Entries tagged with: Mew
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Webster Hall seemed a perfect fit for the Danish band Mew on Friday night (12/4). With songs that require so much space to swirl about, the venue was better suited than their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in the summer. All the wondrous video projections were back though the set list changed around from their last visit. Unfortunately, gone was the opening one-two punch of "New Terrain"/"Introducing Palace Players" (that lead off their new record, No More Stories...) and worked to perfection at MHOW. "Terrain" made an edited, stripped down appearance during a medley midway through the show. "Palace Players" was arguably the highlight of the night, sandwiched into a flurry of sprawling rockers including "Special" and "Am I Wry? No". The wandering intro gave way to the Flaming Lips-like choral arrangement (reproduced via synth live) before dropping into a back and forth between Bo Madsen's jagged guitar riff and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen's pulsing back beat, which held the song up for the briefest of moments, before the bass launched the song forward and it was on from there. Lead singer Jonas Bjerre's falsetto was clear and pitch perfect during the intro to "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" (complete with school children's choir projected on screen behind them) after the instrumental "Reprise" turned intro for the beautiful, mid-tempo "Silas The Magic Car". "Louisa Louisa", "A song we haven't played in a couple of years or something," Madsen told the crowd, finished off the show.
Editor's note: Part of me knew I was in a venue more suited for Mew (as Dominick pointed out) than the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg - the massiveness of the crowd and strobes even made it seem all the more epic, but as someone who got there just in time for the headliner (aka I was stuck all the way in the back of the packed venue and/or peering over people's heads in the balcony), I was longing for the more intimate and focused experience I had at Music Hall.
Bear in Heaven opened the show. Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch played a set in the same building on the same night. More pictures from Mew (with the setlist) below...
by Bill Pearis
Denmark's Oh No Ono are set to make their NYC debut early in the new year, playing Mercury Lounge on Jan 27 (with Bear in Heaven) and Union Hall on Jan 28 -- the same week as their second album, Eggs, gets its U.S. release via Friendly Fire Recordings. You'd be forgiven for making Mew comparisons, and not just because they're both Danish. They've both got otherworldly vocals and a sound that leans towards the epic side. But where Mew are fully in the rock world, Oh No Ono are harder to categorize. Eggs is all over the place -- you get honey-glazed pop, angular new wave and, on their current single "Swim," hazy grandiose-ness a la Grizzly Bear. Be sure to check the creepy/funny video for "Swim" too, which is below, along with all dates...
DOWNLOAD: Mew on AOL's The Interface (MP3)
Mew opening for NIN @ T5 in August (more by Tim Griffin)
Best surprise. Mew are coming back to the United States before the end of the year to play some shows including one on December 4th at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on American Express presale at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. Other announced gigs include Philly and Boston. All currently known dates and four videos from their recent visit to AOL's The Interface (MP3 above), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"And so ... my NYC NINventure has come to a close. Last night, Nine Inch Nails played their second show at Terminal 5, which was their last in NYC for the foreseeable future. It's hard to believe that all 4 NYC shows are over already but the band are already on their way to Chicago, IL for the 2 shows there before they make their way to Canada for their final festival performance there. Last night's Terminal 5 show clocked in at about 2 hours and 45 minutes and provided a raucously fun send off for the NYC fans.Last night's setlist HERE. More pictures and video below....
review and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
As people filed out of the Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (8/24), comments like "gave me chills" and "that was amazing" could be overheard. Yes, it's garden variety, post-concert stuff, but as the buzz drifted down N. 6th toward Bedford Ave. it was clear those claims were not just hyperbole. Yes, Mew, the Danish art rockers, do epic as well and as effortlessly (and chill-inducing) as anyone. Despite confiding to the sold out Music Hall that they get "extra special nervous" when playing to a New York crowd ,the trio produced a breathless display of pulsating beats, soaring vocals and bizarre, and at times creepy (but always perfectly synced), video projections
Their new record No More Stories... (Sony BMG) drops today (8/25) and yet you could tell who already had the record by those mouthing the words to the set and record openers "New Terrain" and "Introducing Palace Players". The former featured band members, Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen, and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen in spotlights in the middle of the stage to start before Madsen and Jørgensen moved to their instruments on the sides. Their supporting musicians took the stage to finish off the song and launch right into the angular, staccato beats of "Players."
The crowd found full voice though on older numbers "Special" and "The Zookeeper's Boy" from 2005's And The Glass Handed Kites (Song BMG). The youngest of the 16+ crowd lined the stage, pushing and straining to touch Bjerre like he was Jesus, or Morrissey.
The projected visuals were beautiful and twisted: cats playing violins, contrasty doll heads floating over the musicians, children providing the chorus of "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" and on "Am I Wry? No", the simple squiggly script, 'Am I wry?'
