Entries tagged with: Memoryhouse
by Bill Pearis
Mac DeMarco @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
"Nobody look up my girlfriend's skirt, okay?" Mac DeMarco asked the audience at Sala Rossa as he began his final song. His girlfriend, Kiki, was riding piggyback. She'd was dragged onstage a song earlier to play a game of "catch" where they held onto each other as Mac tipped them into the audience for a double crowd-surf.
So goes a Mac DeMarco show these days, where the onstage antics almost threaten to upstage the music. But, despite all the belch talking and other things, it never does. Mac and his band have toured most of 2012 and all that playing has done wonders for them -- they are tight but lythe around the groove. Songs off the new album ("Viceroy," "Cooking Up Someting Good") sound great and ones of his first album have a life to them than you don't hear on the recordings. And, like at CMJ last month, the Salla Rossa crowd loves him.
PS I Love You @ Sala Rossa, 11/15/2012
Mac was the unintentional headliner of night 2 of M for Montreal which, like the first night, took place at Sala Rossa, a club perched above a tapas restaurant (both of which are owned by some of the Godspeed guys). He got stuck in traffic and PS I Love You, nice guys that they are, switched into undercard slot. After spending half the year trying out a trio version of the group, they are back to their original duo arrangement of Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums. Playing most of the show with a double-neck guitar, Saulnier yelped and shredded through their 25-minute set of the catchiest material from the band's two albums, plus a couple new ones (I think). Nelson is a machine behind the kit and the way he hammers on the hi-hat gives the band a New Order-ish backbone which offsets Saulnier's more rock instincts. While I enjoyed seeing them as a trio, it's clear the chemistry is between these two.
by Bill Pearis
The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.
The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.
If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Garbage/Feist/JAMC at Osheaga - 8/4/12
Nineties alt-rock heroes Garbage returned this year with a new album, a refreshed attitude and a Shirley Manson who looked like she hasn't aged a day in her life. What's more impressive, though, was the fact that their repertoire of classic cuts didn't sound outdated at all. Instead, we're reminded that synth-laden rockers "Push It" and "Stupid Girl" were, in fact, much more ahead of their time and as a result sound brand new nowadays. Garbage was a cool blast from the past that festivalgoers who were unaware of their age would've mistaken them for a bright and exciting up-and-comer. - [National Post]While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago, Montreal was holding the Osheaga Festival. It kicked off on Friday, August 3 and continued that Saturday (8/4) with sets from Feist, Garbage, Yeasayer, A$AP Rocky, The Raveonettes, The Black Lips, and more.
Actress Jessica Paré (aka Don's wife and "Zou Bisou Bisou" singer on Mad Men) joined The Jesus and Marcy Chain for "Just Like Honey" (which Scarlett Johansson sang on at Coachella '07) and "Sometimes Always" and video of that is below.
Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Day 3 is coming soon. More from day 2 are below...
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
words by Rebecca Strassberg, photos by Gloria Lee
When Georgia native Ernest Greene (aka Washed Out), sold out his first scheduled show at Highline Ballroom before I could get a ticket, I thought, "no fair" as I tweeted, and begged him to add another. I know it's probably not my doing, but much to the surprise and excitement of all his fans, he added Monday night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, with tour mates, the dream pop duo Memoryhouse.
Scheduled to begin at 9, Memoryhouse didn't go on until about 9:30. By that point Music Hall was packed elbow to elbow with a stiff crowd. For just having all their gear stolen they did a hell of a job, playing what seemed like most of their debut LP, The Slideshow Effect, including "Little Expressionless Animals", "All Our Wonder", and "The Kids Were Wrong".
And though they didn't play their thoughtful Zombies cover of "This Will Be Our Year", they did, of course, play My Bloody Valentine's, "When You Sleep".
A white board was placed in front of where vocalist Denise Nouvion was standing and singing, meant to display whatever well-thought out, projected visuals they wanted to go along with their set. Unfortunately, the board was tilted just slightly up, so what it mostly produeced were the shadows of audience members. This inevitably resulted in more of a hand puppet show than a Memoryhouse performance. This also blocked Nouvion, and distanced her from the audience. If you look at photos from their set at Highline Ballroom the night before, the images were projected behind them, and made for a much more aesthetically pleasing show.
