Entries tagged with: Moon Duo
Moon Duo @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Ebru Yildiz)
As mentioned, Moon Duo will be back this spring with new album Shadows of the Sun. The band made the record in their new home base of Portland, OR and it's another fine addition to their canon of pop-n-drone releases. You can check out first single "Animal" if you haven't already. Before we get to next year, Moon Duo sent us their list of 10 favorite things from 2014. Most are music-related, but there's art and legislation in there too, with commentary as well.
Moon Duo just played BYM Records' fifth anniversary party in Santiago, Chile and are on board for SXSW 2015 this spring. While we wait for other dates to emerge, check out MD's Best of 2014 list and that new song, below...
by Bill Pearis
Moon Duo will release their third album, Shadow of the Sun, on March 3 via Sacred Bones. Ripley Johnson (also of Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada made the record in Portland with new drummer John Jeffrey and mixed in Berlin, thus shaking up their repeat-o rock MO, just a bit. You can stream first single, "Animal," below.
The band were in NYC back in October for CMJ. No word on a tour just yet, though Moon Duo are playing SXSW. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Shadow of the Sun's groovy artwork, tracklist and the "Animal" stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
The Kills / Moon Duo @ Bowery Ballroom 10/23/2014
The Kills headlined the Bowery show, and though they're technically constituted of two people their sound totally saturated the venue. Alison Mosshart is the ideal of a frontperson; she's deeply tuned to the sub-rhythms of their songs, like a human seismometer. She drifted lyrically and effortlessly around the stage, as if she were a ghost produced by the intricately knotted percussion of their songs. - [The Guardian]The Kills played two shows during CMJ Week: first a non-fest appearance at the Open Road Aperture Foundation Benefit at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (10/21) and then a proper set at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (10/22). The Bowery CMJ showcase also featured San Francisco's zoned-out, motorik psych band Moon Duo, Tulsa, OK's Nuns, and locals Slothrust. Pictures from the whole night are in this post and continue below...
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
The Kills @ Terminal 5, 2012 (more by Devan Council)
We knew The Kills were playing CMJ, and now we know that NYC show will take place at a venue a bit small for them. In the band's own words:
Its been a while, but Jamie and Alison will be back at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC for one night only on October 23rd. A limited amount of tickets go on sale on Friday at noon EST for this special CMJ show with guests Moon Duo, Nuns and Slothrust.This small show takes place two days after The Kills play as part of a benefit at the much larger Terminal 5, a venue they're familiar with.
The Kills are also playing the Trocadero in Philadelphia between the two NYC shows, and then some other dates around North America. All of their dates are listed below...
The annual CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 21 - 25 at venues all over NYC. We've heard about a few bands who are heading here during that time (Slowdive, The Wytches, The Ocean Blue, Tom Vek and Courtney Barnett to name four) but CMJ threw an announcement party tonight (8/27) at Bowery Electric and the line-up is now out. In addition to those artists, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, White Fence, Shonen Knife OBN IIIs, Ultimate Painting, Yumi Zouma, and many more are amongst the 2014 CMJ performers. Badges are on sale now and the complete initial line-up is listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last week we mentioned in passing that Dream Police, another project of The Men's Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, will be playing a David Lynch Foundation benefit in NYC with Earth and Cult of Youth, and now the duo have announced their debut album. The album's called Hypnotized and it will be out on November 11 via Sacred Bones (also home to The Men). That's the artwork above. From the sound of the minute-and-a-half-ish teaser video, Dream Police is taking Mark and Nick in a different direction than The Men's recent experiments with country rock, in favor of something more psychedelic. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below.
In addition to the David Lynch Foundation benefit, Dream Police will be playing the Sacred Bones CMJ Party happening on October 24 at Trans Pecos. Also on the bill is psych rock duo Moon Duo, psych folk/rock project Amen Dunes, and dream folk singer Marissa Nadler. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dream Police teaser, LP tracklist and CMJ show flyer, below...
The Horrors @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dear friends, family, supporters, deadly sworn enemies and othersThe reshuffling of The Horrors' tours means postponing much of their fall North American tour with Moon Duo. West Coast dates are still happening, but the rest of the country will have to wait until later. Except NYC, that is: The Horrors' show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 has been canceled but the Stage 48 show, originally scheduled for November 4, will now happen on October 21. Tickets are still available, all previously purchased tickets will be honored, and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to reshuffle our US and European tours at the end of this year. We can only apologise to anyone who already has tickets to the dates affected - we hate cancelling shows but this situation was unavoidable. We'll be back on the road next year and make sure we return to all the places we missed on this run.
