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Fainting by Numbers

German electronic artist Justus Köhncke (of "Timecode" fame) has known Hot Chip since almost their inception, having been drafted to remix their 2005 breakthrough "Over and Over" and has toured with them in Europe. It was during thier joint treks that Köhncke Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor started doing "sing-jay" gigs together. Out of that came an official pairing, Fainting by Numbers, and their debut single will be out on Moshi Moshi on April 15. The double a-side features a cover of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" and an original, "A Stone in the Ground," on the other. The latter which is country-ish in a Kraftwerk/Eno kind of way is streamable below.

Meanwhile, Hot Chip will be in NYC on April 9 for a show at Roseland Ballroom with Tanlines and Crystal Ark and tickets are still available.

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by Bill Pearis

Allo Darlin'

An exciting double bill for indiepop fans in coming this spring: UK groups Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures are going on a US tour which kicks off at Mercury Lounge on April 24. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Friday (1/6) at noon. The tour which winds across North America and back through May (currently ending at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT). All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Both Allo Darlin and The Wave Pictures will have new albums out in time for these shows. Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, will be out on April 17 via Slumberland Records (or via Fortuna POP! if you're in Europe), as will the album's first single, "Capricornia" which is premiering in this post. Listen to the stream at the bottom of this post. Look for the single on March 6.

Says singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris about "Capricornia":

Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown. There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place.

Musically, when we first discussed the album with our producer, I suggested that the feel of Europe should be somewhere between "A New England" by Kirsty Macoll and "Cattle and Cane" by The Go-Betweens. I think this song is the closest to that.

As to the rest of Europe:
I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album of three minute pop songs... I suppose the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. We wanted to make the best album we possibly could and I think we've ended up with that.
Scroll further down this post for a teaser video for the album, which includes new song "Tallulah." You can also stream Allo Darlin's 2011 single "Darren" which is a tribute to onetime Hefner frontman Darren Hayman.

As for The Wave Pictures, their new album, Long Black Cars, will be out via Moshi Moshi in March. The band's last album, A Beer in the Breakers, came out last May.

In other news, Allo Darlin' have posted a letter on their website regarding the tragic death of Esme Barrera, including a link to the benefit show in Brooklyn and another to donate to Esme's funeral fund.

Click below for the stream of "Capricornia," plus that Allo Darlin' album teaser, "Capricornia" cover art and the "Darren" single stream, as well a couple recent live Wave Pictures videos (including the new album's title track), and all dates...

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by Bill Pearis

Colourmusic
SXSW

"It is what it is." I must've heard that phrase 30 times during SXSW -- be it in reference to alloted set times, equipment, sound or the free food at whatever day party I was at. You have to, as Diamond Dave once said, roll with the punches to get to what's real. Or at least have a good time.

So this year for this year's fest in Austin, I attempted to be as stress free as possible. I mostly avoided anything that would be a pain to get into, be it the hyper-hyped (James Blake, Odd Future), already popular (Strokes, Kanye), or overly hip (Fader Fort, PureVolume House). Which is probably why this was probably the most fun SXSW I've attended yet, with almost no dud bands seen.

I flew into San Antonio this year, where friends picked me up and we then drove down to Austin with a pit stop on the way for lunch, which got us to the Convention Center around 2pm to pick up our badges. First stop: The Palm Door to catch Austin locals Ringo Deathstarr whose album Colour Trip is one of my favorites of 2011 so far. I call a lot of things shoegaze, but these three have the classic '90s sound -- including Kevin Shields' glide guitar style -- down pat. Some seriously catchy songwriting keeps it out of pastiche territory. They are good and loud on the Palm Door patio, my first of many Lone Star tallboys of the week in hand, and it's a great start to the fest.

From there I headed over to Emo's for the first of BrooklynVegan's many day parties. Got there just in time to see the tail end of Mr Heavenly's set. I stuck around for Surfer Blood who I expected to play a bunch of new material but instead gave us an enjoyable hits-packed set from their first album.

