Entries tagged with: Merchandise
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, Title Fight are releasing their new album, Hyperview, on February 3 via ANTI- and recently put out its first single, "Chlorine," which sees them diving further into shoegaze than ever before. If you've still yet to hear that one, you can listen below.
They've also been on a tour with Circa Survive and Pianos Become the Teeth. We posted pictures of the NYC stop (which didn't have PBTT, who played their own NYC show not long before), and now you can check out a full-set high-quality video of the LA show (11/29). They haven't been playing any of the new album on this tour, instead relying mostly on 2012's Floral Green as well as a few earlier cuts and one off their 2013 EP. Watch that video, with the setlist from LA, below.
Title Fight's Ned Russin has also given us a list of his ten favorite albums of 2014, which includes the heavy (Cold World, Raspberry Bulbs), the post-punk (Merchandise), the indie folk (Saintseneca) and more. Check out the full list below.
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Merchandise / Lower @ MHOW 10/14/2014
Merchandise and Lower's tour together hit NYC last night (10/14) for a show at MHOW. The bands share a similar dark, emotive sound and general asthetic (not to mention same parent label, the Beggars Group) so it's a good double bill. Merchandise, whose new album takes them further away from their punk roots, really benefited from MHOW's soundsystem. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
Folks who got there early were treated to a set from Italian duo Ninos du Brasil who were making their American debut (they're on the tour as well), a highly charged set full of crazy drumming and confetti. The group, whose record is out on Dominick Furnow's Hospital Productions (and have an upcoming 12" on DFA), did a pretty cool remix of Merchandise's "Green Lady" which you can stream below. NYC has another chance to see Ninos du Brasil tonight (10/15) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home with Brazilian dark punks Rakta. That's a late show, probably not starting till after midnight. Take a nap first.
Pictures of Ninos du Brasil's set, plus more from Lower and Merchandise, below...
by Bill Pearis
Merchandise's 4AD debut will be out in about a month (8/25) and the band have just released a video for new single "Enemy." Directed by Tim Saccenti (who also took the band's press shot, above), the video pays homage to the iconic work of Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and William Eggleston. You can watch that below.
The band were in NYC not so long ago and have just announced an extensive fall tour, for most of which they'll be joined by Danish quartet Lower whose new album Seek Warmer Climes came out last month and is certainly in the same melo-romantic postpunk world as Merchandise. (They were in NYC recently too.) That combo hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/16) at noon.
The MHOW show (and a few other dates) is also with Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil whose new percussion-intensive record, Novos Mistérios, came out back in April via Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions label. You can stream a track and watch a video from that below. Also below is a Rdio mix Lower made of songs they were listening to while recording the new album.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Merchandise @ Nothing Changes - 6/26/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Florida post-punks Merchandise finally wrapped up the third of three NYC shows on their tour ahead of the release of their first album for 4AD, After the End (due 8/26). The run ended late last night (they went on around 1:30 AM, so technically this morning) at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home (the same place they played WIERD two years ago), after shows at Glasslands and Saint Vitus this past weekend. Last night's show was by far the smallest of the three, with the crowd packed around the band from almost all angles, the fog machines turned up to 11, and killer pastel lights bouncing off the low ceiling's disco ball. I caught the Vitus show and the Nothing Changes show and last night's was definitely the more exciting of the two. Crowd and band both seemed like they were just having a blast (perhaps due to everyone being a little drunker).
We recapped the first two nights here. Watch the video for "Little Killer" from the new record, below...
by Bill Pearis
Merchandise in Chicago - 6/15/14 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Merchandise played two Brooklyn shows over the weekend as part of their current tour, hitting Glasslands on Saturday (6/21) and then Saint Vitus on Sunday (6/22). I made it to the Glasslands show and thought they were pretty solid. With enough records' worth of material to choose from, their set hit most of the best from Children of Desire and Totale Nite, plus songs from the forthcoming 4AD debut, After the End. I've seen some so so Merchandise live shows, but thought they had it together this weekend, all swoony drama and kinetic action. These guys don't stand still, and trying to take a decent cameraphone pic in low light is a difficult task. "Anxiety's Door" (from last year's Total Nite) and current single "Little Killer" were terrific.
