Entries tagged with: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
by Andrew Sacher
On October 30, Glasslands will play host to "The BuzzBin of History:, A Night with the World's Premier Alternative Rock Cover Band Kerosene Hat." The band's lineup is made up of a number of Brooklyn musicians: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Johnny Hunt (Amazing Baby), Simon O'Connor (Amazing Baby/Kuroma), Pan (Suckers), Will Berman (MGMT), and Heems DJ (Das Racist). Some of those members have also played together in Ill Fits and members of Suckers were also in 90s tribute band Citizen Dick, named after the band in Singles. Tickets for that Glasslands show are on sale now.
Speaking of Singles -- the 1992 film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe, which depicted the ups and downs of the relationships (and lack thereof) of twentysomethings living in grunge-era Seattle -- both the film and its iconic soundtrack celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. The film was scored by The Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg, who also wrote two songs for the soundtracks, including the addictive theme song, "Waiting for Somebody." Other contributors to the soundtrack included Alice In Chains, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, in addition to a song by Jimi Hendrix and a Led Zeppelin cover by Heart side project The Lovemongers. (Crowe was married to Heart's Nancy Wilson at the time.) The movie and its soundtrack have both gone on to be remembered as a piece of the history from that famed Seattle scene.
In its 20th anniversary, Singles has been getting some tributes. Stereogum did one back in June around the anniversary of the actual soundtrack (which predated the film by about three months), where they reevaluated the album and its place in pop culture two decades later. This week, in celebration of the actual film's anniversary, SPIN did one where they took a stab at who might make the soundtrack if a similar film was made now.
Speaking of films and Paul Westerberg, The Replacements documentary, Color Me Obsessed, is getting a DVD release on November 20 via MVD Entertainment Group. You can pre-order the documentary HERE. The flier and trailer for the documentary are below, along with the video for Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" from the Singles soundtrack that features a mugging Jeremy Piven.
As mentioned in last week's This Week in Indie, Ill Fits, who played Cameo on Saturday (7/30), have members of MGMT and Amazing Baby. Since that show, more details on the band have emerged. The Village Voice writes of the show:
By the time Ill Fits came on, the crowd had filled out considerably; friends and scene associates were eager to catch the second show of the sorta-supergroup. (Ill fits contains members of MGMT, Amazing Baby, and Foreign Islands, and it's fronted by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.) They deal in a tasteful kind of midtempo pop that has shades of new wave and a hint of Genesis. Each member of this band is a consummate professional, but they were still working out the kinks as a group, stopping and starting at a few points. Robinson was a strange mood; whether he was compelling despite or because of this, I'm not sure. He threw a few screeches into his cool intonations, banged his tambourine on the stage, spilled multiple beers, and delivered a whole song lying down, then put the whole mic in his mouth. "Are you having a good time?" he asked the audience. We replied in the affirmative. "Not as good as me!" he answered back.Ill Fits, who also have "members of Los Caminos, Tough & Lovely, and Bygones" in addition to the bands mentioned above, have more upcoming shows including August 25 at Bruar Falls, August 27 at The Schoolhouse with Spanish Prisoners, Data Dog, Fort Lean and EULA, and Glasslands on September 10 with Mon Khmer and Young Magic. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Check out a stream of Ill Fits track "Blood & Devotion" along with all dates below...
Manhattan Inn Piano Bar & Restaurant (632 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave in Brooklyn) continues presenting free music all summmer. Upcoming shows include James Chance, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Aaron Pfenning, The Shivers, Only Son, Miguel Mendez & more. Full Summer 2011 schedule below...
This Friday (2/4) and, every other Friday in February at Pianos, is reserved for Headless Horseman, the Brooklyn duo who recently dropped their five-song digital LP on Bandcamp. Stream it in full below, and download a pair of tracks from a forthcoming "digital seven-inch" due via Greedhead (above).
Fareed & Conner of HH will focus their energies on new material at Pianos, and have roped in a crew of notables during the four week stint. The residency kicks off on 2/4 with sets by Family Portrait, Beige, Mega Fortress, and Philip Seymour Hoffman while Nate of Cults DJs the affair (tickets).