Guides and sched.org were scrutinized over dinner, as the evening was planned out. First stop was to Beauty Bar for the Moshi Moshi party, specifically to see electronic duo Beat Connection who sound like they're from Sweden but are actually from Seattle. Not a lot of stage presence (two dudes behind keyboards, one of whom looks like John Daly from Freaks & Geeks) but they sound great and it's already a dance party in Beauty Bar at 8PM.

We next stopped by the Oklahoma showcase happening at Friends. Stillwater's Colourmusic lay down some awesome Can-style prog, made extra heavy with two bassists. Flaming Lips, early-'90s psych influence casts a shadow on them too. Some crazed (drunk) superfan from their hometown jumps on stage, takes off his shirt and joins the band on the mic, making for the best picture I took all week. Easily one of my favorite performances of SXSW 2011. Their album, My ____ is Pink, is out next month on Memphis Industries and is very good.

While there, a woman comes up to me and asks if I was at SXSW the previous year. I answered yes, to which she then says "Remember me? I was dressed as a hippie rooster and danced all around you." Nope, sorry lady, don't remember that. And I think I would.

Leaving my friends, I hit Maggie Mae's to catch Glaswegian electronic outfit Errors, part of the Creative Scotland showcase. I was a big fan of their first album and had been wanting to see them ever since. Kinda like the Scottish version of Ratatat, their instrumental electro-rock translates well to the stage. Worth the wait. You can see Errors all over the U.S next month on tour with Mogwai (whose label, Rock Action, they're signed to.) Tour dates, two nights at Webster Hall included, are at the bottom of this post.

Looking back over things, Wednesday was maybe the best day for me overall. Next was London's Mazes who make superior '90s style indie rock. (Not to be confused with 1900s offshoot Mazes who have since changed their name I think.) The obvious comparison is Yuck, but it's less GBV/Sebadoh and more Pavement/Number One Cup. Also like Yuck, they're not the most energetic band I've ever seen but they sound great.

I close out the night at Red Eyed Fly. Sky Larkin have been telling me to go see fellow Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses for nearly three years, warning me I might not want to get too close. I now understand why... they are an explosion on stage, bouncing off the walls, bounding into the crowd, climbing trellises, singing on the bar and other wild behavior. No puking, thankfully, which I hear has happened on occasion. Kinetic and spastic as they are, Pulled Apart by Horses' music -- thrashy, mathy, riffy, shouty -- is not really my cup of tea.

Pete & the Pirates were supposed to be on at 1AM but things were running very late. I'd been up since 3:30AM -- my flight had left at 5:45am -- so when it hit 1:30, I opted for a much-needed full night of sleep. Slightly disappointed but I'd see P&P later in the week anyhow...it is what it is.

A few more pictures, video of Colourmusic's performance, and those Errors tourdates (with Mogwai) are below.

Continue reading "Bill's Week in Austin (Day 1 - Errors, Ringo Deathstarr, Beat Connection, Mazes, Colourmusic & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Summer Camp - Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses Cover) (MP3)

Summer Camp

Summer Camp's version of "Christmas Wrapping" can also be found on the Moshi Moshi Christmas compilation, A Christmas Gift For You. Non holiday tracks by the UK indie pop duo can be heard in the videos below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

"EVERYONE IN NEW YORK IS A BABE" - SLOWCLUBREBECCA

Slow Club @ Europa
Slow Club

I'm not sure why The Wave Pictures came all the way back to the United States from the UK to play just one late Sunday night Northside Festival show at Public Assembly the end of an exhausting and busy weekend, but I'm bummed I missed it. Anyone go? How was it?

And the Wave Pictures were one of two UK Moshi Moshi bands here for the festival. Slow Club was also representing, but with two shows at least - one was Friday night at Europa and then they played one secretish one the next night at Cameo. Jessica stopped by Europa where Netherfriends and Phil and the Osophers also performed. More pictures from that gig below...

Continue reading "Moshi Moshi represented @ Northside - pics from the Slow Club, Netherfriends & Phil and the Osophers show"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Strawberry Cable (MP3)

The Wave Pictures
Wave Pictures

As just mentioned, BrooklynVegan is throwing a pre-SXSW party on March 15th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with three (possibly four) bands on their way to Austin: Let's Wrestle, Casiokids, and The Wave Pictures. Stay tuned for one more band TBA. Tickets are only $8 and on sale now.