Though the band has serious punk roots, the only remnants of that left in their sound is drummer Elsner Nino (ex-Shoxx) who is a serious basher. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Merchandise's music has more in common with Manchester 1985 (anyone remember Easterhouse?) than Florida hardcore circa 2005. There was no moshing or crowdsurfing at either of these shows, unlike when I saw then at Saint Vitus in 2012, and I personally think a little more finesse in the rhythm department would be welcome. (I have friends who 100% disagree with me on this.) You get that on their recordings, I think, but it's a bit flattened by Elsner's sheer force live. But this was absolutely the best I've seen them since ditching the drum machine and I heard the Vitus show was good too (It was, and doubly good thanks to a trippy, aggressive set from openers The Ukiah Drag - Andrew).
We didn't get any pictures of this weekend's shows unfortunately, but we did just post a set of pictures from their Chicago show. NYC still has one more chance to catch Merchandise when they play the Nothing Changes party on Wednesday (6/25) at Home Sweet Home, also with Ukiah Drag. It's a late show, with things not getting started till midnight or so (doors at 10).
Merchandise's After the End is out August 26. You can watch the video for "Little Killer" from it below...
Merchandise at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
As previously mentioned, Florida post-punks Merchandise are going on a tour which hits NYC on June 21 at Glasslands with Francis Heinzfeller (tickets) and Saint Vitus on June 22 with tourmates The Ukiah Drag (tickets). Since we last spoke, it was announced that Merchandise and The Ukiah Drag will play yet another NYC show June 25 at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St) for the venue's Nothing Changes party. Updated dates are listed below.
Merchandise also just released a new song from USA '13, their 3-way split with Destruction Unit and Milk Music. That split was supposed to come out on Record Store Day but was delayed and will be out this month. Listen to the new song, via Noisey, below.
Speaking of Nothing Changes, since we last spoke, local goth punks Anasazi were added to the Iceage show happening on May 25. That's part of Iceage's tour which also hits Glasslands (5/24) a day earlier with Uniform (mems of The Men, Drunkdriver).
Iceage's pals Lower also play Nothing Changes on 5/28 which is part of their tour that also hits Acheron on 5/30. Since we last spoke, Dark Blue (mems of Clockcleaner, Paint It Black) and La Cruor were added to the Acheron show. Tickets for that are on sale.
Other upcoming Nothing Changes shows include Pedestrian Deposit with Hospital Productions-signed FFH and White Suns this Wednesday (5/7), White Ring the following week (5/14) and more. Full schedule, with the new Merchandise song and their updated list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Ukiah Drag (photo by Nina Hartmann)
New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag released their Dirt Trip 7" via Wharf Cat Records last month with the title track on the a-side, backed by a cover of '50s-era R&B group The Coasters' "Poison Ivy." "Dirt Trip" has just been given trippy video treatment that matches the band's sleazy psychedelia (filmed/edited by ZZ Rameriez). You can check that out, and stream the Coasters cover, below.
As discussed, The Ukiah Drag will be heading out to support Merchandise on their upcoming tour, making for some excellent double bills. They'll be at Merchandise's NYC show happening on June 22 at Saint Vitus (tickets), but no opener was announced for Merchandise's Glasslands show (6/21) yet.
All dates are listed, with the video and stream, below...
Merchandise @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Merchandise are busy working on their 4AD debut, but in the meantime have contributed a new song, "Figured Out," to a Record Store Day compilation being released by 540 Records, the label run by the Chaos in Tejas folks. (It's also got new songs by Destruction Unit and Milk Music.) The song is shiny, shimmering and very catchy -- bodes well for the new album. You can stream it over at NPR.
The band have also announced East Coast dates for the summer, which include two shows in NYC: June 21 at Glasslands and June 22 at Saint Vitus with New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag. Tickets to Glasslands are on sale now, and tickets to Vitus go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the 540 comp cover art and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Merchandise at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
When Merchandise first caught our ears with their Children of Desire album, it sounded like something more fit for 4AD's goth era than the punk label Katorga Works that released it, so it's exciting to hear that the band have now signed with the actual 4AD (which, in addition to those goth classics, is home to big names like The National, Grimes and Deerhunter). That makes them the second band (after Future Islands) to announce a 4AD signing the past week. Congrats guys!