Updated Horrors tour dates are listed below...
Reigning Sound at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
As you may know, Memphis garage rockers Reigning Sound are releasing their new LP, Shattered, on July 15 via Merge (their first for the label), and they've been touring in support of it. That tour hit NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl last week (5/22). It has since been expanded and will bring them back here for a larger show on August 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/28) at noon.
That NYC show is just before they play the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary festival in Asheville, NC (8/28-30) which also includes The Clean, Lee Fields, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, The Sadies, Hiss Golden Messenger, DIsappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Sonny & the Sunsets, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. Full lineup below. 3-day passes are on sale now and single day passes go on sale in June.
All Reigning Sound dates are listed, with the Harvest lineup, below...
The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin])
The Horrors just wrapped up a few dates, including NYC and this past weekend's Austin Psych Fest. With their new album, Luminous, out now the band have announced a full North American tour for this fall with Moon Duo that includes two NYC shows: Stage 48 on November 4 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (5/9) with an AmEx presale for MHOW beginning Wednesday (5/7) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Luminous, 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...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
Royal Baths circa now
Royal Baths are opening for Moon Duo tomorrow night (10/5) at Knitting Factory and the show will be their first with a new line-up that includes Lesley Hann of Friends on bass (who seems to have left that group, along with Matthew Molnar, if their most recent 285 Kent show is any indication). Tickets are still available.
If you can't make it tomorrow night, Royal Baths have a bunch of other shows coming up, including Sunday (10/7) at Bowery Electric (whose booking seems to be getting more interesting now that Sam Mickens has been handling some of the shows there) with Larkin Grimm, Behavior & M. Lamar; Wednesday (10/10) at Glasslands with Grooms, Dum Dum Girls offshoot SISU and Punks on Mars (tickets); October 16 at 285 Kent with Forma and the Golden Awesome; and a CMJ show at Cheap Storage on October 19 with King Tuff, Habibi, Turnip King and Total Slacker (tickets). Royal Baths tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Royal Baths' Jeremy Cox features on Blasted Canyons' version of "Venus in Furs" that will be on the upcoming Castle Face Velvet Underground tribute album we told you about. That album is out November 6. Royal Baths most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, came out back in February.
Speaking of Total Slacker, the band have had a sad week with the death of their drummer Terence Connor in a hit-and-run. The band will pay tribute to him this Saturday (10/6) at Cheap Storage with a dance party featuring DJ sets from Weird Rivers, Cool Serbia, DOM, and Prince Rama. Suggested donation is $5 and all procedes go to Connor's family. More info here.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Moon Duo - "Sleepwalker" (MP3)
Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada) are planning to follow up their 2011 LP, Mazes, with a new album, Circles, due out October 2 via Sacred Bones. That's the trippy cover art above. According to a press release, the album title and many of the songs' themes come from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay, "Circles," which discusses perception and centrality, among many other themes. The album's first single, "Sleepwalker," a droney rocker drenched in layers of psych and shoegaze (and which also sounds a bit like Suicide), can be downloaded above or streamed below.
Moon Duo will be supporting the album on an extensive international tour this fall, which hits NYC on October 5 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (8/11) at 10 AM.
A list of all dates, the song stream, and the album's tracklist are below.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
Zola Jesus during CMJ (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sacred Bones Records will take over the Spectacle movie theater in Brooklyn Thursday (1/26) at 8PM, gathering "an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, ...short films, works-in-progress, and a rare screening of the first Sacred Bones film production, Twelve Dark Noons." The evening will conclude with a "secret feature film screening" and music videos from Gary War, Zola Jesus, Amen Dunes, Moon Duo, Blank Dogs, & Pop. 1280 (whose new LP is out NOW). Check out a video trailer for the evening, as well as a trailer for Twelve Dark Noons (which features music from Naked on the Vague) below.
In related news, The Men have released the title track from their new LP Open Your Heart (out 3/6 via Sacred Bones). Stream that below in full alongside all tour dates which include their 3/7 show at 285 Kent.