Both Casiokids and The Wave Pictures come to us courtesy excellent UK label Moshi Moshi who are finally opening up a U.S. branch that will put out a double-pack of The Wave Pictures last two records (2009's If You Leave it Alone and 2008's Instant Coffee Baby) on April 27. I'm a big, big fan of these guys who were fantastic when they played the Seaport Music Festival last summer and I'm pretty psyched we got them on the bill. Check out their single "Strawberry Cables" (from If You Leave it Alone) which you can download above.

Norway's Casiokids also played that Seaport show and were in NYC right before SXSW last year too, and played a BV day party in Austin last year as well. The Norwegians keep releasing singles (including one of my favorite tracks from last year, "Fot I Hose," which you can download above) with no mention of an album in the works. There is, however, a Norway-only compilation of their recent releases called TOPP STEMNING PÅ LOKAL BAR, which was released today (2/15) and includes a bonus disc of remixes. So be sure to pick that up next time you're in Oslo, and do grab one for me. It includes their brand new single "En Vill Hest" which also only seems to be available in Norway but the video for it is at the bottom of this post. I've referred to them before as Norway's Hot Chip and they bring a similar exuberance to their live shows. Casiokids are actually opening for Hot Chip on their UK tour which starts tonight (dates are below).

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Videos and tour dates below....

Continue reading "Casiokids (on tour w/ Hot Chip) & The Wave Pictures (Moshi Moshi's first US release) playing a pre-SXSW BV show in NYC"

photos by Tear-N Tan

Casiokids

The final act was the one I knew the least about, Casiokids an electronic funk outfit from Norway. The drummer came out wearing an enormous monkey head and then things got strange. Every other European band I've seen this year has looked miserable in the surprisingly mild summer here. Casiokids came out with members wearing a crushed velvet suit, a yellow sweatshirt and long sleeve shirts. Looking online their country's average high is 69 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Add that to the high energy show, it's really kind of impressive.

The music the band played was long drawn out funk stompers that had the whole pier dancing. A few members of the band shared the singing duties, but all of their voices were so fragile and crystalline when laid over the driving grooves underneath.

Around the midway point, Rebecca from Slow Club came out and added percussive duties and re-energized everyone in the crowd and in the band. Charles donned the full monkey suit and danced around with a tambourine to everyone's enjoyment. [King of the Gigabitches]

UK label Moshi Moshi's 10th anniversary tour visited NYC's South Street Seaport on Friday, August 7th. Casiokids, Slow Club and The Wave Pictures made up the triple-bill. Photos and videos of the show (including the Casiokids+Slow Club collaboration desribed above) are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Verdens Storsteland (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Avocado Baby (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wave Pictures - Just Like a Drummer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - It Doesn't Have to Be Beautiful (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Slow Club - Because We're Dead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The XX - Basic Space (MP3)

Slow Club in the crowd @ the Moshi Moshi showcase, SXSW 2009
Slow Club @ SXSW

There is one unmissable show this week, in my opinion, and it's a free one: Friday's Seaport Music Series (8/7) with three excellent bands from the Moshi Moshi label: Casiokids, Slow Club and The Wave Pictures. This is part of a tour celebrating the UK label's 10th Anniversary that kicks off in full tonight in Toronto (8/5). Moshi Moshi, and their influential Singles Club, has launched the careers of Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Au Revoir Simone, Friendly Fires , Florence and the Machine and others.

I'm well documented as a big Casiokids fan and these Norwegians are a lot of fun live (like when they played a BrooklynVegan party at SXSW this year). There's a couple MP3s at the top of this post, including their brand-new single "Finn Bikkjen!" (Though "Fot I Hose" is the real jam, also above.) I've also written about Slow Club before who are one of the most charming bands I've seen this year. Their album might be a bit twee for some, but I dare anyone not to be won over by their live show. They were at SXSW too (picture from one of their shows above).