The 2nd week (2/11) features Tony Castles, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson & Brahms on DJ duty (tickets), while a mystery headliner plays with DADS (featuring Hima Suri of Das Racist + Quinn Walker of Suckers) and Blood Orange and a DJ set from Das Racist on 2/18 (tickets). The residency closes on 2/25 with Popo & Android Lust and more TBA (no advanced tickets for that yet). The full lineups and flyer are below.
Cults and Brahms both have other dates in the near future too. As discussed, Cults, Magic Kids, and Superhumanoids are scheduled to take on Knitting Factory on March 30th(tickets) and March 31 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) as part of a larger Cults campaign to SXSW and on to Coachella. Brahms is scheduled to DJ Asobi Seksu's show at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and play Glasslands on 2/24 with Acrylics and New Moods (tickets).
More details on the HH residency, more Brahms dates, the digital 7-inch and the Headless Horseman album stream is below....
Alix of Golden Triangle (left) needs your attention... and for a good cause!
The Rock Lottery began in Denton, TX in 1997 (and in Seattle in 2006). This will be Brooklyn's inaugural Rock Lottery. The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evening's performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.The Rock Lottery compiles those 25 musicians from varying backgrounds in an attempt to move each out of their comfort zones and into musical exploration. The participants, which include members of Liturgy, Oberhofer, King Missile III, Death Set, Bear In Heaven, Family Band, Les Savy Fav, White Rabbits, and many others, will perform their new pieces at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/18). Tickets are on sale, and proceeds from the show will go to World Savvy, a local charity focused on teaching the "next generation of leaders to learn, work and live as responsible global citizens in the 21st century."
So what do the two ladies in the above picture have to do with The Rock Lottery? The one on the left is bassist Alix Brown of Golden Triangle, who is a participant in the show. The lady on the right is Carlie Rabalais (also Golden Triangle) and the picture is a production still taken from the video shoot for "Crystal" by Carlie's other band X-Ray Eyeballs who will release heir debut album, Not Nothing, via Kanine Records on April 19th, 2011. No word on when "Crystal" will hit the rounds, but you can catch the band at a pair of shows in the near future, including supporting Tyvek and Fergus & Geronimo at Mercury Lounge on 1/16 (tickets are still on sale) and Bruar Falls this Wednesday (12/15) with Food Stamps + My Teenage Stride.
Full participant list in The Rock Lottery, some recent video of X-Ray Eyeballs at Shea Stadium, and tour dates below.
DOWNLOAD: The Myrnabirds - Numbers Don't Lie (MP3)
The Saddle Creek / Wichita CMJ showcase will take place at the Delancey in NYC on October 21st, and it looks something like this:
?? pm Sky LarkinIt's an exciting lineup for multiple reasons, but right now I just want to focus on The Mynabirds, aka Omaha singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn (and friends). You might remember her as 1/2 of Georgie James. The other half of that indie pop group was John Davis of Q and not U, and they were also a Saddle Creek signing.
8:30 pm Old Canes
9:30 pm Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10:15 pm First Aid Kit
11:00 pm The Mynabirds
11:45 pm Frankie and the Heartstrings
12:30 Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants)
Now she's (dropped the indie pop and is) collaborating with Richard Swift (on record), and "live in the flesh by a great collective of artists and musicians that include: Johnny Kotchian (drums), Dan McCarthy (bass & vocals), Pearl Lovejoy Boyd (vocals & percussion), Susan Sanchez (vocals), Ben Brodin (guitars & vocals), Alex McManus (guitars, horns & vocals), Rebecca Marie Miller (vocals & percussion), Nicole Childrey (drums), Patrick Damphier (bass), and Nate Walcott (horns)."
Her album What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood was released earlier this year by Saddle Creek, and can best be described, as it has by many, as country and soul. She has a great voice. Get a taste via the MP3 (above) and video (below) for "Numbers Don't Lie", and from the Daytrotter session that was posted earlier this month.