Sacred Bones will also welcome the new single from Danish punk band War (not to be confused with Gary War) featuring Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek. Stream "Brodermordet" at Pitchfork who write:
Recorded to four-track cassette last year, the double A-side 7" single will include "At War for Youth" and "Kains Mærke", backed by the scuzzy, beat-oriented "Brodermordet". The band says the B-side is centered on a Biblical allusion to Cain and Abel's fratricide (the act of killing one's brother).---
As previously mentioned, Amen Dunes is heading out on tour with This Will Destroy You who separately play a show in NYC at the Kaufman Center on 2/9 (part of the Ecstatic Music Festival). If you want to catch both bands together in the NYC-area, you're in luck; they've since added a 2/11 tour stop at Babbio Atrium in Hoboken, NJ (on Stevens Institute of Technology campus). Amen Dunes will also play 285 Kent on February 23rd with Run DMT. More details on the 285 Kent appearance are forthcoming and all dates are listed below.
Zola Jesus will also head back our way, hitting Webster Hall on 2/18.
All streams, trailers and dates are below.
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...
DOWNLOAD: Moon Duo - Mazes (MP3)
"Moon Duo will release a new full-length album Mazes on March 29 via Sacred Bones Records. The vinyl edition of this LP is hand silk-screened and comes with a 22" x 22" reversible poster. For a limited time select retailers will carry a free bonus CD available with purchase featuring six tracks on Mazes remixed by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Purling Hiss, and Psychic Ills amongst others."Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada) are currently on the road in support of that new LP which you can sample by downloading the title track above (right over the cover art).
Maybe you caught Moon Duo at Cake Shop last night (3/26) with Jacuzzi Boys. Maybe you'll catch them at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (3/27) as part of a a pretty great bill that also includes Coconuts (who released an LP on No Quarter exactly a year ago) and The Stepkids (who recently signed to Stones Throw).
All tour dates (may with Blank Dogs) and the new album's tracklist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Cinema Red & Blue - "Same Mistakes" (MP3)
Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo (more by Abby Braden)
Wooden Shjips will be at ATP NY this weekend (hand-picked by Jim Jarmusch). That's followed by a show at MHOW on 9/6 (tickets) and then more dates north and west as far as Chicago, but then Ripley Johnson of the psychedelic left coast crew will start heading back east for a different string of dates with his other project, Moon Duo. The band will team up with Crystal Stilts and Messages (mems of Psychic Ills) for a show on 9/17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale.
Crystal Stilts recently played Bowery with Dean Wareham but have otherwise laid relatively low. Members of the band recently completed a new collaborative LP with David Feck of the UK's Comet Gain under the moniker Cinema Red & Blue. You may remember they played here back in September...
"Cinema Red and Blue is a Comet Gain side project featuring frontman David Feck, as well as that band's Anne Laure and Hoffner Burns. They're actually in town to record their album at Gary Olson's Marlborough Studios in Brooklyn and decided to play a show while here. I ran into Feck at a show on Monday and he told me that the album is about half covers and to expect the same from the live show. He rattled off a bunch of the songs they're covering but the only one I remember now is a Julian Cope song from his 1989 album Skellington. The band will be augmented live by former Comet Gain / current Soft City member Phil Sutton, plus JB, Andy and Kyle from Crystal Stilts. I have to imagine Gary Olson will contribute trumpet to at least one song. This should be fun." [Bill]That self-titled LP is due 9/28 via What's Your Rupture, and features the Vic Godard cover "Same Mistakes" which can download above. Finest Kiss adds that, "the makeshift band also employs the services of Amy Linton, Hamish Kilgour and [as Bill predicted] Gary Olson."
Wooden Shjips released Vol 2 earlier this year, a compilation of rare singles available via Holy Mountain. Moon Duo was recently featured on the Woodist comp Welcome Home / Diggin' The Universe.
Messages (the band featuring members of Psychic Ills) also have another show in the near future, supporting Excepter and Up Died Sound on 10/27 at Coco66.
All tour dates and some video is below....
by Bill Pearis
a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...
Northside HQ (freedubya)
When I was looking at the full Friday Northside Festival schedule, I was a bit overwhelmed by the embarrassment of riches available to indie rock fans tonight. I felt like writing "Basically just go anywhere tonight and you're going to run into a good show." Which is mostly true. If you have a badge, you can flit between venues and make up your own killer bill.
Some of these shows are going to be crowded though. Like I bet Glasslands will be packed out the wazoo for Tame Impala, so if that's one you're interested in you might just want to plant yourself there early (advanced tickets are sold out). Do they have air conditioning at Glasslands yet? It might get so hot in there you'll start seeing things, which would go well with those Aussies' rhythm-heavy psych rock.
You could also go to Death By Audio (which does have A/C, and now two working bathrooms) for a rock-solid bill of guitar-centric bands brought to us by Less Artists More Condos. The lineup includes voluminous duo Sisters and their giant stack of amps; the under-appreciated and poppy Darlings; skilled noise merchants Grooms; and art punks Regal Degal who I definitely think are a "band to watch."
