Entries tagged with: Mikal Cronin
Indie labels Castle Face, Famous Class and In the Red (which have all released records by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall) are teaming up to auction off rare vinyl test pressings to raise money for charity. They include releases by Ty and Thee Oh Sees, as well as Parquet Courts, White Fence, Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Wand, and lots more. To make them even more desirable, most of these test presses are signed or feature original art from the bands. John Dwyer hand painted all of his Castle Face releases himself. Pretty cool.
Proceeds from the Castle Face auction go to Pathway Recuperative Care; proceeds from the Famous Class auction and In the Red auction go to the Save the Music Foundation. The auctions run through March 22 and you can check out all the items up for bid below.
by Bill Pearis
Mikal Cronin has shared another song off his forthcoming MCIII which will be out May 5 on Merge. "ii) Gold" is part of a six-song cycle that inhabits Side 2 of the album. It's got a soaring chorus, a breakdown featuring Mikal on traditional Greek instrument the tzouras, as well as a let-it-all-hang-out finish. You can stream it below.
Mikal Cronin will release his third solo album, titled MCIII, which is out May 5 via Merge. Like his last album, Mikal played nearly everything on the album and wrote the string arrangements too. You can stream "Made Up My Mind" from the album, below.
In celebration of the new album, Mikal Will be playing select live dates this spring, including NYC on actual album release day (5/5) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream and album tracklist, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
Photo: Thurston Moore @ Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)
Over the past month or so, we've been posting 'Best of 2014' lists from several artists, including Caribou, Converge, Yo La Tengo, A Place to Bury Strangers, Screaming Females, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Tom Scharpling, Vetiver, Moon Duo, Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Protomartyr, Klaus Johann Grobe, Kevin Morby, Hookworms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxing, Evan Weiss, Crocodiles, and others (you can browse our "Best of 2014" tag for more).
Here's a roundup of even more artist year-end lists, including lists from The Wytches, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, Plague Vendor, Andrew Jackson Jihad, S, PAWS, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, Tiny Moving Parts, Greys, Sarah Silverman, clipping., Low, Tacocat, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, Jason Narducy (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, Split Single), Ceremony, Thurston Moore and Iceage. Find out what made their lists below...
Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.
...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]
UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...
Never one to go too long without a new album, Ty Segall will release a 17-track monster titled Manipulator in August via Drag City. You can hear snippets of a few of the album's songs -- including some typical Ty rippers and at least one that goes into funky krautrock territory -- in a weird, funny promotional video below.
Ty has also just announced a massive fall tour that will stop in NYC at Webster Hall on September 17 with opener Wand. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon. All dates are listed, along with Manipulator album art, tracklist and video preview, below.
Wand, who open the show, are not to be confused with Wooden Wand (who sometimes goes by Wand) or the band Wand that Bowery Presents' event page links to. It's actually the LA garage rock band who feature an ex member of Pangea, and put out a split with Ty's pal Mikal Cronin (produced by Ty) this past April. You can stream that below, and keep an eye out for their upcoming full length (also produced by Ty) due later this year via In The Red.
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.
That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.
Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.
Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
We mentioned earlier that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, where they've actually got two shows at The Independent: February 28 with Dream Boys, and March 1 with Dominant Legs. What we haven't done is run down this year's fest which happens at venues all over San Francisco from February 25 - March 2.
In addition to Real Estate, this year's Noise Pop (now in its 21st year) features such acts as Throwing Muses, Cold Cave, Mark Mulcahy, Mikal Cronin, Bob Mould, No Age, The Fresh & Onlys, Dr. Dog, Courtney Barnett, Cheatahs, and lots more. Badges that get you into all events are on sale now.
Full list of this year's performers below...
Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and they are planning a year-long celebration the culmination of which will be the Merge Festival which will happen July 23-26 in the label's hometown of Carrboro, NC. Line-up, tickets and other interesting details like those are still TBA, but you can watch a couple teaser videos below. (This will probably be one festival Outkast won't be at, but you never know!) They last celebrated back in 2009 with XX Merge.
