Entries tagged with: Melted Toys
by Bill Pearis
San Francisco's Melted Toys are currently on tour supporting their new album, Melted Toys 2, which came out a couple weeks ago on Underwater Peoples. Like their debut, the album falls somewhere between psych and indiepop, easy-to-swallow and effervescent, with occasional halucinatory side effects. You can stream it via Rdio. That tour pulls into NYC this Friday (7/25) at Cake Shop with their Underwater Peoples labelmates Free Time and Street Gnar also on the bill.
Speaking of, Australian expats Free Time have a new single, "Esoteric Tizz," that will be out via Underwater People on August 19. The A-side was was recorded by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods; the B-side, "Guess Work," was recorded by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney and you can stream that below.
In addition to the Cake Shop show with Melted Toys, Free Time have a couple other NYC shows coming up: August 7 Baby's All Right with Spectre Folk and Words With Frank Linetti (tickets); and Glasslands on September 21 with fellow Brooklyn Aussies Scott & Charlene's Wedding (tickets).
All Melted Toys dates are listed, along with the Free Time stream, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Christopher Owens @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/22/2013
Christopher Owens played his first of two Bowery Ballroom shows last night (1/21). Playing the bulk of his solo debut, Lysandre, which barely clocks in at a half-hour, the former Girls frontman then came back for a set of covers. Given the '70s AM vibe of his album, his choices seemed pretty appropriate: Cat Stevens' "Wild World," Donavan's "Lalena," Simon & Garfunkle's "The Boxer," The Everly Brothers' "Let it Be Me" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
Melted Toys opened the night and will do so again with Owens tonight (1/22) and tickets are still available. Pics from Melted Toys set and more of Owens' are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Melted Toys - Come On (MP3)
Psych and San Francisco have gone hand in hand since the '60s and, in addition to all the groovy garage the city has beeng putting out, there's a nice crop of neo-shoegazers happening over there. Unlike Weekend and Young Prisms who come at you with gale force, trio Melted Toys are more Sunday morning type music. Gently strummed guitars, watery bass and echo-y vocals drift across cheap Casio beats. They've got an EP coming out on Underwater Peoples on February 22 and you can check out "Come On" above, which would segue nicely into the Radio Dept. (or early Primal Scream) song of your choice.
Melted Toys just wrapped up a tour with the aformentioned Young Prisms, and pull into town for a few shows this week in the greater NYC area. They play tonight (Feb. 2) at Maxwell's and tomorrow (Feb. 3) at Glasslands, and both shows are with tourmates LA duo Speculator, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Wet Dream (members of Family Portrait). Melted Toys also play Friday (Feb. 4) at Silent Barn, again with Speculator but also Eola and Punks on Mars. And if you're up Rochester way, see them at The Bug Jar on Saturday (Feb. 5) with Wet Dream.
Young Prisms also arrive in town tonight (Feb. 2) as part of their tour with the Radio Dept. Tickets for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are still on sale. Young Prisms return to the same Brooklyn venue in April for a show with Crocodiles and The Fresh & Onlys as part of a tour at that time. Tickets for the April show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
All Melted Toys tour dates, plus a live video, are after the jump.
by Bill Pearis
The Radio Dept.'s Webster Hall show on February 3, which was added less than a month ago, has been un-added. Tickets to that show will be honored at the band's Feb. 2 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which still has tickets available. It's the second date on the enigmatic Swedes' first-ever North American tour. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
A week before their tour kick-off (Jan 25), The Radio Dept release Passive-Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 which culls eight years worth of non-LP, out-of-print greatness onto CDs (or two vinyl platters). Some of their best tracks appeared on their EPs, and though it's not 100% completist, it's still well worth picking up.
In other news, San Francisco's Young Prisms have been picked as The Radio Dept.'s openers for this tour. The band's gauzy sound will make for a nice appetizer before the Swedish main course. They were good at Glasslands back in November when they played with fellow Bay Area noise merchants Weekend. Young Prisms' debut, Friends For Now, is out next Tuesday (1/18) on Kanine Records. You can get a taste of the LP above.
Prior to their stint with The Radio Dept., Young Prisms will tour with SF pals Melted Toys who'll have a record out on Underwater Peoples in the near future. After their dates with Radio Dept., YP head to Europe to tour with Surfer Blood and No Joy. All Young Prisms 2011 dates are after the jump.