Entries tagged with: Miracles of Modern Science
Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.
As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.
In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.
by Andrew Sacher
Detroit's Lightning Love released their sophomore LP, Blonde Album, last week (8/28) as the followup to 2008's November Birthday. It's a catchy collection of pop songs that have gained some accurate comparisons to Regina Spektor, though they remind me more of her quirky side than many recent (more popular) artists who ape her sound. It's also got a bit of a modern twee feel which should appeal to fans of Allo Darlin' and the like. You can stream the album in full below and purchase it as CD or MP3 at bandcamp.
Lightning Love are currently wrapping up a tour with Jamaican Queens (featuring Prussia singer Ryan Spencer) which will conclude in NYC with shows at Spike Hill on Friday (9/7) with Miracles of Modern Science and Dakota Bones and Pianos on Saturday (9/8) with Days Like Months and Peach Kings. Advance tickets for the Spike Hill show are still available, but no advance tickets for the Pianos show. Lightning Love are also set to play Midpoint Music Festival later this month.
A list of all dates and the album stream are below.
Brooklyn's guitar-less rock band Miracles of Modern Science released their debut LP Dog Year towards the end of last year and played a sold out record release show for it at Pianos in December. You can stream and purchase the album (name your price) at bandcamp.
Miracles of Modern Science have another NYC show coming up which will take place at Mercury Lounge on February 3 with Quintus, Ambassadors, and The Break Mission. Tickets are on sale.
In other news, Miracles of Modern Science made a video called "Bon Joviver," in case you ever wondered what it would sound like to combine Bon Jovi (who are playing Bamboozle) and Bon Iver (who are playing SNL) past the point of making a portmanteau of their names. Check it out below.
The 2nd Annual 54/10 Music Marathon kicks off tonight (6/14) at Ars Nova (511 West 54th St, NY, NY) and runs through June 25. Three different bands play each night and food will be available via the Joyride Ice Cream Truck, Eddie's Pizza Turck, Go Burger, Kimchi Taco Truck, and Jiannetto's Pizza. According to an interview with NY Press:
"A new addition this year is, we really wanted to create an atmosphere where people were really here for the whole night, and we wanted to make giving a chance to a band as easy and rewarding as possible, so we tried to think about what people might want to do in the breaks in-between bands, because that's definitely one place where venues just throw on a house mix. So we now have secured ourselves food trucks for every night of the marathon, so it's a different food truck every night. Last year we didn't have a very clear way to publicize the festival as a whole, so this year we've created a listening station where we have some iPods out with albums from each of the bands, so if you're here for whichever night, you're able to listen to albums by the other bands while you're waiting in-between sets or before the show."You can see which truck will be there each night at their site.
ARMS play the marathon on June 23 with Thunder and Lightning and Miracles of Modern Science. Other familiar names on the schedule include Toys and Tiny Instruments, Murder Mystery and Ethan Lipton Tickets are available for all shows.
The full music schedule is below..
Camaraderie and friendship hung thickly in the air at last night's show at the Mercury Lounge. I missed La Big Vic, but I arrived in time to witness the "orchestral space pop" (their words) of Miracles of Modern Science. The (now) Brooklyn band formed when its five members were undergrads at Princeton. On the surface, their pedigree and jargon-riddled song titles may appear to alienate them from a wider fan base, but their performance was stripped of any signs of petty elitism.
"This song is not very good, but we're playing it anyway," one member joked, mid set. The band's sense of ease on stage is perhaps surpassed only by that of their jocularly ravenous fans. Many people in the audience seemed to know the band, or at the very least - drummer Tyler Pines. ("Show me your tits, Tyler" and "I'm horny for Tyler" were a couple of their choice lines.)
Though they've been playing together since 2005, they are just embarking on releasing their debut album... that is if they can afford it. They've already recorded it. Now it's just a matter of raising the funds to mix it, package it, and promote it.
Like MoMs, Family Portrait is also a made up of old friends. Its members have been buddies since high school (or college) and also maintain a closely curated record label together (Underwater Peoples).