But I am super excited for The Wave Pictures who'll be making their U.S. live debut at the Seaport. Their album Instant Coffee Baby made my Top 20 Albums of 2008, to which I wrote:

Wave Pictures' frontman David Tattersall has the angst of Hefner's Darren Hayman, and the witty wordplay of the Morrissey ("My tongue is on the run and it's only just begun" may be this year's "Bigmouth Strikes again."), and band play it fast and loose like early Modern Lovers. Tattersall's vocals may be too idiosyncratic for some at first, but so were Moz and Hayman's probably, so keep listening, because they're excellent! And if you like this, there's about five more albums where that came from. (And if the Hefner comparisons intrigue, Tattersall and Hayman have a bluegrass band too. Don't wince, it's good too.)
The Wave Pictures have a new album out, If You Leave it Alone, which is nearly the equal of Instant Coffee Baby. The band have almost played here at least three times only to drop out, but I'm told they're really going to play this time. And it's not just NYC that's getting them: The Moshi Moshi Road Trip features all three bands, though some dates don't feature Wave Pictures and some don't have Casiokids, but any permutation of the three is still a good time. Check the tour dates below to see which bands will hopefully be near you on this tour. Weather looks to be nice, but the Seaport fest folks have said that if it does end up looking like rain... it will move indoors, locale TBD. But let's hope for sunny skies.

The Wave Pictures
The Wave Pictures

Joe Pernice plays Bowery Ballroom on Friday (8/7) as part of his book tour promoting his enjoyable debut novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop which I just finished reading. It's about a twentysomething slacker as he tries to figure his life out in mid-'90s Amhurst, Mass. There's not a lot of plot, it's more a snapshot of a time a lot of us have been through (or will soon), but he gets the details right and there's a lot of well-observed humor, as well as a lot more filthy talk than I was expecting. It also features a cameo (I know that's not the right term) from Lou Barlow (who has a new album coming out and tour dates announced). While it's not about a musician per se, music figures heavily into the characters lives and Joe has just released a companion album with covers of some of the songs written about in the book, including The Dream Syndicate's "Tell Me When It's Over" and Del Shannon's "I Go to Pieces," all done in that lush, breathy style Pernice is known for. There's also a Sub Pop single out this week credited to the fictional band Young Accuser who also figure into the story's proceedings. Confusing I know, but it'll make more sense once you read the book. Which I recommend you do. The Bowery Show will feature songs from the It Feels So Good album but I'd imagine he'd throw in some Pernice Brothers songs as well. Tickets are still on sale.

the xx
the xx

And finally, this Friday (8/7) is the first of UK band The XX's many upcoming NYC shows at Mercury Lounge with Philly's '80s-rockin' Free Energy. I've been listening to the XX's self-titled debut a lot lately, and I dig the minimalist approach they bring to their songs which reminds me a little of Young Marble Giants with a twangy Chris Isaak thing going on too. There's a lot of space in their songs and that breathing room is nice in today's climate of over-processed, over-compressed recordings. You can download their new single, "Basic Space" at the top of this post. Will they be any good live? One would think you wouldn't play six shows in a week without being able to make an impression with an audience but I guess we'll find out soon enough. Their show at Bruar Falls on Saturday is free, and they're also opening for School of Seven Bells at next week's final Seaport show of the season. And five shows in between. The August 13th show at MHOW is with Friendly Fires who they'll be back in the States in November and December for some more touring. A December 5th Friendly Fires show at Webster Hall was announced yesterday (though the opener wasn't listed), but then disappeared. Stay tuned to see if that comes back.

Tour dates for all the bands in this post and select video after the jump...

Continue reading "Wave Pictures, Casiokids, Slow Club (Moshi Moshi on tour), Joe Pernice, the xx & more in This Week in Indie (part 2)"

DOWNLOAD: James Yuill - Over The Hills (Milberg remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Yuill - A Lighter Shade of Red (MP3)

James Yuill

Hello America!

It seems my album "Turning Down Water For Air" comes out today (26th May) on Nettwerk. Hurrah!

I'm currently doing a short tour with M83 across the west coast and then working my way to the east side...

