Entries tagged with: Metronomy
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy just shared the video for "Love Letters," the title track to their new album. It was directed by Michel Gondry, one of the masters of the form, and it's the first he's done in three years. Shot in one take with a set designed for in-camera effects (shades of "Lucas with the Lid Off"), "Love Letters" is simple but still very Gondryan. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, Metronomy will be on tour in North America this spring, including NYC at Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets for all dates on the "Love Letter to America Tour" -- including Webster Hall -- are available on fan presale here starting today (2/11) at noon EST. (You do need to register.) Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12) at noon.
If you have a question for Metronomy, frontman Joe Mount will be participating in a Google Hangout hosted by British comedian Adam Buxton on Wednesday (2/12) at noon EST via the band's YouTube page. "Love Letters" video below...
Metronomy @ MHOW 2/6/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Metronomy were just in the US last week, playing a sold-out, BV-presented show at Music Hall of Williamsburg where they played almost all of their new album, Love Letters (out 3/11). After visiting NYC, they jetted off to Seattle for a live performance on KEXP where they played four new songs and you can stream that here.
The band, with their new outfits and stage show, will be back in late spring for The Love Letter to America Tour that hits NYC on May 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/14) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12). All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Metronomy @ MHOW 2/5/2014
Metronomy's Joseph Mount comes off as very much the genial "Carry On" English archetype. "I stepped in one of your famous New York ice traps," commenting on the city's current extremely slushy condition last night (2/5) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. "It was great for me... apart for the ice." The band are in NYC doing press for their new album, Love Letters (out next month), and worked in a show while here -- presented by BrooklynVegan -- which gave us a taste of the record, their new live line-up and stage show.
About that last part, gone are their signature glowing chest lights and in is a white dress code -- the men wearing wine-colored jackets -- and Davros-ian podiums for keyboardist Oscar Cash and new live addition Michael Lovett (of NZCA Lines and whose brother Gabriel Stebbing used to be in Metronomy). That makes for a blank canvas for simple but effective color projections. I miss the stick-it-and-click-it lights, but the new setup was pretty cool.
Metronomy bravely opened the show with three new songs -- the baroque "Monstrous," the vaguely psych "Month of Sundays" and the Bowie-esque current single "Love Letters." Given that almost no one's heard the album yet, I was surprised by this and that they played the entire new album save for opening cut "The Upsetter." This is not a bad thing, but the closest Love Letters comes to a banger is instrumental "Boy Racers" though it has more in common with Hot Butter's "Popcorn" than "The Bay" or "Radio Ladio" (both of which they played).
The new album's more pastoral bent is still decidely Metronomy-esque, though, and has a bunch of really great songs, including slow jam "I'm Aquarius" and what is maybe the record's best song, the ballad-ish "The Most Immaculate Haircut," which Mount dedicated to "anyone who's paid more than $30 for a haircut," adding, "My mum cuts mine."
The new stuff was counterbalanced with almost all the songs you'd want off The English Rivera and Nights out, including "The Look," "Heartbreaker," "Everything Goes My Way," and "She Wants." ("A Thing For Me" was the only glaring ommission, but they played for 90 minutes). Much credit, as always, to their killer rhythm section of drummer Anna Prior and bassist Gbenga Adelekan who really power Mount's quirky visions.
Opening last night was The Range, aka Providence knob-twiddler James Hinton whose 2013 album Nonfiction has gotten many accolades. Alone onstage with a table full of gear, his set sounded great even if there wasn't much to watch. You can catch him this Saturday (2/8) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and in May with CHVRCHES.
Metronomy's setlist and more pics from the MHOW show below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
We're about six weeks out from Metronomy's fourth album, Love Letters, which hits the public on March 11 via Elektra/Because. You may remember that the new album was made at London's famed Toe Rag Studios on analogue tape with little or no help from computers/sequencers. You really get a sense for what this could mean for the new album with its title track, which Metronomy just posted for streaming. Driven by a pounding piano line, it's more like something The Kinks would've done in 1971 or perhaps Bowie or ELO. You can stream it -- and watch the video for "I'm Aquarius" -- below.
Metronomy will be in NYC early next month for the BrooklynVegan presented show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 5, their only current North American date. That show is sold out but we're giving a pair away. Details below.
