Entries tagged with: Metric
photos by Bao Nguyen
"This is an epic time for Metric! Fantasies has achieved Gold status in Canada within the first few weeks of its release and it is thanks to the incredible support of our loyal fans. Since the release of Live It Out in 2005 the music industry has been in decline; it seems everyone's sales have suffered a lot since then. To have surpassed our previous album sales so dramatically in such a climate is an astonishing feat and we are so grateful to every single person who has believed in us and made it possible. Our way of doing things has always been unconventional and we took a massive risk in self-releasing Fantasies all over the world outside Canada. We're getting an overwhelmingly positive reaction from listeners around the globe and are so excited to bring the Metric love to all corners of the earth. We gave it our all and the world is magically giving back." - Emily Haines, MetricMetric are currently touring the United States in support of Fantasies. Last night that tour hit a very packed Terminal 5 in NYC (6/17). It was probably Metric's biggest headlining NYC show to date, which may explain Emily Haines getting all nostalgic about things like going to Fez (RIP).
Smile Smile opened the show with an early 7:30 pm set. Then came a rockin' set by former DFA79 member Sebastien Grainger and his band The Mountains. They're touring with Metric in the US. Metric's headlining set was heavy on the new Fantasies material. That was a good or bad thing depending on who you talk to. More pictures from the show, Metric's new video, and the rest of their tour dates, below...
The week's release list is filled with quality music, Bill Callahan's Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle and The Handsome Family's Honey Moon are already among my favorite releases of 2009. From the albums that have already crossed my path, I can also strongly recommend Ida Maria's Fortress Round My Heart, Papercuts' You Can Have What You Want, Pomegranates' Everybody, Come Outside!, and Wooden Shjips' Dos.
The most interesting music release of the week may be Easy Star All-Stars' Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, a dub remake of the Beatles' classic album.
Lights in the Attic follows its critically acclaimed (10.0 at Pitchfork) reissue of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson with two Monks releases, the remastered Black Monk Time (with bonus tracks) and a reissue of The Early Years: 1964-1965. Other reissues of note include Beck's remastered One Foot in the Grave and two remastered Dukes of Stratosphear discs, 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Peter Bjorn & John, W Hotel crowd (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Harper & Relentless7 are playing Webser Hall on May 5th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg three days after that. Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both shows.
Ben Lee and Low vs. Diamond are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Tickets went on sale yesterday for Santigold's show at Terminal 5.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday for Animal Collective's show in Brooklyn.
some of Metric @ Union Pool in September (more by Kyle Dean reinford)
Following 2005's [album] Live It Out, Metric returns with their fourth full length studio album Fantasies. Written by the band in a farmhouse outside Seattle and by frontwoman Emily Haines while on a soul-cleansing sojourn to Argentina, Fantasies is a densely textured modern mix of psychedelia, electro, and rock with a "really big and really dreamy" sound, says guitarist/co-founder Jimmy Shaw.I think that mixing they're talking about happened back in September which is why Emily Haines was in town to play those Brooklyn shows at Union Pool. They'll be in NYC again this June, when Metric headlines the much larger Terminal 5. Tickets for the June 17th show go on sale Friday at noon.
Haines adds, "For me, the major influences on the record were the places we wrote it: Bear Creek, this utopian farmhouse studio, and then our own studio in Toronto, which definitely brought in the electro, dance and rock elements because the city feels so good right now and so many of our musician friends were around. And then for me, being in Buenos Aires, most of the songs I brought to this record came out of being in exile with just a piano and a guitar. And then in the final stages, mixing at Electric Lady in NYC brought everything around to where we first met Josh and Joules."
Fantasies will be available in the US April 14
You can pre-order Fantasies now at their site. Pre-orders include an "immediate digital download of 3 tracks, including the album version of Help I'm Alive PLUS two exclusive pre-order tracks: a cover of Pink Floyd's Nobody Home and the acoustic version of Gimme Sympathy."
The new album tracklist, a video for one of the new songs, and all tour dates, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
As announced, Emily Haines played back to back shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn last night (Sept 7). The two Emily shows were followed by a third show where Emily joined former tour-mates Tall Firs on stage for a few songs. Ends up, the first two shows weren't Emily solo performances at all. She didn't even play one song off her solo album. Instead, she and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw played the new, unreleased 9-track Metric album in its entirety, acoustically, twice. They just finished recording it earlier that day - their reason for being in NYC. Both sets were identical and both ended with the older Metric favorite "Live it Out" - a song the crowd was invited to sing along to.
Future plans for Metric include releasing the new album in November or December, playing more stripped-down, full-album shows, and maybe even recording and releasing the acoustic live version. Kyle stayed for all three sets last night. The below pictures are a mix from all of them (and include the setlist aka the tracklist for the new album)....