Get a live taste, way before CMJ, tonight/Friday, September 24th at Brooklyn Bowl when The Mynabirds open for David Bazan. The two groups are on tour together (and it's their only NYC show). $5.00 tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of David Bazan, Feltheart Filmworks recently put together a 3-part documentary about the ex-Pedro the Lion member. You can watch that in full, with all dates and stuff, below...
words by Rachel Kowal
Here We Go Magic (veropie)
Record release shows are typically festive events, but the fanfare was rather minimal for Tuesday night's Here We Go Magic show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg - with the possible exception of Luke Temple's festive red Hawaiian shirt.
When the first opener of the evening, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, unceremoniously walked on stage and started playing, the room was nearly empty, but since the show was piped down into the basement bar, people gradually began filtering upstairs as they realized that the show had begun. Despite the growing number of listeners, however, MBAR's energy level changed very little throughout his performance. His occasional stage banter (if you can call it that) seemed to be delivered, tight-lipped, through a smirk as if he didn't care whether he was intelligible or not.
Robinson often performs with a backing band, but for last night's performance (perhaps because he was a late addition to the bill), he was solo. With the exception of the final song, the majority of Robinson's set contained just a keyboard and pre-programmed beats. For his last song, Robinson juggled both the guitar and the keyboard, saying under his breath at the song's conclusion, "I guess I should have tuned my guitar before the song and not during it."
Hearing Robinson live is nothing like hearing his albums (his first was produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, and his second, by TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone.) Take it or leave it (and some people will definitely leave it), Robinson is an intriguing musical enigma who already has something of a fabled past.
It's hard to tell if he takes himself too seriously or if he is overly cynical and sarcastically self-aware. He performed in one of the t-shirts he sold at the merch table, which says, in big black block letters, "MILES BENJAMIN ANTHONY ROBINSON IS DEAD," and he performed a cover of the Hall and Oates song "Rich Girl" midway through his set.
Next up was The War on Drugs, who put on an enjoyable enough set despite some minor feedback issues. With their rock and roll hair, jangly guitar riffs, soaring keyboard melodies, and fuzzed out lyrics, it's easy to get lost in the Philly three-piece's music. As with the first opener, the War on Drugs' vocals were largely indecipherable, but to be fair, that did not seem to be the focal point of their music. They jammed for a solid two minutes before singing at all at the top of their set.
review continued, with tour dates, below....
Here We Go Magic @ SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin )
tonight in NYC
* Jeff Beck @ Iridium
* Patty Griffin @ Town Hall
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Frankie Negron @ Red Hook Park
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucile Lortel Theatre
* Fiasco, Okie Dokie, Zulus @ Death By Audio
* Les Claypool, Hot Head Show @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The High Dials, Asteroid #4, The Runaway Suns @ Cake Shop
* The Futureheads, The Like, The Static Jacks @ Bowery Ballroom
* This Will Destroy You, Light Pollution, Slow Six @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Simon & Garfunkel tribue 25th Anniversary SummerStage Gala @ Central Park SummerStage
* Here We Go Magic, The War on Drugs, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey's Evelyn Evelyn project, which has drawn a fair amount of controversy on the web, starts a six-night run at Lucile Lortel Theatre. Videos, including a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," are below.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson has been added as an opener for Here We Go Magic at MHOW tonight. The War on Drugs is also on the bill. We have some free tickets for the show. If you want a pair, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: HWGM). Include your first and last name. Winners will be contacted.
The show at Summerstage tonight:
This year's benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duets performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Escovedo, Marc Cohn, Ben Gibbard, David Hinds, St. Vincent, Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jill Sobule, Livingston Taylor, Brendan Benson, Gordon Kennedy, Olivia Mori, Ollabelle (house band), and many more.Very expensive tickets are still on sale.
Dave Hill, Moby and Satanicide/Tragedy Phil have a new band called Diamondsnake. They play Highline Ballroom June 17th. Their new video for "Storm the Fucking Kastle" is below...
Speaking of Dave Hill, he performs his Big in Japan show at UCB on Wednesday.
