Entries tagged with: Menomena
The promotional side of putting out a record is probably not the most fun part of being in a band (see Radiohead's Meeting People is Easy), but it can look like (kinda) fun if its shot and shown in time-lapse, sped up motion. This is the general premise for EL VY's video for "No Time To Crank The Sun" (from debut album Return to the Moon). You get to see Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena) sit through interviews, photoshoots, live sessions, and the like. Matt's brother Tom directed it and you can watch it below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
EL VY / Wye Oak / Julien Baker @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/13/15
EL VY released their debut album Return to the Moon at the tail-end of last month via 4AD, and their tour in support of it hit NYC this past weekend for sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (11/13) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (11/14). The band is led by Matt Berninger (who fronts The National) and Brent Knopf (who fronts Ramona Falls and used to be in Menomena), and they were joined by drummer Andy Stack (of their tourmates Wye Oak), backup vocalist Moorea Masa (who also sings on their album), and another guitarist/bassist. Brent is the band's multi-instrumentalist and he switched around a lot from keyboards to acoustic guitar to electric. And Matt Berninger was as distinctly Matt Berninger as ever, doing Matt Berninger things like quickly going from standing still and somberly singing to screaming and thrashing around the stage and slamming his mic to the ground. Now that he's a guy who's headlined Barclays Center, it was a treat to see him up close and personal. As for the setlist, they played all of Return to the Moon and also covered Fine Young Cannibals "She Drives Me Crazy" (which they've been doing the whole tour), which got a good portion of the crowd singing.
Wye Oak provided direct support, with a set that leaned pretty equally on their more rocking material and the poppier sounds they explored on last year's Shriek. As they always do, they sounded super full considering they're just a two piece. And speaking of sounding full with a small stage setup, Julien Baker, the young Memphis singer/songwriter who opened both NYC shows, sounded really great with nothing more than her voice and clean electric guitar. Her debut album only just came out (via 6131) but it's clear that she's already a super confident performer. A lot of her stuff is somber and introverted, but she could really belt it when she wanted to. The shows with EL VY were just two of her three NYC shows this weekend. She also played a late show at Mercury Lounge with Eliott Brood on Saturday (Mina Tindle was supposed to open the MHOW show but had to cancel).
If you haven't yet, read our interview with EL VY. More pictures from Bowery below...
"We had a bit of a sense of direction as far as where wanted it to head but no hard and fast rules." - Brent Knopf on EL VY's debut "Return to the Moon"
photo of Brent Knopf & Matt Berninger by Deirdre O'Callaghan
Both well known for their respective other projects, The National and Menomena, Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf seemed to be deliberately reserved about their collaborative project EL VY, and its debut release, Return to the Moon, at the end of last month. Largely absent of the distinctive characteristics that both musicians have established to much critical acclaim and success, Return to the Moon is a sort of happy accident, a collaboration in spite of itself and what would understandably be assumed as the antithetical creative approach of both musicians. Considering that fact, it's not surprising that Return to the Moon still manages to evoke the tendencies of Knopf and Berninger while at the same time embracing a sort of mirrored image of what both might otherwise be given to in their other creative endeavors.
There's still the same baritone croon familiar to those fans of The National, and Knopf's innate sense of atmospheric balance in sound and scope is equally as present. With EL VY, the immediate contrast is that while still familiar in the context of its creators, the storyline is less an aesthetic of melodrama and lush musical arrangements and more an inside joke, albeit one just as seriously constructed, that both musicians allow the listener to be in on. It's a subject I brought up in my recent conversation with both Berninger and Knopf as well as the creative contrasts, if any, they observed in bringing the music together for EL VY.
EL VY are on tour and will be playing two sold-out shows this weekend at the Bowery Ballroom this Friday, November 13, followed by Saturday's performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
BV: This is kind of a departure for both of you, considering what Menomena and The National sound like, but there are those underlying idiosyncrasies where it still functions on a sort of darkly humorous level. Is that something you felt while making the record or something you were aiming for?