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, which will be out in March via Because/Elektra and if you haven't heard first single "I'm an Aquarius" yet you can stream it below. Before the album's release, the band will be coming to North America for press and will be playing NYC while here and BrooklynVegan is very happy to be presenting the show. That show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale Wednesday (12/11) at 10 AM. It's their only announced North American show at the moment.
Single stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy's Joe Mount and Anna Prior recording new album (photo by Tim Eve)
Metronomy have announced details of their fourth album, Love Letters, which will be out in March via Because/Elektra. The album, the follow-up to 2011's The English Riviera, was recorded on analogue tape at London's Toe Rag Studios with main man Joseph Mount producing as usual. The first taste of the record -- the slow-burning "I'm Aquarius" -- is streamable in this post.
You can check out the album art, track list and single stream below...
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Fred Falke's been an active producer in the French house scene since the '90s, but he released his first full solo LP, Part IV, last year. The album contains some of the singles Falke has been dropping throughout his career in addition to newer ones. Tracks like "Aurora," "Look Into Your Eyes," and "Back To Stay" focus on Falke's ability to chop up vocals, whereas cuts like "Chicago" and "Wait For Love" see the use of Daft Punk-y funk basslines, and the crunchy synths of "Electricity" dive into borderline Justice territory. Check out the video for "Aurora", a full stream of "Wait For Love" long with snippets of the entire album, below.
Video, stream, show flier, remixes and more below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ben Browning, who joined Cut Copy as their bassist before the release of 2011's excellent Zonoscope LP, had been working on his material prior to that album, and released it in the form of the Lover Motion EP on Cut Copy's Cutters label last week (3/19). The EP was produced by Architecture in Helsinki members Gus Franklin and Haima Marriott and features keyboard programming from Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford. The single, "I Can't Say," doesn't sound very different from the material on Zonoscope and is by far the biggest pop moment on the EP. Of the remaining four tracks, two are instrumental, and the other two are on a slightly calmer side of pop. You can stream the entire EP and the "I Can't Stay" single which includes remixes by Knightlife and Juan Maclean below. The video for "I Can't Stay" is also below.
Ben will be making his way over to the US for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival in Columbia, MD (4/28) with The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, and others this April. The day before that festival, he'll play a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also an LA date with Metronomy (who will be in LA on tour with Coldplay).
All dates, video and streams below....
by Bill Pearis
If you'd like tickets for free, we're giving away a pair to Thursday's show. Contest details, with all Metronomy tour dates, plus videos from all five singles from The English Riviera , below.
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy have sold out their March 30 show at Irving Plaza and have added a second show at the venue the night before (3/29) with Friends opening for both shows. Tickets for the new show go on sale tomorrow (2/29) at 10am. The band's headline tour wraps up with a performance at Coachella, and immediately after they are going to open West Coast dates of Coldplay's North American tour. Say hi to Apple!
Meanwhile, Metronomy's The English Riviera - The Unreleased Remixes comes out next week on iTunes and there are some really great versions on there, like Clock Opera's radical reworking of "The Bay" which basically turns it into a new song. (Clock Opera play the BV-presented show at Santos on 3/12 with Django Django and Charli XCX, btw.) You can stream that remix and Two Inch Punch's "Shook Shook Refix" of "The Look" at the bottom of this post, which is also where all Metronomy tour dates can be found.
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto art popper Sandro Perri spent the first half of the last decade recording under the moniker Polmo Polpo and the second half under his own name. He's also been a member/collaborator of Great Lake Swimmers (who recently announced an album and tour), Detective Kalita, Barzin, Dot Wiggin, Glissandro 70, Double Suicide, and Continuous Dick. He's been getting increased attention lately after the release of his 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces, which ended up on Pitchfork's top 50 albums of the year. The album brings together sunny art pop, folk, and touches of world music. You can stream the entire thing below.
Sandro Perri has a few shows coming up including the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati (3/29) and a NYC show happening two days later at Mercury Lounge on March 31 with Bhi Bhiman before he hooks up with Metronomy for a few dates on their upcoming tour. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (2/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (2/15) at noon.
He's not currently listed on Metronomy's NYC show which happens on March 30 at Irving Plaza (Friends are though) but it looks like he'll open Metronomy's Chicago show which currently lists a "guest" but it falls right in between Perri opening their Toronto show and their Minneapolis show. Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are still on sale.