When Washed Out took the stage, Greene was backed by an entire band, flashing lights, some smoke, and an overwhelming but appropriate amount of bass. His set up, set list, and even attire seemed exactly the same as the night before, but no less entertaining.
I had some concerns that his music would fall flat when being performed live, but I was very much mistaken. Greene's set showcased every different kind of song he's written from the funk-inspired, dance-provoking "Get Up", to the softer,"Before", and the classic, sensual, "Feel It All Around". Huge beats and echoing synths consumed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Aside from lights, there were no projections, tricks or gimmicks, just his music, which proved more than enough to keep the crowd captivated.
He left some of his most well-known songs for the end, like "Feel It All Around", and "Amor Fati" off his recent, highly regarded album, Within and Without. Greene said few words throughout the performance, rather, allowing his songs to speak for themselves.
Check out more pictures from the Brooklyn show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Washed Out @ Highline Ballroom
Washed Out's tour with Memoryhouse hit Highline Ballroom last night (4/22) for their first of two sold out NYC shows on a very rainy night. Washed Out played a 12-song set with a good mix of material off 2011's Within and Without LP and 2010's Life of Leisure EP to a sometimes dancing and fist-pumping crowd. More pictures from the Highline show are below.
Meanwhile, Memoryhouse played despite having their gear stolen. The Highline show was the third NYC show for the band this past weekend, having also played an in-store for Record Store Day at Permanent Records on Saturday (4/21) and Public Assembly that night with Ex Cops and Matteah Baim. Check out a video from the Public Assembly show below.
Washed Out and Memoryhouse will do it again tonight (4/23) with a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pics, including one of WO's setlist, and videos below...
Memoryhouse (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Despite a recent, horrible gear theft (list below) which caused the cancellation of last night (Philadelphia) and tonight's (Boston) shows for Memoryhouse, the band are continuing on their tour with Washed Out and they've even added a third NYC show! In addition to their sold out shows with Washed Out at both Highline Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, and their own show Saturday night at Public Assembly with Ex Cops, Memoryhouse will play a free afternoon in-store at Permanent Records in Williamsburg on Saturday too. P-recs says:
The big day is upon us. Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21st.More Record Store Day events HERE. More Memoryhouse tour dates and their stolen gear list (with info on how to help them), below...
We are opening at 11am. We will have countless exclusive & limited edition releases to commemorate the occasion. We will have special giveaways throughout the day. We will have treats for our earliest customers. We will have live performances from Mattison at 1pm & 5pm. We also have Sub Pop's Memoryhouse coming in at 3pm for a special acoustic performance.
A few more notes to remember going into this special occasion:
-We have gone to great lengths to make sure we have stock on as many RSD exclusive titles as possible. However, due to the highly limited nature of some of these releases, quantities are often extremely limited. Many titles sell out instantly, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
-*We are doing absolutely NO holds or special orders for any RSD exclusive titles.* They are sold on a first come, first served basis.
-We generally don't receive our RSD product until VERY shortly before the big day, so please don't call asking what we will have in stock. We are not holding out on you! We are trying to get as much as possible, but like you, we generally don't know specifics in advance.
It's gonna be a great day. Can't wait to see you all then.
DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (Memoryhouse Remix) (MP3)
Tycho at Lincoln Hall in Chicago in January (more by Zach Pollack)
Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) whose last two trips to NYC brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg, will be touring again this spring/summer culminating in a larger NYC show at Webster Hall on July 14, one day after he plays Camp Bisco.. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/20) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Tycho will be in the NYC-area later this month for SUNY Purchase Culture Shock, which is technically only open to students and their guests, and which recently announced that EMAreplaced Grimes who cancelled. The full lineup also includes Islands, Idle Warship,Big Feedia, The Felice Brothers, Cloud Nothings, Casey Veggies, Pissed Jeans, and Bio Ritmo.
Tycho's most recent single, "Dive," off the 2011 album of the same name, was recently remixed by Memoryhouse. Grab that remix above or stream it below. The Zombies-covering Memoryhouse will be in Brooklyn this Saturday (4/21) for a show at Public Assembly with Mattheah Baim and Ex Cops. Tickets are still avialable.
All Tycho dates and song stream below...