For the encore, the sprawling "Comforting Sounds", Madsen came out, gushed his affection for the crowd who gushed right back, and as he began playing was joined by Bjerre and finally Jørgensen with the rest of the band building the song into its eight-minute fury. - Dominick
Amazing show, though a bit on the short side. Definitely the best Mew show I've seen so far. The choice of venue helped. Violens opened. Mew's next show is Wednesday night (8/26) at Terminal 5. It's their first date with Nine Inch Nails on the 'Wave Goodbye' tour (all dates here). More pictures below...
Mew @ Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
tonight in NYC
* Britney Spears, Ciara @ MSG
* Moodswing Orchestra @ Nublu
* Loudon Wainwright III @ City Winery
* It's Casual, Goes Cube @ Lit
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Mew, Violens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Les Paul Trio w/ Bucky Pizzarelli @ Iridium
* Air Waves, Jacksonknife @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Howlies, The Wild Yaks, more @ Public Assembly
* Vandaveer, Essie Jain, Robert Francis @ Pianos
* Machel Montano, The Mighy Sparrow @ Wingate Field
* Whiplash w/ Pete Holmes & Anthony Jeselnik @ UCB Theatre
* Helado Negro, The Silent League, Tavo Carbone @ Cake Shop
* Highline Piano Series: Christopher O'Riley @ Highline Ballroom
* Mon Khmer, Promising Young Talent, Desert Stars, Sally Head @ The Cameo
* Street Meat w/ Jon Glaser, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Hannibal Buress, more @ Cake Shop
Mew play MHOW tonight with Violens. The Danish group will be opening for Nine Inch Nails on Wednesday at NIN's final NYC show. Before then, NIN play T5 on Tuesday with The Horrors, who've been opening their other NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Webster Hall last night.
LA is getting a MEWseum.
Howlies are here. If you miss them tonight at Public Assembly, there's also Aug 28th at Maxwell's, and Aug 30th at Mercury Lounge (not to mention The Bog in Scranton on Aug 26th)
Rev. Vince Anderson plays Union Pool.
Lit Lounge is hosting
It's Casual and Goes Cube tonight.
Breden Benson played "A Whole Lot Better," the lead track off his new record, on Letterman last Friday. The video is below. He visited NYC's Bowery Ballroom earlier this month.
Lightspeed Champion performed at the John Hughes tribute at Cake Shop on Saturday. Video Bill took below...
Pearl Jam put out a new video for "The Fixer". That's also posted below...
photos by Joseph Xu
Sunday 7:58 p.m.: Mew might be the best dressed band at Pitchfork; singer Jonas Bjerre sports an expensive-looking cardigan and tailored jeans, while his bandmates are wearing crisp oxford button-ups with the sleeves rolled just so. The Danish group's sound is equally dapper. Indeed, even the rockers are hopelessly lush--as though everything the band touches is forced to blossom (think King Midas meets Johnny Appleseed). This feel is abetted by Bjerre's lullaby of a voice, an effortlessly melodic instrument with watercolor-soft edges. Mew imbues a decadent "The Zookeeper's Boy" with enough romantic longing to make Jane Austen blush and turns "Special" into a velvet-smooth, disco-rock shuffle. Only two complaints: (1) at just 40 minutes the set is at least 20 minutes too short and (2) the crowd is on the small-ish side as everyone readies for the Flaming Lips performance in the opposite corner of the park. (AD) [Chicago Tribune]Tickets are on sale for Mew's upcoming Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mew's Terminal 5 show goes on pre-sale this afternoon. A few more shots from Pitchfork and updated North American tour dates below...
Mew fans outside Scoot Inn - SXSW 2007 (more)
Trent Reznor has said he is a fan of Danish band Mew, and most recently they've been opening the NIN/Jane's Addiction tour in Europe. They'll play with NIN again this fall on a portion of that band's final shows. That includes the Wednesday, August 26th show at Terminal 5. Tickets go on presale through NIN.com starting July 17th at 5pm.
Luckily, Mew headline their own NYC show two days before, on Monday, August 24th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg! No ticket info for that yet.
Mew's fifth album No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away, No More Stories The world Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away is due out August 25th on Columbia (one day after the Brooklyn show). An EP with two songs off the record and three b-sides is out now via iTunes. The song "Special" from their last record is featured in a live video which you can watch, along with all tour dates, below....
the official word...
NIN @ the Izod Center (more by Zach Dilgard)
Nine Inch Nails has confirmed ten final dates after which the NIN live experience will go on indefinite hiatus.All dates below...
As always, a significant percentage of the best tickets for the shows will be reserved for exclusive pre-sale on NIN.com. In this case, NIN.com pre-sale will include every ticket for the most intimate farewell shows at New York's Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall and Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theater and Echoplex.
NIN.com pre-sales will begin July 17 with general on-sales following July 31.
The Horrors will support the August 22, 23 and 25 New York dates. Mew will support August 28 in Chicago and September 2 and 3 in Los Angeles. Support for the remaining dates will be announced at a later date.