Additionally, you can subscribe to Merge's "Or Thousands of Prizes" singles club where you get a new 7" on colored vinyl every month featuring 25 of the label's artists, including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more. Subscribers will also get a collector's box, t-shirt, a surprise bonus 12" single, new E-book version of The Merge Records Companion and first crack at Merge Fest tickets. You can still buy in.
There's also a Merge 25k road race on March 22 which runs from Chapel Hill to Durham and more fun stuff to be announced. They gave their website a nice redesign too. Looking good at a quarter century, Merge!
Merge Fest teaser videos below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Mikal Cronin @ Webster Hall 12/11/2013
Despite being generally averse to the spotlight, Cronin stole the show with his irreverent flair for dramatics. A bare minimum of his time was spent crooning to the mic, whimpering soft verses or bellowing jubilant choruses. Mostly, he relinquished his energies to a passionate, almost spiritual guitar performance. Ankles crooked out the sides of his legs, hair streaming down his face, spasmodic limbs taking on convulsive shapes--Cronin seemed to be at once playing to the crowd and playing to himself. All in all, a rare night where each of the four acts proved intriguing. - [CMJ]It's been a pretty good year for Mikal Cronin, whose second album, MCII, was one of the year's best guitar-pop albums and has shown up on a lot of year end lists (including mine). He capped off 2013 with a handful of shows, one of which happened here in NYC on December 11 at Webster Hall which also featured sets from Nude Beach, The Entrance Band and his Merge labelmates Saint Rich. Pictures from that show are in this post.
The very next night (12/12), Mikal headed to Chicago for a show at Logan Square Auditorium and you can check out pictures from that show at BV Chicago. More pics from Webster Hall below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...
Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Detroit Cobras at The Bell House in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras have a few Northeast dates scheduled for January, including a return to NYC for a show on January 24 at The Bell House with power pop trio Nude Beach and The Above. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
For Brooklyn's Nude Beach, that's one of two upcoming local shows the band has scheduled. They've also been added as an opener to the NYC stop of Mikal Cronin's previously mentioned tour happening on December 11 at Webster Hall with The Entrance Band. Tickets for that show are still available. Nude Beach have also mentioned a new LP is in the works for 2014, so stay tuned for that.
All Detroit Cobras dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
Mazzy Star in Portland - 11/3/13 (via @themahgoots)
Psychedelic rock trio The Entrance Band are set to follow their self-titled 2009 album with a new one, Face the Sun, on November 19 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. You can stream the first two singles, "Fire Eyes" and "Spider," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
The Entrance Band have a few shows scheduled for this fall, including one in NYC opening the previously discussed Mikal Cronin show at Webster Hall (12/11). Delicate Steve offshoot Saint Rich is on that bill too, and tickets are still available.
Before that though, they'll be doing some support dates on the Mazzy Star tour (like they did in 2012), which they joined in Portland, OR last night (11/3), the second night of the tour. Psychedelic folk singer Mariee Sioux is also on a few of the west coast dates, including this past Friday's (11/1) tour kickoff show in Sacramento.
The Entrance Band and Mariee Sioux have a few more dates with Mazzy Star before Psychic Ills take over as the openers on the rest of the dates, including the NYC show happening on November 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving way two pairs to the show. Each pair comes with a t-shirt that the winner can pick up at the show. Contest details below.
So far, Mazzy Star's setlists have been similar (but not identical), balancing their initial three '90s albums with this year's reunion album, Seasons Of Your Day. Check out the setlists for the Sacramento show and the Portland show, along with a short clip of the band playing "Fade Into You" in Sacramento, below.
All lists of dates, along with the Mazzy Star setlist/video, contest details, and the Entrance Band LP info, below...
by Bill Pearis
Mikal Cronin @ NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Mikal Cronin's had a pretty good year, at least from what I can tell, having released the great MCII on Merge in the spring and touring extensively for it. He's going to end 2013 with a quick victory lap of shows, including one at NYC's Webster Hall on December 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.
Mikal's other shows that month are in Chicago and Los Angeles, and all dates are listed below...