For last night's show, they played a fair amount of new material, which more prominently features elements of electro-pop. They kicked off their show with just snyths, a keyboard, some prefab beats, and a bass. Guitars didn't come into play until later.
Though it was fun to see the band experimenting and branching out, I thought the electronic additions (intergalactic voice distortion, included) were a bit distracting at times. Of course, many of their songs are brand new, so it may just only be a matter of time before their fixation on their new toys wears off a bit and they learn to better integrate the new sound with the old.
The family affair continued with Tennis (who are also on Underwater Peoples). Thanks in part to their charming, publicity-friendly story, this husband/wife duo received a fair amount of hype early on, but they don't seem to be letting it get to their heads. Though their sound is more polished now (thanks in part to their new drummer - James Barone), they still put on a modest show.
Vocalist/keyboardist Alaina Moore was positively charming. Even her jab at one audience member was delivered sweetly. (After someone claimed to be from Coconut Grove of the song "Marathon," Moore demurely replied, "You can't live there. It's covered by the tide probably once a day. You'd drown. I called your bluff!")
Though she is undoubtedly soft-spoken by nature, Moore's vocals are surprisingly rich, which seems only appropriate for both her labor of love with beau Patrick Riley and for the Brenda Lee cover ("Is It True") that she chose late in the set.
My only big complaint was the brevity of Tennis' performance, which Moore herself referenced near the end of their blinkingly fast 11-song set. "We keep writing more songs, but they're all three minutes. So we keep adding and our set keeps getting just as short." They concluded their 35-minute set with a new tune, a love song entitled "Waterbirds." Though not as peppy as many of their more popular songs, "Water Birds" pleasantly drifts along at its own relaxed pace - kind of like the band itself.
Catch Tennis again when they open for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 tonight (12/2). More pictures of all four bands from Mercury Lounge with Tennis's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Anni Rossi is not the first to use a classical instrument in a rock 'n' roll context. But this violist isn't playing polite chamber pop -- she's rocking her instrument, with covers of Aaliyah, Ace of Base and Radiohead, as well as original compositions.If it wasn't obvious by the number of times her name has been popping up on NYC show lineups lately (including the upcoming Shearwater / Damien Jurado show at Music Hall of Williamsburg), the fact that Anni Rossi's MySpace says she is from "Brooklyn, NY" confirms that the 4AD-signed Minnesotan recently moved from Chicago. Glad to have her.
To get this sound, Rossi has done some unorthodox customization of her instruments.
Where they came from: "I had a viola that was very special to me that I played through parts of college. And then I decided to trade it in. It was a bit of a sad day, but I decided to trade it in for four violas."
What she does: "Basically what I've been doing is installing guitar pickups on to violas that are of lower quality so that I can modify them with less risk."
How she does it: "It's really hard to run electricity through a wooden instrument, so I've been working with a few different people to create a buzz on the instrument, because there's not enough metal on the instrument to ground it when I put it through an amplifier. ... They do make electric violins and violas, but that's a whole other sound that doesn't really suit what I'm interested in right now."
How she plays: "I rarely bow my instrument; I pick it with a guitar pick. The warmth of the tone comes more from the amps that I'm using and where my pickup is located on the instrument. It's just, like, a different set of rules that I have to go by to get the tone that I want.""
[AM New York]
Some of those shows I noticed her on recently happened during CMJ, including Saturday's I Rock I Roll/Nachos NY party at the Delancey where Anni shared a bill with 14 bands including Ravens & Chimes, Savoir Adore, and Miracles of Modern Science. All the bands I mentioned are the ones Amanda got pictures of, and they continue below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Miracles of Modern Science @ Cake Shop
Miracles of Modern Science kicked off a 3-week residency at Cake Shop on Thursday night, June 10th. Opening that show were The Royal Chains, Quiet Loudly, and The Albertans...