The Zombies (featuring original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent) celebrated their 50th anniversary last year with a new album and tour. They've got another run of UK dates announced this year for May and June, and just announced two NYC shows which will take place on August 5 and 6 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale today (4/13) at noon.
The Zombies continue to be influential on new bands, having recently been covered by twee/dream pop groups Memoryhouse and Tennis. Stream Tennis's take on "Tell Her No" and Memoryhouse's take on "This Will Be Our Year" below.
All dates and streams below...
Memoryhouse at CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene), who was just in Austin for SXSW, will head out on a US tour this April and May. That tour includes a show at Highline Ballroom on April 22 which is sold out, but he just added a Brooklyn show happening one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/23). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.
Many of the tour dates, including the Highline show, are with Memoryhouse. While they're in NYC, they'll be playing their own NYC show the day before the Highline show at Public Assembly (4/21) with Ex Cops and Matteah Baim. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. No opener has been announced for Washed Out's MHOW show yet.
Washed out recently revealed a Karina Eibatova-produced video called "Flower Anthem," to accompany music performed at his Daytrotter Session from this past February. That session included "Feel It All Around," "Amor Fati," and "You'll See It." Check out that video, along with all dates below...
Memoryhouse @ Mercury Lounge
Like Still Corners, Xray Eyeballs, Gem Club, Jacuzzi Boys and Memoryhouse played the Hardly Art/Sub Pop CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge during CMJ. Here are some previously unposted pictures from that show.
J Mascis and Dum Dum Girls also played this Merc show, but we missed 'em. We did however catch DDG at their headlining Bowery Ballroom show. Some pictures from that one in here too. They are all below...
STAGE 1 (front room)Finally! Here is the lineup to our 100% free not-CMJ day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22), one day after our free Friday day party in the same place!
12:00 Street Chant
01:45 Purity Ring
04:00 Vockah Redu (New Oreleans bounce)
05:00 Idle Warship
This Saturday show is going to be non-stop action starting right at noon with New Zealand's Street Chant on the main stage (and We Barbarians in the other room). I'm excited for everyone, but the over the top antics of both Peelander-Z (after the dance pop party that is Brooklyn's Friends) and bounce artist Vockah Redu (who will warm up the crowd for Idle Warship) should make for a very memorable afternoon in more ways than one.
In addition to free music, here are some more reasons to stop by Saturday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
See you Saturday!
The Walkmen @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Comic Con
* Creators Project
* Pitom @ The Stone
* Moacyr Luz @ Barbes
* Real Estate @ Other Music
* Karen O @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Yo Gabba Gabba @ Beacon Theate
* Throwing Muses @ Bowery Ballroom
* P.G. Six, Megan Reilly @ Zebulon
* Jay Farrar, Laura Cantrell @ City Winery
* Wild Flag, Eleanor Friedberger @ Maxwell's
* Neon Marshmallow Festival @ Public Assembly
* Luke DuBois, Todd Reynolds @ 110 Livingston
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* John Zorn improv marathon benefit @ The Stone
* The Shivers, Cameron Hull @ The Manhattan Inn
* Hot Graves, The Communion, Salo @ The Acheron
* Thrice, La Dispute, Moving Mountains @ Irving Plaza
* The Walkmen, School of Seven Bells & more in Hoboken
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Ivan Julian, The Habit, MOA, Death by Avocado @ The Rock Shop
* Tycho, Korallreven (DJ set), Teen Daze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sophia Knapp, Jess Williamson, Erika Spring, Steel Phantoms @ Cameo Gallery
* Cobra Skulls, Nothington, Kid Nichols, Outsiders @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Grates, Clouder, Guineafowl, The John Steel Singers, Heavy Birds @ The Delancey
* Art vs Science, Yip Deceiver, Glitter Freeze (Royal Flush Festival) @ Knitting Factory
Stay tuned for the lineups of the BrooklynVegan CMJ Day Parties happening at Public Assembly on Friday and next Saturday.
Get your tickets for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (happening Friday).
follow @bvCMJ on Twitter.
We're giving away Jane's Addiction tickets on the BV Facebook.
Memoryhouse's new EP "The Years" came out in Septmber on Sub Pop. You can stream the whole thing with accompanying video, below...