NIN @ Jones Beach (more by Zach Dilgard)
Getting right to the point, we're going to play a handful of shows in NYC, Chicago and LA starting August 22nd. They will be informal affairs in medium to small venues with longer set-lists, possible special guests, cool openers and other surprises. Upon reflection, the NIN/JA tour felt like we had to rush through sets due to a limited allotted set length and many shows were in daylight - it just didn't feel right to end NIN that way. An offer to headline V-Fest in Toronto (being announced soon) set the idea in motion to play some FUN shows to end this up with. If we can get it together we'll film these shows, too.The Horrors also have a bunch of dates coming up with Crocodiles.
In NYC we'll be playing Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. In Chicago, the Aragon Ballroom. In LA we'll be at The Wiltern, The Henry Fonda, The Palladium and The Echoplex. These should be cool, unusual and unique shows and I hope you come out - this is it.
So far, The Horrors will be joining us for some shows in NYC, Mew will be with us at other shows in NYC, Chicago and LA, and perhaps more.
Details and ticket info will be announced shortly, so check back.
Morrissey did something similar, but it was Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Carnegie Hall (and Wellmont Theater). Though he just did it to promote a record, not to quit touring. Green Day also just did the Bowery/Webster Hall thing.
LISTEN: Mew live on NPR @ SXSW (HTML page)
Next to New Violators going on at Noon, the biggest travesty at the during-SXSW party I did with AAM last Thursday (March 15, 2007) was that Cloud Cult (inside) and Mew (outside) started at the exact same time (5pm). I didn't realize that was gonna happen ahead of time, or I would have tried to make it different.
When I got done crying I decided to watch a couple of Cloud Cult songs, followed by almost all of Mew's set. I knew I could see Cloud Cult again at SXSW, and soon in NYC, not to mention the zillion times I've seen them already - so Mew it was.
Truth is, I should have just been thankful I could even get in the show unlike these pour diehard under-21 Mew fans stuck behind the fence...
Not that it matters, but since the show was outside Mew didn't use their usual video projections. And though I think Mew is best experienced on record, this show was still a great one. How was their performance at Irving Plaza last night (March 22)?
More pics, video & stuff below.....
I wouldn't have posted that teaser just six hours ago if I knew I'd be getting my hands on this info so soon....
Mew are going on a tour that brings them to Irving Plaza in NYC on March 22nd.
Mew are also playing a free party I'm throwing at SXSW with AAM (Advanced Alternative Media - 'the number one choice in independent marketing and college radio promotions nationwide since 1982'). We're still in the process of finalizing the lineup - expect more announcements soon, but I can say (because I already did say) that Rock Plaza Central (who are playing in NYC THIS WEEKEND) are playing the show too.
Mew (those sluts!) are ALSO playing three other shows while in Texas - including one on March 17th with Eisley, Polyphonic Spree, and Perry Farrell's Satellite Party. All dates below...
More exciting announcments coming soon. In the meantime - this teaser from the band:
just a short message from HQ saying: we are i NY and we are very close to announcing US headline tour dates. this extravaganza will take place in march and april, and well have the dates up next week, but start spreading the word, the vikings are coming back with more love.. we will kick it all off at south by southwest where we will play at a few shows.Stay tuned.
11-03 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
All tour dates below...
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Download an acoustic Mew performance and interview at AOL Music. All Tour Dates below...
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Stream Mew's album this week at AOL Music.
Except for two painfully cheesy songs, I loved Mew last night (July 26, 2006) @ Hiro Ballroom. The show was part of the Danish band's first U.S. tour. Hiro Ballroom was pretty filled up and happy (last time they were in NYC was 2003 @ Mercury Lounge - thx anon). Anna the contest winner also wrote in to say she thought the show was awesome. Try not to miss them if you're going to see Bloc Party. They're opening.
BUT I MISSED ANTONY
It was a painful decision to see Mew actually. It meant missing Antony @ Warsaw, but I successfully overcame my Antony addiction (the treatment is working) and went with my 'flavor of the month' instead. I'm happy I did.
I have the following prizes to give away:
* The Knife - "Silent Shout" CD (2 copies)
* One pair of tickets to see Mew @ Hiro Ballroom in NYC
* One ticket to a private acoustic Editors show in NYC this Friday. 6:30 pm (3 of these)
* One pair of tickets to the opening night NYC screening of 13 (Tzameti) (a movie)
That's SEVEN WINNERS! To win you just need to email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (SUBJECT: MEWDITORS) and tell me how BrooklynVegan.com can be improved. Are there new features you'd like to see? Do you like the interviews? Is the site easy to read? Does it break in your strange browser? Is there a genre of music being left out? ETC, ETC..... Also list which prizes you want - in order of preference. I'll pick SEVEN WINNERS at random, and I won't sell your email or even give it away or anything.
More info on the movie AND Editors tour dates, below....
DOWNLOAD: Special (MP3)
So many people got excited when they heard that Mew was playing with Secret Machines and Bloc Party this summer. After listening to the new Mew album a lot over the last few weeks, I'm pretty excited too. I was hoping they'd maybe add some more dates, and they did - like a solo show at Hiro Ballroom in NYC on July 26th. Listen for "Special" on my Sirius radio show tonight (or just download it above). All dates below...