Emily Haines (Metric) @ APW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
A distinct contrast from Metric's bold, danceable sound, Emily's solo work is an intimate and subtle collection of mellow, piano-driven tunes complimented by soft string and horn arrangements. [EACH] TICKET IS GOOD FOR [ONE] PERFORMANCE. - #1 @ 7:30PM. A REPEAT PERFORMANCE WILL FOLLOW @ 9PM. TICKETS ARE PRESALE ONLY, AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. ALL SHOWS ARE 21+. NO EXCEPTIONS. UNION POOL 484 UNION AVE. CORNER OF UNION & MEEKER BROOKLYN, NY 11211Sunday, Sept. 7th. tickets are on sale for:
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
I wasn't super excited for Saturday's All Points West daytime schedule, but I figured it would be at least fun to hangout at the main stage and see Chromeo followed by Metric followed by Animal Collective. Well...running late caused me to miss Chromeo and then a gigantic @#$@#%@#$ line to get into the park caused me to miss Metric which I guess is also partly due to running late since someone told me they walked right in an hour or two earlier. Metric also played a show the night before at Highline Ballroom. More APW pics below...
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Osheaga, the outdoor music festival in Montreal, celebrated its third birthday this weekend with a bevy of local acts, some emerging talent, and great live performers. Day one (Sunday August 3rd) of the festival was also one of the most hectic musical days in recent [Montreal] memory. The week long Francophone music festival, FrancoFolies, concluded the same day with a performance by former Osheaga artist Malajube, and Wolf Parade (another former Osheaga performer) finished a tour downtown with their first Montreal performance since the release of At Mount Zoomer....
Mates of State @ Mercury Lounge (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Mates of State and Metric show at Highline Ballroom on August 7th is now the Mates of State show (9pm, August 7th, w/ Telepathique, $15) and the Metric show (August 8th, midnight, $15). "Tickets purchased prior to July 23 are valid to both the 8/7 and 8/8 shows or may be refunded at point of purchase."
Metric @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets go on sale Friday for a Thursday August 7th Metric & Mates of State show at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Both bands are then playing the All Points West festival in Jersey City that weekend. All dates below....
photos by Ryan Muir
Emily Haines, lead singer and synth player for Metric, gave a special girl power shoutout on Sunday ... to her Pro-One keyboard.More pictures from Coachella below....
"The Pro-One is one of those instruments, they're like a woman. You can't understand them, there's like 1,000 knobs, and it cries every time you touch it," she said as the temperamental Pro-One faltered on a song.
"I'm proud to be a girl! And I'm proud to play an instrument that behaves like an [effing] woman every show!"
Then after ordering the audience to tell the Pro-One they loved it, in unison, Metric launched into "Poster of a Girl." [San Diego Union Tribune]
passing around Emily Haines @ The Scala, London - Feb 2007 (James Looker)
Metric is coming out with a DVD, and there are NYC screenings at Crash Mansion and Galapagos. I saw something about a "special guest" band after the screening at the Galapagos one - sort of implying that Metric will be there, but I doubt that is true. Let me know if it is though. All dates and trailer below....
but Emily and the guy from Pavement did.....
Emily Haines & Kevin Drew @ Webster Hall (CRED)
Scott Kannberg (spiral stairs) & BSS @ Webster Hall (CRED)
The covered a Pavement song with Scott. A set list that Dirk is 'pretty sure' about, below...
BSS ("Spirit If") @ The Metro, Chicago - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Scott Kannberg (Pavement), James Shaw (Metric) and Emily Haines (Metric) will all be joining Kevin Drew & friends on stage tomorrow night at Webster Hall in NYC. (Nov 14, 2007). Arthur & Yu are opening. Tickets are still on sale. I definitely want to go now. Updated tour dates below...
The Cure @ Download Festival 2007 - Oct 6, 2007
Metric @ Download 2007, Mountain View, CA - Oct 6, 2007
* The Hives are at Webster Hall
* "Blind Melon" still exist, playing Canal Room
* Loudon Wainwright III & Leon Redbone are @ Symphony Space
* High on Fire, Mono & Panthers are @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Qui (Jesus Lizard) & Dragons of Zynth are @ Mercury Lounge
* Sunset Rubdown play Bowery Ballroom
* Greg Jamie from O'Death is playing Cake Shop - free
* The Cave Singers are playing Sound Fix - free
* free show at Luna Lounge - with RSVP
* L Magazine nightlife awards - free with RSVP
* Jeremy Enigk & Kevin Devine are @ Highline Ballroom
* Pinback & MC Chris are at Nokia Theatre
* Kid Rock is at Irving Plaza (Fillmore)
* Download Festival: The Cure saves the day
* The Cure - rescheduled 2008 Tour Dates (Sasqhatch Fest)
When Emily Haines wasn't talking about giving up the music life to do cooking shows, she was leading her ferocious dance-rock band Metric in a blazing performance at Webster Hall. [Sonic Parthenon]Check out Emily Haine's really cool-looking new (I think) video for Our Hell below...