MBAR @ Union Hall in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Lil Kim @ Irving Plaza
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Okkyung Lee @ The Stone
* Galactic @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Des Roar @ John Varvatos
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ Mercury Lounge
* Nathaniel Rateliff, JBM @ Union Hall
* Dave Rawlings Machine @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dexateens, Howlies @ Mercury Lounge
* Cinema 16 w/ Lemonade @ Smack Melon
* Doug E. Fresh and DJ Dee Wiz @ Von King Park
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* K-Holes, Balkans, Shingles Predator @ Bruar Falls
* Rooftop Films w/ This Frontier Needs Heroes @ Brooklyn Tech
* FIXED w/ DJ Falcon, Eli Escobar, Nomi @ Santos Party House
* Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Sunbears, Superfortress @ Europa
* Chris Garneau, The Mynabirds, Scott Matthew @ The Bell House
* Marah, Madison Square Gardeners, Carla Rhodes @ The Bowery Electric
* Moritz von Oswald Trio, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Bora Yoon @ Warsaw
* Antietam, The Scene Is Now, The Special Pillow, Dew Claw @ Cake Shop
* Damon Daunno, The Dardys, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Avan Lava @ The Cameo
* Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Temptress
* Hey Champ, The Death Set, Shy Child, Mad Ave Boys @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trombone Shorty @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Unearthly Trance, Obliteration, Nekromantheon, Mutant Supremacy @ Fontana's
* The Armchairs, Dinosaur Feathers, Lonnie Walker, Grandchildren, Horse's Mouth @ Death By Audio
* The Giraffes, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise on The Halfmoon
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Electric Tickle Machine, Miniboone, Translations @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
The New Pornographers new video for "Crash Years" (directed by Sammy Rawal) is posted below. Their tour hits NYC soon.
Brooklyn four-piece SUCKERS will be releasing their debut full-length, Wild Smile, on June 8 through NYC tastemaker label Frenchkiss Records (Les Savy Fav, The Dodos, Local Natives, The Antlers and more). The album was recorded, produced and mixed in NYC by Chris Zane (Passion Pit/Walkmen), except for "It Gets Your Body Movin'" (produced by Anand Wilder and Chris Moore) and "Save Your Love For Me" (Chris Moore), and was mastered by Joe Laporta (Vampire Weekend). SUCKERS will also be joining labelmates Local Natives for tour dates in May - scroll down for dates.Coincidentally, Suckers will also share a bill with Local Natives at the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal SXSW day party (3/20 @ Galaxy Room). Not coincidentally, they'll share a bill with Local Natives at the Frenckiss showcase happening at the same venue the night before.
The first single from the album, yet to be announced, will be released in April. In the meantime, check out the SUCKERS' cover of The Raveonettes track "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)" from their album In and Out of Control (out now on VICE Music).
Suckers' pre-SXSW tour with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers kicks off at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. Suckers' tour with Local Natives kicks off April 22nd and hits NYC for two now-SOLD OUT shows at Bowery Ballroom. New album tracklist and all dates below...
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's March 10th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Suckers and Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers is part of a larger tour for the bands that includes a trip to Austin for SXSW. At the fest, MBAR will be playing the Saddle Creek Showcase on Thursday, March 18th at Maggie Mae's with Common Loon, Unwed Sailor, Pomegranates, The Mynabirds, UUVVWWZ and The Rural Alberta Advantage.
In Austin, Suckers play the French Kiss/Mom+Pop show on Friday, March 19th with Freelance Whales, Local Natives, An Horse Galaxy, The Antlers and Les Savy Fav. Suckers will also play the free BrooklynVegan & M For Montreal show at Galaxy Room on Saturday, March 20th (noon-5:30pm). Other announced bands on that bill so far are Roky Erickson (backed by Okkervil River) and Andrew WK. Full lineup TBA shortly.
Suckers are playing this...
Shilpa Ray actually played the official BV SXSW show in 2009, and Miles Benjamin played one of our CMJ parties the same year. All upcoming dates and MBAR live videos are below...