"You could say The Albertans are from Vancouver, Canada, and in a limited way you wouldn't be wrong. You could also say they lay claim to a creative pedigree from the Brooklyn autoclave and expect only one retort: Right you are. Musical polyglot and songwriter Joel Bravo, a native of Milwaukee, and bassist Ian Everall, Albertan by birth, met while members of New York's Bravo Silva. When that outfit ended they, along with a large and talented rotating cast of players, began playing in New York City under the name Sex with an Angel. They played CMJ in 2007, they moved to Vancouver in 2008, took up the name The Albertans and, along with a few new fellow travelers, took on the challenges of realizing a pop vision." [Ernest Jenning Records]The residency continues this Thursday, June 17th, with Dinosaur Feathers and more. Pictures and a video from week one (of 3 of the 4 bands), below...
by Bill Pearis
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
We'll start this week with a contest. The Phenomenal Handclap Band play Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday (6/12) and if you'd like to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Phenomenal" as the subject line (include your first and last name) and we'll pick a winner at random and notify them on Friday. The show is 18+. If you've never seen PHB before, it's '70s psychedelic disco overload, like if Michael Viner had formed a cult where the drink was Mai Tai's, not poison Kool Aid. The record is fun, but seeing them live is where it's at. And, like I said, where it's at is MHoW.
Miracles of Modern Science
If The Incredible String Band wasn't already taken as a band name, that might have been a good one for the next group I'm going to talk about, but since it was they opted for Miracles of Modern Science. Eschewing guitars, the go for cello, double bass, violin and mandolin (plus drums). Actually, I'm pretty sure the whole "science" aspect of their name comes into play too, what with song titles like "I Found Space" (downloadable above), "Bossa Supernova" and "Luminol." So their music is nerdy in two completely separate ways. But it's also clever and catchy and not really pretentious despite all that goddamn science and orchestral stuff they're throwing in our face.
Miracles of Modern Science have a residency at Cake Shop starting this Thursday, with The Albertans (ex-Bravo Silva), The Royal Chains, and Quiet Loudly rounding out the bill. MoMS play the two following Thursdays as well.
Friday night has two competing shows -- both in Williamsburg -- for your garage rock dollar, and if you're into this scene at all you're going to find it difficult to choose between them. Or at least pause for a second.
At Death by Audio, there's Quintron and Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood and Golden Triangle. Actually, garage isn't the right term for Quintron's sleazy keyboard R&B which is augmented by some homemade equipment like the Drum Buddy, The Disco Light Machine and the Spit Machine. Quintron shows are a party. As are JEFF shows as you should know by now. As are Golden Triangle shows. Both of whom will be in their element at DBA and it will no doubt be packed to the gills and sweaty as hell. If you want to see JEFF and Quintron (who are on tour together) in more temperature-controlled environs, they also play Santos on Sunday (6/13). More dates HERE and below.
The other garagey option Friday (6/11) is at Knitting Factory with what is a pretty killer bill: Seattle protopunks The Spits, and the depraved lunacy that is Nobunny, plus Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and Liquor Store. I've written about The Spits and Nobunny before so I'm gonna focus on Jacuzzi Boys here if I may.
While definitely within the garage milieu, there's definitely more going on here with this Miami trio. Jacuzzi Boys sound is less blown-out sounding than most of their brethren, with a strong post-VU New York vibe with them -- Television and The Feelies are pretty obvious influences here I think -- and their album from last year, No Seasons, is pretty damn great. A new single on Mexican Summer is worth checking out too, and you can download it's A-side at the top of this post.
Visiting us from San Francisco are The Aerosols, playing four shows this weekend, hitting three boroughs. When you hear about Bay Area bands these days, you tend to think of reverb, scratchy guitars and in-the-red levels of distortion. The Aerosols are more a little more jingle jangle, blissed-out sunshine pop that might go better with a nice cup of tea instead of a PBR. You can check out their song "China" at the top of this post to hear what I mean but if you dig mid-90s Elephant Six you're gonna like The Aerosols. The band they really remind me of -- and I'm going obscure here -- is the late '90s UK band Salako who put out records on Jeepster (Belle & Sebastian's original label) who always sounded to me like a field of daisies.
The Aerosols play Thursday night (6/10) at Silent Barn with My Teenage Stride, Dream Diary (who were one of the Popfest highlights this year) and The Surpriserswhich I think is the don't-miss show of their NYC visit.