Memoryhouse were one of the many bands to play a free Fashion's Night Out show in NYC on Thursday night (9/8). The dream pop band played nine songs including two news songs. A set of pictures and six beautiful videos from their set at Steven Alan in Tribeca are in this post.
Pics and videos below...
Memoryhouse @ Glasslands in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Memoryhouse play a free show at 'Steven Alan' in Tribeca at 8pm tonight (9/8) in honor of Fashion's Night Out. Flyer below. Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and NOT James Murphy also play FNO events.
On Monday Memoryhouse return to NYC to play Brooklyn Bowl with Peter Bjorn and John who they have been touring with. FNO flyer and updated dates below...
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Radio Dept. at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Radio Dept., who recently played a secret Rock Shop show, a free show at the Seaport, and Pitchfork Fest, have announced a fall tour that includes their previously mentioned Dallas, TX show with Memoryhouse. All dates are listed below.
Kicking off in Houston and hitting Fun Fun Fun Fest soon after, The Radio Dept's tour will hit NYC at Bowery Ballroom on November 20. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (8/5) with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.
Speaking of Peter Bjorn & John, that Brooklyn Bowl show is one of four NYC area dates on their tour. When we last spoke, Memoryhouse was the only announced opener. It's since been revealed that The Suzan will open the 9/15 MHOW show and the 9/16 Bowery Ballroom show. Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show but the Bowery Ballroom show is sold out. There is still no opener listed for the 9/13 Maxwell's show, which tickets are still available for.
All Radio Dept & Memoryhouse tour dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Radio Dept @ The Great Escape
Swedish dream-poppers The Radio Dept are releasing all three of their albums on 180 gram vinyl. This includes the classic Lesser Matters, its followup Pet Grief, and the more recently released Clinging to a Scheme, which came out during a time the sound they helped make popular was achieving massive success.
The Radio Dept have a few upcoming shows announced at the moment. On July 15 they'll play a free show at South Street Seaport with Asobi Seksu, and then hit Pitchfork Fest the next day. The only other show they currently have schduled in North America is in Dallas in November with Memoryhouse.
Memoryhouse meanwhile have been added as opener for some of Peter Bjorn & John's upcoming dates including the 9/12 show at Brooklyn Bowl. That show is the day before Sub Pop releases the Memoryhouse EP. Tickets are still on sale. No other openers have been added to PB&J's other NYC shows yet.
Asobi Seksu also plays a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on October 1). Tickets are on sale now.
More pictures and all tour dates below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Memoryhouse @ Glasslands
Memoryhouse played Glasslands on June 10 as part of a short run of dates. The Brooklyn show was with High Highs, North Highlands and Wonder Bear. A belated set of pics from that show is in this post.
Sub Pop is re-releasing Memoryhouse's The Years EP on September 13 on CD and vinyl. The EP has been re-recorded, remixed, and remastered and features two new songs. One of the new songs, "Modern, Normal" is available for download below. The band says:
"Very proud to share a first glimpse at our inaugural release with Sub Pop. This of course, is the first physical pressing of Memoryhouse's first EP, The Years, but I tend to find the term "reissue" doesn't really capture just what this EP entails. We've re-recorded Sleep Patterns, Lately, and To the Lighthouse in a manner that is consistent with memoryhouse's noises and idiosyncrasies while broadening our sonic pallet, and cleaning things up so that the songs are, you know, listenable. I'm even more excited about the new additions, "Modern, Normal", and "Quiet America". Believe me, these weren't added just cuz, which is to say that this isn't like the cantina scene from the 90s Star Wars re-release where random CGI monsters are found to be co-mingling with muppets. No. This EP is still full-muppet, but will provide some insights as to where our music is heading on our RealD 3D debut. So if nothing else, take with you the understanding that re-imagining The Years was a thorough and well-considered process, one that should hopefully yield many listens as the clock inches ever closer towards our first L.P.The song, more pictures and videos from the Glasslands show down there too...
by Bill Pearis
Happy Summer everybody. Before we get into this week's recommended shows, I hope you've been spending the week, like I have, listening obsessively to Domino Radio which has put together an incredible all-star lineup of presenters for this seven-day experiment. All the shows are archived, so go back and listen to Felt/Denim mastermind Lawrence, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (who appears on the new CSS record), Mute Records founder (and former Silicon Teen) Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos spin tunes, among other notables. Upcoming DJ slots include Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on Friday, Robert Wyatt and Alfie are on Saturday, and The Pastels on Sunday. Here's hoping they bring it back at a later date.