All dates and album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy is no stranger to remixes. Until The English Riveria blew up, Jospeph Mount was more known as a remixer (Goldfrapp, Lykke Li,Charlotte Gainsbourg). But lately it's been Metronomy who's getting remixed. The English Riviera singles "The Look," "The Bay" and "Everything Goes My Way" all came in a handful of versions, reworked by the likes of Fred Falke, The 2 Bears, Eron Alkan, and Psychemagik. But the band comissioned many more -- including ones for album tracks -- that haven't seen the light of day. They will, though, when Metronomy releases The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes on March 3.
We've got the premiere of the compilations' lead track, a cover (not actually a remix) of "Corrine" by Benoit & Sergio that you can stream below. Some of the other folks messing with Metronmy cuts include Mario Basanov, Ewan Pearson, Clock Opera, Two Inch Punch and more.
The 13-track album is digital-only but will be out in time for Metronomy's upcoming North American tour which stops at Irving Plaza on March 30. Metronomy's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg during CMJ last year was my favorite live performance of 2011, so if you haven't seen them yet you should absolutely correct this as soon as possible. Friends open the Irving Plaza show and three other shows on the tour.
All Metronomy tour dates are below, along with stream of the Benoit & Sergio cover of "Corrine," and cover art for The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
Metronomy at Pier 54 (more by Chris La Putt)
Metronomy will release the new Everything Goes My Way Remix EP, featuring a quartet of remixes of the single from Ewan Pearson, Jesse Rose, Psychemagik, and Enchante. You can listen to the Ewan Pearson remix and watch the video of the original below. Look for the full EP on 12/6 via iTunes and other digital outlets. Full tracklist is below.
Metronomy is currently touring Europe but will hit the road for a string of North American dates this spring, tagging cities across the US including NYC at Irving Plaza on 3/30. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates, that video and the remix stream is below.
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy (more by Chris La Putt)
My big pick for tonight would be Metronomy at Music Hall of Williamsburg but it's sold out. There will be badges let in but, you know, get there early. Their new album The English Riviera is one of my favorites of the year, "The Look" is a contender for Single of the Year and Metronomy's show at River Rocks this summer was one of my favorite concert moments of 2011. If you have a badge and like them at all you should try to go.
Also playing are Class Actress whose album Raproacher was released this week. While I'm not sold on the C.A. live experience I do like the album -- it got a 7.1 on Pitchfork today. Caged Animals are before that (I like their album quite a bit) and True Womanhood.
Keeping things dancey but much more accessible (in a physical, get in the show kind of way) are San Francisco's Silver Swans who play tonight at The Delancey (10PM). Their album Forever is in the can just waiting for someone to release it, and it's terrific I think. A little Knife-y at times but they're doing their own thing. You can download Silver Swans' slinky cover of Fleet Foxes "He Doesn't Know Why" at the top of this post. If you can't go tonight, they play Bruar Falls tomorrow at 8PM.
My other call-out pick for Thursday night is Tunabunny who are from Athens, Georgia and play Bruar Falls at 11PM. Yes, the name is kind of horrible but give them a listen, it's well worth your time. The quartet have a ramshackle, dissonant sound that is a little early '80s (Raincoats, Pastels) and a little early '90s (Helium, first album Breeders, Scrawl) but there are some quality pop hooks amongst the calamity. The band just released their second album, Minima Moralia, on the Happy Birthday to Me label. It's good!
The Bruar Falls show is a HBTM showcase that also features Red Pony Clock, Eureka California, Flash to Bang Time, Afternoon Naps and Fishboy. Tunabunny also play the Ace Hotel on Sunday night (10/23) for those who need one more night of rock music.
As for whole showcases to check out, Sub Pop and subsidiary label Hardly Art have put together a combo roster of heavy hitters: Xray Eyeballs, GEM CLUB, Jacuzzi Boys, Memoryhouse, Still Corners, J Mascis and headliners Dum Dum Girls. Sold out but they will accept some CMJ badges...so go early... the whole lineup is killer. And go early 'cause you never know what Xray Eyeballs' frontman OJ is gonna do. They've also got a new zombified new video which you can watch over at Impose. If you miss it, J Mascis also plays our day party Friday. Still Corners play our day party at Knitting Factory today.
Snarky online video show Weird Vibes has put together an authentic alt line-up for you to carefully consider and tweet about at Cameo: Keepaway, Pat Jordache, MillionYoung, Headless Horseman and Weekend (who play our own CMJ showcase Friday night).