Brent Knopf: Berninger is a master at lyrics that are simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking and just completely dead serious but also nonsensical. [Laughs.] I think that's how life is, so finding a way to blend those things together always feels more real to me.
Matt Berninger: I think that all my writing in terms of lyrics, I kind of do that even with The National. Meaning that, melodrama is something I love. An exaggeration or absurd, fantastical metaphors for real small issues are what I do in The National, too, so I think that's a little bit of my safety armor for me to actually be able to talk about real things. I kind of do an exaggerated melodramatic version of the real situations, so it isn't that different with EL VY. I think even with The National I'm a funny writer. I write about serious stuff, but I try to do it in a funny way, sometimes? I don't know. [Laughs.] People never think of me as being a light person, and I wouldn't describe myself as that, but maybe this record feels lighter or feels funnier because the backdrop of a lot of the writing has a different personality. I was only writing lyrics for this while listening to music, and that's how I always do it. Brent was opening all these windows, and I was just sort of jumping out of them and kind of following him. So yeah, I wasn't trying to make a record that was making some sort of statement about music or anything like that, but I was definitely writing about myself in a kind of absurd way. "I'm the Man to Be" is a self-portrait, but it's turned up to eleven. [Laughs.]
by Andrew Sacher
EL VY, the new collaborative duo of The National singer Matt Berninger and Menomena / Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf, release their debut album Return To The Moon today via 4AD. If you've been following along with the album's rollout, then you've already heard five of the eleven songs and you know this thing is pretty diverse. There are some funky songs, some somber songs, some arty songs; really not one song sounds like any other, but not at the expense of this being a cohesive album. Some of it quite literally sounds like The National meets Menomena, and other parts don't really sound like either of those bands. Whatever the song's vibe is, it's Matt's distinct voice that makes this thing instantly familiar and likable. His lyrics are as personal as ever, and like he's done before he loaded this thing with music references (Husker Du, The Smiths, Minutemen, The Beatles). It's too good of an album to write off as a mere side project, and now you can hear it in full via Spotify below.
Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf's (Menomena, Ramona Falls) new side project EL VY are just one day from releasing their album Return to the Moon and they've revealed one more song from it, "Silent Ivy Hotel." Watch the Tom Berninger-directed lyric video below. That makes a total of five of the eleven songs available on Spotify, and you can listen to a playlist with all of them below too.
EL VY will be touring soon, including a run with Wye Oak that hits NYC on November 13 at Bowery Ballroom and November 14 at MHOW. The openers were recently revealed and they're both good: it's Memphis singer/songwriter Julien Baker on night 1 and French art pop singer Mina Tindle on night 2.
The National's Matt Berninger and ex-Menomena / Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf's new side project EL VY have already released three songs from their upcoming album Return to the Moon (due this Friday via 4AD) and now they released a fourth. It's called "Need A Friend" and you can watch the lyric video (directed by Matt's brother Tom) below.
The band's upcoming tour includes two sold-out NYC shows with Wye Oak.
by Andrew Sacher
EL VY, the new band of The National frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena / current Ramona Falls frontman Brent Knopf, have released a third song from their debut record. Following the art rocker "I'm The Man To Be" and the new wavey "Return to the Moon," "Paul Is Alive" has them coming a little closer to psych pop, with Matt's vocals as unmistakable as ever. Watch the lyric video, by Matt's brother Tom (who directed The National documentary Mistaken for Strangers), below.
by Andrew Sacher
Bloc Party, whose current lineup has frontman Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack joined by Menomena's Justin Harris on bass and Louise Bartle on drums, are planning to release their fifth album in early 2016 via Infectious Music/BMG/Vagrant Records. The new lineup recently debuted new songs "Exes" and "The Good News" in a BBC Session and now they released their first official new studio single, "The Love Within." It's the closest Bloc Party have come to, uh, EDM? Listen below.