Rain Machine @ BAM Opera House (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As pointed out in the comments, Noveller's Brooklyn Valentine's Day show at Glasslands will be happening instead at Coco 66. The lineup for that includes Bad Credit No Credit, The Shivers, comic Caroline Contillo and DJ Ropstyle .
Instead, Glasslands (before its Neon Indian/French Horn Rebellion/Cubic Zirconia DJ party) will be hosting a Valentine's Day show with TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone & friends. There'll be sets by Rain Machine (Kyp's band), Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Kyp is a huge fan, a friend, and appears on his album), Iran (also Kyp's band) (sometimes) and Candles of Paradise.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's backing band shares members with Holly Miranda's (its a night off from her Tegan & Sara-supporting tour) and Holly's forthcoming album, The Magician's Private Library, was produced by TVotR's Dave Sitek who also produced Iran's Dissolver (which came out last year). In related Sitek news, Dave also has a remix on the new 12" from DOOM (who plays NYC with Mos Def on February 26th).
Miles Benjamin is also playing a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 10th with Shilpa Ray and Suckers. Tickets just went on sale.
And to complete the TVotR roundup, we should mention that Tunde is one of the guest vocalists on the new Massive Attack record, and TVotR's "Wear You Out" was recently remixed by Brooklyn MC Bisco Smith, re-linked above.
Some classic TV on the Radio videos (and others you'd probably rather not see) are posted below...
SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21The intial lineup of bands playing the music portion, below...
Interactive: March 12-16
Film: March 12-20
Music: March 17-21
Bob Mould @ ATP NY in September (more by Ryan Muir)
Just Out: Being a gay artist living in DC, one of your continuing legacy, would seem that to put you under a political umbrella with so many civil rights and marriage equality issues being introduced into Congress right now. Do you actively participate in politics, or do you tend to stay away?Bob Mould will be playing two nights at NYC's City Winery on January 22nd and 23rd. Tickets for night one and night two are on sale now.
Bob Mould: Well, when I first moved to DC I did some stuff with HRC, and that went okay. I did some stuff with Servicemember's Legal Defense Network, which I think that's a real important cause. Through Blowoff, we've done a couple things with raising money for them., We've done local stuff with Brother, Help Thyself, and I did do a lot of stuff in '04 with Freedom to Marry out of New York, with some of the Wed Rock benefits, and I hosted one of those in DC, and performed at one in New York. I've done select causes, and tried to help out when it seems to make sense. Privately, I do what I can on my own dime. But I try; I'm sure I should probably do more, but it's a big community. I think for every two people that thinks we should have gay marriage, there's at least one that's not so sure. That's the beauty of the community is that we can have different views. So yeah, if the cause is right and it makes sense, I don't mind helping out when I can.
JO: Do you try to keep your music and your politics as separate entities?
BM: Yeah. Being an old punk rock kid and watching how hardcore degenerated into a lot of rural-oriented politics that I didn't agree with...it's tough. I'm just not sure that being a good songwriter makes me a good spokesperson for political causes.
His last NYC gig was an October 8th show at Irving Plaza with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson opening. Mould's set at the show spanned his entire catalog, from early Husker song "In A Free Land" to his latest Life and Times. Videos and the set list from that show are posted below.
Robinson has a pair of NYC shows with These United States coming up on on Thursday, Nov. 19th at the Bell House (tix) and Friday, Nov. 20th at Mercury Lounge (tix). All upcoming tour dates (including Mould's next NYC Blowoff on November 20th) are below...
a 2008 Zebulon show (more by Ryan Muir)
They're friends who even share band members. They both play the BV show today (10/22) and the Self Titled show tomorrow (with Delorean). MBAR is also at the Saddle Creek showcase which happens at Knitting Factory tonight. The flyer and those dates below...
sorry it took me so long to get a post up on this...
DOWNSTAIRS14 bands. 100% FREE. At Pianos on the Lower East Side (158 Ludlow Street, New York City). Free Miller beer so get there early. Free Vitamin Water so get there early too. No badges or money necessary. See you there, and then see you in the same exact place with lots more free bands with the same free drinks on Saturday.
