Entries tagged with: Merchandise
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...
Merchandise at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Just a few days after ripping Chaos in Tejas alongside a stacked bill of The Men, Total Control, Destruction Unit, Lower and others, Merchandise are back out on the road with Milk Music, Destruction Unit and more, poised to hit 285 Kent next week (6/15) as part of Northside Fest. Tickets are still available.
The band recently released a video for the title track of their 12", Totale Nite. Check that out, alongside updated tour schedule, below.
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
by Andrew Sacher
KIngston, PA punks Title Fight, whose 2012 emotionally charged post-hardcore record, Floral Green, was one of the best of its kind that year, just returned home from a European tour with Whirr and they've now got some upcoming US shows scheduled for the summer. A full tour announcement hasn't come yet, but they were recently announced for LA's FYF Fest. They've got East Coast shows happening sooner than that though, including the PA stop (6/14) on the Merchandise, Milk Music, and Destruction Unit tour (tickets) and a NYC show aboard a Rocks Off Cruise on June 16. That show is being presented by Shirts for a Cure and tickets for it are on sale now.
As mentioned, on Record Store Day, Title Fight released a split 7" with Touche Amore where the two bands covered each other, and you can now pick up that 7" on grey or pink vinyl at the Deathwish E-Store. The purchase comes with an instant MP3 download of the release. You can also stream a sample of each song below.
Touche Amore, who also play FYF Fest, are working on a new album which is due out this fall via Deathwish. They recently began work on it with producer Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate). Check out a trailer video of the band in studio below.
All Title FIght dates are listed, along with a full stream of Floral Green and all other streams/videos, below...
The great Destruction Unit will batter us yet again with new material, most imminently a 7" due on Suicide Squeeze. Featuring two new tracks of psychedelic punk, you can stream half of the Two Strong Hits 7" in the form of "Sonic Pearl" below. In ADDITION, look for the band to release an LP via their new label home Sacred Bones on August 20. Details are sketchy thus far beyond that.
Updated dates are listed, along with that stream. below.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Mission of Burma @ Strawberry Festival, 5/10/2013
Mission of Burma and Merchandise joined Library Time to play Strawberry Fest off of NYU's campus during the day on Friday (May 10th). The free show was one of two scheduled for the Merchandise guys, who performed solo sets at 285 Kent later that night.
More pictures of MoB and Merchandise from NYU's Strawberry Festival are below.
Merchandise on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In addition, the band dropped off a new short film for "Rush of Blood," available for viewing below. The film was "conceptualized, directed, and edited by frontman Carson Cox with an original score by guitarist Dave Vassalotti."
Merchandise at Mohawk during SXSW 2013 (more by Chad Wadsworth)
Two members of Merchandise, namely David (as D. Vassalotti) and Carson (as Blonde God), will step out from behind their band to both play solo sets at 285 Kent on Friday (5/10), joined by support from Horoscope. The show lists the headliners as "tba??" but we have assurances that the remaining appearance will NOT come from Merchandise themselves (despite the fact that they play NYU earlier that night with Mission of Burma). Tickets are on sale.
Mission of Burma at Bowery Ballroom in January (more by PSquared Photography)
We just mentioned that Merchandise will be playing NYU's Strawberry Festival, which goes down on May 10 at LaGuardia Place from 12:30-4:30 PM, and is free, all ages, and open to the public. It's since been announced that post-punk veterans Mission of Burma will headline the festival, which is even more reason that this is going to be a good show. The bill also includes Library Time and one more TBA.
It's Mission of Burma's only North American date that we're aware of before the band heads over to Europe in June. Meanwhile, MoB member Roger Miller's old band Sproton Layer has shows coming up too, including one in NYC on July 26 at Mecury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Merchandise on a bridge during SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Merchandise, whose recently-expanded lineup puts on way more killer shows than when they were a three-piece, are touring like crazy this year. Their run with fellow punk-minded bands Milk Music and Destruction Unit hits NYC on June 15 at 285 Kent as part of the Northside Festival (tickets), but you'll be able to catch Merchandise in NYC even sooner and for free when they play NYU's Strawberry Festival on May 10 at LaGuardia Place between Washington Sq. and West 3rd St. Library Time is also on the lineup and more bands TBA. The show runs from 12:30 to 4:30 PM and is open to the public.
Merchandise released their new album, Totale Nite, earlier this month via Night People. It's the followup to last year's Smiths/Joy Division-indebted Children of Desire, and brings new elements to their sound like bluesy harmonicas, weird sax freakouts, and a Sabbathian interlude. I'd say it's a pretty worthy followup to Children of Desire. What did you think of it? Did you think it was the worst? If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Spotify, along with an updated list of tour dates, below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
Parquet Courts / Merchandise @ Pedestrian Bridge, Austin, 3/15/2013
We at BrooklynVegan teamed up with Chaos in Tejas for a show on the Pedestrian Bridge in Austin last night (technically this morning, 3/15, at 2 AM) with Destruction Unit, Merchandise, and Parquet Courts. The show was packed with people literally everywhere from in front of and behind the band, on lamposts, benches, railings, and even hanging outside of railings. All three bands were great, definitely feeding off the high energy from the crowd, and the show got heavier and heavier as it went on. Parquet Courts kicked things off with some driving indie rock, followed by Merchandise, whose current lineup has a great drummer, a saxist, and includes frontman Carson Cox playing second guitar (it's way more punk than their record and their drummer-less shows), and Destruction Unit were so heavy that you just have to see them because there's nothing I can say to do last night's set any justice.
More pictures of the craziness below...
SXSW is in ful, nutty swing and and while we've already announced our slate of official nighttime showcases and day parties, we've got one more for ya. BrooklynVegan and Chaos in Tejas are proud to present tonight, March 14 (technically 3/15 in the AM) a show on the Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar & Riverside) featuring sets from Destruction Unit, Merchandise and Parquet Courts. The FREE, all-ages show kicks off at 2AM. Get there!
In addition to this, Chaos in Tejas have quite a few shows of their own during SXSW as well.
Meanwhile, our free Thursday day party at The Main and The Jr. starts at noon CDT, and kick off with sets from Jacco Gardner and Single mothers. If you're in Austin, stop by!