Former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong has stayed busy, contributing to Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion's debut album, Permanence, which is out now.
by Andrew Sacher
We already heard one song from EL VY, the new project of The National frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena / current Ramona Falls frontman Brent Knopf, and today we get a second. That first one was kinda new wavey, but "I'm The Man To Be" is artier and wackier. Here's what Matt says about it:
There's this great Schoolboy Q song 'There He Go' which samples Menomena's "Wet and Rusting." I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That's how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song.Watch the lyric video below.
The album, Return to the Moon, comes out October 30 via 4AD. The band will also be touring this fall. Both NYC shows are sold out.
by Andrew Sacher
The National frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena / current Ramona Falls frontman Brent Knopf have teamed up as EL VY ("pronounced like a plural of Elvis; rhymes with 'hell pie'"). Their debut album, Return to the Moon, will be out October 30 via 4AD, and the lyric video for its title track is out now. Matt's singing is pretty much the way it is in The National (so, really good) but musically this song is closer to bouncy '80s new wave. Watch/listen, and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below. Here's what the press release has to say about it:
Return to the Moon sounds exactly like you'd hope a collaboration between these artists would: Berninger's darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody, offset by Knopf's playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production. Knopf explains, "I never worried about sending Matt something unfinished. He's able to imagine where it can go. He can grab the four bars that will become theThe duo is also going on tour with a backing band, including two NYC shows. Those happen on November 13 at Bowery Ballroom and November 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon.
core of the track and develop them into something amazing."
The National and Ramona Falls are both currently preparing upcoming releases, so EL VY is not a replacement or a side project, but a glimpse into an alternate musical universe: a universe in which Berninger never left Cincinnati, and Midwestern punk Mecca the Jockey Club never closed. A universe in which Mike Watt and the late D. Boon of the punk band Minutemen are every bit as iconic as Mick and Keith, and a teenager's sense of rebellion is fed by the dark social politics of middle America.
"This record is more autobiographical than anything else I've written," says Berninger, "but the details aren't true. It's written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people - myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about."
All dates are listed below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Menomena @ Ace Hotel
On Wednesday (10/16), Chris stopped Ace Hotel for a free day show presented by MyMusicRX, which is part of the Children's Cancer Association (CCA).
"Kids and teens facing a serious illness across the country can register to receive free music medicine at MyMusicRx.org. On any given day, 24/7, they can play free online music games, explore digital instruments, record original music, watch exclusive video greetings from their favorite artists, and connect with other youth.The lineup included Arc Iris (Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem's new band), Jesca Hoop (who opened for Placebo at Terminal 5 the night before), Diego Garcia (Elefant), and special guest Menomena who headline Webster Hall Thursday as part of a bigger tour with the Helio Sequence.
But it's not just for kids--music lovers of all ages can download the free MyMusicRx app to purchase their iTunes music (5% of proceeds go to CCA). They can even prescribe music as medicine, sharing songs that match a kid's mood or lifts their spirits."
Arc Iris and Diego Garcia share a NYC bill again at Highline Ballroom on 10/22.
CMJ continues, two BrooklynVegan parties included.
Pictures from Ace Hotel are in this post. More of them below...
Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are back with their first new music in five years, a 12" single on Hometapes with a new song, "Sucklin," on the a-side and a cover of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" on the flip. It's out digitally now and the vinyl will be out October 24. You can stream both sides below.
We already knew the band was playing CMJ with Hospitality at Glasslands on October 19 (tickets) but the've got a few more shows at the fest too. They'll play the Hometapes showcase at Union Pool on October 16 with Celestial Shore, Leverage Models, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, and Paperhaus ($10 at the door); and they'll also play Webster Hall on October 17, where they were added to the Menomena / Helio Sequence show (tickets).
All Pattern Is Movement dates are listed, along with streams of both sides of the new single, below...
The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.
They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.
We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
Menomena at Metro on 10.19.2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Portland pals Menomena and The Helio Sequence -- who both put out new albums last fall -- are teaming up for a co-headlining tour this fall. It slams into NYC on October 17 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/19) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with videos from both bands, below.