Or you could go see a bunch of French indie bands at Santos. That will probably be pretty entertaining. (I mean that for real.) Zenzile, The Inspector Cluzo, Stranded Horse will rock you en Francais. Also it's free if you RSVP.
If you're out in the Gowanus/Park Slope area, you can head to Littlefield for a very sweet lineup of local talent, including Frankie Rose's only CMJ show and likely last one ever with this line-up of her band. She says her new record, our early 2012 on Slumberland, is too different and will need a rethink on how to play it live. Consider me intrigued, Frankie.
The other bands on the bill include Widowspeak, Talk Normal, Blues Control, Amen Dunes and Noveller. Littlefield is a really cool venue, so hit this one and just relax and know you're staying in one place all evening. Who needs all this running around?
UNNOFICIAL NIGHTTIME ACTION:
I was really impressed with King Krule last night at Glasslands, despite some shitty sound, whose set was one part jazz pop and one part early '80s Mike Leigh. He's the real deak. Catch his at Shea Stadium tonight as part of the Gorilla Vs Bear/YoursTruly party that also has Grimes, Dent May, Main Attrakionz, Gauntlet Hair, The Bins & Bleached. The show is free but you need to RSVP.
International Tapes is throwing a shindig at 285 Kent with Com Truise, Dom, Laurel Halo, Porcelain Raft, La Big Vic and Beige. All ages, $10.
OK, that's a lot of good suggestions. Go see some music tonight! Flyers and videos are below.
Though most of the lineup has yet to be revealed - except for King Krule, Metronomy (who also play MHOW), Purity Ring, Fat Trel (pictured above) and Bleached (more on them in a sec), this year's CMJ Fader Fort RSVP is up and running for their 10/21 and 10/22 shows at 443 w 18th St in Manhattan. More details, including the lineup, TBA soon.
Those dates are the same as the two free BrooklynVegan parties happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (no RSVP required), though Fader Fort runs 2-9pm, and the BV parties are from noon-6pm.
Vice's Noisey party with Twin Shadow happens at Santos Party House on the night of 10/19, and as previously mentioned, Twin Shadow are also playing another show which is now announced and is also free and also requires RSVP. The newly-announced show also happens at night, but on Saturday, 10/22, at Le Bain. It's the "Making Time" party and Seekae is also on the bill.
Making Time is FIXED's Philly sister, and FIXED have a CMJ party of their own as well. Their showcase will take place at Public Assembly on 10/19 with Teengirl Fantasy, Still Corners, Lemonade, Chad Valley, Radio People, Warm Ghost, CFCF (DJ Set), and Resident DJs JDH & Dave P (who also DJs Making Time). Tycho was originally scheduled to play this showcase but has since cancelled all of his CMJ shows in favor of a single pre-CMJ show happening at MHOW this Sunday. Tickets for the FIXED show are on sale.
Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The first round of CMJ 2011 artists have been announced. The initial list includes Neon Indian (Webster Hall with Purity Ring), CSS (Webster Hall with EMA and MEN), Zola Jesus (KF and LPR), Wild Flag (Bowery Ballroom with Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality), Metronomy (MHOW), Portugal. The Man (T5 with Givers and Alberta Cross), Viva Brother, Wombats, The Good Natured), Kvelertak, Handsome Furs, Memoryhouse, Pharoahe Monch, and more.
The Viva Brother show is on October 19 at Bowery Ballroom with 1,2,3 and Kitten. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
The Wombats show is on October 19 at Webster Hall with The Postelles and The Good Natured. Tickets are on sale now (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). All dates below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Metronomy's suspicious lack of NYC show on their previously announced October tour has been remedied. The band will play what is probably a CMJ show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, October 20th. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.
Metronomy's last NYC show was a free 'Hudson River Rocks' one at Pier 54 (where Deer Tick & Dom play on 8/11). A second set of pictures from that one is in this post. More of them with updated dates, below...
Metronomy @ Pier 54
I really wasn't sure if anyone was going to show up. Metronomy's last NYC show was at Union Hall in August 2008 and there were about 40 people there. Metronomy's great new album The English Riviera (which just came out this week in the U.S.) has gotten good reviews, but America has largely ignored them. Pier 54 is big.
But about 4000 people did show up and, I know I'm a superfan, but Metronomy killed last night. Killed. Playing for a little more than an hour, we got pretty much everything you'd want to hear: "The Look," "She Wants" and "The Bay" from The English Riviera, the best of Nights Out ("Heartbreaker," "Radio Ladio," "Back on Motorways," "A Thing for Me"), and even a couple from the first album Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe).