Their first release for the label will be a one-sided 12" with their 14-minute long track, "Begging For Your Life / In the City Light," which first appeared on their recent split tour cassette with Chelsea Light Moving. The single comes out digitally on Wednesday (1/15), will be out on vinyl on February 25 in the US, and it will be followed by a new full length for 4AD at some point.
Merchandise's only upcoming date that we're currently aware of is Festival Nrmal.
You can listen to a four-and-a-half minute edit of the new song below...
Festival Nrmal is back again for 2014 and has expanded to now include an all day concert in Mexico City on March 1 in addition to the multi-day fest in Monterrey (March 5 - 9). (That's right before SXSW.) Tickets are on sale now.
The Mexico City concert features Blood Orange, Silver Apples, Destroyer, Anika, Wolf Eyes, Merchandise, Pional and more.
The Monterrey line-up, as it stands, has Death, Pional, Perfect Pussy, Blue Hawaii, Pure X, Kelela, and more -- with more to be announced.
All announced bands and flyers below...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Tampa garage rockers Dads share members with Merchandise (Carson Cox and David Vassalotti) and are also regulars on the same underground scene that Merchandise came from before they began extensively touring decent-sized venues across North America. Dads are about to release a new 7", Invisible Blouse, next week (7/9) via Brooklyn's Wharf Cat Records. You can stream the rowdy title track from that 7" below. They have no tour scheduled at the moment.
Meanwhile, there's also a NJ duo named Dads, who have a new EP, Pretty Good, coming out on August 6 via 6131 (you can stream a track at the AV Club). Though a bit too '04 MTV-emo for our tastes, they have an ongoing tour with Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, whose great debut LP was recently released, and that tour hits Brooklyn on July 20 at
Suburbia Death by Audio. Also on that show (and others) is The World Is... and Daylight.
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, the July 20 show has been moved to Death by Audio.
And just to keep things a little more confusing, there's a Chicago band called My Dad, who we recently caught in their hometown. Check out pictures on BV Chicago.
All Dads (NJ) dates are listed, along with a stream of the recent Dads (Tampa) single, below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Merchandise / Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent, 6/15/2013
The dream pop band with the punk rook roots, Merchandise, brought their North American tour with Milk Music and Destruction Unit to 285 Kent on a very busy Saturday night (6/15), as part of Northside Festival. The sold-out show was one of two gigs for first band of the night, Destruction Unit, who by all accounts came out looking more like a headliner than a band warming up for the "real attraction." (Destruction Unit played higher on the bill one night later at Shea Stadium) Pictures from 285 Kent are below.
The jaunt included recent stops to Chaos in Tejas and NXNE, and two of the three bands recently released videos during their tour (Merchandise for "Totale Night" and Destruction Unit for "Sonic Pearl").
More pics from Saturday night are below...
photos by David Andrako
Dan Deacon / Merchandise @ Horshoe Tavern, Toronto 6/13/2013
While many of us are running around Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the Northside Festival and others are in Tennessee for Bonnaroo, David Andrako is up in Toronto for the annual NXNE festival. Much like NYC, it was a rainy night in The Queen City Last night (6/13) and he stayed put at Horseshoe Tavern for the extra-solid bill of Nu Sensae, Dan Deacon, Merchandise, DIANA and Moon King. Pictures from Horseshoe Tavern in this post.
Merchandise and Nu Sensae are heading this way for Northside. Merchandise play 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Destruction Union which is sold out but you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Nu Sensae, meanwhile, also play with Destruction Unit, and Big Ups and Psychic Blood at Shea Stadium on Sunday (6/16). Advance tickets are still available or use the old Northside badge.
More pictures from NXNE day 1 below...
Destruction Unit at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Southwestern psychedelic punk favorites and live juggernaut Destruction Unit have released the video for "Sonic Pearl" from the band's Two Strong Hits 7-inch out via Suicide Squeeze. Check that out below. The release is not the only new tracks that the band will add to their repertoire in the near future, as DU will also welcome the forthcoming LP, Deep Trip, which is due on Sacred Bones on August 20. Check out the art for Deep Trip below.
As mentioned, Destruction Unit will play NXNE as well as NYC twice this weekend, at a sold-out 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Merchandise, and Sunday (6/16) at Shea Stadium with Nu Sensae (tickets). Both NYC shows are part of Northside Festival. Highly recommended.
That video and remaining dates are below.
While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).
Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.
Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.
There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.
Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.
In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...