They'll also play the Rock Star bar on Friday (6/11) with Fly Ashtray, Nude Broom (members of Flaming Fire), Bucolic Night Light Fungus' Fungus The(e); Staten Island's Doorway (62 Van Duzer St.) on Saturday (6/12) with Artanker Convoy; and then finally the downstairs room at Santos on Monday (6/14) with Persephone's Bees, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems.
A few more shows, night by night:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
School of Seven Bells debut material from their quite good second album, Disconnect from Desire, tonight and tomorrow at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are sold out but lurking outside hoping someone's got an extra ticket does pay off sometimes.
by Bill Pearis
The Yummy Fur
There's a lot of great shows this weekend, but top of the list for me is Scottish cult indie rockers The Yummy Fur who have reformed to play a few shows surrounding a new best-of compilation, titled Piggy Wings, due out sometime soon on What's Your Rupture. They play
171 Lombardy Market Hotel Friday night. More influential than popular, The Yummy Fur started their life making scratchy, scrappy indiepop a la early Fall but got more glammy and synthy as they went on. Frontman John McKeown took the glam part further with his current band, 1990s. And former members Paul Thompson (who'll be part of tomorrow's show) and Alex Kapranos (who probably won't) have done okay for themselves since in Franz Ferdinand.
You can download one of my favorite Yummy Fur songs -- the 1999 single "Police Man" -- at the top of this post. This is the first, and likely last, time they've ever played the States, so miss this gig at your peril. What to expect? McKeown tells the NY Press:
Nothing. I'm never even really sure there will be people there, but I'm happy to play for whoever shows up. It's not like the band is our life anymore, so it doesn't mean anything to us except that we have affection for it. We do take it seriously, we play the gig straight, but we want to have fun. When 1990s plays the States and same with Franz Ferdinand, there are always people who come out and say they loved The Yummy Fur but we never made it over. This is their one chance.Also playing the 171 Lombardy show are Bishop Allen, German Measles and Mcdonalds. There's some YouTube video of Yummy Fur's first reunion show in Glasgow at the bottom of this post, as well as all other U.S. Yummy Fur dates.
Grant Hart is back in town for two shows -- tonight (1/14) at Cake Shop and Friday at Knitting Factory. For a man whose previous band put out eight albums in six years (two of which were double LPs), Hart has slowed down a lot since -- Hot Wax is Grant's first album in ten years, and only his fourth since Husker Du split. He talked about his current Quality Over Quantity policy with the The AV Club.
AVC: Why the 10-year hiatus between Good News For Modern Man and Hot Wax?Tonight's Cake Shop show is good all around, with Drink Up Buttercup and Sisters opening. Tomorrow's Knitting Factory show, Grant is actually opening for Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters. And you can also catch up with the other half of Husker Du's songwriting force -- Bob Mould, when he plays City Winery next week.
GH: I've delved into a lot of non-musical projects. Learning new things and accomplishing things with my hands that I put aside as an adult to devote all my time to music. As I've gotten older, I've been concentrating on quality and no filler, and spending more time constructing all of the parts of music, rather than going into the studio with one or two parts and then letting the rest work itself out. The first song, "You're The Reflection Of The Moon On The Water," I took a year to come up with what I thought was an appropriate third verse. That's a long time to hold back on a song that you're excited about in order to make it more of a fulfilling experience. Would I have taken that opportunity in 1985? Hell no.
More things to do this weekend:
Tonight (Thursday, 1/14)
Les Savvy Fav's Tim Harrington hosts a night of comedy and music at The Bell House, featuring charming Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi, and one of my favorite comedians of the moment, Kumail Nanjiani. Plus Stardweller, Rory Scovel, Kevin Barker and screenings of Harrington's Beardo shorts. Plus other shenanigans.
Another chance to see Hot Rats, Danny and Gaz of Supergrass in cover band mode at Bowery Ballroom. Their take on The Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right" is pretty great. I'm told Tuesday's show at MHoW was a blast. The Heavy open (and then play 92YTribeca on Saturday).