The new line-up was key, with drummer Anna Prior and bassist Gbenga Adelekan bringing wallop and serious musicianship to Joseph Mount's off-kilter song creations. (Longtime member Oscar Cash rounded out the quartet.) This line-up is up there with LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax and Hot Chip as to making live dance music.
Mount was self-effacingly charming in between songs, apologizing for a sax solo gone wrong on "Back on Motorways," and making jokes about the highrise that loomed on the other side of West Street. But mostly the band just knocked out jam after jam. And the crowd, at least those in the front third of the pier, were singing along and dancing. One of my shows of the year so far.
Metronomy play L.A. tonight (7/29) and Mount told us last night that the band reminded us that they'll be back in the States in October. No new NYC dates has been announced yet though.
Class Actress played a lot of songs from her upcoming album Rapproacher to what seemed like audience indifference. I think recordings are good -- very Visage-y new wave synthpop -- but there's something missing from the live show. (A drummer?). L.A. trio American Royalty flew out just to play this show and took the stage like they owned the place, playing a short set of over-the-top party-friendly dance rock. They did not lack for confidence or family in the crowd. They've got a 7" coming out on Seaport Music and, as mentioned in This Week In Indie, play Lit this Saturday if you're interested.
Deer Tick and Dom play the next and last free Hudson River Rocks show at Pier 54 this summer. More pictures from last night below...
by Bill Pearis
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Oh man it's another crazy week. Let's get into it. Tonight's free SummerScreen in McCarren Park tonight is pretty hard to pass up. Not only are they showing the John Hughes classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off (which is 25 years old this year!) but they got Twin Sister to play before it. In addition to performing lots of songs from their forthcoming album on Domino Records, Twin Sister will also be debuting the music video for their single, "Bad Street." You can download the MP3 of that at the top of this post.
Speaking of MP3s, we've also got one up there from Your Youth who are also playing SummerScreen tonight (6:45PM) and couldn't be more different from Twin Sister. "What Smarts" is a new track from the local duo who are kind of proto-grunge punk. Catchy stuff.
It would be really cool if, say, Your Youth covered "Beat City" by The Flowerpot Men and Twin Sister maybe did Dream Academy's "The Edge of Forever". (Why has Ferris Bueller never gotten a posthumous soundtrack release?) Probably won't happen but one can hope. In addition to the movie and the bands, there's loads of giveaways and such.
The show I am absolutely most excited about this week, without a doubt, is Metronomy who play Hudson River Rocks on Pier 54 on Thursday. Metronomy's third album, The English Riviera, just got nominated for the Mercury Prize (sure to lose to James Blake) and got its stateside release yesterday. As I wrote previously:
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look."It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. (Their last album, Nights Out, was my favorite album of 2008.) The vinyl version comes with the CD which is a trend I would like to see all labels doing. Highly recommended. Watching a few live performance clips , I'm glad to see they're still wearing stick-it-and-click-it lights on their shirts that was a highlight of their old stage show -- even though they're a proper band now (they didn't used to have a drummer).
Also playing the Pier 54 show is American Royalty and Class Actress whose debut album Rapproacher is out October 11 on Carpark. You can snag "Keep You" at the top of this post. Do get there early for openers American Royalty who came out from L.A. just for this show. I caught them at SXSW this year and they kept me entertained on Saturday evening when I was basically burned out on seeing live music. You can check out their hodgepodge electro sound via their Bandcamp page. And if you want to see them again, American Royalty play Lit on Saturday (7/30).
If you want to keep the party going on Thursday after Metronomy, head over to Glasslands for all your sissy bounce italodisco soulclap free booze needs. New Orleans Vockah Redu is like Big Freedia but with more choreography and a subscription to Vogue. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post.) They also play the PS1 warm-up on Saturday. Also playing is Portland's Miracles Club, who played PS1 last weekend. Jonathan Tobin is DJing, it's My Open Bar's 5th anniversary, it's a party.