Ok, let's get into what this weekend and beyond has in store. Austin powerhouse trio Ume's current tour hits the city this weekend for two shows: tonight (6/9) at Pianos and Saturday (6/11) at The Rock Shop. As previously reported, the band just signed to Modern Outsider records who will release their debut album, Phantoms, in August. Pretty much everybody here at BV are Ume fans. They write great songs and, yes, they are a bundle of energy on stage with some serious guitar heroics provided by singer Lauren Langer Larsen. After NYC the three of them head north to the NXNE festival. All Ume dates are at the bottom of this post.
Memoryhouse also roll into town this weekend. They play Glasslands on Friday (6/10) and Piano's on Saturday (6/11). Both shows are with dreamy acoustic trio High Highs who are worth getting there early to see.
As you may have heard the Toronto duo are now signed to Sub Pop and should have something out on the label by year's end. Memoryhouse is also now a full band, including a drummer, which make the likelihood of their music remaining Eno-ambient less likely. I'd probably have more of a clue if I'd caught their set at our SXSW party this year. Reports I could find from Austin were positive, though not especially descriptive. Anyone got a firsthand report? Personally I"m hoping this more traditional band format pulls them into Slowdive territory. We shall see.
Both shows have their individual draws. Glasslands also has personal faves North Highlands whose debut album is in the can, apparently, and now we just have to wait for someone to release it. They will definitely be the most energetic live band on the bill, unless all the other groups have radically changed. Well, I've never seen Wonder Bear live but judging by the chill sounds on their album Avalanche (a free download) but I have to imagine it will be a mellow affair.
Speaking of chill, you may remember the sweatbox that was Glasslands last summer, well with the new club's new makeover they also finally got A/C. Certainly the 90 degree heat of this week will be a good test for it's power.
Meanwhile the Pianos show on Saturday has Foxes in Fiction which is, on record, basically Warren Hildebrand who is now also a member of the Memoryhouse live touring unit. At SXSW he was backed by Memoryhouse so I'd expect the same here. Last year's Swung from Branches mixed soundscapes with more structured songwriting (he gets compared to Bradford Cox a lot) and his most recent FiF release, Alberto (download the whole thing for free HERE), finds him moving into even more pop territory. It's a packed Pianos bill, including Eastern Conference Champions and Suns (not Suuns).
Let's keep going, shall we? Nashville party rock trio Natural Child are here for a two-night stint at Death By Audio, playing Sunday (6/12) and Monday (6/13). The band's debut album is out now on JEFF the Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label which should give you a good idea of what you're in for. An even better indicator are the two tracks from it at the top of this post from the album. If you like Thin Lizzy, honky tonk side of the Stones and JEFF the Brotherhood, you'll probably dig Natural Child too. These shows are bound to be packed and sweaty (and smokey) so be prepared for that, as well as for having a good time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier who will be playing Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (6/13) and The Rock Shop on Wednesday (6/15). Her solo debut, The Trip, came out last year on Drag City and was a lovely album. Not that far off from what she did with her band for the last 15 or so years, but it has it's own special charms as well.
And lastly this Tuesday (6/14) is a swell double bill of danceable Canadians at Webster Hall: Junior Boys and Miracle Fortress. Junior Boys' fourth album, It's All True, is out that same day on Domino and is another fine example of their lithe, breezy style. Miracle Fortress -- aka Graham Van Pelt of Think About Life -- just released its second album, Was I the Wave, which finds him setting aside the first LP's guitars in favor of electronics with a decidedly Eno-esque slant. You can download album track "Miscalculations" at the top of this post. It's a really nice record. When I caught him at SXSW, Van Pelt performed solo surrounded by tons of equipment and a few vintage table lamps. Not bad for a one man show.
That's it for this week. A few more day-by-day picks follow.
THURSDAY JUNE 9
Did you know The Cloud Room was still together? They are and play Mercury Lounge tonight. Of course they're going to play local hit "Hey Now Now," no need to shout for it.