Hope you like the album... I wrote and recorded it in my bedroom during many evenings and weekends after getting back from work...so basically it's very home made...

Cheers.
- James Yuill

James's M83-supporting dates have already past, but it's not too late for his three remaining US shows, which happen this week. He'll play Chicago June 3rd, then visit NYC for two shows on June 4th and 5th. On Thursday, June 4th, he'll be joined at the Music Hall of Williamsburg by Viva Voce and Cut Off Your Hands. Tickets are on sale.

On Friday, June 5th, Yuill plays the weekly Ruff Club party at NYC's The Annex with Field Recordings and True Widow.

After that, it's all summer dates around Yuill's homebase of London. The laptop whiz last visited NYC for a pair of shows in April. Cut Off Your Hands were here in May. Last weekend, James's tour partner M83 played Sasquatch...

M83 @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
M83

James was at the festival too, but as a member of the crowd....

...this was effectively a day off for me and Paul we took in the sights and watched a few bands. Namely, The Walkman (who were amazing!), TV on the Radio (whose sound was less than amazing), obviously M83 (who in my unbiased opinion were on top form and gave a particularly special show. That's when I took this first video [below].

Then it was the highlight of my day when I got the chance to see Deadmau5. Oh my lord was it brilliant. That's where the second video comes in [also below]. I know the quality of these two videos is not great, but hopefully the mood of the what was going on translates. I haven't felt this good at a dance gig than when I saw Justice at the mean-fiddler in London when they did their album launch party. -James

On June 16th, Yuill will release his new Over the Hills EP in the US via Nettwerk Records. (It's already out on Moshi Moshi overseas.) Two tracks from that EP, the "Over The Hills (Milberg Remix)," featuring Lisa from the Concretes, and the b-side, "A Lighter Shade of Red," are posted above for download. Title track "Over the Hills" also has a new video, and we're premiering it. Check it out, along with the full EP track list, all tour dates, and the videos James shot at Sasquach, below...

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South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport - initial 2009 show schedule
June 13 (noon) - Children's Day
June 27 (7:00) - New York City Opera
July 03 (6:00) - Here We Go Magic & Bachelorette
July 10 (6:00) - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & TBA
July 17 (6:00) - TBA
July 20-30 --- Sitelines (see below)
July 24 (6:00) - Black Moth Super Rainbow & TBA
July 31 (6:00) - TBA
Aug 07 (6:00) - Moshi Moshi day w/ Casiokids, The Wave Pictures & Slow Club
Aug 14 (6:00) - TBA

NYC's summer-long Seaport Music Series, part of the River to River Festival is back with more free, outdoor concerts in 2009. The initial portion of the always-indie-heavy lineup is here - both above, and in more detail, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (Axemax Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kittens Ablaze - Gloom Doom Buttercups (MP3)

Casiokids @ On the Side @ the Seaport (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Casiokids

One of our favorite bands from CMJ is coming back to the United States in March. Norway's Casiokids will play two shows in NYC before they head to Austin to play a bunch of shows at SXSW. The NYC shows are March 17th at the Annex with BM Linx, and one day earlier at The Bell House with fellow Norwegians The New Wine, NYC's Anamanaguchi, and NYC's Kittens Ablaze. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.

Norway's annual by:Larm music conference went down in Oslo this past weekend. Billboard reports:

In total, 280 bands participated in over 500 concerts (a substantial increase from 2008's 350), with several more playing unofficial by:Larm shows in fringe venues during the event. Attendance was strong from the international delegate fraternity as well as local residents, amounting to an approximate total audience of 25,000, according to organizers.

Some of the hot tips packing out venues were recent Universal Music Norway signing Harry's Gym, Icelandic outfit Hjaltalin, Norwegian-language group Casiokids and the Whitest Boy Alive, an electronic act featuring Erlend Øye of Norwegian indie-folk duo Kings Of Convenience. Danish electro group WhoMadeWho headlined the Saturday night main tent finale.

Moshi Moshi is releasing a new Casiokids single on March 2nd. One of the songs on that is the instrumental "Fot I Hose". A remix of that song above, and its new official video, and all tour dates, are below...

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