Entries tagged with: Menomena
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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.
More stuff below...
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.
Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more
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.
More stuff below...
"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.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Helio Sequence - October (MP3)
The Helio Sequence at Siren Fest 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
The Helio Sequence are finally set to followup their 2008 breakthrough LP, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, with a new album, Negotiations, due out on September 11 via Sub Pop. Negotiations pretty much picks up where Keep Your Eyes Ahead left off -- nothing new but if you're a fan of the band it's not a bad listen. It also sounds a bit like The Walkmen. You can download the lead single, "October," at the top of this post. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
The Helio Sequence will support the new album with a tour that kicks off in September with appearances at Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW. Surrounding their slot at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, they'll head out with Ramona Falls (the project of ex-Menomena member Brent Knopf) which brings both bands to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom November 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon.
Speaking of Menomena, they also have a new album, Moms, on the way and will be supporting it with a previously discussed tour that hits NYC on October 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, PVT have been added to that tour. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. A list of updated Menomena/PVT dates and a stream of "Heavy Is As Heavy Does" from Moms are below.
All lists of dates and all streams are below.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
Menomena at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Menomena have been revealing some dates for this fall which will most likely result in a full tour. That announcement hasn't come yet but we know that the band will be in NYC for a show on October 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/13) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
According to the band's website, they're working on their fifth record this year. In the meantime, there's some new music they're offering as a free download on the site which came from a recording session with Menomena's Danny Seim along with Matt Dabrowiak, Nick Jaina and Dave Depper.
In related news, Ramona Falls, the project of Brent Knopf who left Menomena last year, is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC this week for shows on Wednesday (6/13) at Glasslands (tickets) and Thursday (6/14) at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
A list of all currently known dates 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...
Menomena recently released a video for the song "TAOS" off their most recent album Mines. Check it out below.
Menomena is playing our Free Thursday Austin Day Party at Swan Dive from noon-6 PM TODAY (3/17) - the same 3-stage party Beans just got added to. They also play the Barsuk Showcase later tonight Red Eyed Fly with Say Hi, Maps & Atlases, and The Wooden Birds who we just pointed out have a new album on the way.
Menomena will also play a few more Austin shows this week, and then hit the road again in April around Coachella with The New Pornographers. All dates and the video below...
We've lost our mind and are doing nine BrooklynVegan shows at SXSW this year. It all starts Wednesday during the day on two stages at Emo's, and continues Wednesday night at Swan Dive where we might as well stay overnight because Thursday at noon is when we start the first of three day parties in a row at the same place (Swan Dive) and Barbarella (they connect).
And the FREE Thursday lineup is:
STAGE 1 (Swan Dive)And that's just Thursday! Check out Friday on the same three stages! Saturday still TBA.
12:00 PM Josh T. Pearson
1:00 PM Pujol
2:00 PM The Rural Alberta Advantage
3:00 PM Damien Jurado
4:00 PM Memoryhouse
5:00 PM Menomena
STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM Savoir Adore
1:00 PM Alex Winston
2:00 PM Dominique Young Unique
3:00 PM Beans
4:00 PM Obits
5:00 PM Mellowhype (Odd Future)
HOSTING & JOKES BY: Brody Stevens
STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:00 PM Shannon & The Clams
12:30 PM Hunx & His Punx
1:15 PM Gentleman Jesse & His Men
2:00 PM Pete & The Pirates
3:00 PM Fergus & Geronimo
4:00 PM Yuck
5:00 PM Screaming Females
Some notes: Mellowhype (aka Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Billboard cover stars Odd Future - and whatever other Odd Future members decide to come along) are only playing one other show - their label's showcase at Club DeVille. Listen to David Fricke and get to Swan Dive in time to see Josh T Pearson. Shannon & the Clams and Hunx & His Punx share members, and have even been known to show their members. There are lots of bands with "and" in their name playing the Barbarella Inside Stage. Brody Stevens is funny! Anika will be spinning vinyl between sets during the second half of the day. I am super excited to be hosting Screaming Females for a second time.
This party will also have:
- FREE vegan Izzoz breakfast tacos while supplies last!
- lots of FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions!
- a lot of FREE Honest Tea!
- FREE Raw Revolution bars to eat.
- FREE vegan ice cream from NadaMoo
- FREE Sailor Jerry cocktails while supplies last.