Memoryhouse @ BVSXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Memoryhouse, the duo of Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion, is from Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Their music blends the contemporary with the forgotten, the traditional and the technological, the visual and the aural, within the sonographic landscape of dream pop. Their discography consists of a digital-only EP entitled, The Years and two 7" singles, "Lately (Deuxième)" b/w "Lately (Teengirl Fantasy Natural Mix)" on Inflated Records and the "Caregiver" single on Suicide Squeeze Records. All three were released in 2010. Look for a new Memoryhouse release on Sub Pop before the end of 2011." - Sub PopRecent Sub Pop signeees (it was announced before SXSW) Memoryhouse currently have four dates scheduled in June. One of those is in Philly, and two are in NYC. On Friday, 6/10, Memoryhouse play a Brooklyn show at Glasslands with the great supporting cast of High Highs, North Highlands, and Wonder Bear. They then hit Pianos in Manhattan the next night (6/11). High Highs open that one too. Tickets for the Glasslands show on sale now.
The fourth show on their short tour takes place as part of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest which is going down June 11-12 in Cleveland, Ohio, and which is...
...a fest for those who live to create! A weekend community event taking place in the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland's west side. It was founded by Jeff Finley of the Cleveland-based creative agency Go Media. Only in its second year, it's already generating lots of buzz within the creative community. Come to WMC Fest to network, collaborate, get inspired, learn new tricks, and level up! Did I mention it's a fest? That means fun!All dates listed, and a Yours Truly video below...
Menomena (by Tim)
After 14 hours of BrooklynVegan shows on Wednesday with barely a break (Emo's and then Swan Dive), and while BBG was holding down a stage at Emo's again, we returned to Swan Dive on Thursday, but this time with the addition of the two connecting stages at Barbarella for another full day BrooklynVegan Day Party. The 3-stage affair featured 19 bands, DJ Anika, and comedian Brody Stevens as host.
The day couldn't have started better, as we had one of the artists I was most excited to see playing live on the Swan Dive stage right at noon, and that was the tall, well-dressed and significantly bearded Josh T Pearson. I only wish I wasn't still hecticly dealing with issues after the doors opened so I could have been one of the people sitting down and enjoying his solo set of songs taken from his new album Last of the Country Gentlemen which is out on Mute on March 29. What I did hear sounded great.
Meanwhile, Savoir Adore kicked things off on the outside stage while Shannon & the Clams got things going inside Barbarella. Navigating the three stages and not getting lost was definitely one of the challenges we gave attendees at the venues we camped out at for day shows all week.
After Shannon came Hunx & His Punx who Shannon also plays with. As Andrew pointed out, "Hunx seemed pretty annoyed about the five-show day ahead of him. "Come see the last one," suggested Hunx, saving the goods for that final push. The Punx band showed off admirable chops though, with the drummer pounding away and girl-group-style backups by the bassist." Andrew continues:
"Out at the venue's back stage, Dominique Unique Young had a two-man band providing soulful hooks for her club bangers, which were just fine in the brutal sunlight. And then at Swan Dive, Rural Alberta Advantage made a push for anyone, like me, who hasn't checked out their new disc, Departing, yet to do so soon (live, drummer Paul Banwat easily does the work of two guys)."Before Dominique came Alex Winston, complete with full band three backing singers. Dominique ended her set early, giving Brody lots of time to talk before late-addition Beans went on. Beans was great and is the coolest guy I met in Austin. That's around when Bill got there:
"...arriving just in time to catch the end of Fergus & Geronimo and Beans' sets. Trying to navigate between the two connected clubs -- blazing sunshine at the patio stage, pitch black for the Barbarella inside stage -- was a bit tough.Menomena went on to a packed Swan Dive after Damien Jurado and one of Sub Pop's newest signings Memoryhouse played (both of whom I pretty much missed while dealing with technical difficulties on other stages). Gentleman Jesse & His Men and Pete & The Pirates (a UK band who many I know consider one of their favorites, and their set this day definitely didn't disappoint) also played the inside stage.
I watched most of Yuck's set and thought they sounded great. Not the most exciting band to watch, but that's okay, not everyone can bounce around the stage like Superchunk to whom they owe more than a little sonic dept. Speaking of, Mac McCaughan was their for their whole set which I thought was kind of awesome. I asked him if he was there to collect royalties from Yuck. He laughed and said, "No way, I love these guys!"