At Silent Barn is a night of hazy indiepop, headlined by fine new local band Big Troubles whose debut 7" just came out and is well worth picking up. You can download "Freudian Slips" from it at the top of this post. I doubt they've ever heard '90s shoegazers The Boo Radleys, but "Freudian Slips" bears more than a little resemblance to the Boos' single "Lazy Day," dontcha think? Also playing: next generation twee poppers Dream Diary, the experimental noise of Blissed Out and dreamy New Haven band Procedure Club.
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl - 1/5 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Not tired from playing every day last week, Real Estate headline a killer Less Artists More Condos show at new venue St James Church. There's open bar from 8 - 9, which is my kind of religion. Real Estate just put out a new EP on Mexican Summer which is, I think, the band's 78th release in just under a year. Also playing are The Tony Castles, The Beets, and two of my favorite new(ish) local bands: Beach Fossils and Total Slacker. You can download Total Slacker's five-song demo (via a Mediafire link) at the top of this post.
The Bell House has a fun show of new sound for now: Brooklyn chamber pop band Miracles of Modern Science (download their EP for free here), the raucous pop of Philadelphia's Drink Up Buttercup, Ravens & Chimes' folk pop and Milagres (maybe you remember them when they were called The Secret Life of Sophia).
Joe Pernice plays a solo show at Mercury Lounge where he'll likely talk as much as he will sing, which is fine -- he's a great banterer. A pretty good writer too, as read in his first novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop which he'll read from I'm told. Joe just finished his next album, which is apparently not a Pernice Brothers or Chappaquiddick Skyline or solo record. I hope he hasn't gone synthpop. Something entirely new for 2010 sounds good.
The Cribs @ Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
If you can't make the St. James Church show on Friday, you can catch Beach Fossils again on Saturday night where they're playing a show at Monster Island put on by blog Chocolate Bobka. This looks to be a good show, as it also boasts Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Cleveland's Cloud Nothings and the druggy sounds of New Hope, Pennsylvania's Nude Beach. It's where I'll be Saturday night.
The Cribs (still with Johnny Marr) are at Irving Plaza where they'll play with our (well someone's) generation's Jim Morrison, the always entertaining Adam Green. "What Makes Him Act So Bad," the first MP3 off of Adam's upcoming album, Minor Love (out 2/16 on Fat Possum), is at the top of this post. The Cribs were just great when they played Bowery Ballroom in November.
Videos, flyers and tour dates follow...
photos by Anna Scialli
Dan Deacon played NYU's Kimmel Center Thursday, April 2nd, with openers Future Islands, Teeth Mountain and Miracles of Modern Science. The show was the first of his extensive, Bromst-supporting spring tour. At it, Deacon performed with "a full 14 piece live ensemble similar to the one that performed with him at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple back in Dec. but with different members." [full line-up below]
As previously reported, Dan + Ensemble swing back around to NYC for two days in mid-May. The first of those is a Friday, May 15th Todd P show with Teeth Mountain and Double Dagger (venue tba). The second is Saturday, May 16th at Bowery Ballroom. For those who didn't get tickets to the sold out Saturday night show, a second, late set has just been added. Tickets for that set go on sale Tuesday, April 7th at noon. For those gigs, Dan's tourmates will split opening duties - Teeth Mountain play the 8pm set and Future Islands open the midnight show.
More NYU pictures and two videos, and the DD ensemble line-up, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Parenthetical Girls can be very touching
Evangelicals bring the creepiness to Cake Shop's basement
Parethetical Girls played an emotional, energetic and crowd-interactive show in the cozy basement of Cake shop last night (Oct 02). It was the first show PG played here in a while - their last scheduled NYC appearance was cancelled due to mechanical issues. Pwrfl Power, who played a show at Union Hall one night earlier, was in the crowd...and blogged about it...
I headed to Cake Shop after dinner where my big brothers Parenthetical Girls played.He missed another great set then. Miracles of Modern Science and Muggabears were also on the four-artist bill. Rude Bear was also in the house. More pictures below...
They played very good. it gets better everytime.
I didn't catch the Evangelicals.