- more FREE DRINKS TBA.
- Our official microphone sponsor Line 6.
- and our backline sponsors Korg, Vox & Blackstar.
- and to ASCAP for sponsoring too.
In addition to separate upcoming dates, The New Pornographers and The Walkmen have announced a week long tour together at the end of April. Unfortunately though, the only time they're stopping in New York is April 25 at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. All dates are listed below.
The New Pornographers have no upcoming dates in NYC, but contributors Neko Case and Destroyer do. Neko Case will be at The Bell House this Sunday (2/6) with Lost in the Trees and is playing a free show at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on 2/24 with Michael Showalter.
As previously mentioned, Neko Case sings on about half of No Color, the new album by The Dodos out March 15. The Dodos released the first track off the album, "Black Night," listen below. An immediate download of this song is available on The Dodo's website with the pre-order of their album. They also recently performed on Pitchfork's Tunnelvision, video below. The Dodos also announced tour dates, including an appearance at SXSW (but no NYC dates at the moment).
The New Pornographers also have announced a few April dates with Menomena (including Coachella). According to Menomena's website, they recently lost Brent Knopf, who left the band to "focus on Ramona Falls and other creative pursuits." Ironically, Paul Alcott of Ramona Falls' live band is replacing Knopf on Menomena's upcoming dates. In addition to touring with The New Pornographers, they also have dates with Maps & Atlases, and an appearance at SXSW.
Menomena will also be overseeing FILMguerrero's reissue of their debut I Am The Fun Blame Monster! which will be available this spring. As stated in a press release, the reissue includes "a CD/DVD package with extensive bonus materials." Their newest album, Mines, is out now via Barsuk.
All tour dates and videos and that Dodos song below...
Corrosion of Conformity fans (more by BBG)
The lastest list of SXSW additions is below....
Yo La Tengo @ the Bell House in September (more by David Andrako)
All eight Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows are sold out, and frankly, even catching a free Yo La Tengo show during CMJ can't compensate for missing one of those shows, so I won't pretend this is good news for those that got shut out of Maxwell's, but this is good news nonetheless. Yo La Tengo will play a free Mog-sponsored CMJ opening night show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, October 19th (M.I.A. style). And it gets better. Screaming Females, also from NJ, will open the free Brooklyn bowling alley show. It kicks off at 8pm (doors at 6).... and UPDATE: Dom is playing it too!
Don't want to wait in line to maybe catch Screaming Females for free when you can guarantee your way in the door to see the same band two nights later? Want to see them twice? Hate bowling alleys? Don't go out on Tuesdays? You're in luck, because as previously-mentioned, Screaming Females are also playing the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 21st with the stellar lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Blow, Yuck, and Young Man. Some tickets are still available (and we'll be letting in a whole bunch of people with CMJ badges).
Yo La Tengo recently got back from Vegas where they helped Matador celebrate 21 years in legendary fashion, but before that they took part in a Brooklyn show that may be remembered as a legendary show for alternative NYC comedy (though not necessarily for nice reasons).
In November, City Slang is having a 20th birthday party in Berlin. Yo La Tengo are playing that anniversary celebration too. Full lineup, including The Notwist playing "Neon Golden" from start to finish, below...
DOWNLOAD: Menomena - Five Little Rooms (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Weather - Giant Stairs (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: AgesandAges - No Nostalgia (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nick Jaina - Sleep Child (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tope & Epp ft. Illmaculate - The Basics (MP3)
Menomena @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Menomena's new record, Mines, comes out July 27th on Barsuk. Check out a track from it - the sax dirge "Five Little Rooms" - posted above. The Portland band has a big tour of North America planned for this fall. That includes an October 1st show at NYC's Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Menomena has a previously unreleased song featured on a compilation put together by PDX Pop Now!, a non-profit that hosts an annual fest of the same name (running July 30th-Aug 1st this year). Also on the disc are Blitzen Trapper, Talkdemonic, Hockey, Laura Veirs, Talk Talk and more. Check out three of the songs above: A Weather's introspective duet, AgesandAges's poppy group-sing, Nick Jaina's energetic orchestral pop, and the underground hip-hop opening track by Tope & Epp ft. Illmaculate. Full tracklist is below.
All Menomena tour dates and album info are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
some of the stars of ATP NY 2009
What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.
Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.
Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.
Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.
Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.
I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".