Foo Fighters @ Irving Plaza (Fillmore), NYC - Sept 20, 2007 (CRED)
Metric @ 9:30 Club, Washington DC - Sept 20, 2007 (photo by BAO)
Most Serene Republic @ Osheaga, Montreal - Sept 9, 2007 (CRED)
* Les Sav Fav, Cheeseburger & Fatal Flying Guiloteens are at MHOW
* Grand Buffet are at Mercury Lounge
* Super Furry Gruff Rhys is at Hiro Ballroom
* Chemical Brothers are playing Hammerstein Ballroom
* Spank Rock is DJing at the Apple Store
* Ulrich Schnauss is playing Bowery Ballroom
* Heavy Trash is at Luna Lounge
* Handsome Family are at Maxwell's
* Super Diamond & Tragedy @ Irving Plaza
* Metric & Crystal Castles are at Webster Hall
* The Most Serene Republic & High Places are at Union Hall
* Sure Juror & Jukebox the Ghost are at Pianos
* Sure Juror are giving away all their music for free
* Zach Galifinakis, Fred Armisen & others @ Knitting Factory
Citysol 2007 (MORE)
As has been said, and will probably be said some more, the idea of Les Savy Fav being added to the bill of Arcade Fire & LCD Soundsystem @ Randall's Island is pretty awesome (and true). Tickets for the October 6th show are still on sale - as are tickets to Les Savy Fav's other two upcoming NYC shows.
In related news: I posted something last week about upcoming Metric shows, and how Emily haines contributed some piano (yes, just piano) to the new Les Savy Fav record. Well, since then her tour dates became more official and announced, so those (along with the latest Arcade Fire tour dates) are below....
Bang Lime (not to be confused with NYC's Drop the Lime) is the "the two-man side project from the rhythm section (and American half) of the band Metric." Their debut album 'Best Friends in Love' comes out on Last Gang Records on August 14th. You can hear some songs from it streaming @ their MySpace, and they're touring in August - they'll play Union Pool & Mercury Lounge.
I don't love what I'm hearing from Bang Lime, but I do love Metric (live especially), and Metric will also be going on tour - in September with Crystal Castles. Tickets go on sale Friday for a show at Webster Hall on September 21st. Metric recently released their "lost debut of sorts" Grow Up and Blow Away. As Pitchfork points out, "The album has been available on the internet for years, but this marks its first hard release, and it showcases Metric as a two-piece, before bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key became permanent members." I think Metric has been recording a new-new album as well.
The Osheaga Festival Musique De Arts happens Labor Day weekend (Sept 2-3, 2006) in Montreal: "40 + bands across 4 stages for 2 days of music and arts". I've listed the bands who were announced so far below...
"Singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw, half of Canadian electropop foursome Metric, dropped by Rolling Stone's Times Square studio to play a bare-bones set of songs off their sophomore album, 2005's Live It Out. Shedding their club-friendly sound to go acoustic, Haines and Shaw -- both also members of Toronto outfit Broken Social Scene -- channeled mellow moods on the album's haunting title track and offer up a powerful cover of late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's tune 'Between the Bars.'"
Rolling Stone (magazine) has the videos. I'm guessing this happened while they were here to also play the China Club. Still no official word on a Metric date at McCarren Pool (anyone know anything?), but Emily will definitely be back to play solo in September. Metric opened for the Rolling Stones (band) back in January.
ICE CREAM MAN WATCHING BSS @ THE CHINA CLUB (CRED)
Star's Amy Millan is playing early (7:30) & late (9:30) solo shows at Joe's Pub in NYC on October 3, 2006. Like fellow ladies of Broken Social Scene Leslie Feist and Emily Haines before her, she'll kick-off her solo career in this intimate location. (no ticket info yet).
I don't know when, but I think Metric are one of the "TBA" acts listed below....
MCCARREN PARK POOL 2006 CONCERT SCHEDULE SO FAR
Sun 7/09 - Les Savy Fav, ???, Beans With Holy Fuck, Dragons of Zynth, DJs Finger On The Pulse (free)
Sun 7/16 - TBA (free)
Sun 7/23 - Silversun Pickups & TBA (free)
Sat 7/29 - Bloc Party, Secret Machines, Mew [SOLD OUT]
Sun 7/30 - Of Montreal, Enon (free)
Sun 8/06 - TBA
Fri 8/11 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Blood on the Wall
Sat 8/12 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Awesome Color
Sun 8/13 - Deerhoof, Beirut, Apollo Sunshine, The Harlem Shakes, DJ Questlove (free)
Thu 8/17 - Iron & Wine
Thu 8/24 - Neko Case, Joanna Newsom, Martha Wainwright
Sun 8/27 - The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Elvis Perkins, Human Television, DJ Mikey Palms (free)
Sun 9/03 - Shy Child, Spank Rock, DJs The Rub (free)
9/09 - Gov't Mule, Wolfmother & Two Gallants