What else is going on this week? Sonny & the Sunsets are backfor the first time since October, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (7/29) and Glasslands on Saturday (7/30). Have you checked out Sonny's new album, Hit After Hit? As I wrote previously:
Unlike last year's laid back and folky Too Young to Burn, the new album is more of a party --inspired by '60s pop and garage. Opening track "She Plays Yo-Yo with My Mind" cribs liberally from The Standells' "Dirty Water."Tourmates for this go-round are fellow Bay Area residents The Sandwitches who were described by Sunsets drummer/producer Kelley Stoltz thusly: "Imagine a 60's Girl-group is on tour and their van breaks down near a gothic castle high on the hill, Dario Argento invites them in to perform a concert for his tweaked actors in a big dark red room inside and, if the dream is right, it's the Sandwiches - they'd fit right in with those misfits and speak the same language. I'd like to be there to dance."
At least a couple of the songs on Hit After Hit (including "I Wanna Do It") are reworked versions of songs written for Smith's 100 Records project which you might have caught at the late Cinders Gallery last summer. Embued with Smith's (and fellow Sunset Kelley Stoltz) encyclopedic knowledge of pop and his wry sense of humor, Hit After Hit's a great little record.
Sonny Smith put out a record with The Sandwitches last year, so I'd expect to hear those tracks at these shows. Check out one of them, the twangy, mournful "Throw My Ashes from This Pier When I Die" at the top of this post. I caught Sonny last year when he toured with Kelley Stoltz and it was a great show. Sonny doesn't get enough attention i don't think, so do try and make it to one of these shows.
The Night Beats
Seattle trio The Night Beats are currently on tour with The Black Lips opening for sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/29) and Maxwell's on Saturday (7/30). But if you wanna catch them in a non-sold-out enviroment, free of the Black Lips, they play Sunday night (7/31) at Shea Stadium with Sweet Bulbs, Dinowalrus, Liquor Store, and Yvette.
The Night Beats' stomping debut is out now on Trouble in Mind. I caught the band at the label's party during SXSW:
I got there as Seattle trio Night Beats were just starting. Never heard them before, but really dug their psych-garage sounds, and they definitely looked the part. They ended their set with a cover of The Count Five's classic "Psychotic Reaction," giving their version a little swing which made it their own.Check out "Puppet on a String" from their TiM debut at the top of this post. The Shea Stadium show is solid, I like all the bands on the bill.
Speaking of Seattle, Craft Spells are back in town, playing Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/30) -- their first area show since playing here back in April. Live, they eschew the keyboards that are so abundant on their Captured Tracks album in favor of a guitar-oriented line-up which works just fine. (It's very Orange Juice.) They are young and enthusiastic and the songs are ridiculously catchy.
The band are on tour with Santa Barbara, CA's Gardens & Villa who are dreamy and synthy and danceable (kinda like Tony Castles). Their debut album just came out via Secretly Canadian and you can download two tracks from it at the top of this post. Also playing are local synthpop act Selebrities whose free downloadable EP evokes favorable comparisons to all sorts of '80s groups. You can download a free EP from Selebrities here.
And finally, don't forget about this Sunday's Beach Party at Beekman Beer Garden with Raveonettes and Eternal Summers. The Raveonettes new album, Raven in the Grave, is a slow burn compared to 2009's poppy In and Out of Control but no less enticing and I've always enjoyed them live. And Eternal Summers can do no wrong for me right now. This will be a very fun show, and likely the first where they might have to turn people away because of capacity so come early. Free!
Ok, that's the main stuff I'm highlighting this week but there are quite a few more recommended shows listed day-by-day below.
The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool -- 7/26
Disappears @ Union Pool -- 7/26
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
I had my mind blown twice at Union Pool last night: first by the smoke-machine fueled power of The Psychic Paramount (modern instrumental acid rock? Incredible!) and then by Disappears whose new material written with Steve Shelley is groovier, a little slower than their pedal-to-the-metal first albums but equally awesome. (More Neu!, less Stooges.) They play tonight at Cake Shop. Get up close and watch Disappear's bassist lay it down track after track.
There are so many shows tonight! But if you want to see three of the best bands in NYC right now, head to Mercury Lounge for North Highlands, ARMS and Hospitality. All three groups are holding onto new albums that I am dying to hear. Hospitality were incredible when they played my final Sound Bites show down at Fulton Stall Market two weeks ago.
Avi Buffalo test out new material for their second Sub Pop album at the Rock Shop tonight. With Nic Frietas.
The Barr Brothers, who I really liked at M for Montreal last year, play Rockwood Music Hall tonight. They recently signed to Secret City, home of Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms, Plants and Animals, Miracle Fortress, Basia Bulat and more.