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Ramona Falls, the project of ex-Menomena member Brent Knopf, will be going on a North American tour in 2013. All of the dates on that tour have not been announced yet but we know that it hits the NYC area on February 2 at Glasslands with Mitten and February 7 at Maxwell's with The Explorers Club and Kurt Baker. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
Ramona Falls released his last album, Prophet, earlier this year. The video for that album's track, "Fingerhold," and a list of all dates below...
Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.
Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.
Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.
Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.
We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.
A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:
The Lollipop King is suing South Park.
Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.
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photos by Greg Cristman
"thanks for the sweaty two-night stand, New York. ps, cash rules everything around me cream get the money dollar dollar bill y'all." - Menomena
"Big fan of Menomena, but was blown away by how talented these dudes are @ Music Hall of Williamsburg" - MG
"Fucking fuck Menomena are fucking good. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg" - Hjortzy
Menomena @ MHOW 10/12/2012
Though they're quoting the Wu-Tang Clan in their tweet above, neither the RZA, GZA, Inspektah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah nor the M-E-T-H-O-D Man appeared at Menomena's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (10/12), the second of two NYC shows for Menomena/PVT tour (Bowery Ballroom the night before was the other). Despite a reportedly light turnout, tourmates Menomena and PVT ripped out great sets and pictures from that appearance adorn this post.
Menomena are currently in Canada, playing Montreal tonight (10/16). Remaining tour dates (including some in Europe) are listed below.
by Caroline Harrison
Menomena at Bowery Ballroom, 10/11/2012
Portland duo Menomena played Bowery Ballroom on October 11, touring with Aussies PVT to support their fifth album, Moms, released by Barsuk in mid-September.
PVT (pronounced "pivot") are a trio that combines electropop with glitchy drones to create anachronistic pop songs. I was apprehensive going into PVT's set. Their 2010 effort, Church With No Magic, had a distinct 80s retro-future sound -- think Blade Runner's synth tones. However, their live performance was surprisingly soulful, in part due to the presence of drummer Lawrence Pike. They closed with "Window," a catchy number that got a great response from the crowd.
Menomena's stage set-up can only be described as sprawling. Both Justin Harris and Danny Seim require a number of instruments and elaborate pedal arrangements to play the band's richly layered music. The duo was joined by 3 backing musicians who in turn each required multiple instruments. We got a number of songs off of September's Moms, including "Plumage", "Giftshoppe," and "Heavy Is As Heavy Does," as well as some older favorites. Despite their impressive array of instruments and gadgets, Menomena managed to convey a casual familiarity and proved that they're still a force to be reckoned with, even after the 2011 departure of founding memeber Brent Knopf.
The October 11 show was the first of two New York dates for Menomena, who also blessed Music Hall of Williamsburg the next evening (10/12). More pictures from the Bowery show are below.
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Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).
Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.
Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)
For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."
The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."
Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.
Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!
I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.
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"That's y!" says Snoop Dogg...
Did Snoop Dogg talk much politics at his Wellmont Theater show last week? That picture above, no not the cats, is his Tweeted list of reasons for voting for Obama, and for not voting Romney.
Kanye West has much less to say, for now. All his amazing tweets have been deleted except for one new one that says "BE BACK SOON". UPDATE: Now there are also three tweets about Steve Jobs.
Bummed to hear that Big Boi, who recently played Chicago's North Coast Music Fest, replaced Little Dragon with Kelly Rowland on the final version of the song he performed live with Little Dragon in Austin.
Creed frontman Scott Stapp says T.I. saved his life.
Missy Elliot may actually release an album this year.
YouTube is streaming Obama's bff (see above)Jay-Z's eighth Barclays Center show Saturday night.
Speaking of, Jay-Z is in a new marriage equality ad.
Menomena at ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
As mentioned, Menomena are releasing their fifth album, Moms, this year and it's due out on September 18 via Barsuk. They'll be touring in support of the album with PVT and coming to NYC on October 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available, and the band have just added another NYC date to their tour which happens one day later (10/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon.
If you missed it, you can stream Moms single, "Heavy Is As Heavy Does," below, where you'll also find a list of updated dates.