12:45 A Classic Education
02:15 Surfer Blood
03:45 Duchess Says
04:30 JEFF the Brotherhood
01:00 Freelance Whales
01:45 Rebecca Schiffman
02:30 Peggy Sue
03:15 Chris Denny
04:00 Holly Miranda
04:45 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
05:30 Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY)
And in between those two, see you at Fontana's on Friday.
Moonbabies, on at noon, are making a rare appearance from their home in Sweden. This day party is in addition to their other two previously-announced CMJ shows.
More later. If I type any more this post will be even more late. Duchess Says and Rebecca Shiffman video below...
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is playing a free show at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn this Saturday (9/19) with Sir Frog (featuring Sam Brown of The Whitest Kids you Know) and DJ sets by Ivan Sunshine and Brian Kraft.
The singer's Summer of Fear LP is set to come out October 20th on Saddle Creek. The cover for that is posted above.
MBAR also has dates in October supporting Bob Mould (who was just at ATP NY, playing Husker Du songs with No Age). The MBAR-opening dates include Mould's October 8th show at Irving Plaza, for which tickets are still on sale.
Robinson is also scheduled to make multiple CMJ appearances when the fest takes over the town from Oct. 20th-24th. CMJ's current lineup (still not 100% complete, much like our own CMJ parties), and all Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson dates, below...
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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Union Hall 10/1 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's Summer of Fear, the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut, is set for an October 20th release on Saddle Creek. The label, which recently signed the songwriter, tells the TVotR/Grizzly Bear-littered story of the new record...
TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone--a close friend since the pair met en route to a Grizzly Bear show in 2005--helped bottle Robinson's bruised hymns last winter, ramping up the tension in such standout tracks as "Death by Dust," "Summer of Fear pt. 2," "The Sound," and the 11-and-a-half draining minutes of "More Than a Mess," a haunting epic that deserves its own short film. (Or more than half of Side D; Summer of Fear is spread across two LPs like one of Robinson's favorite records, Tusk.) Since they both "have a tendency toward a generally and hilariously doom stricken worldview," Malone also understood what Robinson was going for with his redemption songs. After all, he was there that summer. He saw it all go down, and now that he's heard the whole thing told through Summer of Fear's relentless and raw tone poems, he can't wait to see what Robinson comes up with next. (Robinson is desperate to record his third record--yes, already. Written last year in the midst of touring to support his unexpected self-titled debut, he describes the disc as containing,"actual songs...as opposed to vaguely melodic litanies of grievance.")Robinson recently made a video for the song "Woodfriend," which is posted below.
October 20th will be a big day for Saddle Creek (home of Tokyo Police Club, Cursive and Land of Talk). It's also the release date for the latest by new signees Old Canes. The record, Feral Harmonic, is the Lawrence, KS band's second.
Old Canes architect Chris Crisci (also known as half of Appleseed Cast) constructed Feral Harmonic largely alone in his basement studio. He played the majority of the instrumentation himself with additional help from a cast of musician friends contributing various parts, including trumpet, harmophone, cello, and hammer dulcimer, among other instruments. As recording was regularly interrupted by touring, work, other projects, and life in general, production on the album took nearly three and a half years to complete.Tracklist and album art are below.
The label will also be dropping a new album from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila, O+S), titled Ask The Night, on October 6th.
Ask The Night was primarily recorded live to 8-track by Stephen Bartolomei (Mal Madrigal) in Orenda's former Omaha, NE, basement (she is now based in Los Angeles, CA), as well as by Andy LeMaster (Now It's Overhead; production on Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Azure Ray) in his Athens, GA, living room.Lawson also provided the album's art, which, with the tracklist, is below.
The album features a wide variety of players and singers, including producers Stephen Bartolomei and Andy LeMaster, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), and Adrianne Verhoeven (Dri, The Anniversary, Art In Manila), among others. Four songs on Ask The Night are collaborations with Birmingham, AL-based artist and poet Chris Lawson...
The Rural Alberta Advantage's previously-self-released debut came out on Saddle Creek on July 7th. The band was featured on ABC's Amplified on August 17th, and they have shows coming up. Those include the Positive Jam with the Hold Steady in Ithaca on September 6th, and a show at the Bowery Ballroom on October 7th. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.