Moon Duo @ the Big Sur Woodsist Fest on June 12 (more by Rachel Carr)
Moving away from the corner of S. 1st and Kent, the Woodsist Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg is kind of a no-brainer. That said, headliners Woods and Real Estate play all the time here. I say go early for the San Francisco triple threat of Moon Duo, Sic Alps and The Fresh & Onlys, then skip off to something else.
Moon Duo, an offshoot of Wooden Shjips, play two chord (at most) psych-drone not unlike Spacemen 3 or Loop. I saw them the last night of SXSW when I was cold and tired, not the state of mind I'd recommend experiencing them. Not that the cold part will be an issue in this weather. There's not a lot to watch, so maybe locate a seat upstairs and bliss out.
Sic Alps are back to a duo after a short stint with Ty Segall on drums. They haven't released anything in a year -- a long time for what was a pretty prolific band -- but that shouldn't hamper their live show, usually powered by a Jenga-like monolith stack of amps in the center of the stage. Their sound is thick and sludgy, but carefully prepared. It feels like a bog in July -- in a good way.
And I'm really looking forward to hearing The Fresh & Onlys with MHoW's sound system. While many of their many recordings have been decidedly lo-fi, these guys can really play and I think it's time they shake loose the "garage rock" tag that never really fit them in the first place. This is pop music. They are really a case of the whole adding up to more than their parts -- the whole band is great -- but if you go tonight, be sure to watch lead guitarist Wymond Miles. The guy is a genius and has a rack of pedals that would impress Kevin Shields. The sounds he gets deserve high fidelity. As do their great songs. I'm a huge fan, is it obvious?
Down the street from MHoW, at Cameo Gallery: Kanine Records, Wao Wao Records & Insound are presenting another great lineup under the venue's psychedelic Snuffelupagus. There's a bunch of really good locals (Dream Diary, Grooms, We Are Country Mice) but you might want to swing by to catch Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who really impressed me when I saw them at Glasslands a couple months ago. Also: If you like the Pastels, Field Mice and all things indiepop, Dream Diary are your new favorite band if they haven't attained that already.
Madison of Dream Diary is pulling double duty tonight, as she is half of Coasting who'll play at Matchless as part of a bill curated by Georgia of blog Microphone Memory Emotion. Coasting's debut 7" is worth picking up, and if you're lucky you'll get a copy printed on lavender vinyl. Also playing are Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers and Bermuda Bonnie.
Over at Coco 66, there's a benefit for 826NYC (badges are accepted despite it being a benefit) with Sondre Lerche and Oberhoffer, plus a reading from author Shalom Auslander. Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat. Anyone who's seen him before knows what a charmer -- and tunesmith -- he is. Plus, there's up-and-comers Oberhoffer who I wouldn't be surprised if they're playing much bigger venues very soon. Also there's an open vodka bar at 8PM.
Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's an early show (doors at 7PM) that features my new favorite band on Captured Tracks, MINKS. They've only got a single out so far, the Cure-esque "Funeral Song," which doesn't really represent what they do live. The six piece performing MINKS do have some Cure/New Order tendencies, but I'd say Felt is probably just as strong an influence, with clean jangly guitars and jazzy arrangements. Both times I've seen them live, my only complaint has been they didn't play long enough. Not sure of set time for MINKS, but there's not a lot else going on then, you can hang in the backyard of Union Pool and get some tacos from the El Diablo truck to recharge for the night ahead.
That seems like plenty for one night. A video from one of Tame Impala's sets at Pianos last night, below...
photos by Rachel Carr
Kurt Vile @ the Henry Miller Library
"We hot footed it down to the Henry Miller Library for the Woodsist festival. It was hidden among the trees like a secret garden and as we laid on our rugs drinking strong vodka cranberry, the place seemed to glow. We watched the bands, perused the library, went exploring and hung out at the merch table and before long the sunlight faded and the fairy lights came out. Oh and then we saw Kirsten Dunst, just hanging out in the bookstore and Joe let his cool mask slip and got all star-struck and gaspy. The day was magical but tinged with melancholy. I couldn't shake this feeling and this feeling was the end." [In Another World]The described and pictured Big Sur Woodsist Festival happened on Saturday, June 12th at the Henry Miller Library. It was one of two west coast Woodsist events. The second was last night, June 15th, at Echoplex. NYC gets its own on June 25th at Music Hall of Williamsbug as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are still on sale. More pictures from the Big Sur fest, below...