the Night @ Rock Shop
* Mac DeMarco, Home Blitz, What Next? (ex Cause Co-motion), Scott & Charlenes Wedding @ Death By Audio
* MNDR (DJ), Drop the Lime (DJ), Raven, Har Mar Superstar, Psychobuildings, Cosmo Baker (DJ), Musa (DJ) @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
There are a lot of good options tonight!
Dead Can Dance play their second of two shows at the Beacon.
Or you could hang around Wythe and S. 2nd in Williamsburg and club hop: Vacouver's Mac Demarco is at Death by Audio; Fujiya & Miyagi play Glasslands; and catch the debut of Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta's new Moon Diagrams project at 285 Kent.
Make sure to swing by the BV photo exhibit "480 Pixels", currently on display at 92YTribeca through September 6. Gallery hours today are till 3 PM.
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Spencer Krug's Moonface has released the new video for "I'm Not the Phoenix Yet." Check that out below.
Melody's Echo Chamber just released the video for "I'll Follow You" from her debut album which is due out in September. Watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
Having previously fronted the more overtly pop My Bee's Garden and The Narcoleptic Dancers, Melody Prochet discovered dreampop, enlisted the help of Tame Impala's Kevin Parker (a busy man this year) to capture the sounds in her head, and Melody's Echo Chamber was born. Recorded at Parker's home studio in Perth, Australia, and at Melody's grandparents' seaside home in the South of France, the self titled album -- out September 25 via Fat Possum -- is a gorgeous headtrip. You can stream a couple cuts from it below.
I met Melody on a very rainy late July afternoon to talk about the new album, finding her sound and how she's going pull it off live. On the latter, NYC will find out in October when Melody's Echo Chamber open for The Raveonettes at Webster Hall.
BV: You had a couple bands before this, very different sound. What made the change?
Melody Prochet: I just grew up, really. I've always been writing songs, and the people you meet they influence you. It wasn't till I was 19 that I heard the kind of music I listen to now, so for many years it was a different style. I hadn't digested all these new things.
Was there a certain record or group you heard where you were like, "Yes! This is the kind of music I want to make!"?
A million different records. I'm a fan of so much stuff I wouldn't know where to start. I was listening to Debussy at the same time I was listening to Spiritualized or Red Krayola, so it came from all over.
How did you end up working with Kevin from Tame Impala?
Two years ago my old band My Bee's Garden supported Tame Impala in Europe. We got along and we shared a lot of songs and it just blossomed into collaboration. It started with just a couple songs but it was really easy to work together. Complimentary opposites.
You say it was easy, but as a listener it sounds very dense and layered, like a lot of work.
I wasn't hard to make, it was very organic and natural. Most of what you hear are first takes and we did the drum sounds in two seconds. We put mikes on a pile of bricks in the yard because we didn't have professional setups. It was a very natural process, making the record. But I know what you mean, the production is really cool. I'm obsessed with production, though I'm not really good at it yet myself. I have the vision, but I need magic hands to do it for me. This record was my dream sound. I've tried for years to get it but finally found the right hands to sculpt it.
Did you come in with songs or was it more born out of the studio?
I came in with songs and some basic recordings but it was messy. Kevin helped figure out what we could keep, how to organize that mess. I tend to write pretty and dreamy songs -- I studied classical music for 12 years -- but I was boring myself so Kevin helped destroy everything and put it back together, find the right balance. I think we did pretty well in that way.
Have you played it live?
We've done two shows. The first one was intense because we didn't get a chance to soundcheck, but it was all right. The second show was supporting Atlas Sound and it went so well. I think it was my first show every I enjoyed, felt like it was good enough, and felt comfortable.
Has it been hard to replicate the album's sound live?
Kevin helped with that as well, putting the album's sounds -- the Junos and all the gear you can't take with you on tour because it's gonna break -- so we just sampled all the sounds and put it on a keyboard. I think its gonna sound really good.
by Andrew Sacher
Paris-based musician Melody's Echo Chamber (aka Melody Prochet) is set to release the "Crystallized" 7" later this year via Fat Possum. That track, which you can stream below, was produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, and like Kevin's band, it's soaked in the psychedelic guitar rock of the late 60s, or perhaps a bit more similar to that era's revivalists like The Brian Jonestown Massacre or Spiritualized.
Hopefully she'll do a smaller show while here? A list of all dates and that song stream below...
The Raveonettes at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Raveonettes have a few upcoming (mostly festival) dates this summer including two in Chicago. They appear to be revealing some club dates for the fall for what will presumably be their first North American tour since Sune was hospitalized. Those dates include a NYC show at Webster Hall on October 5 with Melody's Echo Chamber. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
The Raveonettes released their new EP, Into the Night, this past April. You can download the title track and "Night Comes Out" via widgets below in exchange for your email address.
In related news, Sune mixed Correct Behabior, the new Eternal Summers album which is due out on July 24 via Kanine. You've already heard "Millions" off that album, and the band just revealed another new track, "Wonder" which you can listen to over at Pitchfork. Eternal Summers have NYC shows coming up too.
A list of all currently known Raveonettes dates and widgets below...