UUVVWWZ also released an album on Saddle Creek on July 7th, and they'll also be in NYC in October (for CMJ). In fact, they'll be playing what looks like an extremely sick bill at Union Pool on October 24th with An Albatross, Dark Meat, Lovvers, Flexions, ZzZ, and JEFF The Brotherhood.
For a taste of what Saddle Creek has been up to over the past year (before any of the new bands mentioned above), check out the free sampler they're giving away on Amazon. All upcoming TRAA and UUVVWWZ tour dates, and above-mentioned things, are below...
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is playing Mercury Lounge on May 3rd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Dosh is playing Mercury Lounge on June 7th with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
FMV photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Fake Male Voice @ Glasslands
Last time we talked about Kyp Malone performing, it was with TV on the Radio on Saturday Night Live and the Colbert Report. Before that it it was with Iran in regards to their upcoming show at Mercury Lounge with Handsome Furs which sold right out.
This time it's about two shows anybody should have no trouble getting into. The first...
Saturday Feb 14th 8:00pm $8The second is Sunday night, February 15th, at Death By Audio. It's Iran's record release party. Dissolver is out (physically) on February 17th via Narnack Records. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is also on that bill, as are The Fakers and Pure Horsehair. Iran are also playing SXSW. TV on the Radio are also playing Coachella and Bonnaroo.
GlassLands Valentines Party: Live Music and Food! Presented by Kyp Malone
Performances by: The Wild Yaks, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, The 100 and the hands, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone) will open the show with a short set. DJ Megan Offner
All food made by chef Christine Buckley
Kyp's TVOTR bandmate Tunde performed as Fake Male Voice at Glasslands a few days ago with True Primes. More pictures from that show below...
photos by Gabi Porter
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Amazing Baby @ the Annex
Friday, Nov 28, 2008Suckers are also opening for Yeasayer at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 6th. Chairlift opens on December 5th.
Amazing Baby 11:30
Kristina Lieberson 8:30
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I have one pair of tickets to giveaway to each Amazing Baby Mercury Lounge show. Their new video, a set of pictures from the show they played at the Annex on October 21st (during CMJ), and the contest details, are all below...
"This weekend I had my face melted (a few times actually) down at the Larimer Lounge -- most completely by the duo El Ten Eleven, who were opening for Land of Talk on Saturday night. Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty make mindblowing sounds using just a drum set and fretless bass/double-necked guitar.Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty are also members of the San Diego-based band SoftLightes (who put out an album on Modular). My friend said, "I like El Ten Eleven more than Ratatat!"
With the help of about 27 different pedal and whirlygig deals on the floor, they loop layers of sound to create some amazing(ly fun) music. From the initial stirrings of even something like Pachelbel's "Canon in D," I've always found the slow build and denouement in any song to be fascinating, especially ones that focus on adding the layers of sound or noise and then taking them back." [I am Fuel, You are Friends]
Check out El Ten Eleven, TONIGHT, Wednesday November 26th, Thanksgiving-Eve at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show was originally supposed to be at Union Hall, but was moved so more people could have fun. Castanets, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and Happy Anarchy are also on the bill.
Asthmatic Kitty is now offering "the entire full-length history of Castanets, from Cathedral (2004), to the haunting First Lights Freeze (2006), to the mystic In the Vines (2007) for just $15. And while supplies last, this bundle also includes a limited edition tour EP split with Shapes and Sizes."
El Ten Eleven are also playing a NYC show on Friday at 927Tribeca with Abigail Warchild. All tour dates and a video below...
Photos by Chris La Putt
Lykke Li went from the Tribeca Grand to Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (10/21) to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday. At Bowery, her only official CMJ show, she was joined by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Friendly Fires. More pictures from that one below...
Photos by Faith-Ann Young
More pictures from the party Tuesday at Tribeca Grand (10/21) below...
The new space at Webster Hall is hosting free shows all week long during CMJ 2008. More details below...