From there it was out to the Patio for Obits' set. There's something about their pedal-to-the-metal rock that sounds a little better in Texas. Plus they played the two songs I really wanted to hear: "You Gotta Lose" from the new album Moody, Standard and Poor, and their first-ever single "One Cross Apiece."
After scarfing down some tacos (courtesy of the El Diablo truck in Barbarella's backyard, yes a sister truck to the one here at Union Pool), I caught a little of Screaming Females, rip-roaring as usual, and Menomena."
Mellowhype (by Tim)
But the main attraction of the day goes to... Mellowhype who were playing their second-ever show as Mellowhype (their first was a day earlier at their new label Fat Possum's party at Club DeVille), and who brought the whole Odd Future crew with them (anyone who was in Austin anyway), Tyler included. It was a beyond-packed house full of excitement...
"The assembled crowd of hipsters, blipsters, and media types went nuts when the beats dropped, as this still-teenaged hip-hop collective has been drawing favorable comparisons to early Wu-Tang, especially in terms of production aesthetic and overall energy." [Houston Calling]You can watch some of the action in videos below.
Thanks to Izzoz, Line 6 (the mics), Korg (keyboard), Vox (amps), Blackstar (and amps), Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, ASCAP, NadaMoo, Raw Revolution, Sailor Jerry, SPARKS, all the bands, Zach, Nevona, our bartenders, sound guys, Ramone, everyone who stopped by and anyone else I'm forgetting.
Lots more pictures and videos from the whole day, below...
words & photos by Andrew Frisicano
Twin Shadow @ Fader Fort
A crowded backyard tent filled with cigarette smoke, free open-faced tacos (pork, chicken, brisket or veggie), a man carting a dolly of Lone Star cases through the crowd, and a pair of middle-aged guys picking a fight with each other on a Wednesday afternoon. "Doesn't he know I'm a ticking time bomb?" the offended guy says, a bit like he's not joking. JEFF the Brotherhood is playing too, which is more or less the occasion for all of this, my first show of SXSW 2011. The JEFF brothers aren't really the focus though, since they'll be playing a dozen other times this week, and most of the people are concentrating on the tacos, their conversations or their inability to get away from the door of the totally (did I say?) packed room.
In spite of that, the band is tearing through songs from Heavy Days and their new LP We Are the Champions, and between songs tossing out free vinyl singles into the crowd: "Those are going to slice someone's neck open," says Jake before slinging a few more across the room. They go into "Bummer," a ballady, Dino Jr.-style headbanger, that's one of the standout new tunes.
Trash Talk @ BV/Feed the Beat Day Party (photo by Samantha Marble)
Ty Segall's entertaining and totally worthwhile band is up next, but the BrookylnVegan day show at Emo's is also currently happening, the highlight of which has to be the simulatneous staging of Cali punks Trash Talk (who went on before Kylesa) and Mister Heavenly (who went on before Surfer Blood). Mister Heavenly are a supergroup of-sorts you've heard about. On the inside, Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman towers over everyone with the body of a scarecrow and a scary-as-hell perma-scowl; he smashes his forehead with the microphone a few times to draw blood. "Stick around for Surfer Blood," he says, before crawling into the crowd and standing on what I can only hope were someone's shoulders. People start edging toward the door. On the outside stage, Mr. Heavenly performs an appropriately lovely set, its two frontmen trading verses in their own styles.
After that, the Fader Fort brought Twin Shadow on stage, the bedroom-pop project of George Lewis Jr. that's become a wildly good live band. For an outdoor venue, the system sounded impressively balanced and clear - which would turn out to be a rarity at the festival. That was 'specially good for Yelawolf, whose songs sounded vital in a way that your iPod just can't do. With no crew to speak of, his solo athletics put in an early bid for best-of.
Yelawolf @ Fader Fort
Later that night at Stubb's, Yuck and James Blake played what would be the first of several for both. Both did well on the big stage, a portent of things to come, vibing out in their respective styles: fuzz rock and chilled-out pop. Check out both of their sets for yourself at NPR- Blake and Yuck.