Entries tagged with: Merchandise
by Bill Pearis
Merchandise and Dum Dum Girls have joined forces for a new single, "Red Sun," which will be released on November 27 as part of Sub Pop's 7" series. Propelled by a throbbing synth bass and lead vocal by Dee Dee, this is a nice bit of smoldering, widescreen goth and you can stream it below.
November 27 is also Record Store Day Black Friday.
photo: Merchandise in Chicago in 2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Florida post-punks Merchandise were just in NYC for two shows this past Saturday, and now they're planning on swinging back around for another one this Saturday (6/13).
It's one of the two free daytime Northside Festival shows happening at the UO Live Stage at Williamsburg Walks, located on Bedford Ave and N. 5th St. It's a diverse lineup too, with Merchandise being joined by psych rockers Sunflower Bean, ambient/art pop musician GABI, punky indie rockers Bully, and one more TBA.
The next day (6/14) has Light Asylum, Honduras, Eskimeaux, American Wrestlers, and one more TBA.
Set times for both shows below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung @ Governors Ball 2015
White Lung were just in NYC over the weekend for three shows. The first was a late Governors Ball aftershow at Knitting Factory on Friday (6/5) with their tourmates (and Mish Way's husband's band) Obliterations. I caught that one, which had them going on at 1 AM and sounding as intense as ever. I've talked plenty of times about how great White Lung's live show is, but it really does continue to amaze me each time. Friday night's show did also have a new element to it though. It was my first time seeing them with Deap Vally singer Lindsey Troy on bass/backup vocals, in place of previous touring member Hether Fortune (of Wax Idols). Lindsey fit right in with the band, and her and Mish's voices blended especially well.
Then about 12 hours later, they played an early set Governors Ball, which our photographer caught. And Saturday night, they were the secret guest at the late Merchandise / Cloakroom show at Baby's All Right in place of Nothing, as we mentioned they would be, right after Merchandise's early show at Palisades. I didn't catch that one, but did catch Merchandise and Cloakroom at the Palisades show which had Merch reaching back and giving the crowd a couple old ones off their pre-breakthrough record, (Strange Songs) In the Dark.
More pictures of White Lung's Governors Ball set, and a short video clip from Baby's, below...
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Nothing have been on tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, but recently had to cancel a few dates due to a medical emergency. The plan was to continue the tour, but sadly the band have now dropped off all remaining dates. They write:
Despite our efforts to try and play the remaining shows on this tour, unfortunately the injuries sustained are proving to linger longer than expected and we will be forced to cancel.Bummer to hear, and best of luck to the Nothing guys. The tour goes on with Merchandise and Cloakroom, and hits NYC on Saturday (6/6) at Palisades (early) and Baby's All Right (late). Baby's is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Palisades. Stay tuned for news of a replacement on those shows.
Apologies to ticket buyers, promoters, venues, agents, Merchandise, and Cloakroom.
We're in awe of these shitty unforeseen circumstances and extremely saddened. We will return when we can. Thanks for your understanding.
In happier news, the Nothing/Whirr-related Camera Shy are releasing their self-titled debut album on July 14 via Run for Cover and put out the new single "Colors Radiate" this week. Listen below (via Fader).
photo: Cloakroom at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
The killer triple-billed tour of Merchandise, Nothing and Cloakroom hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades for a show that quickly sold out, but if you didn't get tickets (or want to see them twice in one night) you're now in luck. They've added a midnight show happening just down the road at Baby's All Right that night. Merchandise headline the Palisades show, but it appears that Nothing headline this one. Tickets for Baby's go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.
Yesterday, Nothing released a cover of Nirvana's "Something In the Way." Listen to that, with the updated list of dates, below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
Merchandise, who recently wrapped up a tour with Title Fight and Power Trip, and Nothing, who recently wrapped up a tour with Torche (which hit NYC last week), now announced they'll go on tour together surrounding both bands' appearances at Sasquatch. Making it a great triple bill, they're bringing Indiana sludge-gazers Cloakroom along for the ride too.
That tour hits NYC on June 6 at Palisades, the small all-ages Bushwick spot which seems likely to get packed for this show. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with some song streams and videos, below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts and Dave
Gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman are getting harder to secure now that Dave has set his end date. But Parquet Courts managed to snag a slot last night (1/7), playing "Bodies Made Of" off last year's Sunbathing Animal. And maybe Dave also announced his post-CBS plans in the process. After the song, Dave came over and told the band, "Paul and I have talked it over, we would like to manage the band." Watch the video below.
Parquet Courts, who wrapped up 2014 with their biggest NYC show yet, will continue to tour in 2015. No NYC dates at the moment, but they will be touring the Southeast, including dates with Priests, Merchandise and Nots. Then they'll head to Australia and New Zealand. They'll also be playing Coachella. All tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile over at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The War on Drugs were on performing "An Ocean In Between the Waves" from last year's acclaimed Lost in the Dream. You can watch that below. TWOD are about to start a UK tour and all their tour dates, including stops at Coachella and Governors Ball, are listed below.
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...